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Details: The last photo for today is another cross-over from LTSV Wagons. It may not be immediately apparent but these rusty yellow ballast wagons seen at Eastleigh Works in Hampshire on 24th April 2018 belong to London Underground. Numbered 288 (right) and 268 (left), they were originally prefixed SB and were part of a fleet of 60 acquired from BR in 1995. Overhauled at ABB Crewe, they had their vacuum brakes changed to air brakes, control wiring and corner footsteps fitted and end spill plates removed. Since that time, the dropside doors (three on each side) have been modified or replaced (now featuring a lot of diagonal bracing), the footsteps have been removed and the underframe trussing reinforced. The reason for their being at Eastleigh is not currently known, although I am aware of plans to replace these wagons with a new build in the near future.

But wait, there's more. In BR service these wagons were coded 'Turbot' and were used to carry ballast and spoil in connection with engineering work. But the underframes of the wagons were actually rather older, having been built at Ashford in 1961 as 'Bogie Bolster E' steel-carrying wagons. This type proved impractically short for that role so almost 1000 were rebuilt as ballast wagons during the 1980s. SB268 started life as B924167, becoming Turbot DB978408 upon conversion at BR Shildon in about 1983. SB288 was originally B924114, rebuilt as DB978892 at BR Swindon in about 1985.

But wait, there is more! The green carriages in the background are preserved former BR diesel multiple units which also have a tenuous connection with LUL. Several cars have been at Eastleigh having a protracted overhaul for use on a new service connecting the Swanage heritage railway with the national network at Wareham. This service was trialled in summer 2017 using hired diesel locos and LUL's 4-TC push-pull set of carriages. The 4-TC, like the Turbots, was bought by LUL from BR and, coincidentally, also had two 'lives' before this, having been built as loco-hauled coaches in the 1950s then converted into a push-pull set in the late 1960s in connection with the Bournemouth line electrification.

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