Class 46 on the Marches 1976-81

Class 46’s on the Marches

For many, the fact that class 46’s were once common on the Marches line passenger services will come as a surprise. From 1976 when the Marches went from a mix of DMU/hauled operation to solid loco haulage saw a variety of power on these services with class 25’s dominant.

However 2 trains were heavier conveying 3 or 4 vans in addition to the 2-7 Mk I’s normally conveyed. The famous 1V51 0147 Crewe – Cardiff overnight was booked a type 4 due the heavy van/passenger consist. 1M82 2005 Cardiff – Crewe was also booked a type 4. 1V51 was booked for the loco off 4M05 1245 Penzance – Crewe vans. Normally with an engine change at Plymouth, sometimes using the loco off 1B24 0756 Cardiff – Plymouth. This was often a class 46, class 45’s were virtually unknown on Marches services though.

So 1V51 and to a lesser degree 1M82 were regularly worked by class 46 across the Marches and on occasions the normal daytime load 5-7 Marches services.     

From 1976 – 1981 as listed below a good few 46’s worked passenger services on the Marches, a few annoying gaps where no recorded services are as yet are recorded but i’m sure more gen will eventually fill these gaps, contributions welcome!.

Also preserved and mainline passed “Ixion” 46035 has worked a few Marches rugby additionals and football specials in 1999, lets hope 46035 returns to the Marches again soon to keep that long tradition of class 46’s on the Marches.                                           

Class 46 on the Marches loco by loco list

Thanks to Scott Currie, Steve Kemp and Christian Phillips for their help with the gen.

46001 1V51 0147 Crewe – Cardiff  210677

46002 1V51 0147 Crewe-Cardiff     151077

46003  1V51 0147 Crewe – Cardiff 121177

46004  1M82 2005 Cardiff – Crewe 061077

46005 2M67 0535 Cardiff – Crewe 250876

46006 1V51 0147 Crewe – Cardiff  101177                                                            

46007 2V67 0600 Crewe-Cardiff     121177          

46008  1V51 0147 Crewe – Cardiff  041077

46009  2V67 1000 Crewe – Cardiff  040278

46010  2M67 1710 Cardiff  – Crewe   021277

46011  1V51 0147 Crewe – Cardiff  231277

46012  1V13 1930 Crewe – Cardiff  090678 

46013 1V51 0147 Crewe – Cardiff 180677

46014  1M82 2000 Cardiff-Crewe 090379

46015  1V51 0147 Crewe-Cardiff  140178

46016 1M70 0750 Cardiff – Crewe 220578

46017   1V51 0147 Crewe – Cardiff 030176

46018  1V51 0147 Crewe – Cardiff 250577

46019  1V51 0147 Crewe – Cardiff 250378

46020 1V51 0147 Crewe – Cardiff 141077

46021  1V51 0147 Crewe – Cardiff 150677

46022  2V67 1222 Crewe – Cardiff 110577            

46023  2M67 1135 Cardiff – Crewe 281276

46024  1V51 0147 Crewe-Cardiff  280178

46025  2V67 0532 Cardiff-Crewe   140178

46026  1V51 0147 Crewe-Cardiff  110378

46027  2M67 1710 Cardiff – Crewe 221276

46028  2V67 1345 Crewe-Cardiff     161077

46029  1M82 2005 Crewe – Cardiff   310377

46030  2V67 1345 Crewe-Cardiff  150577

46031  1M82 2000 Cardiff – Crewe 190880

46032  1M82 2005 Cardiff – Crewe 250377

46033  1V05 1222 Crewe-Cardiff  030279

46034  2V67 0603 Crewe – Cardiff  200479

46035  1M82 2005 Cardiff-Crewe 290477

46036  1M82 1850 Cardiff – Crewe 300380

46037  1M94 1710 Cardiff-Crewe  170578

46038  1V51 0147 Crewe – Cardiff  290977

46039  1M82 2005 Cardiff – Crewe 220777

46040  1M82 2005 Cardiff – Crewe 140177

46041 1V05 1225 Crewe – Cardiff  290579

46042 1V51 0147 Crewe – Cardiff 140478

46043     1M82  2005 Cardiff-Crewe 110377         

46044  1M82 1850 Cardiff – Crewe 020980

46045 1M82 2000 Cardiff – Crewe 250881

46046  1V51 0147 Crewe – Cardiff 110677

46047  1M68 0532 Cardiff – Crewe 020578

46048  1M82 2005 Cardiff-Crewe  111177

46049 1V51 0147 Crewe – Cardiff 250877

46050  1V51 0147 Crewe-Cardiff 071177

sampled Crewe – Cardiff that Monday morning after a weekend in Liverpool, much doss…

46051  1M75 1508 Cardiff – Crewe 250479

46052  1M82 2000 Cardiff – Crewe 130280

46053  —–

46054 1V51 0147 Crewe – Cardiff 160978

46055 1V51 0147 Crewe – Cardiff 180980

46056 1M82 2000 Cardiff – Crewe 140181

in pres 46035…

1Z47 0833 Manchester Picc – Cardiff Additional 260999

(with 47705) Ruggex 141099 

Marches parcels, late 70’s

4M08 2112 Cardiff – Bolton parcels

4M09 0022 Cardiff – Liverpool parcels

4M13 1800 Penzance – Manchester parcels

4M05 1250 Penzance – Crewe parcels

4V05 2008 Oldham – Bristol parcels

4V06 2105 Oldham – Cardiff parcels

4V20 1512 Manchester – Bristol parcels

3V09 1916 Manchester – Cardiff parcels 

Marches Passenger, May 1980 timetable

1M68   0535 Cardiff – Crewe

1M70   0750 Cardiff – Crewe

1M84   1150 Cardiff – Crewe

1M75   1510 Cardiff – Crewe

1M73   1710  Cardiff – Crewe

1M82   2000 Cardiff – Crewe

1V51   0147 Crewe – Cardiff

1V02   0754 Crewe – Cardiff

1V03   1000 Crewe – Cardiff

1V05   1225 Crewe – Cardiff

1V09   1602 Crewe – Cardiff

1V13   1930 Crewe – Cardiff

Sample consist…

46046  2000 Cardiff – Crewe 160481

81128, 34995, 21194, 80339, 81359

No phots of Marches 46’s yet….

Link to our 150 different Marches 25’s feature here

Link to our class 33 on the Marches feature here

Link to our class 40 on the Marches feature here

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