Monday, July 21, 2014

DRS Open Day, Gresty Lane, Crewe, 19th July 2014

A full set of pictures from Gresty Lane is here on OneDrive.

47810 in the latest DRS colours. New as D1924 in December 1965 to 86A Cardiff Canton. Loaned to Eastleigh and handled the last down Bournemouth Belle.
20309 was new as D8075 in July 1961 to 65A Eastfield. 37606 was new as D6790 in January 1963 allocated to 52A Gateshead.
37419 was new as D6991 in July 1965 to 86A Cardiff Canton.
 37682 was new as D6936 in April 1964 to 87E Landore
47818 was new as D1917 in December 1965 allocated to 86A Cardiff Canton. 57010 was new as D1907 in September 1965 with the same allocation.
68002 Intrepid was delivered through Southampton in January 2014, the first toarrive.
68008 Avenger is reported to be ARR fitted, as a backup for Chiltern services, but I see no relevant connectors. Delivered through Liverpool in early June.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

"The Caterpillar Cat", 19th July 2014

 
57009 arriving at Romsey with 57008 behind. 57009 was once 47079 George Jackson Churchward which I first saw on 8th April 1977 in Fife on a cement train, well away from its Cardiff base.
70801 at Westbury (rain on window)
70809 at Westbury
66194 waiting to depart rom Basford Hall
09204 of LNWR
08507 of Riviera Trains
The tour has arrived at Crewe .....
..... and is much admired
57308 County of Staffordshire is on Thunderbird duties when the tour returns to depart from platform 12
57009 and 57008 ready to return
57316 with Old Oak Common - Kilmarnock stock move

1Z86 07:07 Eastleigh - Bristol - Worcester - Kidderminster - Bescot - Crewe - Chester - Crewe,
1Z87 16:40 Crewe - Chester - Shrewbury - Hereford - Newport - Bristol - Eastleigh

Consist: 57009 + 57008 + 6137 6183 5965 5921 5964 1200 3426 3397 1683 3348 35469

Avoided the floods! Away and to the north before Westbury - Bath closed at 10:00 for flooding near Trowbridge, reopened about 11:23.

Photo coverage on Flickr.

Highlights noted from the train window:
  • Westbury: 70801 + 70809 parked
  • Filton Abbey Wood: a Cross-Country HST
  • Gloucester: 66849 with bulk coal wagons
  • Kidderminster: 55019, 50049 and 50026
  • Stourbridge Junction: 67014 with set including DVT 82304
  • Bescot: EWS Mk 2 set - 5959 + 6152 + 9529 + 5929 + 6036 + 9531 + 5922
  • Bescot: 60099 (silver)
  • Crewe: 57316 (T+T 47580) on a GW HST stock working to Kilmarnock (5Z00 12:30 Old Oak Common - Kilmarnock)
  • Crewe Heritage Centre: 47712, 03073, 5553, 5224(?), 80136, 47192
  • Crewe Electric: 90023, 90038, 90032, 90040 and others
  • Sutton Bridge Junction: 97302 and 97304
  • Magor area: 60020 on Murco tanks (6B47 18:10 Westerleigh - Margam)
  • Westbury: 60087

14th - 19th July 2014

57009 + 57008 lead "The Caterpillar Cat" into Romsey, 19th July. More tour and DRS coverage in due course.

Monday 14th July: 56303 + 56311 6Y75 10:18 Eastleigh - Totton one two three four five, 56301 + 56311 Totton - Eastleigh
Tuesday 15th July: 37423 0Z70 08:51 Willesden Brent - Eastleigh, 5Z68 12:38 Eastleigh - Willesden Brent, 60087 + 70809 6Y42 13:57  Hoo Jct - Eastleigh one two ,  7080x + 7080x 0Z30 17:26 Westbury - Eastleigh (97 mins lost because of TPWS/AWS issue between Wishford and Wilton)
Wednesday 16th July: 56311 5Z56 11:56 Eastleigh - Wolverton one two three, 66004 + 60087 6V41 14:47 Eastleigh - Westbury
Thursday 17th July:
Friday 18th July: 57008 + 57009 5Z85 08:45 Crewe - Hereford - Newport - Romsey - Salisbury - Eastleigh one two three four five six seven eight, 56301 Eastleigh - Weymouth - Totton
Saturday 19th July: 57008 + 57009 1Z86 07:07 Eastleigh -Salisbury - Cheltenham - Kidderminster - Crewe - Chester - Crewe, 1Z88 16:40 Crewe - Chester - Hereford - Newport - Salisbury - Eastleigh, 56301 + 56303 6Z42 21:37½ Totton - Bracknell,
Sunday 20th July: 56301 + 56303 6Z41 07:25 Virginia Water - Totton, 57008 + 57009 5Z90 12:32 Eastleigh - Crewe

Saturday, July 12, 2014

The Swanage Belle, 10th July 2014

This train was originally scheduled for haulage by 70013 Olver Cromwell but was changed to diesel power after industrial action was taken by the Fire Brigades Union. Further planned action may be disruptive to planned steam workings over the next week.

1Z87 16:55 Swanage - Waterloo


37706 takes the slow line at Eastleigh, and would be followed on this line by a Freightliner, allowing a Cross Country train to proceed ahead on the fast.
This example of class EE power was new from Vulcan Foundry in June 1961 as D6716, later 37016.
47237 had worked the down working.

Colas 70/8's at Eastleigh, 10th July 2014

70810 dragged in 70803 as 0Z30 17:26 Westbury - Eastleigh.
Meanwhile 70804 was shunting around the yards, picking up these wagons to form a train.
70810 deposited 70803 in the yard, and then moved to collect 6V31 20:13 Eastleigh - Westbury, although this is not recorded as departing until 20:47.
70804 prepared to depart with 6Y43 19:57 to Hoo Jct.
70803 deposited again in the yard. It was reported at Hoo by Friday evening.

Freightliner workings at Eastleigh, 10th July 2014

70014 arrives for a crew change with 4M98 18:00 Maritime - Garston. This one has the modified grille.
66420 now has a 'Freightliner' logo across the front. 4E76 19:01 Maritime - Leeds.
 66564 leaves ugly smoke behind with delayed 6Y08 18:46 Eastleigh - Laverstock.
66418 in the remains of the sunlight with 4M04 19:16 Maritime - Lawley Street.

7th - 12th July 2014

47739 Robin of Templecombe at Eastleigh and proceeding into Eastleigh Works.

Monday 7th July: 67024 5O61 09:53 Wembley - Eastleigh, 70804 + 60087 DIT 6Y41 09:02 Eastleigh - Hoo one two three four five (60087 then worked from Hoo, but failed mid-section at Wadhurst on Thursday in a possession), 56303 + 60113 5Z63 09:16 Crewe - Wembley - Willesden - Basingstoke - Salisbury (run around) - Romsey - Eastleigh - Swanage one two three four five six seven eight nine ten eleven twelve thirteen, 56303 0Z56 21:00 Swanage - Totton, 56303 + 56311 6Z42 23:38 Totton - Winnersh
Tuesday 8th July: 56303 + 56311 6Z41 04:30 Earley - Liss - Southampton - Eastleigh, 6Y75 20:35 Eastleigh - Totton
Wednesday 9th July: 44932 + 33209 1Z67 08:44 Victoria - Weymouth one two three four five six seven eight  nine ten, 1Z69 16:35 Weymouth - Southampton - Laverstock - Waterloo one two three four five six
Thursday 10th July: 47237 + 37706 1Z86 08:44 Victoria - Swanage one two three four, 1Z87 16:55 Swanage - Waterloo one two three; 47739 0Z47 15:24 Washwood Heath - Eastleigh one two three four five six, 56303 + 56311 6Z42 23:38 Totton - Earley
Friday 11th July: 56303 + 56311 6Z41 04:55 Winnersh - Totton, 37405 3Z05 04:00 Swindon - Melsham - Westbury - Romsey - Eastleigh, 3Q01 21:46 Eastleigh - Winchester Baltic Siding - Eastern Docks - Northam - Redbridge - Winchester Baltic Siding - Fawley - Totton - Lymington Pier - Eastleigh, 47739 4Z58 09:23 Eastleigh - Doncaster one two three four five six
Saturday 12th July: 37405 3Z07 10:50 Eastleigh - Derby, 66092 + 66132 T+T 5Z31 20:52 Eastleigh - Welwyn
Sunday 13th July: 56303 + 56311 6Y57 01:16 Totton - St Denys - Eastleigh 60045 0N04 07:38 Eastleigh - Farnham  one two, 6C08  09:56 Ash Vale - Eastleigh one two, 66092+ 66132 5Z33 21:55 Finsbury Park - Eastleigh

70803 was released from Eastleigh LNWR on Monday, and headed to Westbury 0Z70 at 10:21 with 70807 + 70810 one two three four.I don't see any records of 70803 working from Westbury, it was dragged to Eastleigh from Westbury on Thursday, but had reportedly reached Hoo by Friday evening.

57303 is reported to have been stripped of its numbers at Eastleigh Works prior to entering the paintshop on Thursday, from where it is expected to emerge in new DRS colours.