The Glasgow Double Railtour, 24 and 25th April 1982

Myself and the “Axeman” arrived at Bletchley about 2230 on Saturday night in good time for the tour. Bletchley was largely quiet apart from passing paper traffic and we walked in between 2 long lines of stabled “small Sulzers” on the holding sidings. The only sound was our scrunching feet on oily ballast, an impressive 9 “rats” were present presumably on engineers jobs once the paper traffic had passed.

Bletchley, 240482

08374, 25168, 25296, 25289, 25317, 25248, 25027, 25319, 25181, 25288

87010, 86009, 86328, 86031,

The tour arrived a few minutes down on the quoted 2312 timing, from memory few joined here and the 13 coach “spotter special” was half full on joining. The NREA/RESL steward on gripping us almost before we were on the move didn’t seem impressed by my “decent loco on front” comment, replying if I had noted the 25’s at Bletchley for him! This organiser’s lack of interest re the quality of locos hauling his tour was going to become more obvious as the tour progressed. Still, we had a good start in 83010.

83010  Bletchley - Coventry 24/4-25/4

47148  Coventry - Wolves (via BS) 25/4

Booked isolation, unfortunately the 83 roared off South!

 

86260  Wolves - Lostock Jn 25/4

 

47462  Lostock Jn - Glasgow C via Settle, Appleby, Carlisle, Dumfries, Kilmarnock,

In the early dawn, I ventured up front to rake in the Ais Gill thrash, sprawled out bodies everywhere, 462 was clagging nicely

 

Buses then took us to:

Eastfield

37111, 26031, 37022, 37035, 40177, 40173, 47458, 08938, 20028, 37151

20175, 08952, 37262, 08348, 27043cond, 37188, 47207, 27018, 27042, 08621,

47708, 20039, 20191, 47272, 20156, 37108, 08733. 08447, 27038, 25076

37112, 27102, 27025, 27002, 25229, 47458, 27205, 37111, 37033, 47210,

Glasgow Works

25247, 20114, 08855, 08402, 27016, 25237, 20217, 08755, 20124, 27014,

20179, 08563, 20119, 27104, 25059, 20109, 20124, 20085, 26037, 20021, 27040,

27204, 26005, 20199, 27103, 27004, 27209, 27112, 25064

303089/107/087/020/099/073/091

We then had loads of spare time before our 1633 departure, so we nedded off to Edinburgh

47712 1130 Glasgow QS - Edinburgh    QS-Haymarket

27017 1114 Dundee - Edinburgh  Haymarket-Waverly..mileage move!

47703  1400 Edinburgh - Glasgow QS Waverly - Queen St

Back at Central a roarer was hovering way to the South and we all assumed we were in for some decent mileage home….

86230! Rtn Glasgow- Euston Railtour Glasgow C - Bletchley

The atmosphere was a bit subdued on the return run, probably something to do with the “Duke of Wellington”!

Glasgow Double Phot spot

25048227025r.jpg “nb” tippie 27025 at Eastfield, 250482. No steam pipe on this one!

25048225059r.jpg xb “rat” 25059 with a front end dent awaits attention at Glasgow works

24048220124r.jpg 20124 awaits attention at Glasgow works, A Trev Rolfe photo

240482201199r.jpg 20199 gleaming inside the work's shops, a "Trev Rolfe" phot

25048208755r.jpg 08755, with 25237,27016,25247 in the line at Glasgow works

24048247708r.jpg 47708,27211, 27037 and 37108 at the mighty Eastfield depot. A "Trev Rolfe" phot

2448240079r.jpg Trev also ventured out to Motherwell, heres his photo of 40079 under the depots famous footbridge.

250482477031400edglr.jpg 47703 at Waverly prior to returning us to Queen St with the 1400 service

25048286004r.jpg 86004 here at Central perhaps shows the “cans” at their best, no “zebidee springs”, no silly nameplate just a cast inter city plate, the multi wiring making them looking more 87 like too. As 86604 this loco survives in service today though threatened by class 70 fleet expansion

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