Monday, April 21, 2014

Tractors in the mist, 21st April 2014

"The Heart of Wales Meanderer" 1Z49 07:07 Eastleigh to Llandrindod Wells

The "tractors" shattered the morning peace, tooting and roaring through Chandlers Ford, several minutes before getting to Crampmoor where I was sharing the field with a deer which was quite calm with my presence. Not seen after the train went by.
Lead locomotive 37612 was new as D6879 on 2nd October 1963, renumbered to 37179 in 1973, and rebuilt to 37691 in February 1987. Modified for Channel Tunnel (European Passenger Services) trains in December 1995, and sold to DRS in June 1997.
37611 was new on 17th September 1963 as D6871, renumbered to 37171 in 1973. Rebuilt to 37690 in February 1987, and modified as 37611 in November 1995. Sold to DRS in June 1997.
Riviera Trains BCK coach 21272 was built new for SR usage, with air brake and electric heating, at Derby to lot 30732 in 1964. Out of use from November 1972, it was transferred to the ScR in April 1974, and was running with vacuum brake and dual heating. Withdrawn in May 1982 and to Pullman Rail for use from May 1985 to July 1995 as 99129, returning to 21272 from May 1999. Now running with dual brakes.

Friday, April 18, 2014

14th - 19th April 2014

Good Friday - One Hour -Three Freightliners pass Romsey on 'Diverts'.
66567 at 07:10 with 4O12 02:40 Lawley St. - Maritime, which was booked to change driver here.
70009 passing at 07:57 with 4O22 01:47 Trafford Park - Maritime
66558 at 08:05 with 4O18 03:50 Lawley St. - Maritime.

Sunday 13th April: 56303 + 56312 6Z41 06:45 Leatherhead - Eastleigh one two three
Monday 14th April: 56303 + 56312 6Y75 10:48 Eastleigh - Totton, 6Z42 22:54 Totton - Byfleet & New Haw
Tuesday 15th April: 56303 + 56312 6Z41 04:30 Weybridge - Totton,
Wednesday 16th April: 56303 + 56312 6Z42 22:20 Totton - Haslemere, 67024 5M61 21:26 Eastleigh - Wembley
Thursday 17th April: 56303 + 56312 6Z41 04:25 Haslemere - Totton, 6Z42 22:40 Totton - Haslemere, 66135 + 60045 DIT 6X01 10:17 Scunthorpe - Eastleigh one two three four, 60074 4M52 1:32 Eastern Docks - Castle Bromwich (but only to Eastleigh)
Friday 18th April:  56303 + 56312 6Z41 05:00 Haslemere - Eastleigh, 6Z42 22:43 Eastleigh - West London Jct., 66207 + 66206 + 66087 + 67005 5M61 09:53 Wembley - Eastleigh one two
Saturday 19th April:
Sunday 20th April: 37611 + 37612 + 47810 DIT T+T 1Z48 10:57 Whitchurch - Eastleigh one two three four five six seven eight nine ten, 56303 + 56312 6Z41 19:25 Clapham Jct - Eastleigh

60045 is returned to resume as Eastleigh super shunter.

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, 56303 + 56312 6Z42 23:00 Eastleigh - Leatherhead

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.