Log's phots 020815 update featuring 1984 - 2015 many thanks for contributions of laate

Bletchley, May 84

058431228n25173r.jpg By the Spring of 1984 the class 31's replacements for our popular local "rats" were becoming more established. Here 25173 has 31228 for company on the loco sidings

Rugby, 230685

23068520070n2002686214r.jpg 20070 and 20026 are unusual drag power from Bletchley to Rugby with the 0845 Euston - Holyhead, 86214 is the "can" ready to power forward.

Crewe Brook Sidings (now LWNR) 270698 thanks to Mark Beal

 

27069825309r.jpg 7659 (also known as 25309) shunts withdrawn 304003,008 and 024 at Brook Sinings which is now the Crewe LNWR site

Ledburn, 180715

18071592018r.jpg With the barley ready for cutting, 92018 passes a classic late Summer Ledburn scene with 1M16 Sleeper

Redmire, 180715 thanks to "TC"

18071531162r.jpg 31162 at Redmire with the Wensleydale Railway gala "vac brake set" was made up of two coaches and two DMU cars. The driving trailer had a full set of North London Railways route maps inside.TC advises "51400 (lead vehicle) used to be part of Bletchley's L705 (along with 51374)".

 

Churston , 180715  thanks to "Red Cow"  

 

18071525185r.jpg 25185 looking good during a diesel event at the DVR.

 

 

 

Exeter St Davids, 180715 thanks to "Red Cow"

 

18071557604r.jpg 57604 arrives at St Davids with the SO 2C51 1730 Exeter - Penzance which as booked uses the daytime sleeper stock. This and other loco hauled trains are featured in our new 2015 loco hauled travel pages

 

Wolverton, 220715  thanks to Andrew Chambers

 

220715319429r.jpg 319429 on a Rugby - Bletchley return crew training run. Alas our 321's which have been with us since 1989 aren't going to with us locally come the Autumn it seems.

 

Saunderton Lee, 230715

 

23071566082r.jpg 66082 slogs over Saunderton summit with a heavy load of Crossrail spoil from Bow to Calvert.

 

Country Park Halt, 250715

 

25071555019cpr.jpg Yes i took this phot far too early, but for good reasons! Country Park halt on the SVR is a request halt so after photting 55019, i had to flag down 55019 which was quite an odd feeling once she had stopped. Had "popped out for some air" at a wedding reception near Highley intending to just phot the mighty Deltic. She just had to be done though, so i joined for the 0.8 mileage move to Highley station for a fast run back up the hill to rejoin the reception.....!  

 

 

Leighton Station, 270715

 

27071537059r.jpg Class 37's have been hauling Eastern Region based stock through Leighton to Wolverton Works for many years. In the 70's it was ER unit drags from Ilford,  today its stock from Norwich to Wolverton for refurbishment.

 

Old Linslade, 290715

 

29071590048r.jpg 90048 takes an empty rake of flats over the Old Linslade road towards Linslade tunnel. The tunnel centre boars were all that was originally needed on opening in the mid 1850's, 4 tracking came some years later.

 

29071592010r.jpg Many thanks to the "gen men" for keeping me posted on this unique working. 1M16's booked 90 had been failed with a pantograph issue prior to departure from Waverly. 66710 with 67004 "Cairngorm" (for eth) then worked 1M16 forward approx 2 hrs down.   Unfortunately 66710 failed at M.Keynes with the train caped there. 92010 arrived from Wembley to work 5M16 forward passing Leighton around 1300

 

Leighton Station, 290715

 

29071573961n963r.jpg Rare local class and a new ED sound. Reengined 73961 and 73963 return from Crewe to Tonbridge after a trial run North the previous day.

 

The weeks that were, local gen

 

Saturday 18 July

68013/14 0Z68 Crewe - Wembley LMD

68010 0Z69 Wembley LMD - Crewe

319445 5M81 Wolverton - Bedford

57310 5Z57 Ramsgate - Derby with 375302

 

Monday 20 July

86632/607 4M87 Felixstowe - Trafford Pk

86613/622 4M54 Tilbury-Crewe

86614/610 4L92 Ditton - Felixstowe

319013 5M81 Bedford - Wolverton

166205 5X65 Reading - Wolverton

70019 4M88 Felixstowe - Crewe

70011 4M56 London Gateway - Crewe

 

Tuesday 21 July

86605/638 4L89 Crewe - Felixstowe/4M87 Felixstowe - Trafford Pk

86639/609 4M54 Tilbury-Crewe

70019 4L39 Trafford Pk - Felixstowe

70011 4M56 London Gateway - Crewe

70018 4M93 Felixstowe - Lawley St

70006 4L92 Ditton - Felixstowe

70020 4O13 Daventry - Southampton

 

Wednesday 22 July

86622/607 4M54 Tilbury-Crewe

166204 5X65 Wolverton - Reading

70008 4M56 London Gateway - Crewe

70006 4M93 Felixstowe - Lawley St

 

Thursday 23 July

86605/638 4L89 Crewe - Felixstowe/4M87 Felixstowe - Trafford Pk

86628/632 4M54 Tilbury-Crewe

86610/613 4L92 Ditton - Felixstowe

37059 0Z55 Norwich - Wolverton/5Z56 Wolverton - Norwich with 11076/12167

66109 7X01 Derby - Wembley with 378231

70011 4L41 Crewe - Felixstowe

70019 4M56 London Gateway - Crewe

70006 4M93 Felixstowe - Lawley St

70013 4O13 Daventry - Southampton

 

Friday 24 July

86622/607 4M54 Tilbury-Crewe

86610/613 4L92 Ditton - Felixstowe

70020 4M94 Felixstowe - Hams Hall

70008 4M56 London Gateway - Crewe

70006 4M93 Felixstowe - Lawley St

 

Saturday 25 July

68010 5Z68 Crewe - Willesden with 47828

68014/009 0Z69 Wembley LMD - Crewe

 

Monday 27 July

86628/632 4M54 Tilbury-Crewe

86614/612 4L92 Ditton - Felixstowe

37059 5Z55 Norwich - Wolverton with 11090 and 12057/

0Z59 Wolverton - Crewe 

37667 3Z68 Derby - Euston/3Q68 Euston - Old Oak Common via Milton Keynes

57316 5V42 Carnforth - Southall

37175 3Q33 Derby - Hither Green (via Bedford/Swanbourne/Mk/Swanbourne/Fenny/Bletchley/Bedford)

70016 4O13 Daventry - Southampton (retimed)

70006 4M88 Felixstowe - Crewe

70019 4M56 London Gateway - Crewe

70013 4M93 Felixstowe - Lawley St

 

Tuesday 28 July

86607/622 4L89 Crewe - Felixstowe/4M87 Felixstowe - Trafford Pk

86614/612 4L92 Ditton - Felixstowe

57316 5M43 Southall - Carnforth

73963/961 0Z73 Tonbridge - Crewe

37667 3Q69 Old Oak Common - Rugby

70018 4L41 Crewe - Felixstowe

70008 4O13 Daventry - Southampton (retimed)

70017 4M56 London Gateway - Crewe

70013 4M93 Felixstowe - Lawley St

 

Wednesday 29 July

1H06 0616 Euston - Manchester (fatality at Leighton station) , sympathies to all

92010} 5M16 sleeper emcars

66710(d)}

67004(d)}

the booked 90 had been failed with a pantograph issue prior to departure from Waverly. 66710 with 67004 "Cairngorm" (for eth) then worked 1M16 forward approx 2 hrs down.   Unfortunately 66710 failed at M.Keynes with the train caped there. 92010 arrived from Wembley to work 5M16 forward passing Leighton around 1300

73961} Crewe - Tonbridge light engine.

73963}

more gen for 30 July onwards in a few weeks 

 

Wolverton works movements include

Arrivals 166205, 319013, 456013 (by road), Mk3s 11090/12057, Mk3s 10578/10656 (by road)

 

Departures 166204, 319216 (to Northampton), 456011 (by road)

 

On this day in history , 040873

 

6583 later 33063 arrived at Leighton with a terminating "zooex" from Gillingham. Passengers then joined a fleet of 6 VR buses to take them onwards to nearby Whipsnade Zoo. We only have at least 6 other Crompton passenger workings calling at Leighton, contributions welcome.

 

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