Network South East day, Sat September 13th 1986

This was the second of the very popular Network Days to promote the NSE network.

For just 4 you could travel on any train in the NSE area and by any operator. Many trains were strengthened; relief trains also ran including our own 1Z38 0835 M.Keynes-Hove relief.

A fantastic opportunity for a good day out thanks to the good offices of Chris Green


Saturday September 13th 1986 dawned bright but very cold with a heavy frost across the Hanslope area as our warm, cosy 310 stormed North. The first bowl out of the day was

a can in 86260 on the first Cobbler. This had to be done to cover to cover 1Z38 off Milton Keynes which we planned to do for the riot value. Its roaring came the shout as the big yellow front of what proved to be 81012 arrived with an 11 coach mk I rake. The front

coach had just a few bashers aboard, the normals all wedged in further back. The uncommon 33058 was our power forward from Mitre Bridge

We picked up a good crowd at East Croydon who thought they were Brighton rather than Hove bound! The Crompton was loud, at times very loud on her run down the Brighton mainline, unfamiliar Crompton routeage for us.

047 0600 Euston-Birmingham L.Buzzard - Northampton

86260 0740 Northampton-Euston Northampton - M.Keynes

81012 0835 M.Keynes-Hove Relief 1Z38 M.Keynes - Mitre Br Jn

33058 0835 M.Keynes-Hove Relief 1Z38 Mitre Br Jn - Hove


Whilst many confused East Croydoners bailed at Hove , expecting Brighton we joined a unit along the Coast to Pompey. Genny 47406 was quoted for the 1302 Pompey - Manchester but as below we stuck with the tried, tested and ever popular Bristol-Pompey Crompton moves to the Harbour, Soton, Fareham and finally Salisbury. Here a pair of Cromptons in 33063/020 were a bonus for the mileage move back to Brighton. We didnt make the big minus into the return M.Keynes relief so 47559 on the Liverpool was joined. With dull 86404 the forwarding power from West London Jn a Waford bail followed. On bailing off the pair of 310s at Leighton the Cobbler empties screamed South behind 85007 and a dead 81006. Quite a Network day!

2106} 1020 Victoria-Portsmouth H Hove - Portsmouth


33001 1007 Bristol-Portsmouth H Portsmouth - Portsmouth H

33053 1410 Portsmouth H-Bristol Portsmouth H - Southampton

33015 0950 Swansea-Portsmouth Southampton - Fareham

33001 1510 Portsmouth H-Cardiff Fareham - Salisbury

33063} 1350 Penzance-Brighton Salisbury - Brighton


47559 1826 Brighton-Liverpool Brighton - West London Jn

86404 1826 Brighton-Liverpool West London Jn - Watford Jn

061} 2025 Euston-M.Keynes Watford Jn - L.Buzzard


Other known gen from the day

85004 0730 Euston-Pwhelli

85013 0625 Newhaven-Manchester (ex West London Jn)

85002 0644 Manchester - Brighton (to Mitre Bridge jn)

73138 0920 Gatwick-Victoria

73104 0945 Victoria-Gatwick

47406 1302 Portsmouth-Manchester

33211 1007 Cardiff-Portsmouth H

33028 1210 Cardiff-Portsmouth H

33008 1305 Cardiff-Portsmouth H

50027 1703 Salisbury-Waterloo! -(Wot no Crompton!, is nothing sacred!)

33035 1410 Waterloo-Salisbury

33058 1805 Brighton - M.Keynes rtn Relief (to West London Jn)

86406 1805 Brighton - M.Keynes rtn Relief (ex West London Jn)

33208 1830 Brighton-Eastliegh Addit (stock off Penzance - Brighton)

85007} ecs of 1714 Euston-Northampton


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