Spring Holiday reliefs, May 1985

Back in the days of the proper railway, relief trains were an important means of coping with the additional traffic a Bank Holiday weekend could bring. Across the country relief or additional trains  ran down the spine of the country on Table 51 (via New St) and to/from most London termini.

By 1985 the cost cutting regime imposed on the railway did mean the numbers of relief trains were lower than previous years but still impressive enough.  All the additional and amended trains were published in a free "Train Service Alterations" booklet which although primarily for staff it was very useful for enthusiasts too!

May85suppwebr.jpg The gen booklet!

Sample relief trains May 85

With thanks to the Timewarp website and our roving local bashers, below are just some of the many relief trains and in some cases exotic power that featured on them. Most of the gen comes from the Midlands, Table 51 country!

Friday May 24th 1985.

  45066 1V31 1030 York - Plymouth relief , from Bristol TM
  45069 1E69 1709 Bristol - Leeds Relief
  45108 1V31 1030 York - Exeter relief, to Bristol TM
  45108 1Z16 1916 Bristol Temple Meads - Derby relief  
  45115 1E75 1521 Bristol Temple Meads - Leeds relief  
  45135 ???? 1324 Wolverhampton - Plymouth relief via Camp Hill
  47094 1Z68 1206 Bristol - Edinburgh Relief from Carstairs
  47140 1Z17 12.25 Plymouth - Crewe relief

  47401 1425 York-Plymouth Relief to BNS

  45127 1425 York-Plymouth Relief ex BNS
  47513 1Z09 1205 Bristol Temple Meads - Edinburgh relief via Camp Hill, to    Wolverhampton

  33117 1325 Reading-Wolverhampton Relief

  33117 1710 Wolverhampton - Poole Relief

  37103 1803 York-Birmingham Relief  
  47525 ???? 1626 Reading - Liverpool Lime Street relief  

  47556 1Z28 1147 Padd-Penzance Relief
  50023 1Z?? 1859 Paddington - Paignton relief

  45019 ???? 1922 Paddington - Bristol relief

  85028 1215 Carlisle-Plymouth Relief
  85017 1Z09 1205 Bristol Temple Meads - Edinburgh relief, from Wolverhampton

 

May85suppfrirgen.jpg Loads of reliefs!   

Saturday May 25th.

  45066 ???? 1358 Sheffield - Swansea relief
  45066 1E51 0732 Exeter St Davids - Sheffield relief
  45069 1V32 1032 York - Penzance Relief
  47352 1V54 13.11 Lancaster - Plymouth relief , from BNS

  47524            1005 Crewe-Penzance Relief

  86324            1411 Lancaster-Plymouth Relief        to BNS          

  47352            1411 Lancaster-Plymouth Relief         ex BNS 

  47441  0915 Wolverhampton - Portsmouth H Relief

 

Sunday May 26th.

No booked relief trains.....

 Bank Holiday Monday May 27th.

 20121} 1825 Skegness - Derby relief  
 20157}

31466} 16:25 Newcastle - Kings Cross relief

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45017 1V21 1425 York - Plymouth relief
45112 1Z16 1709 Bristol Temple Meads - Derby relief  
47275 1Z09 1801 York - Birmingham New St relief

Tuesday May 28th 1985.

  25211 1V21 1420 York - Plymouth relief  to  Bristol TM
  31202 1V21 1425 York - Plymouth relief ex Bristol TM

  45066 0906 Bristol - York relief
  45066 1Z09 1801 York - Birmingham Relief

  45069 1521 Bristol - Leeds Relief
  45107 ???? 1806 Exeter St David`s - Birmingham New Street Relief
  45142 1E75 1521 Bristol Temple Meads - Leeds relief  

  45144  1709 Bristol-Derby relief
  47140 1V32 1032 York - Plymouth relief
  47159 ???? 1435 Derby - Cardiff relief

 

28058525211sheffr.jpg Much jubilation aboard as 25211 arrives at Sheffield with 1V21 1420 York - Plymouth relief  to  Bristol TM on 280585
  

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25211 leaves Cheltenham with
1V21 1420 York - Plymouth relief which the rat worked to T.Meads for 31202 forward to Plymouth on 280585

 

Wednesday May 29th 1985.

 47091 1Z09 1801 York - Birmingham New St relief
 47598 1G54 1815 Llandudno - Birmingham New Street relief

Known relief power that 1985 Spring bank holiday weekend:

 

20121/20157

25211

31202, 31466/31467

33117

45017, 45019, 45066, 45069

45107, 45108, 45112, 45115, 45127, 45135, 45142, 45144

47091, 47094, 47140, 47159, 47275, 47352

47401, 47441, 47513, 47524, 47525, 47556, 47598

50023

85017, 85028

86324

 

Real railway, real power.....................

 

If anybody has any more May 85 relief train gen and or memories, would be very welcome

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