July 2012 


In his own inimitable style our Chairman Paul Gosling once again regaled us with his Gallivants of Last Year – in a sense all over the place!
The modern scene began with the salt “mountains” in the Western Docks at Millbrook – unfortunately generating only two trains (to Middlesbrough ), while the station name boards there were replaced by the new Network Rail style now used for all stations. While awaiting a steam special at Didcot, Eurocargo 66033 with its distinctive insignia was noted,  while at Eastleigh 08480 Toton No.1 in yellow livery with also 08995 – one of the “cut down” versions used on the former Burry Port & Gwendraeth Valley coal branch in South Wales. With engineering works XC Voyagers were found terminating at Eastleigh and crossing into Platform 1 via East Junction. Coming off the branch was an FGW HST e.c.s. to Fratton to return football spectators to South Wales, and in the sidings military named and maroon liveried 60040 was on the N.R. return working to Westbury. At St. Denys ex-Malcolm D.R.S. liveried 66/4s were working Freightliner services.
Preservation scenes were many and varied. Stanier 8F 48151 worked a London – Weymouth and return while other steam specials included 34067, 35028, 70000 in black and 70013, while 5043 and 4965 were at Didcot on a Tyseley special. On the Mid-Hants Railway 80150 had arrived for restoration, while on the Isle of Wight Ivatts 41298 and 41313 were undergoing restoration. Diesels in a diesel gala on the Swanage Railway included D1000, Deltic, ex-Fastline 56310, D6515 with ex- Lymington Branch CIG 1498, 37503, and top/tailed Edls with a special off the main line. Eastleigh Lakeside included Lord Nelson, 70000, Sir Nigel Gresley and 1001. On the Isle of Wight the coach works included a red coach, and NSE “people mover”, points from Southampton Docks at Smallbrook, and land for the proposed 6 road carriage and wagon storage shed.
A miscellany of scenes included Reading buses working rail replacement services, top and tailed class 37s on a railtour in Winchester’s Baltic Siding, ex-VT “Thunderbird” 57s in Eastleigh Works prior to being re-liveried into N.R. yellow, MHR 35005 in Eastleigh Works for storage, the “GoCo” unit at Medstead & Four Marks, the workshop extension at Ropley with an “unknown” clerk almost asleep in the newly restored booking office and L.U.L. stock being roaded in for scrapping.
Shipping scenes included 30,000 tonne “Adonia” arriving very early in the morning, the “6 Liner Day”, a Norwegian oil rig supply vessel, the new Mayflower and Eastern Docks QE11 Terminals, and the new European H.Q. for Carnival. More unusually the former Ford Terminal at Millbrook was used for a boat train trial.
A windmill heralded a short excursion to Rotterdam with a docks shunter, and radio controlled diesel shunters at Antwerp.
As usual Paul’s variety was impressive as were his photographs of minutiae most would omit. With less family responsibility now we wonder what we can look forward to for 2013 – at least more variety one suspects.

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Royal Train: On Mon/Tues 30th April/1st May the Royal Train topped/tailed by 67005/67006 visited locations in Wiltshire as part of the Jubilee celebrations. Overnight it stabled in the former chalk quarry siding at Quidhampton.

Railtour: On Saturday 5th May a railtour ran from Crewe to Eastleigh Works, Eastern Docks, and Western Docks topped/tailed by DRS Class 20s 20312/308 and tailed by 37409. It reversed at Eastleigh via Eastleigh East Junction – twice, i.e. coming from Redbridge and coming out of the Works. Having arrived at Eastleigh about 10 minutes early it left for the Eastern Docks about 15 minutes late. The return was 16.01hrs from Western Docks to Crewe via the Netley line and the Portsmouth direct.  

Boat Trains: Also on Saturday 5th May the 10.35hrs Eastern Docks was double-headed by DRS 37608/601 and tailed by 47810. Thus 3 x Class 37s were seen at Eastleigh on 5th May. On Sunday 13th May the Boat Train to Edinburgh started from Eastleigh and was routed via Botley and the Portsmouth Direct before reaching its normal route at Reading. Power was provided by 2 x Class 37s and 1 x Class 47 tailing with the stock arriving at Eastleigh 14.30hrs the previous day. On the Sunday the stock was taken to Eastleigh East Junction so it could run into Platform 1 to pick up passengers and luggage, and when loaded the passengers were taken to East Junction in order to cross over for the Botley route. On Wednesday 23rd May the boat train for the “Queen Elizabeth” did not run. On Saturday 2nd June the Cruise Saver was 10.40hrs from Glasgow and due in Southampton Central at 20.17hrs.

Docks Fire: On Tuesday 17th April a fire started in the scrap metal pile near berth 106. The proximity to the Docks rail lines led to severe disruption DBS Intermodal (i.e. container) trains.

02.52hrs W.Docks – Hams Hall
09.32hrs W.Docks – Birch Coppice
12.07hrs W.Docks – Eastleigh
16.40hrs W.Docks – Wakefield
20.16hrs W.Docks – Birch Coppice
12.55hrs Hams Hall – W.Docks
02.52hrs W.Docks – Hams Hall

04.33hrs     Wakefield – W.Docks : recessed Eastleigh Yard
09.38hrs     Eastleigh Yard – W.Docks : terminated Southampton Down Goods Loop and returned to Eastleigh.
12.55hrs     Hams Hall – W.Docks : recessed at Bescot ran in booked path 18th April.
13.19hrs     Trafford Park – W.Docks : recessed at Didcot and ran in booked path 18th April.

Class 70: On Monday 30th April 70001 working the morning Wentloog – Maritime failed at Worting Junction blocking both down lines. 70019 came from the Maritime to collect. This followed fires in Class 70s at Bramley 18th & 24th April. This led to the class not being allowed to work freightliner container trains until the beginning of June. On Saturday 5th May 66534 brought 70001/008 from the Maritime to Eastleigh Works for attention.

D.N.& S.: On the Bank Holiday weekend 5th – 7th May the GWS at Didcot advertised a D.N. & S. Gala to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the D.N. & S. closure. In the event the only sign of a “gala” was the hiring in of Mid-Hants Class U 31806 and the letters D.N.S. on the smokebox door of 5322. The branch line was alternately worked by ex-GWR Railcar W22 and 0-6-0PT 3650 with one coach W31. The “main” line had a demonstration freight train hauled by 31806, which together with 5322 and 3822 also worked passenger trains. The signal box was opened to visitors on 5th May.

Fuel Tanks: The Fawley – Bristol/Tavistock Junction/St. Blazey loco fuel tank train was hauled by DB newly liveried 66101 on Tuesday 8th May. On Thursday 24th May 66097 in DB livery worked the 12.05hrs Fawley – Eastleigh loaded tanks.

Stock & Loco Moves: Edls 73027/204/205/141 arrived at Eastleigh from Tonbridge at 16.10hrs on Tuesday 8th May. 73204 is still in NSE livery while each of the others is in a different shade of blue. On Monday 21st May, Jubilee liveried 67026 brought the e.c.s. to Eastleigh from Wembley after a weekend working. It arrived again on Friday 1st June at 13.05hrs, from Wembley again also with e.c.s.  On Wednesday 23rd May DRS 57003 came to Eastleigh Works to collect 50026. It left at 12.30hrs travelling to Lydney via Salisbury, but arrived back again on Wednesday 30th May for a further stock move. On the same day Colas liveried 47853 left Eastleigh Works for Tonbridge. N.R. yellow liveried 57303 left Eastleigh light engine on Tuesday 29th May to appear at the York Railfest in June. On Wednesday 30th May 80104 was noted on the M27 at 19.30hrs being taken westwards.

Steam Specials: The first three special trains of the new season 18th April to Bath, 2nd May to Oxford, and 16th May to Bath – from Poole were cancelled due to no locos being available. On Friday 27th April 35028 worked a special from Victoria to/from Swanage. The advertised July dates for the “Dorset Coast Express” are Thursdays 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th, all steam operated from Victoria to Weymouth and returning to Waterloo. On Monday 9th July 35028 is advertised to run a “Cathedrals Express” from Waterloo to Weymouth and return.

Chichester: The spent recycled ballast trains from Eastleigh to Chichester again ran on Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th May with 66171 on the former and 66154 on the latter – averaging 20 x 4 wheel high sided MEA wagons. They were also booked to run on Wednesday 6th June and Thursday 7th June.

“Incidents”: On Tuesday 22nd May three main lines in the south of England were severely disrupted by fatalities – at Hullavington on the Badminton route, at Ufton Nervet near Aldermaston and at Wimbledon, each with at least three hours of disruption and in the case of the first two numerous diversions. South West main line services were also affected by security alerts and signal problems.

Swanage Diesel Gala: The diesel gala held on the weekend of 11th, 12th and 13th May was unable to provide the advertised motive power due to D6515 failing at Gloucester on Thursday 10th May whilst hauling 55019, D821, D8188, D8059 from Kidderminster (Severn Valley Railway) to Swanage.  The rescue loco also experienced problems and a decision not made lightly by “control” meant the convoy had to return to Kidderminster.  On the Friday, steam loco 80104 was in service with some wag painting the prefix “D” in front of the number on the cab sides and smoke box!  Network Rail’s 57312 in fresh yellow livery performed well along with D5401 and the return to traffic of 50026 “Indomitable”.  Resident loco 33111 also hauled some services, which continued until 23.00hrs on both Friday and Saturday! EDL 73136 in green livery arrived from Eastleigh on Friday afternoon and was paired with 57312 as a brake translator for the rest of the weekend.  Other attractions included brake van rides behind an 08 and a real ale festival.

Class 456: It was announced in May that 24 Class 456 units will transfer from Southern to South West Trains lines. Initially they will be refurbished and have “desiro” type high capacity seating.  They will gradually be introduced on suburban/stopping train routes as from 2014. Interestingly the 456s were originally designed and built at York for the South Western Division of British Rail in 1989 but never operated there, being diverted to the South Central Division before delivery.  The plan is to take away the 159s and 158s which work over electrified lines (e.g. Lymington) and to use them to strengthen the Waterloo - Salisbury - Exeter services. The Southern Franchise ends in July 2015 (with the DfT option to extend it to 2017) - the South West Trains Franchise ends in February 2017 and it is alleged that this cascade could be linked with DfTs proposals to alter service provider boundaries in South London to form new operating regions and franchises as from 2017.

W24 “Calbourne”: The Isle of Wight based O2 tank visited the Mid-Hants over the weekend of 12th and 13th May, operating shuttles between Alresford and Ropley.  The loco is fitted with Westinghouse pump and no vacuum brakes so it was used to haul resident 2-car Hants d.e.m.u. 1125 – most definitely a unique pairing. The locomotive went on to visit the Swanage Railway on 25th to 27th May.

“Cheltenham”: On Friday 25th May 925 Cheltenham left Eastleigh Works by road for the N.R.M. York – with two low loaders. Although the loco departed first, the tender overtook it passing the M3 road bridge at Shawford at 12.15hrs with the locomotive passing 5 minutes later.

Freightliner: On Wednesday 23rd May ex-DRS 66418 worked the Southampton – Wentloog and return, while 66957 worked the sand empties to Wool.
DRS: 66453 in new DRS livery was outside the paint shop at Eastleigh on Wednesday 23rd May and it was still there on Monday 4th June.

Class 60: DBS 60015 has been repainted in DB red and arrived at Eastleigh Depot from Toton on Monday 28th May. The following day it left for Wembley with two barrier wagons and a short rake of freight stock. On Wednesday 30th May it was booked to collect e.m.u. stock from Dollands Moor.

Stone Terminals: Hanson have closed the Fareham Stone Terminal with the last stone train running on Wednesday 30th May hauled by 59102, and the Hamworthy Terminal closed w.e.f. Friday 1st June, the last train also used 59102. Chichester has had no stone trains from the Mendips since September 2011. Thus of the former six stone terminals only two remain – Eastleigh and Botley.

Exbury Steam Railway: The owner of the 12žin  railway – Leopold de Rothschild passed away in April. However, the line will remain open using the three steam locomotives which were all built at the Exmoor Steam Railway.  Over the Jubilee weekend, bunting decorated trains ran to commemorate the line’s Royal connections.

A.T.O.C.: An unprecedented announcement was made in the media by ATOC on behalf of the Train Operating Companies on Monday 4th June apologising for the severe overcrowding of all services running to/from London the previous day in connection with the Royal Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames. The reason for this was that train operators had not anticipated the huge passenger numbers and had operated their normal standard Sunday service.

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Stewart Smith’s article “What’s in a Name” has led to a response from two members:
Will Stearn Member No.1 has sent information from five books: Clinker’s Register of Stations, Popplewell’s “Bournemouth’s Railway History”, David Voice’s “Hospital Tramways and Railways”, Kevin Robertson’s “D.N. & S. Railway”, Godfrey Croughton’s “Private and Untimetabled Stations”.

Hamworthy: previously Poole: both Clinker and Popplewell confirm renaming on 02.12.1872.
Park Prewett: Voice says the line never carried any passengers. During the 2nd World War the War Office ran a trial with eight bogie carriages with a loco. at each end but there was difficulty in getting the coaches round the tight corner. On the return one of the carriages overhung the line to the extent that it dug into the embankment and the crew had a hard job getting the train back to the main line. This was apparently the only occasion passenger stock ran on the line.
Avington Camp: Robertson says the line was not used for troop trains although ambulance trains may have worked part way to the hospital siding at Magdalen Hill Down. However, Croughton does list Avington as a station, but not Morn Hill or Winnall Down.
Bisley Branch: Croughton lists Deepcut, Pirbright and Blackdown as stations, with a note that tickets have been issued from Deepcut.
Lake: The present Lake Station on the Isle of Wight is not the first. There was a halt here used only in connection with cricket matches. Croughton notes it as opening in 1904 – closing date unknown, and there is a reference to it in the Railway Magazine in 1948.

Rod Youngman takes information from R Butt’s “Directory of Railway Stations”. There is no mention of a station at Deepcut on the Bisley Camp Branch but entries are shown for stations at Blackdown Camp, opened on 1st.August 1917 and closed December 1918, and at Pirbright opened in March 1917 and closed in 1918. No doubt these stations were for use by the large numbers of troops based in that area of Surrey during the Great War. Similarly Avington, on the short branch off the D.N.&S. Railway from Winchester Chesil was built to serve the large American Camp on Avington Downs. It was opened on 20th October 1918 and closed in November 1920. There were no intermediate stations.
The following list of Poole station namings are taken from the same book.
Poole: First station opened 1st June 1847, renamed Hamworthy on 2nd December 1872 with the second station also opened on 2nd December 1872.
Poole Junction: Opened 1st June 1847 and renamed Hamworthy Junction on 2nd December 1872. It was renamed further as New Poole Junction in January 1875 and Poole Junction & Broadstone in July 1883. There was a further renaming as Broadstone & New Poole Junction in January 1887. Next there appears an entry as Broadstone Junction from 15th February 1889 and finally Broadstone on 7th July 1929. Hamworthy is shown, as Stewart says, closed 1st July 1896. The present Hamworthy Station was renamed by B.R. on lst May 1972.
Park Prewitt: Only used for conveyance of items/material for use at the Hospital.

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In the late 1950s/early 1960s, Michael kept detailed records of train services in the Portsmouth area in his “LOCAL DIARY” notebook. He chose the year 1959 as that was when many of the steam locos from the 1920s/1930s were destined for withdrawal and cut up for scrap. He has provided summaries for each month and we hope to have one month in each of the next twelve issues.
JANUARY 1959 : The Reading General to Portsmouth and Southsea passenger train arrived at Fratton, Platform 2 on time at 11.32 a.m. This was Saturday 3rd and the train was hauled by 4998 Eyton Hall. On the 10th Bulleid “Pacifics” noted were 34054 Lord Beaverbrooke, 34055 Fighter Pilot, 34082 615 Squadron and 34105 Swanage destined to be preserved at The Watercress Line. That same weekend saw L.M.S. 2-6-4T 42066, “U” Class 2-6-0 31804 and “C2X” Class 0-6-0 32550. I was at Accrington Stanley’s Pea Park to see the third round of the F.A. Cup for which a special through train had been laid on. I travelled with many other railway enthusiasts to witness a dour 0 – 0 draw – and it was snowing! Departing from Portsmouth Harbour we were hauled by 34007 Wadebridge (now on the Watercress Line) as far as Willesden Junction, and we were “banked” out of the Harbour station by 32550. On the return journey, 30859 Lord Hood took us from Willesden Junction to Portsmouth. Standard classes were plentiful in January and these included 73113, 75077, 76011, 76026 and 76068.

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“Michael Harvey's article on the Brighton - Portsmouth line (T.T. 761, May 2012) reminded me of trips I used to make from Brighton to my parents' home at Fair Oak in the mid 1960s.
I frequently travelled on the Brighton - Plymouth service and surely this train must be unique in this country (Europe?, the world?) in having had three different types of traction rostered for it in the course of its journey.From Brighton to Chichester we had DC electric locos (SR Co-Cos). From Chichester to Salisbury it was steam (Rebuilt WC/BoB).   From Salisbury onwards, since this part of the route was now Western Region, it would have been diesel. Although I never travelled on the train after Salisbury I imagine the loco would have been either a Warship or a Hymek – normally a Warship.  I attach photos. showing the handover at Chichester from Southern Co-Co electric 20002 to rebuilt West Country 34018 “Axminster” on Wednesday 1st December 1965.”
bulleid_electric_20002_chichester_1965 class_7_westcountry_34018_chichester_1965

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I’m writing from Amberley Publishing as your name has been suggested as I came across the Southern Counties Railway Society website while researching the history of the South Western Main Line. We are currently looking to commission an images book of around 8,000 words and 180 pictures about the line between London Waterloo and Southampton, so it wouldn’t take very long to actually put together and we pay a royalty based on sales. A little about us: we are a local interest and niche history publisher based in Stroud and have already published a wide range of railway titles, for instance The Stour Valley Railway Through Time, with several more forthcoming, part of our Through Time series – the first ever full-colour local history series. Please let me know if you or any of your members would be interested in writing a book of this sort, and feel free to get in touch if you have any queries.

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