Thursday 30 June 2022

Notable Workings at Easteigh, 27th June 2022


The first Hitachi train for the remedial programme at Arlington, is 802003. While the first unit will take longer, the expectation is that a 5 car unit will take 3 weeks, and a 9 car just over a month. 802003 spent some time out of traffic in 2021, but has worked in the interim. 802003 was the first assembled in Italy, although this particular unit has bodyshells built in Japan.

43465 + 43468 0Z43 10:27 Kings Norton - Eastleigh, returning after Rail Live.

47749 CITY OF TRURO deliverng 701048 as 5Q10 08:51 Derby Litchurch Lane - Eastleigh Trsmd.

Details of the coupling between 47749 and 701048.

701048, marked 'Arterio'.

Wednesday 29 June 2022

Eastleigh Works, 27th June 2022

 After the departure of 59205 back to Merehead, and before the arrivals of the day.

43047 has been repainted into Blue Pullman colours, and has received lighting updates. This power car arrived on 19th January.

319377, 769947, 442412 (4 coaches from).

68565 from 360115, which arrived on 10th June, appears to be nearing completion.

Tuesday 28 June 2022

Romsey on a Friday afternoon, 24th June 2022


66751 Inspiration Delivered Hitachi Rail Europe working 6V41 1448 Eastleigh East Yard - Westbury Down T.C.

The second wagon was Wascosa MLA 81.70.5932.302-9, delivered from Dollands Moor to Eastleigh on 15th May

66610 leading 6V16 1449 Fareham - Whatley, which included 13 new JNA wagons.

7O40 13:35 Merehead - Eastleigh operated on both Wednesday and Friday, possibly because of industrial action effects upon the typical night operated trains. 59204 operated the train on both occasions.

JYA box wagon OK 3270 was empty, and running to provide an 'outer' wagon with buffers at one end, for the rake of JHA hoppers.

JHA inner wagon 19369. These 1989 built wagons are now looking well worn, and are design restricted to 45 mph.

Sunday 26 June 2022

6O41 at Southampton, 20th June 2022


66712 Peterborough Power Signalbox 6041 10:14 Westbury - Eastleigh.

The rake included a number of Coalfish, this is the rarer MFA type, 391613. This wagon was in the sidings at Eastleigh on 14th June.

396064 is a later numbered MHA wagon.

112224 is an OCA.

Saturday 25 June 2022

New VTG JNA wagons leased to Mendip Rail, Romsey, 24th June


A set of 25 JNA wagons were on delivery on 13th May, and have recently entered service with Mendip Rail. 13 were noted as part of 6V16 empties from Fareham on 24th, which stopped for the signal at Romsey.

The wagons are JNAs of the recent pattern, twin-pipe air braked, with previous grey and red examples already in service on these workings. The number series is '5932' rather than '5500'. 


Manufacturer plate on 81.70.5932.461-3 "2022 04955".

TF25 bogie on 81.70.5932.461-3, with axle boxes "NEW 03.22".

Mounted on the bodyside above the bogie, the CLT20-Ex is a solar powered telematics box, as part of the IMT service for VTG.

81 70 5932 472-0 on the rear.

 - 25 wagons from 30 delivered to Dollands Moor on 24th April, moved onward on 13th May.

The next 30 blue wagons 491 - 520 in this series were moved 6Z66 03:45 Dollands Moor- Eastleigh Yard on 11th June, and were later moved to Didcot and Whatley. The O&K JYA wagons could now be being replaced, as the number is more or less equivalent - but one was noted on traffic on 24th.

The overall VTG order is for 236 JNA wagons, in the series 461 - 696. ORR authorisation.

20th - 25th June 2022


5903 leading 5B39 10:01 Wimbledon Park Depot Sdgs - Bournemouth T&R.S.M.D, at Southampton, 20th May. 5903 was delivered in February 1985.

5862 on the rear, part of the first series, delivered in October 1983. Both units were more recently re-tractioned by Kiepe, but the 701s are expected eventually replace them - and should have by now.

Monday 20th June: 69005 0Z21 09:30 Eastleigh - Gloucester Flickr for the day (onward to Rail Live at Long Marston); 66085 (+ Royal 2916) 5Z61 09:48 Eastleigh - Wolverton one two; 59205 had a 0Z59 path to return to Merehead from repairs at Eastleigh Works, but this was cancelled
Tuesday 21st June:
Wednesday 22nd June:
Thursday 23rd June:

Friday 24th June: 66745 + 66708 + 66796 + 66749 + 66767 4Z77 11:15 Trafford Park - Western Docks (Bescot to Eastleigh part of working)
Saturday 25th June:

The RMT industrial dispute had associated strike action on 21st, 23rd and 25th. On these days, a limited service was provided in 12 hour windows from the signalling centres. This provided for a skeleton passenger service serving the SWR main line as far as Southampton, and freight services serving mainly intermodal traffic. GBRf appeared to be using Hinksey as a staging location in their intermodal operations on these days. The Mountfield gypsum working ran with 69001 on 23rd and 25th, from and to Tonbridge.

69006 (56128) is reported as close to completion at Longport.

Fareham Tunnel Cutting- CE trains went to the site on Friday night, with movements to resume on Sunday.

Friday 24 June 2022

Intermodal at Southampton, 20th June 2022

This was the middle of the day before RMT industrial action, but the movements appeared typical. 

66514 4O14 MO 05:34 Basford Hall - Maritime.

66767 King's Cross PSB 1971 - 2021 4M19 11:50 Western Docks - East Midlands Gateway. The wagons In this train appear to be fixed for some weeks, as a mix of FWA-C and -D, and FEA-W.

66092 4O44 MO 10:02 Didcot - Western Docks.

70015 4M61 12:24 Maritime - Trafford Park. Like 4M19, a fixed rake of wagons appears to work this train for a longer period.

The last wagon was KFA TIPH 93388.

Wednesday 22 June 2022

37510 works Mk4 ECS for TfW, Romsey, 18th June 2022

37510 + set GC03, intended to be TfW set HD06, (82227 + 11321 + 10330 + 12323 + 12461 + 12222) 5Q79 19:19 Eastleigh Trsmd - Landore T.M.D

37510 departed the T&RSMD by the back route, and ran via the Chandlers Ford line, here running through Romsey station.

Mk 4 coach 12323 is an Open Standard (Disabled), built by Metro-Cammell in 1989-91 to Lot 31048.

DVT 82227 on the rear, this was built by Metro-Cammell in 1988 as part of Lot 31043.

82227 when still in LNER service, 12th September 2019, at Doncaster.

Tuesday 21 June 2022

Millbrook, 17th June 2022

A supermarket trip, but an opportunity to see some trains ahead of anticipated disruption from 21st June.

66767 King's Cross PSB 1971 - 2021 4M19 11:50 Western Docks - East Midlands Gateway.

70011 4O14 05:36 Garston - Maritime.

70015 4M61 12:24 Maritime - Trafford Park.

A closer view of the 'Powerhaul' locomotive.

Monday 20 June 2022

Miscellany at Eastleigh, 14th June 2022


08511 shunting a loaded set of JNA and MLA wagons for civil engineering works.

The grab is loading Wascosa MLA 81.70.5932.300-3, which was delivered from Dollands Moor to Eastleigh on 15th May.

Wascosa MLA 81.70.5932.298-9 was part of the same delivery.

, Marked 'Arterio', 701045, delivered 14th April, was out on test, 5Q51 11:15 Waterloo - Staines Up Loop.

DR73949 Plasser & Theurer 08-4x4/4S-RT Switch & Crossing Tamper, built 2020, worked in from Woking, and returned in the same direction.

A couple of the diminishing 'Coalfish', 394789 is a MPA, converted at Wabtec, Doncaster in 2002-04. The MPA variant has a revised braking design. Both wagons were noted at Bristol on 11th, so are likely to have arrived via Westbury.

394839 is a MHA,converted at Wabtec, Doncaster in 2002-04.

Sunday 19 June 2022

Freight and locomotives at Eastleigh, 14th June 2022


70015 4M61 12:24 Maritime - Trafford Park.

66785 0V40 14:05 Eastleigh-Westbury

70815 in repose. It had earlier arrived from Westbury, and would later work to Hinksey and Bescot.

66728 Institution of Railway Operators 4M46 14:24 Western Docks - Trafford Park.

69004 4Y19 12:30 Mountfield Sidings (Gbrf) - Southampton W Docks (Gbrf)

66951 4O35 09:31 Basford Hall - Maritime.

33012 Lt Jenny Lewis RN + 50026 Indomitable 0Z23 07:00 Dereham - Swanage.

66125 4E68 16:15 Western Docks - Wakefield.

70011 4M99 16:17 Maritime - Basford Hall.

66082 4O21 09:15 Trafford Park Euro Term - Western Docks Berth 109.