Saturday, 13 February 2016

37603 returns test train to Derby, Eastleigh, 13th February 2016

3Z09 10:49 Eastleigh Arlington - Derby, following 3Q05 22:29 (Fri) Eastleigh - Wimbledon - Portsmouth - Wimbledon - Eastleigh

37603 was completed new from English Electric Vulcan Foundry as D6739 on 18th May 1962, and allocated to 50B Hull Dairycoates. Air brakes were fitted in August 1971. It was renumbered 37039 in February 1974. Entered Crewe Works for Heavy General Overhaul in September 1985, and emerged as 37504  in March 1986. Renumbered 37603 in May 1996 and transferred to European Passenger Services, then to DRS  between November 2007 and February 2008.
BSO 9523, from BR Derby Lot 30861, entering traffic in June 1974. Since January 2013 operating for Network Rail as a Staff Coach /Brake Force Runner.
Ultrasonic Test Train coach 999605 has been through repairs and repaint since last seen in June 2013. Built in 1974 as 62482 and saw service in last build 4-REP 3015.
37603 is pushing through the works towards the exit. Since 37601, 37603 and 37604 spent more time idle with EPS, they have the lowest engine hours in the DRS fleet, and in early January this was 6251 hours, which compares with more than twice that number for locomotives now being disposed of.
Driving Trailer Coach (formerly DBSO) 9701.
37603 lays down some smoke as it moves the train slowly towards the station.
Approaching the platform. Rather unusually, one marker light was on while red lights were displayed as expected - this was resolved before Reading: one two.
The departure from Eastleigh station was 40 minutes early.

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