Some friends of mine were discussing
the fact that some locos on there way to the scrap yard
were held in Romsey down yard at one time ,
Andrew writes "As
far as I know the only steam locos that were stored at Romsey
were 34053 Sir Keith Park and 76028, the reason being that
on January 11th 1966 34005 was hauling them from Eastleigh
to either Salisbury or on towards South Wales when (and
this is quoted from the April 1966 Railway Magazine) "Some
coupling rods stored in the tender of 34053 hit some bridges
near Chandlers Ford, and after some consultation, the locomotives
were parked in the east siding at Romsey station near the
bridge over the A31" What I can recall is that they
both stayed there for at least a month maybe longer. The
Railway Magazine quote the standard as 76068 but I am pretty
certain it was 76028." What I was wondering
does anyone in your circle have a picture of them at Romsey,
we did not get one for various reasons, Id like to see a
shot, no matter the quality .
Ashfield bridge being rebuilt in April 2012. This was to
cater for larger freight.
Class 158 unit No 158814 sits in the down platform at
Romsey waiting to form a service to Southampton via
Eastleigh - 29th May 2007 --- guard Andrew Moody (
right) chats with the train guard before departure .
Crompton class 33 - 33114 heads the diverted 09.00
Waterloo - Exeter westbound through Romsey - 11th August
Ex LMS 8F 48151 at Romsey station in the up platform with
an excursion - 30th June 1988
RCTS / VSOE Pullman railtour from Victoria to Victoria
via Chichester & Romsey back up via Andover passes
Romsey led by Electro diesels 73142 & 73129 - 16th April
EE type 4 50014 'Warspite' passes
Romsey box with a diverted 09.45 Exeter - Waterloo on 8th
Royal Train approaching Romsey
on 29th July 1981. For Princess Di honeymoon. I think the
exact location is of Lee Lane at Ashfield.
PHOTO BY MG MILLER WHITCHURCH
Brush type 2 No 31422 heads towards Southampton with a cross
country train from Bristol, it has just passed Ashfield
Road bridge & is near Lee - 14th April 1980
Hampshire DEMU 1101 passes
Romsey empty stock for Salisbury off the Eastleigh line
-- 20th March 1980
Looking north from Ashfield
road bridge towards Romsey - showing the approach
signals before the line curves towards the signal box &
We have a Western class 'D1070 Western Chieftan' passing
Greatbridge en-route to Fareham with road stone from Merehead
, Somerset - 8th June 1975 .
This was taken at a building site at the bottom of Hillside
Ave, March 1972 - It was just before the change over to
electric signals - on the right is the up main advance starter
semaphore signal , close to Sun Arch - to the left is the
new down main inner home electric signal , with cross to
denote not in service , and in the background the down branch
inner home signal. This shows the transition to more modern
equipment - such is progress , an unusual shot for sure
Another shot from the building site (see above photo), this
time looking east towards Halterworth , with the new electric
signal posts without signal heads .
Romsey Signal box being lifted from its base into the Junior
School field , (photographer unknown)
Dismantling Romsey Signal box just prior to lifting it over
the tracks to the Romsey Junior School field
Strongs Brewery outing train 1972 outing to Margate - the
last before take over by Whitbread. We have SR electric-4CIG
7420 , TLV 68203, 4CIG 7398 and for push power to Southampton,
Crompton D6532 The train is moving from the up yard &
will back into the station
Romsey Up Yard' photo of the Strongs train moving out of
the yard over the road under the station -- this TLV ( Trailer
Luggage Van ) contained all the nectar that would sustain
the Strongs employees to Margate & back (aka beer)--
a well known perk of the trips ...
Romsey Signal Box
Romsey Signal Box restoration site
This is the Eastleigh breakdown
train passing Romsey station en route back to Eastleigh
, think this was taken after the Dunbridge incident with
the tanks, photo taken from the down yard - looking west
The Exeter - Brighton through
train passes Romsey signal box when it was loco hauled.
Its pulled by a standard Crompton type 3 diesel - this train
did not stop at Romsey.
This shot taken in 1970 shows
the block shelf in Romsey Signal Box complete with all instruments
as it had been for many years, all were connected &
worked - the shelf was rationalised after the line to Eastleigh
The lever frame at Romsey Signal Box - taken in 1970 , all
the levers were in use - starting from the left side, Down
Halterworth signals , then down Redbridge signals , points &
facing point lock, up Redbridge signals & then
up Halterworth signals to the right - there are other
levers for crossovers & dummy signals as well. All manual
signals except WBW1 the outer
home from Halterworth , which was electric , working in
conjunction with Halterworth's WBV2.
The release for this & the
crossovers were electric releases - hence the shorter levers
Taken inside Romsey signal box
- we have signalman Ken Sessions working the frame - circa
1974 after the singling of the Eastleigh - Romsey line.
Romsey signal box lever frame
& diagram showing the rationalization of instruments and
the levers cut down to indicate electric signals - taken
7th August 1977
Romsey signal box looking east
of a return South Coast to South Wales excursion coming
off the Eastleigh line..
Push/Pull fitted Crompton diesel
pushes a Waterloo - Bournemouth train away from Romsey towards
Redbridge under the guidance of signalman Ken Sessions during
diversions from the mainline.
Signalman Ken Sessions is hand signalman for the
day of mainline diversions via Romsey. This was necessary
at the crossover from the down line to the up, as the crossover
was not fitted with a facing point lock - as required for
passenger work - hence Ken had to clip & lock the points
manually, then give the hand signal to proceed.
Hampshire unit departs Romsey
headed to Eastleigh as Crompton ( class 33 ) waits on the
down road to follow it, once the DEMU clears the section
to Halterworth. Photo taken during weekend diversions due
to work on the mainline.
The Exeter to Brighton through
train formed for 'Hastings ' DEMU stock led by 1037 passes
Romsey station & takes the Redbridge line to its next
stop at Southampton Central.