South Yorkshireman Railtour, July 84

The “South Yorkshireman” Railtour from July 84 remembered.

Pre tour moves, Sat and Sun 14 and 150784

A 5am Sunday morning tour from Cardiff meant a rancid overnight but with the prospect of a good doss once on the tour! A 1600 departure from Leighton saw Mule, then classic Crompton moves to Cardiff. The 0110 Bristol – Cardiff produced a pair but went direct via the Severn Tunnel rather than the more usual Sunday doss move via Gloucester.

A good few of us piled in the upside waiting room at Cardiff for a fairly comfortable few hours fester whilst those that went for chips on arrival at Cardiff were bowled. The barrier staff wouldnt let them back onto the platforms until 0430 so a seriously rancid fester for them outside the station with the booked antics from the Saturday night drunks to endure.  


046         1435 Birmingham-Euston                                                 L.Buzzard – Euston

85001    1G36 1540 Euston-Wolverhampton

1126       1810 Waterloo-Salisbury                                                   Waterloo – Woking

33110    1W34 1445 Weymouth Q-Waterloo

50048    1O20 1618 Exeter-Waterloo

50018    1V19 1910 Waterloo-Exeter                                             Woking – Salisbury

33021    1O93 1810 Cardiff-Portsmouth

33115    2L50 2120 Salisbury-Basingstoke

33014    2O95 2020 Bristol-Portsmouth

33049    2O95 2020 Portsmouth-Cardiff                                       Salisbury – T.Meads

33005    1V38 2020 Portsmouth-Cardiff

33046    1B87 1930 Milford H-Bristol

150784 Su                                                        

33025}  1B84 0110 T.Meads-Cardiff                                            T.Meads – Cardiff


The Tour:

 itinary a

 itinary b

56037    1Z27 0500 Cardiff-Cleethorpes Railtour                       Cardiff – T.Meads

47901    1Z27 0500 Cardiff-Cleethorpes Railtour                       T.Meads – New St

 47901 comes off the Tour at new St after a fast run from Bristol on 150784

58014    1Z27 0500 Cardiff-Cleethorpes Railtour                       New St – Sheffield (via LS/TO)

 With a BT Bobby looking on, 58014 comes off the tour at Sheffield on 150784

37248}  1Z27 0500 Cardiff-Cleethorpes Railtour                       Sheffield – Sheffield  (via Clee/Hudd)


 37248 and 37249 at Cleethorpes prior to departure Westwards, 150784

 the pair run round at Huddersfield, 150784

58014    1Z27 1400 Cleethorpes-Cardiff Railtour                       Sheffield – New St

Once aboard most of us were asleep before Newport! Right up to arrival at Temple Meads there was doubt

that the requested 47901 would work the tour forward from Bristol. It was good to hear she was on the front as we left Bristol and 47901 stormed up the Lickey with the 10 x Mk IIa’s in tow. At New St dud 58014 replaced 47901 with Nuneaton flyover being included on a circuitous route to Sheffiled.

“Monsters” very much required Healy Mills 37248 and 37249 then took over for the bulk of the tour round South Yorkshire across to  Cleethorpes where the 37’s ran round. Through Leeds to Huddersfield then back to Sheffiled via Healy Mills. The 58 replaced the 37’s at Sheffiled to return me to New St. I bailed here but an awful lot got on to rake in 47901 down the Lickey to Cheltenham.

To be fair I was along with agood few others, dossed for much of the tour after such a rancid overnight but the atmosphere aboard was good with decent power and route.     

Other Gen:

85035    1A13 0757 Wolverhampton-Euston

47475}  1A13 0757 Wolverhampton-Euston


47050    1H03 0832  Birmingham-Manchester

86002    1V60 2330 Glas/Edin-Bristol

47439    1M70 1445 Scarborough-Holyhead

47406    1A25 1645 Leeds-Kings X

37039    1E08 1325 W.S.Mare-Leeds

 46040 and 46028 stored in Tinsley yard, 150784

Getting home moves, 150784 Su

With all day dragging from New St to Nuneaton,  an unusual 45043 was joined for the run to Nuneaton where 45042 was waiting to depart with a Brum bound drag! 86319 returned me to the Keynes for 310076 home. At Bletchley we crossed 33014 on a return Adex from the Southern to end an interesting few days.

45043}  1A41 1909 Wolverhampton-Euston                                               New St – Nuneaton


 45043 at Nuneaton, after dragging the 1909 Wolves – Euston, 150784

31408    1M14 1552 Cambridge-Birmingham

45042}  1G44 1910 Euston-Wolverhampton


47197}  1G45 1940 Euston-Wolverhampton


85019    1H41 1935 Euston-Manchester

47330}  1A39 1611 Holyhead-Euston


86319    1A81 1827 Blackpool-Euston                                          Nuneaton – M.Keynes (via Nor)

85039    1D81 2130 Euston-Holyhead

076         2115 Rugby-Euston                                                            M.Keynes -L.Buzzard

33014    2228 Bley-D.Mk 1’s rtn LNER adex to MK.

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