Monday 29 May 2023

Swanage Railway Diesel Gala, 12th May 2023 Part 3: 47830 'BEECHING'S LEGACY'

A locomotive leading something of a charmed life, currently mostly working driver trainers for Freightliner, although it seems not to have moved from Maritime since it returned from Swanage.

47830 was new on 24th December 1965 from BR Crewe. Seen on the blocks of platform 1 in Swaange.

47830 backing down into platform 1 from the stabling sidings.

Departing Swanage with 2C08 12:15 Swanage - Corfe Castle.

A return arrival with 2C07 12:39 Corfe Castle - Swanage.

"Freightliner Eastleigh on Tour" !

Arriving at Harman's Cross with 2C14 15:15 Swanage - Corfe Castle.

Saturday 27 May 2023

22nd - 27th May 2023


While 66718 has been the focus of attention this week, 66721 has been working on the Gypsums. Passing Eastleigh with 4Y19 1230 Mountfield - Western Docks, 22nd May. Image by Roger Homan.

Monday 22nd May:
Tuesday 23rd May:
Wednesday 24th May:
Thursday 25th May:
Friday 26th May:
Saturday 27th May:

Class 313 units are still understood to be leased to Southern, although they now no longer use them, and have started to store them at Eastleigh. Movements to Eastleigh will continue from about 5th June. Disposal will then only start once returned to Beacon control.

66718 was turned out from Eastleigh Works, and then rededicated Peter, Lord Hendy of Richmond Hill, of Imber in the County of Wiltshire on 24th at Waterloo - one two three four five

Rail Adventure power cars 43423 and 43467 are reported as rubbed down for painting at Eastleigh Works.

Nuneham Viaduct update from Network Rail. Target remains 10th June.

'Dorset Coast Statesman', 20th May 2023

47828 + 47593 Galloway Princess 1Z34 06:45 Whitchurch (Shropshire) - Weymouth, 1Z36 15:35 Weymouth - Whitchurch (Shropshire)

Three pictures of the train passing Totton Yard, taken from the Brokenford Lane footbridge.

Earlier, passing Southampton Central. Image by Roger Homan.

Friday 26 May 2023

Fife Miscellany, March 2023


800105 1W11 10:00 Kings Cross - Aberdeen, Aberdour, 17th March.

43176 43176 1B80 12:07 Aberdeen - Edinburgh, Aberdour, 24th March.

43046 Geoff Drury 1930-1999 5Z50 08:12 Crewe - Dundee, positioning for the next day's "Whitby Jet", Aberdour, 24th March. Flickr for the day.

37676 Loch Rannoch + 37403 Isle of Mull 1Z37 08:15 Linlithgow - Inverness, passing Aberdour, 26th March. Unfortunately 37676 derailed in the yard at Inverness, and 37403 gallantly returned on its own, with 10 carriages, over the Highland Main Line. Flickr for the day.

43059 returning the ECS, 5Z56 13:32 Dundee - Crewe, passing close to Dalgety Bay, 26th March. Flickr for the day.

37403 again, this time on a GBRf Charity Tour, "The BWC Charter", outbound through Dunfermline City, 1Z30 10:44 Linlithgow - Inverness, 29th March. Flickr for the day.

Thursday 25 May 2023

Peak Rail Diesel Gala, 16th April 2023 Part 2: 03901

I really was not aware that there is an 03901, but all was revealed upon this visit. Originally delivered as D2128 in January 1960 from BR Swindon, and allocated to 83D Laira, it became 03128 in February 1974 and was withdrawn in July 1976 at Bristol. There then follows a long story of removing its Gardner engine for usage elsewhere, replacement for work in Belgium, and a return to the UK. Eventually it has joined the Andrew Briddon Collection, and now sports a 350 bhp Cummins engine, with hydraulic transmission, leading to the '03901' numbering. Further updates at Weekend Rails.

Leading a southbound train into Darley Dale.

A more detailed angle.

Two pictures on a run-around at Rowsley South.

At the end of its working day, over the pit at Rowsley South.

Tuesday 23 May 2023

Strathspey Railway Mixed Traffic Gala, 7th April 2023 part 4: 5025

My personal journey with 5025 goes back to a second visit to Boat of Garten, in 1974, when I learned of the locomotives planned to work at the Strathspey. In 1982, I was on a railtour from Perth to the Strathspey and back, with 5025 in both directions, turned at the turntables in Perth (sadly now gone) and Aviemore. After that I saw the locomotive in storage on a mid-1990s visit. The attraction of the 2023 visit becoming a mixed-traffic gala was to reacquaint myself with the locomotive after its 1935 look restoration, which looks fantastic.

Backing down into the station from the shed at Aviemore.

5025 + 46512 wait to depart with 2H15 13:00 Aviemore - Broomhill.

Two evening shots of 5025 upon arrival at Boat of Garten with 7B27 17:40 freight from Aviemore.

Good Friday, and relatively few present for appreciation.

Strathspey Railway. (blogs and Facebook postings are listed at the bottom)

Sunday 21 May 2023

Aggregates watching, week of 15th May


No wagons for 66605 0V62 13:21 Up Yard - Whatley, 15th May, at Romsey. The working to Up Yard was only 20 minutes late in the morning.

Now an apology, I brought my camera, but left my SD card behind, so I used my mobile phone at Romsey on Tuesday 16th May.

66507 6V62 1321 Up Yard - Whatley, these being the wagons from Monday.

66538 6V07 13:41 Chichester - Merehead.

81.70.5932.627-9 (above) and 81.70.5932.633-7 (below) are among a group of 5 highest numbered JNAs in the Mendip pools, and appear to work from Merehead. The others are 628-7, 636-0 and 638-6.

66558 on a later path, 6V16 13:00 Fareham Hanson Aggs (Flhh) - Whatley Quarry F Liner Hh, Eastleigh, 17th May.

The first time that I had seen 66618 Railways Illustrated in these parts, 6V62 13:21 Southampton Up Yard (Fl) - Whatley Quarry F Liner Hh.

The older Marcroft 1998 JNA wagon in the rake was VTG 3453.

Saturday 20 May 2023

15th - 20th May 2023


73107 leads the return empty 4-TC stock from Swanage past Maritime, 14th May.

40145 leads the return convoy from Swanage, running past Norman Road, Southampton, 16th May. Image by Roger Homan.

Sunday 14th May: 73107 + 73201 T&T (+LU 4TC) 5Z36 15:15 Swanage - Southampton; 47830 0Z48 19:00 Swanage - Maritime one
Monday 15th May: 73107 + 73201 T&T (+LU 4TC) 5Z39 08:34 Southampton - Eastleigh one two; 47727 0O69 09:30 Leicester - Eastleigh
Tuesday 16th May: 47727 (+ 701013) 5Q64 07:10 Eastleigh - Willesden, for 5Q66 to Long Marston, 47727 0O66 17:04 Long Marston - Eastleigh Flickr for the day; 40145 + 45108 + 50021 + 50026 0Z50 08:34 Swanage - Eastleigh Flickr for this train, 40145 + 45108 0Z51 12:24 Eastleigh - Castleton one two three four Flickr for the day
Wednesday 17th May: 47727 (+ 701026) 5Q64 07:10 Eastleigh - Willesden, for 5Q66 to Long Marston Flickr for the day; 313206 + 313212 5Z01 0942 Lovers Walk - Eastleigh one two three
Thursday 18th May:
Friday 19th May:
Saturday 20th May: 47593 + 47828
1Z34 06:45 Whitchurch (Shropshire) - Weymouth, 1Z36 15:35 Weymouth - Whitchurch (Shropshire) Flickr for the day

08567, at Eastleigh Works, is being repainted.

Eastleigh Works:
04Apr - 73133 on 05Apr - 05Apr - 06Apr - 11Apr - 12Apr- 13Apr - 18Apr

Nuneham Viaduct: - BBC update - Network Rail

Class 313 finished operations on Friday 19th, 313213 working the last operation one two three four five 

Once seen in this area, before the Class 159s arrived, 47703 / 714 / 715 are for disposal.

Class 701s
in storage at Long Marston.

Thursday 18 May 2023

Southern Railway Class 313s for storage at Eastleigh, 17th May 2023

313206 + 313212 5Z01 09:42 Lovers Walk T&R.S.M.D - Eastleigh Arlington (Zg). Seven of the nineteen Class 313/2 units are now in storage, and anticipated disposal, for lessor Beacon Rail at Eastleigh Works, with space cleared for the remainder of the class to come after they are stood down at the end of this week (may end tomorrow?). Some TDA and TIA tank wagons are currently being scrapped at the Works, as part of the clear out preparations.

Seven of the units were in traffic on Thursday 18th. These are the oldest EMU stock operating on Network Rail.

As an aside, 313018 was not sent to the Southern, and remained at work on the Great Northern lines until sent to Sims at Newport on 17th June 2019.

313206 (April 1976) led into platform 3, likely its last driven move.

Entering the platform.

313212 (May 1976) after arrival. I saw this in traffic on 25th April.

313212 now being driven from the platform into the Works.

Wednesday 17 May 2023

Eastleigh Works and T&RSMD, 17th May 2023

66308 + 66307 are awaiting collection, likely for a trip back to Doncaster Roberts Road. 76324 of the LU 4-TC just back from Swanage.


313201 (arrived 10th May), 313217 (dragged in 10th March), and 313208 (arrived 10th May).

313201, 313217, and 313208, and 142014 in the background.

313214 which was dragged in on 10th March, along with 313202 in the background. The Coastway 313s are owned by Beacon Rail, owned by JP Morgan Chase..

701027 (delivered 3rd May), 701012, and 701035.

Work on the Campbell Road bridge is nearing a conclusion, although with no apparent improvement for road users.

Tuesday 16 May 2023

Swanage Railway Diesel Gala, 12th May 2023 Part 2: D8568

The first time that I had seen a working Clayton in over 50 years. Not as noisy or smoky as I remember some examples in Scotland.

Arriving at Norden with 1N00 09:35 Corfe Castle - Norden.

Upon arrival at Swanage with 1N01 09:48 Norden - Swanage.

Two pictures taken between turns at Swanage.

Shed 66A is Polmadie. 

On the rear of 1R06 11:39 Swanage - River Frome Viaduct.

Approaching Harman's Cross with 1R12 14:39 Swanage - River Frome Viaduct.

On the rear of 1R13 15:32 River Frome Viaduct - Swanage near Corfe.

Diesel Traction Group - D8568