Screaming down the Trent and more, Dec 2004 remembered

Dec 2004 moves and gen

By December the majority of the “pendo’s” umpteen teething problems had been sorted and it was a case of chasing the “sevens” on their remaining West Midlands turns. We still also had the “Cobblers” on our doorstop and the  booked EWS 90’s still misbehaved allowing 87 substitutions! Willesden depot’s line off off lease “sevens” grew during the year, a depressing site.  A problem in the  grey days immediately after Xmas with track conditions in the New St area after a big dig, saw 87’s return to scream down the Trent Valley in some numbers for the last time .

                        1/12/04 We

321436            1024 Euston – Birmingham                                                     LB-BY

47851-phot

321403            1034 Euston – M.Keynes                                                        BY-MK

87025}            1136 Euston – Wolves                                                             MK-INT

87012(d)}

Believed to be the last day of 87025 in service.

87025 and 87012 at Bir Int’l with the 1136 Euston – Wolves. 87025 returned to Euston and that was the end for this fine machine

87007              1206 Euston – Birmingham                                                     INT-NS

87003              1236 Euston – Wolves                                                             NS-WO

87003              1506 Wolves – Euston                                                             WO-CO

87023              1506 Euston – Birmingham (004 dor)                                     CO-NS

87004              1700 Birmingham – Euston                                                     NS-CO

87012              1636 Euston – Wolves                                                             CO-WO

87012              1906 Wolves – Euston (12029)                                               WO-MK

321426/436-phot

321412            2032 Northampton – Euston                                                   MK-LB

                        4/12/04 Sa

321436}          1008 Euston – Bletchley                                                         LB-BY

321425}

321401            1030 Euston – Northampton                                                   BY-MK

87002              0945 Manchester – Euston                                                      MK-EU

47851              BY

87005, 87024, 87015-WN

87010              1415 Euston – Wolves                                                            

87007              1515 Euston – Wolves                                                             EU-MK

87008              1545 Euston – Manchester                                                     

321420            1602 Northampton – Euston                          

                        6/12/04 Mo

47810}            1600 Birmingham – Euston ? (1750 LB)

87026(d)

90035              1721 Euston – Northampton                                                   LB-WO

321409            1802 Northampton – Euston                                                   WO-BY

87012/87010 Wolves

47851              BY

321413}          1754 Euston – M.Keynes                                                        BY-MK

321430}

87004              1821 Euston – Northampton (VS rake)                                   MK-NO

321334}          1932 Northampton – Euston                                                   NO-LB

321337}

                        8/12/04 We

165036}          1232 Aylesbury – Marylebone                                                AY-WE

165012}

165010            1227 Marylebone – Aylesbury                                                WE-AY

work delivery job!

                        9/12/04 Th

321414            1034 Euston – M.Keynes                                                        LB-MK

87023              1136 Euston – Wolves                                                             MK-INT

86621n86631, 47841

87003              1300 Birmingham – Euston                                                     INT-CO

47303              CO

87010              1236 Euston – Wolves                                                             CO-WO

87010              1506 Wolves – Euston                                                             WO-SA

87004              1336 Euston – Wolves                                                             SA-WO

87004              1606 Wolves – Euston                                                             WO-CO

87012              1600 Euston -Birmingham                                                      CO-NS

87012              1800 Birmingham – Euston                                                     NS-CO

87033              1810 Euston – Wolves                                                             CO-INT

87012              1906 Wolves – Euston                                                             INT-MK

321428            2032 Northampton – Euston                                                   MK-LB             10/12/04 Fr

321433}          1534 Euston – M.Keynes (cape BY)                                       LB-BY

321406}

321410            1554 Euston – Northampton                                                   BY-MK

87030              1606 Wolves – Euston                                                             MK-EU

87023              1635 Euston – Wolves                                                            

321414}          1848 Euston – Northampton                                                   EU-LB

321409}

90026              ECS off 1721 Euston – Northampton

                        11/12/04 Sa

321423            0630 Euston – Northampton                                                   LB-MK

90035              0702 Euston – Birmingham (via Nor)                                     MK-CO

Borrowed “Cobbler” rake and loco

87030              0830 Birmingham – Euston                                                     CO-MK

87002              0802 Euston – Birmingham

321429}          0932 Northampton – Euston                                                   MK-BY

321336}

321414}          0930 Euston – Northampton                                                   BY-MK

321430}

87026}            0751 Stafford – Euston-phot

87019}

87033              0640 Liverpool – Euston

87030              1102 Euston – Birmingham                             (via Nor)          MK-NS

60 Late due to a fire on a proceeding Pendo!

87030              1430 Birmingham – Euston                                                     NS-MK

87010              1330 Birmingham – Euston?

321415            1532 Northampton – Euston                                                   MK-LB

                        13/12/04 Mo

90035              1722 Euston – Northampton                                                   LB-WO

A few days later on December 16th 90033 is seen at Leighton with the 1722 Euston – Northampton “Cobbler”

321413            1802 Northampton – Euston                                                   WO-BY

57310 -BY

321418}          1754 Euston – Wolves                                                             BY-MK

321435}

90026              1822 Euston – Northampton                                                   MK-NO

321422}          1932 Northampton – Euston                                                   NO-LB

321433}

                        17/12/04 Fr

55020              0856 Aylesbury – P.Risboro                                                    AY-PR

168005            0920 P.Risboro – Marylebone                                                 PR-HW

165004            0954 Marylebone – Bicester N                                                HW-PR

165009            1105 P.Risboro – Aylesbury                                                    PR-AY

55020              1644 Aylesbury – P. Risboro                                                   AY-PR

165012            1540 Stratford – Marylebone                                                  PR-HW

165025            1930 Marylebone – Aylesbury                                                HW-AY

                        18/12/04 Sa    

321420            1134 Euston – M.Keynes                                                        LB-MK

87004              1230 Birmingham – Euston                                                     MK-EU

87024, 87005, 87015, 87025, 87007 – WN (off lease)

87019, 87033, 87001 – Euston

87026              xxxx Manchester – Euston

87004              1500 Euston – Liverpool                                                         EU-MK

321337            1602 M.Keynes – Euston                                                        MK-LB

87002 in the bold “big purple” livery heads North on a Wolves service on December 19th 2004. Sunday engineering work saw Down Slow operation that winter’s evening. “Charlie’s pond” is once again a popular fishing spot, it was fishless for a few years after a tamper with a fuel leak polluted the waters big timeā€¦! In Dec 2021 the pond has an otter problem

                        20/12/04  Mo

90033              1721 Euston – Northampton                                                   LB-NO

321402            1832 Northampton – Euston                                                   NO-MK

90035              1821 Euston – Northampton

321425}          1902 Northampton – Euston                                                   MK-LB

321412}

87002              1800 Birmingham – Euston

87004              1806 Wolves – Euston

                        21/12/04  Tu              

165007            1235 Aylesbury – Marylebone                                                AY-WE

165003}          1327 Marylebone – Aylesbury                                                WE-AY

165011}

                        23/12/04 Th

156483            0829 Wakefield – Selby                                                          SB-LE

91004              1040 Leeds – Kings X                                                             LE-WW

3311}              0905 Kings X – Leeds                                                             WW-LE

3312}

144017            1202 Leeds – Ilkley                                                                 LE-IL

60061 gyp

333012            1251 Ilkley – Bradford FS                                                      IL-FS

333012            1332 Bradford – Leeds                                                           FS-LE

43038}            1405 Leeds- Kings X                                                              LE-WW

43039}

43096}            1205 Kings X – Leeds                                                             WW-LE

43197}

43197}            1505 Leeds – Kings X                                                             LE-WW

43096}

155346            1529 Wakefield W – Selby (via Kirkgate/Hudd)                    WW-HA

56076, 47797, 37688, 37695, HM

150271            1608 Leeds – Man Vic                                                                        HA-SB

Brrrrr, 87033 passes Old Linslade arching nicely on a frosty, snowy December 27th 2004

87004 crosses Bridge 131 at Ledburn with an up Wolves on December 28th 2004

                        29/12/04 We

321401}          0734 Euston – M.Keynes                                                        LB-MK

321410}

87004              0840 Bir Int’l – Euston

87019              0905 Euston – Stockport

87012              0854 Crewe – Euston                                                              MK-EU

47840 EU

87033              0945 Euston – Carlisle                                                            

87004              1118 Euston – Warrington                              (via Nor)          EU-CR

About to scream down the Trent, 87004 at Crewe with a Warrington – Euston service on December 29th 2004

47303 drags 86633 and 86622 through Crewe probably bound for the Electric depot on December 28th 2004

47303, 86633n86622 phot-CR

87035              1633 Warrington – Euston                                                      CR-MK

87035 at the Keynes after a legendary scream down the Trent on the 1633 Warrington – Euston on December 28th 2004, Sadly 87035 was stood down a few days later …

87023}            1428 Carlisle – Euston                                                             MK-EU

87033}

an unforgettable day, 87’s return to Trent Valley turns in abundance!          

321424}          1924 Euston – Northampton                                                   EU-LB

321414}

Typing up these notes exactly 17 years to the day when 87035 screamed down the Trent in such style, the memories remain as vivid as ever!

nr 29/12/21

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