The Leighton List - Class 81-85 "Roarers"

From 1965-1991 class 81-85 "roarers" were a common sight howling non stop through Leighton on freight, parcels or express passenger. Generally, when on passenger, they didnt stop at such a small non Inter City station that Leighton Buzzard is!. A few "ADEX's", the "milk empties (2A23), loco failures and a few loco hauled 310 unit substitute turns bucked this trend. But this changed drastically with the loco hauled Euston - Northampton "Cobblers" from May 82-May 90. Then Leighton could get as many as 5 "roarers" calling a day! when WCML power was short. 1B06 "Cobbler" (Mon-Fri) ran from the late 70's-90 and produced class 82/83and the odd 84 on a regular basis but this train cant be included in this list as it was "RA" Euston - Bletchley! A “Bletchley list” is being worked on.

Some sample workings of "roarers" stopping at Leighton with a passenger train below, very much work in progress, any new gen welcome!

12098581008lbr.jpg Class 81 arriving at Leighton, 81008 with 1B07 1718 Euston - Northampton on 120985.

81001  1730 Birmingham - Euston 300683

81002  1723 Euston - Bletchley 030289

81003  1745 Euston - Northampton 130885

81004  1815 Euston - Northampton 110185

81005  1815 Euston - Northampton 210586

81006  1718 Euston - Northampton 281185

81007  1853 Euston - Northampton 040889

81008  1730 Birmingham - Euston 150485

81009  1730 Birmingham - Euston 080285

81010  1745 Euston - Northampton 290485

81011  0350 Euston - Bletchley 120185

81012  0813 Northampton - Euston 250485

81013  0813 Northampton - Euston 030585

81014  1815 Euston -Northampton 120886

81015  1815 Euston -Northampton 060983

81017  1814 Euston - Northampton 190789

81018  1718 Euston - Northampton 120985

81019  1945 Euston - Northampton 230288

81020  1745 Euston - Northampton 070885

81021  1718 Euston - Northampton 150385

81022  0802 Bletchley - Euston 190381

E3048 (82002) 1425 Euston - Liverpool (379 (40179) fail LB) 171165 - probably the first "roarer"t; to work a service train off Leighton

82004  1815 Euston - Northampton 270582

83006  1716 Euston - Bletchley 250381

83010  1720 Euston - Northampton 060882

83012  1815 Euston - Northampton 170682

83015 1716 Euston - Bletchley 090281

85001  1718 Euston - Northampton 010385

85002  1935 Euston - Northampton 241186

85003  1720 Euston - Bletchley 150587

85004  1815 Euston - Northampton 110785 

85005  0806 Northampton - Euston 010586

85101  (85006) 1N51 1722 Euston - Bletchley 141189

85007  1815 Euston - Northampton 020486

85008  1718 Euston - Bletchley 150886

85009  1718 Euston - Northampton 100984

85010  1814 Euston - Northampton 250388

85011  1945 Euston - Northampton 101187

85012  1815 Euston - Northampton 161282

85013  1935 Euston - Northampton 280786

85014  1730 Birmingham - Euston 070585

85015  1745 Euston - Northampton 250485

85016  1730 Birmingham - Euston 280884

85017  1718 Euston - Bletchley 290586

85018  1745 Euston - Northampton 300185

85019  1730 Birmingham - Euston 180185

E3075 (85020) Euston - Colwyn Bay "Merrymaker" 180971

85021  2A23 0350 Euston - Bletchley 120185

85022  1935 Euston - Northampton 190287

85023  1718 Euston - Northampton 141184

85024  1718 Euston - Northampton 101083

85025  1815 Euston - Northampton 160185

85026  1815 Euston - Northampton 041285

85027  0813 Northampton - Euston  231282

85028  1745 Euston - Northampton110685

85029  0813 Northampton - Euston 010285

85030  0659 Euston - Aberystwyth "LNER soc" Charter 060585

85031  1N47 1643 Euston - Northampton 121089

85032  1945 Euston - Northampton 110388

85033  1745 Euston - Northampton 141282

85034  1935 Euston - Northampton 240986

85035  1650 Euston - Northampton 101188

85036  1810 Euston - Northampton 211187

85037  1N51 1722 Euston - Bletchley 040590 -last known "roarer" to call at Leighton or work a "Cobbler"

85038  1N47 1643 Euston - Northampton 130789

85039  1815 Euston - Northampton 071082

85040  0808 Bletchley - Yarmouth "Merrymaker" 080582

01058685005r.jpg Commuters are lined up for the rear coaches as 85005 roars into Leighton with the 0806 Northampton-Euston on 010586

Updates to follow, several more class 82/83 workings to research, contributions welcome!

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