Every loco tells a story, 46013 one of Laira’s finest

delivered new to the Midland on 301261

150 1B66 1135 Kings X - Cambridge 270372

150  1S68 0905 St Pancras - Glasgow C (at Luton) 201172

150  Leeds Holbeck 310373

150 Bristol TM 231073

46013 230874 Chesterfield pass (renumbered 46013 0174)

46013 250874 Leicester depot

46013 1M98 2250 Glasgow - Nottingham (to Leeds) 250775

46013 pass at Bleadon and Uphill 200875

46013 T.Meads 210875

46013 1V76 0920 Liverpool - Penzance (from Plymouth) 280176

46013 1910 Ponsandane - Bristol freight (to Ply) 280176

46013 1E30 0815 Plymouth - Leeds (to Glos) 290176

46013 1V76 0920 Liverpool - Penzance (Glos-Plymouth) 290176

46013 1V71 0740 Leeds  - Penzance (to Plymouth) 130276

46013 1V82 1023 Manchester - Plymouth (ex BNS) 310576

46013 1S60 2000 Kings X - Edinburgh 121276

46013 1V51 0147 Crewe - Cardiff 140677

46013  0930 Doncaster - Edinburgh (to Newcastle) 240777

46013  1V50 1930 Newcastle-Bristol TM 260877

46013  0614 Sheffield-Cardiff           151077

46013 1E61 1808 Penzance - Leeds 080978

46013 1O53 0653 Derby – Weymouth (to Bristol) 090679

46013 1712 Newcastle – Bristol 030880

46013 Swindon works awtg disposal 040181, cut in 1985

 

46013 a farcical withdrawal 

Thanks to “DS” for the quality gen

During August 1980 rumours of more peaks being withdrawn abounded and most times I was not privy to the information. The 45’s were generally already out of use waiting decision as these were overdue works. 46’s were different; the Laira ones were being wiped out slowly at first

46005 overdue works 46003 fire and 46024 side swipe.On cost grounds they could be justified for repair but the Western wanted them gone.

They were now in receipt of a new batch of electric heat 47’s so claimed to be able to dispense with the services of their 46’s.

Gateshead were canny, they still needed 28 46’s and so whilst withdrawing some of their poor condition ones, they hoped to pick up cast off Laira 46’s.

46012 was an absolute nail with hand hold covers missing faded blue and looked a right heap

46012 bit the dust on the 27th July 1980 and none too soon. Given the state of the loco there was probably little left in the way of usable spares. It was putting it out of its misery. 46013 however was a different kettle of fish.

 

The log below shows a competent run on the “Up Cormishman”

The schedule shows just how much time in hand this service had.

You couldn’t get too much ahead of time as you could catch up a cross-city service at Kings Norton

With no restrictions and a clear run Bristol-Birmingham (non stop) could be done in a sub 78 minute time

 

BRISTOL-CHELTENHAM

 

 

 

 

 

 

0m 0c

BRISTOL TM

 

0m 0s

0m 77c

Lawremce Hill

 

2m 16s

1m 43c

Stapleton Rd

 

3m 5s

4m 43c

Filton Jn

 

7m 2s

5m 62c

Bristol Parkway

8m 30s

8m 11s

10m 32c

Westerleigh Jn

13m 30s

13m 27s

11m 78c

Yate

16m

15m 50s

15m 46c

Wickwar T in

 

18m 45s

 

Wickwar T out

 

19m 24s

18m 45c

Charfield

22m

20m 45s

23m 68c

Berkeley Rd

 

24m

30m 11c

Stonehouse Mid

 

28m 20s

31m 70c

Standish Jn

 

29m 15

33m

Haresfield

 

29m 50s

37m 4c

Tufflley Jn

 

32m 40s

38m

Gloucester South

41m 30s

33m 42

38m 67c

Barnwood Jn

42m 30s

34m 24s

41m 20c

Churchdown

 

36m 40s

44m 7c

Lansdown Jn

 

39m 7s

44m 30c

Cheltehham (Pass)

47m 30s

39m 27s

 

 

 

 

 

 

1E21

46013

 

 

Schedule

1E21

 

 

THEORY

11 X 375

 

 

 

07-Apr-80

 

 

46013 was a different kettle of fish. It looked alright and sounded alright. It seemed to go alright too. We were alerted to its imminent withdrawal and had it on its last run through Birmingham on 3rd August. We had the information that it was working and due the chop that evening.

Took 45068 from Cheltenham to Derby on the 15:55 Cardiff-Newcastle.

Departing Derby with a complement of bashers plus the Gloucester “roadshow” the atmosphere was somewhat stilted

We had a chance to speak to the Bristol driver at Birmingham who was surprised at the news that he’d got this loco on a “last run” and we had noisy and fast run on the 17:12 Newcastle-Bristol.

I didn’t log from Derby due to the stagger around Whitacre and the down road was always a bit of a totter due to per way slacks caused by laden MGR’s battering the track.

 

At this time I “signed” Birmingham-Cheltenham as well as any Saltley driver and could locate timing points in the “da da dark” per Arkwright.

 

 

 

Ave Speed

BIRMINGHAM

0m 0s

 

 Five Ways

2m 45s

 

University

4m 55s

 

Selly Oak

5m 40s

 

Bournville

6m 48s

 

Kings Norton

8m 0s

 

Northfield

9m 40s

 

Longbridge

10m 32s

 

Barnt Green

12m 47s

70.66 mph

Blackwell

13m 56s

72.39 mph

Bromsgrove

15m 27s

82.58 mph

Stoke Works

17m 0s

84.19 mph

Droitwich Rd

18m 50s

88.36 mph

Dunhampstead

20m 5s

90.6 mph

Spetchley

22m 46s

101.4 mph

Abbotswood

24m 14s

103.8 mph

Pirton

25m 24s

95.78 mph

Defford

27m 8s

99.51 mph

Eckington

27m 50s

92.14 mph

Bredon

29m 35s

94.28 mph

Ashchurch

30m 59s

92.14 mph

Cleeve

33m 3s

100.16 mph

Alstone

35m 39s

 

CHELTENHAM

36m 39s

 

 

 

 

 

 46013

 

 

315 tare

 

 

03-Aug-80

 

 

1V97 Sun

 

 

Nearly 37 years have passed before I realised just how good 46013’s run was. It took place in darkness and so I have had to calculate average speeds. Totally bald-headed Dunhampstead to Abbotswood at over the ton is something I never had again.

 

I believe that the conversation with the driver wound him up. Bristol drivers were not renowned for thrashing locomotives. Don’t think he thrashed it, just give it the head.

I am going to be pragmatic now and say that if this had been a Gateshead locomotive it would have survived.

Now a very rare event as coming back on 1S19 from Cheltenham 46033 turned up. Normally I got bowled with a 47 .It’s believed that 46013 was not withdrawn that evening.

It was supposed to get the “chop” at Laira so understand that it was sent out on Monday’s August 4th’s 06:35 Bristol-Plymouth where it was turned off....

DS’s runs with 46013

 

27-Jun-77

Derby

BNS

09:40

Edinburgh

Plymouth

 

02-Jul-78

Derby

BNS

Sunday

Leeds

Penzance

"Sutton"

04-Mar-79

BNS

Cheltenham

Sunday

Leeds

Penzance

“Stourbridge”

11-Mar-79

Derby

BNS

16:50

Bradford

BNS

 

10-May-79

Gloucester

Derby

14:35

Paignton

Leeds

 

10-Aug-79

Gloucester

BNS

15:15

Plymouth

Manchester

 

11-Jan-80

BNS

Wolves

12:30

Plymouth

Manchester

 

29-Mar-80

Bristol TM

Cheltenham

06:30

Plymouth

Liverpool

 

07-Apr-80

Exeter

BNS

10:23

Penzance

Leeds

 

05-May-80

Gloucester

Cheltenham

15:15

Plymouth

Manchester

 

08-May-80

BNS

Derby

10:23

Penzance

Leeds

“Whitacre”

03-Aug-80

Derby

Cheltenham

17:12

Newcastle

Bristol TM

“Whitacre”

 

 

Phot spot link

46013 at York on the day before . Phot by Roger Sutcliffe

https://www.flickr.com/photos/roger_sutcliffe/24567540031/in/photolist-DqX4Jp-23ttLvE-RkMmTw-fFVGa1-e6o9GW-bguRGp-aeNAwC-UYn8Xx-8KN5hZ-je6RmB-nbhFXb-2jaHyY8

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