A December 1985 All Line Rover

 

A fair few of us will know the predicament, you've cleared a weeks All Line with the

Mrs weeks before, you hadnt gone out on the trains at all the previous weekend and yet come departure time for your rover, she throws a strop. This cost me an hour or so apologising and there were howls of anguish when my initially planned train 1S07 roared through Leighton just ahead of my 2 x 310 unit combo. S19 always roared i kept telling myself as i wilted in the heat of 310095's power car, S19 that night got 86236!

 

                                                    Tuesday December 10th 1985

                                                    The Moves

                                                     095}.......................2102 Euston-Birmingham...............................L.Buzzard - New St

                                                     046}

                                                     86236.....................2124 Bristol-Glasgow/Edinburgh...................New St -Carstairs

 

Other Gen

                                                     85014.....................2100 Euston-Fort William/Inverness

 

Wednesday December 11th 1985

 

I awoke bleary eyed at a chill Waverly around 0530, that horrible distillery tang filled the air. Still fortified by a coffee and a few mince pies i joined my Northampton colleague behind a dull, but steaming nicely 47156. Tardy running made it look a bit tight at Kirkcaldy for the up Dundee so we bailed at Kinghorn. A required shack and very nice it was too with the lights twinkling around the cove below, Kinghorn saw a bellow too as 26026 piloted 27005 on the 0620 Dundee - Edinburgh. The pair were right time, we would have been withered at Kirkcaldy perhaps.

More 27 mileage then followed, over in Glasgow we hoped for a 27 or 25 on the GSW but 47443 produced. I assume i did this as my mate rated it, I didnt! The internal overnight with plenty room beckoned later.

                                                    

                                                     47595...................2124 Bristol-Edinburgh.............................................Carstairs - Waverly

                                                     47156...................0615 Edinburgh-Kirkcaldy........................................Waverly - Kinghorn

                                                     26026}.................0620 Dundee-Edinburgh............................................Kinghorn - Waverly

                                                     27005}

                                                     27004....................0815 Edinburgh-Dundee............................................Waverly - Dundee

                                                     27004....................1030 Dundee-Edinburgh.............................................Dundee - Ladybank

                                                     47156....................1015 Edinburgh-Dundee.............................................Ladybank - Leuchars

                                                     27001....................1130 Dundee-Edinburgh.............................................Leuchars - Waverly

                                                     27004....................1318 Edinburgh-Dundee.............................................Waverly - Haymarket

                                                     47708....................1330 Edinburgh-Glasgow...........................................Haymarket - Queen St

                                                     47443....................1545 Glasgow-Carlisle................................................Central - Barrhead

                                                     DMU.....................1545 Kilmarnock-Glasgow.........................................Barrhead - Central

                                                     47701....................1700 Glasgow-Edinburgh...........................................Queen St - Haymarket

                                                     47012....................1630 Dundee-Edinburgh.............................................Haymarket - Waverly

                                                     27004....................1815 Edinburgh-Dundee.............................................Waverly - Kirkcaldy

                                                     DMU.....................1929 Kirkcaldy-Edinburgh Rlf....................................Kirkcaldy - Waverly

                                                     47012....................2015 Edinburgh-Dundee..............................................Waverly - Haymarket

                                                     47614....................1650 Inverness-Edinburgh...........................................Haymarket - Waverly

                                                     47156....................2115 Edinburgh-Dundee.............................................Waverly - Haymarket

                                                     47708....................2030 Glasgow-Edinburgh............................................Haymarket - Waverly

                                                     47708....................2130 Edinburgh-Glasgow............................................Waverly - Queen St

 

Other Gen

                                                     27001....................0733 Kirkcaldy-Edinburgh

                                                     27010....................0720 Dundee-Edinburgh

                                                     47429....................0820 Dundee-Edinburgh

                                                     47408....................0855 Edinburgh-Aberdeen

                                                     47580....................0852 Dyce-Glasgow

                                                     81021....................0725 Nottingham-Glasgow

                                                     47491....................1240 Carlisle-Glasgow

                                                     47467....................1300 Stranraer-Glasgow

                                                     86236....................2350 Glasgow-Bristol

 

11128526026n270050620duedwebr.jpgBig pair 26026 and 27005 at Waverly with the 0620 ex Dundee on December 11th 1985.

 

11128527004webr.jpg27004 steaming nicely at Haymarket after a 1.24 mile leap from Waverly on the 1318 Edinburgh - Dundee on December 11th 1985

 

Thursday December 12th 1985

 

A solid night's doss with 47614 on the Highland line followed by 47049 steaming "over the top". More Circuit moves then a required 303 for 7 miles on the Cathcart circle. This move allowed you to view the sidings and power on the Clyde Bridge and likely power for later services and not to our surprise there were no" roarers" or "rats" hovering.

A failed 37411 being dragged in by 37026 on an Oban - Glasgow was laughed at back at Queen St before a good run out of "chariot" 27001 from Waverly to Leuchars. We picked up V62 at Cupar to be sure of a seat but the usual wedge didnt produce that night, nor did a "roarer" on V62 either!

 

The moves

                                                    

                                                     47702....................2330 Glasgow-Inverness...........................................Queen St - Perth

                                                     47614....................2330 Edin/Glas-Inverness..........................................Perth - Inverness

                                                     08754....................Inverness shunt ........................................................Inverness shunt

                                                     47049....................0555 Inverness-Aberdeen...........................................Inverness - Aberdeen

                                                     47714....................0852 Dyce-Glasgow...................................................Aberdeen - Dundee

                                                     27033....................1030 Dundee-Edinburgh............................................Dundee - Waverly

                                                     27037....................1215 Edinburgh-Dundee............................................Waverly - Markinch

                                                     27004....................1230 Dundee-Edinburgh.............................................Markinch - Waverly

                                                     47701....................1400 Edinburgh-Glasgow...........................................Waverly - Queen St

                                                     303019.................1540 Glasgow-Cathcart...............................................Central - Central

                                                     47705....................1830 Glasgow-Edinburgh...........................................Queen St - Waverly

                                                     27001....................2018 Edinburgh-Dundee............................................Waverly - Leuchars

                                                     47156....................2030 Dundee-Edinburgh.............................................Leuchars - Cupar

                                                     47523....................2020 Aberdeen-Bristol................................................Cupar - Waverly

                                                  47712....................2020 Aberdeen-Bristol................................................Waverly - Carlisle

 

Other Gen

                                                  47529....................0502 Inverness-Aberdeen

                                                  47017....................0646 Elgin-Inverness

                                                  27004....................1015 Edinburgh-Dundee

                                                  47012....................1115 Edinburgh-Dundee

                                                  47543....................1505 Glasgow-Euston (via GSW)

                                                  85028....................0725 Nottingham-Glasgow

                                                  47525....................1545 Glasgow-Carlisle

                                                  47427....................1300 Stranraer-Glasgow

                                                  37026/37411(d)}....................1300 Oban-Glasgow

 

Friday December 13th 1985

 

Things at Carlisle around 2am were looking good 85007 had arrived on S06 Stranny

and 85023 was hovering in the centre road, lights on crewed up. Once 85023 was on the

Up Stranny we found a declassified early Mk II BFK and stretched out either side of these supremely well cushioned, comfortabe compos and dossed out. Next thing we were passing WN with no down "roarer" action at Euston, Dave went to Waterloo for Hanktons, me to Victoria.

A one way blast on required 73111 on the 0845 Gatwick was enough for me, these were the most boring trains in the world with their rancid coffin stock and silent locos up front. A VEP forward then a fun "Crompton" day out with required 33003 taken for over 100 miles from Soton to Bristol, and required "slim" 33201 was also raked in too. A mileage move on 33042 from Salisbury to Exeter and back to Basingstoke ended an enjoyable day.

                                                 

                                                   

                                                  The Moves

                                                   

                                                  86316....................2020 Aberdeen-Bristol/2355 Glas-Bristol....................Carstairs - Carlisle

                                                  85023....................2200 Stranraer-Euston...................................................Carlisle - Euston

                                                  73111....................0845Victoria-Gatwick................................................ Victoria - Gatwick

                                                  7788......................0908Victoria-Brighton..................................................Gatwick - Brighton

                                                  33001....................1114 Brighton-Penzance................................................Brighton - Soton

                                                  33003....................1210 Porstmouth-Cardiff...............................................Soton - Bristol TM

                                                  33029....................1510 Bristol-Portsmouth................................................Bristol TM - Bath

                                                  33015....................1310 Portsmouth-Bristol................................................Bath - Bristol TM

                                                  33201....................1610 Bristol-Brighton....................................................Bristol TM - Salisbury

                                                  33042....................1638 Waterloo-Exeter....................................................Salisbury - Exeter SD

                                                  33042....................2100 Exeter-Basingstoke................................................Exeter SD - Basingstoke

 

Other Gen

                                                  85007....................2110 Euston-Stranraer

                                                  73122....................0815 Victoria-Gatwick

                                                  73123....................0830 Victoria-Gatwick

                                                  73103....................0900 Victoria-Gatwick

                                                  33020....................0826 East Grinstead-London Bridge

                                                  73118....................0915 Victoria-Gatwick

                                                  33002....................1510 Portsmouth-W.S.Mare

                                                  33018....................1730 Salisbury-Waterloo

 

131285332011610tmbriwebr.jpgAs the light fades 33201 at Temple Meads with the 1610 Brighton service on December 13th 1985

 

Saturday December 14th 1985

Basingstoke around midnight meant it was the delights of a table 158 overnight, plenty trains, ample seats but little time for sustained doss. Required 73114 on the down Weymouth TPO was a bonus but our only real doss was on 33022 all shacks 0550 Pompey - Bristol with us finally stirring from our slumbers at Bradford - on Avon around 0820!

More "Hanktons" followed with 33008 a bonus on the 0938 Exeter - Waterloo. Then it was up to Euston in the hope a "Roarer" would be kicked out. That old favourite turn for getting an 85 back to home shed was the 1510 Euston - Holyhead which obliged today with 85006.

As expected 85006 vanished at Crewe, she wasnt going back on the next Holyhead - Euston. Still the Preston - Coventry beckoned, another good roarer turn but today it was a reasonable 80mph restricted 86037....a Stafford bail, for rancid 86261 forward, 40122 on a down Traintours charter sounded and looked good at Stafford

310086 got me home around midnight, fortunately the mrs was dossed!

The Moves

                                                   

                                                  73114......................2252 Waterloo-Weymouth.........................................Basingstoke - Eastleigh

                                                  33102......................2252 Waterloo-Weymouth........................................ Eastleigh - Soton

                                                  33101......................2238 Weymouth-Waterloo........................................ Soton - Eastleigh

                                                  73114......................2238 Weymouth-Waterloo........................................ Eastleigh - Woking

                                                  33106......................0245 Waterloo-Bournemouth.....................................Woking - Eastleigh

                                                  33043......................0428 Eastliegh-Portsmouth........................................Eastleigh - Portsmouth H

                                                  33022......................0550 Porstmouth-Bristol ...........................................Portsmouth H - Bradford-on-Avon

                                                  33024......................0640 Cardiff-Portsmouth............................................Bradford-on-Avon - Fareham

                                                  33201......................0914 Brighton-Penzance............................................Fareham - Salisbury

                                                  33008......................0938 Exeter-Waterloo................................................Salisbury - Waterloo

                                                  85006......................1510 Euston-Holyhead...............................................Euston - Crewe

                                                  86037......................1752 Preston-Coventry...............................................Crewe - Stafford

                                                  86261......................1915 Liverpool-Euston...............................................Stafford - Watford Jn

                                                  86208......................1937 Shrewsbury-Euston...........................................Watford Jn - Euston

                                                  086..........................2330 Euston-Bletchley...............................................Euston - L,Buzzard

 

Other Gen

                                                  85024......................1750 Euston-Manchester

                                                  85040......................1700 Euston-Manchester

                                                  870xx......................1620 Holyhead-Euston

                                                  40122......................D.Charter rtn Preston - Padd tour

                                                  86102......................2200 Euston-Inverness

 

14128533115webr.jpg33115 at Salisbury with a Waterloo service on December 14th 1985

 

Sunday December 15th 1985

 

 

Todays plan was to do the Gatwicks am and a "roarer" on one of the usual Sunday 1400/1500 Euston - Wolves "roarer" turns out and back. Unfortunately the mrs had planned an afternoon social event (yawn) so it was a required 73118 out and back on the Gatwick and that was that!

 

                                                  The Moves

                                                 

                                                  064..........................0820 Rugby-Euston...............................................L.Buzzard - Euston

                                                  73118......................1130 Victoria-Gatwick...........................................Victoria - Gatwick

                                                  73118......................1220 Gatwick-Victoria...........................................Gatwick - Victoria

                                                  069..........................1405 Euston-Rugby...............................................Euston - L.Buzzard

 

Other gen

 

                                                  73111......................1045 Victoria-Gatwick

                                                  73123......................1100 Victoria-Gatwick

                                                  73122......................1115 Victoria-Gatwick

 

15128585004n86210webr.jpg85004 and 86210 stabled in the Z sidings at Euston on December 15th 1985

 

 

Rover haulages...(43)

 

08754....1

26026....1

27001, 27004, 27005, 27033, 27037...5

33001, 33003, 33008, 33015, 33022, 33024, 33029, 33042, 33043, 33101,33102,

33106, 33201....13

47012, 47049, 47156, 47443, 47523, 47595, 47614, 47701, 47702, 47705, 47708,

47712, 47714....13

73111, 73114, 73118....3

85006, 85023....2

86037, 86208, 86236, 86261, 86316....5

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