All on an “Area C”, October 85

 

With an Area C  rover in hand (valid Bas-Salisbury-Pompey and Bomo) 2 days mainly sampling “Crompton” haulage on the Pompey - Bristols. You had a choice of overnight moves too but not great doss potential. We probably all remember Fareham bails where the “plus 3” between Pompey and Bristol bound services was nearly always made, as was the tight  Southampton leap. Loads of thrash, mileage of sorts, loads of different locos, plus scenic delights  from the wilds of Salisbury Plain to the Southampton Friday night girls, and much more…I only wish I’d done more Area C’s as they were always good fun…

 

Friday October 18th 1985

          

             86230    0746 Northampton-Euston

          86324    0813 Northampton-Euston                             L.Buzzard - Euston

The last “Cobbler” was the only service you could use cheap day returns ect on, a good bet for a “roarer” but often ambushed by the likes of the 86324 like today!

          33117    1010 Waterloo-Salisbury                                Waterloo-Basingstoke

          33052    0643 Exeter-Waterloo

A ticket purchase bail, 33052 going the wrong way on the “Mule”              

          47580    0650 Liverpool-Poole                                     Basingstoke - Southampton

          33021    1110 Bristol-Portsmouth                                 Southampton - Fareham

          33023    1114 Brighton-Penzance                                            

          33064    1140 Poole-Manchester

Assume short of EH 47’s, 33064 on tour.                              

          33032    1210 Portsmouth-Cardiff                              

          33050    1310 Portsmouth - Bristol                               Fareham - Southampton

          33010    1205 Bristol-Portsmouth                                 Southampton - Fareham

          33019    1410 Porstmouth-Cardiff                               Fareham - Southampton

 

          181085330081205cfpor.jpg 33008 at Fareham with the 1205 Cardiff-Pompey, 181085

 

          33008    1205 Cardif-Portsmouth                                 Southampton - Fareham

          33021    1510 Portsmouth-Bristol                                 Fareham - Southampton

          33014    1638 Salisbury-Basingstoke                            Salisbury - Basingstoke

Often a “standard” vice “bag”, (33’0 iso 33’1”) on TC stock

          33119    1638 Waterloo-Exeter                                     Basingstoke - Salisbury

Still booked 33 at the time from memory

          33008    1710 Portsmouth-Bristol                                 Salisbury - Warminster

Always a good thrash across Salisbury Plain

          33005    1710 Cardiff-Portsmouth                               Warminster - Fareham

          33020    2025 Portsmouth-Cardiff                               Fareham - Southampton

          33102    1550 Liverpool-Poole                                     Southampton - Bournemouth

Probably hoping for  33064 seen early on, but the “bag” was rateable through “the Forest”

          3009}    2105 Weymouth-Basingstoke                         Bournemouth - Winchester

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Saturday October 10th 1985   

          73137    2252 Waterloo-Weymouth                             Winchester - Eastleigh

          33112    2252 Waterloo-Weymouth                             Eastleigh - Southampton

Classic down TPO for the up TPO move, 3 locos in an hour or so

          33109    2238 Weymouth-Waterloo                             Southampton - Eastleigh

          73137    2238 Weymouth-Waterloo                             Eastleigh - Woking

Woking arrive 0246, dep 0316..Woking busy with postal, parcels, newspaper staff and trains, still a real railway then..  

          33030    0245 Waterloo-Bournemouth                         Woking - Bournemouth

A couple of hours doss but no lie-in on arrival at Bomo!

          33102    0554 Bournemouth-Eastliegh            

          33111    0616 Bournemouth-Weymouth                      Bournemouth - Weymouth

          33106    0734 Weymouth-Waterloo                             Weymouth - Bournemouth

          33106    0645 Waterloo-Weymouth                             Bournemouth - Poole

          33111    0832 Weymouth-Waterloo                             Poole - Bournemouth

          47565    0940 Poole-Newcastle                                    Bournemouth - Southampton

You perhaps couldn’t get a less inspiring EH 47 than this!

          33019    1010 Portsmouth-Bristol                                 Southampton - Salisbury

191085330191010pobrr.jpg 33019 at Salisbury with the 1010 Pompey-Bristol, 191085

 

          33027    1110 Bristol-Portsmouth                                 Salisbury - Southampton

          33014    1310 Portsmouth-Cardiff                               Southampton - Romsey

Ritualistic Romsey chrisening of the bogs under the water tower!

          33007    1205 Bristol-Portsmouth                                 Romsey - Fareham

          33032    1410 Portsmouth-Cardiff                               Fareham - Salisbury

191085330271510pobrr.jpg 33027 again at Salisbury with the 1510 Pompey - Bristol on 191085

 

          33031    1704 Salisbury-Waterloo                                Salisbury - Waterloo

Loco and stock off the 1410 ex Waterloo, often a “standard” vice “bag”

          093        1925 Euston-M.Keynes                                  Euston - L.Buzzard

310 power car home, draughty as ever!

 

The power enjoyed…

 

33005, 33007, 33008, 33010, 33014, 33019, 33020, 33021, 33027, 33030, 33031, 33032, 33050, 33102, 33106, 33109, 33111, 33112, 33117, 33119

47565, 47580, 73137, 86324

 

Cracking times on them “Cromptons”..

 

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