The Burntisland Bellower tour, Oct 83

The Burntisland Bellower remembered, 30 Sep and 1 Oct 1983

 Boris the basher!

31327}            1Z98 Sheffield-Burntisland Bellower Railtour         Sheffield-Edin


26001}            1Z98 Sheffield-Burntisland Bellower Railtour         Edin-Mosssend (via Burntisland)


20149}            1Z98 Burntisland-Sheffield Bellower Railtour         Mossend-Carlisle (via Ayr)          


25051}            1Z98 Burntisland-Sheffield Bellower Railtour         Carlisle-Newcastle


31327}            1Z98 Burntisland-Sheffield Bellower Railtour         Newcastle-Sheffield


Tour Itinary click for large version, thanks to Trev Rolfe

Tour Itinary page 2 click for large version, thanks to Trev Rolfe

Steaming goyles 31327/31291 soon had us on the move from Sheffield at 2357 exactly but our sleep was interupted at York where a defective BK had to be removed due to an alleged screwing the brakes down incident. A new BK was soon shunted on but we had lost 40 minutes or so. Much of the lost time was made up by a storming run from the Goyles. I awoke somewhere in the Berwick area with myself and all around in a state, the stock was rocking wildly, we were flying. Staggering goyles, not this pair.

A short break saw fodder raked in before departing from Edinburgh round various slow speed MGR haunts our xos 26’s (001 and 006) were familiar with before the whole train ritualistically bellowed as we thrashed through Burntisland. This alarmed an elderly lady on the up platform. Polmont then a main line burst of speed to Moss End where the 26’s were removed. Here green kettle Flying Scotsman was waiting to work North whilst Scottish choppers 20149/20202 provided the power onwards to Ayr. The “Boris the basher” headboard was very nearly put on the front of 4472 to wind up the kettle neds.

In the Kirconnel area , true to form one of the bombs blew up but the tour atmosphere failed to dip as much as our speed. At Carlisle the photo stop was abit of a scrum but it offered us the ch ance to stretch our legs and to admire the Boris the Basher club wielding Geoff Capes lookalike headboard on the replacement rat’s iron’s. Rat’s 25051 and 25239 to Newcastle, then those flying Goyles back to Sheffield where we arrived about 30 down. We made one of the last Summer Saturday workings of 1983 in the 2047 Sheffield-Bristol but it’s power in 47137 offered little to bellow about after the type 2 delights we had all enjoyed

Burntisland Bellower phot spot, 011083

 26001 and 006 open up on the Dumfermline loop heading towards “Cardenrenrenren……”

Mossend “tractors” 37154 and 37155 looking good

Famous kettle at Mossend, shame “Boris” wasnt put on front!

Motherwell depot power as the 20’s whistle pass

  20202 and 20149 at Carlisle after a run from Mossend via Ayr, the late Neil Webster looks on

Tony Ewer captures the forwarding 25051 and 25239 ready to depart at Carlisle

 “Fog on the Tyne”, 25051 and 25239 approach Newcastle

Resident 03 West pilot, 03063 at Newcastle

Pre Tour moves and gen-29/9/83 Th

54371} 1703 Hitchin-Huntingdon                             Hitchin-Huntingdon


37052  1708 Kings X-Peterborough

47409  1715 Kings X-Peterborough

47402  1741 Kings X-Peterborough                           Huntingdon-Peterborough

47459  1120 Glasgow-Harwich

56134}            1754 Cambridge-Leicester                              Peterborough-Oakham


31424  1818 Birmingham-Norwich                            Oakham-Peterborough

31312  1807 Harwich-Peterborough

HST     2050 Kings X-Leeds                                      Peterborough-Doncaster

47518  2054 Newcastle-Kings X                                Doncaster-Grantham

                                                        30/9/83 Fr

47018  2300 Kings X-Edinburgh                               Grantham-Doncaster

47410  2320 Kings X-Edinburgh


47461  2110 Edinburgh-Kings X                               Doncaster-Retford

40024  0110 Manchester-Cleethorpes papers

31252  0210 Manchester-Cleethorpes                        Retford-Lincoln C

We were evicted from Retford’s low level platforms in case we “pinched the parcels” awtg loading, being escorted down by Bert just before departure time…

54044}            0550 Lincoln-Sheffield                                  Lincoln SM-Gainsborough LRr


31247  0555 Doncaster-Lincoln                                 Gainsborough LR-Lincoln C

31406  0700 Cleethorpes-Newark                              Lincoln SM-Newark N

HST     0804 Kings X-Hull                                        Newark-Doncaster

 40024 at Doncaster with the Cleethorpes-Red Bank empties

DMU   0900 Cleethorpes-Manchester                       Doncaster-Rotherham (Masboro)

45146  1106 Leeds-Poole                                           Rotherham-Sheffield

08879  Sheffield Shunt                                               Sheffield-Sheffield

 08879 after shunting the Leeds portion onto the Newcastle-Poole,at Sheffield

45143  0950 Newcastle-Poole

45140  0653 Plymouth-York

DMU  1145 Manchester-Hull                                     Sheffield-Rotherham

 Canton’s  xos beast 47236 with MGR at Rotherham Masboro, long since closed

47440  1230 Leeds-Cardiff                                        Rotherham-Sheffield

45121  1217 Birmingham-York

47542  1016 Barrow-Nottingham                               Sheffield-Chesterfield

HST    1245 St.Pancras-Sheffield                               Chesterfield-Sheffield

45140  1428 York-Plymouth                                      Sheffield-Chesterfield

47215  1450 Birmingham-Leeds                                Chesterfield-Rotherham

47589  1530 Birmingham-York

31183  1635 Leeds-Sheffield                                     Rotherham-Sheffield

47536  1150 Aberdeen-Nottingham                           Sheffield-Chesterfield

HST    1845 St.Pancras-Sheffield                               Chesterfield-Sheffield

Homeward move -01/10/83

47137  2047 Sheffield-Bristol                                                                        SH-NS

25266}            Aberystwyth-Coventry ret Charter                                       


45148  2140 Bristol-Glas/Edin

                                                            2/10/83 Su

088      0015 Birmingham-Euston                                                       NS-LB

Busy as ever, a top get you home train lost to privitisation progress.

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