Toton freight Friday October 23rd 1981

 

Thanks to Tony Ewer (who sadly died last month) for the phots

 

 

23108120163n20047webr.jpg20163 and 20047 at Toton, 231081

 

 

Oct 23rd dawned dark the skies gradually becoming slate grey as i awaited the 310 down at the station. 310069 arrived right time and the power car was joined for the usual acoustics. Tony fresh off his Cravens unit from Bedford joined me at Bletchley.

We headed North oblivious that around an hour later a down freight would derail under Bletchley flyover causing much chaos!

From New St a tram to Derby, for 45109 on a rake of Mk 1's for the short run to Long Eaton. We were Toton bound and having been there 9 years earlier i thought i knew the way from Long Eaton station. We were soon hopelessly lost with a few locals helping us in the right direction. Then from high on a busy dual carriageway embankment was Toton yards and depot................................

We clambered down the bank and camped out by the road leading to the depot, a 3 hour session at the North end of the depot produced the following power...44 locos, unforgettable!.

Power viewed

08292........1

20047, 20054, 20070, 20072, 20077, 20082, 20098, 20129, 20135, 20142, 20158, 20159, 20161, 20163,

20170, 20173, 20177, 20181, 20185, 20187, 20192, 20193, 20208, 20209......24

25257, 25259, 25282, 25284, 25327........5

31178, 31179, 31235, 31285........4

45037, 45041, 45058.......3

47189, 47329.....2

56039, 56049, 56051, 56058, 56059......5

 

 

A DMU returned us to Derby where 40186 was returning light from Spondon after dropping off its oil train. 45016 steaming nicely on load 12 returned us to New St for our 310 unit home. The clear up from the derailment at Bletchley was just about visible as we passed by on the up fast. Back then the railway just kept on moving whatever the problem...

 

069...........0602 Euston-Birmingham................................ LB-NS

43169}............... 0700 Bristol- Leeds............................................ NS-DE

43170}

45109 1005 Derby-St.Pancras.................................... DE-LE

 

Toton North Bridge,

 

231081totonwebr.jpgA general view of the depot with classes 20, 25, 31,45

and 47 visible

 

45058 D. light, off depot...........................1115

20208}............................... D.coal.......................................... 1125

20129}

08292................................ pilot...............................................1127

20185 ................................u light and brake.......................1132

45058...............................u light........................................... 1137

31235................................ D tanks/hoppers.......................1142

20054}..............................D. light, off depot....................1146

200xx}

25282.................................D. light off depot.....................1152

20181................................. U Mixed freight........................ 1155

23108120181n31235webr.jpg20155 with 31235 behind on an up mixed freight

 

 

56059.............................. D.MGR.............................................. 1204

20082}.............................D. light, off depot..........................1209

20070}

31178}...............................D ety Steel coil................................1217

31285}

25284 Up light,.onto shed..........................1230

56058...... ......................D. light, off depot.............................1232

20163}............................D Coal hopp.......................................1234

20047}

23108120163n20047webr.jpg20163 and 20047 at Toton on down coal

 

47189.............................. D.MGR.................................................1235

45037............................ U coal e's.............................................1237

25327.............................U Coal e's.............................................1242

20098}..........................u light to depot.................................1252

20209}

47329}............................Shed moves......................................1254

25257}

20158............................ u light to depot................................1258

31179..............................D Ballast.............................................1302

20135}..........................U Freight............................................1306

20187}

25259.............................shed move........................................1322

56062............................D. light off depot............................1324

23108156062redwebr.jpg56062 looks a picture coming off Toton depot

 

20192}.........................U Mixed freight..................................1330

20193}

20177}..........................D.coal................................................. 1336

20173}

23108120177n173webr.jpg20177 and 20173 with a down coal at Toton

 

56051...............................D MGR................................................. 1338

20161}..............................D Ore hoppers...................................1351

20072}

47189.............................. U MGR..................................................1404

20142} ...........................D. light, off depot...............................1415

20159}

25284............................shed move.............................................. 1420

23108125284webr.jpg25284 comes off Toton depot

45041...........................D Coal Hopps...........................................1422

56039..........................D MGR........................................................ 1435

56049.........................Shed move.................................................1437

20077}.......................U Light........................................................1438

20170}

 

also seen Derby..

 

40186 oil to Spondon, returned light as seen below

231081640186awebr.jpg

 

 

 

DMU.....................1442 Lincoln-Derby............................................................LE-DE

45016...................1344 Newcastle-Swansea................................................ DE-NS

049...................... 1824 Birmingham-Euston................................................NS-LB

 

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