The "South Yorkshireman" Railtour from July 84 remembered.
Pre tour moves, Sat and Sun 14 and 150784
A 5am Sunday morning tour from Cardiff meant a rancid overnight but with the prospect of a good doss once on the tour! A 1600 departure from Leighton saw Mule, then classic Crompton moves to Cardiff. The 0110 Bristol - Cardiff produced a pair but went direct via the Severn Tunnel rather than the more usual Sunday doss move via Gloucester.
A good few of us piled in the upside waiting room at Cardiff for a fairly comfortable few hours fester whilst those that went for chips on arrival at Cardiff were bowled. The barrier staff wouldnt let them back onto the platforms until 0430 so a seriously rancid fester for them outside the station with the booked antics from the Saturday night drunks to endure.
046 1435 Birmingham-Euston L.Buzzard - Euston
85001 1G36 1540 Euston-Wolverhampton
1126 1810 Waterloo-Salisbury Waterloo - Woking
33110 1W34 1445 Weymouth Q-Waterloo
50048 1O20 1618 Exeter-Waterloo
50018 1V19 1910 Waterloo-Exeter Woking - Salisbury
33021 1O93 1810 Cardiff-Portsmouth
33115 2L50 2120 Salisbury-Basingstoke
33014 2O95 2020 Bristol-Portsmouth
33049 2O95 2020 Portsmouth-Cardiff Salisbury - T.Meads
33005 1V38 2020 Portsmouth-Cardiff
33046 1B87 1930 Milford H-Bristol
33025} 1B84 0110 T.Meads-Cardiff T.Meads - Cardiff
56037 1Z27 0500 Cardiff-Cleethorpes Railtour Cardiff - T.Meads
47901 1Z27 0500 Cardiff-Cleethorpes Railtour T.Meads - New St
58014 1Z27 0500 Cardiff-Cleethorpes Railtour New St - Sheffield (via LS/TO)
37248} 1Z27 0500 Cardiff-Cleethorpes Railtour Sheffield - Sheffield (via Clee/Hudd)
58014 1Z27 1400 Cleethorpes-Cardiff Railtour Sheffield - New St
Once aboard most of us were asleep before Newport! Right up to arrival at Temple Meads there was doubt
that the requested 47901 would work the tour forward from Bristol. It was good to hear she was on the front as we left Bristol and 47901 stormed up the Lickey with the 10 x Mk IIa's in tow. At New St dud 58014 replaced 47901 with Nuneaton flyover being included on a circuitous route to Sheffiled.
"Monsters" very much required Healy Mills 37248 and 37249 then took over for the bulk of the tour round South Yorkshire across to Cleethorpes where the 37's ran round. Through Leeds to Huddersfield then back to Sheffiled via Healy Mills. The 58 replaced the 37's at Sheffiled to return me to New St. I bailed here but an awful lot got on to rake in 47901 down the Lickey to Cheltenham.
To be fair I was along with agood few others, dossed for much of the tour after such a rancid overnight but the atmosphere aboard was good with decent power and route.
85035 1A13 0757 Wolverhampton-Euston
47475} 1A13 0757 Wolverhampton-Euston
47050 1H03 0832 Birmingham-Manchester
86002 1V60 2330 Glas/Edin-Bristol
47439 1M70 1445 Scarborough-Holyhead
47406 1A25 1645 Leeds-Kings X
37039 1E08 1325 W.S.Mare-Leeds
Getting home moves, 150784 Su
With all day dragging from New St to Nuneaton, an unusual 45043 was joined for the run to Nuneaton where 45042 was waiting to depart with a Brum bound drag! 86319 returned me to the Keynes for 310076 home. At Bletchley we crossed 33014 on a return Adex from the Southern to end an interesting few days.
45043} 1A41 1909 Wolverhampton-Euston New St - Nuneaton
31408 1M14 1552 Cambridge-Birmingham
45042} 1G44 1910 Euston-Wolverhampton
47197} 1G45 1940 Euston-Wolverhampton
85019 1H41 1935 Euston-Manchester
47330} 1A39 1611 Holyhead-Euston
86319 1A81 1827 Blackpool-Euston Nuneaton - M.Keynes (via Nor)
85039 1D81 2130 Euston-Holyhead
076 2115 Rugby-Euston M.Keynes -L.Buzzard
33014 2228 Bley-D.Mk 1’s rtn LNER adex to MK.