“The Kirkcaldy’s” remembered, August 86”

 

“Month of the farce” was the apt description given by “Circuit” to the manic increased loco hauled activity in Fife during August/early September 86 as a result of a backlog of DMU maintenance at Haymarket after a fitter’s dispute over handling additional DMU workload.

 

A basic hourly Waverly – Kirkcaldy hauled service replaced the usual DMUs, plus the substitute Mk 1’s made peak turns to North Berwick and elsewhere. The Kirkcaldy power was mainly class 26/27!  The Kirkcaldy workings supplemented the Edinburgh - Dundees so it was a bit manic for the vast bashing crowds that descended on these trains as there was so much to cover! There were a few farces most days to add to the fun!.

To be honest, the all stations Kirkcaldy hauled trains despite the superb power were personally, a bit of a stagger, compared to the more lively “circuit” Dundee trains. 

 

And yes it was 25 years ago!!!!

 

Sample moves and gen

 

                                                            20/8/86 We

85003  1815 Euston-Northampton

85036  1745 Euston-Northampton

81002  1935 Euston-Northampton                                                     LB-NO

076      2125 Northampton-Euston                                                     NO-RU

85032  2110 Euston-Stranraer                                                            RU-CA

plenty roarers about!

 

                                                            21/8/86 Th

86220  2345 Glas/Edin-Bristol                                                                                  

85034  1930 Inverness-Euston

47631  2200 Stranraer-Euston

86410  2200 Stranraer-Euston

86217  2030 Inverness-Euston

not so good for roarers on the up overnights!

 

85008  2125 Bristol-Glas/Edin                                                           CA-CA          

47595  2125 Bristol-Glas/Edin                                                           CA-WA

47420  0555 Edinburgh-Dundee

27052  0605 Edinburgh-Cowdenbeath                                              WA-DU

101333 0636 Cowdenbeath-Edinburgh                                             DU-IK

27025  0620 Dundee-Edinburgh (failed at Inverkeithing, 477xx forward ECS)

27014 was hovering in the yard here but unfortunately didn’t assist the failure

           

27053  0653 Markinch-Edinburgh                                                                  IK-WA

26031  0836 Edinburgh-Kirkcaldy (failed Dalmeny-caped)                          WA-DA

26011  0831 Kirkcaldy-Edinburgh                                                                 DA-WA

27053  0935 Edinburgh-Kirkcaldy                                                                 WA-KI

26025  1031 Kirkcaldy-Edinburgh                                                                 KI-WA

26024  0830 Dundee-Edinburgh

47109  1123 Edinburgh-Perth

26011  1135 Edinburgh-Kirkcaldy                                                                 WA-KI

27053  1231 Kirkcaldy-Edinburgh                                                                 KI-WA

27052  1235 Edinburgh-Kirkcaldy

26025  1335 Edinburgh-Kirkcaldy                                                                 WA-KI

27052  1431 Kirkcaldy-Edinburgh                                                                 KI-WA

47403  1515 Edinburgh-Dundee

47714  1530 Edinburgh-Glasgow                                                                   WA-QS

37025  1300 Oban-Glasgow                                                                          

37425  1650 Glasgow-Fort William                                                               QS-DM

37412  1415 Fort William-Glasgow                                                               DM-QS

37410  1803 Glasgow-Perth

37247  1820 Glasgow-Oban (steaming)                                                         QS-AR

37035  1800 Oban-Glasgow                                                                           AR-QS

37424  1740 Fort William-Euston

47631  2157 Glasgow-Stranraer

37412  1740 Fort William-Euston                                          (via Stir)          QS-ME

                                                            22/8/86 Fr

87011  1930 Inverness-Euston                                                                       ME-CA

86255  2200 Stranraer-Euston

86239  2030 Inverness-Euston

37239  0305 Carlisle-Newcastle (drag failed DMU)

86212  2125 Bristol-Glas/Edin                                                                       CA-CA

not a good night for roarers

47593  2125 Bristol-Glas/Edin                                                                       CA-WA

47530  0555 Edinburgh-Dundee                                                                      WA-MA

47060  0605 Edinburgh-Cowdenbeath

26032  0647 Markinch-Edinburgh                                                                  MA-WA

26025  0836 Edinburgh-Kirkcaldy (fail)                                                        WA-DA

probably the most bashers little Dalmeny ever saw bail!

27025  0615 Dundee-Edinburgh

47117  0815 Edinburgh-Dundee

26011  0831 Kirkcaldy-Edinburgh                                                                 DA-WA

26032  0935 Edinburgh-Kirkcaldy                                                                 WA-HA

27053  0720 Dundee-Edinburgh       

101305 0820 Dundee-Edinburgh                                                       HA-WA

27053 1015 Edinburgh-Dundee                                                                    WA-DU

47705  1100 Aberdeen-Glasgow                                                                    DU-PE

26028  1123 Edinburgh-Perth

37117}            1030 Inverness-Glasgow                                                                    PE-ST

37008}

slow run,  ridiculous numbers of  bashing hordes!

47578  0745 Euston-Inverness                                                                       ST-DB

26028  1350 Perth-Glasgow                                                                           DB-QS

47570  1545 Glasgow-Carlisle

26028  1603 Glasgow-Arbroath                                                                     QS-DU

superb run, , unforgettable, no bashing hordes aboard either!

27053  1830 Dundee-Edinburgh                                                                    DU-WA

47363  2015 Edinburgh-Dundee                                                                    WA-KI

big scratch for me!!, my only ever nb 47 on the “Circuit”

47541  2000 Dundee-Edinburgh                                                                    KI-WA

26024  1921 Cowdenbeath-Edinburgh

26024  2305 Edinburgh-Cowdenbeath

47486  2245 Edinburgh-Paignton                                                                   WA-CA

85019  2250 Glas/Edin-Paignton                                                                    CA-NS

 

Sample Timing Logs…

 

26025  1031 Kirkcaldy - Waverly 21/8/86 load 5 vb

Miles   Station            Sched  Arr/Dep             Actual  Arr            Dep Variance Av speed

0          Kirkcaldy                    1031                                 1032.19      +1        …..

3.19     Kinghorn            1035/1036                  1036.52  1037.19      +1        41.45

5.8       Burntisland        1040/1041                 1041.33   1042.13     +1        36.99

8.5       Aberdour            1046/1047                  1046.48   1047.19     +1        35.34

12.78   Inverkiething      1053/1054                  1053.51   1054.30     +1        39.3

14.65   North Queensferry 1058/1059              1058.30   1059.52     +1        28.05

16.49   Dalmeny              1103/1104                 1102.39   1104.05     -1/0      39.66

21.43   South Gyle          1110/1111                 1110.24   1110.40     +.5       46.92

24.69   Haymarket          1118/1119                 1115.47   1116.49     -2         38.22

25.93   Waverly               1122                          1119.44                     -2         25.5                

 

26028 1L37    1603 Queen St - Arbroath 22/8/86 load 4 vb

 

Miles   Station            Sched  Arr/Dep         ctual  Arr Dep Variance       Av speed

0          Queen St         1603                                        1604.15          +1            …..

1.84     Cowlairs                                                          1609.45                       20.07

4.58     Cadder                                                                        1614.20           35.86

6.25     Lenzie                                                             1615.08                       52.1

11.5     Croy                                                                1620.02                       64.28

17.96   Greenhill Jn                                                     1626.48                       67.21

20.8     Larbert                                                1625/1626       1632 1633.16  +7 40.84

29.59   Stirling                                    1635/1636  1643.31 1644.47  +9        20.72

32.46   Bridge of Allan                                               1649.02                       40.51

34.53   Dunblane                                 1645/1646 1653.22 1654.27   +8        26.61

40.55   Greenloaming                                                  1704.23                       36.36

44.64   Braco                                                               1708.32                       59.13

46.79   Gleneagles                               1658/1659 1711.32 1712.24   +12      43

48.88   Auchterardar                                                   1715.16                       43.74

52.85   Dunning                                                          1718.46                       68.05

60.36   Hilton                                                              1725.21                       68.44

62.46   Perth                                        1717/1726  1729.04 1732.54  +12/+3 34.64

63.4     Barnhill                                                           1736.15                       16.83

72.77   Errol                                                                1746.02                       57.46

79.64   Invergowrie                             1746/1746 1752.361753.58    +6        74.04

83.12   Dundee                                               1753    1800.52                       30.4                                                                                                                                                    

 

27056 2J08     0930 Dundee - Waverly 25/8/86 load 4 vb

Miles   Station            Sched  Arr/Dep  Actual  Arr  Dep   Variance Av speed

0          Dundee                       0930                               0931.06        +1         ------

8.34     Leuchars             0942/0943                0943.30  0944.16        +1        40.35

14.56   Cupar                 0950/0951                0952.15  0952.46        +2        46.74

16.86   Springfield                                                      0956.28                       28.37

20.09   Ladybank           1000/1001                1000.12 1000.44         0          50.3

25.94   Markinch           1009/1010                1009.07 1010.11         0          41.86

33.26   Kirkcaldy          1019/1020                1018.41 1020.30         -1/0      51.56

46.04   Inverkeithing      1037/1038                1037.39 1038.33         +.5       44.71

57.95   Haymarket        1056/1057                1057.07 1058.15         +1        36.52

59.19   Waverly             1100                          1103.29                       +3        14.21  

 

                                                                        25/8/86 Mo

47651  2139 Bristol-Glas/Edin

85026  2139 Bristol-Glas/Edin                                                                       NS-CA

47603  2139 Bristol-Glas/Edin                                                                       CA-WA

27005  0605 Edinburgh-Cowdenbeath                                                          WA-CO

once again, hordes of bashers at Cowdenbeath, hoping for an xos 26!

26024  0647 Markinch-Edinburgh                                                                  CO-IK

27056  0715 Edinburgh-Dundee                                                                    IK-DU           

27056  0930 Dundee-Edinburgh                                                                    DU-WA

27052  0815 Edinburgh-Dundee       

27049  1123 Edinburgh-Perth                                                                        WA-DB

47412  1115 Edinburgh-Dundee

47201  1015 Edinburgh-Dundee

101305 1240 Dunblane-Glasgow                                                                   DB-ST

47636  1100 Aberdeen-Glasgow                                                                    ST-QS

85029  1420 Glas/Edin-Cardiff                                                                      CE-CR                    

The Buzzard (aka Smudger Smith of Camborne fame) woke me at Crewe with a loud tap on the window, advising me to leap, as 85011 had done the 1510 Euston – Holyhead. On getting off here, I was platform hossed by a BTP constable who  seemed most  disappointed on checking, with a fine toothcomb,  my perfectly valid and expensive All line rover!

The Buzzard got a withering a bit later too, as 86221 appeared from nowhere to do the return Holyhead-Euston!, 52 roarer miles lost. 

                       

85035  0715 Notts-Glasgow

85034   0720 Harwich-Glasgow

45111  1030 Penzance-Liverpool (into Crewe)

85011  1510 Euston-Holyhead (off diag-thanks Smudger!)

86221  1620 Holyhead-Euston                                                                       CR-MK

85026  1935 Euston-Northampton                                                                  MK-WO

desperate mileage move!

 

85003  1815 Euston-Northampton                                        

074      1921 Birmingham-Euston                                                                   WO-LB

 

 

“Kircaldy Phot Spot”

 

 27052 leaves Dumfermline with the 0605 Waverly - Cowdenbeath, 210886

 

 Farce!, 26031 has just been failed at Dalmeny in the shadow of the Forth Bridge on the 0836 Edinburgh - Kirkcaldy, 210886

 

 26011 at the blocks at Waverly with the 0831 from Kirkcaldy, 210886

 

 26025 at the blocks with the 1031 ex Kirkcaldy, 26011 is on the far end of the stock to now form the 1135 Kirkcaldy departure, 210886

 

26028 arrives at Perth with the 1123 ex Waverly, 220886

 

For the “tractor” fan’s heres 37008 and 37117 with the 1030 Inverness-Glasgow at Stirling, 220886

 

Much more Kirkcaldy and Circuit gen and memories at  http://6lda.wordpress.com/