The Inter City diesel day, Sunday May 21st 1989
For once a major railway event on our doorsteps and it looked as if we were all there! This Hertfordshire Railtours classic involved 9 rare freight locos, 3 big rakes of stock and 6 return trips from St Pancras to Leicester. The special services also called at Wellinborough and Luton adding to the local flavour. The sun shone all day and we all (huge numbers!) enjoyed ourselves! One strong memory was at Luton amongst a massive crowd of bashers on Platform 1 awaiting 37058 North…Cue an announcement “due overcrowding, you will not all be able to join this train!” I think 56017 was held at Luton to attract a few punters away from the hordes, needless to say we all got aboard 37058 that morning, was a bit cosy though. The diesel day possibly saw 58050’s maiden passenger working. A fantastic day all round!
59726} 0619 M.Keynes-Euston LB-EU
33021} 0850 St.Pancras-Leicester SP-WE
56017 0955 Leicester-St.Pancras WE-LU
37058 1040 St.Pancras-Leicester LU-LS
20228} 1255 Leicester-St.Pancras LS-LU
47347 1440 St. Pancras-Leicester LU-WE
58050 1520 Leicester-St.Pancras WE-SP
08573 Shunt release (and back) SP-CS
58050 1855 St.Pancras-Leicester SP-LU
37058} 1810 Leicester-St.Pancras LU-SP
317312} 2015 Euston-Birmingham EU-LB
85036 1620 Holyhead-Euston
Thanks to Mark Beal, Trevor Rolfe and Robin Morel for these superb phots.