16th April 1983

British Rail
Football Specials (at least 9 trains)

Locos Used at least 33054, 46026, 47005, 47118 & 47490
Stock Used set 1: load 8 (formed: 3x mark 1, 1x mark 2, 4x mark 1's)

Route :

Loco Route
46026 Sheffield - Finsbury Park
46026 Finsbury Park - Sheffield

Route :

Loco Route
47005 Sheffield - Worksop - Whisker Hill Jn - Retford - (via ECML) - Finsbury Park
47005? Finsbury Park - Sheffield

Route :

Loco Route
47490 Sheffield - Worksop - Whisker Hill Jn - Retford - (via ECML) - Finsbury Park
47490? Finsbury Park - Sheffield

Route :

Loco Stock Route
33054 set 1 11.16d Eastbourne - Highbury & Islington
33054? set 1? ?Highbury & Islington - Eastbourne?

Notes :
(1) Kevin Law comments : "Eight football specials ran this day [carrying Sheffield Wednesday fans] for Sheffield Wednesday's FA Cup semi final at Highbury. All were Class 47 hauled except for this one, with 46026 being in excellent external condition, having recently received a full repaint at Gateshead. I saw six of the specials myself, at least two of which ran via Retford and the ECML and at least four via Chesterfield then either Nottingham - Grantham or Leicester - Peterborough". For FA Cup match (final score Brighton & Hove Albion 2:1 Sheffield Wednesday).

Sources : David Hills, Kevin Law, Henry Allum & Paul Braybrook

Photo Review


46026 and 47005 at Sheffield (Photo: Kevin Law)


47490 (above) and 47005 round the curve into Retford (ECML) station
(photos: Paul Braybrook)


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