Friday 20 January 2023

Tractors on the Test Train, Eastleigh, 18th January 2023


37610 of HNRC, leased to Colas for test train use. Originally D6881 released by Robert Stephenson & Hawthorns, Darlington, 21st October 1963.

999550, the last Mk2 coach, built in 1976 as the High Speed Track Recording Train coach.

1256 is Plain Line Pattern Recognition coach PLPR3, converted 10 years ago.

37116 moving up the yard in a shunt. New as D6816 from EE Vulcan Foundry, Newton-le-Willows, on 1st March 1963. 

37116 running through platform 3 as 1Q53 12:00 Eastleigh East Yard - Southampton Up Yard.

37610 later returning from Up Yard after reversal. 

37116 on the rear of the train. The return working appears to have run via Guildford - Havant - Fareham - St Denys, given the current problems at Hook.