The Old Oak - Wolverton ECS Trains
Whilst spotting at Bletchley in the mid 70s it was the flyover traffic that created the greatest interest,
The main lines non stop procession of electrically hauled freight and passenger was boring by comparison
to exotic pairs of 37s on the "ARC" stone trains, Wizzos (westerns) on stone and on occasions a long train
of empty coaching stock sometimes with a Western region named class 47 up front and often a guards brake
van on the rear of what was sometimes a load of over 16 coaches en route to or from Wolverton Works.
This train was 7M44/7V06 that ran normally twice a week and memories of long rakes of stock snaking
over the flyover remain strong today
Summer 79 timetable ran as 7M44 MTHO 0535 Old Oak - Wolverton via Reading (0700), Oxford (0745), Bicester London Rd 0819,
Claydon 0830, Flettons Sidings 0849, Bletchley Summit of Flyover 0853, Wolverton Wks reception arr 0902
The return 7V06 dep Wolverton Works reception 1115, Denbigh Hall 1126, Bletchley Summit of Flyover 1131, Flettons Sidings 1133
Claydon 1152, Bicester London Rd 1203, Oxford 1233, Reading 1315, Old Oak 1412
Initial checks from a few sources plus my spotting records see a good variety of Western Region power. By the
Mid 80s as HST stock replaced some of the Westerns vast coaching stock the train became less regular.
Even after closure, sorry "mothballing" of the Oxford - Bletchley route in May 93 the occasional Old Oak
Wolverton stock move saw 31, 47s or 66s operating via the NLL/WCML.
Even today Wolverton Works sees 165/166 units recvd for works visits,running from Reading on Saturdays
perhaps keeping the 7M44/7V06 memories alive.......
7M44/7V06 Power variety
7061 the first recorded local working on May 2nd 1968, 7093
1002, 1037, 1044
1553 later 47437, 47066, 47078, 47081, 47102, 47377
31105, 31110, 5530 later 31112, 5535 later 31117, 31118, 5539 later 31121, 31257, 31259, 31413, 31414, 31415, 31422
So this initial stab has unearthed a Warship, 3 Westerns, 2 Hymeks, 6 47s and 12 31s which we think.
were the most common power at the time. Any more workings out there?
7M44/7V06 phot spot
Photos of this working are very rare, however Dunstables Kevin Lane has 2 linked here
Any more Old Oak - Wolverton ECS moves memories to share?