Saturday, 8 August 2020

Freight at St Denys, 5th August 2020


66503 The Railway Magazine running early with 4O14 04:59 Garston - Maritime.

66753 EMD Roberts Road running late with 4M19 11:50 Western Docks - East Midlands Gateway.

66509 gets away early with 7V62 13:21 Up Yard - Whatley.

70001 PowerHaul returned to traffic this week, and was at the head of 4M61 13:00 Maritime - Trafford Park.

A closer view of the reinstated locomotive, which does not yet feature the enlarged cabside decals.

3rd - 8th August 2020


47813 arrives at Eastleigh, 3rd August

A busy scene at Up Yard on 5th at 12:19. 444037, 377150, 37025 with the test train, 66509 preparing for return to Whatley.

Monday 3rd August: 47813 0O86 0922 Leicester- Eastleigh one two three four, 47813 + 47848 0M59 14:29 Eastleigh - Leicester one two three four five six seven eight; 37025 + 37421 1Q51 11:15 Derby - Eastleigh - Weymouth - Eastleigh one two three four five six seven eight
Tuesday 4th August: 37025 + 37421 1Q52 1Q52 10:37 Eastleigh - Portsmouth Harbour - Littlehampton - Portsmouth Harbour - Totton Yard - Fareham - Eastleigh - Woking Winchester Baltic Siding - Lymington Pier -Eastleigh one two three four five six seven eight nine ten eleven twelve thirteen fourteen fifteen sixteen seventeen eighteen; 73961 + 73962 0Z03 Derby - Eastleigh one two; 37175 3Q01 23:37 Woking - Eastleigh
Wednesday 5th August: 37025 + 37421 (unexpected extra day on the turn) 1Q53 1Q53 11:48 Eastleigh - Up Yard - Wimbledon - Up Yard one two three four five six seven eight, 1Q53 18:04 Up Yard - Wimbledon - Totton - Romsey - Eastleigh  one; 37175 3Q03 23:42 Eastleigh - Preston Park - Bognor Regis - Eastleigh - Winchester Baltic Siding - Eastleigh one
Thursday 6th August: 37025 + 37421 0Z37 11:30 Eastleigh - Nottingham one two; 73961 + 73962 1Q54 12:45 Eastleigh - Tonbridge one two; 37175 3Q04 21:19 Eastleigh - Southampton - Reading Triangle 
Friday 7th August: 50007 + 50049 5Z51 17:40 Reading  - Eastleigh East Yard one two three; 37175 3Q40? 23:58 Reading - Southampton - Woking (? - only tracked to Basingstoke, gone to Reading?)
Saturday 8th August:

70001 returned to traffic on Monday 3rd. Flickr for the week.


701005 made the first commissioning run from Eastleigh on the evening of 6th, crewed by GBRf one two three four five

313121 made some recent test runs, and moved to Ferme Park on 6th.


Friday, 7 August 2020

Tractors on the Test Train, St Denys, 5th August 2020


37421 + 37025 Inverness TMD 1Q53 11:48 Eastleigh - Up Yard - Wimbledon - Up Yard
The same test coaches as seen at Dunbridge on 4th June, and also similar to those of August 2019.

37025 was allocated to Inverness until 19th January 1986, when it was transferred to Eastfield. 37421 was allocated to Inverness from 12th January 1986, following its HGR overhaul and fitting of ETH. One appears to have more or less been swapped for the other in these now far off times.

37421 lead through St Denys.

977868 Radio Survey Train Test coach

977983 Electrification Measurement Vehicle

5981 Plain Line Pattern Recognition vehicle "PLPR2"

6264 Generator Van

37025 makes the departure from the Up Yard

37421 was under blue star coupled power on the rear.

Thursday, 6 August 2020

Test Train at Redbridge, 3rd August 2020


3rd August: Three pictures of 37421 + 37025 passing Redbridge with 1Q51 heading for Weymouth.

37421 was was new as D6967 from English Electric / Vulcan Foundry on 13th February 1965

The formation was 977868 + 977983 + 5981 + 6264.

Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Freight at Eastleigh, 3rd August 2020


59003 YEOMAN HIGHLANDER on regular turn 6O41 10:14 Westbury - Eastleigh.

66775 HMS Argyll 4M19 11:50 Western Docks - East Midlands Gateway.

66544 4O18 07:24 Lawley Street - Maritime.

66041 4O40 09:43 Morris Cowley - Eastern Docks.

66784 Keighley & Worth Valley Railway + 66702 Blue Lightning STP 0Z70 12:31 Eastleigh East Yard - Brockenhurst Down Siding

70016 on regular turn 4M61 13:00 Maritime-Trafford Park for the fourth week.

Eastleigh Works, 3rd August 2020


47848, noted under test on 21st May, awaits collection.

47813 Jack Frost arrived to make the collection.

47813 coupled up to 47848.

08507 shunts 43055, having moved coach 10416 into the works.

442421 lay stripped in the scrap siding.

The destination indicator on 319373 changes between shots! Todmorden then Wakefield Kirkgate, neither electrified.

Saturday, 1 August 2020

Dunbridge, 30th July 2020


59003 YEOMAN HIGHLANDER ran early as 0V41 14:48 Eastleigh - Westbury. Network Rail seems to sponsor rather too many light engine workings between these points.

66566 ran via Eastleeigh with  6V09 13:41 Chichester - Merehead.

43014 The Railway Observer leading 1X23 15:13 Salisbury - Southampton UGL - Salisbury.

43013 Mark Carne CBE leading the return part of the journey back to Salisbury.

27th July - 1st August 2020


159015 takes the route to Marchwood and Fawley at Totton, 28th July. A demo for key persons with interest in reinstatement of service through the Waterside Community Railway Project


43014 Railway Observer leads the NMT into Redbridge, 30th July. Image by Ian Knight.

Monday 27th July: 800203 5X95 (Bounds Green -)  10:18 Basingstoke - Eastleigh (went into T&RSMD) one two three; 800203 + 801201 5X96 12:35 Eastleigh - Reading (failed coming out of T&RSMD blocking Botley line, then to platform 3, and into T&RSMD again)
Tuesday 28th July: 800203 5X94 09:35 Eastleigh - Bounds Green one; 159015 1Z20 Southampton - Fawley - Southampton Flickr for the day
Wednesday 29th July:
Thursday 30th July: 43013 + 43014 1X23 15:13 Salisbury - Southampton UGL - Salisbury
Friday 31st July: 800208 (Bounds Green -) 5X95 Reading  - Eastleigh one two three four, 800208 + 801201 5X96 12:35 Eastleigh - Reading one two - this may conclude the Azuma programme; 66787 + 701006 + 66787 6X24 06:17 Derby - Eastleigh one two Flickr for the day
Saturday 1st August: 

LSL 'Blue Pullman' HST to emerge from Eastleigh: one two three four

Eastleigh Works: 24Jun - 26Jun - 29Jun - 02Jul - 06Jul - 07Jul - 08Jul (442421 stripped - and now reported as on the scrap line)

Repainted Class 319373 at Eastleigh Works. Destination board 'Whitehaven' would be a challenge for this class. When it arrived the destination was 'Manchester Victoria'.

314204 disposal has been completed.

GBRf have tested the 3rd rail at the Eastleigh carriage sidings using 73141.

Platform 2/3 switch and crossing at Eastleigh were further repaired over weekend of 25th - 26th

70001 / 003 / 005 / 010 / 015 / 016 / 017 are now all re-listed on TOPS, but activity seems limited, many have not worked yet. 70017 was on 4M61 on Monday 27th. On Friday 70017 led 70016 on 4M61, and now appears to be at Basford Hall, 70016 having returned south. 70001 was dragged south on Saturday 1st on 4O29.