Eastleigh Works Centenary Open Days
Saturday 23rd - Monday 25th May 2009
© copyright photographs by Colin Duff

As mentioned elsewhere, for me the real value and benefit of such open days is to be able to get "up close and personal" with rolling stock and infrastructure to observe and photograph details in a way that is rarely possible from a platform or public land. This adds considerably to my understanding of how things work and gives me the information to make models more accurate.
End of conductor rail with protection boards both sides
The end of a conductor rail with protection boards fixed either side. Note also the orange plastic tubing used to carry cables under the track whilst protecting them from tamping machines. Obviously the traction current had been cut off for the whole site. Now I am not a railwayman, but it make eminent sense to me to play safe, never assume or take for granted, and never touch a rail which has the potential to be live (I have since learned this what Southern railwaymen are instructed). Yet people were stepping on the conductor rails to get over them and a few were even walking along them.
Stacked B4 bogies
A stack of B4 bogies, which were previously under withdrawn Mk2d/e/f coaches which were prepared at Eastleigh for export to New Zealand.
Centre of B4 bogie

The centre of a B4 bogie. I am not very good at understanding two dimensional engineering drawings and on this and other similar occasions I have found that by inspecting things this close I understand better how parts work.

Having written above about safety and conductor rails, a very pleasing aspect about this event was the pragmatic approach to Health and Safety. Whilst serious hazards were fenced off, for the most part visitors were expected to think for themselves, which in my opinion is how it should be. It was seeing young children using bogies as climbing frames that gave me the idea of climbing onto this bogie to get a better look. The only hazard I overlooked was how dirty such things are, which of course I found out the hard way when putting my hand down to steady myself!

Accommodation bogies used for Class 442s
I have seen pictures of these in use at Bournemouth T&RSMD - these are accommodation bogies of B4 or B5 origin used for Class 442 units constructed in the works in 2008.