Saturday, 28 March 2015

23rd - 28th March 2015


59003 YEOMAN HIGHLANDER in the Arlington paint facility at Eastleigh Works, 28th March.
Mk 2F TSO 5937 from Lot 30846 at Derby in 1973. Recently delivered to Eastleigh, and expected to join the ScotRail Fife Circle fleet after repaint.
70802 has an intermittent marker light, seen at the start of this video at dusk on 27th March.

Monday 23rd March: 67007 + 67023 T+T 5O61 09:53 Wembley - Eastleigh one two
Tuesday 24th March:
Wednesday 25th March:
Thursday 26th March:
Friday 27th March: 68009 0Z70 01:00 Crewe - Eastleigh one two three, 5Z68 12:34 Eastleigh - Willesden Brent; 08650 removed from Eastleigh Works by road to the Isle of Grain.
Saturday 28th March:

TTA final moves

Tuesday 24th March: 66137 6B41 06:56 Eastleigh - Fawley, 6B62 09:13 Fawley - Eastleigh one two three four five six seven eight nine ten eleven twelve
- 16 TTAs from Fawley, 10 then were worked forward in 6V38 to Didcot.

Thursday 26th March: 6B93 09:53 Eastleigh - Fawley, 0B94 12:05 Fawley - Eastleigh - not sure if this was TTA traffic being returned empty to Fawley.

Fuel was supplied to railway fuel depots at Eastleigh and Ipswich. It appears than an Immingham to Ipswich rail alternative is being arranged using TEAs.

Eastleigh Works and coaches for ScotRail. The coaches are understood to be for Fife Circle duties, which will return to operation of two loco hauled diagrams. Those going north on Friday were 5945 + 6183 + 5965 + 5976 + 9521. The BSO was in DRS colours, and the remainder in the ScotRail scheme. Most of these were recently in Riviera traffic. 68009 and the coaches worked forward to Kingmoor on Saturday. one two three four five six seven eight nine ten eleven twelve thirteen fourteen

Others have been repainted at Derby. one  6177 two three

At Carlisle, 68006 has also been repainted into the ScotRail scheme.

47828 does appear to be at Eastleigh for parts removal. 47805 has been reinstated to traffic following exam at Crewe, thus DRS have 5 available Class 47 as planned for their current needs.

Elsewhere: 34092 SPAD incident on 7th March.

Freight Workings, 28th March 2015


66570 passes at Eastleigh with 4O18 05:03 Lawley Street - Maritime.
66569 follows half an hour later with 4O14 06:17 Hams Hall - Maritime
 66194 with an STP 6Z48 14:04 Eastern Docks to Didcot Yard, passing Romsey
 These are 4 wheel car, 8 axle set, IPA single deck articulated car carriers belonging to STVA, (Laadffoos), and the last seen here was 23.87.4384.042-9. The build appears to be by ZNK Albert in Romania.
70014 with 4O51 05:27 Leeds to Maritime via Birmingham and Laverstock - having used ECML for some recent weeks. Not sure when this will revert to standard route through Eastleigh.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

On the TTAs from RY Pickering & Co

The TTA wagons, which I took the picture of recently, were rather intriguing since they looked modern enough yet the frames were riveted, and looked rather "older". That in the picture is ESSO 56038.

Looking into the history of these wagons, finds that 282 wagons were built, as TTVs, the first 200 by Pickering in 1964 (or 1965), so are 50 years old. In the 1980s the suspension was rebuilt, and conversion  was made to TTA with air brakes.

R Y Pickering & Co. of Wishaw (1864 - c1987)

Links: one two three four five five six map air photo (the adjacent station to Pickering's works was Wishaw South, on the WCML, closed 15th September 1958).

Saturday, 21 March 2015

16th - 21st March 2015


66105 approaches Romsey at speed, for the Chandler's Ford line, with 4O40 09:09 Morris Cowley -Eastern Docks, running 129 minutes late - Minis for export.

66536 (pool DFHH) with 6O26 10:50 Hinksey - Eastleigh, running 93 minutes late.
OBA 110076, a 2 axle air braked open goods wagon, built at Ashford ~1978 for Speedlink usage. Mesh doors fitted while in departmental usage.

Monday 16th March: 57008 (+ 5937 + 9521 + 6137 + 5955) 5Z71 05:43 Willesden Brent - Eastleigh, 0Z68 12:34 Eastleigh - Willesden Brent
Tuesday 17th March: 5Oxx 19:45 Wembley - Eastleigh
Wednesday 18th March:73128 + 73136 1Q85 06:05 Woking - Southampton DGL - Southampton - Southampton UGL - Shalford one two three four five six
Thursday 19th March: 66711 0V40 09:09 Eastleigh - Westbury (new Aggregate Industries colours)
Friday 20th March: 67007 5M61 21:26 Eastleigh - Wembley
Saturday 21st March:

66711 now in Aggregate Industries colours with additional GBRf markings. one two three

47828 at Eastleigh Works, 19th March

09002 delivered to Eastleigh Works 20th March from Whitemoor (pool GBWM - GBRf shunters). This was previously preserved at the South Devon Railway. 21st March.

08650 is another recent arrival. 21st March.

TTAs - workings to and from Fawley reported to finish at end of this month - on Tuesday 24th. Understood to be changing since Fawley will cease to produce dye for red diesel. Seen this week : one two three four five six seven eight nine ten eleven
6B41 06:46 Eastleigh - Fawley
6B62 09:13 Fawley - Eastleigh
6B93 09:53 Eastleigh - Fawley
6B94 12:05 Fawley - Eastleigh

08904 with TTAs from the shed to the yard, Eastleigh 8th March
TTA wagons in tow

Saturday, 14 March 2015

9th - 14th March 2015


Driving Trailer 9703 leads 3Z07 to Derby at Shawford on 14th March. Following coaches are 999606 (Ultrasonic Test Coach UTU4, once MBSO 62356 from 4-CIG 1850, stored in June 2003) + 6264 (Generator Van)  + 9523 (Staff Coach /Brake Force Runner).
37402 Stephen Middlemore 23.12.1954-8.6.2013 provides power on the rear. Released to traffic on 6th April 1965 to Cardiff Canton as D6974.
47727 + Railvac RAUK-3 Liskeard to Eastleigh at Redbridge, 9th March. Image by Ian Knight.

Monday 9th March: 47727 6C51 05:09 Liskeard - Eastleigh one two three four five six seven eight nine; 57011 + 57310 0Z68 12:34 Eastleigh - Willesden one two three four
Tuesday 10th March: 47727 0Y63 09:42 Eastleigh - Hoo one two
Wednesday 11th March:
Thursday 12th March: 43013 + 43014 1X23 13:39 Salisbury - Redbridge - Southampton - Redbridge - Salisbury
Friday 13th March: 67018 5M61 21:26 Eastleigh - Wembley; 37402 3Q01 23:20 Hither Green - Eastleigh - Fareham - Eastleigh - Bournemouth - Eastleigh
Saturday 14th March: 37402 3Z07 08:51 Eastleigh - Derby one two three

Eastleigh Works: 16Feb - 17Feb - 20Feb

Railvac is again using Totton Yard, now with GBRf: one two

Friday, 13 March 2015

20 minutes at Romsey, 12th March 2015

One amazing sequence of three consecutive freights at Romsey, and also the New Measurement Train.

14:22 - 43014 The Railway Observer passing through Romsey, some 23 minutes late. 43014 was new from Crewe Works in May 1976.

43014 + 977984 + 975814 (once prototype Mk III FO/TF 11000 / 41000, Derby 1972, and also Test Car 10) + 977993 + 977994 + 975984 (once prototype Mk III RSB/TRSB 10000 / 40000, Derby 1972, formerly Test Car 4) + 43013

43013 at the other end of the train, also delivered in May 1976.
14:29 - 66568 with 4M62 13:56 Maritime - Hams Hall
14:35 - 66075 slows to a stop at the red signal with 7V07 12:41 Chichester - Merehead, waiting for 4M62 to clear section ahead,
14:39 - 59002 ALAN J DAY was waiting at the Sun Arch for 66075 to move on, with late running 12:47 7V16 Fareham - Merehead, and in turn arrived at the next red signal. This locomotive has now been in traffic for 29 years.
JNA-A open box wagon NACO 3900 on the rear of 7V07. The first of its type, designed and built by Marcroft Engineering in 2000.