Saturday, 8 November 2014

Diverts and Deluge at Romsey, Saturday 8th November 2014

Before the flood.......

66588 paused at Romsey station, which I assume was crew change related, while working 4O14 07:37 Hams Hall - Maritime.

70003 passes under dark skies with 4O27 05:26 Garston - Maritime. 70003 is a Heavy Haul locomotive, but is in Intermodal service following modifications completed in late October.

66572 pauses for a red signal at Romsey with 4M61 12:58 Maritime - Hams Hall. The train would shortly be delayed by 40 minutes by flooding in the Dean area.

The deluge, which only lasted about 5 minutes, envelopes 221133 running as 1O10 08:27 Manchester - Bournemouth.

Some MPV operations, 3S80 and 3S82. DR98922 +DR98972 on 3S80 had been from Eastleigh to Havant, Guildford and return then to Warminster, to then return to Eastleigh via Chandler's Ford. DR98924 + DR98974 on 3S82 went firstly to Winchester,then via Southampton to Warminster, then to Basingstoke, Yeovil, and back via Southampton to Eastleigh.The rain had slackened off.

66957 Stephenson Locomotive Society 1909 - 2009 with 6O26 10:50 Hinksey - Eastleigh. This train had passed Dean about 13:30 and was the last train from there for some time following flooding.

221139 arrives at Romsey against a red signal with 1M54 13:06 Bournemouth to Manchester. This was turned around at Romsey, and then rerouted via Southampton and the Portsmouth Direct to Reading, where it was terminated 93minutes late at 16:36. Passengers were already gathering for late trains.

News was appearing on Twitter and displays started to deliver news of the disruption. I quit at that point.

4O54 05:27 Leeds to Maritime appears to have been delayed approaching Laverstock and then between Laverstock and Dean when the flood occurred, eventually passing Dean 91 minutes late.

4O29 08:14 Basford Hall to Maritime was sidelined between Basingstoke and Worting, resuming 94 minutes late, and eventually arriving 111 minutes late at 16:46.

The 0O12 (? - ran as STP) EWS Class 66 convoy ran onwards from Westbury and was 7 minutes early.

Finally, the cause of the problem.