Saturday 21 November 2020

Freight and Test Train at Dunbridge, 19th November 2020


66414 + 66606 7V62 13:21 Up Yard - Whatley. 66414 appeared to being returned to the quarries following a train rescue the previous day.

66719 METRO-LAND running as 0V40 14:05 Eastleigh - Westbury.

66534 OOCL Express 4M65 13:46 Maritime - Lawley Street, running 51 minutes late, but time was made up at Hatton Down Goods Loop and the train was 20 minutes early at destination.

The test train 1X23 1513 Salisbury - Southampton UGL - Salisbury is typically the HST NMT or the Colas pair of Class 67s, but this time it was a pair of Class 37s. Train formation was 37099 + 96609 1256 999550 6261 + 37254, where the test coaches were the same as on 28th October.

37099 MERL EVANS 1947-2016 leads the train. The lights are for PLPR (Plain Line Pattern Recognition).

37254 Cardiff Canton on the rear.

59202 Alan Meddows Taylor MD Mendip Rail Limited returns with 7V09 13:41 Chichester - Merehead. Some corrosion is apparent in the paintwork.