East Anglian Ranger April 11-17th 1979

 

 

Prologue-Tuesday April 10th 1979

 

                 After my East Anglian rover had been delayed in the post, it was a good to see the sociable Swansea travel office boys actually issue the piece. The 1542 Swansea-Padd tram followed with a leap at Reading. This got required 47478 onwards to Padd and unit 128 from Liverpool St to Gidea Park, my home for the week.

                                                                                               

47478    1638 Birmingham-Padd                                                  Reading-Padd

 

 

Wednesday April 11th 1979

 

                . The 0830 peak hour restriction on the rover meant the first inbound train was the 0841 to the Street with the atmospheric teak interior of 306 unit 089. 37050 on the 0936 Liverpool St-Cambridge was the first loco of the trip with a morning session on the Audley End-Bishops Stortford circuit. At least there were no worries re the desperate Bishops Stortford footbridge grip with a rover in hand. 37022 to March, for 31237 onto Norwich with the 1236 from Birmingham. SF steam heat 47’s then a bonus with 37049 on the 1944 Norwich-Liverpool St back to Shenfield.

                               

37050    0936 Liverpool St-Cambridge                                       Liverpool St - Audley End

37047    0925 Kings Lynn-Liverpool St                                       Audley End - Bishops Stortford

31291    1036 Liverpool St-Kings Lynn                                       Bishops Stortford - Audley End

37050    1126 Cambridge-Liverpool St                                       Audley End - Bishops Stortford

37023    1136 Liverpool St-Cambridge                                       Bishops Stortford - Audley End

31151    1236 Liverpool St-Kings Lynn                                       Audley End - Ely

37022    1240 Harwich-Peterborough                                          Ely - March

31237    1236 Birmingham - Norwich                                          March - Norwich

47118    1742 Norwich-Colchester                                                Norwich - Colchester

47170    1812 Liverpool St-Yarmouth                                         Colchester - Ipswich

47169    1844 Norwich-Liverpool St                                             Ipswich - Colchester

47114    1930 Liverpool St-Yarmouth                                         Colchester - Ipswich

37049    1944 Norwich-Liverpool St                                             Ipswich - Shenfield

 

Mileage 381

 

Thursday April 12th 1979

 

                A heatwave was developing with Colchester basking in 80 degrees plus, so the boilers were off. Easter an Ipswich-Liverpool St relief  got nb 31212,plus 37014 and 47117. The late afternoon/evening Cambridge circuit included the rare skinhead 31133 on an 1820 Cambridge-Liverpool St relief.

 

47255    0930 Liverpool St-Norwich                                             Liverpool St - Colchester

47170    1030 Liverpool St-Norwich                                             Colchester - Manningtree

47114    1032 Norwich-Liverpool St                                             Manningtree - Colchester

47018    1230 Liverpool St - Norwich                                           Colchester - Ipswich

37014    1415 Ipswich-Liverpool St Relief                                  Ipswich - Colchester

47117    1424 Liverpool St-Ipswich Relief                                  Colchester - Manningtree

31212    1515 Ipswich-Liverpool St Relief                                  Manningtree - Liverpool St

37109    1659 Liverpool St-Ipswich                                              Liverpool St - Bishops Stortford

37038    1734 Liverpool St-Cambridge                                       Bishops Stotford - Audley End

31133    1820 Camnbridge-Liverpool St                                     Audley End - Bishops Stortford

37034    1822 Liverpool St-Cambridge                                       Bishops Stortford - Cambridge

37092    2008 Cambridge-Liverpool St                                       Cambridge - Liverpool St

 

 

Mileage 316

 

Friday April 13th 1979

 

                The local bashers were rejoined on 37014 on the lightly loaded 0924 Liverpool St-Ipswich Relief. They advised on the desperate Norwich 03 haulage move. This was to hide in the bogs, pray it was just a pull back and not a trip to the carriage sidings and claim a “touch of diarrhoea” if challenged! 37037 was taken forward to Stowmarket for a pub move. Walking back from the pub other pubs had drunks crashed out in car parks, beaten up yobs etc.. Nb 31276 on the 1624 Liverpool St-Ipswich Relief was the beast of the day; the loco number was also etched onto the headcode box of this Thornaby machine

 

                                                                               

37014    0924 Liverpool St-Ipswich Relief                                  Liverpool St - Colchester

47117    1030 Liverpool St-Norwich                                             Colchester - Manningtree

47169    1032 Norwich-Liverpool St                                             Manningtree - Colchester

47172    1130 Liverpool St-Norwich                                             Colchester - Ipswich

37037    1240 Harwich-Peterborough                                          Ipswich - Stowmarket

47150    1230 Liverpool St-Norwich                                             Stowmarket - Norwich

47150    1548 Norwich-Liverpool St                                             Norwich - Colchester

31276    1624 Liverpool St-Ipswich Relief                                  Colchester - Manningtree

47117    1639 Norwich-Liverpool St                                             Manningtree - Liverpool St

 

Mileage 301

 

Saturday April 14th 1979

 

                A normal day out with other half began with 37014 for the third time of the trip. The heat wave was continuing so there were many tourists looking around the University grounds and punters on the river. On the return journey we leapt at Audley End. In a first venture from the station we found a tiny village with a nice church but the sole pub was yet to open that evening despite it nearing 1900. This was to the disgust of some American who had strayed from his many compatriots in Cambridge. To my immense joy and with a ritualistic leap to the huge concern of the train crew! my last boilered  SF 37’0 took us back to the Street in 37051 on the 1732 from King’s Lynn.

 

                                                                               

37014    0936 Liverpool St-Cambridge                                       Liverpool St - Cambridge

37037    1726 Cambridge-Liverpool St                                       Cambridge - Audley End

37051    1732 Audley End-Liverpool St                                       Audley End - Liverpool St

 

Mileage 110

 

Sunday April 15th 1979

 

                A late start and a surprise in a 306 unit straying onto an alleged Chelmsford-Liverpool St early morning service. New 47’s in abundance today, then the anticipated plus 90 at Thetford on the Norwich-Birmingham goyle leap. This eventually became a worrying plus 10 after a swing bridge failure at Trowse.

 

47172    0830 Liverpool St-Norwich                                             Liverpool St - Ipswich

47158    0857 Yarmouth-Liverpool St                                         Ipswich - Chelmsford

47014    1100 Liverpool St-Norwich                                             Chelmford - Norwich

31177    1458 Norwich-Birmingham                                            Norwich - Thetford

31160    1244 Biringham-Norwich                                                Thetford - Norwich

47180    1820 Norwich-Liverpool St                                             Norwich - Manningtree

47150    1900 Norwich-Liverpool St                                             Manningtree - Shenfield

 

 

Mileage 369

 

Monday April 16th 1979

 

                Met up with the local duff bashers on 47018 on the 0930 Liverpool St-Norwich which they remained on for mileage whilst I leapt at Colchester expecting to meet up with them again on the Harwich-Peterborough. A rapid change of plan here when 37262 arrived on a Wolverhampton-Clacton ADEX. The central headcode boxed SF specimens such as 262 were rarer because of their virtual exclusion from Cambridge line services because of Clapton tunnel clearance restrictions.    

                37262 was then taken on new track to Clacton for Clacton unit 612 straight back to the street. Compo stock, quality ride and fast running made my first Clacton unit ride a memorable one. The evening Cambridge power saw some further variety with 31108 on the Cambridge-Liverpool St relief.

 

47018    0930 Liverpool St-Norwich                                             Liverpool St -Colchester

47130    1030 Liverpool St-Norwich                                             Colchester - Ipswich

47011    1032 Norwich-Liverpool St                                             Ipswich - Colchester

37262    xxxx Wolverhampton-Clacton ADEX                         Colchester - Clacton

37021    1436 Liverpool St-Kings Lynn                                       Liverpool St - Cambridge

37097    1620 Cambridge-Liverpool St                                       Cambridge - Audley End

31255    1530 Kings Lynn-Liverpool St                                       Audley End - Bishops Stortford

37102    1736 Liverpool St-Cambridge                                       Bishops Stortford - Audley End

31108    1820 Cambridge-Liverpool St                                       Audley End - Bishops Stortford

37021    1732 Kings Lynn-Liverpool St                                       Bishops Stortford - Liverpool St

 

 

Mileage 405

 

Tuesday April 17th 1979

 

                A 12 car 306 beast in 052/077/078 took me to the Street for non required 47’s in abundance until newie 47009 produced on the 1142 Norwich-Liverpool St. The Cambridge evening rush hour followed where new goyles and syphons were still appearing despite it being the last day of the rover. Cravens 51291/56457 was  also endured! The rover finally ended with a noisy run behind 37102 on the 2008 Cambridge-Liverpool St.

 

                                                                               

47130    093 Liverpool St-Norwich                                               Liverpool St - Colchester

47117    1030 Liverpool –Norwich                                               Colchester - Manningtree

47255    1032 Norwich-Liverpool St                                             Manningtree - Colchester

47009    1142 Norwich-Liverpool St                                             Colchester - Liverpool St

37102    1336 Liverpool St-Cambridge                                       Liverpool St - Audley End

31239    1325 Kings Lynn-Liverpool St                                       Audley End - Bishops Stortford

31182    1436 Liverpool St-Kings Lynn                                       Bishops Stortford - Cambridge     

37075    1525 Kings Lynn-Liverpool St                                       Cambridge - Bishops Stortford

31251    1712 Liverpool St-Cambridge                                       Bishops Stortford - Audley End

31239    1822 Liverpool St-Cambridge                                       Bishops Stortford - Audley End

37087    1836 Liverpool St-Kings Lynn                                       Audley End - Cambridge

37102    2008 Cambridge-Liverpool St                                       Cambridge - Liverpool St

 

Mileage 405

 

Wednesday April 18th 1979

 

            Homeward bound behind peak power!

 

45123    1404 St.Pancras-Derby                                                     St Pancras - Luton

 

Note : Only loco hauled moves recorded

Rover Mileage 2218

Haulages 46

 

31108/133,151,160,177,182,212,237,239,251,255,276,291

37014/021/022/023/043/037/038/047/049/050/051/075/087/092/097/102/109/262

47009/011/014/018/114/117/118/130/150/158/169/170/172/180/255

     

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