87101 the biggest "seven" of them all ...
Delivered new in March 75, 87101 was soon under Derby RTC control and was a solid test train loco using at times her then unique thyristor power control system being tested thoroughly. By Aug 76 she was a true WCML traffic loco working passenger by day and freight by night or vv. Long spells of test train operation would keep her away from passenger turns throughout the late 70's and 80's increasing her rarity value on passenger turns. She was stored in Oct 85 before a 3 year spell as a crew training loco at Hornsey for the expanding East Coast electrification.
She returned to Crewe in April 89 with spells of passenger usage as listed below. By 1991, 87101 unlike her "Inter City" sector classmates she became a railfreight distribution loco and was repainted in railfreight grey and became very rare on passenger turns once more.
By 1994 she was repainted back into BR Blue with traditional brass "Stephenson" nameplates for display at Crewe open day in Oct 94. Once again she became an occasional passenger loco being popular with Railtours and Merrymakers especially on the ECML. However freight duties were her core work and train crews enjoyed driving her, nicknaming her "the rocket"! Inter City hire in turns for 87101 were at a high in early 1996 as listed in part below.
From 1997 with Virgin "running" the WCML, 87101 became confined to Railtour work between her freight duties. Like so many other one - off locos her non standard features and declining workload saw here sidelined after a failure whilst working 4S90 0250 Willesden - Mossend with her removed at Crewe early onn 18th January 1999 and her withdrawl came on April 28th 1999.
She was dispatched to Barrow Hill, but alas not for preservation, but for cutting up for spares which was complete by Feb 2002 thus ending her reputation as being the rarest "seven" of all....
Sample Passenger turns
1350 Euston - Liverpool 030377
Failure -87101 1736 Euston-Liverpool, fail Hanslope,86'2 rear end assist to Rugby, 86240 forward - 091177
0720 Northampton - Euston 190382
1710 Glasgow - Euston 270582
0805 Euston - Holyhead 260883
1010 Holyhead - Euston 260883
0835 Euston - Blackpool 300883
1001 Manchester - Euston 020684
0638 Milton Keynes - Penzance 230788
2050 (26/7) Inverness - Euston 270788
1050 Euston - Liverpool 270788
1220 Euston - Liverpool 140789
1025 Inverness - Euston 240190
1618 Holyhead - Euston 270390
1700 Glasgow - Euston 030196
0715 Euston - Birmingham 270296
0915 Birmingham - Euston 270296
1145 Euston - Wolves 270296
1419 Wolves - Euston 270296
1725 Euston - Glasgow 270296
0610 Glasgow - Euston 280296
1400 Euston - Manchester 280296
2000 Manchester - Euston 280296
0950 Glasgow - Euston 290296
0758 Euston - Chester Railtour 030597
1803 Chester - Euston Railtour 030597
Edinburgh - Kings X Rtn "Deltic Scotsman" RT 060997
Euston - Bir Int'l and back on "Pilgrim Hoover" RT 011197
1A40 0906 Holyhead - Euston (ex Crewe)
061198 (last pass working)
Sample Freight and test train turns
Up test train (Tring) 130476
Mossend - WN Speedlink 150391
Drag 92022 Crewe - Wembley 151098
4S90 0250 Willesden - Mossend (to Crewe) 180199 (last working)
Sample Open days
Bounds Green 040587
Old Oak Common 190394
Crewe Electric 151094
Thanks to "TC" for his help with the gen
87101 Phot spot
87101 passes Ledburn Jn with a down "Inter City" service on 160483.
87101 is checked during a farce at Leighton Buzzard on 230485. Railman "Hungarian Jo" is chatting with 101's driver to while away the time!
A workstained 87101 during an intensive passenger spell. "Stephenson" is at Carlisle with the 0735 Euston - Inverness with motorail vans up front on 250190
By now a railfreight distribution sector machine 87101 has few amps needed to haul the Mossend - Willesden speedlink through Old Linslade on a grey 150391
A nice summers evening at Ledburn sees a now Railfreight grey liveried 87101 heading North with CO2 tankers from WN to Cameron Bridge on 240693
Thanks to "TC" for this rare service train view on February 29th 1996. Now back in BR blue 87101 is arriving at Euston with the 0950 ex Glasgow. As detailed in the text this was during an intense Inter City hire for this fine machine
87101 was popular with Railtours and Hertfordshire Railways Merrymakers in 1997. She is seen arriving at Watford with a Euston - Chester "Merrymaker" on 030597.
Any more 87101 memories/phots to share?