Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Interruption to Service


All will be sorted out eventually. Here is 56117 in Budapest on Monday 27th. I will revise in due course and cover more re Norwegian 3.623.

630 003-1 (56117) and 3.623.

The same locomotive at Eastleigh 9th November 2008.

Saturday, 18 June 2016

37175 departs from Eastleigh with a test train, 18th June 2016


37175 with ultrasonic test train 3Z18 10:51 Eastleigh - Hither Green, which departed 50 mins early. The previous time I wanted to catch this, on 21st November last, it left early and I was left standing in Lidl, just watching it go by. I was rather better prepared this time.

At the works in preparation for departure. 37175 was new as D6875 from English Electric Vulcan Foundry EE/VF3353/D839 1963 on 20th September 1963, allocated to Cardiff Canton. Withdrawn in June 1999 it spent time with the EWS Heritage Fleet, before being sold for preservation in 2006, and reaching Bo'ness in September 2007. Sold to Colas in January 2014.

6260 is Generator Van converted from a BG (formerly 81450 then 92116, Lot 30400, Pressed Steel August 1958). The departmental conversion was made in March 2003.

Leaving the works and heading into platform 3 at the station.





62384 was a 4-CIG MBSO which ran from July 1971 to April 2005, in unit 7396 later 1296, then 4-BIG 2258 and 4-CIG 1393 (with 4-CEP TSO). This was preserved at the Great Central Railway, then sold in September 2011 to be converted to Ultrasonic Test Train Coach, released into traffic in May 2012.

9703 was originally Mk2F BSO 9517 completed at Derby to Lot 30861 in June 1974. Converted to DBSO for Edinburgh - Glasgow services in June 1979, and taken into departmental use in February 2007 as a DTC.

Heading out past Lidl in the Up direction,




Eastleigh, 18th June 2016


66418 approaches with 4O18 05:03 Lawley Street - Maritime.

66124 with 6M48 09:48 Eastern Docks - Halewood.

66591 leads 4M55 10:00 Maritime - Daventry.

66504 heading south with 4O14 07:37 Hams Hall - Maritime.

70014 passing with 4O27 05:21 Garston - Maritime.

60017, new to traffic in October 1990, is sitting on the naughty step after failing on Thursday, understood to be an AWS fault.

DRP81532 is a Plasser & Theurer GPC72 heavy duty diesel hydraulic crane (number 5530 of 1981)

13th - 18th June 2016


59201 heading 7O44 13:35 Merehead - Eastleigh passing Romsey, 17th June.

The last JHA was OK 19317, built by Orenstein & Koppel in Germany in 1989.

Sunday 12th June: 60100 7O44 21:20 Westbury - Botley (but some issue caused long delay in Warminster area, may have failed)
Monday 13th June: 67010 + 60017 T+T 5O61 09:54 Wembley - Eastleigh one two three four, 67010 0M61 14:27 Eastleigh - Wembley; 66768 5O08 09:42 Wolverton - Eastleigh (barrier coaches) one
Tuesday 14th June: 60017 6B45 09:14 Eastleigh - Marchwood one two three, 6B38 11:00 Marchwood - Eastleigh one two
Wednesday 15th June: 
Thursday 16th June: 60017 6B43 09:37 Eastleigh - Western Docks (reported failed on down line at Eastleigh with AWS fault, train ran forward 100 mins late) one; 37175 3Q22 20:57 Wimbledon - Eastleigh Works one
Friday 17th June: 37175 3Z08 21:57 Eastleigh - Redbridge - Bath - Redbridge (- Fareham) - Southampton - Eastleigh, 60017 at Eastleigh one
Saturday 18th June: 73961 + 73964 5Z61 02:55 Eastleigh - Ashford; 37175 3Z18 10:51 Eastleigh - Hither Green (ran early from Eastleigh, then held at Wallers Ash)

Saturday, 11 June 2016

The Purbeck & Bomo Explorer part two, 11th June 2016


1Z52 16:05 Swanage - Derby

The location is Redbridge, where the train was 8 minutes late, right time being recovered by Winchester.

50050 Fearless now leads with 50007 Hercules in multiple.



Southampton Maritime, 11th June 2016

It's been quite a while since I was at Maritime, it appears to have been 6 months, more or less.

08531, now in a Powerhaul scheme.

70015 is moved within the confines of the yard.

The other shunter present was 08785.

The Purbeck & Bomo Explorer part one, 11th June 2016


1Z50 (04:48 Derby -) Saltley - Swanage. Hoover time!

The location is Crampmoor.

50007 Hercules was new as D407 to LMWL (London Midland Western Lines) on 16th March 1968, later to DO5 (Stoke Division) and CD (Crewe Diesel), all in effect Crewe. In May 1974 it was reallocated to LA (Plymouth Laira). Refurbished at Doncaster between September 1982 and February 1983. The locomotive was withdrawn after the final BR Class 50 railtour on 26th March 1994, working in the same pair as here in 2016. Preserved by the Class 40 Appeal at Butterley, until sale in 2013 to Boden Rail Engineering.

50050 Fearless was completed at English Electric / Vulcan Foundry in August 1967. Allocated new to LMWL on 7th October 1967 as first of class D400. The allocation was later changed to DO5, but it was moved to the WR at BR (Bristol Bath Road) between October 1972 and May 1973, then back to the LMR at CD until May 1974 when it again went to the WR at OC (Old Oak Common). Refurbished between January - July 1983. Similarly to 50007, it ran until March 1994, and was then privately purchased, latterly kept at the Yeovil Railway Centre, before sale to Boden Rail Engineering in January 2015.


3325 is a Mark 2F FO, from Lot 30859, built by BR Derby, and placed in traffic in December 1973. Still in basic Virgin Trains colours.

3390 comes from the same lot, also being delivered in December 1973. More recently it was 'Constable' in the "Great Briton" set.