Friday, 24 January 2014

A distinctive sound....

There's the distinctive throbbing hum from a pair of EDs alongside the Van Shop, it's more of a feeling than a sound! 73119 and 73109 are formed up with GLV 68505 making ready to leave shortly. Also on site are 73208 and 73213 which arrived as a foursome yesterday with the other two but are now sat on the short road alongside the Fareham line awaiting their next duty.

57310 and 57305 have just arrived back and are sat running on the fuel point.

Raxstar have scrapped four more coil carriers this week. There are still some more to do before they resume scrapping C Stock. There are currently seven C Stock in the yard awaiting the chop. Work continues on processing the rest of the C Stock with 5601 currently over the pit.

Work is underway in the old Cleaning House which Arlington are turning into a diesel loco servicing shed. A new pit is being built and the track was surveyed yesterday to see what work needs to be done to bring it up to scratch and extend into the shed.

Earlier this week the yard boys broke their record again when they dispatched 24 wagons on the trip to Maritime.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Just like the old days.....

Bit of an ED fest today with five in the yard and one in the shed!

73107 and 73201 are stabled with a Test Train. 73138 was taken off this train yesterday and replaced by 73201. 73109 and 73213 arrived this morning for repairs. E6005 (73005) is stored down the back of Bay 1.

Also in Bay 1 is class 3 D6515 (33012). Add that to 07007 trundling around the place and it's just like old times!

455846 is almost complete and is due to depart on Monday 20th.

Siemens are working on 450075 and 450095.

There are 20 completed wagons to go out but the trip isn't running today after all so these will have to wait for another day.

Scrapping of C Stock has halted temporarily while Raxstar concentrate on scrapping some coil carrier wagons with three dealt with so far this week.

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

How did I miss that?

Firstly, Happy New Year to all of you who spend a few minutes now and again reading this blog.

This morning, an almost completed 66712 was shunted out of the Arlington Paintshop! I missed this one arriving, apparently over Christmas sometime, and didn't realise it was here. Woops! Shows how busy we've been.

Underground deliveries have stopped for now and Raxstar are crunching their way through the vehicles in the scrap line, only 5 left this afternoon. We still have 16 vehicles to process, including two that are currently inside our shed, so plenty to do.

The two additional AIT cars were shunted into the Paintshop this morning. The rest of the AIT cars are being moved from Bay 1 South into one of the Test Sheds which has been kitted out so they can be worked on to get the six vehicles put together.

Kof 539-7 emerged from the Paintshop before Christmas painted in Arlington green, to match the Ruston, and wearing the name 'Cheviot'.