Wednesday 29 May 2019

Eastleigh miscellany, Bank Holiday Monday 27th May 2019

Colas 70816 + 70809 + 70806 + 70807, appear to mainly be being used on engineering workings - a Hinksey train did depart from the East Yard at 13:31, which appears to have been 70806.

60021 PENYGHENT still resided in the East Yard after release from the works in the preceding week. 08460 parked beyond.

66775 HMS Argyll was involved in shunting.

394568 is an MHA wagon, converted at Wabtec Doncaster or EWS Margam in 2002-04.

GERS 89015 is a TEA wagon, which arrived on works on 14th March 2018, recently reunited with overhauled bogies after a long period on accommodation examples. 89017 arrived at the same time, and similarly appears to be ready.

08511 shunting.

Tuesday 28 May 2019

VSOE workings at Eastleigh, 27th May 2019

67021 leads the ECS 5Z47 05:24 Stewarts Lane - Southampton.

67004 is on the rear.

67004 returns leading 1Z47 09:09 Southampton - Victoria, which then worked onward to Folkestone.

67021 on the rear.

Monday 27 May 2019

800101 IEP move, Eastleigh, 27th May 2019

800101 5X82 08:24 Eastleigh - North Pole IEP Depot

This train has been in the UK for over 4 years, and was previously running in a Virgin Trains version of the Azuma scheme. It arrived in Eastleigh on 17th May, dragging 801102.

Crawling out of the T&RSMD sidings.

The last window is covered with an adhesive poly bag.

817101 is a MC (Motor Composite) coach.

816101 is a TS coach. "The bogies have a bolsterless configuration and are designed for stability and cornering performance as well as to minimize track damage and maintenance costs, with the structures of the motor and trailer bogies both made as light as possible. The weight of the trailer bogies used for intermediate cars on nine car trains, in particular, was reduced significantly by using the inner frame structure" - Hitachi Review Vol. 63 (2014), No. 10.

Heading out towards platform 3 at the station, and the SWML.

Saturday 25 May 2019

20th - 25th May 2019

70007 4E76 19:02 Maritime - Leeds, passing Campbell Road Bridge, Eastleigh, 20th May.

37254 at the works, 20th May, awaiting a return to Woking.

59102 leads 7O40 13:35 Merehead - Eastleigh at Romsey, 24th May.

Sunday 19th May: 59003 0Z59 11:30 Eastleigh - Doncaster one two three four five; 66779 +66723 T+T 5Z17 12:48 Wembley - Eastleigh one two three
Monday 20th May: 802203 5X82 08:08 Eastleigh - Acton one; 37254 3Zxx 20:45 Eastleigh - Woking
Tuesday 21st May: 
Wednesday 22nd May: 
Thursday 23rd May:
Friday 24th May:
Saturday 25th May:

Eastleigh Works: 18Apr - 22Apr - 23Apr - 24Apr - 25Apr - 26Apr - 29Apr
21st May: 60021 in GBRF colours as PENYGHENT in Class 44 style one two and 22nd May in East Yard one

Brockenhurst - Chirk timber traffic appears to remain on the agenda - Colas route learner ran with 66846 on 21st 09:47 Eastleigh - Wareham - Eastleigh one two three

60001 is still at Westbury, it made training runs to Wootton Bassett on 20th one two three four and 22nd one two

Friday 24 May 2019

Swanage Railway Diesel Gala Focus, 11th May 2019: 50007

50007 Hercules (50014 Warspite on one side) is one of the duo recently painted into GBRf colours. Originally delivered as D407 from English Electric Vulcan Foundry on 12th March 1968, withdrawn from special traffic in March 1994. Now in the ownership of the Class 50 Alliance.

Approaching Corfe Castle from Harman's Cross.

Entering the platform at Corfe Castle.

A departure from Harman's Cross..

Upon arrival at Corfe Castle from From River Bridge.

Final turn of the day, a run around at Norden.

Thursday 23 May 2019

Swanage Railway Diesel Gala Focus, 11th May 2019: 59003 + 73119

A pair of locomotives with past adventures away from the UK mainline, now again both familiar to those who frequent Eastleigh.

59003 YEOMAN HIGHLANDER was built by EMD at La Grange, Illinois, USA in 1985 and introduced into traffic in February 1986. To Germany for Yeoman / DB in 1997, later to Heavy Haul Power International and returned to UK 2014 for GBRf. Currently its working focus is on the Westbury - Eastleigh civil engineering trains.

73119 was built at English Electric as, Newton-le-Willows as E6025, and entered traffic on 27th March 1966. Renumbered to 73119 in 1973. Following fire damage in December 1998, 73119 was stored at Old Oak Common, later sold privately in 2003, imtially at Barrow Hill, then sold to the Keith and Dufftown Railway in September 2004, moving into preservation, at Dufftown. Returned south, but sat in a haulier's yard for a year being being moved in January 2009 to be yard shunter at Eastleigh Works for Knight's Rail Services, then acquired by GBRf in September 2011.

The pair generally kept together, since 59003 is an air brake locomotive, and 73119 was present as its vacuum brake translator.

59003 + 73119 arrive at Swanage.

73119 & 59003 are in a shunt at Corfe Castle.

73119 out on its own, departing Harman's Cross for Swanage.

59003 + 73119 arrive at Harman's Cross from Swanage.

In a Big Country: 59003 + 73119 wait at Corfe Castle for a later in day return move to Swanage.

Now go watch the video:

Big Country - In A Big Country (1983)

Wednesday 22 May 2019

Swanage Railway Diesel Gala Focus, 11th May 2019: Two Class 08 locos

08436 was originally D3551 delivered from BR Derby on 3rd October 1958, allocated to 61B Aberdeen Ferryhill, moving from ScR to ER in  1972. Withdrawn in January 1992 from Doncaster, eventually finding its way to Swanage. The BRML Eastleigh Works finish is a mimic of 08642.

D3591 was new from BR Crewe on 17th December 1958, and was first allocated to Newton Heath. Later in 1971 it was sent to the ScR, becoming 08476 in 1974, seen here at Dunfermline in 1983, eventually withdrawn at Thornton Junction on 9th September 1985. Now at Swanage for many years, apart from a period away on repair.

Tuesday 21 May 2019

Swanage Railway Diesel Gala Focus, 11th May 2019: 26007

This one goes way back for me, and it's hard to believe that it's more than 60 years old, and a genuine piece of railway history. As class leader D5300, the locomotive was new from Birmingham Railway Carriage & Wagon Co on the 30th July 1958, and initially worked from Hornsey on Kings Cross suburban duties. The class was then concentrated in Scotland, with this locomotive reallocated to Haymarket in the week ending 23rd April 1960.

In Scotland this was one of earlier and heavier locomotives, and was selected for dual braking and boiler removal in 1966, for operation of MGR trains for Cockenzie Power Station, also sometimes seen on ECS duties from Craigentinny to Edinburgh Waverley.

Renumbered to 26007 on 25th May 1974, general overhauland refurbished December 1982, withdrawn from service on 4th October 1993.

I first saw this locomotive at the "Edinburgh Rail Festival" of 24th September 1977. The locomotive has previously visited Swanage for the diesel gala in 2009, and is now present at the Swanage Railway for the summer months of 2019.

History at 6LDA

Arriving at Swanage.

Shunt at Swanage.

Departing from Harman's Cross.

Approaching Harman's Cross from Swanage.

On the rear of a working to Frome River Bridge at Corfe Castle.

Monday 20 May 2019

37254 and an unexpected test train, Eastleigh, 18th May 2019.

9714 + 62384 + 72630 + 99666 + 96606 + 37254
3Z40 12:01 Woking - Eastleigh

9714 is a former Mk2F DBSO, to Lot 30861 of 1974, originally 9536 and converted to DBSO in 1985. In test train service since 2007.

62384 is an Ultrasonic Test Train coach, taking this role from May 2012. Originally a 4-CIG MBSO which ran from July 1971 to April 2005, in unit 7396 later 1296, then 4-BIG 2258 and 4-CIG 1393. It then spent some time at the Great Central Railway until acquired for its current role.

37254 Cardiff Canton was new as D6954 from English Electric Vulcan Foundry on 5th January 1965, and was first allocated to Canton. Stored unserviceable in November 1998 and withdrawn in January 1999. Preserved and ran on the Spa Valley Railway from 2008, until acquired in November 2015 for the current work duties.

Heading onwards into the works.

Sunday 19 May 2019

Miscellany at Eastleigh, 18th May 2019

Two pictures of 08460 Spirit of the Oak in shunting action.

802203 (coaches from left, 834203 & 835203). May be next for departure.

66739 Bluebell Railway had earlier worked an MoD train, returning 0B02 10:50 Marchwood - Eastleigh.

394829 is an MHA, a rarer DB red painted example, built on a former HAA coal hopper underframe. The paint job may be from 2017 period.

Colas locomotives at Eastleigh, 18th May 2019

The locomotives were later shunted into formations for civil engineering workings.



66849 Wylam Dilly.

66850 David Maidment OBE.