Saturday, 16 November 2019

11th - 16th November 2019


66709 with part of a ballast cleaner set, 6V41 Eastleigh - Westbury on Thursday 14th, also seen at Eastleigh. Image by Ian Knight.

Monday 11th November: 
Tuesday 12th November: 67025 0Z25 06:15 Eastleigh - Wembley; 67008 + TfW Mk4 set led by 82226 (this set one two?) 5Z25 16:53 Eastleigh - Willesden, 5Zxx 20:15 Willesden - Reading - Westbury - Romsey - Eastleigh one two; 47815 + 47848 0O86 21:16 Ilford - Eastleigh (47848 will need works attention, currently in SROG storage pool)
Wednesday 13th November: 47815 5M62 14:37 Eastleigh - Leicester one two three four
Thursday 14th November: 802204 5X99 13:04 Acton - Eastleigh one
Friday 15th November: 180108 5Q12 10:12 Eastleigh - Heaton one two; 802301 5Q53 07:42 Eastleigh - Doncaster one two; 66590 + 47830 4O49 09:22 Basford Hall - Maritime (47830 to Eastleigh works for air tank recertification) one two three four47813 0M61 20:50 Eastleigh - Leicester
Saturday 16th November:

Transport for Wales liveried 67025 had arrived at Eastleigh from Wembley by Sat 9th one two three four five six but later returned there on Tuesday 12th, as shown. It was returning south again on Fri 15th, at least as far as Wembley one.

70001's recent first return to traffic did not last long, it was returned to storage about 6th November, but is now once again reinstated and in the DFGI pool, noted on Thursday arriving from Leeds: one .

Brighton Belle set to Eastleigh in Spring 2020?

"The latest expectation is that testing of the Belle unit will be in spring 2020. When the systems and their wiring are all in place and static testing yields perfect results (don’t forget we are replacing all the electrical equipment and wiring on an original 1930s train.

When the interior fitting is complete, the Belle unit consisting of four of the six original cars will be moved from Shirebrook to Eastleigh for testing on the third rail, and the testing regime is currently unclear. Following the successful commercial test running, charter and public runs will start.This could be August 2020."

Thursday, 14 November 2019

43300 retrospective (?)


Another power car crunch. This time it was 43300 Craigentinny, in a depot collision at Leeds Neville Hill, on 13th November, where 800109 appears to have run into the stationary HST.

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

In East Coast grey, passing Dalgety Bay, 3rd August 2011.

Virgin colours passing Aberdour with 1S20 14:00 Kings Cross - Aberdeen, 16th May 2017.

Two days later, the same train passes Dalgety Bay.

Now 1W20, but still the 14:00 from Kings Cross, at Aberdour again, but this time with LNER logo, 4th September 2019.


At Doncaster on 12th September 2019, 1W96 12:00 Kings Cross - Inverness 

Saturday, 9 November 2019

43313 retrospective


43313 has suffered collision damage at Bounds Green, which seems unlikely to be repaired.

Interim National Express livery based upon GNER, Edinburgh, 27th August 2009.

'East Coast' interim scheme, based upon National Express, at Aberdour with 1S20 14:00 Kings Cross - Aberdeen, 27th August 2013.

'Virgin' scheme, again 1S20 at Aberdour, 23rd August 2017.

Three recent 'LNER' pictures, above with 1E11 07:52 Aberdeen - Kings Cross, 31st August 2019.

At Doncaster, 12th September with 1E03 0526 Stirling - Kings Cross.

Returning the same day at Doncaster, 1D13 1203 Kings Cross - Leeds.

4th - 9th November 2019


Monday 4th November: 37116 3Z71 12:55 Eastleigh - Hither Green one two three four; 73962 + 73964 1Q64 18:38 Eastleigh - London area - Eastleigh
Tuesday 5th November: 800209 5Q53 07:40 Eastleigh - Doncaster one; 73962 + 73964 parked at Eastleigh one then 1Q65 19:26 Eastleigh - London area - Eastleigh
Wednesday 6th November: 802301 6X80 04:47½ Dollands Moor - Eastleigh (first of 5 Hull Trains IEP 'Paragon' trains) one two three; 73962 + 73964 1Q66 14:38 Eastleigh - Didcot - Petersfield - Woking - Eastleigh one two; 802208 5X99 13:55 Reading - Eastleigh one two three four; 66154 + 82216 + 11325 + 10312 + 12446 + 12217 5Z44 09:39 Doncaster - Eastleigh (Mk 4 rake for TfW) one two three
Thursday 7th November:  73962 + 73964 1Q67 14:37 Eastleigh - Cannon Street
Friday 8th November:
Saturday 9th November:

Eastleigh Works: 25Oct - 28Oct - 30Oct - 31Oct

Class 59/2 have been noted operating de-branded: one two three (partial) four (partial) five. All Freightliner Class 59/0, 59/1 and 59/2 are now in a DFHG pool. 59206 was stored some weeks ago requiring a new camshaft. GBRf 59003 is also at Merehead.

Now that Freightliner are operating the Mendip contract, it has been observed that fewer of the trains are running via Westbury station for crew changes in either direction.

'ONE' magenta 66587 was turned out on the Fareham stone on the 4th: one

A MkIV DVT has been noted in Transport for Wales colours at Eastleigh T&RSMD.

Raxstar have bought 60050.

68018 returned a rake of former Fife Circle coaches, which were hired from Riviera, back to Burton on Trent. DRS are now using many more of their own coaches on the service, as covered here earlier in the year, and it is now expected that the trains will continue until December 2020.

Sunday, 3 November 2019

47500 has been broken up


47500 has now been broken up at Carnforth, some retrospective pictures are presented here. Parts from 47500 are now understood to be contributing to the repair of 47787.

In BR days, seen on shed at Haymarket on the morning of Saturday 2nd April 1983, which was the Easter weekend. Sporting white painted wheel rims, the Western Region OC allocated locomotive was sometime used for Royal Train duties, although it is not clear how it came to be in Scotland on this occasion.

On the rear of a steam special at Ashurst, 23rd October 2010.

On the rear of a steam special at Lockerley, 8th December 2012.

Class 59/2 to Freightliner


It is understood that Class 59/2 were sold to Freightliner this morning. They were all at Merehead or Whatley at that time.

Freightliner Class 66s arrived at Westbury:
0V07 16:35 Basford Hall - Westbury (66419 / 66508 / 66524 / 66587)
0V09 14:35 Whitemoor - Westbury (66511 / 66513 / 66525 / 66537 / 66593) - all actually delivered to Acton
0C66 East Usk - Westbury (66601)

Update: by Tuesday all 6 of the 59/2's are showing in pool DFGH 'Freightliner Class 59'.

Saturday, 2 November 2019

Changes at Northern Railways: Class 319


Last year it was forecast that Class 323 were at risk of coming off lease at Northern. One year on, it is the replacement Class 319 units which will be leaving the franchise by 2021.

Some Northern Class 319 units in October 2018, as a snapshot of what is now expected to be a short term deployment.

319365 at Crewe, 17th October 2018.

319368 departs from Alderley Edge, 17th October 2018.

319369 at Handforth, 17th October 2018.

319375 at Stockport, 16th October 2018.

In DfT grey, 319446 departs Wilmslow, 19th October 2018.

28th October - 2nd November 2019


Monday 28th October: 66722 + 801209 5Q50 07:43 Eastleigh - Doncaster one two three; 73961 + 73963 1Q51 11:15 Derby - Eastleigh - Weymouth - Eastleigh
Tuesday 29th October: 802215 5Q53 07:40 Eastleigh - Doncaster one; 73961 + 73963 1Q52 10:37 Eastleigh - Portsmouth Harbour - Littlehampton - Portsmouth Harbour - Totton Yard - Havant - Guildford - Havant - Fareham - Eastleigh - Woking - Lymington Pier -Eastleigh one; 37116 3Q01 21:45 Hither Green - Eastleigh
Wednesday 30th October: 73961 + 73963 1Q53 11:48 Eastleigh  - Southampton Up Yard - Wimbledon Park - Southampton Up Yard - Wimbledon Park - Totton Yard - Eastleigh - Romsey - Eastleigh one; 47614 (47853) + 47805 5Z47 06:32 Crewe - Eastleigh one two three; 802217 5Q99 08:22 Doncaster - Eastleigh one; 56090 (reported hired in by GBRf) 6O41 10:14 Westbury - Eastleigh one, 6V40 14:05 Eastleigh - Westbury; 37116 3Q02 21:37 Eastleigh - Weymouth - Fratton - Southampton - Eastleigh one
Thursday 31st October: 73961 + 73963 1Q54 12:48 Eastleigh Works to Tonbridge one two; 56090 6O41 10:14 Westbury - Eastleigh one two three four five, 6V40 14:05 Eastleigh - Westbury, 56090 + 66782 6O31 20:30 Westbury - Eastleigh one; 37116 3Q04 20:34 Eastleigh - Totton - Reading Triangle
Friday 1st November: 56090 6O41 10:14 Westbury - Eastleigh one, 6V41 14:45 Eastleigh - Westbury; 37116 3Q40 2334 Reading Triangle Sidings - Eastleigh
Saturday 2nd November:  73962 + 73964 1Q56 11:05 Tonbridge - Eastleigh

Eastleigh Works: 15Oct - 16Oct - 17Oct - 18Oct - 21Oct - 23Oct

47853 is for heavy engine repair, 47805 needs more minor repairs.

Mendip changeover to Freightliner is due over this weekend.

08632 was removed from Eastleigh and will be replaced by 08738.

70001 sat it out at Midland Road through the week.

Saturday, 26 October 2019

14th - 26th October 2019


Monday 14th October: 66754 + 801207 5X96 07:41 Eastleigh - Acton one two three
Tuesday 15th October: 800101 5X96 Eastleigh - Acton one two
Wednesday 16th October: 802214 5X98 08:10 Eastleigh - Acton one two three
Thursday 17th October: 802215 + 800102 5X41 14:18 Acton - Eastleigh one two three four
Friday 18th October: 57305 0O86 17:24 Leicester - Eastleigh one; 66754 + 801211 5X99 21:55 Acton - Eastleigh
Saturday 19th October: 57305 + 220019 5M98 11:30 Eastleigh - Barton under Needwood one two three four five six seven



Monday 21st October: 800208 5X96 07:46 Eastleigh - Acton one two three
Tuesday 22nd October: 800102 5X98 07:43 Eastleigh - Acton one two three
Wednesday 23rd October: 800202 5X96 Acton - Eastleigh one
Thursday 24th October: 47813 0O86 05:49 Leicester - Eastleigh; 800209 5X99 13:10 Acton - Eastleigh one two
Friday 25th October:
Saturday 26th October: 66722 + 801213 5X99 02:36 Acton - Eastleigh (801213 on 28th)



70001 has been reinstated, seen on test on 13th one two. It got to Ipswich, and then eventually back to Basford Hall on Friday, for dead in tow to Southampton then Leeds. Freightliner have started to deploy Class 70 to Hope workings, as part of the forthcoming Mendip shuffle.

Eastleigh Works: 01Oct - 02Oct - 03Oct - 04Oct - 09Oct

Apologies, but these updates are going to be less frequent for the forthcoming period.

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Freight at Romsey, 10th & 11th October 2019


66552 4M65 13:46 Maritime - Lawley Street, 10th October.

66151 7Z52 14:52 Southampton Up Yard - Whatley, 10th October.

59103 Village of Mells 7O40 13:35 Merehead - Eastleigh, 11th October. This ran late, and was over 20 minutes between Dunbridge and Romsey, possibly held to let the Romsey local train proceed ahead of it to Eastleigh.

Little light was left for 66559 working 4M98 17:24 Maritime - Garston, 11th October.

Sunday, 13 October 2019

Miscellany at Westbury, 9th October 2019


09:51 - Smoky 66025 shunts a rake of VTG JNA wagons, and appeared to be a yard shunter through the day. The platform extension appears to be one of Network Rail's slower projects, plenty of the orange army coming and going into the fenced area, but this has been happening on all my visits in 2019.

10:24 - 66160 + 66168 return from Salisbury with RHTT duty 3J13 08:50 Westbury - St.Blazey. Both of these locomotives were reinstated from storage in September for RHTT duties.

11:12 - 66533 arrives with the HOBC train as 66533 6C72 09:20 Fairwater Yard to Westbury Up T.C. for attention at the virtual quarry. This was much the same train as seen in February 2018. In this area we did see the MOBC train, but this was removed as a capability in Network Rail CP6.

"The CP5 settlement for renewals was based on a strategy of “maintain assets in broadly the same condition” and has been described in hindsight as a tight settlement. Looking forward, the Route’s renewals submission for CP6 was for a significant improvement over CP5 levels, but was then constrained to a level some way below the unconstrained level. Whilst it represents around a 15% increase on the CP5 level, it is heavily skewed by the need to provide adequate funding for the Feltham resignalling project. This has resulted in a tough decision being made to remove the funding for the medium output ballast cleaning programme that was planned. I understand that this decision is likely to lead to the relevant MOBC system being mothballed in CP6. The Route has recognised that this decision means that average asset condition of ballast will deteriorate through CP6 and that this is unsustainable in the longer term."

11:17 - 66774 ran light engine 0V07 07:55 Kineton - Warminster-, where it picked up a MoD train to Eastleigh. I believe that these are the wagons, seen the next day.

16:11 - 70807 0F75 14:09 Cardiff Canton - Westbury.

16:41 - 66018 + 66069 RHTT 3J41 14:53 Didcot - Westbury - Didcot.

66018 + 66069 pause with the RHTT train. Both locomotives were again reinstated in September.

Saturday, 12 October 2019

Aggregate Workings at Westbury, 9th October 2019


Just under 4 weeks to go for Mendip Rail workings to move from DB Cargo to Freightliner. We still await the actual outcome of the sale of Class 59/2 locomotives, although the rumour mill suggests that this is coming soon, and that they could be remaining in the area. Overall, this Wednesday felt underwhelming with some long gaps, where two Acton-Merehead workings, one with returning 59202, passed without visibility on the avoiding line.

12:14 - 59104 Village of Great Elm 7B12 11:23 Merehead - Wootton Bassett.

13:47 - 66021 running around 7V16 11:55 Fareham - Whatley.

13:57 - 59203 heads into the down relief line with 6C68 12:25 Avonmouth - Whatley.

14:01 - 66034 6C58 11:45 Oxford Banbury Road - Whatley, which came by an alternative and quicker route via Melksham.

14:14 - 59005 KENNETH J PAINTER departs with 6L21 13:24 Whatley - Dagenham (arrived 13:39).

16:02 - A crew change was completed for 59004 PAUL A HAMMOND running 6V18 11:25 Allington - Whatley.

16:59 - 66151 ran the 7Z52 14:52 Southampton Up Yard - Whatley for several days, here seen running around. The lower height KEA wagons are 3172, 3213 and 3208.

17:52 - 59103 Village of Mells approaches the station with 7A15 17:05 Merehead - Acton.

59101 was also noted working 7V12 15:38 Woking - Merehead.

7th - 12th October 2019


66727 Maritime One was the Westbury - Eastleigh captive, passing Romsey on 7th October 6O39 10:14 Westbury - Eastleigh.

66735 Peterborough United was being dragged at the rear of the train, and took over as the Eastleigh - Westbury captive.

With 4 weeks to go for DB Cargo operations, 59203 passed with 7V16 11:56 Fareham - Whatley on 7th.

Sunday 6th October: 73963 at Eastleigh one
Monday 7th October: 66774 + 801205 5X82 Eastleigh - Acton one two three; 73963 + 73965 1Q64 18:38 Eastleigh - London routes - Eastleigh
Tuesday 8th October: 802213 5X82 08:23 Eastleigh - Acton one two three four five six; 73963 + 73965 1Q65 19:27 Eastleigh - Waterloo - Horsham - Waterloo - Eastleigh
Wednesday 9th October: 73963 + 73965 1Q66 10:37 Eastleigh - Marchwood - Fawley (?) - Eastleigh - Laverstock - Woking (?) - Laverstock - Eastleigh; 73951 + 73952 0Z73 10:14 Derby - Eastleigh one two three;
Thursday 10th October: 73951 + 73952 0Z76 12:55 Eastleigh - Staines - Eastleigh; 73963 + 73965 1Q67 14:37 Eastleigh - Tonbridge; 66731 + 60026 + 73970 6E15 21:06 Eastleigh - Scunthorpe one two three four
Friday 11th October: 73951 + 73952 0Z76 12:55 Eastleigh - Staines - Eastleigh one two; 67021 + 67024 1Y91 11:31 Victoria - Hove one two
Saturday 12th October: 73951 + 73952 0Z73 09:05 Eastleigh - Derby one two three

59202 is now back in circulation at Westbury, with a drag to London on 8th then a run with 59204 in 7C77 12:41 Acton - Merehead on 9th, then a working at night to Eastleigh and back. However on Friday it was at Eastleigh and was moved within the consist of the afternoon 6V40 back to Westbury.

Eastleigh Works: 14Sep - 18Sep - 19Sep - 20Sep - 23Sep - 24Sep - 26Sep - 27Sep - 30Sep

Five DB Cargo Class 66 on long term lease to DRS: 66031 - 66091 (08Feb19)- 66108 - 66122 - 66126 (08Dec18). Anticipation is for DRS to exit from 'heritage' traction in near term.

Prototype HST power car 41001 to be returned to the NRM - 125 Group tweet - NRM tweet (critical of 125 Group). My ride in 2015. More positively, Porterbook have announced that they will donate 43048 & 43089 to the group once these have completed EMR duties.

Thursday, 10 October 2019

Eastleigh Works at dusk, 4th October 2019


314204 continues its sojourn, now moved to a more visible position.

70808 entered the works earlier in the day but was only present for a short period.
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Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Diesels at the West Somerset Railway, 3rd October 2019


Hymek D7018, repaired after a 23 year long overhaul, approaches Watchet with 11:00 from Bishops Lydeard.

 Hymek D7017 is in semi-stored status at Williton.

End view of D7017 - more pipes than I expected for a vacuum train brake loco, they must be for the multi-working, but matches the class leader.

'Teddy Bear' D9526 at Williton.

Diesel-hydraulic No. 2 Barclay 579 of 1972 as supplied to the Royal Ordnance Factory at Puriton, Bridgwater.

D6566 (33048) at Bishop's Lydeard.

D6575 (33057) at Williton.