Sunday 29 July 2018

Eastleigh Works, 27th July 2018

37901 arrived at Eastleigh on Thursday 26th for repaint, following work at St. Leonards. For loco history, see 23rd April 2016.

There is a discussion about the prediction of the locomotive's ownership. Currently in the COLS (Colas Railfreight Stored Locomotives) pool. the paperwork seen here includes a Colas helmet logo. It's expected that the locomotive may displace 37716 for shunting at Peak Forest. Suggested owners include Europhoenix, Victa and Colas.

68504 has emerged, prepared for its new role as a barrier vehicle, to work with 68501. Originally 2HAP (Class 414/3) MBS 61286 new in August 1959 from Eastleigh Work using frames built at Ashford, in unit 6088, which lasted until May 1982. Converted to Class 489 DMLV 68504 for Gatwick Express, completed in March 1984, running until January 2001 as unit 9104. Later converted into a de-icing vehicle, from 2006.

The two Geismar GP-TRAMM vehicles now appear to be face to face.