Loco variety - Sample loco workings that have crossed Bletchley flyover over the years.

Built in the late 50's to carry vast volumes of freight from the Midland to the Western and Southern

regions, Bletchley flyover never got anything like the expected freight volumes. Closed in

May 93. Reopened to "Swanbourne Sidings" (actually Newton Longville) in 2006 and perhaps

with the promised "East West link",  loco movements and variety over the flyover may well become

more common once again..

Loco class

Number

Date

Train

08

08221

27th August 1975

Assist 1053 on Westbury – Bletchley stone

24

5001 (later 24001)

23rd December 1970

5B42 Bletchley – Aylesbury parcels

25

25316 and 25321

4th May 1984

1Z11 Marylebone – Edinburgh DAA Railtour

25049

20th July 1982

Aylesbury – Northampton parcels

31

31102 and 31134

25th September 1983

1M15 1548 Padd-Manchester booked passenger diversion.

31

31234

16th May 1992

6B20 Aceman St – Bletchley UKF freight

33

33106}

33110}

12th October 1985

“Concrete Cow”Railtour

6506 (later 33006)

17th October 1969

Fawley – Northampton oil – a regular 33 working at the time

35

7030

8th February 1972

Western region Officers saloon working

7083

1st October 1971

Jersey Marine – Bletchley coal train

37

37410

10th November 2007

Swanbourne – Northampton leg of “Silverlink Swansong” Railtour (50049 dead on rear)

37303}

37307}

18th November 1974

Stoke Gifford – Wolverton ARC

40

305 (later 40105)

30th January 1965

Swanbourne Yard – Luton coal

43-HST

43051}

43064}

13th February 1993

Midland Peaks 125 Railtour

45

45121

21st January 1984

St Pancras – Cranmore “Mendip Artificer” Railtour

45013

15th June 1982

Stoke Gifford – Wolverton ARC

46

46010

25th January 1977

Stoke Gifford – Wolverton ARC

47

47482

25th September 1983

1E20 1322 Poole-Newcastle booked passenger diversion

47760 top

47804 tail

20th February 2009

5Z30 Carnforth – Bedford ECS via Swanbourne to reverse

47901

24th March 1982

Stoke Gifford – Wolverton ARC – a regular visitor at this time

50

50035

22nd November 1981

1M58 1900 Paddington – Manchester booked passenger diversion

50041

31st August 1979

Stoke Gifford – Wolverton ARC

52

1070

26th April 1973

1070 6M32 Westbury – Leagrave stone

56

56046

29th May 1993

Waterloo – Bedford leg of “Mothball” Railtour – the last loco hauled railtour before initial mothballing

56036

7th January 1983

Stoke Gifford – Wolverton ARC – one of the first class 56 flyover visits

59

59101

17th July 1992

Westbury – Wolverton ARC – possibly the last ARC train to Wolverton.

60

60026

3rd December 2008

6B01 Forders – Northampton (via Swanbourne”)

66

66213

21st January 2012

“Concrete Cow” Railtour via Swanbourne)

66187

10th July 2016

6R01 Hanslope – Bescot Engineers “via Swanbourne”

70

70005

8th February 2012

6Y42 Basford Hall - Hanslope engineers (via Swanbourne)

73

73107

13th February 2013

3Z03 Derby – Hither Green test train – top and tail with 31233 and 31465. Diverted off Midland main line, to Swanbourne, reverse to MK, then South via WCML

Other loco classes –

It is likely that North British class 22 will have worked local freight and ECS turns to Wolverton over the flyover but no confirmed workings as yet identified. Likewise class 20, 27 and 42/43 “Warships”.

As yet no class 67s have been recorded over the flyover although Royal Train reversals and route learning trips may have seen them use the flyover to reverse at Swanbourne. Any observations very welcome.

The North end of the flyover was partially electrified and class 81-86 electrics will all have strayed up the very North end of the flyover on freight and a few railtours. At the North end crossover the electrics would be replaced by diesel traction for the main flyover traverse.

Flyover Photspot

05128125314webr.jpg 25314 approaches Bletchley with Procor fertiliser empties from Aceman St on 051281

02058347489byflywebr.jpg 47489 having replaced a "roarer" crosses the flyover with a return Oban - West Ruislip LNER Soc special on 020583

21018445121webr.jpg 45121 crosses a frosty flyover with the Mendip Artificer tour which the peak worked from St Pancras to Bedford 

Bletchey, Oxford and Westbury on 210184

14048425042n083bleywebr.jpg Steaming nicely 25042 and 25083 are Marylebone bound with the "Capital City Transfer" tour on 140482

11058425265webr.jpg Rats aplenty at Bletchley with 25265 on the Aylesbury - Northampton parcels on the flyover, 110584

29059356046webt.jpg 56046 climbs onto the flyover with the final railtour over the railtour, the "Mothball" which was Bedford bound on 290593

28040666506webr.jpg Probably a route learning turn for the recently reopened flyover 66506 heads East on  280406

210112660851z75webr.jpg 66085 tails 1Z75 Padd - Swanbourne Siding off the flyover with the "Concrete Cow" Railtour

on 210112

 

Flyover future

Reopening of the Bicester -Bletchley (and beyond) have long been mooted and under the "East West"

link banner the flyover could one day see through trains from Oxford to M.Keynes and Bedford/Cambridge

by 2022 ish...So even more variety of power can be expected in future years.

Thanks to Andrew Chambers and Mark Beal for their help with this article, more to follow

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