On the bash in Scotland Part One the 80's
Thanks to Jason Hall
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
27005 1425 Edinburgh-Dundee / Edinburgh-Haymarket
26012 1520 Dundee-Edinburgh / Haymarket-Edinburgh
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.
474011C28 1653 Derby-St Pancras / Kettering-St Pancras
87031 1S07 2210 Euston-Fort William / Euston-Mossend Yard
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
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
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
27010 2L60 2018 Edinburgh-Dundee / Edinburgh-Dundee
47413 1C97 2020 Aberdeen-Carstairs / Dundee-Edinburgh
47708 1C97 2020 Aberdeen-Carstairs / Edinburgh-Carstairs
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
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
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.
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
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
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!
31284 1E76 1420 Birmingham-Ipswich / Leicester-Stowmarket
31422 1M81 1810 Harwich PQ-Wolverhampton / Stowmarket-Wolverhampton
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.
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.
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
45044 to Skeg was anunexpected bonus, and 47122 on E85 vice 2x31 an unwelcome one.
47122 1M76 1850 Yarmouth-Birmingham / Leicester-Birmingham NS
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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
37401 1M16 1740 Fort William-Euston / Glasgow QS-Stirling
47656 1M16 1740 Fort William-Euston / Stirling-Mossend Yard
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
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
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.
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.
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
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!
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
47653 1V99 2058 Birmingham NS-Paddington / Oxford-Paddington
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.
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..