The Glasgow Double tour, April 82

The Glasgow Double Railtour, 24 and 25th April 1982

Myself and Tony Ewer  arrived at Bletchley about 2230 on Saturday night in good time for the tour. Bletchley was largely quiet apart from passing paper traffic and we walked in between 2 long lines of stabled “small Sulzers” on the holding sidings. The only sound was our scrunching feet on oily ballast, an impressive 9 “rats” were present presumably on engineers jobs once the paper traffic had passed.

Bletchley, 240482

08374, 25168, 25296, 25289, 25317, 25248, 25027, 25319, 25181, 25288

87010, 86009, 86328, 86031,

The tour arrived a few minutes down on the quoted 2312 timing, from memory few joined here and the 13 coach “spotter special” was half full on joining. The NREA/RESL steward on gripping us almost before we were on the move didnt seem impressed by my “decent loco on front” comment, replying if I had noted the 25s at Bletchley for him! This organisers lack of interest re the quality of locos hauling his tour was going to become more obvious as the tour progressed. Still, we had a good start in 83010.

83010 Bletchley – Coventry 24/4-25/4

47148 Coventry – Wolves (via BS) 25/4

Booked isolation, unfortunately the 83 roared off South!

86260 Wolves – Lostock Jn 25/4

47462 Lostock Jn – Glasgow C via Settle, Appleby, Carlisle, Dumfries, Kilmarnock,

In the early dawn, I ventured up front to rake in the Ais Gill thrash, sprawled out bodies everywhere, 462 was clagging nicely

Buses then took us to:

Eastfield

37111, 26031, 37022, 37035, 40177, 40173, 47458, 08938, 20028, 37151

20175, 08952, 37262, 08348, 27043cond, 37188, 47207, 27018, 27042, 08621,

47708, 20039, 20191, 47272, 20156, 37108, 08733. 08447, 27038, 25076

37112, 27102, 27025, 27002, 25229, 47458, 27205, 37253, 37033, 47210,

Glasgow Works

25247, 20114, 08855, 08402, 27016, 25237, 20217, 08755, 20124, 27014,

20179, 08563, 20119, 27104, 25059, 20109, 20124, 20085, 26037, 20021, 27040,

27204, 26005, 20199, 27103, 27004, 27209, 27112, 25064

303089/107/087/020/099/073/091

We then had loads of spare time before our 1633 departure, so we nedded off to Edinburgh

47712 1130 Glasgow QS – Edinburgh ,,,,QS-Haymarket

27017 1114 Dundee – Edinburgh ,,,,Haymarket-Waverly..mileage move!

47703,,, 1400 Edinburgh – Glasgow QS Waverly – Queen St

Back at Central a roarer was hovering way to the South and we all assumed we were in for some decent mileage home.

86230! Rtn Glasgow- Euston Railtour Glasgow C – Bletchley

The atmosphere was a bit subdued on the return run, probably something to do with the “Duke of Wellington”!

Glasgow Double Phot spot

“nb” tippie 27025 at Eastfield, 250482. No steam pipe on this one!

xb “rat” 25059 with a front end dent awaits attention at Glasgow works

20124 awaits attention at Glasgow works, A Trev Rolfe photo

20199 gleaming inside the work’s shops, a “Trev Rolfe” phot

08755, with 25237,27016,25247 in the line at Glasgow works

47708,27211, 27037 and 37108 at the mighty Eastfield depot. A “Trev Rolfe” phot

Trev also ventured out to Motherwell, heres his photo of 40079 under the depots famous footbridge.

47703 at Waverly prior to returning us to Queen St with the 1400 service

86004 here at Central perhaps shows the “cans” at their best, no “zebidee springs”, no silly nameplate just a cast inter city plate, the multi wiring making them looking more real, this loco survived until late 2020

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