Reliefs out of Padd, December 1982

Thursday December 23rd 1982

My train South from Leighton was 1A83 0813 Northampton - Euston the last "morning Cobbler" . This train on which back then cheap day returns were valid was notoriously unreliable in terms of power. Sometimes an 86'2, often an 86'3 but equally often a class 81-85 "roarer". Well today my luck held with 85027 producing. This was my only my only ever run behind 85027 as she caught fire on a liners at Kings Langley a few months later and never worked again, being cut in March 85.

Once aboard the "Cobbler's" rear Mk I (to avoid the commuter wedge) i sat back to enjoy the journey with my 248 page! Christmas and New Year 1982/83 Supplement as light reading. A large number of relief trains were listed out of Kings Cross, Euston and Paddington for the Christmas rush of passengers heading away from London for the Christmas break. Today I planned to cover the Paddington reliefs hoping for some steam heat 47and perhaps class 31 action out of Padd.

Well after doing required 50041 on an Oxford to Reading i was shocked to see 45017 arriving on the 0815 Penzance - Padd relief. This had to be done! After a short fester at Padd 50015 returned me to Reading overtaking a required 47562 on a Padd - Oxford which i did forward from Reading. More newies albeit eh with 47567 on the Newcastle - Poole to Reading for 47508 on the 1625 ex Oxford back to Padd.

Back at Euston 1B09 the last evening Cobbler produced 85038 and front coach seats allowed the usual howls, screams and pops that 85038 delivered to be enjoyed!

suppar.jpgLoads of reliefs on Dec 23rd 1982

suppbr.jpgEven more reliefs , Dec 23rd 1982

The reliefs

47513 0913 Padd - Fishguard H Rlf

47140 1027 Padd-Penzance Rlf

47510 1058 Padd-Swansea Rlf (loco failed at Padd) 47543 replaced 510.

50024 1217 Padd-Paignton Rlf

47145 1021 Swansea-Padd Rlf

45017 0815 Penzance-Padd Rlf

47426 1258 Padd-Swansea Rlf

47152 1327 Padd - Penzance Rlf

50015 1412 Padd-Plymouth Rlf

47552 1021 York-Poole Rlf

47124 1527 Padd - Penzance Rlf

?????? 0923 Penzance - Padd Rlf

47016 1448 Penzance - Padd Rlf

????? 1752 Padd - Exeter Rlf

????? 1809 Padd - Swansea Rlf

The Moves

85027 0813 Northampton- Euston Leighton Buzzard -Euston

50041 1150 Padd-Oxford Paddington - Reading

45017 0815 Penzance-Padd Rlf Reading - Paddington

50015 1412 Padd-Plymouth Rlf Paddington - Reading

47562 1401 Padd-Oxford Reading -Oxford

47567 0950 Newcastle-Poole Oxford - Reading

47508 1625 Oxford-Padd Reading - Paddington

85038 1815 Euston-Northampton Euston - Leighton Buzzard

The phots (all Dec 23rd 1982)

23128231273webr.jpg31273 brings stock for a relief into Padd

23128208948webr.jpgPilot 08948 shunts releases some early Mk 2s

23128245017webr.jpg"My Lords!" 45017 steaming nicely arrives at Reading with the 0815 Penzance - Padd relief

23128231327webr.jpgAdding to the Paddington smoke scene that was once commonplace is 31327 and a parcels unit at the blocks

231282210001trailwebr.jpgOn trails is new style DMU 210001 at Padd

23128247543webr.jpgDelayed by an earlier loco failure, 47543 at Reading with the 1058 Padd - Swansea relief

2312825004008640webr.jpgDidcot Power station steaming nicely with 50040 and 08640 on the yard

231282475621401PAOXwebr.jpg47562 at Oxford with the 1401 ex Padd

231282500481450padlplwebr.jpg50048 at Oxford with the 1450 Padd - Liverpool

The Gen

85027 0813 Northampton- Euston

47513 0913 Padd - Fishguard H Rlf

50022 0950 Padd-Liverpool

31117 ecs-phot

50020 0855 Oxford-Padd

50006 1050 Padd-Oxford

47140 1027 Padd-Penzance Rlf

50041 0720 Taunton-Padd

47510 1058 Padd-Swansea Rlf (fail), 47543 replaced 510.

50030 0740 Taunton-Padd

47565 0835 Birmingham-Padd

50041 1150 Padd-Oxford

50012 0955 Oxford-Padd

33049 1105 Portsmouth-Manchester (to Reading)

47551 1105 Portsmouth-Manchester (ex Reading)

50024 1217 Padd-Paignton Rlf

47145 1021 Swansea-Padd Rlf

50035 1250 Padd-Liverpool

45017 0815 Penzance-Padd Rlf

47426 1258 Padd-Swansea Rlf

47152 1327 Padd - Penzance Rlf

50015 1412 Padd-Plymouth Rlf

47474 1242 Poole-Manchester

33114 1242 Poole-Manchester (to Reading)

47562 1401 Padd-Oxford

47552 1021 York-Poole Rlf

50048 1450 Padd-Liverpool

47567 0950 Newcastle-Poole

47536 1447 Poole-Liverpool

47487 1447 Poole-Liverpool (to Reading)

47124 1527 Padd - Penzance Rlf

47508 1625 Oxford-Padd

47016 1448 Penzance - Padd Rlf

47145 1752 Padd - Exeter Rlf

86245 1805 Euston-Blackpool

85038 1815 Euston-Northampton

So 2 "roarers", a required steam heat peak into Padd plus a few new 47's and 50s made it a very rewarding December day.

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