The Leeds Merrymaker, April 72

 

Much anticipation as me and a mate waited at Luton for our Merrymaker to Leeds. Our 1Z94 special with Peak 68 (later 45046) rolled in right time. Our compo had just 2 elderly enthusiasts in so we had plenty room and some of the Luton “top men” were in the compo next door.

 

As we passed Leicester depot one of the elder spotters advised “this is where the journey gets interesting”, i agreed though not really knowing what he was on about! Class 44’s which we never saw at Luton in D6 and D8 then passed on freight in the Loughborough area, this was interesting!

Toton depot was passed then the old road via Barrow Hill to Rotherham Masborough with fair few class 20’s seen.  We bailed at Leeds where a few hours activity saw 03 shunters in the parcels depot and 3 25’s on portions from Bradford. We then walked down to Holbeck climbing over a high wall to glimpse most of the power lined up outside.

As advised by the elder spotters we caught a DMU to Harrogate to rejoin the Merrymaker there. With 68 still as power we were then treated to passing York depot with Eastern beasts 6705, 6711and 6872 the highlights, brand new York Carriage works built CIG units 7437 and 7438 were also seen prior to starting their Southern Region careers. Church Fenton and an empty Neville Hill where back at Leeds Peak D50 (later 45040) replaced 68 on our return Merrymaker as 68 needed fueling.  

The same “Old road” route returned us South as darkness fell. Leicester shed having 6 class 25’s lined up ready for the evenings engineering jobs. Back at Luton we all headed our separate ways, happy with our lot, a 42 bus got me home to Dunstable half an hour later, a good day with many lines to go in the “Combined volume.........”.

 

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15/4/72  Sa - Leeds Merrymaker in detail:

 

Luton

71 6Z56, 39 8C35, 68 H 1Z94 St Pancras-Leeds Merrymaker,

Bedford

3015, 50849/50893/59017/50114/50073

Wellinboro

3570,3057,3518,3863

Kettering

5243

Leicester

3785, 50692

Leicester Shed

7619,7593,5266,3776, 5838

Leicester-Toton

1808, 6, 8, 8071,3058,1788,

Toton Depot

3514, 3037, 1820, 7559, 8066, 1742, 8020, 8307, 1829, 1978, 3021, 3362

Toton North

8056, 8057, 8045, 8153, 8069, 8169,113

Chesterfield

8009, 8197, 172, 6863

Rotherham

3254, 4045, 6811

Wakefield

5520

Leeds

1510, 3655, 5165, 5657, 2047, 3658,37,1517, 17, 2174, 5174, 27, 149, 69,2162,3454, 3296,5185, 1862,5584,180, 29, 1946, 9010, 6715, 82, 24, 130, 5162, 1772, 1773, 130, 57, 22, 1500, 1510, 1517,

Holbeck

29, 5657, 5662,2174, 2162, 7571, 5584, 3454, 3656, 3652, 1105, 1510, 1500, 57, 17, 2047, 3655, 5165,

Leeds

174, 1105, 27, 1517, 3658,

Harrogate

68H 1Z94

York shed (pass)

6711, 6872, 33, 276, 5541, 5618, 5521, 66, 6705, 1104, 5598, 5587, 5172, 5522, 252, SR-7437, SR-7438

York Station

3726,  9018, 21, 6815, 3687, 1810, 3237

Neville Hill (pass)

4043, 1517,  

Leeds City

1862, 50 replaced 68 H,  87, 180, 5657,  1822,

Toton

90

Leicester shed

7626, 5279, 7644, 7593, 7521, 7619

Leicester station

 3785,

Wellinboro

125

Bedford

3023

 

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