81016 last fatal working, Thursday 9th December 1982
Around 2 am on Thursday 9th December the 2255 (8/12) 1S18 Euston - Glasgow running 140 late due earlier eth problems was switched
to the Down slow at Ledburn Jn just South of Leighton Buzzard. 81016 then collided with several lengths of rail which had fallen off 6M86
Healey Mills - Willesden "Speedlink" some 30 minutes earlier inside Linslade tunnel. The loco was immediately derailed scraping the tunnelwall,
demolishing overhead catenary at 75 mph before the main impact with the bridge pier of Stoke Road bridge. This impact demolished the loco's cab
tragically killing the driver, the secondman who was driving, was injured as 1S18 careered on a further 60 yards before coming to a stand close
to Old Linslade churchyard.
In all 13 of the 14 coaches were derailed but all remained upright and no passengers were injured. Late on December 10th 81016 was dragged North
on wheelskates to Bletchley TMD by 08235. After being turned 81016 was dragged to Crewe works on January 19th 1983. With such severe damage
the loco was officially withdrawn on July 11th 1983.
After appearing at several Works open days the derelict loco was finally cut at Crewe Works in July 1985�