Sunday, 25 October 2020

Afternoon Freight at Romsey, 22nd October 2020


59003 YEOMAN HIGHLANDER, leading 6V40 14:05 Eastleigh -Chandler's Ford - Westbury LWR train.

VolkerRail Kirow 125 tonne crane DRK81613 and its support wagons were at the rear of the consist.

66531 approaches with 4O57 13:29 Wentloog - Maritime, which passed at 16:27. On Monday 26th sunset will be at 16:50 GMT, and a similar shot will be challenging.

Saturday, 24 October 2020

19th - 24th October 2020

37610 returning from Eastern Docks to Westbury as 0Z38, seen approaching Halterworth Crossing, 21st October.

The Colas operated route learner continued over the crossing and onward to Romsey.

59003 + 66729 + 66754 with a single wagon on 6O41 on Monday 19th. Image by Ian Knight.

Sunday 18th October:  156447 5Q86 11:58 Heaton - Eastleigh one two three (last in sequence for this activity)
Monday 19th October: 60046 6Z60 06:30 Willesden - Eastleigh one
Tuesday 20th October:
Wednesday 21st October: 37610 0Z37 09:10 Westbury - Romsey - Eastleigh - Eastern Docks one, 0Z38 11:30 Eastern Docks - Eastleigh - Romsey - Westbury (route not as scheduled) one;60046 6Z94 21:30 Eastleigh - Boston one
Thursday 22nd October: 43014 + 43062  1X23 15:13 Salisbury - Southampton UGL - Salisbury 
Friday 23rd October: 60046 6Z60 06:30 Willesden - Eastleigh one, 6Z94 22:14 Eastleigh - Boston; 442417 + 442423 5Q99 10:20 Fratton - Bournemouth
Saturday 24th October:

Verizon is shutting down the Yahoo Groups totally on 15th December.

1 hour 15 minutes of freight at Romsey, 20th October 2020 part 4: 70001 returns from Wentloog

70001 PowerHaul slows to approach the junction, leading 4O57 13:29 Wentloog - Maritime.

A closer view of the General Electric machine.

FRA wagon 613021.

KTA wagon GERS 97716 which was followed by GERS 97745 at the rear.

Friday, 23 October 2020

1 hour 15 minutes of freight at Romsey, 20th October 2020 part 3: 59102 with stone hoppers for Eastleigh

The third Class 59 in sequence, 59102 Village of Chantry operated 7O40 13:35 Merehead - Eastleigh.

A closer view of the approaching train.
The first O&K JHA hopper was OK19305 which is an 'outer' wagon, constructed in 1989.

By comparison this is 2020 delivered HOA 81.70.6774.040-4.

Thursday, 22 October 2020

1 hour 15 minutes of freight at Romsey, 20th October 2020 part 2: 59206 with the Chi-stone empties


59206 John F Yeoman Rail Pioneer slows to stop at a signal check with 7V09 13:41 Chichester - Merehead.

A closer view of the no longer unique G&W liveried Class 59.

81.70.5500.838-4 is a JNA delivered earlier in 2020, leased from Touax. 

81 70 5500 193-4 is a similar wagon, built in 2016 leased from VTG. While built to similar specification, there is a significant difference in the handbrake arrangements, using two variants of the LN25 bogie. The Touax JNA and the DB Cargo MMA wagons are those with the body mounted brake wheel. The Freightliner HHA wagons, from which bogie and brake components were recycled, had bogie mounted brake wheels, but when reportedly recycled to MWA wagons had body mounted. This seems rather confusing and inconsistent!

Wednesday, 21 October 2020

1 hour 15 minutes of freight at Romsey, 20th October 2020 part 1: 59003 with 6V41

59003 YEOMAN HIGHLANDER, passing with 6V41 14:48 Eastleigh - Westbury.

The formation was notable for including five OCA wagons, built at BREL Shldon in 1981-82, now getting rarer. Starting with 112117.

Then 112043 ...

... 112048 ...

... 112229 ...

... and 112269. All had seen use on Eastleigh based ballast trains over the preceding weekend. All are in pool 6822 'DB Network infrastructure/storage pools' as 'STEEL-DOOR-BASS', in which there are approximately 113 wagons.

Sunday, 18 October 2020

Colourful Freight at Eastleigh, 15th October 2020

66789 British Rail 1948 - 1997 arriving with 4M51 14:24 Western Docks - Trafford Park.

66780 The Cemex Express passing with 4Y19 12:30 Mountfield - Western Docks.

66128 departs leading 4O21 09:15 Trafford Park - Western Docks, which it has worked on weekdays for some weeks.

66142 Maritime Intermodal Three arriving with 4E68 16:15 Western Docks - Wakefield.

Saturday, 17 October 2020

12th - 17th October 2020

70806 departs from Eastleigh Works, 15th October. It received attention following failure at Arundel on 9th.

Monday 12th October: 60029 6Z90 07:09 Up Yard - Westbury one; 66738 + 701011 + 66780 6X24 08:00 Derby - Eastleigh one two three four five six seven
Tuesday 13th October:
Wednesday 14th October: 156449 on test at Eastleigh
Thursday 15th October:
Friday 16th October:
Saturday 17th October:
156449 5Q12 09:28 Eastleigh - Heaton one two

"£17 million boost to Southampton’s rail freight capacity" - some of this is a re-heated government announcement, following work not completed by early 2019. Some longer trains have been running, 4M61 is a noticeably long train - may be 600m. Network Rail announcement for works through to February 2021.

Class 701 Arterio approved for public use by Office of Rail and Road. This is the authorisation letter.

Disposals offer package from Eversholt.

Friday, 16 October 2020

Freight at Dunbridge, 13th October 2020

4M65 13:46 Maritime - Lawley Street is running again, here headed by 66523, passing late at 14:39.

59003 YEOMAN HIGHLANDER is back in the circuit, 6V41 14:48 Eastleigh - Westbury.

KFA wagon RLS 92558 is seen running with a YWA equivelent platform, the second of these seen recently. It belongs to pool 0185 of about 20 KFA wagons "TOUAXGBRF 60FT-KFA-FLATS", which operate, sometimes at weekends from Eastleigh, but also noted at Peterborough, Doncaster and Carlisle.

Thursday, 15 October 2020

Digger World at Dunbridge, 13th October 2020

Welcome to Colas Rail at the pop-up civil engineering depot at Dunbridge, previously reviewed on 26th September.

Entrance gate to the former goods yard.

RR105, a Caterpillar D5N dozer.

RR108, a Komatsu D41P dozer.

FR506 Komatsu PC138US Crawlerailer & FR509 Komatsu PC138US Crawlerailer

RR304 Komatsu PC138 & RR305 Komatsu PC138US

Green Energy cabin communications base, from High Motive.

Level crossing segments.

Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Mendip Rail at Dunbridge, 13th October 2020

Tuesday can be the busiest day of the week for Mendip Rail workings in this area.

66568 7V16 11:56 Fareham - Whatley passes at 12:37.

66508 6V62 13:21 Up Yard - Whatley, passing 14 minutes late at 14:03.

59201 7V09 13:41 Chichester - Merehead, passing at 15:43.

VTG 3961, built by Marcroft 2000-01, on the rear of the Chichester formation.

Sunday, 11 October 2020

70007 returns from Wentloog, Romsey, 9th October 2020

With autumnal background, 70007 approaches Romsey with 4O57 13:29 Wentloog - Maritime.

70007 was in Covid downturn storage from early April until 23rd September. Following activity to return to service, it worked to Southampton on 2nd October, then had turns to Wentloog on Thursday 8th and Friday 9th. Ten of the class are now reactivated, with nine still in store.

KTA wagon GERS 97730, one of seven in the formation.

Saturday, 10 October 2020

Tugtastic! - 60029 workings, 8th - 9th October 2020

60029 Ben Nevis makes its DCR debut in the South. Originally placed into traffic from Brush Loughborough on 26th November 1990. Stored for the final time in early December 2008 and moved to Crewe for secure storage on 2nd February 2009. Offered for sale September 2013, not taken up. Offered for sale November 2018, sold to Cappagh / DCR in February 2019, although for a while 60038 was anticipated to replace it. Tested from early August 2020, but only entered traffic for DCR on 1st October.

For 7th - 9th October, used spoil from Westbury:

  • 6Z90 07:09 Up Yard - Westbury
  • 6Z91 16:28 Westbury - Up Yard

In early light, the empties pass Dunbridge on the 8th. Note the temporary Colas radio transmitter in the former goods yard.

Later on the 8th, loaded 6Z91 is seen passing Test Lane. Image by Ian Knight.

On 9th, 6Z91 is approaching Romsey.

Closer to and passing the camera.
The last wagon was JNA 81.70.5500.683-4, built in late 2019, and leased from VTG.