The Waverly Railtour remembered, 131084
A 0630 Saturday start from New St, meant an overnight. The fatal Wembley crash involving 310067 and 4D62 liner meant a very restricted WCML service south of Coventry.
Gen from Bletchley PSB was that most Liverpool/Manchesters were being diverted to St Pancras with West Midlands services diverted to Padd. A limited unit only rush hour from Harrow/Watford was expected with just a few services being diverted via the Euston - Watford "DC" which was unaffected by the crash
Friday October 12th 1984
095} 1820 Watford-Rugby L.Buzzard - Rugby
thought this would be a horrendous wedge but it seemed most commuters had opted
for the day off after the previous evening's nightmare journey. Plus 2 x 310 offered a good
few seats anyway. No hauled "Cobblers" tonight.
312201 1955 Rugby-Birmingham Rugby - Coventry
Rancid unit power would much rather have had a 310 or 304.
47281 1V16 1728 Manchester-Padd Coventry - Banbury
47078 1830 Padd-Wolverhampton Banbury - Leamington
"nb" but was hoping for something better on this diverted train..
47469 1M41 1848 Brighton-Derby Leamington - New St
47509 1F40 1733 Padd-Twyford (ext Birmingham)
86225 1V16 1728 Manchester-Padd
47336 1800 Padd-Wolverhampton
classic "nb" kick out on a WCML diversion.
47453 1M40 1703 Poole-Liverpool
47279 1620 Holyhead-Padd
47365 1949 Shrewsbury-Padd
47592 1V19 1902 Manchester-Padd
47620 1900 Padd-Wolves
Saturday October 13th 1984
85004 1S19 2124 Bristol-Glas/Edin New St - Crewe
Happiness is a "roarer" like 85004 on an overnight. Bit of a struggle being woken and having to leave the cosy warmth of a MK ii for a cold Crewe station.
81002 1G00 0350 Crewe-Birmingham Crewe - New St
G00 was normally in Crewe some hours before departre and the lead coaches were often
well filled with sleeping bashers by 3am.
47238 1D02 0238 Crewe-Holyhead
47507 1V01 0204 Crewe-Cardiff
86319 1S25 2240 Euston-Inverness
31417 1E62 0530 Wolverhampton-Harwich
56088 0625 Wolverhampton-Padd
The RESL "Waverly" tour, Saturday October 13th 1984
We were happy with front coach seats and an 81 at the business end. There were howls of anguish when the rumoured 56088 passed with a Wolves- Padd WCML diversion. Departing at 0625 there was no chance of making the tour at New St off the 56. A Contol "wind up" we were later told, certainy worked. Once 40181 and 40079 were up front for a mileage move to Carstairs via the S n C, much of Kingmoor yard and Beattock. The run was a good one. 37139 replaced the 40's at Carstairs with a run via the Edinburgh surburban and main lie to Springburn. Here the booked visit to Eastfield depot saw a good few 27/37's viwed on this top shed.
Back at Springburn 20137/20039 headed the tour South through Gartcosh to Moss End where
just 40079 was waiting. 40181 had failed needing replacement brake blocks apparently. The single 40 slogged over Beattock but i succumbed to sleep from Carlisle southwards. I was awoken by "its a rancid can" being bellowed in my face! With no obvious "roarer" on service trains as a substitute home it was lovely 86214 to New St. 310's powered me home including using the 0015 Birmingham - Euston, a useful, popular train lost to the wanders of privisation a few years later..
81020 1Z37 0630 Birmingham-Edinburgh Railtour New St Crewe
40079} 1Z37 0630 Birmingham-Edinburgh Railtour Crewe - Carstairs (via
40181} S n C, Kingmoor yd)
37139 1Z37 0630 Birmingham-Edinburgh Railtour Carstairs - Springburn (via Edin)
20137} 1Z37 1412 Edinburgh-Birmingham Railtour Springburn - Mossend
40079 1Z37 1412 Edinburgh-Birmingham Railtour Mossend-Crewe
86214 1Z37 1412 Edinburgh-Birmingham Railtour Crewe-New St
087} 2321 Birmingham-Northampton New St - Northampton
Sunday October 14th 1984
095} 0015 Birmingham-Euston Northampton - L.Buzzard
27059 1S37 1240 Carlisle-Glasgow
31405} 1E33 1635 Carlisle-Hull
85025 1S81 2050 Carlisle-Perth
47529 1M12 1640 Nottingham-Barrow
Waverly tour phot spot