Saturday, 18 November 2017

Diesels at the South Devon Railway, 18th October 2017


6737 (37037) new in May 1962.
37275 new in April 1965.

D7612 (25262, 25901) new in April 1966. 
55000 goes back a long way for me, as it was part of the Haymarket dmu fleet in the 1970s.

50002 was under a tarpaulin.

Friday, 17 November 2017

13th - 18th November 2017


Monday 13th November:
Tuesday 14th November: 37254 3Qxx 23:10 Woking - Eastleigh
Wednesday 15th November: 37254 3Q01 20:47 Eastleigh - Weymouth - Fratton - St Denys - Eastleigh one two
Thursday 16th November: 37254 at Eastleigh Works, 3Qxx 20:34 Eastleigh - Wareham - Eastleigh - Reading
Friday 17th November:
Saturday 18th November: 35028 1Z80 10:12 Victoria - Grateley, 1Z81 12:56 Grateley - Laverstock - Romsey - Redbridge - Eastleigh - Victoria Flickr for the day

Eastleigh Works: 24Oct - 27Oct - 31Oct

FRGT 1447 Eastleigh to Wool Mod Siding Gbrf
Runs on 13th December 2017

Saturday, 11 November 2017

DCR fleet for sale, 11th November 2017


Many seen here when the Railvac was kept at Totton.

Some of the Class 31s are familiar to us from the Wessex Railways T&T service, when operated by Fragonset.

For sale:
31190     Stored serviceable         Wolsingham
31452     In service                 Washwood Heath
31454     Component recovery         Washwood Heath
31468     Component recovery         Wolsingham
31601     Component recovery         Washwood Heath
31602     Component recovery         Wolsingham   

56091     Stored unserviceable       Washwood Heath
56103     Stored unserviceable       Washwood Heath
56128     Component recovery         Washwood Heath
56303     In service (yesterday)     Washwood Heath
56311     Stored unserviceable       Washwood Heath
56312     Stored serviceable         Washwood Heath

PDF of the offer document

"Bid submissions: 16/11/17 midday
Washwood Heath locomotives must be collected by Tuesday 28th November."

Full circumstances and background not yet known.

6th - 11th November 2017


BSO 9521 following repair at Eastleigh Works, 4th November. In 2015 this was in Fife Circle service.

Monday 6th November: 
Tuesday 7th November:
Wednesday 8th November: (SWR affected by strike action); 37423 0Z70 01:08 Crewe - Eastleigh, (with coach 9521) 5Z68 10:20 Eastleigh - Norwich one two three four
Thursday 9th November: (SWR affected by strike action)
Friday 10th November:
Saturday 11th November:

South Western Railway passengers to benefit from £50m train refurbishment upgrade (Class 444 and 450)
"Work will be undertaken at Eastleigh, with investment being made in local facilities as well as procurement from Axminster Carpets, located on the South Western Railway network."

47739 has been restored to traffic, on test so far one

Sunday, 5 November 2017

66098 66131 66096 triple head through Romsey, 4th November 2017

66098 + 66131 + 66096 leading 2 STVA (a SNCF subsidiary) 'IPA V' quad 4 wheel car carriers

23.87.4375.027-1
23.87.4375.012-3

6Z12 12:42 Newport Alexandra Dock Junction - Eastleigh Yard

Passing Romsey in low light about 5 minutes before sunset.

Approaching Romsey, it seems less leaves on the trees than in preceding years. For some reason the driver is leaning out of the cab at this moment.




23.87.4375.012-3 on the rear, built by Arbel Fauvet, Douai, France in 1978.

Another picture of the working, again after Westbury.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

30th October - 4th November 2017


66739 Bluebell Railway at Eastleigh, 4th November (also the following pictures). Formerly 66579.

158887 was returned from overhaul in the new SWR colours on 5th October. Paired here with a 159 on an augmented Romsey train, covering football traffic for St Mary's.

444040 which was the launch unit for the SWR colours.

66100 passes with 4O40 10:44 Morris Cowley - Eastern Docks.

Monday 30th October:
Tuesday 31st October: 37057 + 37116 1Qxx 20:42 Woking - Eastleigh; 37175 3Qxx 23:38 Woking - Eastleigh
Wednesday 1st November: 37057 + 37116 1Q66 07:47 Eastleigh - Fawley - Eastleigh - Romsey - Laverstiock - Andover - Ludgershall - Andover - Woking one two three four five six seven, 37175 3Q15 22:59 Eastleigh - Hove - Eastleigh one
Thursday 2nd November: 37175 3Qxx 21:17 Eastleigh - Totton Yard - Eastleigh - Reading
Friday 3rd November:
Saturday 4th November:

Eastleigh Works: 02Oct - 04Oct - 10Oct - 16Oct

158890 went to Brush on the 1st November: one
158888 returned from Brush to Salisbury on 2nd: one two three four five

Saturday, 28 October 2017

23rd - 28th October 2017


Stored 47812 at Eastleigh Works, 25th October.

66115 with a single set of car carriers, going into the T&RSMD, having arrived from Hinksey behind 66536, 25th October.

66774 at Eastleigh, 25th October.

Monday 23rd October: 37057 + 37116 1Q51 11:15 Derby - Eastleigh - Weymouth - Eastleigh
Tuesday 24th October: 37057 + 37116 1Q52 10:46 Eastleigh - Portsmouth & Southsea - Littlehampton - Portsmouth & Southsea - Totton Yard - Havant - Guildford - Fareham - Eastleigh - Woking - Lymington Pier - Eastleigh one two three four five six
Wednesday 25th October: 37057 + 37116 1Q53  1Q53 11:57 Eastleigh - Southampton Down Loop - Wimbledon Park -Eastleigh - Southampton Down Loop - Wimbledon Park - Totton Yard - Eastleigh - Romsey - Eastleigh one two three four five six
Thursday 26th October: 37057 + 37116 1Q54 12:27 Eastleigh - Hither Green one
Friday 27th October:

South Western Railway awards Class 442 refurbishment contract
Railway Gazette
Kiepe Electric

GBRf are starting Western Docks - Hams Hall traffic, starting from 1st November as an STP path
4M69 02:34 Western Docks - Hams Hall from 1st Nov
4O77 17:25 Hams Hall - Western Docks (arr 22:27)


Friday, 27 October 2017

South Devon Railway, 18th October 2017


L92 (5786) running onto the train at Buckfastleigh.

Running around at Totnes Riverside.

4920 Dumbleton Hall in storage.

A stop while running on the branch to drop off a track gang.

5526 raising steam at Buckfastleigh.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Class 17 D8568, Buckfastleigh, 18th October 2017


My first sighting of a Clayton since the 1960s. As a youngster then, I remember how noisy they were in their BR ScR service. Unfortunately I am yet to be able to see the preserved locomotive working.

D8568 was completed by the Clayton Equipment Company, and allocated to Haymarket 64B from 6th January 1964. Reallocated to Polmadie in September 1968, and withdrawn on 6th October 1971. After working in industrial service at Hemel Hempstead, it is now preserved by the Diesel Traction Group. Currently at the South Devon Railway where it has arrived in advance of their Diesel Gala from 3rd to 5th November.

The locomotive has already seen some trial use on the railway.



Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Local trains in Devon, October 2017


The increased 30 minute frequency of local service between Paignton, Newton Abbot and Exeter follows from a marketing campaign under initiative from "Citizens' Rail" which is supported by EU Interreg IVB .

153325 and 153305 at Exeter St Davids, 16th October.

143618 at Exeter St Thomas, 16th October.

143620 at Newton Abbot, 17th October.

150123 at Newton Abbot, 17th October.

Monday, 23 October 2017

Newton Abbot Miscellany, October 2017


Now, I am but a passer-by, with no qualification to discuss the railway history of Newton Abbot, but some notes and miscellany from earlier this week.

A useful map of Newton Abbot railways in the 1950s.

The west end of Newton Abbot station, a much rationalised facility compared with even the 1980s when the remnants of MPD and 'factory' were still present. The former South Devon Railway faclities on the right became part of a site used by publishers David and Charles, although their successors F&W Media have now vacated the site, and it is under a plan, not yet fully agreed, to become an Aldi, which will involve the removal of at least some of the "heritage" seen on the right.

This gantry of signals is from the west end of the station, and was relocated to feature outside of the David & Charles premises. It is located on a ransom strip owned by the council, and intended to be retained as part of the Aldi development. While visiting the town museum, I was told that the ownership would be passed to them, and that the South Devon Railway (Buckfastleigh) team may assist with some maintenance and conservation. Some arms have been removed since 2012 and earlier this year.

Newton Abbot has a small Town and GWR Museum, well worth a short visit. It may move in the near future into the future "Newton's Place". There are many nuggets within one room, including part of frame and signalling equipment from with Newton Abbot West signal box.

A discussion of the historic signalling at Newton Abbot.

A further view of the exhibits, which include a section of South Devon Railway atmospheric railway ducting (hidden), and the factory hooter from the railway works (just to left of centre).

In 1911 the GWR moved the goods station to a location on the Moretonhampstead branch line - which also branched to the Teign Valley Railway which ran inland to Exeter. The 1911 goods station still stands, as the Enigna nightclub, the remainder of the yard being the Olympus Busness Park.

Railway style lamps still present at the lineside.

End of the line, on the Moretonhampstead branch, for the meantime anyway, just west of the Kingsteignton Road, although it is intact to Heathfield. The line appears in good fettle since it was used for Colas Rail operated timber trains to Chirk from 2011 to 2015, but this traffic has now been moved to Exeter, and Network Rail have again placed into a mothballed status.


21st December 2014 "Yuletide Tracker" which ran onto the branch.

The Teign Valley railway has been assessed as an alternative to the Dawlish Sea Wall route:


Network Rail appear to be planning to improve resilience at Dawlish (September 2017)

There are ongoing attempts, with local press coverage, to re-open the branch railway:

Great Devon Railway

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Dartmouth Steam Railway, 17th October 2017


A day in the drizzling rain at Paignton, Kingswear and Dartmouth.

143620 is part of a Pacer arriving at Paignton.

7827 Lydham Manor moves to join the train at Paignton.

D3014 Samson and D7535 MERCURY (25185)  at Paignton. The Class 08 was withdrawn in October 1972 before BR renumbering.

The climb was slow, with slipping on a difficult rail. The views were rewarding, such as this one over Broadsands.

75014 BRAVEHEART was loaded onto a road transporter at Churston, apparently returning from the West Somerset Railway where it was a guest locomotive. The strange symbols were all over the railway, I think related to forthcoming Half-Term and Halloween.

7827 departs from Kingswear, as seen from Dartmouth.

7827 running around at Kingswear.

The railway company also manages buses and ferry boats. Y816TGH (Volvo / Plaxton) is former London Central PVL216 and Plymouth Citybus 439.

Dart Explorer ran a ferry crossing to meet the train, now seen departing on a cruise.

Dartmouth Steam Railway

Saturday, 21 October 2017

55009 with "The Swanage Belle"


55009 Alycidon
1Z45 04:31 Burton - Swanage
1Z55 15:08 Swanage - Eastleigh - Romsey - Westbury - Burton

55009 approaching Redbridge from Maritime.

Passing through Redbridge. 



Passing Totton about a minute later. Image by Ian Knight.

16th - 21st October 2017


"Drab 444" 444040 passing Redbridge, 21st October. At some recent time,the signal has been changed to a LED unit.

Monday 16th October:
Tuesday 17th October:
Wednesday 18th October:
Thursday 19th October:
Friday 20th October:
Saturday 21st October: 55009 1Z45 04:31 Burton - Swanage, 1Z55 15:08 Swanage - Eastleigh - Romsey - Westbury - Burton (all Flickr for this working)

Eastleigh Works: 09Sep - 12Sep - 13Sep -14Sep - 15Sep - 19Sep - 22Sep - 25Sep - 26Sep - 27Sep - 28Sep

Friday, 20 October 2017

Watercress Line Diesel Gala, 20th October 2017


55002 (D9002) had what I understand was an AWS related fault. The part was in delivery but went to Alresford, Essex by mistake, 55002 managed to play a part in the gala by borrowing the equivalent from D6700 later in the day. All is now reported sorted on both locomotives for Saturday 21st.

A larger set appears on OneDrive.

 2H 1125 at Ropley.

 03197 at Alton with a Queen Mary brakevan shuttle. From late 1960s to mid 70s this was a SR loco, and was fitted with raised brake pipes for emu compatibility.

 33053 at Ropley.

 50027 Lion at Alton.

 Repaired D9002 (55002) King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry preparing to join a train at Ropley.

D6700 (37119, 37350) at Medstead.