Friday, 31 December 2010

And so 2010 shuffles away to make way for 2011.

The last day of 2010 gave a good illustration of what the Eastleigh is all about now with 5 x GM locos on site.

Three class 59s ( 005,102 and 103) were on the Works for maintenance and upgrades to their fuel system. At the same time 66845 has been repainted into COLAS house livery in the new paint shop, whilst finally 66709 is the latest 66 into the Van shop for bogie overhaul.

Five modern locos, with three different operators being worked on by several companies.

So what can we look forward to in 2011?

Well more EMU overhauls as the Desiro programme continues and grows.
We can also expect 66s to continue to operate from the Works, for repairs, overhaul and stabling.
Wagon overhaul is now a significant activity for us and we have a full programme for 2011.
Finally we hope that the year will see significant progress with the recycling of old trains, something that has been in the offing for a while now but may at long last be due to gear up to commercial levels

Perhaps the best part of all is that over the next 12 months there will be unplanned jobs that we can't even begin to imagine and that is what makes life at Eastleigh so interesting. I'd like to see a Bulleid back on the Works but there are a few plans for other historic traction to "come home"
Finally we all look forward to seeing D6515 ( 33012 ) running on the Network again.

So I will finish off by wishing all of our supporters and friends a Happy New Year and the best of fortune in 2011

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