Friday, 3 April 2015

The Easter Chieftain at Romsey, Friday 3rd April 2015

37607 + 37218 1Z68 05:20 Eastleigh - Inverness. 5Z68 on Thursday did have issues with stock coming from Crewe, leaving four coaches of seven at Hereford, after what appears to have been dragging brakes. Further coaches were shunted at Eastleigh to complete the rake of 12 coaches. With news elsewhere, this appears to be the only charter train operating in the UK this weekend the only other charter this weekend is from Cleethorpes to Llandudno, with DBS as operator.

37607 + 37218 pass Romsey about 5 minutes early at 05:31.
Sparks are captured flying from 37607. New as D6803 on 09Jan63 to Sheffield Darnall, renumbered to 37103 in February 1974. Refurbished and converted to 37511 at Crewe in February to July 1986, then 37605 in November 1995 for European Passenger Services, then to DRS in July 1997. It was seen on a Cruise Saver working to Southampton on 2nd September 2011, and was also on the Easter tour in 2013.
Closer detail of 37607.
37218 was built as D6918 by English Electric, entering traffic in January 1964 at Landore. Stored by EWS in September 1998, and restored to traffic by DRS in early 2003. Latest DRS colours were applied in May 2014.

5Z67 07:18 Crewe - Eastleigh, Thursday 2nd April: one two three four five six seven eight nine ten eleven
More pictures of 1Z68: one two three four five six seven eight nine ten eleven twelve thirteen

Discussion of the tour and whether 37401 will be attached to it (it won't be - not yet registered).