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PostPosted: Sat Jul 20, 2019 5:01 pm 
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Ryde Esplanade station on the Isle of Wight still has (just) a solitary Eleco railway lantern on matching Eleco aluminium column - which still shows signs of red Network South East branding - applied almost 30 years ago.

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Further to the above survivor, I can now report that the Eleco lantern and its column is still in-situ at Ryde Esplanade, however it is now minus its bowl and lamp.
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Hopefully this survives in someone's collection, although it may have been lost to the sea.

Both the Pierhead and Esplanade platforms look pretty run down since my last visit, although proposals for some badly needed investment may soon come to fruition. At the Pierhead end, the Thorn Beta 79s remain in place on the timber awnings, although I'm not sure if they remain in use.
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Aside from the lights, the ex LT 1938 tube stock continues to trundle back and forth between Shanklin and Ryde Pier head, however the elements and a dwindling source of spares are taking their toll on these classic vehicles, with the exterior now beginning to look careworn. That said, they continue to perform their high speed gymnastics on route, much to the amusement of young (and not so young) passengers!

I think these are great trains. Long may they continue to roll!
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TRT Aspects appear to be the current lantern of choice for South Western Railway. Some have been installed on the London bound side of Eastleigh station, and I recall seeing another station with them recently but can't remember which.


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SWR have now converted all column based platform lighting from Basingstoke to Salisbury, and also Winchester to Portsmouth via Eastleigh and Fareham, from discharge to LED. Smaller stations have motion sensors which turns off the majority platform lighting if no one is present.

Some under canopy lighting has also been changed from fluorescent to LED. Andover is all LED with dimming and motion sensors. Salisbury on the other hand just has LED lighting at the outer ends of the canopies.


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The pandemic has meant I haven't been doing my regular trips along the Salisbury - Bath - Bristol line for the last 18 months. However a RailEx allowed me to catch up on old haunts and spot a few other relics.

Bradford on Avon station car park had been lit with remote geared MA50s on twin brackets columns (and a further newer, gear in head MA90) at the west end of the car park for at least the last 35 years. Unusual in this respect, and also for not succumbing to SON. However the SOX lighting is now no more with LED lanterns now fitted to the same brackets.

At Bristol Temple Meads, a Concrete Utilities Midway X has been left forgotten for probably the best part of 60 years. Fellow Ukastle member Indust, got a better picture of it in 2013, but the link now no longer works.

The recent track remodelling of Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol East Junction, has seen the column removed.

The long abandoned Westbury Cement works have a number of Thorn Alpha 4s and MA50s visible from the Berks and Hants line as you approach Heywood Road junction and the station. However within the cement works siding complex itself is this 10m Thorn aluminium column with twin Alpha 4s.
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Further east along the Berks and Hants line, the Theale oil terminal has some integrally geared Alpha 3s. Like the previous image this was taken through the carriage window, so not the best quality.

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