Summer 1985 and a load of old rovers-

 

Thanks to Jason Hall for the cracking memories

 

August 1985 was the last summer before I obtained my PRIV. Having been surprisingly successful in my exams, I found myself with sufficient cash to purchase a couple of rovers. Once again Iím glad I kept my unblinkered perspective, despite a growing need for 31 and 50 mileage! The parentals had now mellowed towards overnights so I decided I would not push that and would keep them to a minimum. It turned out to be a great summer.........

 

08/08/85

DMU Bedford-Kettering

HST Kettering-Leicester

20007+20180 1E89 08.48 Leicester-Skegness / Leicester-Beeston

Football in the car park........ Is the gen still carved into the bridge?

20163+20170 1E85 09.09 Burton-Skegness / Beeston-Nottingham

DMU Nottingham-Derby

47612 1E51 09.06 Bristol-York relief / Derby-Sheffield (This was a poor start. This relief had always been pretty good to me, until today. Must be fair though as the Brush tanked along quite nicely)

31259 1E38 11.41 Manchester P-Hull / Sheffield-Doncaster

31465 1M33 12.45 Cleethorpes-Manchester P / Doncaster-New Mills Central

31448 1E46 15.41 Manchester P-Hull / New Mills Central-Mexborough

31259 2C39 16.01 Hull-Sheffield / Mexborough-Sheffield

HST Sheffield-Bedford

 

09/08/85

HST Bedford-Leicester

45104 1E05 07.40 Leicester-Leeds / Leicester-Sheffield via Nottingham

47412 1E86 07.20 Blackpool-Cambridge / Sheffield-Chesterfield

45150 1V81 09.17 Leeds-Penzance / Chesterfield-Derby

45077 1E51 09.06 Bristol-York relief / Derby-Sheffield (Thatís more like it)

47600 1V46 12.55 York-Cardiff relief / Sheffield-Derby

37113 1E92 11.00 Plymouth-York relief / Derby-Sheffield

HST Sheffield-Derby

31237 1E75 15.21 Bristol-Leeds relief / Derby-Sheffield

DMU Sheffield-Worksop

31162+31222 1J27 18.15 Skegness-Sheffield / Worksop-Sheffield

47189 1O28 21.00 Bradford-Weymouth / Sheffield-Nottingham

 

10/08/85

47205 1O29 22.32 Leeds-Portsmouth / Nottingham-Leicester

45122 1P03 00.05 St.Pancras-Derby / Leicester-Derby via Nottingham

47482 1E61 20.35 Penzance-Newcastle / Derby-Sheffield

37174 1M89 07.15 Sheffield-Blackpool / Sheffield-Rotherham Masborough (not happy with a dud one!)

47465 1O27 06.45 York-Portsmouth / Rotherham Masborough-Sheffield

31234 2H10 08.05 Chesterfield-Scarborough / Sheffield-Rotherham Masborough

DMU Rotherham Masborough-Sheffield

By now I had a complete list of the gen and it didnít look that clever. I decided to head for a large 31278 from Brum

47441 1V74 08.20 Leeds-Cardiff / Sheffield-New Street

31278 2E04 12.21 New Street-Peterborough / New Street-Peterborough

31301 1E06 13.27 Yarmouth-Chesterfield / Peterborough-Nottingham via Grantham

HST Nottingham-Bedford

 

11/08/85

Being a Sunday there wasnít much doing so my little group decided to do the MML peak turns before covering the return of the NB 47 from Anglia. This involved an 80 mile run with a combo of 101s and 120s. Far more civilised than any tram.

DMU Bedford-Leicester

DMU Leicester-Derby

45144 1C26 15.45 Derby-St.Pancras / Derby-Leicester

HST Leicester-Loughborough

45138+45131 1C28 16.58 Derby-St.Pancras / Loughborough-Leicester

31240 1E77 17.17 New Street-Norwich / Leicester-March (we were hossed leaving Peterborough but all claimed total skintness along with a lack of understanding of the ticket. We offered to get off at the next stop. Guard appeased we were where we wanted to be anyway)

47332 1M76 18.30 Norwich-New Street / March-Leicester

HST Leicester-Bedford

 

12/08/85

DMU Bedford-Kettering

HST Kettering-Leicester

DMU Leicester-Derby

45143 1E54 06.50 Paddington-Hull / Derby-Sheffield

45066 1V31 10.30 York-Plymouth relief / Sheffield-Derby

HST Derby-Leicester

31230 2E04 12.20 New Street-Peterborough / Leicester-Peterborough

31424 1M68 13.20 Norwich-New Street / Peterborough-Hinckley

31130 1E80 16.10 New Street-Norwich / Hinckley-Oakham

31222 2M07 17.28 Peterborough-New Street / Oakham-Leicester

45128 1D55 17.35 St.Pancras-Nottingham / Leicester-Nottingham

20004+20019 rolled in on the Skeg-Derby with 20019 dead. It didnít look like the train was going to go on at all so rather than have the Leicester pair set off first and miss the train home, we rejected the Derby and boarded the Leicester pair

20007+20180 1M22 19.00 Skegness-Leicester / Nottingham-Leicester

HST Leicester-Bedford

 

13/08/85

With 20019 having failed the previous day I fully expected a fresh pair to be out and decided Iíd actually go to Skegness and do something a little different for a change. As it turned out it was a double claw back so going to Skegness was settled

HST Bedford-Leicester

20004+20019 1E89 08.48 Leicester-Skegness / Leicester-Skegness

A combo of DMUs around Lincolnshire made a nice change as a move back to civilisation. This also involved a Cravens set as well as the usual 114s......which was nice. Now at Peterborough one of a handful of my required generators rolled in with the Blackpool, so I was off with that. Besides, M84 was often of some interest but as it turned out, not so much today.

47405 1M12 14.10 Cambridge-Blackpool / Peterborough-Chesterfield

45132 1M84 17.10 Sheffield-Nottingham / Chesterfield-Nottingham

HST Nottingham-Bedford

 

14/08/85

Today I decided Iíd do something different again, and set my sights on having a 31 turn out of Newark. Iíd wanted to do this for ages, despite the unavoidable tram filled start to the day!

DMU Bedford-Kettering

HST Kettering-Nottingham

DMU Nottingham-Grantham

HST Grantham-Newark North Gate

31444 2T05 12.10 Newark NG-Cleethorpes / Newark NG-Cleethorpes via Lincoln Central

Purchased a new rover to start the next day. Booking clerk was horrified by the idea and took an age to suss it out

31444 2T12 14.57 Cleethorpes-Newark NG / Cleethorpes-Habrough

31466 1E42 12.41 Manchester P-Cleethorpes / Habrough-Cleethorpes

31466 2R18 17.19 Cleethorpes-Sheffield / Cleethorpes-Doncaster

Gen received, required 31183 is coming out of Skegness..........

DMU Doncaster-Gainsborough Lea Road

31183 1J27 18.15 Skegness-Sheffield / Gainsborough Lea Road-Sheffield

31410 1M57 22.33 Sheffield-Manchester P / Sheffield-Bamford

31465 1E59 22.16 Manchester P-Sheffield / Bamford-Sheffield (I recall a wet bog roll exchange with the peak bashers on M10)

31428 1M60 23.37 Sheffield-Manchester P / Sheffield-Manchester P via New Mills Central

 

15/08/85

31428 1E62 02.10 Manchester P-Grimsby Town / Manchester P-Grimsby Town via New Mills Central, Sheffield and Lincoln Central (Iím sure the train went through to Cleethorpes so assume there was some dispute that led to our small group having to bail)

31437 1M19 07.37 Cleethorpes-Manchester P / Grimsby Town-Scunthorpe

DMU Scunthorpe-Barnetby

31439 1M32 08.38 Cleethorpes-Manchester P / Barnetby-Sheffield

With next to no gen to be had at Sheffield it looked like it was a poor day ahead with even all the table 29 turns producing EH

31465 1E34 09.41 Manchester P-Hull / Sheffield-Mexborough

31458 1M30 10.10 Hull-Manchester P / Mexborough-Sheffield

Having bailed 31458 a small crowd had formed and I guessed the relief up from Bristol was of some interest

25266 1E51 09.06 Bristol-York / Sheffield-York (hard to refuse really, despite being dud!)

Now we really were out of limits but in for a penny, in for a pound..........

45076 1M26 12.55 Scarborough-Bangor / York-Leeds

45014 1E99 11.14 Bangor-Newcastle / Leeds-Darlington

47286 1M32 16.20 Newcastle-Liverpool / Darlington-Leeds

????? Leeds-York - My notebook Is damaged and this is now unclear. May have been 31459 on H01?

31175 2H15 19.10 Scarborough-Sheffield / York-Sheffield via Pontefract Baghill (guard said he wasnít sure we were valid and went away to check. He came back half an hour later with the train now being within rover limits and said, Ďyou werenít, but you are nowí, and walked away again. Fine fellow)

31414 1M60 23.37 Sheffield-Manchester P / Sheffield-Manchester P via New Mills Central

 

16/08/85

31414 1E62 02.10 Manchester P-Grimsby Town / Manchester P-Grimsby Town via New Mills Central, Sheffield and Lincoln Central (Same issue as previous night?)

31454 1M19 07.37 Cleethorpes-Manchester P / Grimsby Town-Scunthorpe

DMU Scunthorpe-Barnetby

31449 1M32 08.38 Cleethorpes-Manchester P / Barnetby-Sheffield

31439 1E34 09.41 Manchester P-Hull / Sheffield-Mexborough

31468 1M30 10.10 Hull-Manchester P / Mexborough-Sheffield

31441 1E38 11.41 Manchester P-Hull / Sheffield-Conisbrough

31437 1M31 12.08 Hull-Manchester P / Conisbrough-Sheffield

37128 1V46 12.55 York-Cardiff relief / Sheffield-Derby

47203 1E92 11.00 Plymouth-York relief / Derby-Chesterfield

47320 1M12 14.10 Cambridge-Blackpool / Chesterfield-Sheffield

45101 1L18 18.01 Sheffield-Leeds / Sheffield-Wakefield Westgate

47232 1E22 12.46 Portsmouth-Leeds / Wakefield Westgate-Leeds

45118 1M19 17.50 Newcastle-Liverpool / Leeds-Huddersfield

47011 1E93 17.03 Holyhead-York / Huddersfield-Leeds

DMU Leeds-Bradford

31130 1V56 22.40 Bradford-Paignton / Bradford Interchange-Leeds

45116 1V56 22.40 Bradford-Paignton / Leeds-Sheffield

 

17/08/85 A Saturday that the put the previous to shame!

37061 1V56 22.40 Bradford-Paignton / Sheffield-New Street (45116 failed)

47543 1E61 20.35 Penzance-Newcastle / New Street-Sheffield

37130 1M89 07.15 Sheffield-Blackpool / Sheffield-Rotherham Masborough (rubbish mileage but I felt no need to go further!)

47600 1O27 06.45 York-Portsmouth / Rotherham Masborough-Sheffield

31132 2H10 08.05 Chesterfield-Scarborough / Sheffield-Rotherham Masborough

DMU Rotherham Masborough - Sheffield

31108 1E05 07.40 Leicester-Scarborough / Sheffield-Rotherham Masborough

31298 1M32 08.38 Cleethorpes-Manchester P / Rotherham Masborough-Sheffield

37058 1V32 10.32 York-Penzance relief / Sheffield-Derby

DMU Derby-Beeston

20157+20121 1M02 12.05 Skegness-Leicester / Beeston-Leicester

31230 1E76 14.25 New Street-Norwich / Leicester-Melton Mowbray

47202 1M68 12.35 Yarmouth-New Street / Melton Mowbray-Hinckley

31427+31421 1E80 16.20 New Street-Norwich / Hinckley-Leicester

HST Leicester-Bedford

 

Not out 18/08

 

19/08/85 Not a day to be a 20 man

HST Bedford-Leicester

31271 1E89 08.48 Leicester-Skegness / Leicester-Beeston

31234 1E85 09.09 Burton-Skegness / Beeston-Nottingham

DMU Nottingham-Derby

45033 1E51 09.06 Bristol-York relief / Derby-Sheffield

31441 1E38 11.41 Manchester P-Hull / Sheffield-Thorne North

47453 1J01 13.24 Hull-Sheffield / Thorne North-Sheffield

31280 1E46 15.41 Manchester P-Hull / Sheffield-Doncaster

DMU Doncaster-Crowle

31124 2R18 17.18 Cleethorpes-Sheffield / Crowle-Doncaster

DMU Doncaster-Gainsborough Lea Road

31160 1J27 18.15 Skegness-Sheffield / Gainsborough Lea Road-Sheffield

Rover extended by interesting means.........

45116 1M10 23.52 Sheffield-St.Pancras / Sheffield-St.Pancras (a genuine over doss this time)

 

20/08/85

HST St.Pancras-Leicester

DMU Leicester-Narborough

31263 2F84 07.13 New Street-Leicester / Narborough-Leicester

20052+20215 1E89 08.48 Leicester-Skegness / Leicester-Beeston

31302 1E85 09.40 Derby-Skegness / Beeston-Nottingham

47558 1S85 07.17 Harwich PQ-Glasgow / Nottingham-Sheffield

I decided Iíd go to Hull. I wasnít valid but itís no further than Darlington after all

31449 1E38 11.41 Manchester P-Hull / Sheffield-Hull

31449 2C39 16.01 Hull-Sheffield / Hull-Doncaster

Decided at Doncaster to go home via Table 18. This turned out to be a good choice

HST Doncaster-Peterborough

31225 1M76 16.40 Norwich-New Street / Peterborough-Leicester

HST Leicester-Bedford

 

21/08/85

HST Bedford-Leicester

20163+20185 1E89 08.48 Leicester-Skegness / Leicester-Nottingham

Intending to bail at Beeston I was informed there was a relief from Derby today. Unsure if it would stop at Beeston I decided to stay on the 20s to Nottingham

25173 1E04 09.20 Derby-Skegness relief / Nottingham-Skegness (The train rolled in empty with a hopeless load 4. Never the less, I was off to Skeg!)

It was decided to spend the day in Skegness. I have notes of riding on several ĎRoadCarí buses

25173 1Z98 18.35 Skegness-Nottingham / Skegness-Nottingham

20103+20143 1M47 18.45 Skegness-Derby / Nottingham-Beeston

20185+20163 1M22 19.00 Skegness-Leicester / Beeston-Leicester

HST Leicester-Bedford

 

31088520103n143r.jpgA week or so later 20103 and 20143 produced on the 0929 Derby-Skegness, seen here at Nottingham, 310885

 

22/08/85

I decided to spend the day at home doing family stuff but it wasnít long before I was bored to distraction and I decided Iíd have a look at the rush hour turns out of Euston, which at that time I had not often covered.

DMU Bedford-Bletchley

EMU Bletchley-Leighton Buzzard

81003 1B07 17.18 Euston-Northampton / Leighton Buzzard-Milton Keynes Central

EMU Milton Keynes C-Leighton Buzzard

86006 1B09 18.15 Euston-Northampton / Leighton Buzzard-Bletchley

DMU Bletchley-Bedford

 

23/08/85

DMU Bedford-Kettering

HST Kettering-Leicester

DMU Leicester-Derby

45112 1E54 06.50 Paddington-Hull / Derby-Sheffield

45016 1V32 10.32 York-Plymouth relief / Sheffield-Derby

HST Derby-Sheffield

31460 1O86 14.00 Leeds-Brighton / Sheffield-Derby

47293 1E50 11.00 Plymouth-York relief / Derby-Sheffield

47103 1M84 17.10 Sheffield-Nottingham / Sheffield-Nottingham

DMU Nottingham-Derby

45004 1E69 17.09 Bristol-Leeds relief / Derby-Sheffield

DMU Sheffield-Rotherham Masborough

31309 2H15 19.10 Scarborough-Sheffield / Rotherham Masborough-Sheffield

31459 1M57 22.33 Sheffield-Manchester P / Sheffield-Bamford

31461 1E59 22.16 Manchester P-Sheffield / Bamford-Sheffield

47088 1M10 23.52 Sheffield-St.Pancras / Sheffield-Derby (I think it was swapped here for a peak?)

 

24/08/85 The last hoorah

After a long long fester...................

47437 1E61 20.35 Penzance-Newcastle / Derby-Sheffield

37075 1M89 07.15 Sheffield-Blackpool / Sheffield-Rotherham Masborough

47007 1O27 06.45 York-Portsmouth / Rotherham Masborough-Sheffield

47342 1E71 07.44 Manchester P-Yarmouth / Sheffield-Peterborough via Worksop and Retford (made a nice change of scene)

37178 1S92 09.08 Yarmouth-Edinburgh (wasnít this a Newcastle train extended north as a relief?) / Peterborough-Doncaster

31433 1E38 11.41 Manchester P-Hull / Doncaster-Brough

DMU Brough-Doncaster

31154+31292 1L19 13.30 Skegness-Leeds / Doncaster-Leeds

HST Leeds-Peterborough

31427+31420 1M76 16.00 Yarmouth-Birmingham / Peterborough-Leicester

HST Leicester-Bedford

 

24088520055n0051205skler.jpgAlso out on 240885 were 20055 and 20005 seen here at Loughborough with the 1205 Skegness-Leicester

 

Thanks again to Jason Hall for the memories, Happy days for all!

 

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