1980 - 1981

Much the same for 1980.

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INTRODUCTION:

Little change to the timetable in the 1980 just some minor re-timings at intermediate stations.


TIMETABLE and ROUTE:

Both trains were routed via East Croydon, Kensington Olympia (crew change only ), North Pole Junction, Old Oak East Junction then Reading and the Thames Valley. The morning service from Brighton ran via  Solihull, Bordesley Junction and St Andrews Junction. The afternoon service ran via Coventry but strangely didn't call at Banbury or Leamington. The loco changes were at Birmingham New Street for all except the Saturday night service from Manchester which was at Mitre Bridge Jct. The Saturday night Manchester to Brighton / Gatwick also ran via the WCML.

 

12th May 1980 to 10th May 1981

M-S

M-S

SUN

SUN

Headcode

1M50

1M64

1M00

1M05

Notes

 

 B

 

 

Timing Load

D315/

E315

D315/

E315

D315/

E315

D315/

E315

Brighton

0920

1520

0925A

1638A

Gatwick

09u47

15u47

0955

1704

East Croydon

10u08

16u07

10u17

17u25

Kensington Olympia

10c32 16c31 10c55 18c18

Reading

1105

1704

1141

1856

Oxford

1138

1736

1213

1926

Banbury

1206

 

1241

1952

Leamington Spa

1226

 

1301

2012

Coventry

 

1830

 

 

Birmingham International

 

1842

 

 

Birmingham New Street arr

1302

1858

1340

2045

Birmingham New Street dep

1312

1908

1405

2055

Wolverhampton

1327

1923

1423

2110

Stafford

 

 

1457

2127

Stoke

 

 

 

2149

Macclesfield

 

 

 

2211

Crewe

1406

1959

1531

 

Wilmslow

 

 

15s56

 

Stockport

14s35

20s26

16s20

22s29

Manchester Piccadilly

1443

2034

1630

2237

A = starts Gatwick from 12/10/80 onwards, stock runs ECS

from Brighton.

B = Buffet

c = Stops for crew change purposes only.

 

12th May 1980 to 10th May 1981

M-S

Sun to Fri

SO

SUN

Headcode

1O74

1O52

1O52

1O74

Notes

 B

 

 

 

Timing Load

E315/

D315

E315/

D315

 E315/

???

D455/

D315

Manchester Piccadilly

0744

2330

2330

0715

Stockport

07u52

2338

2338

0725

Wilmslow

 

23u45

23u45

 

Crewe

 

0008

0016

08u09

Stafford

 

0030

0040

 

Wolverhampton

0851

0046

0106

0903

Birmingham New Street arr

0910

0104r

0131r

0930

Birmingham New Street dep

0921

0142r

0203r

0940

Birmingham International

 

0153

02u14

 

Coventry

 

0206

02u23

 

Leamington Spa

 

0222

 

1008

Banbury

 

0253

 

1029

Oxford

1028

0321

 

1102

Reading

1058

0349

 

1139

Kensington Olympia 11c34 04c39    

East Croydon

11s58

05s02

05s06

13s01

Gatwick

12s20

05s21

0527

1320

Brighton

1250

0550

0601C

1358C

B = Buffet

C = terminates Gatwick from 12/10/80 onwards, stock runs ECS

to Brighton.

r = refreshment stop

c = Stops for crew change purposes only.

 

 


LOCOMOTIVES:

 The diet of class 47's continued. The train was booked for class 47/4's but as both sets of coaches were dual heat the odd steam heat loco would appear. Any suitable ac electric could haul the train north of Birmingham New Street. Engineering work diversions could see some rare traction, see the photos below. Occasional failures would see class 33's or class 73's substitute on the Southern.


STOCK:

Two rakes of  Mk1 vacuum braked dual heat stock were utilised, based at Longsight?

The overnight train from Manchester and morning return from Brighton were normally formed

TSO TSO SK FK SK TSO BG. The daytime set was formed BG TSO TSO FK RMB TSO TSO.

Occasionally a Mk2z TSO or FK would substitute in the daytime set as would Mk1 SKs for the TSOs.


PHOTOS:

Pocket timetable Brighton to Manchester

1980-1981

Complete with Travellers Fare tea stain.

Authors collection.

Service details from the 1980-1981 Central Division Timetable.

Authors collection.

London Midland issued leaflet giving details of the through services to Gatwick and other connections to the North west via Reading. Published June 1980.

Authors collection.

Approaching Copyhold Junction, Haywards Heath 47432 heads 1O74 the 0744 Manchester to Brighton service.

Photo taken 22nd May 1980 by the author.

Another Sunday and more engineering works forces the diversion of 1M00 the 0925 Brighton to Manchester Piccadilly. 40120 is seen here chirping away at Wolverhampton with the train.

Photo taken 8th June 1980

Photographer Mike Hodge.

Used with permission.

.

An unidentified class 47 accelerates past Lovers Walk Depot Brighton with 1M50 the 0920 Brighton to Manchester service. A few CCT's and GUV's plus the local class 09 can be seen on left hand side of the mainline in Top Yard along with VEG, VEP, CIG and HAP units in the depot. Top Yard signal box was later removed to the Bluebell Railway.

Photo taken autumn 1980 by the author.

47234 at Mill Road Patcham with 1M64 the 1520 Brighton to Manchester, a MkII TSO was a rarity in the formation.

Photo taken summer 1980 by the author.

 

This recently purchased slide shows that things aren't always what they appear. Sold as a class 47 at Barnham the thumbnail was the opposite way round to this image.  When I scanned it I found the image was the wrong way round and Barnham was in fact Balham. The class 47 appears to be on afternoon Brighton to Manchester Piccadilly and is on the up slow line as a 4SUB or 4EPB departs on the down slow line.

 Photo taken September 1980

Photographer unknown / authors collection.

47451 rolls through Clapham Jct with 1O74 the 0744 Manchester to Brighton service.

 Photo taken autumn 1980 by the author.

40034 is seen here at Wolverhampton with 1M00 the 0955 Gatwick Airport to Manchester Piccadilly. Sunday engineering work diversion once again means the Whistler replaced the booked electric locomotive from Birmingham New Street.

Photo taken 30th November 1980.

Photographer Mike Hodge.

Used with permission.

47412 passes Tilehurst with 1M50 the 0920 Brighton to Manchester Piccadilly.

Photo taken 4th March 1981.

Photographer Graham Walker.

Used with permission.

47165 arrives at Kensington Olympia with 1O74 the 0744 Manchester to Brighton service. There was a Railfreight exhibition at the station that day hence the wagons in the bay platforms. The scene here has changed hugely in the intervening 30 years!

 Photo taken 7th  March 1981 by the author.

Prior to the Brighton line resignalling scheme 47440 waits in platform 3 at East Croydon with the

 0920 Brighton to Manchester Piccadilly service.

Photo taken 14th March 1981

 Photographer unknown./ Authors collection.

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