Local loco failures, 1960 - 2016

A loco failure is a nightmare to the railway operators, staff and passengers, but, on occasions, can lead

to some fascinating workings.

Here's 46 years worth of local ones to enjoy.

Part Two featuring a rescue class listing to follow in due course.

Part One - Sample failures by loco class

24011 (as 5011) 1225 Rugby - Bletchley, 080464

            24011 fail Northampton, 8042/8044 (later 20042/20044) assist

 

25042} 1Z96 St Pancras - Inverness "Easter Highlander" Railtour 200484

25057}    25057 failed on departure from St Pancras, 31118 assisted 25042  from Bedford

 

26003 (as 5303) 1710 Kings X - Royston, 180360

                5303 fail Hatfield replaced by 8047 (later 20047)

 

31468} 1900 Bletchley - Bedford 010499

31601}   31468 failed Stewartby, tail engine (31601) propelled Stewartby - Bedford

 

33053}   Euston - Coalville "Coalville Cobbler" Railtour 110689

33058}   33053 failed prior to departure from Euston, 33058 worked tour in style anyway

 

40179 (as 379) 1425 Euston - Liverpool, 171165

            379 fail Leighton Buzzard, E3048 (later 82002) assisted forward

 

43145}  0903 Euston - Holyhead 160192

43162}   HST failed Weedon, 47238 assisted forward at least to Crewe       

 

44007  (as D7) 0800 Blackpool - Euston, 050461

            D7 failed Tring station, 92122(9F)! assisted forward

 

45037  (as 46) St Pancras - Edinburgh Merrymaker 121073

            46 failed Bedford, replaced by 132 (later 45075)

 

46033  (as 170) 1A26 1335 Leeds - Kings X 240473

            170 failed Hitchin, replaced by 5627 (later 31203)

 

47475  0710 Birmingham NS - Padd 260779

            47475 failed Princes Risborough, 33204 (off Thame oils) assist forward!

 

50050  0740 Penzance - Liverpool 280783

            50050 failed Bristol Parkway area, 56033 assisted to New St

            Not local but 56033 had been borrowed from the return Wolverton - Stoke

            Gifford "ARC" stone train.

 

1053    Westbury - Bletchley stone train 270875

            "Western Patriach" failed at foot of Bletchley flyover (Newton Longville)

            08221 assisted over flyover and into Bletchley yard

 

55017  1G26 1858 Grantham - Kings X additional 311281

            55017 failed Knebworth, 47426 assist from Knebworth as 5G26 ECS.

 

56031  Stoke Gifford - Wolverton "ARC" stone 190783

            56031 failed Verney Jn, 25206/25117 assist to Bletchley Flyover

            25256 (solo!) then worked forward to Wolverton, must have been loud!

 

60025  Willesden - Tunstead cement "tanks" 040706

            60025 fail DIRFT area, 57308 assist North

 

04070657308r.jpg The unusual combination of 57308 with failed 60025 in tow on the

Tunstead tanks at Rugby, 040706

 

66710} 1M16 2046 (28/7) Inverness - Euston 290715

67004(eth)}  66710 fail Milton Keynes, 92010 assist forward ECS to WM   

 

29071592010r.jpg 92010 dragging a failed 66710 and idling 67004 with the ECS of 1M16

2044 Inverness - Euston at Old Linslade, which had been caped at Milton Keynes on 290715

 

67014  1224 Marylebone - Wrexham 270609

            67014 fail Banbury, train caped

 

68011  1H45 1255 Birmingham MS - Marylebone 080116

            68011 minor fire Saunderton, 68009 assist to High Wycombe-caped

            68009 forward ECS High Wycombe - Wembley

 

70020  4M56 Thames Gateway - Crewe 260614

            70020 fail Aspley, 90018 assist to Bletchley DGL, Freightliner 66 forward              

 

81005  1B10 1945 Euston - Northampton 021187

            81005 fail Hanslope, coast North, then lost vacuum, stopped half a mile short

            of Northampton station. 08458 assisted through fog to station

 

E3046 (class 82) 1545 Euston - Manchester 070171

            E3046 serious fire at Bletchley, train cancelled

            E3046's last passenger working as fire damage brought withdrawl.   

 

83007 Buxton - Euston rtn "Palentine" Railtour 260481

            83007 fail Bletchley (snow), 25302 forward

 

84003  1225 Stanlow - Salford "oils" 230480

            84003 (minor fire) South of Rugby, 2x25 assist forward.       

 

85036  1B09 1814 Euston - Northampton 280587

            85036 fail Harrow, 31280 assisted to Northampton

28058731280r.jpg 31280 with the troublesome 85036 in tow arrives at Milton Keynes, a Mr Ratty phot

with the delayed 1814 Euston - Northampton on 280587  

 

86257  0740 Northampton - Euston 170586

            86257 fail Stoke Hammond. 85019 (with 15 vans) rear end assist to Leighton Buzzard

            Train caped at Leighton, 31116/31317 forward ECS

 

17058685019r.jpg 85019 at Leighton station with 15 vans and 13 Mk I's in the consist

plus a dead 86257 on the 0740 Northampton - Euston on 170586

 

 

87005  1S47 0618 Euston - Glasgow 030802

            87005 fail South Kenton, 47279 assist to Watford Jn where caped.

            87005 eventually forward ECS, 47279's last reported passenger working

03080247279n87005r.jpg 47279 with a failed 87005 in tow on the 0618 Euston - Glasgow

at Watford Jn on 030802

 

90027  1W95 1721 Euston - Northampton 180305

            90027 failed Camden Bank, 87019 assisted forward

 

92033  1S25 2115 Euston - Inverness 140415

             92033 failed Wembley (no heat), 87002 forward.                   

 

Any more local failures to report very welcome. More to follow.

 

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