On the "Mid", Fri July 27th - Sun July 29th 1984

Friday

            A lift to the Keynes for 87032 forward to New St for a morning of electrics on the Wolves-Cov axis

with 85004 the only decent power. 45129 put in a storming run New St - Derby on the Poole - Newcastle.

Comedy was then provided by 31432 arriving and then failing on the Hull - Brighton. As usual at Derby a spare

eh peak in 45110 was kicked out to replace the failed "goyle". 

            An old Stratford "steamer" in 47014 returned me South on the York - Plymouth "relief", then after a brief

304 "Dino" roar to Birmingham Int'l, the rare "nb" 47093 was well received by a large crowd of bashers on the 1413

Portsmouth - York. The earlier Derby "kick outt" in 45110 worked this service forward from New St. The quoted

37251 produced vast hordes so it was a "relief" to get off at Derby!

            A cart to Long Eaton then as darkness descended 45138 was joined on the 1945 St Pancras - Derby. The

famous Nottingham - Newquay overnight from Derby was a bit disappointing with 45128 as power.

 

The Moves     

 

87032  1G22 0840 Euston-Wolverhampton               Milton Keynes - New St

86251  1O15 0858 Manchester-Poole                        New St - Coventry

86217  1G25 1005 Euston-Birmingham                     Coventry - New St

85004  1S39 0734 Poole-Glasgow                             New St - Wolves

86258  1G06 1139 Manchester-Birmingham              Wolves - New St

45129  1E63 0940 Poole-Newcastle                           New St - Derby

47014  1V49 1420 York-Plymouth Relief                 Derby - New St

304011 1709 Birmingham-Coventry                          New St - Bir Int'l

47093  1E13 1413 Portsmouth-York                          Bir Int'l - New St

85001  1H38 1756 Birmingham-Manchester              New St - Wolves

86217  1A74 1827 Wolverhampton-Euston               Wolves - New St        

37251  1E50 1709 Bristol-Leeds Relief                     New St - Derby

DMU   2105 Derby-Lincoln                                        Derby - Long Eaton

45138  1P17 1945 St Pancras-Derby                          Long Eaton - Derby

45128  1V39 2136 Nottingham-Newquay                 Derby - New St

86207  1S19 2124 Bristol-Glasgow                            New St - Crewe

Other Gen

 

47491  1O27 0645 York-Portsmouth

85010  1S61 0810 Cardiff-Glasgow/Edin

50005  1O15 0858 Manchester-Poole

45006  1050 Wolves-Penzance Relief           

47532  1S39 0734 Poole-Glasgow

31327  2E04 1230 Birmingham-Peterborough

47508  1V81 0921 Leeds-Penzance

45076  1V31 1020 York-Plymouth Relief

47507  1V85 0922 Newcastle-Penzance

47144  1E81 0930 Poole-York Relief

31250  1M80 0928 Norwich-Birmingham

50010  1E63 0940 Poole-Newcastle

47063  1205 Bristol-Glasgow Relief

31432  1O86 1322 Hull-Brighton……..expired

45110  1O86 1322 Hull-Brighton

47615  1E64 1035 Penzance-Leeds

47359  1E22 1246 Portsmouth -Leeds

45012  1E22 1246 Portsmouth -Leeds

46026  1E75 1521 Bristol-Leeds Relief

45110  1E13 1413 Portsmouth-York

47559  1415 Reading-Crewe Relief

45106  1340 Paignton-Newcastle                                          

31327  2004 Birmingham-Derby Addit

45015  1715 Paignton-Derby

45105  1S19 2124 Bristol-Glasgow

47603  1S23 2141 Bristol-Glasgow

86222  1S23 2141 Bristol-Glasgow

 

Saturday

                Overnight electric power from New St on S19/S23 was very dull with an exciting choice of 86207 or

86222 to Crewe. The desperate buffet overnight and doss on G00 was cut short with 85008 producing on the

first Glasgow - Paignton overnight. Back at New St it was time to view the "gen" from the bridge crew upstairs.

Then there was time to view a mini up "roarer" procession with 85030 and 81011 arriving on G00 and V60.

            Skinhead 31144 allowed a bit more doss to Hinkley for a dull, very boilered 47078 on the 0633 Leicester

- Brum. A Nuneaton bail, a quick market cafe breakfast where we watched the depressing sight of a fleet of

coaches taking holidaymakers to Skegness whilst the Nuneaton - Skegness train we did later had a basher only

consist on our "chopper" mileage move to Hinkley.

            At Wolverhampton our preferred type 2 power in "rats" 25325 and 25279 were waiting in the Salop engine

road to take the Euston - Aberystwyth forward. The usual Welshpool leap of the "rats" and then the usual wait for

the late running 1010 Aberystwyth - Euston but on approach despair on seeing just a single "rat" arriving. My

despair turned to joy as required 25282 was still working the train. A lot were bowled though in that they wanted 25251

which had been dumped at Machynlleth after failing.

            Mid afternoon back at Birmingham Int'l the Poole - Manchester got a boilered 47016 back to New St for the

mixed pair of 31250 and 31416 on the 1610 Norwich. 31250 was a newie for me, as was 31207 back from Leicester

to Hinkley. The regulation Hinkley chip shop for us and a large crowd who'd leapt off 47107 (an unexpected biggie)

for the rare 47359 on the Yarmouth - Birmingham.

            A "bus stop" move to Nuneaton where a big cheer went up as a pair of narrow white lights and the big yellow

front with 81003 roaring in on the late running Blackpool - Euston. This was not a regular "roarer" turn, although

predicting WCML "roarer" workings on a Summer Saturday was not easy, all part of the fun!

 

28078425279n325r.jpg 25279 and 25325 come off the "Salop bay" at Wolves to work 1J20 0735 Euston-

Aberystwyth forward on 280784

 

 

The Moves                  

 

85008  1V58 2220 Glasgow-Paignton                       Crewe - New St

31144  1E62 0530 Wolverhampton-Harwich            New St - Hinkley

47078  2G85 0633 Leicester-Birmingham                  Hinkley - Nuneaton

20140} 1E86 0742 Nuneaton-Skegness                     Nuneaton - Hinkley

20160}

 

DMU   0733 Leicester-Birmingham                            Hinkley - New St

47547  1O07 0818 Wolverhampton-Poole

85029  1M10 0550 Padd-Liverpool                           New St -Wolverhampton

25325} 1J20 0735 Euston-Aberystwyth                    Wolverhampton - Welshpool

25279}

 

25282  1A46 1010 Aberystwyth-Euston                    Welshpool - Wolverhampton

HST     1210 Liverpool-Penzance                               Wolverhampton - New St (via Perry Barr)

47532  1O25 0950 Glas/Edin-Poole                           New St - Bir Int'l

47016  1M71 1140 Poole-Manchester                        Bir Int' - New St

31416} 1E80 1610 Birmingham-Norwich                  New St - Leicester

31250}

 

31207  2M05 1720 Peterborough-Birmingham          Leicester - Hinkley

47359  1M76 1559 Yarmouth-Birmingham               Hinkley - Nuneaton

81003  1A81 1827 Blackpool-Euston                        Nuneaton - M.Keynes

049      2125 M.Keynes-Euston                                  M.Keynes - L.Buzzard

280784450650855neqmanr.jpg A workstained 45065 after arrival at New St with the 0855 Newquay-

Manchester with the "roarer" alongside working forward to Manchester on 280784.

 

Other Gen

 

47579  1M41 2234 York-Shrewsbury

47594  1V01 0204 Crewe-Cardiff

47543  1D02 0238 Crewe-Holyhead

86254  1S25 2240 Euston-Perth/Glasgow

45026  1V58 2220 Glasgow-Paignton

85030  1G00 0356 Crewe-Birmingham

81011  1V60 2325 Glasgow-Paignton

45056  1V60 2325 Glasgow-Paignton

85032  1A02 0620 Manchester-Euston

47359  2F84 0713 Birmingham-Leicester

47547  1O07 0818 Wolverhampton-Poole

86209  1J20 0735 Euston-Aberystwyth

33016  1V04 1003 Crewe-Cardiff

25251-failed/dumped Machy off 1A46 1010 Aberystwyth - Euston

25178}  1J24 1010 Euston-Aberystwyth                                          

25198}  

47108  1E28 0855 Weymouth-Bradford

47587  1E76 1420 Birmingham-Norwich

47150  1S84 1020 Paignton-Glasgow

47501  1E27 1040 Poole-Newcastle

45149  1E27 1040 Poole-Newcastle

45065  1M76 0855 Newquay-Manchester

46047  1515 Bristol-Leeds relief

45065  1V90 1045 Glasgow-Penzance

45020  1M22 1128 Paignton-Manchester

47507  1E25 0910 Penzance-Leeds

47508  1M83 1000 Penzance-Liverpool

45042  1E22 1004 Newquay-Newcastle

37042  1521 Sheffield-Bristol Relief

31415  1O86 1400 Leeds-Brighton

31407  1E60  1340 Poole-Sheffield

47107  1E82 1815 Birmingham-Norwich

47329  1M28 1504 Paignton-Nottingham

 

Sunday

            A morning "pass out" was just about negotiated as the morning "flower power" was in the

STN (Special Traffic Notice) as being dragged from Bletchley. On the local turn our 310 was swapped

for a 110 DMU for my M.Keynes bail. All the local bashers had opted to join the "flower power" during

the loco change at Bletchley. I was the sole joiner at a deserted Milton Keynes with a "rat" in 25051 was

dragging 85017 on the 0700 Euston - Liverpool "Flower Festival" Relief. Some claimed the "roarer" was bigger

than the "rat", a slight exaggeration!.

            A good claggy "rat" run via the Northampton loop to Rugby where our "rat" was detached and i "under

orders" returned home on a 310 although a mileage move on 85017 was very tempting!

 

29078425051fullwebr.jpg An empty platform at the Keynes as 25051 (dragging 85017) arrives with 1F90 0700 Euston -

Liverpool "Flower power" Relief on 290784. The "rat" dragged from Bletchley to Rugby via Northampton during a booked early

morning ole isolation.   

 

 

The moves

 

070      0635 Euston-Bletchley                                       L.Buzzard - Bletchley

53439}  0742 Bletchley-Rugby                                      Bletchley - M.Keynes

53425}

 

25051} 1F90 0700 Euston-Liverpool Relief                 M.Keynes - Rugby (via Northampton)

85017(d)}

 

062      0920 Rugby-Euston                                          Rugby - L.Buzzard

Other gen

85032  1H34 1350 Euston-Manchester

 

Loads more 1984 bashing reports and tales here

      

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