Midland Railtourer #5 Aug 83 Coming towards the end.
thanks to Guy Kendrick for the cracking memories
Only two more left for summer 83 and both I only did six days on each. As will be seen by the last day of the last one my record keeping was shoddy. I think I was probably a bit burnt out, and also had 6th form to look forward to (without doubt the most enjoyable two years I think I can ever recall for lots of reasons!)
Still, I managed five more 40's..including the "last vac" 40009, and two on the penultimate day, so I was a happy bunny.
Sunday 7th August 1983
Typical Sunday meant drags, but as I was isolated at International (to coin a phrase) this meant a DMU to New Street to start the day.
Bog-cart (TS) 0847 BINT - BNS shuttle
Very pleased to find some rare power from Scotlandshire at New Street for the first proper thrash of the day;
37037 (ED) dragging 86240 (WN) 1A08 1000 Wolves - Euston BNS-Nuneaton
Return as bit more mundane but nonetheless acceptable;
45149 (TO) dragging 87011 (WN) 1000 Euston - Wolves Nuneaton - BNS
Some mundane motoring up and down the BNS Wolves corridor before the Bristol - Leeds later that afternoon;
47578 (ED) 1S61 1200 BNS - Glasgow BNS - Wolves
47100 (CD) 1V84 1046 Liverpool - PaddWolves - BNS
47475 (BS) 1M00 0925 Brighton - Manchester BNS - Wolves
86254 (WN) 1A25 1600 Wolves - Euston Wolves - BNS
Second highlight of the day was 40029, which took the Leeds Bristol down earlier in the day, and is well documented on Flickr. Fortunately she did the return, if my memory isnt that shot, as far as Derby which was lucky for us. Managed to cop the front window as well.
40029 (LO) 1E08 1425 Bristol - Leeds BNS - Derby
Return throughout to Coventry was the Newcastle - Poole for me;
45143 (TO) 1O25 1340 Newcastle - Poole Derby - BNS
47481 (CD) as above BNS - Coventry.
Monday 8th August 1983
310078 (BY) 0932 Cov - BNS Coventry - BNS
31422 (MR) 1E64 1015 BNS - Norwich BNS - Leicester
31229 (vb MR) a nice dirty thrash on 1M66 0903 Cambridge - BNS Leicester - BNS
47328 (TO) produced on 1E72 0913 Paignton - Leeds BNS - Derby
46025 (GD) was a pleasant surprise on an additional Newcastle - Plymouth which we took back to Brum Derby - BNS
47100 (CD) produced again, 1V17 1639 BNS - PaddBNS - Coventry
47507 (OC) 1M07 1349 Brighton - Manchester Coventry - BINT
86322 (WN) 1A76 1730 BNS - Hemel Hempstead ( the Brummie Cobbler!) BINT - Coventry
86314 (WN) 1640 Euston - Holyhead Coventry - BNS.
Now this move flummoxes me even now. I have no idea why me and Dave decided to go to Walsall. Who, in their right minds, would choose to go to Walsall?! Nevertheless
304019 (LO) some Dino rock n roll 1830 BNS - Walsall and return! BNS - Walsall - BNS.
Unrecorded bog-cart (TS) 2100 Moor St.- Leamington Moor St - Solihull.
Tuesday 9th August 1983
86231 (WN) 1J20 0745 Euston - Shrewsbury BINT - BNS
43165 + 43166 (LA) 1E54 0655 Swansea - Newcastle BNS - Derby
47328 (TO) again. 1V42 0950 Leeds - Plymouth Derby - BNS
46026 (GD)Definitely in the twilight of her career, a nice production on 1E72 0913 Paignton - Leeds BNS - Derby
45136 (TO) 1V88 1250 Leeds - Cardiff Derby - BNS
A decision was then taken to go and cover the return Skeggies, so cue another jump across the East Midlands;
31407 (IM) 1E80 1614 BNS - Norwich BNS - Leicester
43052 + 43088 (NL) 1700 Derby - St. Pancras Leicester- Wellingborough
45126 (TO) 1D55 1735 St. Pancras - Nottingham Wellingborough - Nottingham
31287 (BS) 1M07 1810 Skegness - Derby relief Nottingham - Long Eaton
20153 (TO) + 20167 (TO) 1M47 1837 Skegness - Derby Long Eaton - Derby
47475 (BS) (again!) 1V88 2129 Derby - Bristol Derby - BNS
Wednesday 10th August 1983
86222 (WN) 1J20 0745 Euston - Shrewsbury BINT - BNS
43185 + 43186 (LA) 1E54 0655 Swansea - Newcastle BNS - Derby
47546 (IS) 1V42 0950 Leeds - Plymouth Derby - BNS
Clearly some gen was floating around on the platform after arrival at New Street, which explains the following;
86212 (WN) 1P62 1040 Euston - Blackpool BNS - Crewe
47448 (CD) 1D48 1310 Crewe - Holyhead Crewe - Chester
This gen appeared to be accurate because the old girl produced! Red buffer beams and black-rim marker discs. Very old school, very smart.
40004 (LO) 1A56 1310 Holyhead - Euston Chester - Crewe.
To put some sprinkles on the ice-cream;
33048 (HG) 1V06 1606 Crewe - Cardiff Crewe - Church Stretton
33034 (HG) 1V07 1510 Cardiff - Crewe Church Stretton - Crewe
86218 (WN) 1A78 1620 Holyhead - Euston Crewe - BINT
310093 (BY) 2021 BNS - Northampton BINT - Canley
Thursday 11th August 1983
Possibly fired up by the chance of dropping onto another random 40 kick-out, today was spent up by Chester and was 99% wasted, but an easy day in the sunshine nevertheless with a couple of "foreign" EH duffs and a 47/3;
86243 (WN) 1D27 0805 Euston - Holyhead Coventry - Crewe
47545 (BS) same train Crewe - Chester
47480 (TO) 1010 Holyhead - Euston Chester - Crewe
47424 (ED) 1D48 1310 Crewe - Holyhead Crewe - Chester
47579 (SF) 1K31 1248 Holyhead - Euston additional No "40" on that one then! Chester - Crewe
86261 (WN) 1O23 1520 Liverpool - Poole Crewe - BNS
47318 (CD) same train onwards BNS - Coventry
310094 (BY) 1802 Cov - BNS Coventry - Canley
Friday 12th August 1983
Anyone out there help me with this one?
Unknown (WN) 1J20 0745 Euston - Shrewsbury Coventry - BNS
Unknown HST 1E54 0655 Swansea - Newcastle BNS - Derby.
45069 (TO) 1V42 0950 Leeds - Plymouth Derby - BNS
46025 (GD) 1E23 1217 (FO) BNS - York BNS - Derby
45101 (TO) 0940 Newcastle - Poole Derby - BNS
47588 (SF) same train. BNS - Leamington Spa, via Coventry
33007 (EH) 1E22 1246 Portsmouth - Leeds Leamington - BNS
47252 (BR) 1V18 1639 BNS - PaddBNS - Coventry
47374 (TI) a nice production on 1M07 1349 Manchester -Brighton Coventry - BNS
I think wed planned another Skeg return so jumped on;
31422 (MR) 1E82 1818 BNS - Norwich. Now this didnt stop at Water Orton to my knowledge, but we did it only to thereBNS - Water Orton. Cant think why we opted for this, but got a DMU back to New Street and called it a day.
DMUWater Orton - BNS
DMU 2000 Moor Street - Leamington Spa Moor Street - Solihull
Saturday 13th August 1983
Clearly the plan was the first rats off Wolves, but things changed on arrival at Wolves.
47543 (BS) 1O52 0807 BNS - Brighton BINT - Coventry
86219 (WN) 0745 Euston - Aberystwyth Coventry - Wolverhampton
25284 and 276 were due to take it forward, but I didnt need either, and there was word of the possibility of a 40 on the coast.
86315 (WN) 1D27 Euston - Holyhead Wolves - Crewe
And lo and behold the sun shone and the "last vac" 40009 was sat in the far left platform with a rake of MK1s. The engine wasnt running at that point and a quick check with station staff revealed it was indeed working a relief to Holyhead. Front window bagged
40009 (LO) 1D91 1146 Crewe - Holyhead relief Crewe - Chester.
Flickr link to a fine phot taken by Bidston6F on Flickr, from the very window I had just vacated at Chester.
On this rare occasionI found myself with enough spare change to possibly cover any Grip between Chester and Llandudno (I got caught out earlier in the year!) so decided to cover the Scarboro - Bangor. It didnt produce anything worthy, but we took it anyway on the off-chance of picking up something interesting on the way back.
47232 (CF) 1M58 0854 Scarboro - Bangor Chester - Colwyn Bay.
We bailed here as past Colwyn I thought we stood a higher chance of a grip we'd been OK to then!
47579 (SF) 1D48 1320 Crewe - Holyhead Colwyn Bay - Llandudno Jct. I recorded that this service ended up pushing a failed 47529 (CD) and its train, which I believe was 1D43 1000 Euston - Holyhead.
47455 (CD) 1610 Holyhead - Euston Llandudno Jct - Crewe. No grip!
Huge mileage moves on the Nantwich next;
33039 (HG) 1V07 1930 Crewe - Cardiff Crewe - Nantwich (4.5 miles)
33211 (HG) 1M73 1715 Cardiff - Crewe Nantwich - Crewe
87004 (WN) 1M47 1720 Glasgow - Birmingham Crewe - BNS
EMU (BY) 2221 BNS - Northampton.BNS - Canley. Another long day.
Mid #6 The End
Saturday 20th August 1983
"Unknown" (WN) 1J20 0745 Euston - Aberystwyth BINT - Wolves
If anyone can help me out with the power on this leg Id be grateful!
25276 (BS) + 25259 (BS) as above Wolves - Wellington
DMU 1027 Shrewsbury - Wolves Wellington - Wolves
87032 (WN) 1A36 1130 Wolves - Euston Wolves - BNS
25229 (LO) + 25234 (LO) 1J24 1010 Euston - Aberystwyth BNS - Wolves
86226 (WN) 1V85 1254 Wolves - Newquay Wolves - BNS
31418 (MR) 1E66 1315 BNS - Norwich BNS - Leicester
47256 (BR) disappointing power 1E28 0850 Weymouth - Sheffield Leicester - Loughborough
45051 (TO) 1M02 1237 Skegness - Leicester Loughborough - Leicester
Bog-cart .Leicester - BNS
31120 (vo TO) + 31229 (vb MR) dirty power for 1E82 1818 BNS- Norwich BNS - Leicester, knowing full well it would be another gopping move back to BNS on a bloody DMU
Bog-cart Leicester - BNS
47249 (BR) 1V19 2042 BNS - Paddington BNS - BINT
Sunday 21st August 1983
A day of duffness other than the Padd - Manchester peds that evening! A little bit of unusual track to make it all worth while though.
Bog-cart 0952 BINT - BNS
47456 (CD) 1A08 1010 Wolves - Euston. Not even dragging! BNS - Nuneaton
Bog-cart 1100 Nuneaton - Coventry Nun - Coventry
Bus (!!!!!!!) recorded as WMPTE 2453, 1130 Coventry -BINT rail replacement.
Bog-cart 1213 BINT - BNS but via Stechford, Aston, Perry Barr South Jct Soho South Jct.
47377 (BS) 1F24 1305 BNS - Manchester BNS -Stafford via Soho South Jct, Perry Barr North Jct, Walsall and Rugeley freight only line to Rugeley TV.
47436 (CD) 1G06 1425 Manchester - BNS. Stafford - BNS. So much for the 40s lasting all summer on this! Couldnt have been more pedestrian if it was wearing brogues and carrying a brolly.
47511 (OC) 1V18 0920 Glasgow - Paddington BNS - Coventry
31101 (TE) + 31131 (TO) finally providing some much wanted EE thrash on 1M15 1548 Padd - Manchester Coventry - BNS
47193 (CD) 1O25 1531 York -Poole BNS - BINT
Monday 22nd August 1983
50022 (LA) 1S61 0645 Padd - Glasgow BINT - BNS
Unidentified HST 1E54 0655 Swansea - Newcastle BNS - Derby
45056 (TO) 1V42 0950 Leeds - Plymouth Derby - BNS
46016 (GD) 1E72 0913 Paignton - Leeds BNS - Derby. 4 months later she was withdrawn.
45116 (TO) 1V88 1250 Leeds - Cardiff Derby - BNS
86219 (WN) 1A54 1521 BNS - Euston BNS - BINT
86211 (WN) 1H13 1505 Euston - Manchester BINT - BNS
47144 (BR) 1V18 BNS - Padd BNS - Coventry
47509 (OC) 1M03 1349 Brighton - Manchester Coventry - BINT
Tuesday 23rd July 1983
86226 (WN) 1J20 0745 Euston - Shrewsbury BINT - BNS
Unidentified HST 1E54 0655 Swansea - Newcastle BNS - Derby
46016 (GD) again1V42 0950 Leeds - Plymouth Derby - BNS
Once again I can only surmise that platform gen was floating around once we landed at BNS, or I caught a whiff of it as I jumped on;
86211 (WN)1P62 1040 Euston - Blackpool BNS - Crewe..which produced, on bailing at Crewe;
40015 (CD) 1D91 1546 Crewe - Holyhead relief Crewe - Chester
The following day she was on a Blackpool - Preston, and worked the 1310 Holyhead - Euston on Saturday 27th August to Crewe.
A return bog-cart fill in between Chester and Crewe landed us back at Chester for;
40001 (KD) on 1K36 1818 Holyhead - Crewe Chester - Crewe.
Not a bad Tuesday afternoon for the end of August 83.
87016 (WN) 1M57 1720 Birmingham - Euston Crewe - BNS
310088 (BY) 2221 BNS - Northampton BNS - BINT
Wednesday 24th August 1983
50026 (LA) 1S61 0645 Padd - Glasgow BINT-BNS
87016 (WN) same train north BNS - Crewe to see if any of the additionals produced any 40 power.
47480 (TO) + 47497 (LE) with 497 ex-works and clearly on test provided super-power for 1D27 1200 Crewe Holyhead Crewe - Chester.
47337 (BS) 1K90 1020 Llandudno - Crewe relief Chester - Crewe. Ah well, maybe the 1240 off Holyhead might..
47429 (GD) recorded as 1D43 which may have been the 1000 Euston - Holyhead Crewe - Chester.
47199 (CD) 1K31 1240 Holyhead - Crewe relief Chester - Crewe.
Bugger. Bowled. Chance to save the day with a long leap for the Skeggy return choppers, but not before my smallest ever Crompton mileage move in Crewe station;
33043 (HG) shunting stock for 1V06 1606 Crewe - Cardiff between platforms 4and 2 in the station. I'll have that!!
86208 (WN)1O23 1520 Liverpool - Poole Crewe - BNS
47452 (CD) same train BNS - BINT
86328 (WN) 1G37 1615 Euston - Manchester BINT - BNS
31229 (vb MR) 1E82 1818 BNS - Norwich BNS - Leicester
43048 (NL) + 43194 (NL) 1750 St. Pancras - Sheffield Leicester - Long Eaton
20165 (TO) + 20071 (TO) 1M47 1837 Skegness - Derby Long Eaton - Derby
47589 (CF) 1V88 2125 Derby - Bristol Derby - BNS
Thursday 25th August 1983 a late morning start;
304002 (LG) on the dino donkey Canley - Coventry
87016 (WN) 1P62 1040 Euston - Blackpool Coventry - BNS
45054 (TO) produced on 1E72 0913 Paignton - LeedsBNS - Derby
45140 (TO) 1V88 1250 Leeds - Cardiff Derby - BNS
47344 (BS) 1V17 1639 BNS - PaddBNS - BINT
EMU (BY) back from BINT - BNS
45064 (TO) worked a 1710 BNS - York relief, taken BNS - Derby for a fast tram down to Wellingborough;
43112 (HT) + 43114 (BN) 1700 Derby - St. Pancras Derby - Wellingborough
45101 (TO) 1D55 St. Pancras - Sheffield Wellingborough - Nottingham
20160 (TO) + 20180 (TO) 1M07 1810 Skegness - Derby relief Nottingham - Long Eaton
20173 (TO) + 20188 (TO) 1M47 1837 Skegness - Burton taken Long Eaton - Derby then Derby - Burton after reversal at Derby.
47589 (CF) was on 1V88 again, 2125 Derby - Bristol. Burton - BNS
Friday 26th August 1983
My final ever Mid-day and in hindsight looking at these notes I could tell I was totally knackered!
47454 (CD) 1M88 0625 Poole - Manchester Coventry - BNS
86326 (WN) same train BNS - Crewe.
At this point I remember saying to myself "Sod this, I'm going back for 1E57 then I'm going home
87101 (WN) was on the next service back to BNS, I don't even know what it was, but I took it Crewe - BNS.
37127 (BR) 1E57 1530(FO) BNS - York BNS - Derby
A bog-cart move back to New Street then
86246 (WN) on The Clansman BNS - Coventry saw me done, bar a 310 back to Canley.
Many happy memories for me, and some great haulage. What a shame we couldnt be in several places at once, because there always seemed to be someone else with better moves, larger power, more gen. Given hindsight and everything being on a plate now via the Internet, everything back in the day was a game. The Game, in essence. It was all about "What If" or "Maybe" and it just isn't like that any more. I didn't have access to Loco Hauled Travel which I think started in 82 but I certainly used it in 1984 - 87. However, the heyday of 83 for me because it was the independence, making new mates, and going to lots of different places!
Thanks again Guy, good stuff!