Tuesday, 17 May 2022

Swanage Railway Diesel Gala Focus, 6th May 2022: 37703

37067 was delivered from English Electric Vulcan Foundry as D6767 on 21st November 1962, allocated to Thornaby. Dual braked in October 1971, then renumbered to 37067 in February 1974. Refurbished and renumbered to 37703 in January 1987. Withdrawn by EWS in June 2000, and sent to Spain as L25 in May 2001. Returned to the UK in August 2013. Prepared at Barrow Hill as a super shunter for Daventry, where it worked only briefly, and is understood to have been in an incident which led to some frame issue. Loaned to the SRPS at Bo'ness from July 2014, until early 2022, when it was sold by DRS to Harry Needle Railroad Company, and rumours suggest may soon become designated for spares.

I first marked this locomotive in my book in 1977.


Approaching Townsend Bridge with 2C04 10:15 Swanage - Corfe Castle.


Returning across Corfe Common with 1R05 11:32 River Frome Viaduct - Swanage


Later working 1R12 14:39 Swanage - River Frome Viaduct, near Norden. The first coach is Maunsell S1381S, of 1930.


On the rear as 1R13 15:32 River Frome Viaduct - Swanage, running across the crossing at Norden Gates.

Sunday, 15 May 2022

Swanage Railway Diesel Gala Focus, 6th May 2022: 33111

This Class 33 was delivered as as D6528 in October 1960, converted to 33/1 specification in November 1967, and was withdrawn in June 1991. Now owned by the Class 33/1 Preservation Company Ltd., and resident at Swanage.

I first saw this locomotive in 1982.


Approaching Townsend Bridge with 1R03 10:32 River Frome Viaduct - Swanage.


Later, in multi with 73136 (E6043, September 1966). Also at Townsend Bridge, with 1R10 13:39 Swanage - River Frome Viaduct

Saturday, 14 May 2022

9th - 14th May 2022

 
Monday 9th May: 69004 + 73136 0Y98 11:35 Swanage - Eastleigh Flickr for the day; 73962 + 73964 1Q51 11:15 Derby - Eastleigh - Weymouth - Eastleigh one
Tuesday 10th May: 33012 + 31128 + 37703 + 44004 + 46045 0Z33 06:10 Swanage - Kidderminster Flickr for the day; 69004 + 73136 0Y62 0942 Eastleigh - Tonbridge one Flickr for the day; 73962 + 73964 1Q52 10:51 Eastleigh - Portsmouth Harbour - Littlehampton Barnham- Portsmouth Harbour - Totton Yard - Havant - Guildford - Havant - Fareham - Eastleigh - Winchester - Woking - Lymington Pier - Eastleigh one two
Wednesday 11th May: 73962 + 73964 1Q53 11:35 Eastleigh - Up Yard - Wimbledon - Up Yard, 1Q53 18:04 Up Yard - Wimbledon - Totton - Romsey - Eastleigh; 47739 (+ 360120) 5Q80 10:54 Cricklewood - Eastleigh one47739 (+ 360116 )5Q81 15:58 Eastleigh - Cricklewood one two
Thursday 12th May: 59203 0Z59 07:00 Eastleigh - Merehead (following repair for a traction motor issue, now back in traffic); 67008 0W77 09:08 Eastleigh - Didcot - Cardiff Canton; 73962 + 73964 1Q54 12:49 Eastleigh - Tonbridge Flickr for the day
Friday13th May: Last GWR service to Brighton: 158767 + 158798 10:41 Great Malvern - Brighton one two three, 17:02 Brighton - Bristol Parkway
Saturday 14th May:

"RMT REVEALS RAIL INDUSTRY’S PLAN FOR A CULL OF TICKET OFFICES"

Hydrogen and battery developments in Canada: one two

Thursday, 12 May 2022

Swanage Railway Diesel Gala Focus, 6th May 2022: D6515

A familiar locomotive in these parts, both for its Southern Region history, but also its main line workings in more recent times. D6515 was new to traffic on 8th July 1960, allocated to Hither Green, reallocation to Eastleigh came in October 1965, where it remained until withdrawn in 1997.

Now preserved by the 71A Locomotive Group, first arriving at Swanage in October 1999. Since 2014, named Lt Jenny Lewis RN. It was in Eastleigh Works for overhaul between January 2021 and April 2022.

I first noted this locomotive in 1982, by which time it was 33012.


Awaiting the off at Corfe with 2C01 09:39 Corfe Castle - Swanage.


Working under Townsend Bridge with 2C06 11:15 Swanage - Corfe Castle.


Again crossing Corfe Common with 1R07 1232 River Frome Viaduct - Swanage.


Later at Norden, 1R14 15:39 Swanage - River Frome Viaduct.

Tuesday, 10 May 2022

Swanage Railway Diesel Gala Focus, 6th May 2022: 31128

31128 was delivered as D5546 in August 1959, and was re-engined with an English Electric 12SVT in August 1965. Later operated by Fragonset, named CHARYBDIS, when it worked for Wessex Trains, and now in the ownership of Nemesis Rail. It recently has been working on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

First noted in my book in the Fragonset period, it appears as late as May 2005.


Working south at Townsend Bridge, with 2C03 10:39 Corfe Castle - Swanage.


Returning later with 1R08 12:39 Swanage - River Frome Viaduct.

Sunday, 8 May 2022

Swanage Railway Diesel Gala Focus, 6th May 2022: D7612

D7612 was delivered from BR Derby on 23rd April 1966, and was initially allocated to Eastfield, although from 1967 it became, and remained a London Midland Region allocated locomotive. It became 25262 in March 1964, then 25901 in December 1985. The twelfth last Class 25 in service, withdrawn in March 1987, after less than 21 years of working life. It never had a train heat boiler, and it became dual braked in May 1977.

It initially entered preservation at the East Lancashire Railway in 1989, and moved to the South Devon Railway in 1999, under the auspices of South Devon Diesel Traction Ltd.

First marked in my book in 1983.


Approaching Corfe Castle with 2C02 09:15 Swanage - Corfe Castle, passing 31128.


Passing under Townsend Bridge, with 2C08 12:15 Swanage - Corfe Castle.


Later returning, about to pass under Townsend Bridge, with 1R09 13:32 River Frome Viaduct - Swanage.

Saturday, 7 May 2022

2nd - 7th May 2022





59204 was operating 6V07 13:41 Chichester - Merehead empties. The locomotive was gleaming, having been repainted in November 2021.


D4 (44004) GREAT GABLE at the start of the day, Corfe Castle, 6th May. More Swanage Railway Diesel Gala to come soon.

Monday 2nd May: 57306  (+ 12215 + 12324 + 12304 + 10305 + 12315 + 82220), the "TfW spares set") 5Q86 12:05 Wembley - Eastleigh,  0V74 16:47 Eastleigh - Reading one two
Tuesday 3rd May: 69005 0Y69 10:29 Eastleigh - Tonbridge (but for over 3 hours at Gatwick) one two three; 37688 (+ 13227 + 41182 + 43059) 5Z43 10:30 Crewe - Eastleigh one two three four; 31128 + 37703 + 44004 + 46045  0Z45 10:06 Butterley M.R.C. - Swanage
Wednesday 4th May: 37688 (+ 13227 + 41169)  5Z44 11:10 Eastleigh - Crewe one two; 37884 0O86 12:10 Westbury - Eastleigh,  (+ GC02 DVT 82200) 5Q42 15:12 Eastleigh - Crewe one two
Thursday 5th May: 69004 + 73136 0Y68 12:39 Tonbridge - Eastleigh, 0Y69 15:15 Eastleigh - Swanage; 43290 + 43299 1X23 15:13 Salisbury - Up Loop - Salisbury
Friday 6th May: 769939 + 769940 5Q11 09:33 Long Marston - Eastleigh
Saturday 7th May:

Eastleigh Works: 29Mar - 30Mar - 31Mar - 05Apr

37703 at the Swanage Preview on Thursday

Friday, 6 May 2022

NMT Test Train at Redbridge, 5th May 2022

43290 + 975984 + 977994 + 977993 + 975814 + 977995 + 43299 - the rather regular power cars since July 2021.
1X23 15:13 Salisbury - Up Loop - Salisbury.


43290 leads, having been held at the previous signal.


Detail of the overhead line inspection equipment on 977993, formerly TGS 44053.


43299 leading on the return to Salisbury.

Thursday, 5 May 2022

GBRf Swanage Convoy at Redbridge, 5th May 2022

69004 + 73136 Mhairi 
0Y68 12:39 Tonbridge West Yard Gbrf - Eastleigh East Yard
0Y69 15:15 Eastleigh East Yard - Swanage


Two Brush designed locomotive bodies, as 69004 is seen with 47830 in the distance at Maritime.


69004 bears a 'Tonbridge Trailblazers' headboard, appropriate since believed to be the first Class 69 to the south and west of Northam Junction.


73136 on the rear.

Wednesday, 4 May 2022

Freightliner at Eastleigh, 29th April 2022

Nothing too remarkable, a routine set of intermodal and aggregates workings, with two light locomotives for civil engineering workings over the weekend.


70006 approaches with 4O14 05:36 Garston - Maritime.


66615 has been working from the Somerset quarries for the past month, here with 7V16 11:55 Fareham - Whatley. 


66416 4M61 12:24 Maritime - Trafford Park.


66590 6V62 13:21 Up Yard - Whatley.


66563 leading 4O49 09:23 Basford Hall - Maritime.


66526 Driver Steve Dunn (George) + 66414 working light engines from Maritime - East Yard, ahead of weekend workings.


Both were recorded in the Battersea area over the weekend.

Tuesday, 3 May 2022

Swanage Convoy at Redbridge, 3rd May 2022

31128 + 37703 + 44004 + 46045  0Z45 10:06 Butterley M.R.C. - Swanage

Two Brushes. The convoy is firstly shown passing 47830 at Maritime.


Oldest in the convoy, 31128 CHARYBDIS (D5546, Brush, August 1959, re-engined August 1965) of Nemesis Rail, led the formation.


37703 (also bearing 37067 on this side), was recently sold by DRS to Harry Needle Railroad Company, and some observers advise that it may become a spares source. (D6767, EE Vulcan Foundry, November 1962). Formerly on loan by DRS to the SRPS Diesel Group.


Two images of 44004 GREAT GABLE (D4, BR Derby, September 1959) of the Peak Locomotive Company. An air hose is seen, working its way through D4, which is vacuum braked only.





46045, also of the Peak Locomotive Company, (D182, BR Derby, September 1962). 52A shedplate for Gateshead.


A few moments later, passing through Totton. Image by Ian Kight.

From other photographers: one- Flickr for the day

Monday, 2 May 2022

Romsey, 2nd May 2022



57306  Her Majesty's Railway Inspectorate (+ 12215 + 12324 + 12304 + 10305 + 12315 + 82220, the "TfW spares set") 5Q86 12:05 Wembley - Eastleigh


The 57/3 had worked from Reading in the morning, and returned there in the afternoon, via Worting.


DVT 82220, which along with 12215, 10305 and 12324, previously ran in set BN18.



66763 Severn Valley Railway + 66792 6V41 14:48 Eastleigh - Westbury.

66792 has a new Collaboration nameplate, which appears to to have been applied at Eastleigh, and unveiled at Felixstowe on 27th April.


A view of 66792 as the 2 wagon train continued on its way.

47727 makes a 701 delivery, Eastleigh, 29th April 2022

Actually, a re-delivery, as 701031 was first delivered on 7th May 2021. It entered Eastleigh Works on 12th July 2021, and was later seen in the line-up at the T&RSMD. A return to Derby started on 16th March, but the working was recessed at Woking.


47727 Edinburgh Castle / Caisteal Dhùn Èideann (BR Crewe, new 17th October 1964) runs through platform 3.


Note the bespoke coupler arrangement.


Coupler and pipes attached to 701031. There is translator equipment within the locomotive.


701031 is moved onward to the carriage sidings. 47727 later returned to Leicester.

Sunday, 1 May 2022

Eastleigh Works, 29th April 2022

 37716 appears to have entered the works in the past week.

New arrival 66734 (2nd, formerly PB04, EMD 20008254-6) for painting.


Riviera RB 1671 (Pressed Steel,Lot 30628, 1960) prepared for painting, along with 08451 (BR Derby, 5th December 1958).


A further view of 1671.


BSK 35333 (BR Wolverton, Lot 30699, 1962), which is the support coach for 6024 King Edward I


43480.


Three coaches of 317732 in the scrap road.


701017 entered the Works.


Obscured 701043, 142056, 769944, 442412 (4 coaches from), 317729 in two parts.