Famous fish, 81012

 

 

                81012 began her 31 year service life as AL1 E3014 on 17/12/60. Like the rest of her classmates she was spend these years as a classic mixed traffic loco. It was only in her last 5 years that she was to receive cult status from a small band of fish followers for 81012 was to prove:

 

1/The only AC electric to work a Milton Keynes-Hove relief on 13/9/96. This unique turn was an 11 coach Mk I Cobbler rake on a NSE day additional.

 

2/She was the last loco to work 1B10, the legendary 1945 Euston-Northampton on 13/5/88. “Legendary” I hear you ask, 1B10 was in its 2 year existence a classic last “Cobbler” kick out and saw

a higher percentage of  “roarers” work it than any other evening “Cobbler”.   

 

3/She retained the best paintwork. In their final main line years most 81’s paintwork could best be described as weathered. 81012 gleamed her way into the 90’s seeming to get favourable treatment from the Shields paint crew.

 

4/Following the restriction to local working of 81009/17 in 1/90, 81012 was the sole 81 to remain as a main line loco for 4 further months of 1990.

 

5/ Last 81 to work an overnight sleeper on the night of 24/3/90. She worked the 2115 Inverness/2200 Stranraer-Euston 1M16 service forward from Glasgow. She stormed through the night arriving early at Euston.

 

6/  Only 81 to work service trains in 1990, working at least the following daytime turns;(despite a “nominal” 80mph restriction)

            6/1/90 1050 Glasgow-Birmingham Relief.

            9/3/90 1426 FO Crewe-Edinburgh (to Carstairs)

            6/4/90 0918 Manchester-Plymouth (to Birmingham)

            6/4/90 0847 Plymouth-Liverpool (ex Birmingham)

 

7/  Only 81 to ever lead a 2 page feature on the class in a railway press, which at the time, showed very little interest in such classic traction.

 

8/ also sported her number on the bufferbeam in white in for a short period in 1988

 

            After her final main line duties on 6/4/90 81012 became a “restricted working” Euston ECS loco ferrying empty stock between Euston, Camden and Wembley. Many trips through the Euston wash saw her once immaculate paintwork bleached. These duties were to last just over a year, one of her last ECS workings was returning the empties of the “Ayr Restorer” tour to Wembley in the early hours of 14/7/91.

            Withdrawl came on 22/7/91. After a spell in the Crewe ED graveyard she was finally cut around 7/2/92 at Cooper’s Metals, Sheffield. A final curiosity, was 81012 the only one of the fleet to survive beyond 1985 to regularly loose that legendary  Shield’s depot leaping salmon fish logo?, check out those phots!. 

   

Sample  passenger  turns

 

E3014  1A52 1620 Liverpool – Euston (to Nun) 260961

E3014  0845 Euston – Birmingham 260366

E3014 0755 Euston-Llandudno "holiday previewex" 130370

E3014 1V53 1003 Liverpool-Penzance 120671

81012  1M86 1230 Plymouth – Manchester 180180

81012 2130 Bristol-Glas/Edin 230580

81012 1M45 0823 Glasgow-Liverpool 130382

81012  0813 Northampton-Euston 260782

81012 1M16 1930 (1706) Inverness-Euston 180683

81012  0754 Birmingham-Manchester 180284

81012  0853 Padd-Liverpool  090285

81012  1350 Glasgow-Euston Relief (repl 81006 at Rugby) 310887

81012  1930 (23/03) Inverness-Euston           240388

81012  1B10 1945 Euston - Northampton (last one) 130588

81012     0924 Wolves- Euston 210189

81012  1605 Euston-Small Heath footex 190989

81012      1050 Glasgow-Birmingham Relief 060190

81012  1426 Crewe-Edinburgh 090390

81012    2115 (23/03) Inverness-Euston 240390

81012  0918 Manchester-Plymouth    060490

81012     0847 Plymouth-Liverpool 060490

 

 

81012 phot spot…

 

 81012 still showing her good bodywork gets some fame prior to working the very last 1B10 1945 Euston - Northampton on 130588

 

 81012 and classmate on sleeper ECS turns, 150888

 

 After 8 months as an ECS only machine, 81012 is bleached after many trips through the washer, seen here at Euston 211290. She was to survive in this role till July 91.    

 

1B10 last 1945 Euston-Northampton       81012 12vb          130588

 

Mp          Station                                     Actual    arr         dep         Passing    Var                Av Speed                      

0              Euston                                        1945                  1945.40                                 ------

1                                                                                                                              1948.38                 20.22

3.5                                                                                                                          1951.49                 47.12

5              Willesden Jn                                                                                          1952.54                 72

7                                                                                                                              1954.16                 87.8

8                                                                                                                              1954.55                 92.3

10                                                                                                                           1956.19                 86.74

11                                                                                                                           1957.01                 85.71

13                                                                                                                           1958.25                 85.71

14                                                                                                                           1959.10                 79.99

16                                                                                                                           2000.38                 81.81

17           Watford Jn                                                                                            2001.19                 70.58

18                                                                                                                           2002.02                 83.72

20.25                                                                                                                      2003.33                 89.01                                                                                            

22                                                                                                                           2004.25                 87.49       

25                                                                                                                           2006.48                 87.8

26                                                                                                                           2007.29                 87.8

27                                                                                                                           2008.12                 83.72

28       Berkhamsted                                                                                            2008.53                 87.8

30                                                                                                                           2010.05                 87.8

31       Tring                                                                                                           2010.56                 87.8

32                                                                                                                           2011.37                 87.8

33                                                                                                                           2012.18                 87.8

34                                                                                                                           2012.58                 90

35                                                                                                                           2013.39                 87.8

36                                                                                                                           2014.20                 87.8

37                                                                                                                           2015.10                 72

38       Ledburn Jn                                                                                                2016.41        (fl-sl) 39.5

39                                                                                                                           2018.09                 40.9

40                                                                                                                           2019.04                 55.38

40.25  Leighton Buzzard                                2019.51 2020.24                                                    27.99

41                                                                                                                           2022.03                 28.72

43                                                                                                                           2023.41                 73.46

45                                                                                                                           2025.13                 78.26

46.25                                                                                                                      2026.31                 57.69

46.75    Bletchley                                           2027.27  2028.18                                                      41.14

48                                                                                                                           2030.20                 26.34

49.75    M.Keynes                                          2032.34  2033.40                                                     42.9       

52.5              Wolverton                                          2037.19  2038.18                                                33.02

58        Hanslope Jn                                                                                             2045.58                 58          

65.75      Northampton                                       2055.20                                                                55.3

 

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