Watford stoppers, 1950-2018

Today Watford Jn sees just the Caledonian sleepers and the occasional Charter and Railtour stopping at its long platforms. Going back to pre Nov 1965 electrification diesel power worked many Watford stoppers.

Electrified services saw class 81-92 commonplace, though we await an 68/88 stopping at Watford ( tour expected in July 2018). Failures,  footexs  and dragging have produced yet more variety in diesel power to add to a fascinating list of Watford stoppers down the years..

 

 

03080247279n870050618egfailkenwebr.jpg 47279 stopping at Watford Jn 030802

 

20041 1721 Broad St - Tring 160664

as 8041, load 7.

 

24030 2101 Euston - Bletchley 240265

as 5030, load 7.

 

25194}  1A64 1550 Liverpool - Euston 100584

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86216 fail Lichfield, 25278 assist to Nuneaton then 25194/31201 forward to Euston

 

33102  0930 Watford Jn - St Albans Abbey 241087

Ian Allan/NSE Network day hire in

 

131286333202n209webr.jpg 33202 and 33209 arrive at Watford Jn with a Victoria - Blaneau SEG railtour on 131286

 

 

04078737044n37091wjwebr.jpg 37044 and 37091 arrive at Watford Jn with the "Independant" Railtour, 040787

 

 

37044}  Finsbury Pk - Loughborough "The Independant" RT 040787

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40010 1615 Euston - Bletchley 190959

 

837 Reading - Watford Jn o/w "footex" 190469

Watford 1 Reading 0

 

44001 0820 Euston - Manchester 080461

as D1, worked to Nuneaton for AC electric forward as booked in 1961

 

45113 0740 Aberystwyth - Euston 081287

ex Wolves, AC loco shortage

 

46051 0830 Euston - Birmingham Intl Charter 150980

"exhibition special", assume stopped at Watford

 

47011  1S83 1730 Euston - Glasgow Control relief 201283

dragging 86254 to Tring, emergency drag

 

03080247279n870050618egfailkenwebr.jpg 47279 dragging a failed 87005 with 1S47 0618 Euston - Glasgow on 030802. The train was caped here and was also 47279's last ever passenger working...

 

50031} Ashford - Holyhead "Irish Mail" kettlex 090405

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1012 Reading - Watford Jn o/w footex 190469

Watford 1 Reading 0

 

55022 Euston - Bristol "Cross Country Deltic" RT 130497

 

56022 1419 Wolves - Euston 180894

86103 fail and dragged from Rugby

 

57316 1A49 1314 Liverpool - Euston 300105

dragging failed 87010

 

58029} Wembley - Bescot leg of "Hop and Stop" RT 110502

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in multi!

 

60013 1830 Manchester - Euston 300591

87009 fail Weedon, 31147 to BY, 60013 ex BY

 

66703 1120 Preston - Euston 180401

ex Watford Jn due OLE issues, dragging 900xx

 

67028 1Z36 Euston - Holyhead "North Wales coast Merrymaker" 230601

 

73128}  1Z55 Watford - Birmingham "Slug n Slog" RT 130698

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On departure from DS platform overtaken by 47 on down speedlink on Up slow, 73s went onto DF, 47's onto DS at Watford North. 47s exited Watford tunnel first!

 

81002  1830 Liverpool - Euston 190289

82006 1A74 1830 Wolves-Euston 040380

83007  Manchester - Euston rtn Merrymaker 060474

84001  1L03 Euston - Rochdale "North West Rambler" RT 290478

85023  1853 Euston - Northampton 240889

 

13081586101webr.jpg 86101 arrives at Watford Jn with 1M11 2340 Glas/Edin - Euston "Caledonian Sleeper" on 130815

 

86243  1230 Manchester - Euston 010101

 

03059787101webr.jpg 87101 arrives at Watford with a "Merrymaker" to Crewe and Chester on 030597

 

07101787002webr.jpg 87002 awaits the tip at Watford Jn working a return Glasgow-Euston railtour on 071017

 

87023  1827 Manchester - Euston 180304

90024  1400 Manchester - Euston 091189

92033  1S25 2057 Euston - Inverness/Aberdeen/F.William 140118

 

Prototypes

 

At least DP2, "DELTIC", 10000, 10001, 10002 and 10203 have called at Watford Jn in the 50s on service trains.

 

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