Scottish Bash January 1989

 

Thanks to “TC” for rekindling lost memories from 1989 in this article.

 

“Looking in the latest edition of “Traction Magazine”, I see there are some photographs of 37/4’s taken during the last week of loco haulage on the West Highland and Far North lines before they were replaced with 156 sprinters. I was also in Scotland that last week, and have reproduced my moves here….

 

Three of us Bedford bashers decided we wanted to do one last big bash to Scotland before the sprinters killed off the 37/4’s. We soon settled on the dates, the last week of the timetable, and the annual leave was booked.

 

The aims were:

1. to cover the whole of the West Highland and Far North lines and branches.

2. to find 37422, as two of us required it for haulage, our last 37/4!”

 

 

 

Sunday 15.01.1989

 

86102 21.00 Euston – Fort William/Inverness     Euston – Mossend Yard

                                                                              (via Birmingham NS)

 

Monday 16.01.1989

 

When we got to Stirling on 37412, the overnight from Inverness to Glasgow was just arriving with 37411+37425, instead of the usual 47. A fair few leapt from 37412 for the pair, re-joining the Fort William at Glasgow QS.

 

There had been heavy rain in the Highlands before this bash, so we weren’t really sure if 37405 would go all the way through to Fort William. If it didn’t, we would head for Oban. 37405 got to Crianlarich, where the train was cancelled for a bus forward. We then waited for the first train from Oban.

 

37412 (15/01) 21.00 Euston – Fort William        Mossend Yard – Stirling – Glasgow QS

37405 (15/01) 21.00 Euston – Fort William        Glasgow QS – Crianlarich

37402 08.10 Oban – Glasgow QS                        Crianlarich – Glasgow QS

37402 12.04 Glasgow QS – Oban                        Glasgow QS – Oban

37402 15.40 Oban – Dalmally                              Oban – Dalmally

37402 16.40 Dalmally – Oban                              Dalamlly – Oban

37402 18.10 Oban – Glasgow QS                        Oban – Glasgow QS

47717 21.30 Glasgow QS – Edinburgh                Glasgow QS – Edinburgh

47640 23.25 Edinburgh – Inverness                     Edinburgh – Inverness

                                                                              (via Stirling)

 

Tuesday 17.01.1989

 

The move to today was up to Wick, for the bus across to Thurso. There were a few others with the same idea. I recall there were more “bashers” than “normals” on the bus!

 

My 3rd overnight, and I managed to sleep all the way back to Glasgow, blissfully unaware that 47641 had burst at Pitlochry, requiring 47467 to come and assist. We still managed to make the Fort William sleeper at Glasgow (just!).

 

37418 06.35 Inverness – Wick                             Inverness – Wick

37415 12.14 Thurso – Georgemas Jn.                  Thurso – Georgemas Jn.

37418 12.12 Wick – Inverness                             Georgemas Jn. – Inverness

37419 17.35 Inverness – Wick                             Inverness – Dingwall

37420 18.12 Kyle – Inverness                              Dingwall – Inverness

47635 21.00 Inverness – Aberdeen                      Inverness - Keith

47570 20.55 Aberdeen – Inverness                      Keith - Inverness

47641 23.40 Inverness – Glasgow QS                  Inverness – Pitlochry

47467 23.40 Inverness – Glasgow QS                  Pitlochry – Glasgow QS

 

Wednesday 18.01.1989

 

The Fort William route had re-opened later on the Monday, so we had another go at getting to Mallaig. A fish and chip dinner in the “Fishermans Mission” in Mallaig, for a bargain price kept us going!

 

37404 (17/01) 21.00 Euston – Fort William        Glasgow QS – Fort William

37401 10.05 Fort William – Mallaig                    Fort William – Mallaig

37401 12.30 Mallaig – Fort William                   Mallaig – Fort William

37404 14.45 Fort William – Glasgow QS           Fort William – Garelochhead

37407 16.34 Glasgow QS – Fort William           Garelochhead – Tyndrum Upper

37406 18.10 Oban – Glasgow QS                       Tyndrum Lower – Arrochar & Tarbet

37423 18.34 Glasgow QS – Oban                       Arrochar & Tarbet – Crianlarich

37401 18.10 Fort William – Euston                    Crianlarich – Glasgow QS

37412 18.10 Fort William – Euston                    Glasgow QS – Stirling

47636 23.30 Glasgow – Perth                             Stirling – Perth

47470 23.25 Edinburgh – Inverness                    Perth – Inverness

Additional information from Jason Hall below for 180189

Having arrived at Glasgow Queen Street off of the overnight with the 47 we bumped into John Sandham. John told me that 37097 was allocated to a portion out of Edinburgh. I needed 097 and I’m sure no one else in my party did. I decided to go for it.

HST Glasgow Queen Street-Edinburgh

37097 1C62 07.44 Edinburgh-Carstairs / Edinburgh-Carstairs

86432 1O12 07.50 Glasgow Central-Poole / Carstairs-Lockerbie

The one and only time I have ever bailed at Lockerbie.

87032 1S45 07.10 Manchester Victoria-Glasgow Central / Lockerbie-Glasgow Central

37406 1Y13 12.04 Glasgow QSt-Oban / Glasgow QSt-Crianlarich

37423 1T28 12.50 Oban-Glasgow QSt / Crianlarich-Glasgow QSt

37407 1Y23 16.34 Glasgow QS-Fort William / Glasgow QSt-Rannoch

Our party met up again at Garelochead on 1Y23 but only as far as Tyndrum as some decided to do one last ‘Tyndrum shuffle’

37401 1D15 18.10 Fort William-Mossend / Rannoch-Glasgow QSt.

We met up again on 1D15 at Crianlarich

With regards to 37422, I was one of the two that needed it as a last EH 37. I had to wait 20/10/90 for a first run with it and that was in the North West on a train from Barrow.

 

Thursday 19.01.1989

 

Just Kyle to do! Rather than return via Inverness, we did the ferry across to Kyleakin, for the bus to Armadale, for the ferry back across to Mallaig.

 

The Mallaig crossing was in rather choppy conditions, and there were a few green faces! I recall a certain John Sandham being the last to get on the ferry and the first to get off!

 

A few leapt at Dumbarton off 37401 in order to make the 18.34 Glasgow – Oban, as we are a bit late. We decide to stick with 37401 to Glasgow, but disaster strikes, we pass the Oban in Cowlairs tunnel, with 37411 and the elusive 37422 on the front!

 

After a meeting, we decide to stay to see what comes out of Oban in the morning, assuming we were awake to leap at Pitlochry..

 

37414 06.55 Inverness – Kyle                            Inverness – Kyle

37405 12.30 Mallaig – Fort William                  Mallaig – Fort William

37401 14.45 Fort William – Glasgow QS          Fort William – Glasgow QS

47703 20.25 Glasgow QS – Dundee                  Glasgow QS – Stirling

47641 23.30 Glasgow QS – Perth                       Stirling – Perth

47541 23.25 Edinburgh – Inverness                    Perth - Pitlochry

 

 

Friday 20.01.1989

 

After leaping at Pitlochry, we leap at Tyndrum Upper, for the walk to Tyndrum Lower, via cafι for breakfast. Our luck was out as 37411 returned from Oban.  37423 works the 08.34 Glasgow – Oban, and sticks for the 12.50 Oban – Glasgow, so we give up on 37422.

 

My first 90 haulages go in the book on the way home.

 

47632 (19/01) 23.40 Inverness – Glasgow QS   Pitlochry – Glasgow QS

37405 (19/01) 21.00 Euston – Fort William       Glasgow QS – Tyndrum Upper

37411 08.10 Oban – Glasgow QS                       Tyndrum Lower – Glasgow QS

37404 12.04 Glasgow QS – Oban                       Glasgow QS – Crianlarich

37423 12.50 Oban – Glasgow QS                       Crianlarich – Glasgow QS

90015 16.10 Glasgow Ctl – Birmingham NS     Glasgow Ctl – Carlisle

90012 17.00 Glasgow Ctl – Euston                    Carlisle – Euston

 

January 89 Highland phot spot…

 

37421 in a rare burst of sun at Wick prior to working the 1212 to Inverness, 140189

 

37405 at a wet, windy Mallaig after working the 1005 from Fort William, 170189.

 

 Any more last Scottish 1989 bashing memories out there?

 

Thanks again to “TC”.

 

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