86257 goes “pop”, Saturday May 17th 1986

A local day out to rake in the first ever Saturday “Cobbler” service. Turned out to be a bit more

riotous than expected with a loco failure, 3 roarers and other long lost power raked in on your

doorstep. Happy days on the WCML!

 

The moves and gen

                                                            17/5/86 Sa

049      0655 Euston-Birmingham                                                       L.Buzzard-M.Keynes

86257  0740 Northampton-Euston (inag Sat cobb) 1A30                  M.Keynes-Milepost 44 (fail)

I was the sole desperado covering this train and was not surprised with a can up front. Did it for the history value.

86257 emitted a large crack on leaving Bletchley, and much to my amusement coasted to a halt at Stoke Hammond

85019  15 vans-rear end assist                                                            Milepost 44 - L.Buzzard

1A30’s guard was keen to get moving, running along the wall of the cutting here. 85019’s driver was less keen. Assisting

a dead can, 11 Mk 1’s plus 15 vans is a mighty load albeit on a gentle rising gradient. 85019 had no problem with load 26 tho!  

31116}            ECS forward

31317}

86101  0726 Wolverhampton-Euston (spec stop)

Joined by 200 passengers off the failure, despite the rescue locos being ahead of 86101

081      0812 Euston-M.Keynes                                                          L.Buzzard-M.Keynes

81011  0935 Northampton-Euston 1A55                                           M.Keynes-Euston

A proper electric on a Saturday Cobbler!

85030  0930 Euston-Northampton

850xx  0935 Euston-Aberystwyth

85025  1025 Euston-Crewe

86258  1123 Euston-Northampton                                                     Euston-L.Buzzard

81008  1L00-u charter

85013  0735 Aberystwyth-Euston

81011  1155 Euston-Manchester

Euston short of cans?

85030  1131 Northampton-Euston                                                     L.Buzzard-Euston

86260  1520 Euston-Northampton

313003 1517 Euston-Watford Jn                                                       Euston - Watford Jn

Classic fill in to kill a hour or so

092      1601 Watford Jn-Euston                                                        Watford Jn-Euston

85013  1640 Euston-Wolverhampton

81008  1645 Euston-Blackpool

85030  1710 Euston-Northampton                                                     Euston-M.Keynes

Euston still short of cans!

86260  1745 Northampton-Euston                                                     M.Keynes-Euston      

Phot spot from the day

17058685019r.jpg 85019 is about to be detached from the 11 mk 1’s of the failure at Leighton station. The rear coaches are well off the platform as normal in these times, nobody worried about HSE madness back then

17058631116n31317r.jpg Bletchley quickly kicked out 31116 and 31317 to assist but control decreed the failure should go forward emcars. In this Leighton view,  86257’s pan is still up despite having expired

17058685013r.jpg Having worked in on the Abbo-Euston, oil streaked 85013 awaits her next turn on Euston A sidings

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