Poole Gallery January - June 2007
June 13th 2007- Soggy Cathedrals Express.
I was contemplating publishing these photos onto a separate section, but in the end four photos were chosen to depict the events. Here 37248 Loch Arkaig waits at the bufferstop for Lord Nelson to arrive on a rather soggy day after arriving with 1Z91 Victoria - Weymouth (via Yeovil) Cathedrals Express
The Highland Terrier motif for years adorned to many a Scottish allocated locomotive (and my Fireplace!!!) is seen under the Loch Arkaig nameplate on 37248.
Here 850 Lord Nelson is seen running tender first hauling its support coach through Upwey on its way to Weymouth.
This has to be by far the best photo to date I have taken of Lord Nelson seen here approaching Upwey with the return trip via Yeovil to Victoria. 37248 is seen and heard thrashing away at the back of the train below in my video I shot as well.
June 2nd 2007 - Dorset Wildlife!!
444034 whizzes past the headshunt at Poole and starts to slow for the stop at the station with a Weymouth - Waterloo service.
A male blackbird decides to take a breather, from chasing females around, on the Live rail!!
It seems as this loco has been on this train for ages. Known locally as the Woolly Green Snake 66622 on a late running 6Z42 10:00 Angerstein Wharf to Wool Sand empties approaches Sterte Road bridge whilst under a caution signal. This train was running some 53 minutes down as it was off its booked route (which was a trip down the Pompey direct - due to Basingstoke engineering works), for some unknown reason it went via Reading, Westbury, Salisbury and the Test Valley to Redbridge then the loco ran round in Southampton Goods loop to continue its booked route from Redbridge onto Wool.
Ever wanted to know what a HIA wagon looked like inside... Well there you are. Mind you don't fall in!!
May 20th 2007 - Daylight Engineering and Crap Buses!!
66139 passing from the down line to the up line at Sterte on a sunny Sunday morning with the 6Z32 Poole - Eastleigh yard CE train running some 3 hours early than planned. This comprised of 15 JNA's mostly loaded with spoil from the engineering works at Wareham. © Justin Saunders.
Two more shots of 66139 passing through Poole with the 6Z32 to Eastleigh yard.
Two shots of 220028 Black Country Voyager (leading) and an unidentified class 220 arriving at Poole from Bournemouth with an ECS. This will go into the carriage sidings and be serviced before leaving a few hours later. This is the first time in ages that I have seen a Voyager at Poole myself, although they are down most Sundays.
May 19th 2007 - Admiralty visit
S.R. No 850 Lord Nelson rounds the bend at Poole with the 1Z85 London Victoria - Weymouth Steam tour.
Another shot of Nelson passing through Poole. This was running some originally 60 mins down from leaving Old Oak common as ECS then it left Victoria some 45 minutes down. When it got to Woking it was 30 late. But at Brockenhurst they shoved it behind the Brockenhurst - Wareham stopper. When it reached Poole is was some 38 minutes late. The tour then was riding the yellows all the way down to Wareham where it had to wait for the aforementioned 450 to run into the siding. It arrived at Weymouth and missed its booked pathway to Yeovil Penn Mill for turning and feeding!! It left Weymouth for Penn Mill 90 minutes later. Some ridiculous decisions made by SWT control if you ask me.
67019 was on the rear of the special for its move to Yeovil for turning and watering.
Due to the ridiculous decisions made by SWT and FGW control 850 and 67019 finally left Weymouth some 60 minutes late @ 19:36. its seen here passing through through Parkstone station some 45 minutes down. Turn out to see Lord Nelson's run was quite good with both old and young wanting to see the train. Quite good considering the cock up. Unfortunately the pictures I took were not the best thus they still deserve to be here.
May 14th 2007 - Swanage Beer Hangover
After every beer festival comes the customary Hangover!! Here we see 73136 leading 73208, 3417 and D1015. The 47 was still at Swanage and has been deemed as preserved, well done Seco Rail.
Although not booked to stop at Poole the Hangover Convoy did and I managed to get off a few good shots of Western Champion in its recent applied coat of BR Maroon paint. The convoy was running as the 5Z98 Furzebrook - Bournemouth T&RSMD to drop off Gordon at Bournemouth and then as the 0Z98 Bournemouth T&RSMD - Old Oak Common.
A black & white shot of the plate.
May 12th 2007 - Weekend Woolly Fred + Triple Nedder!!
Due to working an empties service down to the South West and the return leg to Angerstein Wharf on Thursday and Friday respectively 66622 passes through Poole with the 6Z42 Angerstein Wharf - Wool MOD sidings sand empties. There should have been a visit of a class 50 down here as well but it failed with lack of coolant at Elstree earlier on in the day, and the tour was cancelled.
No Poole is not haunted but the fading appearance of these 3 Neds were a rare site. From left to right we have yours truly (Poole Ned), then Parkstone Ned (standing at the rear) and then Dorset Ned. Why were we there? Well pop over to the Poole Engineering Works gallery to find out more.
May 10th 2007 - We got ourselves a convoy!
As part of the 2007 Swanage Beer festival festivities a convoy of locomotives were rustled up to partake in the weekends shindig. The locos were GBRf's 73136 Perseverance & 73208 Kirsten, Seco Rail's 47635, South West Trains 4Vep 3417 Gordon Pettit & star of the weekend The Diesel Traction's Group class 52 D1015 Western Champion.
D1015 was coupled in between 3417 and 73208 presumably to help out with the train load (2 locos at the front and 2 at the rear of the coaches). As well as having the Western at Swanage these were the 1st locos to arrive at Swanage via the permanent link at MOTALA , which marks the boundary between Network Rail and Swanage Railway.
With 73208 Kirsten bringing up the rear this convoy was to set a few firsts. First 4Vep to appear on the Railway, First Western to run along the branch and the first Class 47 to traverse the line to Swanage since the late 1960's. Unfortunately due to other commitments I was unable to attend but a Swanage Beer Fest gallery will be appearing over the next few weeks. So if you want any of your pics displayed drop me a line at the usual address. The convoy ran from Old Oak common as 0Z98 OOC - Eastleigh (to pick up 47635) and then onto Bournemouth to pick up the 4Vep. It then ran as 5Z98 Bournemouth T&RSMD - Furzebrook. Overall a big big thanks have to go towards Swanage Railway, Network Rail GBRf, South West Trains and Seco Rail and the guy from EWS for making this happen. Now hopefully Swanage can build on this. More info can be found HERE.
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