Sunday 11 June 2017

June Friday Evening Freight at Eastleigh, 2nd June 2017 - 2: Colas Workings

A mixture of Colas workings on a lighter June evening.

66850 David Maidment OBE (previously 66577, but now owned by Colas) picks up the JNA, MLA and IEA wagons for the 6Y43 19:55 Eastleigh - Hoo.

 MLA 503572 was built by Wagony Swidnica in Poland 2008, now Greenbrier, with current model.

70816 makes its arrival with 6O31 17:30 from Westbury.

This is believed to be the first arrival of 70816 at Eastleigh.

The consist was of about 38 four wheeled wagons, types MFA (cut-down reduced height MHA), MHA, MPA (brakes modified from MHA but still a 'Coalfish') & MTA.394942, originally an HAA, converted to MHA at EWS Margam in 2002-4.

From Adrian Nicholls on Flickr: "The 'Coalfish' traditionally carried TOPS code MHA but in an effort to modernize the vehicles being retained the braking system has been modified with the front mounted wheel brake pads removed for a new more readily available design braking on the wheel back. To distinguish the modified brake pad vehicles from the standard MHA's they have been re-coded MPA. Carlisle Kingmoor C&W have been carrying out the conversions ..."

66847 + 66848 (previously 66574 + 66575) depart for Westbury with 6V31, 20:13 departure from East Yard, running as a Long Welded Rail train.