Wednesday, 22 October 2014

The Dartmouth Express, return journey, 18th October 2014

1Z84 16:05 Kingswear to Taunton, with 70013, then 47237 to Westbury (run around) and return to Poole.

The train was approaching an amber signal, to enter the Chandler's Ford line and be held beyond the Sun Arch.
47237 was delivered to traffic on 1st November 1965 from Brush to 86A Cardiff Canton, and has worked for BR, DRS, Cotswold Rail and now West Coast.
Coach 99712 is a kitchen car RK, converted from SK 25893 (later 18893). Delivered from Derby in 1962 under Lot 30685. Withdrawn in June 1986 it became 99712 in the following month, at that time with Train Tours. Into traffic as a kitchen car from April 2013.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

The Dartmouth Express, 18th October 2014

1Z82 6:08 Poole - Bristol with 47237, then 70013 Oliver Cromwell onwards to Kingswear

In low light, 47237 leads into Romsey.
This train is something of an annual fixture. Sharper result than in 2013, light was better in 2011.
Reliving the days of locomotive hauled.
BCK 99306 was originally 21256 delivered to Lot 30731 from Derby in February 1964. Withdrawn October 1982, and went to the Midland Railway Centre. Main line with West Coast since August 1988, including service on the West Highland services. Dual brake, dual heat - this train is running on vacuum brake. 

13th - 18th October 2014


20311 + 20314 + 59003 Yeoman Highlander start on the final short leg from Eastleigh into the works, 13th October.
59003 is dragged off into the darkness.
20314 + 20311 are seen awaiting their return journey to Barrow Hill on 14th. Image by Ian Knight.

20311 originally was D8102, delivered in December 1961 from Robert Stephenson and Hawthorn, Darlington, to 65A Eastfield. Withdrawn in September 1991, onwards to RFS Locomotives at Doncaster as 2008 for Channel Tunnel construction. To DRS as 20311 following refurbishment in 1997-98, then stored in 2008, and sent to Eastleigh in September 2009. Removed to storage at Carnforth in 2010, it was moved to Barrow Hill in November 2011, and restored to traffic by HNRC in 2012.

20314 originally was D8117 delivered in February 1962, also from RSH, to 66A Polmadie. To DRS as 20314 following refurbishment in 1997-98. By 2009 it was in storage from DRS and spent time at Eastleigh, then following a similar path to 20311.

59003 Yeoman Highlander built by EMD at La Grange, Illinois, USA in 1985 and introduced into traffic in February 1986. To Germany for Yeoman / DB in 1997, later to Heavy Haul Power International and returned to UK 2014 for GBRf. The Highlander name reflected the Foster Yeoman operation at Glensanda in Scotland.

Monday 13th October: 57305 0Z57 10:30 Eastleigh - Gresty Bridge one two three four five, 20311 + 20314 + 59003 0Z59 11:00 Immingham - Eastleigh Flickr pictures one two three four five, 31452 + 31601 6Y57 23:29 Totton - Hilsea
Tuesday 14th October: 31452 + 31601 6Y57 04:35 Hilseas - Totton, 20311 + 20314 0Z47 10:36 Eastleigh - Barrow Hill one two Flickr pictures, 56303 0Z56 14:30 Willesden - Totton
Wednesday 15th October: 56301 + 50026 0Z50 12:23 Kidderminster - Eastleigh Flickr pictures, 56301 + 56303 23:29 Totton - Hilsea,
Thursday 16th October:  56301 + 56303 6Y57 04:35 Hilseas - Totton, 23:29 Totton - Hilsea, 31452 + 31601 0Zxx 10:21 Totton - Eastleigh, 0Z31 12:03 Eastleigh - Redbridge - Meldon Quarry one two (to pick up 47701 for transfer to Burton, from where it will be going to Hungary)
Friday 17th October: 56301 + 56303  6Y57 04:35 Hilseas - Totton, 47237 5Z80 09;45 Southall - Poole, 37688 3Z31 21:35 Eastleigh - Wimbledon
Saturday 18th October: 47237 1Z82 06:08 Poole - Bristol (70013 to Kingswear) , 1Z84 (16:05 Kingswear-) Taunton - Westbury - Poole, 5Z86 22:47 Poole - Acton Lane Reception Sidings; 56301 + 56303 23:25 Totton - Wimbledon

Further night pictures from Eastleigh on Monday

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Diverts at East Grimstead, Saturday 11th October 2014

66142 with 6N03 03:31 Eastleigh to Northam sleepers and ballast
159020 + 159004 as 1Z21 08:02 Waterloo - Swanage (UK Railtours)
66060 with 6N06 10:32 Westbury - Romsey ballast
70018 with 4O14 07:37 from Hams Hall
66712 Peterborough Power Signalbox with 6G18 (?) 11:03 Eastleigh to Romsey ballast and sleepers.

Diverts at first light, Romsey, Saturday 11th October 2014

66541 approaches in the remains of the mist with 4O11 00:26 from Crewe Basford Hall running 167 minutes late.
The same train, now much closer to the platform.
10 minutes later came 70016 with 4O22 01:41 from Trafford Park, running 23 minutes late.
The Freightliner delays seemed to be the reason for the 24 minutes delay of 6C08 06:09 from Westbury with Turkish assembled 70801. This stopped at Romsey before proceeding towards works on the Chandler's Ford line.
Rail head treatment train duties for DR98977 + DR98927 which ran several cycles between Salisbury and Southampton during the day as 3S82.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

6th - 11th October 2014


 66850 David Maidment OBE leads 70805 and 70804 with 6Z30 on 10th October, at Romsey.


Monday 6th October: 60049 6O49 04:59 Didcot - Eastleigh, 47739 4Z47 16:30 Eastleigh - Wimbledon, 31452+ 31601 6Y57 22:02 Totton - Chard Jct
Tuesday 7th October: xxxxx + 60091 6E15 21:06 Eastleigh - Scunthorpe
Wednesday 8th October:
Thursday 9th October: 66748 Toton - Eastleigh one two three four five six seven
Friday 10th October: 31452+ 31601 22:30 6Y57 Chard Jct - Eastleigh
Saturday 11th October:
Sunday 12th October: 31452 + 31601 6Y57 07:31 Totton - St Denys one two three four, 19:56 St Denys - Totton

59003 is back in the UK and should be Eastleigh bound on Monday 14th: 0Z59 11:00 Immingham Mineral Quay - Eastleigh, arriving about 20:07. Class 47 expected out of Immingham, chatter suggests 2 x Class 20 from Barrow Hill.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

47501 stored at Norwich


We've seen 47501 meet its end at least once before, after which it was fitted with a Class 57 style cooler group at Eastleigh and returned to traffic using parts from 47839.

This time it appears that it has wheel flat issues after being dragged from Norwich to Lowestoft on 2nd September, and has now been stored XHSS (DRS Locomotives Stored).

It last appeared on these pages working on 22nd August, and my last picture is that above.

The big question now is as to whether West Coast may take it for repair or spares? 47802, to the same diagram, is expected to start a new career based at Carnforth, following in the steps of 47832.