On the "Mid", August 16-18th 1985

 

Friday August 16th

Awaiting the last "Cobbler" we looked forward to 25 "roarer" miles to Northampton as

the last "Cobbler" was a solid roarer turn, especially on a Friday. It s a "rancid can" went the shout as an 86 approached, "perhaps its a 0" (86'0) somebody commentated, when 86325 whined in, it was off down the pub in disgust.

310056 took us North an hour later to Coventry where we leapt for that equally "solid" roarer turn in the 2130 Coventry - Preston which tonight was 86260! It wasnt until near 2330 that our first decent haulage in 81017 produced back to New St and then, as per diagram onwards on S19. 45004 was viewed arriving with 1M81 1807 ex Harwich presumably meaning a "ped" had burst on this train and may produce the next morning.

 

                                                                16/8/85 Fr

 86325   1B09 1815 Euston-Northampton

056         1902 Euston-Birmingham                                 LB-CO

86260    1P51 2130 Coventry-Preston                            CO-NS

86235     1D82 2030 Euston-Holyhead                          NS-WO

47365     2F86 2220 Birmingham-Leicester

81017     1V40 2130 Manchester-Newquay                  WO-NS

47056    1V40 2130 Manchester-Newquay

47142    1S19 2124 Bristol-Glasgow

81017    1S19 2124 Bristol-Glasgow                               NS-CR

45140    1S23 2140 Bristol-Glasgow

85031    1S23 2140 Bristol-Glasgow

45004    1M81 1807 Harwich-Wolves

 

 

Saturday August 17th

 

On arrival at Crewe around 1 am we were suprised to see 47066 dragging a failed 85007 on a 170 late 1V42 2156 (16/8) Liverpool - Penzance. Within 10 minutes the 47 had removed the failure and 85004 was roaring South with us all aboard! Backat New St it was time to view the early morning down procession with 45135, 47543 and 47571 working. The later was taken to Wolves to cover 1E62 Harwich which wasnt 45004 or anything interesting like the night before but 31430 which was flagged. 85010 wasn't far behind  on 1V62 with a mileage move to New St with a diversion via Bescot.

A good doss on a warm DMU to Derby for that solid "nb" big Ped turn,  namely 1E83 0723 Chesterfield - Yarmouth. 31462! produced on this but had to be taken to Beeston to make 20121/20157 on the Leicester - Skegness. A DMU back to Long Easton where we crossed the expected dud 20007/20180 on the Derby - Skegness. A dull 31425 later took me from Leicester to Hinkley for a winning 31263 and 31229 on the 1020 Birmingham - Yarmouth back to sunny Leicester.

A tram back to Derby comfortably made the rumoured and very required Eastern monster in 37058 on the 1030 York - Penzance relief. From New St old Western steamer 47142 was taken from New St to Wolves leaving me very out of position for 20099/20116 as rare forwarding power on the 0915 Glasgow - Bristol relief from New St!

However i was happy enough with a late afternoon roarer bash on 85022, 85032 and 85034 before 87009 screamed down the Trent with us homeward bound exhausted and sweaty!.

 

                                                17/8/85 Sat          

 47066}        1V42 2156 Liverpool-Penzance                (170L)

85007 (d)}                           

85004          1V42 2156 Liverpool-Penzance  (180L)   CR-NS                  

47193          1V42 2156 Liverpool-Penzance                

86432          1V58 2215 Glasgow-Paignton                                   

45004          1V58 2215 Glasgow-Paignton

45135          1E43 2100 Penzance-Leeds

47543          1E61 2035 Penzance-Newcastle (40l)

47571          1M05 2215 Penzance-Liverpool                                NS-WO

31430          1E62 0530 Wolverhampton-Harwich

85010          1V62 2020 Aberdeen/2355 Edinburgh-Paignton WO-NS (via BS)

DMU           0635 Birmingham-Derby                                              NS-DE

31462          1E83 0723 Chesterfield-Yarmouth                            DE-BE

20121}        1E89 0816 Leicester-Skegness                    BE-NO

20157}

DMU           0915 Nottingham - Derby                                              NO-LG

20007}         1E85 0929 Derby-Skegness                                       

20180}

43056}         0925 Sheffield-St Pancras                                          LG-LE

43055}

31425           1M37 0735 Norwich-Birmingham                            LE-HI

31263}         1E72 1020 Birmingham-Norwich                             HI-LE

31229}

43081}         1030 St. Pancras-Sheffield                                         LE-DE

43058}

 37058          1030 York-Penzance Relief                        DE-NS

47192            0940 Poole-York Relief

 31230          1M80 0935 Norwich-Birmingham

 47199          1E22 1246 Portsmouth-Leeds

 47142          1S84 1020 Paignton-Glasgow                    NS-WO (via BS)  

 85028          1S84 1020 Paignton-Glasgow    (ex Wolves)          

47229           1E22 1246 Portsmouth-Leeds

20099}         0915 Glasgow-Bristol Relief

20116}

85022          1G72 1311 Lancaster-Birmingham                           WO-NS

47449          1030 Poole-Wolverhampton Relief

 47187         1M22 1128 Paignton-Manchester

 85032         1M22 1128 Paignton-Manchester                             NS-CR

47608          1O23 1550 Liverpool-Poole

33039          1V06 1417 Bangor-Cardiff

85022          1P70 1620 Birmingham-Preston

86314          1M06 1100 Stranraer-Euston

81011          1D64 1510 Euston-Holyhead

85034         1M42 1030 Inverness-Euston                      CR-ST

87009         1A78 1620 Holyhead-Euston                      ST-RU

86325         1G75 1752 Preston-Coventry

 056            1921 Birmingham-Euston                             RU-LB   (via WG)

 

 

 

Sunday August 18th

 

Although we didnt know it at the time our first haulage was the best of the day! 310053 screaming along the "old line" through Weedon and Watford Gap at speeds well in excess of its regulation 75mph was great fun in the noisy power car. The main drags this Sunday were Stafford-Stoke-Manchester but everything we covered was eh. G06 produced a reasonable 47119 for a Stoke - Birmingham NS move for 81008 back to Wolves but after that it was all very average power to finish off.

As our gang headed home on 87017 the usual claims of what the next "bonk holiday" weekend would bring were beginning!!

 

 

 

                                                                                18/8/85 Su

053         0915 Euston-Rugby                                            LB-RU  (via WG)

87004     1H30 0950 Euston-Manchester                      RU-ST

47443     1H30 0950 Euston-Manchester                      ST-STO

47598     1O74 1140 Manchester-Gatwick

47441     1A21 1245 Manchester-Euston

47119     1G06 1310 Manchester-Birmingham             STO-NS

 81008    1P70 1620 Birmingham-Preston                     NS-WO

 47143    1E77 1717 Birmingham-Norwich

 86314    1O23 1550 Liverpool-Poole                             WO-NS

 85009    1H38 1750 Birmingham-Manchester

 45139    1O92 1521 Leeds-Portsmouth                                  

 47616     1O92 1521 Leeds-Portsmouth       

 45044    1M36 1155 Penzance-Liverpool                    

 87009    1M36 1155 Penzance-Liverpool    

 86103   1A71 1818 Birmingham-Euston                      NS-INT

 078       1702 Euston-Birmingham                                  INT-NS

 87017   1A81 1927 Wolverhampton-Euston                               NS-MK

 078       1940 Birmingham-Euston                                  MK-LB

 

Weekend Phot spot

 

17088520121n1570816lsskwebr.jpg 20121 and 20157 at Nottingham with 1E89 0816 Leicester-Skegness on 170885                       

 

 

17088531263n312291020bnsyarwebr.jpg 31263 and 31229 leave Leicester on 1E72 1020 Birmingham-Norwich on 170885

 

 

17088585009webr.jpg 85009 rests between turns in the New St sun on 170885

 

17088585028webr.jpg 85028 at New St 170885

 

17088586005webr.jpg 86005 heads through Crewe on up liners 170885

 

170885850221620birprewebr.jpg 85022 at Crewe with 1P70 1620 Birmingham - Preston on 170885

 

18088540063webr.jpg Long withdrawn 40063 spent much time dumped in BS yard on 180885

 

18088520101n177awebr.jpg 20101 and 20177 on an engineers train at Stoke on 180885

 

180885810081620birpreswebr.jpg 81008 prior to departure with 1P70 1620 Birmingham - Preston on 180885

 

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