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Little change in '82.

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INTRODUCTION:

Little change to the timetable in the 1981 mainly some minor re-timings at intermediate stations. The afternoon departure from Brighton was earlier at 1500 but same timings from Reading arrival in Manchester was 15 mins late an overall 35 minute deceleration.


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.  The Saturday night service from Manchester Piccadilly was, after Coventry routed via the West Coast Mainline.

 

17th May 1982 to 15th May 1983

M-S

M-S

SUN

SUN

Headcode

1M50

1M64

1M00

1M05

Notes:

 C

 B

 

 

Timing Load

D315/

E315

D315/

E315

D315/

D455

D315/

E315

Brighton

0920

1500

0925A

1638A

Gatwick

09u48

15u31

0955

1703

East Croydon

10u08

15u53

10u18

17u25

Reading

1102

1704

1138

1859

Oxford

1132

1736

1218

1928

Banbury

1157

 

1248

1955

Leamington Spa

1216

 

1308

2014

Coventry

 

1829

 

 

Birmingham International

 

1841

 

 

Birmingham New Street arr

1255

1859

1347

2051

Birmingham New Street dep

1310

1913

1405

2105

Wolverhampton

1325

1928

1423

2121

Stafford

 

 

1457

2137

Stoke

 

 

 

2158

Macclesfield

 

 

 

2219

Crewe

1407

2010

1531

 

Wilmslow

 

 

15s56

 

Stockport

14s36

20s41

16s20

22s35

Manchester Piccadilly

1444

2049

1629

2243

A = starts Gatwick from 10/10/82 onwards.

B = Buffet.

C= 1M96 on Saturdays.

 

 

 

17th May 1982 to 15th May 1983

M-S

SX

SO

SUN

Headcode

1O74

1O52

1O52

1O74

Notes:

 B

 

 

 

Timing Load

E315/

D315

E315/

D315

E315/

D315

D315

Manchester Piccadilly

0730

2330

2305

0715

Stockport

07u38

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

 

 

 

 

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.

 

At this point in time there were just two local trains between Clapham junction and Kensington Olympia in the morning at 0812 and 0845 with two returning in the afternoon at 1636 and 1707. Formed class 33/1 and 4TC all other moves to and from Olympia were as ECS.

 


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, this lasted a week or so and strangely would reoccur over the following couple of years.

The Saturday night service from Piccadilly changed from electric to diesel traction at Mitre Bridge. The Diesel loco came light engine from Selhurst Depot departing at 0313 Sunday morning, Departure from Mitre Bridge was at 0400. There is a good chance that this train would have class 33 or 73 haulage.


STOCK:

The Working Timetable timing loads are shown as D315/E315 which equates to 9 cars. The day time set was now booked for airbraked Mk2abc vehicles.  The overnight set retained its all Mk1 consist....however as the pictures will show this changed towards the end of the timetable period.


PHOTOS:

45063 runs into platform 2 at East Croydon whilst working 1M64 the 1500 Brighton to Manchester Piccadilly. Class 45's were very rare and a welcome change from the usual diet of class 47's.

Photo taken 3rd June 1982.

Photographer John Atkinson.

Used with permission.

47445 storms along at Ruscombe near Twyford on the West of England mainline with 1M50 the

0920 Brighton to Manchester Piccadilly service.

Photo taken 7th August 1982.

 Photographer Geoff Edwards / Authors collection.

47191 accelerates between East & South Croydon with

 1O74 the 0730 Manchester Piccadilly to Brighton.

Photo taken 28th September 1982.

Photographer Graham Walker.

Used with permission.

 

47463 is captured near Solihull with

 1M50 the 0920 Brighton to Manchester Piccadilly service.

Photo taken 13th October 1982.

 Photographer unknown / Authors collection.

 

47440 storms out of Brighton passing Lovers Walk Depot with the 1500 Brighton to Manchester Piccadilly. Mk2abc stock is now the norm in this 1982 view.

Photo by the Author.

Captured in the dark of Crewe station 86327 awaits to depart with 1M64 the 1500 Brighton to Manchester Piccadilly.

Photo taken 15th February 1983.

 Photographer Barrie Watkins / Authors collection.

 

47511 'Thames' gets 1M50 the 0920 Brighton to Manchester Piccadilly away from Brighton. A Mk2 first class air-conditioned coach leads the train, it would have been interesting to see the rest of the set as the train was still booked for MK1 vacuum braked stock at this date

  The station roof is once again shrouded in scaffolding.

Photo taken 10th March 1983.

Photographer Geoff Edwards / Authors collection.

Another photo of 47511 'Thames' as it gets 1M50 the 0920 Brighton to Manchester Piccadilly away from Brighton and under the footbridge between the signalbox and Montpelier sidings.

Photo taken 10th March 1983.

Photographer Geoff Edwards / Authors collection.

47076 'City of Truro' arrives at Coventry with 1M50 the 0920 Brighton to Manchester Piccadilly service. The train is back to Mk1 stock on this April 1983 dated slide.

Photographer unknown / Authors collection.

47509 'Albion' runs through Banbury with 1O74 the 0730 Manchester Piccadilly to Brighton.

Photo taken 15th April 1983.

Photographer Jim Binnie / Authors collection.

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