Daytripper leaps, Saturday April 21st 2001
By Spring 2001 Daytripper moves in the West Midlands were largely down to Inter Regionals and Euston-Wolves services.
Whilst the days of class 25’s on the 12 o’clock rats, 37’s, “roarers” and nb 47’s galore were long gone, a reasonably good number of
locos could be raked in with RES red machines always chased. A few unexpected bonus’s could occur, as they did this sunny
day in the West Midlands
At Leighton station we purchased our Leighton-Nuneaton Virgin pieces, a very useful ticket in being valid via Birmingham
and being cheaper than Virgin’s Coventry fare! At the Keynes an up freight block saw 86637/86638 on liners, 60076 on the
Bletchley stone followed by 47287 on another up liners, 90028 was on M16 Sleepers.
Our Wolves had a very disappointing 90015 up front but we opted to do it anyway, a booked totter via Northampton delaying
Us. Rugby had no thunderbird but 58026/58033/58045 stabled. At Coventry our “Daytrippers” were purchased and 47839 joined
on a Scotch. A basher friendly BSO allowed us seats and a loud performance from the 47 with a characteristic 100 ft high exhaust
plume leaving Wolves. Back at New St we had some difficulty getting off 47722 as the door locks had burst! More standard leaps
At Int’l a good crowd of bashers joined res 86243 on Bir Int’l-Euston service having run emcars from Stoke due a farce.
We did this to Coventry where we arrived on island platform 2 where we surprised to see not just a grey 90, but the uncommon
90040 waiting to depart on a Wolves! There was a huge laugh from the 90040’s driver as he looked back not just for the tip but at
30 or so bashers scrambling off the up to return from whence they’d just come, priceless moment!
A good few had their red pens out en route to Wolves, a few more res leaps and the big “Skoda” home. The consist was mainly
London based Soton and Wolves fans , a soche enough crowd. We overtook the 321 at Northampton so it was only a short
wait at the Keynes for the train home.
OK, I admit it’s all very insect like in terms of mileage and much of the power, but a cracking day out, all the same.
12 years on the “Daytripper” moves have changed, but survive, with Moor St-Solihull-Dorridge being the current loco bashing
“top route”. This is ironic as it was the same “top route” in the 70’s with vast bashing crowds sampling
Hymek, 47 and “Wizzo” power.
Daytripper Locos : (14)
47722, 47742, 47750, 47805, 47818, 47839, 47843, 47853
86223, 86243, 86417,
87023 ( the only “seven” viewed on WM services that day)
321435} 0654 Euston - Birmingham L.Buzzard-M.Keynes
90015 0700 Euston-Wolves M.Keynes-Coventry
47839 0626 Poole-Glasgow Coventry-Wolves
47722 0913 Liverpool-Plymouth Wolves-New St
47805 0917 Manchester-Padd New St-Bir Int’l
47742 0903 Padd-Manchester Bir Int’l-New St
86417 0930 Euston-Stoke New St-Wolves
47843 1113 Manchester-Bir Int’l Wolves-New St
87023 1319 Wolves-Euston New St-Bir Int’l
86243 1425 Bir Int’l-Euston Bir Int’l-Coventry
90040 1230 Euston-Wolves Coventry-Wolves
47853 0840 Glasgow-Brighton Wolves-Bir Int’l
47818 1413 Padd-Glasgow Bir Int’l-New St
86430} 1530 Euston-Macclesfield Bew St-Wolves
86233 1714 Macclesfield-Euston Wolves-New St
47750 1418 Brighton-Manchester New St-Wolves
90040 1919 Wolves-Euston Wolves-M’Keynes (via Nor)
321430} 1936 Birmingham-Euston M.Keynes-L.Buzzard
More Daytripper memories from earlier times to follow…………..