All line rover, Aug 87

The freedom of the world,  an All line rover Aug 87

By 1987 our railway was changing fast, Scotland was now virtually a desert for type 2 workings, the overnights had been rationalised, roarer power was dropping too and the days of loads of peak Summer reliefs were long gone too.

Monday August 24th 1987

A 310 mileage move to the Keynes to cover the morning Cobblers, alas all were “cans” that morning so all were flagged!  Things improved with a “standard” on the 1410 Waterloo – Salisbury with 33051 atop 7 early Mk IIss and van..thrash!

We crossed 33116 on the 1315 Salisbury – Waterloo en route whilst 33027 was viewed at Salisbury ready to work the 1636 Bas 4TC turn, and 33027 on the 1410 Cardiff -Pompey. 33033 was joined for a thrash across Salisbury plain to Warminster for 33008 back. Then it was back aboard those Mk IIs for 33051 to thrash back to Waterloo. Limited local 87 haulage followed then home.

078         0722 Euston- M.Keynes                                            LB-MK

062         0838 Northampton-Euston                                       MK-LB

048         1225 M.Keynes-Euston                                             LB-EU

33051    1L09 1410 Waterloo-Salisbury                                   WA-SA

33051 at Salisbury after a good thrash from Waterloo with the 1410, August 24th 1987

33033    1V77 1510 Portsmouth-Bristol                                    SA-WA

33008    1O85 1510 Cardiff-Brighton                                        WA-SA

33051    1L12 1729 Salisbury-Waterloo                                    SA-WA

087         1952 Euston-Birmingham                                           EU-WJ

87020    1A74 1826 Wolverhampton-Euston                            WJ-EU

87010    1S07 2055 Euston-Inverness/F.William                       EU-MK

090         2021 Birmingham-Euston                                           MK-LB

Tuesday August 25th 1987

310078 to the Keynes where 87023 soon powered me North . At New St 31294 was on the 1039 Norwich but 85025 and 85024 were far more tempting. After 85024 took me to Manchester a fill in move was 304004 taken to Stockport where 47340 was crossed on the 1544 Nottingham – Blackpool, a rare “nb” on 1M26. 85024 returned me as booked to New St for 47558 and 310076 home

078         0712 Euston-M.Keynes                                                 LB-MK

87023    1G21 0810 Euston-Birmingham                                    MK-CO

86226    1G22 0840 Euston-Wolverhampton                              CO-NS

85025    1010 Reading-Carlisle relief                                         NS-WO

85024    1130 Manchester-Bir Intl                                             WO-INT

Roaring away, 85024 at rest after working the 1130 Manchester – Bir Int’l on August 25th 1987

86407    1G30 1240 Euston-Wolverhampton                            INT-NS

87025    1A50 1426 Wolverhampton-Euston                            NS-INT

85024    1H88 1517 Bir Int’l-Manchester                                 INT-PIC

304004  1727 Manchester-Macclesfield                                  PIC-STO

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59144}   1733 Buxton-Manchester                                          STO-PIC

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31442    1E57 1745 Liverpool-Sheffield                                 PIC-STO

304004  1833 Macclesfield-Altricinham                               STO-PIC

85024    1V19 1920 Manchester-Padd                                    PIC-NS

47558    1V19 1920 Manchester-Padd                                    NS-CO

076         2122 Birmingham-Euston                                        CO-LB

Wednesday August 26th 1987

The 0524 from Leighton ( the 0435 Euston – Birmingham, a train cruelly cut in Privitisation) took me to Northampton. A quick stroll up to the overbridge that overlooked the carriage yards and a sea of “cans” meant continue North!

Meeting up with Dave who was genned up meant 85031 was taken Cov – Crewe for 85035 Crewe – Euston, not bad at all. The 1410 Waterloo – Salisbury got 33017 and the usual stock. Approaching Andover it looked tight to make the the 1515 Salisbury – Waterloo as it was arriving. The long run under the subway and leaping aboard a cheer on seeing 33118 the power, my last “bag” was in the book! “You jammy git” was Dave’s comment!

As expected both 1B08 and B09 “Cobblers” both roared that evening a screaming “roarer” on 12 Mk I’s on your doorstep took some beating!

074         0435 Euston-Birmingham                                                  LB-RU

060         0700 Northampton-Birmingham                                       RU-CO

85031    1D33 0755 Coventry-Holyhead                                          CO-CR

Crewe-27038/27053

27038 and 27053 (probably) at Crewe Basford Hall en route to Leicester for scrapping at Berrys on August 26th 1987

85035    1A29 0930 Manchester-Euston                                          CR-EU

In the dock at Waterloo 33207 on August 26th 1987

33017    1L09 1410 Waterloo-Salisbury                                          WA-AN

33118    1L10 1515 Salisbury-Waterloo                                      AN-WA

With her blowers echoing off the roof at Euston 85014 roars off to WN on August 26th 1987

85025    1B08 1745 Euston-Northampton                                       EU-LB

85040    1B09 1815 Euston-Northampton                                       LB-NO

063         1821 Birmingham-Euston                                                  NO-MK

073         1921 Birmingham-Euston                                                  MK-LB

Thursday August 27th 1987

With an overnight negotiated with the Mrs it was the desperate 0524 off Leighton again. No roarers again on the morning Cobbers but 86261 was taken Northampton – MK for 87004 to New St on the 0805 ex Euston. The main event later that morning was flagging 31307 on the 1030 York – Exeter Relief for 81011 on the 1010 Reading – Carlisle relief from New St. This was a strange regular running relief in that was composed entirely of First Class Mk II d/e stock which didnt get busy as this train didnt go to Scotland.

From Carlisle 47411 on a regular vice DMU turn took me to the pleasant shack of Haltwhistle the branch to Alston long lifted by then sadly. A DMU then 87003 to Glasgow with 37422 taken on the mileage move that the 1740 Fort William – Euston portion had to take due vandalism on the direct route. 37422 took the portion to Stiring before running round and returning the portion to Mossend. Here it joined up with 1M16 from Inverness to go forward.

090         0435 Euston-Birmingham                                                LB-RU

075}       0705 Rugby-Euston                                                          RU-NO

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86261    1A83 0810 Northampton-Euston                                      NO-MK

87004    1G21 0810 Euston-Birmingham                                        MK-NS

47654    1M10 0703 Padd-Wolves                                                   NS-WO

85006    1A31 0714 Aberystwyth-Euston                             WO-CO

86225    1S85 0750 Harwich- Glass/Edin                                       CO-NS

81011    1010 Reading-Carlisle Relief                                          NS-CA

81011 after working the 1010 Reading – Carlisle Relief on August 27th 1987

81019 approaches Carlisle with Shap Fell – Mossend loaded limestone on August 27th 1987

47411    1651 Carlisle-Newcastle                                              CA-HA

51197}   1745 Newcastle-Carlisle                                              HA-CA

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87003    1S69 1400 Euston-Glasgow                                          CA-CE

47705    1L51 2025 Glasgow-Dundee                                     QS-ST

47492    1T42 1820 Inverness-Glasgow                                      ST-QS

37422    1M16 1740 Fort William-Euston               (via Stir)       QS-ME 

Friday August 28th 1987

At Mossend i was disappointed to see 86401 rather than the diagrammed 81011 (off the relief) so a Carlisle bail was enforced. 85036 waiting middle road improved spirits and this was joined. I was wandering if 81011 (now on 963 miles) would no 1M15 ex Mossend so i bailed at Crewe.

Unfortunately M15 got 87003 which i took to Rugby for 310065 to Coventry. Here for the umpteenth time i flagged off 47436 (my last EH 47) on the 0645 Wolves – Padd for better power, i never did get 436! More reasonable roarer mileage with 85006 and 85003 obliging.

At the Keynes early afternoon i was treated to the Volkswagen empties being tripped from Wolverton to Bletchley by, as booked, 08806 quite a sight on a Friday afternoon!

86401    1M16 1930 Inverness-Euston                                       ME-CA

85036    1M14 2200 Stranraer-Euston                                         CA-CR

87020    1M15 2100 Inverness-Euston                                       CR-RU

065         0435 Euston-Birmingham                                              RU-CO                 

85006    1D33 0755 Coventry-Holyhead                                       CO-ST

304001  0915 Stafford-Walsall                                                    ST-WO

85003    1A31 0714 Aberystwyth-Euston                                      WO-EU

86238    1B03 1325 Euston-Northampton                                     EU-MK

08806 trundles through Milton Keynes with the Volkswagon empties for Bletchley on August 28th 1987

85040 at Lime St after storming down the Trent with the 1322 Brighton – Liverpool which the roarer worked from Mitre Bridge Jn on August 28th 1987

85040    1M00 1322 Brighton- Liverpool                                       MK-LS

86224    1G62 1900 Liverpool-Birmingham                    LS-CR

87033    1A79 1920 Liverpool-Euston                                         CR-WJ

075}       2202 Euston-Rugby                                                         WJ-LB                            086}

Saturday August 29th 1987

A lie in then lovely 86249 took me South on the 0746 Northampton – Euston “Saturday Cobbler”. A choice of ED’s on the Gatwicks with 73128 taken with 73114, 73126, 73135 and 73141 also out on what many of us thought were the most boring loco hauled trains on BR. Composed of Ex Midland “coffins”, a slent electric on a dull route, still 73128 was required!

Some unit to Brighton for 33015 on the 1112 Brighton – Paignton via the coast, a top train. 33043, 33031, 47433! and 33033 all followed on route 89 leaps before 73114 whirred home on the 2035 Gatwick – Victoria. 310058 on the 2122 Euston – Keynes ended an enjoyable All Line rover.   

86249    1A30 0746 Northampton-Euston                                     LB-EU

73128    1D92 0930 Victoria-Gatwick                                            VI-LGW

1586       0932 Victoria-Brighton                                                    LGW-BI     

33015 at Brighton prior to departure with the 1112 to Paignton on August 28th 1987

33015    1V12 1112 Brighton-Paignton                                          BI-SA

33043    1V62 1210 Portsmouth-Cardiff                                         SA-TM

33031    1O43 1400 Cardiff-Portsmouth                                        TM-BA

47433    1V66 1310 Portsmouth-Bristol                                        BA-TM

33033    1O96 1507 Cardiff- Brighton                                            TM-BI

7912       1851 Brighton-Bognor Regis                                            BI-HO

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1705}     1847 Portsmouth-Victoria                                                 HO-LGW

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73114    1D85 2035 Gatwick-Victoria                                               LGW-VI

058         2122 Euston-M.Keynes                                                       EU-LB

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