On the bash in Scotland Part One the 80's

 

Thanks to Jason Hall

 

1981-1989

Scotland even now is a place of wonderful memories on the bash. Despite my love of 31s and 50s, two types that were hardly common in Scotland, I will always rate highly my visits no matter what types were involved. It was a place where even a mundane blue ETH 47 was actually an interesting distinctive machine. All seemed just that little more relevant than the regular Crewe or Western allocated 47s that seemed to haunt me wherever I was. In these articles I try and detail some of the best of those times and all of the variety on offer.

 

In 1981 before I had established any interest in specific types or the need to be hauled by anything in particular, dad announced a trip to Scotland that would be my first. All be it a fleeting visit, I still remember the looking at the mixed type 2 pair and what was my first 27 for sight and being somewhat overwhelmed, as in the background I was itching to start looking over the raft of exotic DMUs and locos that infested Waverley station. The trip also featured my first 82 and 46 for haulage but that seemed a minor concern then! After wandering around Waverley, we headed off to Haymarket, and naturally I insisted we do it on a train that had a loco on it. Looking back at it, why was the 82 replaced by a 46 at Crewe? Did the 82 fail, was the power off, did we go via Salop? That mystery I have never solved.

 

10/10/81 BR Merrymaker

82005 Coventry-Carstairs

25060+27032 Carstairs-Edinburgh

27032+25060 Edinburgh-Carstairs

82005 Carstairs-Crewe

46005 Crewe-Coventry

 

27005 1425 Edinburgh-Dundee / Edinburgh-Haymarket

26012 1520 Dundee-Edinburgh / Haymarket-Edinburgh

 

078127r.jpgCircuit power at Haymarket, Oct 81

 

 

Scotland remained a mystical place that seemed far further than it really was. No matter how many raids made on a frog box, finding something much further than York or Stafford was never to be. What was hiding north of Edinburgh?A Skirl of the Pipes in 1982, the one I was lucky enough to be on, gave only a taste of the bash in Scotland. Up until 1986 there were several small visits, most around Edinburgh armed with a half day return to Inverkeithing or similar, whilst my family visited by auntie.Of those,this was the most memorable, made possible with some frog and rather "liberal" use of a rover.

 

27/1/85

HST Bedford-Kettering

474011C28 1653 Derby-St Pancras / Kettering-St Pancras

87031 1S07 2210 Euston-Fort William / Euston-Mossend Yard

 

28/01/85

371111S07 2210 Euston-Fort William / Mossend Yard-Cowlairs West Junction

37012 1S07 2210 Euston-Fort William / Cowlairs West Junction-Glasgow QS

37111 1S07 2210 Euston-Fort William / Glasgow QS-Crianlarich

37191 1T16 0800 Oban-Glasgow QS / Crianlarich-Glasgow QS

47270 1N32 1335 Glasgow QS-Inverness / Glasgow QS-Perth

47460 1T34 1220 Inverness-Glasgow QS / Perth-Glasgow QS

25044 1M56 1730 Glasgow C-Carlisle / GlasgowC-Carlisle via G&SW

86101 1S81 2050 Carlisle-Perth / Carlisle-Mossend Yard

27020 1S81 2050 Carlisle-Perth / Mossend Yard-Perth

 

29/01/85

27020 1A03 0105 Perth-Aberdeen / Perth-Aberdeen

27051+27055 1N13 0745 Aberdeen-Inverness / Aberdeen-Inverness

37114+27014 2K08 1055 Inverness-Kyle / Inverness-Dingwall

27055+27051 2K09 1130 Inverness-Wick / Dingwall-Georgemas Junction

27055 2K09 1130 Inverness-Wick / Georgemas Junction-Wick

27055 2N37 1800 Wick-Inverness / Wick-Inverness

47469 1T04 2350 Inverness-Glasgow QS / Inverness-Blair Atholl

 

29018527051n055bror.jpgYour webmaster was also on 27051 and 055 at Brora, 290185

 

 

30/01/85

47610 1N05 2345 Glasgow QS-Inverness / Blair Atholl-Inverness

08754 Shunt release Platform 2 to Platform 4

26008+26040 2K04 0630 Inverness-Wick / Inverness-Ardgay

27051+372612N14 0600 Wick-Inverness / Ardgay-Inverness

47460 1A27 1035 Inverness-Aberdeen / Inverness-Huntly

47118 1N22 1145 Aberdeen-Inverness / Huntly-Inverness

47007 1G05 1420 Inverness-Edinburgh / Inverness-Haymarket

47213 2G03 1728 Dundee-Edinburgh / Haymarket-Edinburgh

470412L58 1918 Edinburgh-Dundee / Edinburgh-Haymarket

470402G09 1828 Dundee-Edinburgh / Haymarket-Edinburgh

27010 2L60 2018 Edinburgh-Dundee / Edinburgh-Dundee

47413 1C97 2020 Aberdeen-Carstairs / Dundee-Edinburgh

47708 1C97 2020 Aberdeen-Carstairs / Edinburgh-Carstairs

 

30018526008n040r.jpgYour webmaster also leapt at Ardgay to phot 26008 and 26040 on 2K04 300185

 

31/01/85

85019 1V62 2350 Glasgow C-Bristol TM / Carstairs-Carlisle

47578 1S06 2100 Euston-Stranraer Harbour / Carlisle-Ayr

20192+47578 2100 Euston-Stranraer Harbour / Ayr-Stranraer Harbour

47562 1A18 0735 Stranraer Harbour-Glasgow C / Stranraer Harbour-Glasgow C

47702 1O17 1030 Glasgow QS-Edinburgh / Glasgow QS-Falkirk High

47707 1O22 1030 Edinburgh-Glasgow QS / Falkirk High-Glasgow QS

37026 1B11 1220 Glasgow QS-Oban / Glasgow QS-Ardlui

37039 1T32 1300 Oban-Glasgow QS / Ardlui-Glasgow QS

37090 2L53 1638 Glasgow QS-Dundee / Glasgow QS-Bishopbriggs

DMU Bishopbriggs-Glasgow QS

27054 2P53 1735 Glasgow QS-Perth / Glasgow QS-Perth

47460 1G18 1630 Inverness-Edinburgh / Perth-Inverkeithing

27049 2L60 2018 Edinburgh-Dundee / Inverkeithing-Burntisland

27046 2G23 2028 Dundee-Edinburgh / Burntisland-Edinburgh

47707 1O74 2230 Edinburgh-Glasgow QS / Edinburgh-Haymarket

47451 1C97 2020 Aberdeen-Carstairs / Dundee-Edinburgh

47704 1C97 2020 Aberdeen-Carstairs / Edinburgh-Carstairs

 

01/02/85

81013 1V62 2350 Glasgow C-Bristol TM / Carstairs-Birmingham NS

87027 1A05 0627 Wolverhampton-Euston / Birmingham NS-Rugby

310 EMU Rugby-Northampton

85029 1A83 0813 Northampton-Euston / Northampton-Bletchley

53444+59206+53500 Bletchley-Bedford

 

And of the other visits, some great value for money on these occasions. Sitting around watching TV was not on my agenda. Half day return to Markinch please.

 

01/07/85

47346 2J15 1015 Edinburgh-Dundee / Edinburgh-Markinch

270262J10 1030 Dundee-Edinburgh / Markinch-Kirkcaldy

27040 2J05 1115 Edinburgh-Dundee / Kirkcaldy-Markinch

47157 2J12 1130 Dundee-Edinburgh / Markinch-Kirkcaldy

270412J11 1215 Edinburgh-Dundee / Kirkcaldy-Markinch

47346 2J02 1230 Dundee-Edinburgh / Markinch-Edinburgh

47428 1C70 1510 Edinburgh-Carstairs / Edinburgh-Haymarket

27014 2J07 1520 Edinburgh-Dundee / Haymarket-Kirkcaldy

27026 2J42 1530 Dundee-Edinburgh / Kirkcaldy-Edinburgh

47274 2J29 1715 Edinburgh-Dundee / Edinburgh-Haymarket

47341 1B21 1656 Carstairs-Edinburgh / Haymarket-Edinburgh

27023 2J31 1815 Edinburgh-Dundee / Edinburgh-Haymarket

 

03/07/85

47117 2J13 1415 Edinburgh-Dundee / Edinburgh-Haymarket

27017 2J04 1330 Dundee-Edinburgh / Haymarket-Edinburgh

27018 2J07 1520 Edinburgh-Dundee / Edinburgh-Haymarket

27023 2J14 1430 Dundee-Edinburgh / Haymarket-Edinburgh

47376 1C71 1610 Edinburgh-Carstairs / Edinburgh-Haymarket

47715 1O40 1600 Glasgow QS-Edinburgh / Haymarket-Edinburgh

26002 +DMU 2??? 1705 Edinburgh-Cardenden / Edinburgh-Haymarket

47117 2J44 1630 Dundee-Edinburgh / Haymarket-Edinburgh

 

 

1986

Now with PRIV and an all line rover almost consistently, freedom between shifts was now the norm. With several rest days and some leave booked a summer visit was made north of the border, but even then a dash back for the Saturday couldnt be avoided!

 

30/07/86

HST Bedford-Leicester

31284 1E76 1420 Birmingham-Ipswich / Leicester-Stowmarket

31422 1M81 1810 Harwich PQ-Wolverhampton / Stowmarket-Wolverhampton

 

31/07/86

81021 1S19 2125 Bristol TM-Glasgow C / Wolverhampton-Glasgow C

474802K45 0600 Glasgow C-Ayr / Glasgow C-Prestwick

47644 2K50 0700 Ayr-Glasgow C / Prestwick-Glasgow C

47708 1O10 0830 Glasgow QS-Edinburgh / Glasgow QS-Falkirk High

47701 1O09 0830 Edinburgh-Glasgow QS / Falkirk High-Glasgow QS

37407 1Y21 0950 Glasgow QS-Fort William / Glasgow QS-Fort William

37423 1T34 1415 Fort William-Glasgow QS / Fort William-Helensburgh Upper

37425 1Y23 1650 Glasgow QS-Fort William / Helensburgh Upper-Crianlarich

37412 1T44 1800 Oban-Glasgow QS / Crianlarich-Arrochar and Tarbet

37411 1M16 1740 Fort William-Euston / Arrochar and Tarbet-Glasgow QS

Starting the day with a very local to home 47480 was worrying even if it was a winner, but things became more Scottish after that with plenty of new. At the end of the day I did a B&B in Glasgow, but I really needed the kip.

 

01/08/86

25254 1M01 0740 Glasgow C-Carlisle / Glasgow C-Carlisle via G&SW

40122 1E20 1040 Carlisle-Leeds / Carlisle-Leeds

45107 1M26 1253 Scarborough-Bangor / Leeds-Abergele and Pensarn

45122 1E93 1703 Holyhead-York / Abergele and Pensarn-Leeds

110 DMU Leeds-Bradford Interchange

45102 1V27 2239 Bradford I-Paignton / Bradford Interchange-Leeds

45101 1V27 2239 Bradford I-Paignton / Leeds-Birmingham NS

It was hard to resist heading south via the regular S&C power at that time, 40122, with 25254 a very fine NB start to the day.A blast across the pennines with some peaks provided ample entertainment for the rest of the day, with bailing at Abergele & Pensarn bringing memories of a family holiday in 1980 that had involved getting on and off a few long gone 40s here.

 

02/08/86

47526 1E58 0005 Plymouth-York / Birmingham NS-Sheffield

450441E07 0710 Sheffield-Skegness / Sheffield-Skegness via Nottingham

45044 1E02 1043 Skegness-Sheffield / Skegness-Alfreton

47122 1E85 1045 Liverpool-Yarmouth / Alfreton-Peterborough

31260 1M68 1245 Yarmouth-Birmingham / Peterborough-Leicester

31284+31245 1E80 1621 Birmingham-Norwich / Leicester-Stamford

47362 1M76 1600 Yarmouth-Birmingham / Stamford-Leicester

HST Leicester-Bedford

45044 to Skeg was anunexpected bonus, and 47122 on E85 vice 2x31 an unwelcome one.

 

03/08/86

HST Bedford-Leicester

47122 1M76 1850 Yarmouth-Birmingham / Leicester-Birmingham NS

 

04/08/86

86219 1S19 2125 Bristol TM-Glasgow C / Birmingham NS-Carstairs

47633 1B03 0504 Carstairs-Edinburgh / Carstairs-Edinburgh

27001 1G05 0605 Edinburgh-Cowdenbeath / Edinburgh-Inverkeithing

37262 2J22 0630 Dundee-Edinburgh / Inverkeithing-Burntisland

47203 2J23 0715 Edinburgh-Perth / Burntisland-Kirkcaldy

27049 2J48 0720 Dundee-Edinburgh / Kirkcaldy-Edinburgh

477141O11 0900 Edinburgh-Glasgow QS / Edinburgh-Glasgow QS

37406 1Y21 0950 Glasgow QS-Fort William / Glasgow QS-Fort William

374242Y53 1405 Fort William-Mallaig / Fort William-Mallaig

37424 1T46 1550 Mallaig-Fort William / Mallaig-Lochailort

20048+37406 2Y55 1605 Fort William-Mallaig / Lochailort-Mallaig

20048+37406 2Y58 1850 Mallaig-Fort William / Mallaig-Fort William

After an uninspiring start with 86219, the runs over the West Highland line to Mallaig made for a great end. Former Cricklewood allocated 47203s appearance seemed inevitable!

 

05/08/86

37403 1T18 0840 Fort William-Glasgow QS / Fort William-Roy Bridge

37425 1S07 2100 Euston-Fort William / Roy Bridge-Fort William

37425 1Y51 1005 Fort William-Mallaig / Fort William-Mallaig

37114 2H84 1710 Kyle-Inverness / Kyle-Dingwall

37415 2H64 1800 Wick-Inverness / Dingwall-Inverness

47648 1T04 2330 Inverness-Glasgow QS / Inverness-Glasgow QS

The highlight of the day was the crossing to Kyle with MV Lochmore.

 

06/08/86

477051O02 0620 Glasgow QS-Edinburgh / Glasgow QS-Haymarket

27005 2J23 0715 Edinburgh-Dundee / Haymarket-Inverkeithing

27055 2G24 0740 Cardenden-Edinburgh / Inverkeithing-Edinburgh

47701 1O11 0900 Edinburgh-Glasgow QS / Edinburgh-Haymarket

47705 1O10 0830 Glasgow QS-Edinburgh / Haymarket-Edinburgh

27001 2J15 1015 Edinburgh-Dundee / Edinburgh-Inverkeithing

27005 2J08 0930 Dundee-Edinburgh / Inverkeithing-Edinburgh

27014 1L35 1123 Edinburgh-Perth / Edinburgh-Perth

27014 1T24 1350 Perth-Glasgow QS / Perth-Glasgow QS

270031L37 1603 Glasgow QS-Arbroath / Glasgow QS-Stirling

47702 1T32 1500 Aberdeen-Edinburgh / Stirling-Edinburgh

27052 2J31 1815 Edinburgh-Dundee / Edinburgh-Haymarket

20211+20219 1S71 0730 Penzance-Edinburgh / Haymarket-Edinburgh

47713 1O53 1930 Edinburgh-Glasgow QS / Edinburgh-Glasgow QS

2x303 Glasgow-Dumbarton C

37424 1M16 1740 Fort William-Euston / Dumbarton C-Glasgow QS

810081V32 2350 Glasgow C-Bristol TM / Glasgow C-Wolverhampton

As 27052 arrived at Haymarket the 20s were spied in the opposite platform. There followed a very fast bail. This brief leap was to lead me into what was to be my only run with 47713 as earlier than planned conveyance to Glasgow.

Also noted on this day 47543 2J05 1115 Edinburgh-Dundee. An ETH 47 on a set of MK1 vac stock, yet a pair of 20s on an long distance InterCity.

 

07/08/86

On arrival at New Street off of 1V32 the plan was some 50 or 31 action as a way home but seeing a rat with a set of coffins changed that plan quite rapidly!

25288 2J61 0630 Wolverhampton-Shrewsbury / Wolverhampton-Shrewsbury

25288 1A17 0733 Shrewsbury-Euston / Shrewsbury-Wolverhampton

????? 1A17 0733 Shrewsbury-Euston / Wolverhampton-Birmingham NS

50045 1V52 1010 Birmingham NS-Paddington / 1010 Birmingham NS-Paddington

50030 1F24 1417 Paddington-Oxford / Paddington-Oxford

50030 1F37 1600 Oxford-Paddington / Oxford-Paddington

50046 1M42 1727 Paddington-Wolverhampton / Paddington-Birmingham NS

31425 1E68 2030 Birmingham NS-Cambridge / Birmingham NS-Leicester

HST Leicester-Bedford

 

 

1987

With the 27s now done and the "circuit" infested with plastic, ETH 37s completely in charge of the West Highland lines, trips to Scotland had lost some of their uniqueness. The fleeting visit of Summer 1987 although enjoyable, didnt seem quite as special with very little NB or former steam heat locos to be seen. However, the scenery remained quite wonderful. I decided that getting there would be as complicated as possible, which threw up nothing remarkable either, other than Scottish allocated 47586 clearly lost.

 

19/08/87

86253 1H04 0650 Euston-Manchester / Euston-Milton Keynes

86230 1P02 0710 Euston-Lancaster / Milton Keynes-Birmingham NS

47569 1M09 0550 Paddington-Liverpool / Birmingham NS-Wolverhampton

47547 0740 Euston-Shrewsbury / Wolverhampton-Shrewsbury

47586 1M70 0745 Swansea-Manchester / Shrewsbury-Crewe

87032 1S59 0855 Euston-Inverness / Crewe-Carstairs

47525 1S59 0855 Euston-Inverness / Carstairs-Edinburgh

47492 1S59 0855 Euston-Inverness / Edinburgh-Haymarket

47705 1O43 1700 Edinburgh-Glasgow QS / Haymarket-Glasgow QS

37408 1Y15 1820 Glasgow QS-Oban / Glasgow QS-Arrochar and Tarbet

37424 1T44 1800 Oban-Glasgow QS / Arrochar and Tarbet-Garelochead

374041M16 1740 Fort William-Euston / Garelochead-Glasgow QS

37401 1M16 1740 Fort William-Euston / Glasgow QS-Stirling

47656 1M16 1740 Fort William-Euston / Stirling-Mossend Yard

 

20/08/87

81005 1M16 1740 Fort William-Euston / Mossend Yard-Carlisle

It was a warm summer evening, so I sat down on a bench on the platform and promptly fell asleep. I woke a few hours later as the last overnight back into Scotland was preparing to depart, but with an uninspiring 47480 at its helm.

 

47480 1S18 2300 Euston-Glasgow / Carlisle-Glasgow C via G&SW

37403 1Y11 0820 Glasgow QS-Oban / Glasgow QS-Arrochar and Tarbet

37408 1T12 0800 Oban-Glasgow QS / Arrochar and Tarbet-Helensburgh Upper

37406 1Y21 0950 Glasgow QS-Fort William / Helensburgh Upper-Fort William

37401 1T34 1415 Fort William-Glasgow QS / Fort William-Helensburgh Upper

37402 1Y23 1650 Glasgow QS-Fort William / Helensburgh Upper-Crianlarich

37408 1T44 1800 Oban-Glasgow QS / Crianlarich-Arrochar and Tarbet

37412 1M16 1740 Fort William-Euston / Arrochar and Tarbet-Glasgow QS

47661 1L71 2330 Glasgow QS-Perth / Glasgow QS-Perth

 

21/08/87

47482 1H01 2325 Edinburgh-Inverness / Perth-Inverness

374182H61 0635 Inverness-Wick / Inverness-Dingwall

37414 2H81 0655 Inverness-Kyle / Dingwall-Achnasheen

Mass swarm attack by a million midges. Rancid insects!

37415 2H80 0710 Kyle-Inverness / Achnasheen-Dingwall

37419 2H60 0600 Wick-Inverness / Dingwall-Inverness

37262 2H83 1015 Inverness-Kyle / Inverness-Achnashellach

My small group decided to bail at the tiny shack of Achnaschack for no other reason than we could. It was entertaining hand signaling the driver of the arriving train to take us back again.

37414 2H82 1130 Kyle-Inverness / Achnashellach-Inverness

47578 1B34 1430 Inverness-Edinburgh / Inverness-Perth

47703 1T38 1705 Aberdeen-Glasgow QS / Perth-Stirling

47709 1A71 1925 Glasgow QS-Aberdeen / Stirling-Perth

47492 1T42 1830 Inverness-Glasgow QS / Perth-Stirling

47708 1T48 1845 Dyce-Glasgow QS / Stirling-Glasgow QS

37409 1M16 1740 Fort William-Euston / Glasgow QS-Stirling

47656 1M16 1740 Fort William-Euston / Stirling-Mossend Yard

85016 1M16 1740 Fort William-Euston / Mossend Yard-Crewe

 

21088747578r.jpg47578 at Perth with 1B34 1430 Inverness - Edinburgh 210887

 

 

1988

With my traction priorities now firmly south of the border, visits to Scotland in 1988 were short and sweet. But of course, Scotland was suffering from the same Sprinter infestation as everywhere else, and the failure of the new plastic did make for one memorable day out amongst the couple of others. Although dominated by 47s, some old favourites and even a winner or three were to feature. I recall clearly getting off the overnight and walking over to the north facing bays to find both sets of filthy blue and grey stock there headed by just as filthy battered and now no heat blue 47s.Charter wise, the annual Leicester to Edinburgh adex produced a very well turned out 45104.

 

13088845104r.jpgA well turned out 45104 at Edinburgh Waverly with the adex from Leicester 130888

 

30/09/88

86422 1S18 2325 Euston-Glasgow / Milton Keynes-Carstairs

47564 1B05 0519 Carstairs-Edinburgh / Carstairs-Edinburgh

47006 1H05 0710 Edinburgh-Inverness / Edinburgh-Polmont

47715 2P14 0708 Dunblane-Edinburgh / Polmont-Edinburgh

470021C62 0744 Edinburgh-Carstairs / Edinburgh-Haymarket

Getting off 47002 at Haymarket was disappointing but going to Carstairs just meant a huge fester. I planned to have it again later if it stayed out.

47708 1O07 0800 Edinburgh-Glasgow QS / Haymarket-Falkirk High

47706 1M05 0830 Glasgow QS-Edinburgh / Falkirk High-Edinburgh

47640 1H07 1005 Edinburgh-Inverness / Edinburgh-Haymarket

47715 1O14 0930 Glasgow QS-Edinburgh / Haymarket-Edinburgh

47002 1C70 1044 Edinburgh-Carstairs / Edinburgh-Carstairs

47002 1S53 0657 Coventry-Edinburgh / Carstairs-Edinburgh

According to the gen things had calmed down for now, so I decided on a run to Aberdeen, easily one of my favourite runs in Scotland.

47701 1A47 1245 Edinburgh-Aberdeen / Edinburgh-Aberdeen

It transpired that the DBSO was defective, so 47701 was shunt released by the Clayhills pilot.

08680 Aberdeen-Aberdeen to release 47701

47701 1B48 1605 Aberdeen-Edinburgh / Aberdeen-Haymarket

47146 1B25 1844 Carstairs-Edinburgh / Haymarket-Edinburgh

As 47146 set off I was told through the droplight that 26011 was right behind. I did wonder why a couple of fellow cranks got off it there. At Edinburgh I sprinted for a DMU that had just got the road.

DMU Edinburgh-Haymarket

26011 1B21 1858 Carstairs-Edinburgh / Haymarket-Edinburgh

The same characters told me that 47006 was on its way back from Inverness and it was rude to refuse.

47708 1O55 2000 Edinburgh-Glasgow QS / Edinburgh-Haymarket

DMU Haymarket-Stirling

47006 1B36 1815 Inverness-Edinburgh / Stirling-Haymarket

Bailed speculatively with fingers crossed and..

26007 1B29 2216 Carstairs-Edinburgh / Haymarket-Edinburgh

Where did that come from!?

47563 1C83 2314 Edinburgh-Carstairs / Edinburgh-Carstairs

85028 1M10 2330 Glasgow C-Euston / Carstairs-Milton Keynes

I had overdosed with my intention being to get off at Crewe or Birmingham, I dont recall which. When I left my kennel I was only partially dressed!

 

01/10/88

Now wearing some shoes and socks, a rapid gen call was made and I decided that 47380 was simply too large to reject. I headed for Anglia via London, easily sealed as a tatty 85015 rolled in with another up overnight. That would do nicely.

85015 1M16 1935 Inverness-Euston / Milton Keynes-Euston

2x309 Liverpool Street-Norwich in favour of the following 86 hauled option.

31468 1L82 0650 Manchester-Yarmouth / Norwich-Yarmouth

37144 1M34 1340 Yarmouth-Birmingham / Yarmouth-Norwich

473801M34 1340 Yarmouth-Birmingham / Norwich-Leicester

HST Leicester-St Pancras

50039 1F84 2105 Paddington-Oxford / Paddington-Oxford

47653 1V99 2058 Birmingham NS-Paddington / Oxford-Paddington

 

 

03108847550r.jpg47550 at Aberdeen, 031088

 

1989

In 1989 I was fully occupied with a 100k off 50s mission, but the year did start with one last bash on the West Highland lines, as detailed by TC in a previous Leighton Logs article. However, November brought some interesting power to S&C services which warranted the odd visit, all of them featuring very solid Scottish 47s north of the border.Visits were to be short and sweet, and simply a fill in off of the overnight, and a means to be at Carlisle again in the morning. A run round the Cardenden loop in the morning would offer an extra couple of hours sleep too. The best of those.

 

18/11/89

90003 1S07 2215 (17/11) Euston-Inverness / Euston-Carstairs

47541 1A75 0445 Carstairs-Edinburgh / Carstairs-Edinburgh

47701 2G11 0603 Edinburgh-Edinburgh / Edinburgh-Edinburgh via Cardenden

47518 1C87 0850 Edinburgh-Carstairs / Edinburgh-Carstairs

90016 1M07 0910 Glasgow C-Euston / Carstairs-Carlisle

56099+47477 1E11 1242 Carlisle-Leeds / Carlisle-Lazonby

An unexpected bonus being told the "Tilcon" pair was working an S&C turn vice a broken 47

31233+31302 1M43 1045 Leeds-Carlisle / Lazonby-Carlisle

900051A30 1436 Carlisle-Euston / Carlisle-Euston

 

What would the 90s bring?

 

More of Jason Hall's excellent memories coming soon..

 

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