A Southern Flavour…

Anyone who knows me (many I have never met in my life claim they do!) will know that my UK-outline interests are distinctly Southern in flavour. Eastleigh 100 was not to be missed, even though the event of last weekend was over 600 miles away from my Highlands home.

It became a grand tour, starting at Grangemouth, taking in Carlisle, Oxford (side trip to Howes Models) Didcot and finally Lymington on the way down, a journey taken over two days. The Eastleigh event itself was followed by a general photting trip which ended up at Tonbridge at dusk on Sunday evening. Home again the next day.

Both my travelling companion and I met many really good people; the visitors to the works open day were generally courteous and tried hard not to spoil others’ shots;  station staff on the whole were friendly and understanding and the night photography was an experience new to me.

Here’s a handful of pictures taken during that very enjoyable and sunny weekend.

Grangemouth:
Not so Southern to start…however this intermodal had no traditional boxes on board, only tanks of various kinds.

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The Lymington Branch with its 3-Cig units.
Word is that units No.s 1497 and 1498 will be withdrawn from the line later in 2009. Here’s 1498 in Southern green – and a Wight ferry.
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Eastleigh Works 100:
A fantastic event given that Eastleigh was a closed-and-to-be-demolished works in 2007. Now it’s an operational railway workshop once again.

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Faversham and Tonbridge Yard at dusk:

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