Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Westbury, 11th July 2019


66847 Terry Baker 6M40 11:56 Westbury Down T.C. to Cliffe Hill Stud Farm Gbrf, now operated by Colas, and formed of Network Rail IOA (E) box wagons.

59001 YEOMAN ENDEAVOUR arrives with  6V18 11:25 Allington A.R.C. Sdg. to Whatley Quarry empties.

66154 pauses for a crew change with 6Z42 14:32 Acton T.C. to Merehead Quarry empties.

800021 arrives with 1C89 16:33 Paddington - Exeter.

This was the working of the day at about 40 wagons, but I was in the wrong place. 59005 KENNETH J PAINTER + 59102 Village of Chantry 7A15 17:05 Merehead Quarry to Acton T.C. The locomotives were both under power working in multi.

59004 PAUL A HAMMOND arrived with 7V12 15:38 Woking - Merehead and ran around the train.

609001 appears to be in a line of parked wagons. The FAA type is a well container wagon, built as a batch of 100 by Thrall Europa at York in 1999 for EWS, and latterly believed to have been most active on MoD traffic. More than half of these are understood to be stored, and in recent weeks some of these have been going to scrapyards. Greenbrier still list the wagon type on their website.

Monday, 15 July 2019

Eastleigh, 14th July 2019


A view of the various IEP units, mainly LNER Azumas, with a Trans-Pennine AT300 towards the right. 67029 on far left.

800205 is the IEP unit on the far right, located in the ready for northbound move position. It arrived on Friday 28th June. 

50007 at the works.

37254 arrived with its test train on Saturday morning, but the loco was mainly obscured. 9714 was previously profiled on 18th May.

62384 is UTU 1, also previously profiled on 18th May, although this is the other side.

Sunday, 14 July 2019

Class 59/2 movements at Westbury, 11th July 2019


Bids for potential sale of the Class 59/2 locomotives by DB Cargo were to be submitted by 10th July. 4 of the 6 locomotives are believed to be running on low tyres.

Some indications over the future plan for Mendip operations seem to be expected by end of July, meanwhile 60001 and 60024 arrived at Westbury on Friday 12th.

59203 7B12 11:23 Merehead Quarry - Wootton Bassett F.Y.

59204 6L21 13:24 Whatley Quarry - Dagenham Dock A.R.C.

59201 6Z83 1330 Avonmouth Bennets Siding - Westbury.

59202 6C58 11:45 Oxford Banbury Road Sdgs - Whatley Quarry.

59203 7C66 17:50 Wootton Bassett F.Y. - Merehead Quarry returning empties.

Saturday, 13 July 2019

8th - 13th July 2019


59003 leads 7V41 14:45 Eastleigh - Westbury through Romsey, 9th July.

47810 (D1924) is hidden behind 47815 Lost Boys 68-88, at Eastleigh Works, 9th July.

70007 (again!) 4E76 19:02 Maritime - Leeds at Eastleigh, 9th July.

A few minutes later 70006 arrives with 4M06 1914 Maritime - Birch Coppice.

66599 leads 4Z25 16:25 Bristol - Maritime empty flats. Freightliner Intermodal are currently undestood to be pulling out of the Bristol terminal.

Sunday 7th July: 67029 5Zxx 14:20 Tyseley - Eastleigh one two
Monday 8th July: 802207 5X82 07:26 Eastleigh - Willesden one; 67006 5Z30 10:06 Tyseley - Eastleigh one two three four; 800106 5X81 13:02 Acton - Eastleigh one two three; 73962 + 73965 1Q51 11:15 Derby - Eastleigh - Weymouth - Eastleigh one; 37254 3Q10 20:48 Derby- Eastleigh
Tuesday 9th July: 800106 + 801101 5X82 07:26 Eastleigh - Willesden one two three four; 73962 + 73965 1Q52 10:37 Eastleigh - Portsmouth Harbour - Littlehampton - Portsmouth Harbour - Totton Yard - Havant - Guildford - Havant - Fareham - Eastleigh - Woking - Lymington Pier -Eastleigh one two three four five; 66746 + 66743 1Z82 13:30 Bath - Southampton - Oxford -
Banbury; one two three four five six seven eight; 35018 + 47245 T+T 1Z93 17:39 Weymouth - Victoria one two three four five six seven eight; 37254 3Qxx 22:40 Hither Green - Eastleigh
Wednesday 10th July: 73962 + 73965 1Q53 11:48 Eastleigh  - Southampton Up Yard - Wimbledon Park - Southampton Up Yard - Wimbledon Park - Totton Yard - Eastleigh - Romsey - Eastleigh one two three; 50049 + 50033 + 50014 0Z50 08:09 Kidderminster - Eastleigh one two three four five six; 37254 3Q02 21:37 Eastleigh - Weymouth - Fratton - St Denys - Eastleigh one two
Thursday 11th July: 73962 + 73965 1Q54 12:48 Eastleigh - Hither Green one two; 66100 5Z35 13:51 Burton-on-Trent Wetmore - Eastleigh one two; 37254 3Q04 21:18 Eastleigh - Totton Yard- Reading one
Friday 12th July:  37254 3Q40 23:37 Reading - Southampton - Winchester Baltic Siding -  Eastleigh (arr Sat morning)
Saturday 13th July: 800201 800202 5X90 03:35 Willesden - Eastleigh

66747 has emerged and has been named Made in Sheffield - Flickr for the week.

Eastleigh Works: 11Jun - 12Jun - 13Jun - 14Jun - 17Jun - 18Jun - 19Jun - 20Jun (end of 51346)

Northam Open Day 28th September - book from 28th July

Class 50 move, Crampmoor, 10th July 2019


50049 Defiance + 50033 Glorious + 50007 (as 50014 Warspite) 0Z50 08:09 Kidderminster - Eastleigh Works.

50033 to be painted into BR large logo scheme.

Clattering past Crampmoor, all multiple working cables were connected trhough the train.

Detail of 50033 which is partly rubbed down.

Remants of the sponsored graffiti on 50033 from the Golden Jubilee eve8nt on the Severn Valley Railway in early October 2019.

Flickr coverage for the day.

Friday, 12 July 2019

'The End of Southern Steam', Eastleigh, 9th July 2019


52 years on, 35018 British India Line 1Z93 17:39 Weymouth - Victoria

 Two pictures while passing on the Up Fast, the Romsey local having been held at Southampton Up Yard. 

At this point running 54 minutes late, but arrived in London only 13 minutes down.

47245 was applying some shove on the rear.

Test Train at Eastleigh, 9th July 2019


73965 + 73962 1Q52 10:37 Eastleigh - Portsmouth Harbour - Littlehampton - Portsmouth Harbour - Totton Yard - Havant - Guildford - Havant - Fareham - Eastleigh - Woking - Lymington Pier -Eastleigh

73965 arrives at Eastleigh from Fareham.

Former Royal Train coach 2906 was originally Mk2b BFK 14112 completed at Derby in May 1969 as part of Lot 30790. Withdrawn July 1975 and into Royal Train service from January 1977 as  Staff Sleeper / Power Brake. Some vagueness over the period from 2000, then took up became 977969 in February 2004. 

1256 was built as Mk2f FO 3296 at Derby to Lot 30845, and entered traffic in April 1973. Converted to a RFB and renumbered in March 1991, and now fitted for Plain Line Pattern Recognition.

999550 is the 125 mph track recording coach completed at Derby as Lot 3830 in the freight series, emerging in 1975

6261 was built as a BG by Pressed Steel as M81284 to Lot 30323 in 1957.  Converted to 100 mph 92088 in December 1983 and renumbered 92988 in April 1992. Again converted, into the current Generator Van in September 2003.