Table 135 reliefs, Monday January 3rd 1983
Back in the days of the real railway, relief trains were run at the end of holiday periods to get the extra passengers home. Today an engineering blockade or a restricted fully booked train service operates.
January 3rd was a Bank Holiday as New Years day had been on a Saturday. A good few reliefs, a basic Saturday service of sorts, except on the Southern Region who, as ever, operated a Sunday service!
I opted to cover the table 135 reliefs out of Padd as they tied in nicely with the only hauled Cobbler service that day. I was expecting a "rancid can" as my first loco of 1983 so was leaping around when the big yellow front of a "roarer" appeared round the corner on approach to Leighton station. Even better, it was a "fish" in 81017! The "fish" screamed South on the fast lines throughout and the front coach was pretty quiet apart from the loco noise. The usual slow tube ride to Padd where the hoped for steam heat gala didnt happen. ETH power was dominant so i joined a reasonable steaming 47096 on the 1027 Padd - Penzance relief to Reading.
With the Southern region operating a Sunday service this meant some Reading - Pompeys were hauled with 33110 viewed on the 1100 ex Reading. After a 40 minute fester a required 50033 took me forward to Oxford, where 45077 was missed on the 0820 Liverpool - Padd, this was only the second steam heat loco seen in passenger service all morning. A winning 47446 returned me to Reading where the 2nd relief off Padd was viewed with 47124.
With the 2 up reliefs covered and rejected with 50006 and 47140 as power it was a boring fester at a grey Reading for the hoped for winner which didnt materialise that day. To be sure of making the evening Cobbler off Euston i joined a noisy 50022 back to Padd.
Although it was now very dark, the day was brightened considerably by 85011 on the 1716 Euston - Northampton for 40 fun miles to Leighton, A dullish day had ended on a high!
030183 phot spot..
030183 the gen and moves
86237 1J20 0740 Euston-Shrewsbury
81017 1A42 0736 Northampton-Euston LB-EU
50027 1A57 0750 Oxford-Padd
47096 1B27 1027 Padd-Penzance Rlf PA-RG
33110 2O06 1100 Reading-Portsmouth H
47487 1O74 0730 Manchester-Brighton
47511 0939 Poole-York Rlf
47562 0939 Poole-York Rl (ex R)
47545 1M50 0920 Brighton-Manchester
50033 1O03 0720 Liverpool-Poole
50014 1A26 1050 Padd-Oxford
50032 1A19 1105 Oxford-Padd
47486 1O03 0720 Liverpool-Poole
50033 1E63 0942 Poole-Leeds/Sheffield RG-OX
47565 1E63 0942 Poole-Leeds/Sheffield
45077 1V68 0820 Liverpool-Padd
50014 1A31 1208 Oxford-Padd
47446 1O15 0925 Manchester-Poole OX-RG
47508 1A30 1150 Padd-Oxford
50006 0815 Penzance-Padd Rlf
50037 1M14 1250 Padd-Liverpool
47511 1O15 0925 Manchester-Poole
50032 2A36 1301 Padd-Oxford
47124 1B84 1327 Padd-Penzance Rlf
47140 0923 Penzance-Padd Rlf
47543 1A34 1350 Padd-Oxford
47440 1M71 1242 Poole-Manchester
47446 1M71 1242 Poole-Manchester
50024 1V78 1034 Manchester-Padd
33110 2V37 1308 Portsmouth H-Reading
47484 2A46 1401 Padd-Oxford
50023 1M07 1450 Padd-Liverpool
50022 1V88 1120 Liverpool-Padd RG-PA
47477 1A42 1622 Padd-Oxford
85011 1B06 1716 Euston-Northampton EN-LB