1966


From 1966, the records stop referring to heavy or light overhauls and use the C-codes, from C1 which was the heaviest and most comprehensive overhaul to C6 which was the most minor.   You will note that during this year, units undergoing C1 overhauls began to receive blue livery with small yellow panels, while units undergoing lesser overhauls still emerged in green, even where the paint date was later than some of the blue units.   Units emerging with green repaints would therefore include those destined to be the last in this livery.   A few Hampshires and Hastings units were emerging in blue with yellow panels, but no 3D "Oxted" or 3R "Tadpole" units ever carried this combination, as no units were due major overhauls at this time.



Works data for 1965 appears below.


‚ÄčKey features of the 1965 records are the storing of Hastings vehicles to store following the creation of the Tadpoles.   You will note that the creation of the Tadpoles itself is not record in the Eastleigh works data.   The surplus stock is shown as being transferred to Eastleigh from Chart Leacon, implying the conversion took place there.   In actual fact the buffet cars were certainly stored at Micheldever for some time.   I have left in one record relating to the Motor Coach from 2-EPB 5709 as this is also linked to the Tadpole formation.


The other interesting event in 1965 was the removal of 1129's trial Dorman engine and its reversion to a 4SRKT unit.   It would appear the experiment was not successful despite the engine's greater power.

Unit
Date in
Date out
Work/notes
1123
17.1.63
1.2.63
LV, P green/yellow panel
1109
8.2.63
5.3.63
LV,P green (MBS & TS)
1123
8.2.63
22.2.63
R (DTC)
1116
26.2.63
29.3.63
R (damaged), compartment mods, (DTC & TS)
1109
12.3.63
29.3.63
LV, P green (DTC)
1128
27.3.63
4.4.63
R, AWS activation
1310
8.4.63
19.4.63
R
1125
17.4.63
7.5.63
LV, P green, compartment mods
1106
24.4.63
25.4.63
R (TS)
1302
25.4.63
3.5.63
R
1012
6.5.63
14.6.63
H, P green
1307
6.5.63
15.5.63
R
1127
7.5.63
16.5.63
R (MBS & TS)
1128
7.5.63
16.5.63
R (DTC)
1126
7.5.63
30.5.63
LV, P green, compartment mods
1124
21.5.63
7.6.63
LV, P green
1105
7.6.63
21.6.63
R (damaged)
1019
21.6.63
3.7.63
R - both power cars to works but only 60030 rec'd attention (damaged)
1115
25.6.63
5.7.63
LV (MBS & DTC) - no record of a new paint date
1107
23.7.63
9.8.63
LV, compartment modes, no record of a new paint date
1117
14.8.63
21.8.63
R, compartment mods
1111
10.9.63
18.9.63
LV, compartment mods
1105
19.9.63
17.10.63
LV, P green, compartment mods
1013
17.10.63
29.11.63
H, P green
1103
18.10.63
21.10.63
L
1104
22.10.63
24.10.63
L
1105
22.10.63
22.10.63
R (TS)
1127
22.10.63
22.11.63
L, AWS activated
1103
20.11.63
20.12.63
R (damaged), compartment mods, AWS fitted
1113
20.11.63
4.12.63
L, P
1035
6.12.63
17.1.64
H, P green/yellow panel
1109
16.12.63
18.12.63
L, yellow panel added
1112
16.12.63
5.2.64
Motor coach 60111 L,V, yellow panel added
1112
16.12.63
5.2.64
TS - R, P
1112
16.12.63
5.2.64
DTC - R (damaged), no new paint date recorded
1036
27.1.64
13.3.64
H, P green/yellow panel
1125
31.1.64
3.2.64
TS only, details not recorded
1108
6.2.64
7.2.64
LV, yellow panel added
1101
11.2.64
6.3.64
MBS & DTC - H, P green/yellow panel, AWS fitted, compt mods to DTC
1101
11.2.64
6.3.64
TS - LV
1123
27.2.64
17.4.64
TS only - R (damaged)
1118
4.3.64
6.3.64
LV
1129
9.3.64
30.4.64
AWS activated, new engine (Dorman engine in place of EE 4SRKT)
1116
9.3.64
16.3.64
LV
1004
20.3.64
24.4.64
H,P green/yellow panel
1114
3.4.64
6.4.64
LV
1123
3.4.64
27.4.64
LV
1131
3.4.64
27.5.64
LV, AWS activated
1102
3.4.64
11.5.64
LV - Centre trailer only
1037
6.5.64
19.6.64
H - green/yellow panel
1105
6.5.64
15.5.64
MBS only - work undertaken not recorded
1132
27.5.64
11.6.64
LV - yellow panel added
1110
4.6.64
9.6.64
LV - MNS and DTC only
1102
4.6.64
11.8.64
H - green livery, no record of yellow panel ; AWS activated and compt mods
1110
13.8.64
18.8.64
LV - centre trailer only
1104
13.8.64
3.9.64
AWS fitted and compt mods
1032
8.9.64
27.10.64
H - green/yellow panel.  Reformed with TSOs 60518/9 ex 1007
1125
9.9.64
30.9.64
L - AWS fitted and yellow panels added
1129
28.9.64
19.11.64
DTC only - for damage repairs
1105
1.10.64
3.11.64
L - AWS fitted, P green/yellow panels
1115
1.10.64
24.11.64
L, P - centre trailer only
1034
1.10.64
5.1.65
H - green/yellow panel


Explanation of notes column


H = Heavy overhaul

L = Light overhaul

P = Painted (the indication of this is that a new paint date was recorded)

R = Repairs (in some cases this is shown as damage repairs, which presumably means some form of accident or incident.   Where there is no comment to the effect that the vehicle was damaged, it is assumed that the repair was mechanical.)

V - Varnished (readers will note that on occasion a vehicle was given new varnish without being repainted)


Comments


Where a vehicle was painted, records show the livery in which it was painted and whether this was a change of livery.   In 1963 only one change of livery is recorded, the addition of a yellow panel to 1123.   This seems to be very early for the application of a yellow panel and no other unit is recorded as being so treated in 1963, so it appears this may have been experimental.  Where records only show work being done on some vehicles of a unit, it is not clear whether only those vehicles went to Eastleigh or remained at their operating depot (which for some Hampshires would have been Eastleigh anyway).  


It is noteworthy the number of units that passed through works at the same time, and particularly the number needing repairs and therefore out of service unplanned.


Readers will note that Hastings diesels seemed to be at the point where heavy overhauls were scheduled, while the other units only needed light overhauls.


I have no information as to what the compartment modifications were.   The conversion of the luggage compartment in the DTC to an additional first came much later (in the blue era).


What strikes me as odd is that 1103 went through a light overhaul in October but did not get its compartment modifications or AWS fitted as part of that process  ; the opportunity was taken to carry out this work when it came back to works damaged.  


1127 and 1128  were admited for repairs together.   They are not however shown as damaged or I would have surmised they had collided in a depot somewhere.


From 1964, the application of yellow panels gathers pace.    Some units passed through Eastleigh very quickly for light overhauls with application of yellow panels and varnishing, although I do not know whether others may have received yellow panels at their local depots.


A significant development  in April 1964 was the experimental fitting of a Dorman engine to 1129 in place of the usual English Electric 4SRKT.   Some may say this stopped it being a proper Thumper although I didn't notice a significant difference in its sound.


It is interesting to note that no fewer than four Hampshire units were taken into works on the same day in April 1964, all apparently for routine work ; stock was more plentiful in those days.   It is also interesting to see that some of the centre cars were going through works at different times from the end cars, presumably because they were built later.


September 1964 saw the first reforming of 1032 with coaches from 1007, the first in a series of reformations that continued following the Hither Green crash.  


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Works Records - Part 2

DEMU visits to Eastleigh works for maintenance from 1963