NSE Rover, Jan 92.

The NSE rover allowed you a week's the freedom of the vast Network South East area incl  Inter city services  for £63.50. The drawback was a 1000 restriction Mon - Fri which saw some long bus moves from Leighton to get to Oxford or wherever for the 1000 start. Good fun none the less!

 

 

Monday 13th Jan 92

 

            Leighton High St bus stop was an unusual starting venue. A National thrashing up Wing hill, then High Wycombe for a VR to Reading.2.5 hours after leaving Leighton 207010 was thumping across the levels to Basingstoke. At Salisbury 50030 was in the loco siding with a “not to be moved” totem. Returning East behind 33102,  a surprise when we crossed 33109 on a load 2 thumper substitute.

            Later in the afternoon Paddington had a good choice of duff hauled Mk I commuter trains. I opted for the 1738 Paddington-Banbury as it was the sole surviving booked hauled turn via High Wycombe. 47587 put in a good attack on the climb up to Saunderton summit, whilst just a single spotter watched the action at Princes Risborough. All new 165012/019 impressed less on a following Aylesbury service, then a VR home.

 

207010 1020 Reading - Basingstoke              Reading - Basingstoke

47717  1000 Waterloo - Salisbury                  Basingstoke - Salisbury

33102  1213 Salisbury - Waterloo                  Salisbury - Woking

47714  1315 Waterloo - Exeter                       Woking - Andover

205030  1414 Salisbury - Reading                  Andover - Basingstoke

207010   1535 Basingstoke - Reading            Basingstoke - Reading

47446  1600 Oxford - Padd                           Reading - Padd

47587  1738 Padd- Banbury                           Padd - Princes Risborough

165012} 1807 Marylebone - Aylesbury         Princes Risborough - Aylesbury

165019}

 

 50030 in Salisbury loco bay awaiting a tow back to Laira, 130192

 

 33102 at Salisbury prior to working the 1213 to Waterloo on 130192

 33103 and immaculate 33054 stabled at Woking, 130192

 

 

Tuesday 14th Jan 92

            Paying out for a single to Northampton saw some 321 to Bletchley with the sole surviving 310 diagram in 310107 forward. Bus moves from Northampton to Bedford and Biggleswade for ex Bletchley beast in 317332 on a Peterborough-Kings X service for a 91 forward from Stevenage. Padd-Oxford moves followed with a fill in move getting an elderly, rattling 53083/54381 from Oxford to Didcot. For variety 86248 on a Euston-Shrewsbury got me home via the Keynes.

 

321424  0554 Euston - M.Keynes                L.Buzzard - Bletchley

310107  0704 Bletchley - Birmingham       Bletchley - Northampton         

317332  1110 Peterborough - Kings X        Biggleswade - Stevenage         

91013    0945 Newcastle - Kings X             Stevenage - Kings X

47841    1403 Padd - Liverpool                    Padd - Reading           

47457    1400 Oxford - Padd                       Reading - Padd   

47521    1520 Padd - Oxford                       Padd - Oxford            

53083}   1555 Bicester N - Reading             Oxford - Didcot         

54381}

47526    1620 Padd - Oxford                        Didcot - Oxford         

47526    1800 Oxford - Padd                        Oxford - Padd           

86248    1940 Euston - Shrewsbury               Euston - M.Keynes    

321410  2037 M.Keynes - Euston                 M.Keynes - L.Buzzard                     

 

 47579 at the blocks at Padd with the 1200 Oxford - Padd on 140192

 

 

Wednesday 15th Jan 92       

            The same slow bus move as Monday to Reading then much 47’7 power on the Waterloo-Exeters then much 47’4 power on the Padd-Oxfords. 47583 put in a superb run on 12 Mk I’s on a lightly loaded 1839 Banbury-Padd. A can move home via the Keynes again.

 

207013    1050 Reading - Basingstoke           Reading - Basingstoke         

47702  1100 Waterloo - Exeter                       Basingstoke - Andover

47703  1213 Salisbury - Waterloo                  Andover - Woking

47715  1315 Waterloo - Exeter                       Woking - Andover

47705  1217 Exeter - Waterloo                       Andover - Basingstoke

47848  1340 Poole - Manchester                    Basingstoke - Reading

47587  1520 Reading - Oxford                      Reading - Oxford

53155}  1555 Bicester N - Reading               Oxford - Didcot

54287}

47579    1620 Padd - Oxford                        Didcot - Oxford         

47583    1650 Padd - Banbury                       Oxford - Banbury

47583    1839 Banbury - Padd                       Banbury - Padd                     

86248    1940 Euston - Shrewsbury               Euston - M.Keynes

 

 Reading thumper in 207013 with the 1050 to Bas on 150192.

 

 47702 at Andover with the 1100 Waterloo - Exeter, 150192

 

 

Thursday 16th Jan 92

            A later start saw the NSE rover take me just to Northampton for a Midline Day Ranger forward. WCML problems saw all traffic diverted via Northampton. A very late 0903 Euston-Holyhead made an unscheduled stop at Rugby with a tatty 47238 dragging the dead tram which had failed at Weedon. A short trip to Nuneaton followed during which harassed staff were using the buffet radio phone to advise of missed ferry connections etc.

            Moves sampling both diesel and electric units followed with a lively run from Stafford to Rugby on the 1606 Manchester P-Rugby Trent Valley “flier” with 304030.

 

321428   0906 Euston - M.Keynes            L.Buzzard - Bletchley   

321423   0924 Euston - Northampton                   Bletchley - M.Keynes    

321439   0954 Euston - Birmingham         M.Keynes - Rugby        

47238}   0903 Euston - Holyhead             Rugby - Nuneaton         

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53090}   1220 Rugby - Crewe                   Nuneaton - Stafford      

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310110   1426 Stafford - Coventry           Stafford - Wolves          

90007     1455 Wolves - Euston                 Wolves - Bir Int'l           

304032   1531 Coventry - Stoke             Bir Int'l - Stafford

304030   1606 Manchester - Rugby       Stafford - Rugby  

321409   1836 Birmingham - Euston      Rugby - L.Buzzard          

           

 

 

Friday 17th Jan 92   

            After enduring a 2 hour plus bus ride via Aylesbury and Oxford I arrived at Oxford station only to see the withering sight of Dutch, very NB, 47364 just leaving with the 1000 Oxford-Padd!!!. An hour’s wait for dull, by comparison, saw 47587 on the next Padd. That evening I got a front coach compo seat on the 1650 Padd-Banbury. With many faces hovering, but not boarding I eventually got off to cover the very last hauled Padd-High Wycombe loco hauled service.

            The hoverers had the gen as power  was 47364. The commuters were joking re the lack of heat but less so on the number of cranks on “their” train. Approching High Wycombe a young female commuter pulled out her “goodbye dear old train” banner to aah’s all round. I bailed at Princes Risborough and there was just time to view a quality “Chiltern Loco Hauled finale” headboard. The local spotter seen earlier in the week here appreciated the rarity value of 47364 less, he was expecting some 50!.

            From Aylesbury an ageing, smoking 6 car DMU formation was a better option than the bus home. 2 passengers who joined my DMU coach, quickly changed coaches fearing death from fume inhalation. 87023 home on a Euston-Liverpool was on a very different railway.

 

47587  1100 Oxford - Padd               Oxford - Padd

47636  1220 Padd - Oxford               Padd - Oxford

47636  1400 Oxfrd - Padd                 Oxford - Reading

47441  1425 Newbury - Padd                        Reading - Padd

55025  1605 Padd - Greenford           Padd - Ealing Broadway

55030  1603 Greenford - Padd           Ealing Broadway - Padd

47364  1738 Padd - Banbury              Padd - Princes Risborough

with "Chiltern loco hauled finale" headboard.

165011}  1807 Marylebone - Aylesbury Princes Risborough - Aylesbury

165019}

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59728}

59750}  1908 Aylesbury - Marylebone   Aylesbury - Marylebone 

51679}

54274}

51866}

87023  2100 Euston - Liverpool         Euston - M.Keynes

321424  2141 Northampton - Euston             M.Keynes - L.Buzzard

 

 Thanks to Jason hall for this atmospheric view of 47364 on the final 1738 Padd - Banbury via High Wycombe, 170192.

 

 Saturday 18th Jan 92

            Stonebridge Park (Sudbury) loco sidings have seen a great variety of stabled power but today was a personal first with Clayton 8568 stabled there!. Later my Crompton mileage increased with drab grey liveried 33109 on the 1115 Waterloo-Exeter for 33102 on a Salisbury-Basingstoke 2 coach thumper substitute back. (NSE Rovers were'nt valid West of Salisbury unfortunately). Then off to Victoria for ED bashing to Gatwick.

 

321420}  0716 Rugby - Euston          L.Buzzard - Euston

321409}

3431    0925 Waterloo - Farnham       Waterloo - Woking

47701  0645 Exeter - Waterloo           Woking - Waterloo

33109   1115 Waterloo - Exeter          Waterloo - Salisbury

33102  1305 Salisbury - Basingstoke   Salisbury - Basingstoke

47702  0945 Plymouth - Waterloo       Basingstoke - Waterloo

5861    1546 Waterloo - Guildford     Waterloo - Clapham Jn

1110}   1417 Littlehampton - Victoria  Clapham Jn - Victoria

1861}

73202  1630 Victoria - Gatwick         Victoria - Gatwick

73235   1705 Gatwick - Victoria        Gatwick - Victoria

321424}  1834 Euston - M.Keynes    Euston - L.Buzzard

321415}

 

Sunday 19th May 92

            Unit moves on the Fenchurch St-Shoeburyness axis with 302/308 and 310’s raked in. A dud for rover 91 for a totter via Hertford then the final “power” with  321425 home.

 

321406}  0849 Northampton - Euston  L.Buzzard - Euston

321433}

088}        1057 Fenchurch St - Pitsea    Fenchurch St - Pitsea (via OOck)

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308141}  1115 Fenchurch St - Shoeburyness  Pitsea - Shoeburyness

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302207}  1330 Shoeburynes - Fenchurch St  Shoeburyness - Chalkwell

308154}

049}       1315 Fenchurch St - Shoeburyness   Chalkwell - Thorpe Bay<

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302214}  1430 Shoeburyness - Fenchurch St  Thorpe Bay - Fenchurch St

308139}

91013    1630 Kings X - Newcastle                Kings X - Stevenage (via Hert N)

317336}  1631 Cambridge - Kings X             Stevenage - Kings X

317359}

321425   1815 Euston - Northampton                        Euston - L.Buzzard  

 

Loco Haulages on NSE Rover: (30)

 

33102, 33109

47238, 47364, 47441,47446, 47457,47587,47521,47526,47579,47583,47587, 47636,47701,47702,47703,47705,47714,47715,47717,47841,47848

73202, 73235

86205,86248

87023

90007

91013

 

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