Monday, 31 December 2018

An evening interlude at Aberdour, 21st December 2018


68007 Valiant arrives with 2K14 18:17 Glenrothes with Thornton - Edinburgh. The Fife Circle loco hauled is currently in the timetable until 12th May 2019. The Mk 2 slam door stock must be taken out of service by year end 2019. 68006 was on the following 5L70 empty stock working.

5955 is a Mk 2F TSO completed at Derby as the last in Lot 30846 in 1973. Prepared for ScotRail duties at Eastleigh Works between 16th March and 1st May 2015.

9488 is Mk 2D BSO completed to Lot 30824 in June 1971. This was withdrawn from First Great Western Service in 2012, then was stored at Heaton for Grand Central, then at Barrow Hill, from where it was moved to Eastleigh for overhaul.The last Mk2D BSO in normal passenger service, in the ownership of DRS. UPDATE: In discussion it has been noted that this coach also now has an accessible toiler, with window changes at the far end as seen - this may have been fitted in its FGW period, certainly before 2007.

43206 leads LNER operated 1S20 14:00 Kings Cross - Aberdeen. Originally 43006 delivered from BREL Crewe in August 1976, the fifth of the production level of HST power car, in Western Region formation 253003.

43208 Lincolnshire Echo was on the rear. Originally 43008 completed in October 1976, into 253004. Further slam door stock.

Saturday, 29 December 2018

24th - 29th December 2018


Caledonian Sleeper 73971 with 66730 at Eastleigh Works, 29th December. Image by Ian Knight.

Sunday 23rd December: 60062 at Eastleigh Yard one;  37219 3Q01 20:30 Hither Green- Eastleigh - Derby
Monday 24th December: 
Tuesday 25th December:
Wednesday 26th December:
Thursday 27th December:
Friday 28th December: 60062 + 66030 0E15 21:18 Eastleigh - Scunthorpe (finished at Doncaster Belmont); 66730 + 73971 DIT 0Z60 21:19 Doncaster Down Decoy - Eastleigh (for attention to wheels) one
Saturday 29th December: 

Christmas Day at Eastleigh and Maritime: one two three

Saturday, 22 December 2018

Wagons around Eastleigh, 16th December 2018


Four KHA wagons were converted from KFA at Eastleigh Works for use in pairs between the Windhoff  MPVs, but after the first four wagons were converted, the project did not go forward, possibly related to the dissolution of the SWT Alliance. 99 70 9319 001-2 was the first of the group, with all four in a row on this occasion. Originally TIPH 93362, later renumbered 83 70 4574 003-7 for Channel Tunnel traffic. Geismar DR 98305 lies behind.

Next in line was 99 70 9319 002-0 formerly 83 70 4574 008-6, previously KFA TIPH 93309.

DR 89008 is a YXA built by Cowans Boyd in 1985.

17th - 22nd December 2018


Monday 17th December: 44871 + 47746 1Z06 08:xx Alresford - Havant - Southampton - Salisbury - Yeovil Jct one two three four five,  1Z07 17:39 Yeovil Jct - Salisbury (44871 removed, 47746 forward) - Southampton - Havant - Alresford one two; 73961 + 73964 T+T 1Q51 Derby - Eastleigh -Weymouth - Eastleigh one two three; 60062 7O44 21:12 Westbury - Botley
Tuesday 18th December: 60062 7V97 02:59 Botley - Merehead, 7O43 21:12 Westbury - Eastleigh; 73961 + 73964 1Q52 10:37 Eastleigh - Portsmouth Harbour - Littlehampton - Portsmouth Harbour - Totton Yard - Havant - Guildford - Havant - Fareham - Eastleigh - Woking - Lymington Pier -Eastleigh
Wednesday 19th December: 60062 7V98 03:28 Eastleigh - Merehead, 7O44 21:12 Westbury - Botley one; 73961 + 73964 1Q53 11:48 Eastleigh  - Southampton Up Yard - Wimbledon Park - Southampton Up Yard- Wimbledon Park - Totton Yard - Eastleigh - Romsey - Hamworthy Poole - Eastleigh one two
Thursday 20th December: 60062 7V97 02:59 Botley - Merehead, 7O43 21:12 Westbury - Eastleigh; 73961 + 73964 1Q54 12:27 Eastleigh - Tonbridge one two
Friday 21st December: 60062 7V98 03:28 Eastleigh - Merehead
Saturday 22nd December: 800102 (first UK assembled IEP for LNER) 5X41 03:11 Acton Main Line - Eastleigh; 66139 + 60062 + 66135 Westbury (one two) - Eastleigh as part of 0O12 10:55 Margam - Eastleigh; 66077 1Z25 06:07 Eastleigh - Wolverhampton Steel Terminal one two, 66075 1Z27 16:40 Chester - Eastleigh one

The least used stations in Hampshire

Eastleigh Works: 27Nov - 30Nov - 05Dec - 07Dec

70001 back in traffic - seen on 16th at Leeds - entered traffic and ran to Southampton on 17th but then back at Leeds for some more days.

Mendip Stone workings to Freightliner from Autumn 2019 - Press Release -another versionWNXX Forum
- the Mendip Rail Yeoman and Hanson 59/0 and 59/1 locos are being sold to Freightliner, to move with the contract
- DBC Class 60s will not now move into the territory
- may require Freightliner Class 70s and 66/6s as 59/2's expected to stay with DBC

Colas have sold their UK and French fleet to Beacon Rail
(the chosen picture is misleading as 60087 was sold earlier to GBRf, who in turn sold it to Beacon and leased back).

Monday, 17 December 2018

In and Around Eastleigh, 16th December 2018


55028 awaits completion and return to the Swanage Railway. There had been rain through Saturday, and some of this was frozen early on Sunday, along with high condensation.

62938 has been the MBC in 5-WES 442402. For the past 30 years this was equipped with four EE546 traction motors, taken from the 4-REP units of 1966-74 build. This coach is believed to be subject to a so far incomplete modernisation to ac traction from Kiepe, such that when 442402 was dragged to Bournemouth on 25th October, this coach was left behind, as was another from 442419. The resistor grids appear to have been removed - compare with this record shot of 62951. It is currently shunted to almost the end of a long storage siding - suggesting that work on it must be paused.

"They are stored out in the works yard, and not in a fit state to be moved to Bournemouth with the other vehicles as they are heavily stripped below the solebar due to being part way through AC conversion, and one of the two is on accommodation bogies"    from WNXX Forum.

At the T&RSMD, 442405 appears not to have moved since I last photographed in May 2017.

08511 (BR Darlington, May 1958) at the T&RSMD, delivered one week previously.

70809 and 70810 parked alongside empty LWR wagons. The locomotives had been working on engineering works trains 6C02 and 6C01 respectively, for work at Swanwick.

59003 YEOMAN HIGHLANDER and 66712 Peterborough Power Signalbox, adjacent to the station.

The two GBRf EMD locos viewed from within the station.

Saturday, 15 December 2018

10th - 15th December 2018


 Lucked out at last, also using a wider lens than before. 60062 Stainless Pioneer passes Romsey with 7O40 13:35 Merehead - Eastleigh, 14th December.


Sunday 9th December: 08511 delivered to Eastleigh T&RSMD & 08735 removed to Wishaw
Monday 10th December: 800301 5X81 08:22 Eastleigh -North Pole one; 67002 + 67018 T+T 5O61 09:53 Wembley - Eastleigh one two; 60062 7O43 21:12 Westbury - Eastleigh
Tuesday 11th December: 60062 7V98 04:14 Eastleigh - Merehead, 7O44 21:12 Westbury - Botley
Wednesday 12th December: 60062 7V97 03:45 Botley - Merehead one
Thursday 13th December: 43014 + 43062 NMT 1X23 15:13 Salisbury - Southampton UGL - Salisbury one two three ; 60062 7O44 21:12 Westbury - Botley
Friday 14th December: 60062 7V97 03:45 Botley - Merehead, 7O40 13:35 Merehead - Eastleigh one, 7V33 20:00 Eastleigh - Merehead one two three four; 66545 4O41 18:10 East Usk Yard - Romsey - Eastleigh - Maritime, 4V41 22:40 Maritime - Eastleigh - Romsey - East Usk Yard
Saturday 15th December: 67018 5Z46 (?) 05:34 Eastleigh - Salisbury (on the tour one two)
Sunday 16th December: 67018 5Z48 (?) 00:01 Salisbury - Eastleigh

60062 could have been to Eastleigh on Wednesday evening - no visible evidence.

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Eastleigh, 8th December 2018


Like those in the scrap area just now, where there is no apparent change from last week, 9479 is a Mk2D BSO, now in the ownership of Locomotive Services, overhauled at Nemesis, Burton, 2015-17.

66592 4O14 07:20 Lawley Street- Maritime.

66543 4O27 05:21 Garston - Maritime.

66534 66551 66550 0W26 13:50  East Yard - Maritime. 66534 arrived on 6O26 from Hinksey, the others had been on CE work.

70010 4O90 05:27 Leeds - Maritime.

66768 went into the works, emerging as 4E12 13:50 to Peterborough GBRf. 

The underwhelming load was single KFA TIPH 93443, which has received bogie attention, after arrival on 11th October. This was running for Freightliner, so it's a puzzle as to why GBRf took it to their depot.

66126 6O30 12:15 Didcot T.C. - Eastern Docks - STP onward working of Friday's 6O30 14:27 from Castle Bromwich. 

The light was failing at the time of arrival of  66541+ 66572 DIT 4O29 08:50 Basford Hall - Maritime.

3rd - 8th December 2018


Recently reinstated 70002 at Southampton, 4O14 05:36 Garston - Maritime, 5th December.


59103 with 7O40 13:35 Merehead - Eastleigh at Romsey on 7th. (60062 went to Wooton Bassett )

Monday 3rd December: 73107 + 73213 6Y91 09:38 Tonbridge - Eastleigh one two three four
Tuesday 4th December: 60062 7O44 21:12 Westbury - Botley
Wednesday 5th December: 60062 7V97 03:45 Botley - Merehead, 7O43 21:12 Westbury - Eastleigh; 73107 + 73213 6Y91 Eastleigh - Tonbridge one two
Thursday 6th December: 60062 7V98 04:14 Eastleigh - Merehead, 7O44 21:12 Westbury - Botley
Friday 7th December: 60062 7V97 03:45 Botley - Merehead
Saturday 8th December: 67002 + 67018 5Z81 04:40 Eastleigh - Victoria one two

Class 442 units continue on shadow workings - the new timetable is next week. The East Usk - Maritime and return empty wagons ran on Monday and Wednesday nights, passing Swaythling in both directions.

The stock of 7O40 on Friday was  left in the yard at Eastleigh, and 59103 returned light engine to Merehead, the background to this is not known.

Monday, 3 December 2018

Eastleigh, 1st December 2018


Three hours on Saturday at Eastleigh, f1.8 weather to begin with.

66715 Valour + 66124 on rear, 6C01 11:50 East Yard - Tinsley Green.

66594 NYK Spirit of Kyoto 4O14 07:20 Lawley Street - Maritime.

70005 4O27 05:21 Garston - Maritime.

73213 Rhodalyn + 73107 Tracy slipped through platform 3 while the Garston ran through platform 2. 6Y91 12:35 Eastleigh - Tonbridge RHTT tanks.

66547 with 4O90 05:27 Leeds -Maritime will enter platform 3 while 158885 has arrived in platform 2 from Romsey (the first Saturday service on the Chandlers Ford line for some weeks, through RMT - SWR industrial action). 

66554 leads 4O29 08:50 Basford Hall - Maritime.....

..... which included KFA wagon TIPH 93411 (Rautaruukki, Finland 1987-88) in the consist.

Sunday, 2 December 2018

"Lest We Forget", Eastleigh, 1st December 2018


British Legion "Lest We Forget" Thank you




66511 + 66413 0W26 Eastleigh East Yard - Maritime

Saturday, 1 December 2018

Eastleigh Works and Depot, 1st December 2018


Observed from the Campbell Road Bridge, this is believed to be either of 800301 or 800312. Note the plastic protection over a cctv camera location, just above the GWR logo.

08810 was seen shunting. Owned by Arriva Traincare, this locomotive was delivered from BR Derby as D3798 on 9th July 1960 to 86A Ebbw Junction. Withdrawn 31st January 2004, to LNWR, and delivered to Eastleigh in December 2014. Now named RICHARD J. WENHAM   EASTLEIGH DEPOT   DECEMBER 1989 - JULY 1999, this name previously being borne by 08804 and 08442.

Mk 2D TSO 5632 in the scrapping area. Built at BR Derby as part of Lot Lot 30822, entering traffic in February 1971. Last usage was by DBC on the Fife Circle until 2015, then one of the last three Mk 2D TSO coaches in regular use. (9488 now has that title, being in the current Fife Circle sets, under DRS ownership).

The coach hidden to the right is 9494, a Mk2D BSO, BR Derby Lot 30824 of 1971, latterly in DB Cargo charter stock pool PPPS, and similarly for scrap.

9522 was not visible, but understood to have been intact on Friday 30th.

73133 resting between shunting activities.

66194 coming off the shed.

26th November - 1st December 2018


59202 passes Romsey with 7O40 13:35 Merehead - Eastleigh, 30th November.

Monday 26th November: 37611 0O86 07:55 Leicester - Eastleigh one two three; 60062 7O43 21:12 Westbury - Eastleigh
Tuesday 27th November: 60062 7V98 04:45 Eastleigh - Merehead; 37611 5M59 10:50 Eastleigh - Leicester one two three four five six seven (first time out for 68501 + 68504)
Wednesday 28th November: 37607 3Q01 23:20 Woking - Eastleigh
Thursday 29th November: 37607 3Q04 20:48 Eastleigh - Bournemouth - Eastleigh - Reading Triangle one two three; 60062 21:12 Westbury - Botley one two three four
Friday 30th November: 60062 7V97 05:34 Botley - Merehead; 67004 1Z31 10:15 Victoria - Eastleigh one two three, 12:42 5Z31 Winchester - Eastleigh one two, 5Z32 16:25 Eastleigh - Winchester, 1Z32 17:10 Winchester - Victoria; 66606 6O51 11:04 Hardendale Quarry Shap - Salisbury - Romsey - Eastleigh - Maritime (MWA box wagons from Tunstead workings - may be to pass the Swaythling detector)
Saturday 1st December: 66606 6Vxx 01:20 Maritime - East Usk Yard (believed to be the MWA wagons)

60062 may have worked further stone train cycles in the hours of darkness.

8 DB Cargo Class 60 for sale

70001 is understood to be receiving attention to a traction motor and wheels, which will enable its return to traffic after about two years.

Eastleigh Works: 15Nov - 16Nov - 19Nov; TSO 5632 & BSO 9494 and 9522 are being scrapped.

Monday, 26 November 2018

Cross Country Train Fire, Brockenhurst, 26th November 2018

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On SWR webpage (the grammar is as shown on the page):
What going on
Following a fire on a Cross Country train at Brockenhurst, all lines have now reopened.  Train services running through this station may be cancelled, delayed or revised. Disruption is expected until 16:00 26/11.

What we're doing about it


We have been informed that there was a fire on a Cross Country train in the Brockenhurst area. 
Emergency services attended and have dealt with the incident.  During this time no trains were able to run through Brockenhurst as the power to the line had to be switched off to allow emergency services access to the railway, resulting in a queue of trains in the area.  Power has been restored but there may be residual delays and alteration to services

Replacement buses are available running between Southampton Central and Bournemouth.
For further information or onward travel advice please speak to a member of staff or use a station help point.
We are very sorry for any delay that this may cause to your journey.
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Bournemouth Daily Echo

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Saturday, 24 November 2018

44871 returns to Southall, 24th November 2018


44871 + 99035 5Z68 08:10 Swanage - Southampton UGL (run around) - Laverstock - Southall

 Passing Redbridge, about to cross over to the Test Valley line. Image by Ian Knight.

 Three pictures, approaching and passing Romsey.

44871 was completed by the LMS at Crewe in 1945. In July 1968 it was finally reallocated from Bolton to Carnforth, prior to hauling the Fifteen Guinea Special,  which was the final curtain for BR steam on 11th August 1968.

Support coach 99035 was BSK 35322 built to Lot 30699 at BR Wolverton in 1962.Withdrawn from BR service in June 1988, becoming support coach for 70000, running as 99035 since July 1992, for a while in the Queen of Scots train, before sale to West Coast in 2008.

Further coverage: one two three four five six seven eight nine ten eleven

19th - 24th November 2018


59203 passes Romsey with 7O40 13:35 Merehead - Eastleigh, 23rd November.

Monday 19th November: 47853 + 47805 5Z80 08:20 Crewe - Bristol - Salisbury - Eastleigh one two three four, 47853 0Z80 15:48 Eastleigh - Crewe one; 73962 + 73964 1Q51 11:15 Derby - Eastleigh - Weymouth - Eastleigh; 60062 7O43 21:12 Westbury - Eastleigh; 66726 5S66 20:08 Craigentinny - Eastleigh (Royal Scotsman ECS), arrived Tuesday 06:27
Tuesday 20th November: 60062 7V98 03:28 Eastleigh - Merehead, 7O44 21:12 Westbury - Botley one two; 73962 + 73964 1Q52 10:37 Eastleigh - Portsmouth Harbour - Littlehampton - Portsmouth Harbour - Totton Yard - Havant - Guildford - Havant - Fareham - Eastleigh - Woking - Lymington Pier -Eastleigh
Wednesday 21st November: 60062 7V97 02:59 Botley - Merehead, 6O43 21:12 Westbury - Eastleigh one two three; 73962 + 73964 1Q53 11:48 Eastleigh  - Southampton Up Yard - Wimbledon Park - Southampton Up Yard- Wimbledon Park - Totton Yard - Eastleigh - Romsey - Eastleigh one two three
Thursday 22nd November: 60062 6V98 03:28 Eastleigh - Merehead, 7O44 21:12 Westbury - Botley; 73962 + 73964 1Q54 12:27 Eastleigh - Hither Green one; 800301 5X82 11:54 Acton - Eastleigh one
Friday 23rd November: 60062 7V97 02:59 Botley - Merehead
Saturday 24th November: 44871 5Z68 08:10 Swanage - Southall

Eastleigh Works: 29Oct - 01Nov - 05Nov - 09Nov

Sunday, 18 November 2018

Eastleigh, 17th November 2018


Bright lower sunshine at Eastleigh on a Saturday morning, however no 4O27 from Garston, following no northbound 4M98 on Friday.

66740, 66770, 59003, 70810 & 70816.

66508 4O14 07:20 Lawley Street - Maritime.

66558 0O26 / 0W26 10:50 Hinksey - Maritime.

70005 4O90 05:27 Leeds - Maritime.

66092 4O40 10:44 Morris Cowley - Eastern Docks.

66547 4O29 08:50 Basford Hall - Maritime.

TIPH 93405 is a KFA wagon. It looks a bit tatty, and the wagon number board is not to the typical standard seen in the Touax wagons maintained at Eastleigh. In 2013 it was reported to be stored at Long Marston, but in 2017 it was in a 6Z50  train formation, rather than the more usual Class 4 for liner trains. Is it about to enter the works, or is it in civil engineer's service?