Saturday 9 October 2021

4th - 9th October 2021


DR 98964 + DR98914 approach Dunbridge with 06:11 Totton - Salisbury - Basingstoke - Yeovil - Southampton - Basingstoke - Totton RHTT working, 7th October.

Monday 4th October:
Tuesday 5th October:
37419 noted outside at Eastleigh Works
Wednesday 6th October:
Thursday 7th October:
37099 one two 3Q39 22:48 Westbury - Romsey - Eastleigh - Fawley - Totton - Lymington Pier - Eastleigh - Romsey - Westbury
Friday 8th October: 360121 outside at Eastleigh Works
Saturday 9th October: 57310 5Q86 10:37 Doncaster West Yard - Eastleigh (ex Grand Central Mk 4 coaches set GC01/WB01 for TfW 82201 + 11319 + 10318 + 12310 + 12434 + 12211, as taken to Worksop on 26th February by 47812) one two three, 0M57 17:48 Eastleigh - Derby    

Container problems at the ports, where UK ports are congested and containers are being offloaded into Europe for forwarding. "The UK’s main container ports are overwhelmed with unclaimed imports and starting to refuse the restitution of empty boxes urgently needed back in Asia.", "prime minister Boris Johnson yesterday denied there was a crisis, but also said that the UK’s “world leading” logistics industry could fix it. But one UK forwarder said the prime minster was “deranged”. “Bob the builder, I am not,” he added."      

A third rake of the new FFA-G wagons has arrived, and was sent to Crewe. 1½ rakes, or their equivalents are understood to be in traffic, and have now also been noted on 4O29 Basford Hall - Maritime.

59003 was in use on Tuesday, but seems to have been stopped at Eastleigh after 6O41 on Wednesday, and is heading back into the Works.

34067 Tangmere out on a test run.

60009 Union of South Africa has steamed for the last time. On the day of the return to the main line on 5th May 1973, I witnessed it complete the first climb to Dalgety summit from Inverkeithing, on its way to Dundee. Here is a memory from an earlier period, on the stops at Aberdeen, having arrived 1Z10 from Edinbirgh via Stirling and Perth, 1st September 1979. A line of GUVs on right.