"On the Mid", August 82

 

Friday August 13th

 

Awaiting the unit at Leighton my hopes were raised on seeing a 47 dragging a unit come round the corner. 47294 was however was not dragging our 310 but an Eastern 305 unit 449 en route from Ilford to Wolverton. The 310 followed behind for the usual lively power car coach ride to Rugby. A "can" to a damp Nuneaton where 25090 was on a Hartshill ballast job. A DMU to Leicester where positioned at the North end of the up platform i was shocked on seeing a"rat" and "peak" arrive on a Nottingham service.

A frantic run and footbridge charge saw the duo just made and time to enjoy a hard working 25313 and half working 45128 all the way to Nottingham. The 25 had been added at Bedford i was later told but any hopes she would pilot the return working were dashed when 45126 lumbered into Nottingham to work 1C49.

31126 obliged on the 0949 Norwich - Brum from Leicester our progress a lot more subdued than the lively 25313 run earlier. At New St 87018 took me to Int'l to cover the 1105 Portsmouth - Manchester which often produced a big "nb" off a liners but today was a dull boilered 47178. 31204 on the 1508 Birmingham - Cambridge was a required newie as was 40158 unfortunately on freight at Nuneaton! A DMU back to Ne St where a decent "nb" in 47342 produced on the 1520 Liverpool - Poole. Following the 47 from Banbury was "bubble" 55021 on an Oxford local. 47471 to Leamington, then a late running 47264 on the 1705 Poole - Derby made my connection at Coventry looking dodgy. 47264 went well but the 310 was in as we arrived at Coventry, a second mad footbridge dash saw the unit home made, but as the proper railway of the time normally operated, the unit had been held for the 10 connecting passengers (10) anyway.

 

Friday - the phots

 

13088225090webr.jpgNuneaton was always busy with ballast turns to and from nearby Hartshill quarry, heres 25090 on such a trip working

 

13088225313n45138awebr.jpg25313 and 45128 at Nottingham with the 0828 St Pancras - Nottingham. 25313 had been added at Bedford for some rare MML "rat" action

 

13088247583webr.jpgLooking good in large logo, 47583 at New St

 

13088231204webr.jpg31204 leaves Nuneaton with the 1508 Birmingham - Cambridge always a good bet for a 31'1

 

13088247342webr.jpgBanbury's semaphores are set for 47342 with the 1520 Liverpool - Poole

 

13088256067webr.jpg56067 screams through Leamington with Soton bound liners

 

130882glosdmuwebr.jpgA Gloucester 100 DMU in a hybrid set on a Stratford shuttle at Leamington

 

 

Friday - The Moves

 

EMU 0734 Euston-Birmingham L.Buzzard - Rugby

86248 1P18 0805 Euston-Blackpool Rugby - Nuneaton

DMU 0905 Birmingham-Leicester Nuneaton - Leicester

25313} 1D05 0828 St.Pancras-Nottingham Leicester - Nottingham

45138}

45126 1C49 1205 Nottingham-St.Pancras Nottingham - Leicester

31126 1M80 0949 Norwich-Birmingham Leicester - New St

87018 1A48 1418 Birmingham-Euston New St - Int'l

47178 1M87 1105 Portsmouth-Manchester Int'l - New St

31204 1E79 1508 Birmingham-Cambridge New St - Nuneaton

DMU 1543 Leicester-New St Nuneaton - New St

47342 1O23 1520 Liverpool-Poole New St - Banbury

47471 1M16 1741 Padd-Manchester Banbury - Leamington

47264 1M40 1705 Poole-Derby Leamngton - Coventry

EMU 2136 Birmingham-Euston Coventry - L.Buzzard

 

Friday - Other gen

 

47294 dragging unit 449 Ilford - Wolverton

31204 1M30 0740 Norwich-Birmingham

46014 - Nottingham

47434 1E63 0942 Poole-Newcastle

47583 1E63 0942 Poole-Newcastle

40158-freight - Nuneaton

W55021 1827 Banbury-Oxford-Phot

50017 1M42 1727 Padd-Banbury

M55009/55004-SF

47302 d.liners - Leam

 

Saturday August 14th

 

I was down the station for 0515 hoping to catch the famous loco hauled 2A23 "Milk empties" to Bletchley but Railman Jock advised it had gone 10 minutes ago. Still on seeing an 86 at Bletchley on 2A23 empties i returned to my slumbers in the warm, comfy 310 cushions. 86235 forward from Coventry to Wolves where a tasty Eastern 47291 was raked in on the Wolves-Pompey. Back at Wolves, chattering away nicely 25190 and 25207 were joined for the thrash to Salop on the 0740 Aber.

Rather than do the normal Welshpool move i opted to stay at Shrewsbury with 47125 passing non stop on 1V83 1020 Liverpool - Paignton, one of a very few SO holiday trains booked via the Marches.

Front coach compos were bagged for the sounds emitted from 25269 and 25277 on the long climb out of Shrewsbury to Wolves, "hell fire" it was too! Some can forward to New St before Canton MGR machine 47231 was a welcome beast on 1E23 0908 Tenby - York.

20041 and 20141 were raked in from Long Eaton on the Skeg-Derby along with half the bashing world, less were on 47326 back to Beeston but a good few were on 31290/31233 on the 1338 Yarmouth - Birmingham. Awaiting the 1608 Llandundo - Euston home at Nuneaton i couldnt resist joining the TV local in front with 303050 the power. My smugness at having a "Glasgow unit" into Rugby was wiped, when the rare 83005 overtook us on the Llandudno - Euston!

A 310 home from Rugby ended 2 entertaining days with a good few type 2's in the book!

 

Saturday - the Phots

 

14088225190n207webr.jpgGently does it 25190 and 25207 back onto the 0740 Euston - Aberystwyth at Wolves

 

14088225190n2070740etnabbwebr.jpgHaving run round 25207 and 25190 leave Salop

 

14088247125webr.jpgPassing a unique signal 47125 brings the 1020 Liverpool - Paignton through Shrewsbury

 

14088220041n1411258skdewebr.jpg20041 and 20141 arrive at Long Eaton with the 1258 Skegness- Derby

 

14088284003webr.jpgDerby RTC's 84003 stabled alongside a Mag lev test vehicle

 

 

Saturday - the moves

 

EMU 0435 Euston- Birmingham L.Buzzard -Coventry

86235 1H03 0726 Coventry-Manchester Coventry - Wolves

47291 1O05 0815 Wolverhampton-Portsmouth Wolves - New St

86224 1F10 0813 Rugby- Liverpool New St - Wolves

25190} 1J20 0740 Euston-Aberystwyth Wolves - Shrewsbury

25207}

25269} 1A46 1010 Aberystwyth-Euston Shrewsbury - Wolves

25277}

86233 1A46 1010 Aberystwyth-Euston Wolves - New St

47231 1E23 0908 Tenby- York New St - Derby

DMU 1320 Crewe- Lincoln Derby - Long Eaton

20041} 1M35 1258 Skegness-Derby Long Eaton - Derby

20141}

47323 1D17 1233 Llandudno-Nottingham Derby - Beeston

DMU 1630 Nottingham-Leicester Beeston - Leicester

31290} 1M68 1338 Yarmouth-Birmingham Leicester - Nuneaton

31233}

303050 1815 Tamworth-Rugby Nuneaton - Rugby

EMU 1936 Birmingham - -Euston Rugby - - L.Buzzard

 

Saturday - Other Gen

 

47423 1O07 0910 Birmingham-Weymouth

47545 1E10 0700 Bristol-Leeds

50032 1M10 0600 Ealing-Manchester

85001 1M10 0600 Ealing-Manchester

45065 1V64 0743 Derby-W.S.Mare

85012 1V68 0820 Liverpool-Padd

47125 1V83 1020 Liverpool-Paignton (via salop)

25185} 1J24 1010 Euston - Aberystwyth

25097}

83005 1A73 1608 Llandudno-Euston

 

Haulages (25)

 

20041, 20141

25190, 25207, 25269, 25277, 25313

31126, 31204, 31233, 31290

45126, 45138

47178, 47231, 47264, 47291, 47323, 47342, 47471

86224, 86233, 86235, 86248,

87018

 

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