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 37/4s 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
Three of us
The aims were:
1. to cover the whole of the
2. to find 37422, as two of us required it for haulage, our last 37/4!
86102 21.00 Euston Fort William/Inverness Euston Mossend Yard
When we got to Stirling on
37412, the overnight from Inverness to
There had been heavy rain in
the Highlands before this bash, so we werent really sure if 37405 would go all
the way through to
37412 (15/01) 21.00 Euston
37405 (15/01) 21.00 Euston
37402 08.10 Oban
37402 15.40 Oban Dalmally Oban Dalmally
37402 16.40 Dalmally Oban Dalamlly Oban
37402 18.10 Oban
47640 23.25 Edinburgh
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
37418 06.35 Inverness
37415 12.14 Thurso Georgemas Jn. Thurso Georgemas Jn.
37418 12.12 Wick Inverness Georgemas Jn.
37419 17.35 Inverness
37420 18.12 Kyle
47635 21.00 Inverness
47641 23.40 Inverness
47467 23.40 Inverness
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
37401 12.30 Mallaig
37406 18.10 Oban
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 Im 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-LockerbieThe 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-RannochOur 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.
Just Kyle to do! Rather than
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
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
37405 12.30 Mallaig
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
My first 90 haulages go in the book on the way home.
47632 (19/01) 23.40 Inverness
37405 (19/01) 21.00 Euston
37411 08.10 Oban
37423 12.50 Oban
January 89 Highland phot spot
Any more last Scottish 1989 bashing memories out there?
Thanks again to TC.