North West drags and more, June 83

 

Booked bridge replacement North of Hartford saw a day of extensive diversions and drags

of  Crewe - Preston and Crewe - Liverpool services. From the gen listed below Saturday June 18th was a fascinating day with classes 25/40/47 all featuring in drags via Middlewich/Chester and Manchester. The following Sunday saw the usual Nuneaton "biggies" and 40158 worked the 0825 Liverpool - Padd throughout!

 

Quite a weekend for all! 

 

Friday June 17th 1983

 

86311 1A83 -0813 Northampton-Euston     

This last up Cobbler was normally a good bet for a "roarer", not today!      

066      0800 Euston-Birmingham                               L.Buzzard - M.Keynes

87021  1P18 0835 Euston-Blackpool                         M.Keynes - Rugby

066      0800 Euston-Birmingham                               Rugby - Coventry

rejoining the same unit i'd got off at MK, always suprised a few "normals" on the 310!

17068320141n136r.jpg 20141 and 20136 at Coventry, 170683

 

20141}   Down light at Coventry

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47438  1M88 0625 Poole –Liverpool                         Coventry - Bir Int'l

47199  1M03 0805 Portsmouth-Manchester              Bir Int'l - New St

1M03 was diagrammed in Summer for a loco off a liners so normally non eh

31420  1M30 0740 Norwich-Birmingham

85010  1M03 0805 Portsmouth -Manchester             New St - Wolves

47556              1E23 1217 Birmingham-York           

very disappointing power for a classic "kick out"                  

50048  1S39 0735 Plymouth-Glasgow/Edinburgh                            

47444  1A41 1140 Shrewsbury-Euston         

86236  1S39 0735 Plymouth-Glasgow/Edinburgh     Wolves - Crewe

17068347355r.jpg 47355 at Crewe with an engineers train 170683

 

                                   

47479  1D48 1320 Crewe-Holyhead                                                             

86235  1P62 1040 Euston-Blackpool                         Crewe - Warrington BQ

45133  1M63 1100 Scarboro-Bangor                         Warrington BQ - Chester

47412  1E53 1324 Llandudno-Scarboro                    Chester - Warrington BQ

53622}            1444 Manchester-Llandudno                          Warrington BQ - Chester

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47570  1D50 1240 Euston-Holyhead

170683474371425hcr.jpg 47437 at Chester with 1K14 1425 Holyhead - Crewe 170683

 

47437  1K14 1425 Holyhead-Crewe

47425  1E16 1505 Bangor-Scarboro                          Chester - Warrington BQ

17068325049r.jpg 25049 on chemical tanks at WBQ 170683

 

17068347317r.jpg 47317 and empty MGR's from Fiddlers Ferry at WBQ 170683

87022  1P70 1440 Euston-Blackpool                         Warrington BQ - Preston

47449  1P70 1440 Euston-Blackpool                         Preston - Kirkham

47561  1M87 1520 Glasgow/1150 Aberdeen - Nottingham

47194  1A81 1823 Blackpool-Euston                                    Kirkham - Preston

47441  1G10 1838 Blackpool-Birmingham

81003  1G10 1838 Blackpool-Birmingham                Preston - Warrington BQ

very nearly stayed on for more miles but wanted to cover the  evening Preston portions..

86231  1P36 1703 Euston-Blackpool                         Warrington BQ - Preston

47502  1P36 1703 Euston-Blackpool

25089  2P94 2115 Preston-Barrow                             Preston - Grange Over Sands

highlight of the day, a "rat" chattering along the coast as the light faded.

170683250892115prbagosr.jpg In virtual darkness 25089 leaves Grange over Sands with 2P94 2115 Preston - Barrow on 170683

 

47532  1K16 2150 Barrow-Crewe                             Grange Over Sands - Preston

87021  1K16 2150 Barrow-Crewe                             Preston - Crewe

So as the drags were about to start things did not look at all promising on the 40 front as few about...

Saturday June 18th 1983

                                                                               

81018  1S23 2124 Bristol-Edinburgh

47413}            1S19 2138 Bristol-Glasgow                            Crewe - Preston (via Chester)

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on arrival at Preston many of us leapt quickly as 40172 was already in whistling away. BTP intercepted

a fair few including myself on the platform and said constable was most unimpressed with my perfectly valid rover and that i was going to make 40172... Some things  on railway have improved with the passage of time

40172}            1V60 2306 Edinburgh - Bristol TM               Preston - Wigan

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i leapt as they were "bound to be more 40s out on drags". A long session at a chill Wigan NW produced just 40002 on parcels!

47318}  1M44 up TPO

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40002}  D Parcels

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47317  liners

47481}            1S26  2330 Euston-Glasgow

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47568}            1M12 2225 Perth/2210 Glasgow -Euston                 

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47502}            1V61 2355 Glasgow/Edinburgh - Bristol

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47423}            1M15 1930 Inverness-Euston

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47468  1P54 0235 Crewe-Preston

47096}            1M14 2200 Stranraer-Euston                          Wigan - Crewe (via Middlewich)

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absolutely wedged, must have been a big 47!

47227  1D04 0605 Crewe-Llandudno                                    Crewe - Chester

180683472270605crllr.jpg Big winner! 47227at Chester with 1D04 0605 Crewe - Llandudno, not sure about the driver! 180683

51187}            0655 Chester-Rock Ferry                                Chester - Rock Ferry

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2x503  0733 Rock Ferry-Liverpool                            Rock Ferry - Lime St

very impressed with the 503s, good units

47549  1O03 0750 Liverpool-Poole                                                  

47441  1A19 0800 Liverpool-Euston

45145  1E94 0805 Liverpool-Newcastle

40172  1V73 0820 Liverpool-Paignton                      Lime St - Crewe (via Middlewich)

whistling away under the Lime St train shed, a marvelous sound after a rough overnight

180683401720820lppar.jpg Whistling beast at Crewe, 40172 with 1V73 0820 Liverpool - Paignton, 180683

 

47547  1F11 0740 Euston-Liverpool

47463}   1T14 0810 Birmingham-Blackpool              Crewe - Wigan (via Chester Triangle, Helsby)

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47426  1A26 0742 Carlisle-Euston

40080 1M18 0710 Glasgow-Euston

47317}            1P14 0835 Euston-Blackpool                         Wigan - Preston

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25268}            1M57 0920 Glasgow/Edin      - Birmingham  Preston - Stockport (via Golborne Jn, Parkside Jn, Ordsall Lane Jn, Castlefield Jn)

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A cross platform leap at Preston saw the rat with electric and load 13 was  just made!!

the run was Hell!        

87001  1M57 0920 Glasgow/Edin - Birmingham       Stockport - Crewe      

47243  1P35 1513 Crewe-Barrow      (via Chester Triangle, Helsby)    Crewe - Wigan

Also 47194/262/339/337/426/437/468/531/568 dragging

40169    1A57 1257 Blackpool  - Euston  (ex Preston)

47337  1V18 1320 Glasgow-Padd

40158  1P33 1614 Liverpool-Preston                         Wigan - Preston

Had viewed this fine machine from 47243 approaching Ince Moss well pleased!

180683401581614lplprr.jpg Oil streaked former Haymarket machine in 40158 at Preston with 1P33 1614 ex Liverpool on 180683

 

47119}            1S71 1405 Birmingham-Glas/Edin                                        

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47339}            1M42 1030 Inverness-Euston   (via Golborne Jn, Parkside Jn, Ordsall Lane Jn, Castlefield Jn)                     Preston - Stockport

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87018  1M42 1030 Inverness-Euston                         Stockport - Crewe

86217  1V19 1840 Manchester-Padd                         Crewe - New St

33053  1V07 1930 Crewe-Cardiff

86230  1A84 1950 Shrewsbury-Euston                      New St - Bir Intl

31414  1M68 1645 Norwich-Birmingham

47444  1V19  1840 Manchester-Padd                                    Bir Intl - Coventry

056      2131 Birmingham-Euston                               Coventry - L.Buzzard

 

Additional 18 June 1983 drag gen thanks to Timewarp.

 

25221 1V90 1045 Glasgow Cen. - Paignton Train between Preston - Stockport and/or Crewe
40002 1V58 2210 (17/6) Glasgow Central - Paignton , between Preston - Stockport drag

40002 1S83 1645 London Euston - Glasgow Central , between Stockport - Preston drag

 

Sunday June 19th 1983

 

057      0913 Euston-Northampton                             L.Buzzard - Bletchley

075      1020 Bletchley-Rugby                                    (via Weedon) Bletchley - Rugby

87016  1G24 1000 Euston-Wolverhampton               Rugby - Nuneaton

56083}            1G26 1100 Euston-Wolves                             Nuneaton - New St

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190683560831100ewr.jpg 56083 waits at Nuneaton prior to dragging the 1G26 the 1100 ex Euston forward to Brum, 190683

 

47309  1V78 1055 Manchester-Padd                         New St - Banbury

Eastern monster!

47549  1M03 1159 Portsmouth-Liverpool                 Banbury - New St

50036  1M78 1105 Plymouth-Manchester                            

47481  1O52 1233 Manchester-Brighton                                          

47425  1A28 1534 Shrewsbury-Euston                     

86238  1M03 1159 Portsmouth - Liverpool               New St -Wolves         

47339  1G06 1425 Manchester-Birmingham              Wolves - New St

31414  1E77 1655 Birmingham-Norwich                              

47489  1J32 1400 Euston-Shrewsbury

45036  1E08 1425 Bristol-Leeds       

50036  1V98 0920 Glas/Edin-Padd                           New St - Coventry

87004  1A31 1700 Wolves-Euston                             Coventry - Rugby

095      1820 Rugby-Euston                                        Rugby - L.Buzzard

 

and not forgetting!!:

40158  1V68 0825 Liverpool-Padd  (throughout)

40158  1M15 1548 Padd-Manchester (to Birmingham NS)

 

3 very enjoyable days, a lot of quality traction out! A personal highlight 25268 thrashing her guts out!

And within the vast resources of Flikr there is a Dave Chamberlain phot of this 25268 working linked here

 

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