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INTRODUCTION:

Very little change for the 1981 timetable, The morning departure from Manchester Piccadilly was earlier at 0727 and now ran via Stoke rather than via Crewe except on Sundays when the train remained on the route via Crewe.


TIMETABLE and ROUTE:

Both trains were routed via East Croydon, Kensington Olympia (not calling ), 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 Jct,. The afternoon service ran via Coventry but strangely didn't call at Banbury, Leamington or Birmingham International. The loco change was at Birmingham New Street.

 

 

11th May 1981 to 16th May 1982

M-S

M-S

SUN

SUN

Headcode

1M50

1M64

1M00

1M05

Notes

 

 B

 

 

Brighton

0920

1520

0925A

1638A

Gatwick

09u47

15u35

0955

1704

East Croydon

10u08

16u07

10u17

17u25

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 Winter TT.

B = Buffet

 

 

11th May 1981 to 16th May 1982

M-S

Sun to Fri

SO

SUN

Headcode

1O74

1O52

1O52

1O74

Notes:

 B

 

 

 

Manchester Piccadilly

0727

2330

2305

0715

Stockport

07u35

2338

2313

0724

Wilmslow

 

23u45

23u20

 

Crewe

 

0011

2344

08u09

Macclesfield

0751

 

 

 

Stoke

0811

 

 

 

Stafford

 

0032

0009

 

Wolverhampton

0851

0051

0035

0903

Birmingham New Street arr

0915

0110

0100

0930

Birmingham New Street dep

0924

0139

0115

0940

Birmingham International

 

0149

 

 

Coventry

 

0159

01u35

 

Leamington Spa

 

0218

 

1008

Banbury

 

0253

 

1029

Oxford

1035

0321

 

1105

Reading

1100

0352

 

1140

East Croydon

11s58

05s02

05s07

13s01

Gatwick

12s20

05s21

0527

1320

Brighton

1250

0550

0601C

1400C

B = Buffet

C = terminates Gatwick from 10/10/82 onwards

 

 


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.

June saw some 'Peak' haulage on the daytime train from Manchester (PHOTOS REQUIRED), this lasted a week or so and strangely would reoccur over the following couple of years.


STOCK:

The Working Timetable timing loads are shown as D315/E315 which equates to 9 cars although photographic evidence shows that it was mostly the usual 7 car rake. Later in the timetable period the day time set was formed of Mk2abc vehicles. The overnight set retained its all Mk1 consist throughout.


PHOTOS:

Pocket timetable Manchester to Brighton.

 1981-1982

Authors collection

Pocket timetable West Midlands and Thames Valley to Brighton.

 1981-1982

Authors collection

47540 approaches Copyhold Junction, Haywards Heath with 1M50 the 0920 Brighton to Manchester service.

Photo taken 22nd May 1981.

Photo taken by the Author.

73128 drags a failed 47439 into Brighton with 1O74 the 0727 service from Manchester.

 Photo taken 20th June 1981.

Photo taken by the Author.

In bright sunlight 47513 'Severn' waits to leave Brighton with 1M64 the 1520 departure to Manchester Piccadilly.

Photo taken August 1981.

Photo taken by Mike Howarth / Authors collection

In a cloud of exhaust 47157 leaves Brighton with 1M64 the 1520 departure to Manchester.

Photo taken 27th August 1981.

Photo taken by the Author.

The driver looks back down the platform at Oxford for the "RA". 47414 leads 1M50 the 0920 Brighton to Manchester service.

Photo taken 29th August 1981.

Photo taken by the Author.

47147 has just passed through Burgess Hill with 1O74 the 0727 Manchester to Brighton service.

Photo taken 31st August 1981.

Photo taken by the Author.

Nearing the end of its journey 47534 at Mill Road, Patcham with the 1O74 0727 Manchester to Brighton service.

 Photo taken 3rd September 1981.

Photo taken by the Author.

47555 ' Commonwealth Spirit' storms out of Patcham Tunnel with the 1520 Brighton to Manchester Piccadilly.

Photo taken Autumn 1981 by the author.

We catch 47414 again at Mill Road Patcham with 1M50 the 0920 Brighton to Manchester Piccadilly. Another spot it is no longer possible to take a photo from due to the site being occupied by a petrol station and the A23 / A27 interchange!

Photo taken 31st September 1981.

Photo taken by the Author.

47468 leads 1O74 the 0727 Manchester to Brighton service into the station.

 09005 waits to go on the back of the stock and take them into Top Yard to run round.

Photo taken Autumn 1981.

Photo taken by the Author.

47088 'Samson' with 1M64 the 1520 Brighton to Manchester Piccadilly. This is the third of four slides I have taken at this location and there is enough info on this one to nail the location at last. In the background is the bridge taking the M23 over the railway between Balcombe Tunnel Jct and Three Bridges.

Photo taken Autumn 1981.

Photographer Barry Johnson /Authors collection

47445 passes under Dyke Road Drive Brighton with 1O74 the 0730 Manchester Piccadilly to Brighton service.

Photo taken Autumn 1981.

Photo taken by the Author.

47444  'University of Nottingham' passes Coulsdon North with 1O74 the 0727 Manchester Piccadilly to Brighton.

Photo taken 24th March 1982.

Photographer Graham Walker.

Used with permission.

A filthy 47547 runs into Birmingham New St with 1M50 the 0920 Brighton to Manchester service.

Photo taken 27th March 1982.

Photographer Tony Lower / Authors collection

47002 passes Coulsdon North working 1O74 the

 0727 Manchester Piccadilly to Brighton.

Photo taken 28th April 1982.

Photographer Graham Walker.

Used with permission.

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