30th June 1991
The Roarer Requiem
|Locos Used||37888, 37892, 85101 & 85105|
Route : 1Z36 throughout
|85101||Manchester Piccadilly - Stockport - Wilmslow - Crewe - Madeley - Norton Bridge - Stafford - Bushbury Jn - Perry Barr North Jn - (3) - Birmingham New Street - (4) - Stechford - Birmingham International - Coventry - Rugby - Weedon - Bletchley - Watford Junction - Willesden (5)|
|37888 (1)||Willesden - Gospel Oak - Camden Road - Dalston Western Jn - Lea Jn - Stratford|
|85101||Stratford - Forest Gate Jn - (via Barking Flyover) - Upminster - Basildon - Pitsea - Shoeburyness|
|37892 (1)||Shoeburyness - Pitsea - Tilbury - Forest Gate Jn - Barking - Stratford - London Liverpool Street|
|85101 (2)||London Liverpool Street - Stratford - Gidea Park - Shenfield - Colchester - Colchester St Botolphs|
|37892 (1)||Colchester St Botolphs - Thorpe-le-Soken - Walton-on-Naze|
|85101||Walton-on-Naze - Thorpe-le-Soken - Colchester - Gidea Park - Stratford - Dalston Western Jn - Camden Road - Primrose Hill - Willesden (5)|
|85105||Willesden - (reverse of outward route) - Stechford - Proof House Jn - Birmingham New Street - ??? - Bushbury Jn - (reverse of outward route) - Manchester Piccadilly|
(1) 85101 dead in tow.
(2) 37892 dead in tow.
(3) Booked route was: Bushbury Jn - Perry Barr North Jn - Aston - Proof House Jn - Birmingham New Street however TRUST timings seem to suggest the train did not go this way (Perry Barr North Jn - Soho South Jn - Birmingham New Street?), probably to catch back some of the late running however a 24 minute delay at New Street was put down to "guard" (a lack of?).
(4) Booked route appears to have been Birmingham New Street - Soho South Jn - Perry Barr South Jn - Aston - Stechford but TRUST timings seem to suggest the train in fact went direct: Birmingham New Street - Proof House Jn - Adderley Park - Stechford.
(5) Precise location for loco change requires confirming - timing sheet gave it as Willesden FLT in both directions.
Sources : Nick Ross
(left train at Birmingham New Street) & Derek Thompson
37892 at Colchester St Botolphs (?) (photo: Nick Blyth)
85105 departing Watford Junction (photo: Nick Blyth)
(by Nick Ross)
In what seems the far-off days when a Saturday night overnight service was provided on the WCML complete with the luxury of a seat, the Northbound "splitter" steadily loaded with enthusiasts heading for an early Sunday morning Manchester start.
85018 did the ECS in from Longsight and 85101 complete with her old number E3061 plus 006 in stencils on the cabside backed on as the farewell tour's power. For a class one magazine dubbed as "BR's most unloved class" there was a real sense of irony as the crowds gathered to photograph 85101 complete with headboard proudly proclaiming "30 years of service".
As we headed South, news of an Up Sleeper derailment between Coventry and Rugby filtered through. After an understandable long delay at New St we were routed "wrong line" past wrecked catenary and derailed Motorail vans which had originated from Carlisle. After this 85101 stormed South and after a drag across the North London lines behind 37888 we reached the rare class 85 haunt of Shoeburyness. 37892 returned us to Liverpool St with 85101 ""dead" on the back. With her reverser switch on she proceeded to roar all the way. A top and tail outing on t he GE followed with photo-stops at outrageous roarer locations followed. Liverpool St, Walton and Colchester St Botolph's being first and last "roarer" photting venues for most.
85101 at Walton-on-Naze (photo: Derek Thompson)
Once back at Brent Sdgs 85101 was detached, roaring past the tour along the equally doomed "engine line" before the rarer 85105 backed on for the final leg of the tour. With the evening sun providing a fitting sunset she put in a last bout of 100 mph running before the last ever arrival for the class on a passenger train at Birmingham New Street and Manhester Piccadilly.
Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Derek Thompson)
|Stockport||06.33a ~ 06.35d||07.00 ~ 07.04||22.50½a ~ 22.51½d||23.47 ~ 23.51|
|Crewe||07.00a ~ 07.03d||07.30 ~ 07.32||22.09a ~ 22.11d||23.19 ~ 23.22|
|Stafford||07.24a ~ 07.26d||07.55 ~ 07.57||21.42a ~ 21.44d||22.50 ~ 22.53|
|Birmingham New Street||08.02a ~ 08.05d||08.27 ~ 08.54||20.54a ~ 20.58d||22.08 ~ 22.11|
|Coventry||08.35a ~ 08.36d||?||20.24a ~ 20.26d||?|
|Watford Junction||09.56a ~ 09.57d||11.37 ~ 11.40||19.19a ~ 19.20d||20.36 ~ 20.38|
|Harrow & Wealdstone||10/02||11/46||19/15||20/31|
|Willesden FLT||10L07 ~ 10L17||11.55 ~ 11.59||18L45 ~ 18L55||20.00 ~ 20.18|
|Stratford||10L47 ~ 10L57||12.36 ~ 12.44||18.12 ~ 18.14||19.07 ~ 19.15|
|Forest Gate Jn||11/01||12/47|
|Shoeburyness||11.54a ~ 12.20d||?|
|Forest Gate Jn||13.15 ~ 13.15||14/54|
|Stratford||13.19 ~ 13.21||?|
|Liverpool Street||13.30a ~ 13.43d||15.12 ~ 15.23|
|St Botolph||15.00 ~ 15.18||?|
|Walton-on-Naze||16.06a ~ 16.18d||17.20 ~ 17.40|
|Colchester||16.48 ~ 17.04||18.10 ~ 18.20|
|Witham||17.18 ~ 17.27||?|
|Forest Gate Jn||18/07||?|
Timings continue in first table.
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