Thameslink 319 last rites, Aug 2017
Thanks to "TC" for the gen, much appreciated..
3J73 13.50 Bedford CS - Bellingham sidings ECS
3E77 17.00 Bellingham sidings - Elephant & Castle ECS
1G77 17.22 Elephant & Castle - Bedford
2W63 18.54 Bedford - Brighton
1W70 22.02 Brighton - Bedford
5G70 00.46 Bedford - Bedford CS
Notable to being the last pair of 319's to work (in my opinion, forgetting the last day) a service to Brighton, and on a weekday! Vice a 700.
37884 works 5Z94 11.14 Bedford Cauldwell - Long Marston, with 319007+319010
1014 Luton - Sevonoaks on 220817.
Luton on 220817
Bedford which had hit the high 90s whilst working this non stop service from St Pancras to St Albans on 220817.
These sets worked the farewell special to Brighton on 270817.
37884 works 5V94 11.14 Bedford Cauldwell - Long Marston with 319006+319459
319432 out all day ending up on 1E98 17.00 Sevenoaks - Bedford, which should in theory have been its last working. At some point it finds its way to Cauldwell to be paired up with 319426, which had been there since 21.08.17 (last working being 2O00 06.04 Sutton - Luton, then 5H17 08.00 Luton - Cauldwell ECS). 319426+319432 were the designated "spare" pair for the last weekend.
Friday 25.08.17 - Full listings, just 4 units left in serviice
5H17 06.44 Bedford Cauldwell - Luton ECS
2O17 07.10 Luton - Sutton
2O18 08.45 Sutton - Luton
2V47 10.44 Luton - Sutton
2V48 12.38 Sutton - St. Albans
2O73 14.14 St. Albans - Sutton
2O74 15.37 Sutton - Luton
2E11 17.38 Luton - Sevenoaks
2E77 20.00 Sevenoaks - West Hampstead Thameslink
5J77 21.27 West Hampstead Thameslink - Cricklewood depot ECS
5A93 05.50 Cricklewood depot - West Hampstead Thameslink ECS
2L93 05.58 West Hampstead Thameslink - Orpington
1G61 07.28 Orpington - Bedford
5H29 09.34 Bedford - Luton ECS
2E29 10.14 Luton - Sevenoaks
2E87 12.30 Sevenoaks - West Hampstead Thameslink
5J87 13.55 West Hampstead Thameslink - Cricklewood ECS
3J75 15.26 Cricklewood - Elephant & Castle ECS (reversed at Peckham rye, rather than going to Bellingham sidings)
1G75 16.52 Elephant & Castle - Bedford
5U75 18.14 Bedford - Bedford Cauldwell ECS
5A11 06.51 Cricklewood depot - Blackfriars ECS
2V11 07.16 Blackfriars - Sutton
2V12 08.08 Sutton - St. Albans
2O37 09.44 St. Albans - Sutton
2O38 11.07 Sutton - Luton
2V67 13.14 Luton - Sutton
2V68 15.08 Sutton - St. Albans
2O93 16.44 St. Albans - Sutton
2O94 18.07 Sutton - Luton
2V41 20.20 Luton - Sutton
2O48 22.45 Sutton - Bedford
5O48 01.11 Bedford - Bedford CS
5H23 07.16 Bedford Cauldwell - Luton ECS
2V23 07.44 Luton - Sutton
2V24 09.38 Sutton - St. Albans
2O49 11.14 St Albans - Sutton
2O50 12.37 Sutton - Luton
2V79 14.44 Luton - Sutton
2V80 16.38 Sutton - St. Albans
2O23 18.14 St Albans - Sutton
2O24 19.37 Sutton - Luton
2V53 21.50 Luton - Sutton
5V53 23.38 Sutton - Blackfriars ECS
2G01 00.08 Blackfriars - Bedford
5G01 01.42 Bedford - Bedford CS
5G29 09.32 Bedford CS - Bedford
2W29 09.50 Bedford - Three Bridges
2W36 12.24 Three Bridges - Bedford
1W43 15.06 Bedford - Brighton
1W46 18.14 Brighton - Bedford
5G47 21.09 Bedford - Bedford CS
5G19 07.05 Bedford CS - Bedford
2K19 07.16 Bedford - St. Albans (early morning engineering work - bus service forward)
2G08 08.10 St. Albans - Bedford
1W19 09.06 Bedford - Brighton
1W22 12.22 Brighton - Bedford, cancelled at St. Pancras Intl, 319440 - no power
5W22 13.48 St. Pancras Intl. - Bedford ECS, 319443 with a dead 319440.
Next part of the diagram should have been 2W51 15.20 Bedford - Three Bridges, 2W58 17.55 Three Bridges - Bedford, which was cancelled.
5G37 13.24 Bedford CS - Bedford
1W37 13.36 Bedford - Brighton
1W40 16.44 Brighton - Bedford
5U02 19.40 Bedford - Bedford Cauldwell ECS
319426+319432 in theory were the designated "spare" sets, but managed to get a trip.
So when 319217+319435 arrived back at Bedford, that was it, no more Thameslink 319's.
All that remained was the job of moving them to Long Marston. This was done by 37884, over three days, the diagram being:
0M94 08.33 Leicester - Bedford Cauldwell
5V94 11.14 Bedford Cauldwell - Long Marston, via Wigston, Nuneaton, Worcester
0M59 16.59 Long Marston - Leicester.
28.08.17 - 37884 319432+319426
30.08.17 - 37884 319217+319435
31.08.17 - 37884 319443+319440, farewell Thameslink 319's!!
Thanks to “TC” for the gen
Short History of Thameslink 319's
BREL York built 4 car dual voltage units that entered service on December 1st 1987.
319004/005 worked a Victoria - Selhurst - Farringdon press demo service on this date
with 319005 also worked an 1845 St Pancras - Bedford press run on December 1st.
Deliveries continued with the formerly dominant class 317 units being cascaded to the WCML to
release the popular class 310 units froms some turns. Opening of Snow Hill tunnel on May 15th 1988
saw through services from Bedford to Brighton and from Luton to various Southern termini. Moorgate
also saw a regular service until closure of the Farringdon - Moorgate section on March 20th 2009.
The once 86 strong fleet saw transfers to Connex and then Northern from 2016 as the lovely class 700
replacements entered service.
And so as detailed in "TC's" gen list above the final class 319s on Thameslink ended on August 27th 2017
Class 319s since Sep 2015 have operated out of Euston but they have been regular WCML visitors for many years
as linked here
Current WCML class 319 diagrams here