Much West Midlands power variety, Saturday July 2nd 1983

 

Crewe station buffet around midnight was strangely quiet with very few of the familiar faces enduring the rancid Crewe overnight on the "Mid". A good few including the legendary Buzzard (aka Smudger Smith) of Cornish fame had done 50009 on the 2225 Manchester - Penzance from Piccadilly! A rare 50 working indeed, 50009 had reached Manchester on the FO Truro - Manchester there being no forwarding electric available at New St that Friday.

 

56051 passed Crewe on MGR's around 0030 and we were soon aboard the up Splitter to Stafford. This never produced any decent traction but helped cut down the dreaded Crewe overnight fester. 86249 took us South to Stafford on the 0015 Liverpool - Euston portion to Stafford where a few of us camped out in the warm waiting rooms at the North end of the island platforms. There was plenty passing traffic but half asleep i kept no logs of the freight rush that Stafford produced. 86234 returned us to Crewe where we flagged off 85019 (dud) on V58 for a newie in 86002 on 1V60. By 1983 the 86'0's were rare on daytime passenger work due their 80mph restriction, but they were fairly regular night birds.

Around 8am we were at Derby fresh off the DMU from New St, a disappointing dud boilered 31279 worked 1E83 Chesterfield - Yarmouth which we all did to Long Eaton for the tram to

Loughborough for 15 miles of class 20 haulage with new 20172 and 20178 providing the power on 1E86 Leicester - Skegness.

 

0207832172n1780838lsskgwebr.jpg 20172 and 20178 at Notts with 1E83 0838 Leicester - Skegness on Saturday July 2nd 1983

 

Unusually 1E33 Luton - Scarborough arrived with a boilered Western based 47131 instead of the more usual 45, the forwarding loco from Notts was 47345 another newie!

 

020783473450726ltnscarwebr.jpg47345 at Derby with 1E33 0726 Luton - Scarborough

 

02078320188n173n45037webr.jpgLoco moves to and from Etches Park always kept festers at Derby interesting, heres 45037 dragging 20188 and 20173 onto the stabling point

 

The late morning Inter Regional flows from Bradford and York to the South often produced big Eastern 47'3s but not today with 45069, 47568 and a dull, very dud 47138 which i had to do on 1V79 0817 York - Tenby to cover the 12 o' clock "rats".

As quoted these were 25316 and 25305 which had both been on the "Aber's" on June 4th so these were flagged too!

 

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47138 kicks out the clag as she powers out of New St with 1V79 York - Tenby

02078347078webr.jpgNo air con today then! 47078 at Bir Int'l with 1O23 1520 Liverpool - Poole

 

02078347320webr.jpg47320 is looped with a Soton bound liner as 47559 heads North past the once extensive Banbury yard (now a housing estate)

 

The day then fell apart really with just a few "nb" 47's raked in ( 47061, 47250, 47294) on the Banbury - Leamington axis before 87004 and 310049/080 got me home.

 

 

Guy Kendrick was also out on the bash on a "Mid" on that July Saturday

 

God-awful early start after a night on someone elses bedroom floor saw us bleary eyed into Hagley Station;

DMU - 06.25 Hagley-BNS    Hagley-BNS 14.00

DMU - 07.15 BNS-Leicester BNS-Leicester  39.50

20172 vo TO

+                  1E86 08.38 Leicester-Skegness, Leicester-Nottingham (vb dh mk1) 28.00

20178 vo TO

 47345 xos CD 1E33 07.26 Luton-Scarboro Nottingham-Derby (vb dh mk1) 16.00

45069 xb TO 1O11 07.29 Bradford-Weymouth, Derby-Burton (air con) 11.00

47138 xb BR 1V79 08.17 York-Tenby, Burton-BNS (vb dh mk1) 30.00

25316 xo CW

+                   1J24 10.10 Euston-Aberystwyth, BNS-Shrewsbury (vb dh mk1) 43.00

25305 xo BS

 33209 xes HG (result!) 1V05 13.25 Crewe-Cardiff, Shrewsbury-C.Stretton (vb dh mk1) 12.75

 DMU - 12.26 Swansea-Shrewsbury, C.Stretton-Shrewsbury (vb dh mk1) 12.75

 33013 xe EH 1V06 16.06 Crewe-Cardiff, Shrewsbury-C.Stretton (vb dh mk1) 12.75

33052 xe HG 1V07 15.10 Cardiff-Crewe, C.Stretton-Crewe (vb dh mk1) 45.50

86258 xe WN 1A78 16.20 Holyhead-Euston, Crewe-International (air cons) 61.75

 You might gather here I like Crompton thrash, I do, and that addiction got worse during 1985. Am I also a bit sad that I really enjoy the sound of a Ped being mercilessly nailed? Even better, .two Peds! Its all about the thrash kids.

My Moves - Sat 020783

 

86249 1K07 0015 Liverpool-Euston Crewe - Stafford

86234 1F53 2350 Euston-Liverpool Stafford - Crewe

86002 1V60 2314 Edin-Bristol Crewe - Wolves

81003 1V61 2355 Glasgow-Bristol Wolves- New St

53725}

59531} 0630 Birmingham-Derby New St - Derby

53636}

31279 1E83 0739 Chesterfield-Yarmouth Derby - Long Eaton

43110} 0820 Derby-St Pancras Long Eaton - Loughborough

43098}

20172} 1E86 0838 Leicester-Skegness Loughborough - Nottingham

20178}

47345 1E33 0726 Luton-Scarboro (ex Nott) Nottingham - Derby

47138 1V79 0817 York-Tenby Derby - New St

47482 1O74 1023 Manchester-Brighton New St - Coventry

47294 1E27 1005 Weymouth-Leeds Coventry - New St

47061 1O19 0950 Newcastle-Poole New St - Leamington

47250 1O92 1320 Manchester-Portsmouth Leamington - Banbury

47559 1M07 1348 Brighton-Manchester Banbury - Bir Int'l

077 1737 Birmingham-Euston Bir Int'l - Coventry

049} 1600 Euston-Birmingham Coventry - Bir Int'l

080}

87004 1A74 1830 Wolves-Euston Bir Int'l - M:Keynes

049} 1600 Birmingham-Euston M.Keynes - L.Buzzard

080}

 

Other Gen from the day

 

50009 1V43 2225 (1/7) Manchester-Penzance throughout

47401 1M41 2234 (1/7) York-Shrewsbury

47477 1D02 0238 Crewe-Holyhead

87021 1P54 0235 Crewe-Preston

85019 1V58 2206 Edin/Glas-Paignton

47136 ECS of 0741 Derby-Penzance

31424} 1G14 0722 Derby-Birmingham

31414}

47131 1E33 0726 Luton-Scarboro (to Nott)

45069 1O11 0729 Bradford-Weymouth

47333 1V78 0931 Manchester-Paignton

47568 1V81 0826 Bradford-Paignton

47482 1M03 0805 Portsmouth-Manchester

25316} 1J24 1010 Euston-Aberyswyth

25305}

50037 1S39 0750 Paignton-Glasgow

31166 1M66 0903 Cambridge-Birmingham

87004 1A41 0940 Llandudno-Euston

47475 1E63 0940 Poole-Newcastle

87004} 1J25 1140 Euston-Shrewsbury

86208}

47215 1E27 1005 Weymouth-Leeds (ex NS)

45134 1O19 0950 Newcastle-Poole (ex NS)

45060 1M22 0855 Penzance-Manchester

47302 1E69 1053 Weymouth-Bradford

47030 1M71 1240 Poole-Manchester

47439 1M06 1320 Portsmouth-Liverpool

50029 1V17 1639 Birmingham-Padd

47078 1O23 1520 Liverpool-Poole

85014 1A68 1640 Shrewsbury-Euston

 

Would Sunday deliver more power??

 

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