Pitstone, Thursday  March 3rd 1977(pm)

 

An interesting afternoon at Pitstone at the North end of Tring Cutting on the WCML.

Class 81-5 were on parcels and freight only, a solitary 25 represented diesel  traction on the Kings X  Yd-Tring cement empties. very much a proper electric WCML back then. Freight was grouped in down blocks. 86228 was the first loco to return North at 1610 after heading South at 1349. 310 unit moves are excluded.  

 

 

86012  D. Pass                        1325

86246  U. Pass                        1328

86240  U Pass                         1328

86220  U Pass (mk I)              1331

86235  U Pass                         1336

86224  D Pass                         1338

87006  D. Pass                        1341

86228  U Pass                         1349

83008  D.Parcels                     1350

85003  U Mixed freight          1353

85017  D Freightliner              1355

87027  U Pass                         1405

86218  U Pass                         1413

86016  D Pass                         1418

81020  D Freightliner              1422

86244  U Pass                         1423

81010  D C'mnt n Ore e's       1426

87101  D Pass                         1426

86204  U Pass                         1429

86212  D Pass                         1430

87026  D Pass                         1440

86232  D Pass                         1441

87023  U Pass                         1445

85011  D Mixed freight          1447

87013  D Pass                         1450

86230  U Pass                         1452

85040  D Charrington oil        1459

86029  D BOC                        1502

25310  D cement e's                1505

87031  D Pass                         1512

87018  U Pass                         1515

86211  U Pass                         1519

86245  D Pass                         1525

87033  U Pass                         1527

86207  D Pass                         1529

87002  U Pass                         1533

86234  D Pass                         1537

86247  D Pass                         1549

86233  U Pass                         1552

86228  D Pass                         1610

86231  U Pass                         1612

86260  D Pass                         1615

86026  D Cars                         1618

87014  U Pass                         1619

86246  D Pass                         1620

87006  U Pass                         1622

86009  D Pass                         1626

86244  D Pass                         1631

86019  U Pass                         1634

87023  D Pass                         1641

86235  D Pass                         1650                                                   

 

Power seen...(45)

25310

81010, 81020

83008

85003, 85011, 85017, 85040

86009, 86012, 86016, 86019, 86026, 86029

86204, 86207,  86211, 86212, 86218, 86220, 86224, 86228, 86230, 86231, 86232, 86233, 86234, 86235, 86240, 86244, 86245, 86246, 86247, 86260

87002, 87006, 87013, 87014, 87018, 87023, 87026, 87027, 87031, 87033, 87101

 

 

Of the 45 locos seen in 1977, in May 2014 just 86009 (as 609) and 86012 (as 612) remain in regular service with Freightliner, perhaps showing the "cans" strong link with the real WCML of the 70's. Several other “cans” and “sevens” remain active in Eastern Europe too.

 

06051486609n627r.jpg Linking with a real railway of 37 years earlier, 86609 seen back on 030377 and 86627 take 4M54 Tilbury - Crewe liners north through Old Linslade on 060514.

 

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