Xmas week moves, 1988,

 

Some 26 years ago armed with a MK-Etn weekly season plus a few add ons you could still enjoy proper  power”on the WCML,  no blockades,  plenty relief trains, plus loco hauled standby sets on the Bedford - Bletchley, and even  Saturday night dragging.  The grounding of the 8 strong operative 90 fleet at the time proved  a bonus too! Still a real railway….   

 

“The 90’s first Christmas”, Dec 1988

            Twas the night before Christmas and the WCML controllers had put their beloved, shiny new 90’s onto depot for a rest after doing much passenger work. A two day break, then they would be back out to play, keeping as many of the surviving roarer fleet “spare” as they could.

            Classes 81-7 at the time were normally stabled off duty for any length of time with their pans down. And so, as the story goes, were the 90’s that Christmas……. December 27th 1988 caused severe panic in control and much “ho, ho, ho” amongst many bashers. The 90 fleet was grounded with flat batteries due to their prolonged pans down Xmas break.

            The rest is bashing history with a massive upsurge in roarer passenger duties for a few late December early January days, whilst the battery chargers were busy! The following Xmas we all hoped for a repeat performance, but it wasn’t to be and by Xmas 91 alas the roarers were no more; …..

28/12/88 We

81017  1935 Inverness-Euston                                                                       MK-EU

87010  0640 Euston-Lancaster                                                                       EU-MK

85036  0658 Northampton-Euston                                                                 MK-EU

90002  0835 Euston-Inverness           (welcome back, class 90!)                   EU-MK

317315  0926 Euston-M.Keynes                                                                     LB-BY

31457  1045 Bletchley-Bedford                                                                     BY-BD

31457  1137 Bedford-Bletchley                                                                     BD-BY

317324 1230 M.Keynes-Euston                                                                     BY-WJ

87025  1248 Birmingham-Euston                                                                   WJ-EU

87031  1530 Euston-Glasgow                                                                        EU-MK

85006  1015 Glasgow-Euston Relief

87005  1440 Liverpool-Euston                                                                       MK-EU

86417  1744 Euston-Northampton                                                                 EU-MK

317304 1810 Northampton-Euston                                                                MK-LB

                                                            29/12/88 Th

317303 0426 Euston-Northampton                                                                LB-MK

85012  1935 Inverness-Euston                                                                       MK-EU

87001  0640 Euston-Lancaster                                                                       EU-MK

85026  0658 Northampton-Euston                                                                 MK-LB

                                                            30/12/88 Fr

317316 0426 Euston-Northampton                                                                LB-MK

85006  1935 Inverness-Euston                                                                       MK-EU

317321 0635 Euston-M.Keynes                                                                     EU-LB

81013  0658 Northampton-Euston                                                                

85020  2050 Inverness-Euston                                                                      

317335 1510 Northampton-Euston                                                                MK-EU

85035  1745 Euston-Northampton                                                                 EU-MK

81002  1735 Euston-Crewe

85004  1750 Euston-Manchester

81012  1740 Euston-Wolverhampton

85021  1805 Euston-Glasgow relief. -not a bad proceesion off Euston.

317329 1830 M.Keynes-Euston                                                                     MK-BY

317317 1747 Euston-Birmingham                                                                  BY-MK

85036  1420 Glasgow-Euston Relief  (2 mile reversal at D.Hall)                   MK-WJ

to get round failed 86249at Bletchley, 85035 borrowed from  Northampton off the Cobbler!

85035}            1425 Glasgow-Euston                                                                                    WJ-EU           

86249}(d)

 

317303  2122 Euston-Northampton                                                               EU-LB

                                                            31/12/88 Sa

317302  0426 Euston-Northampton                                                              LB-MK

85034  1935 Inverness-Euston                                                                       MK-EU

90016  0720 Euston-Glasgow                                                                                    EU-MK

317334 0818 M.Keynes-Euston                                                                    MK-LB

317334 1252 Euston-Birmingham                                                                  LB-MK

86406  1318 Birmingham-Euston                                                                   MK-EU

87024  1530 Euston-Glasgow                                                                                    EU-MK

317333 1630 M.Keynes-Euston                                                                     MK-LB

                                               

                                                            1/1/89 Su

317323  2045 Euston-M.Keynes                                                                    LB-BY

97561}            1824 Carlisle-Euston                                                                       BY-WN 65

87026}(d)

31457}            2015 Manchester-Euston

31463}

47537  2010 Liverpool-Euston

47568  G49

47613  G51

47620  2340 Euston-Wolverhampton                                                            EU-BY

87016}(d)

                                                            2/1/89 Mo

317318} 0726 Euston-M.Keynes                                                                  LB-BY

317323}

85036  0817 Northampton-Euston                                                                 BY-EU

317324 0952 Euston-Northampton                                                                EU-LB

317320 1141 Birmingham-Euston                                                                  LB-EU

87001  1500 Euston-Manchester                                                                    EU-MK

85025  1140 Liverpool-Euston

317320 1452 Euston-Birmingham                                                                  MK-RU

90012  1610 Euston-Birmingham                                                                   RU-INT

310102 1721 Birmingham-Coventry                                                             INT-CO

86419  1724 Wolverhampton-Euston                                                            CO-MK

85019  1500 Carlisle-Euston

85015  1420 Glasgow-Euston Relief                                                            MK-EU

317320 2026 Euston-M.Keynes                                                                     EU-LB

85013  1830 Euston-Blackpool…..

Happy days!!

 

Postcript -Known Christmas 88 "Roarer workings"

thanks to Timewarp

 

85025  0950 Euston-Holyhead 271288

85023  1723 Euston-Northampton 271288                                       

85036  1735 Euston-Crewe 271288

85028   0854 Wolves – Euston 271288

85024  0958 Bimingham – Edinburgh 271288

81007  1124 Wolves – Euston 271288

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81017  1935(27/12)  Inverness-Euston 281288

85036  0658 Northampton-Euston     281288                                                           

85006  1015 Glasgow-Euston Relief 281288

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85012  1935 (28/12) Inverness-Euston 291288                                                                     

85026  0658 Northampton-Euston     291288           

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85006  1935 (29/12) Inverness-Euston 301288                                                                     

81013  0658 Northampton-Euston     301288                                                           

85020  2050 (29/12) Inverness-Euston 301288                                                         

81002  1735 Euston-Crewe 301288

81012  1740 Euston-Wolverhampton 301288

85035  1745 Euston-Northampton 301288

85004  1750 Euston-Manchester 301288

85021  1805 Euston-Glasgow relief..quite a procession! 301288

85036  1420 Glasgow-Euston Relief  301288          

85035}            1425 Glasgow-Euston            301288                                  

86249}(d) can failed BY

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85034  1935 (30/12) Inverness-Euston 311288

81002 1Z14 0958 Birmingham  Edinburgh Relief 311288

81002 1Z09 1436 Edinburgh-Birmingham Rlf 311288

85011 1S87 1313 Brighton-Glas/Edin 311288

85014  1A17 0824 Wolves - Euston 311288

85028  1Z10 1025 Euston - Glasgow Relief 311288

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85019  1D84 2200 Euston - Holyhead 010189         

85025   1V33 2200 Glasgow - Plymouth 010189

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85036  0817 Northampton-Euston 020189                                                   

85019  1D90 0925 Euston - Holyhead 020189

85019  1P32 0945 Euston - Carlisle (ex Crewe) 020189

85019  1500 Carlisle-Euston 020189

85015  1Z15 1415 Glasgow-Euston Relief    020189                                               

81004  1T91 Manchester - Euston Relief 020189

81007 1D71 1847 Euston - Holyhead Relief 020189

85013  1A90 0820 Liverpool - Euston 020189

85025  1D33 0755 Coventry - Holyhead 020189

85025  1A05 1140 Liverpool - Euston Relief 020189

85025  1Z96 1725 Euston - Glasgow Relief 020189

85035  1Z89 1740 Euston - Edinburgh Relief 020189

85014  1F90 1820 Euston - Liverpool Relief 020189           

85013  1830 Euston-Blackpool 020189

85037  1Z14 0958 Birmingham-Edinburgh Relief 020189

85037  1M47 1744 Edinburgh - Birmingham 020189

85016  1Z97 0920 Glasgow-Birmingham Relief 020189

85007  1S71 0720 Penzance-Glasgow 020189

85015  1Z15 1415 Glasgow – Euston Relief 020189

85028  1M35 1425 Glasgow-Euston 020189

85012  1Z10 1730 Birmingham-Glasgow Relief 020189

85024  1V33 2200 Glasgow - Plymouth 020189

85021  1Z50 1040 Glasgow-Euston Relief 020189

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81017  1Z95 2340 (2/1) Glasgow-Euston Relief 030189

85021  1Z94 2324 (2/1) Euston - Glasgow Relief 030189

85012  1M12 2340 (2/1) Edinburgh - Euston 030189

85012  0950 Euston - Glasgow Relief 030189

85012 1Z52 1805 Glasgow - Euston Relief 030189

85007  2330 (2/1) Glas/Edin-Euston 030189

81017  1Z95 2340 (2/1) Glas/Edin-Euston Relief 030189

85025 2050 (2/1) Inverness- Euston 030189

85030  1935 (2/1) Inverness-Euston 030189

85014  1A05 1140 Liverpool - Euston 030189

85035  1V53 0920 Glasgow - Plymouth Relief 030189

81002  1A92 1245 Holyhead - Euston relief 030189

81004  1R52 1832 Carlisle - Euston Relief 030189

85006  1Z11 1200 Glasgow - Euston relief 030189                                                  

85040  1Z10 0731 Watford – Glasgow Relief 030189         

85011 1M12 2055 (2/1) Aberdeen - Euston 030189                                     

85011  0950 Euston-Holyhead 030189

85011  1A49 1330 Manchester - Euston 030189

85037  1D33 0755 Coventry - Holyhead 030189

85037  1A92 1245 Holyhead- Euston relief 030189

85036  1N29 1745 Euston - Northampton 030189

85034  0958 Birmingham-Edinburgh Relief 030189                        

85034  1436 Edinburgh-Birmingham Relief 030189

85024  0702 Padd-Manchester 030189         

85024  1320 Manchester-Coventry 030189                                                  

85024  1642 Coventry-Manchester 030189                                                  

85034  1436 Edinburgh-Birmingham Relief 030189

85021  1Z13 1015 Glasgow-Euston Relief 030189

 

The "roarers" that worked 27/12-3/1...all 29 of them...

 

81002/004/007/012/013/017...Total 6 (81009/011/019 not out!)

 

85004/006/007/011/012/013/014/015/016/019/020/021/023/024/025/026/028/030/034/035/ 036/037/040......Total 23 (85002/3/5/8/9/10/18 not out!)

 

“Roarer” phot spot  - enjoy!

 

 85021 at Northampton with the 1650 “Cobbler” from Euston on 270288. This Saturday “Cobbler” was booked a half rake (load 6) making photting easier. The train also returned as the 1830 Northampton - Euston allowing more mileage

 

 Dave Jacksons atmospheric view of 81013 at a wintry Birmingham Int'l in January 82

 

 85026 after a srceam down the Trent with the 1100 Stranraer - Euston on 030985. Always a good bet for a “roarer” as it was booked a loco off the 0515 Euston - Stranraer vans at the time.

 

 85034 "freewheels" into Euston with the 0727 from Wolverhampton on 110186, note the pan on the roarer is down, all very unusual.

 

 81008 arrives at Leighton with 1B07 1718 Euston - Northampton on 120985 rather better than today’s “slim” 350’2!

 

 

 

 

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