Friday, 27 November 2015

Millbrook 1984


33 XXX

47 XXX

73 130

73 XXX



(All 24.5.1984 copyright Steve Sainsbury/Rail Thing)

An hour or so at Millbrook back in 1984 produced plenty of variety with classes 33, 47 and 73 on various trains and light engine, plus some older slam door units on stopping trains. I've never been a big fan of island platforms for photography, although their reduced cost appeals to the economist in me!

More info (from Wikipedia)
Millbrook railway station is a small station in the Millbrook area of Southampton, England.
The station is served mainly by the Salisbury to Romsey stopping service. This service runs once per hour in each direction. The station is run by South West Trains. The platforms face the slow lines only, there are no platforms for the fast lines.
Millbrook Freightliner Terminal is located next to the station on the up side. A car terminal and rail access to Southampton's Western Docks can be seen from the down side of the station.


Preceding stationNational Rail National RailFollowing station
Southampton CentralSouth West TrainsRedbridge
Historical railways
SouthamptonLondon & South Western Railway
Andover and Redbridge railway

Passing trains and freight traffic

The Freightliner Terminal at Millbrook
It is popular with railway enthusiasts due to the wide array of freight and passenger trains which stop and pass through. Services into Southampton Central which pass through Millbrook include: the Weymouth - London Waterloo services normally Class 444s, the Southampton Central - Wareham services, normally Class 450s, the First Great Western Cardiff Central - Portsmouth Harbour service normally a Class 158 but often a 150, the Westbury - Southampton shorts either a 150 or 153, the SWT local service to/from Salisbury to Romsey with a Class 158 and also the CrossCountry service to/from Bournemouth to Birmingham and beyond which are operated by the Voyager fleet.
The freight traffic is also frequent as the Millbrook Freightliner Terminal is behind the station, with frequent Freightliner Class 66s hauling containers to Leeds and Cardiff. More freight services withEWS operate daily intermodal trains into the docks and also a car/van train which operates most days. Passing though the station as well are Freightliner Class 66s on intermodal or heavy haul, EWS 66s on intermodal, petroleum or engineers; Mendip Rail's Class 59s operating stone trains and GBRf's daily gypsum service into the docks. The future of the freight looks promising with EWS and Freightliner continually increasing the freight traffic into Southampton. SoonDRS traction may also pass through, if they win the MoD contract operating out of Marchwood.
Heritage traction are also frequent visitors to the South with occasional DRS Class 37s running on Serco test trains, and in the summer seasons diesel and steam tours pass though. Steam trains include: TangmereClan Line and Lord Nelson. The latest diesel traction includes Riviera Class 47s and EWS Class 37s on Pathfinder Tours.
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05 20,937
2005/06Increase 21,122
2006/07Increase 21,992
2007/08Increase 29,265
2008/09Decrease 27,422
2009/10Increase 29,936
2010/11Increase 33,418
2011/12Decrease 31,362
2012/13Increase 31,850
2013/14Increase 39,340

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