Saturday, 18 January 2020

Class 57/0 movement at Eastleigh, 17th January 2020


57002 + 57003 0Z49 03:25 Gresty Bridge - Eastleigh, to work 5Z49 02:46 Eastleigh - Romsey - Bristol ecs for The DRS Class 20 Farewell tour. Will this have been the finale for DRS Class 57/0 in Hampshire, as these were the only two remaining available and active through the 2019 RHTT season? Most of the DRS examples are now stored at Longtown.

57002 Rail Express leads. Originally built as D1803 delivered from Brush, Loughborough, on 21st January 1965 to Tinsley. Renumbered to 47322 in March 1974, rebuilt to 57002 Freightliner Phoenix in 1998, before sale to DRS in January 2008.

The locomotives paused to await moves of conflicting traffic. Puddles on the platform from overnight rain.

Rail Express nameplate formerly worn by 47853.

57002 is cab to cab and multi-connected to 57003.

57003 was originally delivered as D1798 from Brush to Tinsley on 29th January 1965. Renumbered to 47317 in March 1974, then similar history to 57002, as covered above,being named Freightliner Evolution after 1998.

On the works about 12:00, waiting to be coupled to the tour stock.

13th - 18th January 2020


66732 GBRf The First Decade 1999-2009 John Smith - MD passes Romsey with 6V41 14:48 Eastleigh - Westbury, 16th January. 59003 was back on these duties on Friday.

Monday 13th January: 66741 + 802220 5X51 07:42 Eastleigh - Acton one two three four
Tuesday 14th January: 802207 5X99 12:32 Acton - Eastleigh one two (earlier: one two three)
Wednesday 15th January:
Thursday 16th January: 43013 + 43014 1X23 15:13 Salisbury - Southampton UGL - Salisbury
Friday 17th January: 66766 + 801225 5X50 02:53 Acton - Eastleigh; 66766 + 801221 5X51 07:48 Eastleigh - Acton one two three; 57002 + 57003 0Z49 03:25 Gresty Bridge - Eastleigh one
Saturday 18th January: 57002 + 57003 5Z49 02:46 Eastleigh - Romsey - Bristol

Flooding closed routes around Romsey  for Wednesday morning 15th. SWR services were suspended and GWR trains ran via Chandler's Ford:. Daily Echo - Spire FM. In general ground water levels are quite high.

Friday, 17 January 2020

NMT Test Train passing Romsey, 16th January 2020


1X23 15:13 Salisbury - Southampton UGL - Salisbury
  • 43014 The Railway Observer
  • 975984 Lecture Coach (formerly  Laboratory 15 "Argus" and later "Test Car 4", 10000 & 40000, originally prototype HST catering vehicle)
  • 977994 Track Recording Coach (HST TGS 44087)
  • 977993 Overhead Line Equipment Test Coach (HST TGS 44053)
  • 975814 Conference Coach (prototype HST TF coach 11000, later 41000)
  • 977995 Generator Coach (HST catering vehicle 40719, previously 40619)
  • 43013 Mark Carne CBE
In murky conditions, 43014 leads into Romsey.

 PLPR illumination line under 977993.

43013 on the rear of the formation.

Thursday, 16 January 2020

An hour at Aberdour, 31st December 2019


On a frosty morning, 800111 working 1W02 07:08 Leeds - Aberdeen.

43141 leads 1B18 09:04 Aberdeen - Haymarket as 170411 recedes into the distance.

Two images of 800105 working 1E15 09:52 Aberdeen - Kings Cross.


Tuesday, 14 January 2020

30 years ago today in Minnesota


Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern was a regional railroad, created in 1986 by a sale of the Chicago & North Western 'Alco Line' from Winona, MN to Rapid City, SD, some 600 miles to the west. DME put together an early locomotive roster based upon former CNW rebuilt SD7R and SD9R, Milwaukee Road SD10 and a collection of GP9 units, supplemented by hired power during the grain season. In 2008 DME was acquired by Canadian Pacific. The most easterly part of the route is the Waseca sub-division.

These pictures were taken on 14th January 1990.


This group of light engines were noted running west, the location here is roadside just to the west of Stockton, MN, only some 11 miles west of Winona.

1484 was new to the Nickel Plate Railroad 814 EMD serial 25092 in February 1959. Later from 1966 Norfolk & Western 2814, and from 1983 Norfolk Southern 1484. Sold initially to GE in 1985, finding its way to DME thereafter.  After this picture was taken it was repainted and named City of Tracy after a town along the route. Later disposed of to Taylor Machine Works and sold to become Minnesota Northern Railroad (MNRR) 1484. By 2014 it was owned by Independent Locomotive Service, numbered 1323, and by 2017 was running in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for Mineral Range in a heritage style livery

550 Larry Pressler, EMD serial 18303 was new to the Milwaukee Road (CMStP&P) as an SD7 numbered 2217 in October 1953, later renumbered 517. Rebuilt as an SD10 in April 1974, renumbered 550, and sold to DME in September 1986. Sold to the Indiana Railroad (INRR) in December 1997, then to SLRX, PRSX, TSS and then SSRX (S&S Sales and Leasing), latterly noted at various western locations in July 2014, still listed on the SSRX roster in 2019.

555, was of similar heritage to 550, although it had a different GP35 shape cab following wreck damage in 1971. New as EMD serial 15623 in August 1952, an SD7 numbered 2211, later 511 in 1959. Rebuilt as an SD10 in October 1974 and sold to DME in September 1986. Seen here wearing 'bandit' painted over MILW colours. Later named City of Blunt. In December 1997 sold to INRD, later WRS and PRSX (Pacific Rail Service) where it became redundant in 2012 at Wilmer, TX,seen stored in 2013.



CNW 4157 was between duties at the then CNW stabling point at Winona, close to the Mississippi River, which was eliminated by 2002. When CNW disposed of the line to the DME they kept a the yard at Winona to prevent DME switching traffic to the Soo Line. In turn, CNW had trackage rights over Soo following closure of their bridge in 1977.

4157, then newly repainted, was delivered as a GP7 to the Rock Island RR as number 1280 in November 1952 , EMD serial 17611. Rebuilt at Silvis as a GP7R in January 1976 numbered 4503, but returned to Precision National in April 1980, following Rock Island's bankruptcy, and then sold to CNW in February 1981, re-entering service in as 4157 in August 1981. Retired by UP on the 15th July 1997, and sold to Larry's Truck & Electric (LTEX), McDonald, Ohio, who are mainly a scrapper.

Noted at Eastleigh, 11th January 2020


No DBC activity, the Cowley cars did not run.

66777 Annette arriving with empty flats for weekend storage, 4B23 11:33 Western Docks - East Yard.

801220 at the T&RSMD carriage sidings, and may be ready to go.

08460 Spirit of the Oak.

112086 is an OCA wagon, built at BREL Shildon about 1981.

Sunday, 12 January 2020

Freightliner at Eastleigh, 11th January 2020


The 4O27 05:21 Garston - Maritime, appears to have stopped as a Saturday running, and leaves a long gap between the Birch Coppice and the Leeds.

 66414 works across the points ladder with 4B06 11:10 Maritime - East Yard empty flats for weekend storage.

70005 smokes away on departure with 4O05 07:03 Birch Coppice - Maritime.

Then the long gap.

70020 approaches with 4O90 05:30 Leeds - Maritime.

66510 leads 4O29 08:50 Basford Hall - Maritime.