Monday, 27 March 2017

First MTR South Western Trains Limited wins South Western franchise

Return of the Plastic Pigs!

Farewell to South West Trains

Department of Transport Press Release

Chinese firm MTR to help operate UK's South West trains franchise - The Guardian


The 18 refurbished 5 coach trains for the Portsmouth Direct (2 + 2 seating) appear to be Class 442s equipped with a new traction package, replacing that which came from the 4-REPs and now 50 years old.

For liveries, time to get the SWT photos over the next four months or so.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

47771 basks in the sunshine at Maritime, 25th March 2017

Potentially  the last Class 47 on Southampton Maritime, 47771 has been prepared with a through brakepipe hose for the drag move to Eastleigh Works.

47771 was new from Brush at Loughborough on 6th July 1966, as D1946 allocated to D16 on the London Midland Region (Toton). With ETH fitted, it was renumbered to 47503 in May 1974, and then 47771 in June 1994. Withdrawn in April 2000, and preserved in June 2003.

The locomotive carried the name The Geordie from August 1998 to June 1991, previously carried by 47403 and 47411. Later named Heaton Traincare Depot from 18th March 1993.

My own first sighting of 47503 was on 18th February 1984, arriving at Southampton with a cross-country service.

20th - 25th March 2017

Still almost light - and the clocks change this weekend, 70808 passes Romsey with 6O31 17:30 Westbury - Eastleigh, 18:37, 24th March.

Monday 20th March: 
Tuesday 21st March: 37057 '399Y' 23:38 Woking - Wimbledon - Basingstoke - Reading - Basingstoke -Woking - Eastleigh
Wednesday 22nd March:73963 +73964 1Q66 06:07 Woking - Laverstock - Romsey - Eastleigh Fawley - Eastleigh - Romsey - Laverstock - Andover - Ludgershall - Andover - Woking one two; 37611 0Z37 11:38 Cardiff Canton - Reading - Basingstoke - Eastleigh one two three; 37057 '345Z' 22:54 Eastleigh - Brighton - Eastleigh
Thursday 23rd March: 37057 3Q04 21:17 Eastleigh - Totton Yard - Eastleigh - Basingstoke - Reading one two
Friday 24th March:
Saturday 25th March:

47771 at Maritime one two three four

Eastleigh Works: 06Mar - 09Mar - 10Mar - 14Mar - 15Mar

Hamworthy Stone: Tue 21st: 59002, Fri 24th: 59202

Eastleigh Works, 23rd March 2017

37057 is stabled with a test train.

Super shunter 47818.
57011 has given up its good bogies. The engine was a runner a few weeks ago, it is uncertain if the locomotive moves under its own power.

73201 Broadlands has spent recent months under repair in the weeks - the bogies appear to have received attemtion.

Friday, 24 March 2017

47771 arrives at Maritime, 21st March 2017.

Images by Ian Knight.

47771 Heaton Traincare Depot has arrived in the docks, ready for unloading.

After inspections it is due to be tripped to Eastleigh Works.

59002 Alan J Day is seen returning from Hamworthy.

Monday, 20 March 2017

70803 will be back soon

A test run took place, running with 70812, from Plymouth - Penzance - Tavistock Jct on Friday 17th.

Moved to Westbury 23rd March.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

DRS rebuilt BSOs

Brodie Engineering in Kilmarnock has recently converted Mk 2E BSOs 9506 and 9508 into nuclear escort vehicles, which are fitted with hopper windows, and have had gangways removed and replaced with glazed ends. It is not yet clear if these will be in addition to, or will replace Mk 2A BSOs 9419 and 9428, which are currently in use.

There are few photographs so far of the converted BSOs. 9508 is seen here, but the reported hopper windows cannot be discerned.

While in the ownership of Cargo-D, 9506 is the first vehicle in this railtour at Crampmoor, 14th August 2010.

Closer detail of 9506.

Before Cargo-D, 9506 ran for Wessex Trains. Here Mk 2F BSO 9525 is seen at Westbury, this also now being in the inventory of DRS.

9508 was kept at Barrow Hill in recent years, seen here on 6th July 2013.

9419 and 9428 are seen here at the Open Day at Gresty Bridge, 19th July 2014, soon after a repair at Eastleigh.