Class 86 into 2021

When 2020 ended there were 9 86'6s still available for service namely:

86604, 86607, 86608, 86609, 86613, 86632, 86637, 86638, 86639..

It was expected that the class would fade away quietly in the first few days of January.

Fortunately as listed below this wasnt the case and the Leighton area saw at least

86607, 86608, 86613, 86632 and 86639 working liner turns locally in 2021.

Friday 5th February saw 86613 and 86632 work through Leighton on 4M45 0250 Felixstowe - Garston liners for the very last time bringing 55 years of regular class 86 operation to an end. 86613 and 86632 became crew trainer locos from Feb 8th working Crewe - Northampton (via BS) light engine turns which ended on Feb 16th..

Considered "rancid cans" by many including me when "roarers" and "sevens", were often displaced by "cans", but from 2007 they soldiered on alone (the roarers and sevens were gone by then) on liners singly and in pairs, sadly there time was up in February 2021..

The Phots

The main turn for which local photography was 4M45 0250 Felixstowe - Garston which had a passing time through Leighton of 0730. In the dark winter months of january and February this was quite a challenge to phot. Throw in occasional early running, lockdown, rain, frost and fog then you can imagine the desperation needed.....

12012186608n607webr.jpgFull dark at Leighton station as 86608 and 86607 pass on 4M45 on 120121

13012186608n607webr.jpgA real bonus on 130121 saw 4M45 2 hours late, with 86608 and 86607 approaching Leighton

15012186608n607webr.jpgBetter light but a damn unit not helping! 86608 and 86607 pass Leighton station with 4M45 on 150121

16012186608n607webr.jpgA wet morning and running in her usual 0715 Saturday slot sees 86608 and 86607 on 4M45 on 160121

20012186608n6394m87webr.jpgA last fling on 4M87 with a more sociable though still gloomy 1600 passing time sees 86608 and 86639 pass a soggy Old Linslade on 200121.

Flooding then ended this diagram for the rest of the week..

 

22012186613n632webr.jpg86613 and 86632 pass Leighton station with, yes, youve

guessed it 4M45 on 220121

 

02022186613n632webr.jpgThe final week of liner turns for the class begins at Old Linslade with 86613 and 86632 on 4M45 on 020221

 

03022186613n632webr.jpg86613 and 86632 pass Leighton station with 4M45 on 030221

 

04022186613n632webr.jpgThick fog and a lens on its last legs sees an image of sorts of 86613 and 86632 passing Old Linslade on 040221

 

05022186613n632revlargebigiewebr.jpgAnd thats it, 86613 and 86632 pass the "tree" at Old Linslade with 4M45 for the last time ever on 050221, farewell class 86 you've served the WCML proudly 1966-2021

 

The 86'6 gen in 2021 (thanks to WNXX)

 

050121 Tu 86607 n 86608 last Scottish liners..0501 2133 ex Coat 4L89 to Crewe..

050121 Tu 86613 n 86639 4M45

050121 Tu 86637 gone

080121 Fr 86607 n 86608 0Z47/48 Crewe - WM (and back) route leaner

110121 Mo 86613 0Z40 Crewe - Trafford Pk (and back) route learner

110121 Mo 86639 0Z46 Crewe - Trafford Pk (and back) route learner

110121 Mo 86607 n 86608 4L60

120121 Tu 86608 n 86607 4M45

130121 We 86608 n 86607 4M45 (2hrs down)

140121 Th 86608 n 86607 4M45

150121 Fr 86608 n 86607 4M45

150121 Fr 86609 0Z40 Crewe - Trafford Pk (and back) route learner

150121 Fr 86604 0Z44 Crewe - Trafford pk (and back) route learner

150121 Fr 86604 gone

160121 Sa 86608 n 86607 4M45

190121 Tu 86639/86608 4L91/4M87

190121 Tu 86609 0Z43 Crewe - Trafford Pk (and back) route learner

200121 We 86639/86608 4L91/4M87

200121 We 86632/86613 4M45

210121 Th 86638 gone

220121 Fr 86613 n 86632 4M45

220121 Fr 86639 0Z40 Crewe - Trafford Pk (and back) route learner

220121 Fr 86639 gone

250121 Mo 86613 0Z40/1 Crewe - Trafford Pk (and back) route learner

260121 Tu 86632 0Z40/1 Crewe - Trafford Pk (and back) route learner

270121 We 86613 0Z40/1 Crewe - Trafford Pk (and back) route learner

280121 Th 86613 0Z40/1 Crewe - Trafford Pk (and back) route learner

290121 We 86613 0Z40/1 Crewe - Trafford Pk (and back) route learner

010221 Mo 86613/86632 4L60

020221 Tu 86613/86632 4M45/4L60..worked until 050221 Fr (to Crewe)

030221 We 86613/86632 4M45/4L60..worked until 050221 Fr (to Crewe)

040221 Th 86613/86632 4M45/4L60..worked until 050221 Fr (to Crewe)

050221 Fr 86613/86632 4M45 (to Crewe)

 

080221 Mo 86613 0Z90/91 Crewe - Northampton route learner (via BS)

090221 Tu 86613 0Z90/91 Crewe - Northampton route learner (via BS)

100221 We 86613 gone

100221 We 86632 0Z90/91 Crewe - Northampton route learner (via BS)

110221 Th 86632 0Z90/91 Crewe - Northampton route learner (via BS)

120221 Fr 86632 0Z90/91 Crewe - Northampton route learner (via BS)

 

160221 Tu 86632 0Z90/91 Crewe - Northampton route learner (via BS)

170221 We 86632 gone (compressor pipe leak)

The trains

4L60 1946 Garston - Felixstowe (pass LB 2300)

4M45 0250 Felixstowe - Garston (pass LB 0730)

4L97 0615 Trafford Pk - Felixstowe (pass LB 1100)

...

4L91 0210 Trafford Pk - Felixstowe (pass LB 0515)

4M87 1113 Felixstowe - Trafford Pk (pass LB 1600)

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