Friday, April 11, 2014

7th - 12th April 2014


47746 struts its stuff on Thursday 10th through Romsey. New in August 1964 from Brush as D1754 allocated to 87E Landore. Renumbered to 47160 in February 1974, then 47605 in February 1984, followed by 47746 from March 1994. Withdrawn by EWS in January 2004, and "preserved" by The Brush Type 4 Fund  in storage at Long Marston. Moved to West Coast Railway Company in July 2011, Carnforth and returned to traffic in October 2013.

70804 0Z31 17:26 Westbury - Eastleigh passing Romsey, 11th April.

66020 approaches Romsey, 12th April, with  '690R' 13:03 Eastleigh - Woking - Redbridge

Monday 7th April: 31190 + 56303 6Y75 10:48 Eastleigh - Totton, 6Z42 22:15 Totton - Rowlands Castle one two
Tuesday 8th April: 31190 + 56303 6Z41 04:35 Rowlands Castle - Totton,  56303 0Z63 08:02 Totton - Didcot GWS (to collect 60163 for Southall one two), 0Z56 14:32 Southall - Totton, 31190 + 56303 6Z42 22:15 Totton - Rowlands Castle, 44932+ 47746 1Z26 09:15 Ashford - Winchester, 5Z27 14:15 Winchester - Eastleigh - Winchester one two three four five six, 1Z87 17:10 Winchester - Willesden (44932 removed) - Ashford one two, 60054 11:31 6O42 Halewood - Eastern Docks one two three four five six
Wednesday 9th April: 60054 6M38 02:12 Eastern Docks - Didcot (then PINE), 31190 + 56303 6Z41 04:35 Rowlands Castle - Totton, 6Z42 22:30 Totton - Rowlands Castle, 67019 1Z82 07:40 Eastleigh - Havant - Willlesden (for 34046 to Canterbury West), 1Z83 (34046 16:54 Canterbury West -) Willesden - Havant - Eastleigh, 60074 6B43 09:38 Eastleigh - Western Docks, 6B44 12:07 Western Docks - Eastleigh, 60074 + 66201 6N70 22:00 Eastleigh - Vauxhall
Thursday 10th April: 60074 + 66201 6N70 04:30 Clapham Jct - Eastleigh, 31190 + 56303 6Z41 04:35 Rowlands Castle - Totton, 47746 1Z32 07:04 Woking - Fareham - Eastleigh - Westbury (- Kingswear) one two three four five six seven, 1Z31  (60007 16:33 Kingswear -) Westbury - Eastleigh - Fareham - Woking
Friday 11th April: 31190 6Z31 09:55 Eastleigh - Washwood Heath, 56312 0Z56 12:50 Washwood Heath - Eastleigh one two three
Saturday 12th April: 67019 5Z62 Eastleigh - Wembley

70803 working 6Z31 17.26 STP Westbury Dn Yd - Eastleigh Yd on Wednesday 9th, had four wagons, towards the rear of train, derail leaving Westbury and proceeded no further

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Swanage Railway Spring Steam Gala, 5th April 2014

A larger set appears on OneDrive. This event was notable for the pairing of two LSWR Drummond locomotives, reminding us of the lineage of designs seen on North British, Caledonian, Highland, Glasgow and South Western and London and South Western Railways.

Classic Drummonds. Class M7 30053 (Nine Elms, December 1905, to order B13) leads Class T9 30120 (Nine Elms, August 1899, to order G9 at a cost of £2285). The T9 has the superheating modification, to the Maunsell design, originally carried out in April 1927. The locomotives were withdrawn from BR service in May 1964 from Bournemouth (M7) and July 1963 from Eastleigh (T9). This was the 14:30 from Norden - 223 years of locomotive history.
34070 Manston (Brighton November 1947) near Harman's Cross with the lunchtime freight.
The T9 waiting to come onto the 11:30 train at Swanage.
The M7 recreates the Southern branch line atmosphere. A long time now since its sojourn in the USA.
34028 Eddystone (Brighton April 1946) near Harman's Cross with the 13:00 from Swanage.

Class M7 one two
Class T9 one two

Other sets: one two

The light was very poor for this time of year. The better examples above were all processed from RAW images.

31st March - 5th April 2014

33029 with 6Z33 on Friday 4th April.Image by Ian Knight.

Sunday 30th March: 31190 + 56303 6Z41 19:40 Hounslow - Eastleigh
Monday 31st March: 47727 5Z95 08:25 Eastleigh - Old Dalby one two three four five six seven, 57003 0Z71 10:10 Willesden Brent - Eastleigh, 57010 + 57305 0Z72 14:25 Eastleigh - Willesden Brent one two, 31190 + 56303 6Z42 23:30 Eastleigh - Feltham
Tuesday 1st April: 31190 + 56303 6Z41 05:00 Feltham - Totton (to Eastleigh), 6Z42 23:15 Totton - Feltham (23:30 start from Eastleigh)
Wednesday 2nd April: 31190 + 56303 6Z41 05:00 Feltham - Totton,  6Z42 23:17 Totton - Feltham
Thursday 3rd April: 31190 + 56303 6Z41 05:00 Feltham - Totton, 6Z42 23:17 Totton - Feltham, 60062 6O15 03:32 Walsall - Eastleigh one two, 6B45 09:15 Eastleigh - Marchwood, 6B38 11:00 Marchwood - Eastleigh6V38 13:50 Eastleigh - Didcot, 66057 + 60074 DIT 6X01 10:17 Scunthorpe - Eastleigh one two three
Friday 4th April: 31190 + 56303 6Z41 05:00 Feltham - Totton, 6Y75 20:47 Totton - Eastleigh, 33029 0Z33 08:00 Southall - Totton, 6Z33 12:10 Totton - Eastleigh - Romsey - Westbury one two three four five six, 47727 5Z95 09:35 Ashford - Eastleigh one two
Saturday 5th April: 31190 + 56303 6Z42 23:54 Eastleigh - Hampton Court
Sunday 6th April: 31190 + 56303 6Z41 06:35 Hampton Court -Eastleigh

60074 is to be the Eastleigh super shunter

57305 has gone onto a long term hire to DRS. Rumour is that it may not return.

A Class 101 at Harman's Cross, 5th April 2014

Awaiting their fate at Harman's Cross are Metro-Cammell Class 101 cars 51432 and 51498.


DMBS 51432 was new in April 1959 to lot number 30500, and allocated to 56G Bradford Hammerton Street, originally in a power-twin with E51502. Moved on to Neville Hill around the time of closure of Hammerton Street, then to Reading in the late 80s for Gatwick Airport services, when modified luggage racks were installed. At this time it was formed into Network South East L835, with 51498, and also TCL 59530 (withdrawn Dec 93 and scrapped at Margam by Gwent Demolition in February 1994). In 1993 the twin set was reallocated to Longsight and then withdrawn in April 2000. Stored at Shoeburyness until moved to this location in July 2012.

DMCL 51498 was new in March 1959 to lot number 30501. and allocated to 56G, originally in a power-twin with E51428. History linked with with 51432 since L835 formed.

More on this pair of Class 101s:
http://preserved.railcar.co.uk/51432.html - reports to be stripped and then scrapped at MoD expense
http://preserved.railcar.co.uk/51498.html
https://www.facebook.com/pages/101-Diesel-Multiple-Unit-L835-51432-51498/157285574332763

Sunday, March 30, 2014

30 years ago: Two Class 50's at Reading, 31st March 1984

Actually a visit to Didcot, these pictures of Class 50's were taken on the journey to and from my destination.

50034 Furious (OC), named in April 1978, arriving at Reading from the west with a Paddington bound service. New to traffic in July 1968, withdrawn in June 1990, and broken up by Coopers Metals at Old Oak Common in February 1991. In the background can be seen Ford Escort Mk 1, Cortina Mk IV, Austin Marina van, and Morris Marina Coupe.
Later in the day, 50046 Ajax (LA), named in October 1978 is in the sidings, and I think that this may have been taken from the train to Basingstoke. 50046 was new to traffic in November 1968, and was withdrawn in March 1992, being disposed of at MC Metals in Glasgow in June of that year.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

CE & Diverted Freightliner Workings, Romsey to Redbridge, 29th March 2014

Class leader 70001 PowerHaul passes Spaniards Lane with from 4O27 05:26 from Garston.
40 minutes later, 70001 is in repose at Southampton Maritime.
66063 with CE train 6Nxx 09:58 Eastleigh - Woking - Laverstock - Redbridge where it was met with a red signal, and then obtained permission to enter possession.
66567 passes Coldharbour Lane with 4O29 08:14 from Crewe Basford Hall. Derelict SR Exmouth Jct concrete platelayers' hut.

Friday, March 28, 2014

24th - 29th March 2014

 56303 (once 56125) passing Shawford with 6Z31 Clacton - Eastleigh, 24th March. Image by Ian Knight.
31190 arriving at Totton, 25th March. Image by Ian Knight.
70801 on 6Z30 at Romsey, 28th March

Monday 24th March: 56303 + 56312 6Z31 04:15 Clacton - Eastleigh one two three four five six seven eight nine ten, 6Z42 23:20 Eastleigh - Hinton Admiral
Tuesday 25th March: 56303 + 56312 6Z41 04:55 Hinton Admiral - Eastleigh, 31190 0Z31 10:48 Eastleigh - Totton, 0Z32 12:40 Totton - Eastleigh one two three, 56303 + 31190 6Z42 23:00 Eastleigh - Hinton Admiral, 56312 0Z56 10:42 Eastleigh - Washwood Heath, 70802 7Z30 17:18 Westbury - Eastleigh with crane
Wednesday 26th March:  56303 + 31190 6Z41 04:55 Hinton Admiral - Totton, 6Z42 23:59 Totton - Hinton Admiral
Thursday 27th March: 56303 + 31190 6Z41 04:55 Hinton Admiral - Totton, 6Z42 23:14 Totton - Hinton Admiral
Friday 28th March: 56303 + 31190 6Z41 04:55 Hinton Admiral - Eastleigh, 6Y75 15:01 Eastleigh - Totton, 6Y69 21:05 Totton - Eastleigh
Saturday 29th March: 56303 + 31190 6Z42 23:00 Eastleigh - Hounslow