Chasing 313s September 9th 2019

I have long had a liking for 313s probably in part due to their extreme rarity on local passenger turns despite 17 of them being

Bletchley based for many years. From 2005-2010 they were part of my daily commute from Harrow to Willesden Jn for another

313 from here to Clapham or Richmond. Sadly the vile sideways seating 378's replaced them in 2009/2010 with the final North London

Line 313 turns running in September 2010, they had finished on the Euston - Watford "DC" a few months before this. So to

enjoy the distinctive sounds and ride of 313s i now had to venture to the GN or Southern.

On Monday September 9th 2019 the GN 313 gen was reasonable with 4 sets (all pairs) out on all day diagrams and 2 more sets

allocated for the evening peak

So 313030, 033, 037, 039, 047, 048, 049, 051, 057, 059, 061 and 064 were all out leaving just 313134, 313052 and 313060 spare

but serviceable.

With the 09 blip off peak LNW trains from Leighton since the start of their wonderful new timetable a vile wedge, it was the

pleasantly empty 377211 and 377208 that took me South on the 0923 ex Leighton. A Harrow bail saw the "DC" forward but the

hoped for 710 unit was actually a dull 378232 still a coach short from her "Goblin duties". BR blue liveried 08696 looked superb

outside Stonebridge Works. At Moorgate a short fester then i joined 313059 and 313064 on the 1110 to Watton. The days moves

are below, damn good fun!

313059} 1110 Moorgate - Watton Moorgate - Finsbury Park

313064}

313051} 1100 Hertford North - Moorgate Finsbury Park - Drayton Park

313061}

66092 passed on the high level freight lines with down Plasmor empties

090919313051n061100hnmowebr.jpg313051 and 313061 arrive at Finsbury Park with the 1100 Hertford N - Moorgate

 

090919313061n0511100hnmowebr.jpgWith Pans down 313061 and 313051 leave Drayton Park with the 1100 Hertford N - Moorgate

 

313048} 1140 Moorgate - Watton Drayton Park - Gordon Hill

313033}

An Enviro 400 bash to kill 50 minute fester, TE1442 on the W8 to Enfield for TE1439 back

313040} 1240 Watton - Moorgate Gordon Hill - Moorgate

313059}

313059} 1350 Moorgate - Welwyn Moorgate - Hadley Wood

313064}

piece from Hadley Wood to Welwyn purchased here, wise move as TTI's produced on 313048/033

 

090919313059n0641350mowgwebr.jpg313059 and 313064 leave Hadley Wood with the 1350 Moorgate - Welwyn

 

313048} 1420 Moorgate - Welwyn Hadley Wood - Welwyn

313033}

090919313048n0331420mowgwebr.jpg313048 and 313033 at Welwyn after working the 1420 ex Moorgate

 

 

313030} 1528 Welwyn - Moorgate Welwyn - Moorgate

313049}

Green 1944 (47501) passed down light at Hornsey

313049}

313049} 1625 Moorgate - Gordon Hill Moorgate - Old Street

313030}

313047} 1628 Finsbury Park - Moorgate Old Street - Moorgate

313037}

rush hour additional 313 turn

313037} 1650 Moorgate - Watton Moorgate - Palmers Green

313047}

313039} 1709 Moorgate - Gordon Hill (bay) Palmers Green - Gordon Hill (bay)

313057}

rush hour additional 313 turn

313033} 1737 Hertford N - Moorgate Gordon Hill - Essex Road

313048}

RA Gordon Hill - Ally Pally, fast!

313059} 1810 Moorgate - Gordon Hill Essex Road - Finsbury Park

313064}

 

A rancid "sausage unit" 700058 took me to the Cross for booked 319 power home. 319219/460/216

on the 1930 Euston - M.Keynes was at least an improvement on a 350! We passed a 710 unit on the "DC",

a pair of 68's on the flask at Wembley, but my mind was on they 313's another chink of railway history

soon to go...

 

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