Sunday 9 February 2020

Changes in workings at Eastleigh, as seen on 6th February 2020

Following the recent derailment, the straight line track on the Down Fast has taken the platform 2 Down Slow out of use, which limits access to and from Southampton for the yard, and passenger calls by southbound trains, where a shuttle bus is being provided to and from the airport.

The Departmental train from Westbury is using the 6O39 10:14 Westbury - Eastleigh path, entering the yard from Chandler's Ford passing the station, to deposit the train in what were the carriage sidings, adjacent to the virtual quarry. Regular 59003 YEOMAN HIGHLANDER arrives with this working.

The return trip follows similar pattern, 6V40 14:05 Eastleigh-Westbury, which is seen here running onto the branch some minutes early to await the arrival of the passenger train from Romsey to clear the branch to proceeed.

The 'Romsey Rocket' cannot call at platform 2 southbound, so proceeds via the Down Fast towards the airport.

Similarly down Freightliner trains cannot stop so run via the Down Fast, although northbound trains are still stopping in Platform 1. They currently are restricted to 30 mph over the new track, so it's possible to record the consist. 66568 passes with 4O90 06:08 Leeds - Maritime.

70010 similarly passes with  4O49 09:21 Basford Hall - Maritime.

The SITT came up from Totton to remove 66727 from the working. For the return 6Y89 12:30 Eastleigh East Yard - Totton Yard, the train was firstly worked into platform 3. 66718 Sir Peter Hendy CBE then led onto the Romsey branch, on the line normally approaching Eastleigh.

After some trains passed, including one to Romsey, 66716 Locomotive and Carriage Institution Centenary 1911-2011 then led the consist to Totton.