The Summer 94 hauled "Cobblers"

When 86401 left Euston with the last ever loco hauled "Cobbler" on May 11th 1990 we

all thought that loco haulage of these great trains was well and truly over. Rumours that

shadow Franchisee "North London Railways" were to re-introduce a loco hauled "Cobbler"

were met with scepticism and disbelief...

 

By Saturday June NLR had station posters up promoting the change, so the rumours were true after all! Due to a shortage of 321 units 1B42 0740 Northampton - Euston and 1B21 1720 Euston - Northampton return on Mon-Fri were booked with hauled stock leased from the Special Trains unit with "Res" power.

 

Monday June 6th 1994 saw 86425 bring its long rake of Inter City liveried Mk I's into Leighton Buzzard into Leighton Buzzard and it seemed in some ways, much like the old days!

 

140694862431720eunowebr.jpg86243 at Northampton after working 1B21 on June 14th 1994. A late Tony Ewer phot

 

Timings for 1B42 and 1B21

 

Northampton 0740, Wolverton 0753, M.Keynes 0807, L.Buzzard 0807, Euston 0844

Euston 1720, L.Buzzard 1752, M.Keynes 1802, Wolverton 1806, Northampton 1821

 

The power for the Summer 94 Cobblers was rock solid 86'2's or 86'4's from the Res sector.

On arrival at Northampton the loco stabled overnight and worked the following mornings Cobbler South . This never occurred during the "real" Cobbler era the power once arriving at Northampton would vans or even multi up for liner turns, alas not so in 1994..

 

Summer 1994 more Phot spots

 

230694862080740noretn1b42webr.jpg86208 still in Inter City livery, but a Res loco by now approaches Ledburn Jn with 1B42 on June 23rd 1994. A Tony Ewer phot

 

070794862541720eunowebr.jpg86254 rounds the curve at Old Linslade with 1B21 on July 7th 1994 with Mk IID's in tow

 

120794862101B420740noretnwebr.jpgA wonderful image from Tony Ewer 86210 passes bridge 139 at Old Linslade with 1B42 on July 12th 1994

 

120794864171720eunowebr.jpg86417 has run round 1B21 at Northampton and is about to couple up the stock, before setting back and going forward into the Riverside sidings on the left on July 12th 1994

 

 

 

Known locos that worked the Summer 94 Cobbler

86208, 86210, 86239, 86241, 86243, 86254, 86401, 86417, 86424, 86425, 86426, 86430

These "Cobbers" also got more railway press than the "real Cobblers" as probably by 1994 there was far less to report on. Also "our" trains were regulary invaded by 10 bashers most evenings, again this was unheard of in the "real Cobbler" era.

 

Still, loco hauled trains off Leighton Buzzard, Wolverton and Northampton had to be done. Sadly the Summer of 94 was to see a series of strikes due to the signalman's dispute and emergency non loco hauled services on 1B21 and 1B42 on one or two days a week were the norm during a troubled Summer

 

After the first week the Mk I stock lost the unmanned buffet and after the third week unrefurbished Mk IId took over. This killed that special atmosphere of accelerating hard and that special atmosphere of storming through the evening heat all windows open.

 

Excepting Strike days the "Cobbler" continued through till August but strikes saw it stopped running after August 26th. In its very last fragmented week of service it returned to Mk I stock. Alleged improved 321 unit availability saw 1B21 and 1B42 return to unit operation and another local chink of railway history ended or so we thought, December 94's Cobbler is another story!

 

The gen (gap fillers welcome!)

 

 

1B42

1B21

06/06/1994

 

86425

07/06/1994

 

86426

08/06/1994

86426

86430

09/06/1994

86430

86243

10/06/1994

86243

 

 

 

 

13/06/1994

86208

86401

14/06/1994

 

86243

16/06/1994

86243

86424

17/06/1994

 

86239

 

 

 

20/06/1994

86239

86416

23/06/1994

86208

86425

27/06/1994

 

86208

28/06/1994

 

86241

30/06/1994

86241

 

 

 

 

04/07/1994

 

86425

05/07/1994

 

86417

07/07/1994

86417

86254

 

 

 

11/07/1994

 

86210

12/07/1994

86210

86417

18/07/1994

 

86401

19/07/1994

 

86417

21/07/1994

86417

 

25/07/1994

 

86430

29/07/1994

 

86241

 

 

 

01/08/1994

 

86416

02/08/1994

 

86261

05/08/1994

 

86208

 

 

 

23/08/1994

 

86210

25/08/1994

 

86416

26/08/1994

 

86430

 

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