Tuesday, 15 June 2021

ScotRail HSTs at Aberdour, 28th May 2021

 
43026 (+ 43136) passing with 1B32 13:13 Aberdeen - Edinburgh. 43026 in its First Great Western days.


There follows a point with three HSTs within 10 minutes. 43129 (+ 43139) leading 1B35 13:56 Aberdeen - Edinburgh.


43036 (+ 43034) run aound the curve with 1A78 15:30 Edinburgh - Aberdeen.


43003, the oldest HST power car in traffic, (+ 43169) pass with 1B31 12:49 Inverness - Edinburgh.

Monday, 14 June 2021

Kirkby Stephen (West), 26th May 2021

 

66181 leading 6E97 10:44 New Biggin British Gypsum - Tyne Dock.


3 coach 158755 approaches with 1M53 09:20 Leeds - Carlisle.


158782 arriving with 2H89 10:58 Carlisle - Leeds. Formerly a ScotRail unit, and before that with Alphaline.


34046 Braunton passing with 'The Fellsman' 1Z31 07:50 Crewe - Carlisle.


A closer view.

D1935 (47805) Roger Hosking MA 1925-2013 on the rear.

Saturday, 12 June 2021

7th - 12th June 2021


Two pictures from Ian Knight, of 50008 + 67028 passing Redbridge on Monday 7th.


Sunday 6th  June: 37421 3Q05 23:50 Reading - Eastleigh - Reading
Monday 7th June: 50008 + 67028 0Z50 13:32 Eastleigh - Redbridge - Salisbury, 0Z51 15:00 Salisbury - Romsey - Eastleigh; 73963 + 73965 1Q51 11:15 Derby - Eastleigh - Weymouth - Eastleigh
Tuesday 8th June: 50008 + 67028 0Z50 09:19 Eastleigh - Didcot one two three four five six, 0Z51 13:28 Didcot - Eastleigh one; 73963 + 73965 1Q52 10:37 Eastleigh - Portsmouth Harbour - Littlehampton - Portsmouth Harbour - Totton Yard - Havant - Guildford - Havant - Fareham - Eastleigh - Winchester - Woking - Lymington Pier -Eastleigh
Wednesday 9th June: 50008 + 67028 5Z50 09:17 Eastleigh - Basingstoke - Didcot - Swindon -Westbury one two, 5Z51 14:25 Westbury - Salisbury - Romsey - Eastleigh ; 73963 + 73965 1Q53 11:48 Eastleigh - Up Yard - Wimbledon - Up Yard, 1Q53 18:04 Up Yard - Wimbledon - Totton - Romsey - Eastleigh
Thursday 10th June: 73963 + 73965 1Q54 12:46 Eastleigh - Tonbridge
Friday 11th June:
Saturday 12th June:


50008 on Flickr for the week

73963 + 73965 on Flickr for the week

Monday, 7 June 2021

'Flying Scotsman' in Hampshire, 6th June 2021

60103 + 47746 T+T
1Z74 14:20 Southampton Central - Laverstock North (reverse) - Salisbury
1Z75 15:20 Salisbury - Southampton Central

Spot the badger!

Two images of the departure from Southampton, by Roger Homan.





The return from Salisbury passes Lee. Image by Roger Homan.

Having passed Redbridge, the train passed by Maritime depot. Image by Ian Knight.

Sunday, 6 June 2021

Dunbridge, 15th January 1983

The latter days of Dunbridge signal box, Saturday, 15th January 1983. The box seems to have been formally closed on 17th October 1983, although the automatic half-barriers had replaced preceding signaler operated full width barriers on 14th November 1982.


Signal box, level crossing, and two month old half barriers.

33044 passes with a Cardiff - Portsmouth '89' train, formed from the typical five Mk 1 coaches. The locomotive was new as D6562 on 15th July 1961, renumbered 33044 in December 1973, withdrawn on 11th September 1987, and cut up at Vic Berry, Leicester in October 1990.


This is actually the first picture I ever took at Dunbridge, 10th September 1982, the Friday evening after my first week at work. 33012 is passing with a train for Portsmouth. This picture demonstrates the full width barrier arrangement, which was replaced in November that year. The new crossing roadway has been installed, but not the anti-animal and trespass wooden slats. The present day signal SY1 was already installed on the platform, although I do not know where it was controlled from. 33012 is now preserved at the Swanage Railway, although currently receiving attention inside Eastleigh Works.

Saturday, 5 June 2021

31st May - 5th June 2021


Monday 31st May:
Tuesday 1st June:

Wednesday 2nd June: 66792 + 73966 0O01 (Doncaster -) 11:14½ Hexthorpe Jn - Eastleigh one two three four
Thursday 3rd June: 43290 + 43299 1X23 15:13 Salisbury - Southampton UGL - Salisbury one two three
Friday 4th June:
Saturday 5th June:

50008 noted in H&H colours at Eastleigh Works

66794 released from Eastleigh Works on 3rd, removed by 66758 one, which then moved it north in 6X14 21:17 to Scunthorpe one two, locomotive now at Doncaster one





Wednesday, 2 June 2021

The Severn Valley Railway, 6th April 1980 (part 2)

Continuation of my first visit to the Severn Valley Railway.


4930 Hagley Hall enters Arley station with a working for Bridgnorth, passing 7819 Hinton Manor.


At Bewdley7812 Erlestoke Manor had returned to service in September 1979.

2857 saw a very limited mileage in 1980, but the cylinder block and boiler required further attention, and full return to traffic took place in 1985, including a main line freight turn, for GWR 150.


5164 arrives at Bewdley with a working from Bridgnorth. 


8233 arriving at Arley from Bridgnorth.

70000 Britannia in the sidings at Arley. Alas, at this time, it was too heavy for SVR usage, and was requiring boiler repairs. It moved on to the Nene Valley Railway.

6960 Ravengham Hall arriving at Arley. The signal box, to LNWR pattern, was moved from Yorton, between Crewe and Shrewsbury.

Sunday, 30 May 2021

Salisbury, 23rd May 2021

Just passing by, and trains in the area were replaced by buses, so little going on. It is hard to believe that the 159s are 29 years old.


158881.


159103 and 158885.


158885, 159101 and 159022.

Saturday, 29 May 2021

24th - 29th May 2021


37402 passes Dunbridge with 0Z11 training turn, 26th May. Image by Roger Homan.

66702 66774 59003 0V40 14:05 Eastleigh - Westbury, passing Dunbridge, 26th May. Image by Roger Homan.

Monday 24th May: (04:25 Bournemouth - Wolverton Class 442 drag cancelled for paperwork reasons)
Tuesday 25th May: 47739 0O69 07:00 Leicester - Eastleigh one two; 37402 0Z10 08:47 Crewe - Eastleigh one two three four five; 66759 + 73212 (+ 442419 + 442410) + 73213  5Y97 22:52 Bournemouth - Eastleigh
Wednesday 26th May: 66759 + 73212 (+ 442419 + 442410) + 73213 5Q85 05:28 Eastleigh - Wolverton one two three four; 47739 (+ 701008) 5Q80 06:52 Eastleigh - Widnes one two three four five six seven; 37402 0Z11 10:06 Eastleigh - Romsey - Salisbury - Bristol - Salisbury - Romsey - Eastleigh one two; 484002 + 484003 on test one two three    
Thursday 27th May: 37402 0Z12 10:09 Eastleigh - Crewe one; 47739 (+ 701005) 5Q10 07:18 Derby - Eastleigh one two three four five47739 0Z47 15:13 Eastleigh - Leicester; 66783 + 73212 (+ 442402 + 442420) + 73213 5Y97 21:32 Bournemouth - Eastleigh
Friday 28th May: 66783 + 73212 (+ 442402 + 442420) + 73213 5Q85 05:28 Eastleigh - Wolverton one two three four five six seven47739 (+ 701032) 5Q10 07:18 Derby - Eastleigh one two three four five47739 0Z47 15:13 Eastleigh - Leicester one;  43046 + 43055 5Z58 10:23 Crewe - Eastleigh one two three four five six seven eight
Saturday 29th May: 43046 + 43055 1Z60 06:00 Eastleigh - Reading - Penzance one two, 1Z62 16:00 Penzance - Reading - Eastleigh
Sunday 30th May: 43046 + 43055 12:54 Eastleigh - Crewe one two

442402 had returned from Wolverton with ac equipment on 10th July 2020
442410 still dc equipment, last noted move 8th October 2020
442419 had returned from Wolverton with ac equipment on 26th June 2020
442420 still dc equipment, last noted move 8th October 2020

Q: Is 319441 in Eastleigh Works? A poster on WNXX Forum believes so, but it was in Crewe South Yard on 13th May.

Friday, 28 May 2021

The Severn Valley Railway, 6th April 1980 (part 1)

A whole day spent on the Severn Valley Railway, 11 years after first reopening, and 6 years after reopening to Bewdley. BR still controlled in Kidderminster, to serve the British Sugar Corporation facility, but that would change over the next 4 years. 

A snapshot in time, just over 14 years after the end of Western Region steam, and 11 after BR steam.


4930 Hagley Hall pauses at Highley with the first northbound train of the day.


8233 was awaiting the arrival of the northbound train at Hampton Loade.

5764 and 3205, which was having an early steaming after overhaul. It ran at the Rocket 150 event at Rainhill in May 1980.

6443, 4566 and LNWR 3020 Cornwall, the latter for an assessment for overhaul, which did not proceed.

WD 600 Gordon, after some attention to the side of the firebox, in advance of its appearance at Rocket 150.  In these days, the shed yard was accessible, and young boys could be lifted up to and down from the footplate.

D1062 Western Courier, at that time only 16 years old, which also would run in the Rocket 150 event.

Sunday, 23 May 2021

Class 317 disposal update, Eastleigh, 21st May 2021


Some amount of rearrangement of the deckchairs. I could not see the newly delivered 317722, which has a different front cab roof line.

Half of 317651 remained, this unit having arrived on 15th April. These will be DTC 77722 and TS 71736.


317669, 317663 and 317654. Of these, 317663 has not been pictured before. It was new as 317363 in March 1986,and arrived at Eastleigh on 6th May.

317654, with what appears to be 319377 behind it.
 

Saturday, 22 May 2021

37240 visits Eastleigh, 21st May 2021


A first visit for Boden Rail 37240 to Eastleigh since its return to mainline service, and an unexpected one, as the DBSO of the test train encountered an issue, and 37240 was sent to assist. It arrived at Eastleigh on Friday morning, and was only stabled for one day.


37240 was new as D6940 from English Electric Vulcan Foundry on 25th August 1964, allocated to Cardiff Canton, renumbered to 37240 in February 1974. Placed in reserved in March 1997, then stored unserviceable in the following May. Arrived at Wigan CRDC in June 2000, then sold and moved to Llangollen in July 2002, where it was made operational. Sold and moved to Boden Rail, Nottingham in December 2018, who have returned it to mainline operation, and used by Colas since March of this year.


37099 was the locomotive on the other end of the train.


A different angle in this further view, showing more of the Transrail logo.

17th - 22nd May 2021



70015 passing in the rain at Eastleigh with 4M61 12:56 Maritime - Trafford Park, 21st May.


Earlier on 21st, 66541 worked south with 4O14 04:59 Garston - Maritime.

Saturday 14th May: 59003 0O59 13:20 Doncaster Down Decoy - Eastleigh Flickr for the day, then back onto the Westbury cycle from Monday

Monday 17th May:
Tuesday 18th May:
47749 (+ 701029) 5Q10 08:57 Old Dalby - Eastleigh one two three four five, 0Zxx 19:09 Eastleigh - Leicester one; 484004 moved by road from Eastleigh one two - Isle of Wight three four five six seven
Wednesday 19th May:
Thursday 20th May: 47749 (+ 701022) 5Q10 07:07 Derby - Eastleigh one two Flickr for the day, 0Z47 15:13 Eastleigh - Leicester one two; 37099 + 37240 3Q21 20:40 Hither Green - Eastleigh one two three four five six seven
Friday 21st May: 57310 (+ 317722 for disposal) 5Q86 04:58 Ely - Eastleigh one two three four five, 57310 5M60 13:37 Eastleigh - Derby one; 37099 + 37240 3Q25 23:57 Eastleigh Arlington - Basingstoke then 3Q26 onward to Derby
Saturday 22nd May: 

Williams Review - download the report - 2020 summary of responses

First Group New National Contract for SWR - press release - presentation

GBRf extend contract with Belmond for Royal Scotsman

Friday, 21 May 2021

57310 returns to Derby, from Eastleigh, 21st May 2021

57310 Pride of Cumbria departing with 5M60 13:37 Eastleigh - Derby, having earlier delivered 317722 for disposal. 317722 was stored at Ely as a unique unit, which had been refitted with ac motors and refurbished as a trial.


57310 was converted from 47831, which was originally delivered as D1618 from BR Crewe to 16A Toton on 5th September 1964. Renumbered 47037 in March 1974, and converted with ETH to 47563 in January 1980. It became 47831 from April 1989, and ran until November 2002, latterly with Virgin Cross-Country. Converted to 57310 in August 2003, in which guise it had run for Virgin, Network Rail, DRS and now leased to Rail Operations Group.  

57310 draws out and passes 57303 Pride of Carlisle, also leased to Rail Operations Group, but currently an Eastleigh Works resident.


6330 was originally built as Mk2A BFK E14084 to Lot 30786 at BR Derby in August 1968. Transferred to LMR in May 1974 and transferred to Departmental stock as HST barrier coach (HSBV) CDB975629 in May 1977. Renumbered 6330 in April 1990.


ADB 975875 QSA - originally built as BSK S34643 to Lot 30143 by Charles Roberts of Horbury, entering traffic in January 1955. Withdrawn  April 1981 and converted June 1982 as a barrier coach for Class 508 and 455 stock delivery, temporarily condemned in May 1985, later supporting Class 319 and sporting a NSE scheme from 1988.

The train eases out of the works for the northbound run.