Although I haven't seen bittern since it became bittern again, though whether I might go out for it depends on the weather, I expect. Apaprently it's reversing in Southampton up goods loop so it's pointing the right way for the way back, so I presume it'll have Shed or a Skip on the front going down to Swanage.
yep, Bittern, running tender first. Southampton - Swanage Officially arr Brockenhurst 1320 dep 1328, in fact did not get going to approx. 1350 and caused some minor delays.
Firstly, it used Platform 4, as a result the Lymington branch train used Platform 1. On its departure, the movement caused an eastbound 444 to be briefly held while the 158 crossed onto the Lymington tracks.
Bittern then came in frount of the Cross Country 1357 Brock depart which was running under caution as it approached the site of Lymington Junction
I saw that it was booked to reverse at Soton so Bittern was pointing the right way for the way back, but I assumed they'd put a Diesel on the other end. It must be a bit of a rarity running that distance on the main line Tender first. Was there someone stationed in the Tender looking out through the Window, I wonder?