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INTRODUCTION

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WELCOME to 1S76.com the rise and fall of cross country train services to and from Brighton.

INTRODUCTION:

September 1978 saw a pimply faced youth fresh from 6th form start work for British Rail at Brighton as a CO1 station relief clerk, in the Old Steine travel centre or the 'town office' as it was known .

The following year in May 1979 saw the re-introduction of through services from the Midlands to the Sussex Coast and brought daily locomotive haulage back to Brighton to break up the solid diet of EMUís. Coincidence? I think not! The powers that be must have known I much preferred locos to EMUís!!!

December 2008 saw the end of these trains. 

I'm still working for 'The Railway', now well into the what were the old BR MS management grades.

It has been generally all down hill since the Voyagers took over from the class 47ís and Mk2 stock back in 2001, but their ultimate demise is really courtesy of the DfT and Arriva trains who now hold the franchise.

I hope this will be more than just a potted history of those workings from the twice daily start back in 1979 through the optimism of four trains a day in 1986, the often forgotten six trains a day in 2002 and Virgin Trains proposal for an hourly service, ending with the rather half Ė hearted service that remained at the end.

As they were closely related the Cross Country services to Dover, Folkestone and Ramsgate from 1986 are also included.

If you are able to fill in any gaps or correct any errors supply photos or anything else please donít hesitate to let me know, email address at the bottom of the page.

 

All the pictures are Copyright Andy Gibbs unless otherwise stated. Copies of all my photos are available for sale through my  Zenfolio photo gallery.

 

 

Latest updates added 21/05/2014

 

1987 new pictures added.

1988 new picture added.

1994 new picture added.

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73128 drags a failed 47439 into Brighton with the late 0727 from Manchester Piccadilly. Photo taken 20th June 1981. 

There are well over a 300 photos of the cross country services, I am also still looking for more suitable photos, train formations, stock workings, carriage labels, leaflets and any other information for the website, anything used with be fully acknowledged.

The many photos that have been kindly supplied show the variety of traction that appeared on the trains, currently we have classes 20, 31, 33, 37, 40, 45, 47, 50, 55 ( yes a Deltic on the Sussex Scot ), 58, 59, 73, 81, 85, 86 and 87. I know of class 56 and 08 haulage so do you have any photos?

 

Why call the site 1S76? Well 1S76 was the running number of the most well known of the trains from Brighton, the northbound Sussex Scot which ran from 1988 to 2002.

 

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47519 arrives at Reading with a very short rake of coaches on 1M31 the 1718 Folkestone Central to Liverpool Lime Street.

Photo taken 28th July 1988.

 

Click on the year box to the left for details of timings, routing, traction, stock details and of course pictures. Click on any picture for a larger image. All pictures are copyright the original photographer.

 

Each page is the timetable year i.e May 1979 to May 1980 up until 2004. The Timetable change was then moved to December to bring it in line with the rest of Europe so 2004 is May to December 2004, 2005 is December 2004 to 2005 and so on.

This is a big project so please be patient, I will update and add to the years as soon as I can.

I Hope you enjoy it.

 

 

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45110 passes through Clapham Junction on 1M41 the 1848 Brighton to Derby service, once again the London Midland managed a week or more of supplying "Peaks" on the 0958 from Manchester, south of New Street and the return service. Saltley crew need I say more! There was just time after work to ride this train to Gatwick, leg it upstairs into the airport for a pint and then back down to the platform for the 1620 Manchester to Brighton service. Bliss!

Photo taken 13th June 1985.

Photographer Paul Winter. Used with permission.

 

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This 'spare' unfitted nameplate from 220022 has recently been added to the collection!

 

 

1979 also saw the restart of a Saturday service to Bristol to add to the existing Saturday service to Exeter and details of these workings will also be added to this website at a later date. How much better are double headed Cromptons than a class 158! and the rumour mill has it that these services are also on borrowed time. I hope to be able to bring you a Westward Ho! page soon.

 

CONTACT ME:-

If you have any comments, corrections, pictures, stock details, reservation labels or any contribution, you can email me at acg5324ATbtinternet.com.............just substitute @ for AT!

I am especially looking for photos to use of the services north of Birmingham, anything with unusual traction of course and stock workings, pocket timetables carriage labels etc. If you can help the email address is above. Full credit will be given for anything used.


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Acknowledgements:-

All photos are copyright the author unless otherwise marked.

Many thanks to the following for supplying photos:-

John Atkinson

Neil Harvey

Mark Shipman

Richard Boyd

Paul Wesley

Michael J Collins

Pogo

Ben Haslam

Graham Walker

Tony Buckton

Derek Riley

Mike Hodge

John Elliott

BE

Carl Hodgkinson

Warren Desmond

John Turner / 53A Models

Jason Shergold

Bob Foster

Jon Bradley

 Colin. P. Brooks.

Mark Jamieson

Brian Daniels

Craig Stretten

Neil Bays
Paul Winter

JandJCottrell

Tim Easter

Chris Perkins

Ceri Kiff

Steve Buckley

Andre

Paul Weston

Nick Ross

Shaun C

Kevin Law

Carl Watson

Chris Eaton

Mike Hollick

Barrie Watkins

John Irving

Dennis Taylor

The Transport Photo Interchange

Pete ( Muppet ) Beyer

Richard Howe

David Ford

Richard Allen

Please check out their websites for more great photos, many of these links may no longer work due to the demise of Fotopic. I am trying to track down their new photo galleries and update the links.

Many thanks also to Keith Carter for use of 30 years of public timetable information and other items.

Many thanks to Steve Carter for most of the carriage labels that aren't mine and many that are!

Many thanks to Andre for 1983 loco diagrams and other info.

Many thanks to Alan Lake for the 1979 pocket timetable and other paperwork.

Many thanks to Colin Parkington for the use of the Conductors train lists.

Other sources of invaluable information include:

The Chesterfield Observer

1980's Timewarp......site currently dead?

UK Railway Headcodes

Class 37 Group

The 47's

and my head...........ouch!

© Andy Gibbs 2014



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