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INTRODUCTION:

It was all change in May 1986. It had been decided at long last that Kensington Olympia, which the trains had passed through without stopping( apart from crew changes )for the past six years, had potential as an alternative London destination. In addition it was thought that the ports of Newhaven and Dover had potential so the timetable was completely re-cast and included three trains a day to and from Dover and a daily service to and from Newhaven Marine. The Newhaven train was timed to connect with the overnight ferry to and from  Dieppe which had onward train connections to and from Paris St Lazare.

I have also included each year from 1986 the workings to Dover as these were closely related to the Brighton services and formed a part of the new Cross London Inter-city link. There was also a rather bizarre Portsmouth & Southsea to Dover Western Docks train on Mondays only.

 

 Working on the premise that sooner or later whatever you are looking for will appear on eBay this Press pack for the 1986 Cross-London launch was a great find.

 

  Press Pack folder.                                   Press release pages 1 to 3.                      Network Map.

 

The Press get wined and dined at these events and here is the menu with a NW-SE theme.

 

 

This is a preview leaflet issued with the expected service details.

Two different versions are known PO2684/A36/11.85 and PO2917/A300/1.86 the only difference I can see between the two is a change of pictures,font size and some minor text changes.

 

This is the leaflet for the launch of the service, just click for a larger image. This leaflet is geared towards the passenger from the North West CAS/P03063E, similar leaflets were done for the South East  and London CAS/P03063A are known.

 

 

This is the cover of the Kent version of the leaflet for the launch of the service, just click for a larger image. CAS/P03063C


TIMETABLE and ROUTE:

For the first time trains now served Haywards Heath and Clapham Junction with a few also calling at Redhill.  All services now ran via the West Coast Mainline with locomotive changes at Mitre Bridge. As a result services were speeded up dramatically between end points but at the expense of the Thames Valley stations that were no longer served. Birmingham was also a loser with only one weekday train, but all services northbound called there on Sundays. Southbound there were only two trains with just one on Sundays.

A trip to Newhaven Marine got you some rare track in as the station was only then served by boat trains to and from Victoria. The stock ran ECS to and from Lovers Walk Brighton for servicing.

There was now a buffet service on pretty well every service, certainly south of Birmingham anyway.

Many thanks to Gary Stratford for some additional WTT information.

 

The new shape of the Intercity network.

 

 

12th May 1986 to 10th May 1987

M-S

M-S

M-S

M-S

M-S M-S M-S

M-S

SUN

SUN

SUN

SUN

SUN SUN

Headcode

1M34

1M50

1M02

1M00

1M04 1M31 2V72

1M13

 1M34

1M50

1M04

1M13

1M02 2O00

Notes

 B

B

B

B

B B  

B

 BD

 BAC

B

B

B  

Timing Load

D315/

E350

D315/

E350

D315/

E455

 

D315/

E350

D315

 

D315/

E350

 

DMU

D315/

E350

D315/

E455/

D315

D315/

E455

D385/

E350

D315/

E350

D385/

E350

 

DMU

Dover Western Docks     1045   1345 1745         1345   1745  
Folkestone Central     1058   1358 1758         1358   1758  
Ashford     1114   1414 1814         1415   1815  
Tonbridge     1144   1444 1844                
Bromley South     1210   1510 1910         1511   1911  

Newhaven Marine

0625

 

 

 

     

 

0625

 

 

 

   

Brighton

 

1015

 

1215

     

1826

 

1053

 

1723

   

Haywards Heath

06u51

 

 

 

     

 

0651

 

 

 

   

Gatwick

07u07

1043

 

1243

     

1857

0707

1117

 

1752

   

Redhill

 

 

 

 

     

1913

 

 

 

 

   

East Croydon

07u23

1100

 

1300

     

1927

0725

1135

 

1810

   

Clapham Jct

07u34

11u11

 

13u11

     

1939

0738

1148

 

1824

   

Kensington Olympia

0743

1119

1235

1319

1535 1935 1946

1954

0752

1212

1552

1837

1935 1946
Slough             2009             2009
Reading             2032             2032

Watford Jct

0810

 

1304

1346

1605 2009  

2024

0830

1250

1621

1906

2004  

Milton Keynes

 

1211

 

 

  2033  

2048

0903

1323

 

1930

2028  

Rugby

 

 

 

1434

     

 

0948

1403

 

 

   

Coventry

 

1252

 

 

     

 

0957

1417

 

2005

   

Birmingham Int

 

1302

 

 

     

 

1008

1428

 

2016

   

Birmingham New St arr

 

1319

 

 

     

 

1027

1447

 

2030

   

Birmingham New St dep

 

1321

 

 

     

 

1040

1500

 

2033

   

Sandwell & Dudley

 

1330

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

2042

   

Wolverhampton

 

1342

 

 

     

 

1059

1519

 

2053

   

Stafford

0930

1358

1433

1516

1726 2132  

2147

1136

1551

1740

2110

2127  

Crewe

 

 

1502

1545

1755    

2212

 

 

1808

2135

   

Stoke

0955

1420

 

 

  2156  

 

1204

1616

 

 

2148  

Macclesfield

1015

1441

 

 

  2216  

 

1230

1637

 

 

2208  

Stockport

10s31

14s56

 

 

  22s31  

 

1259

1702

 

 

22s24  

Manchester Piccadilly

1041

1504

 

 

  2240  

 

1308

1711

 

 

2232  

Runcorn

 

 

1522

1606

18s22    

2234

 

 

1829

2200

   

Liverpool Lime Street

 

 

1544

1627

1844    

2255

 

 

1850

2221

   

B = Buffet

A = Until 28th September 1986.

C = This is an imbalance in the timetable. Stock for this train ran as 5Y42: 1841 Bournemouth CS to Lovers Walk on Saturday nights until the 27th September 1986.

D = From 18th May 1986 was revised to D315 throughout, I.e. Diesel hauled throughout.

 

As can be seen there was an evening service between Kensington Olympia and Reading formed of a  DMU presumably to give a return service for passengers who had been on a day trip.

The stock ran ECS from Slough on Monday to Friday and Southall DMUD on Saturday and Sunday.

 

12th May 1986 to 10th May 1987

M-S

M-S

M-S

M-S M-S

M-S

M-S

SUN

SUN

SUN

SUN

Headcode

1O60

1O27

1O66

1O28 1O29

1O74

 1O90

1O28

1O66

1O29

1O90

Notes

 

P

B

B B

B

B

 

 B

B

 B

Timing Load

E350/

D315

D315

E350/

D315

E350/

D315

E350/

D315

E350/

D315

E350/

D315

D385

E455/

D315

E455/

D315

E350/

D315

Liverpool Lime Street       0749              
Runcorn       0806              

Manchester Piccadilly

 

 

0644

  0925

1215

1615

 

 

 

1620

Stockport

 

 

0654

  09u33

1223

1623

 

 

 

1628

Macclesfield

 

 

0708

  0948

1235

1635

 

 

 

1640

Stoke

 

 

0730

  1008

1255

1700

 

 

 

1700

Crewe

 

 

 

0832  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stafford

 

 

0753

0852 1029

1319

1723

 

 

 

1720

Wolverhampton

0520

 

 

   

1337

 

 

0822

0903

 

Sandwell & Dudley

 

 

 

   

1347

 

 

 

 

 

Birmingham New St arr

0536

 

 

   

1359

 

 

0838

0919

 

Birmingham New St dep

0539

 

 

   

1405

 

 

0840

0921

 

Birmingham International

0548

 

 

   

1415

 

 

0850

0932

 

Coventry

0559

 

 

   

1429

 

 

0902

0944

 

Rugby

0622

 

0828

   

 

 

 

0926

1008

 

Milton Keynes

0650

 

 

0951 1127

 

1821

 

0951

1032

1820

Watford Jct

0716

 

0915

1014 1156

1530

1843

 

1034

1112

1849

Reading   0726           0945      
Slough   0741           1002      

Kensington Olympia

0750

0803

0947

1047 1230

1602

1915

1026

1121

1159

1922

Clapham Jct

0802

 

0957

   

1614

1928

 

1142

 

1942

East Croydon

0817

 

1010

   

1627

1949

 

1200

 

2000

Redhill

 

 

 

   

1642

2003

 

 

 

 

Gatwick

0834

 

1027

   

1653

2013

 

1223

 

2022

Haywards Heath

 

 

 

   

 

2029

 

 

 

2036

Brighton

0858

 

1058

   

1723

 

 

1250

 

 

Newhaven Marine

 

 

 

   

 

2115

 

 

 

2115

Bromley South   0833   1114 1257     1104   1239  
Tonbridge   0859   1137 1320            
Ashford   0926   1204 1348     1204   1348  
Folkestone Central   0942   1219 1404     1219   1405  
Dover Western Docks   0954   1230 1415     1230   1415  

B = Buffet

P = starts Portsmouth & Southsea 0546 MO

 

 

 

 


LOCOMOTIVES:

It was now a solid diet of class 47/4's with the odd class 33 or 73 substituting due to failures.

Loco changes were at Mitre Bridge with the class 47 south of and an ac electric north of.

The working timetable shows that 1M34 from Newhaven had another loco change back to a Diesel from New Street.


STOCK:

Later  Mk2de air-conditioned coaches generally ruled the roost, with Mk2abc cars making up the rest. The catering vehicle was normally a Mk2d TSO with a buffet counter built in at one end. It had a microwave to do hot meals which were reasonably priced....including a cooked breakfast. The occasional  Mk2c TSO(T) or even a Mk1 RMB or RB would substitute. Mk2 BFK's seemed common on the sets.  Executive livery was now appearing on many coaches.


PHOTOS:

Buffet menu, just look at those prices!

Reproduced courtesy of Keith Carter.

 

Carriage label for the 0520 Wolverhampton to Brighton.

Authors collection

47626 'Atlas' coasts off the Quarry line at Earlswood Surrey with what is believed to be 1O66 

the 0644 Manchester Piccadilly to Brighton service. 

Photo taken Summer 1986.

Photographer unknown / Authors collection.

Carriage label for the 0625 Newhaven Marine to Manchester Piccadilly.

Label supplied by Steve Carter.

On the 2nd day of the new services into Kent 47446 passes

Petts Wood Junction with 1O29 the

0925 Manchester Piccadilly to Dover Western Docks.

Photo taken  Tuesday 13th May 1986.

Photographer Graham Walker.

Used with permission.

Carriage label for the 0925 Manchester Piccadilly to Dover Western Docks.

Authors collection.

47625 'City of Truro' at Petts Wood Junction with 1M04 1345 Dover Western Docks to Liverpool Lime Street.

Photo taken Tuesday 13th May 1986.

Photographer Graham Walker.

Used with permission.

Carriage label for the 1045 and 1345 Dover Western Docks to Liverpool Lime Street.

Label supplied by Steve Carter.

81007 arrives at Nuneaton with 1M50 the

1053 Brighton to Manchester Piccadilly. Diverted due to engineering works the train is about to gain a diesel loco for the trip into Birmingham New Street

Photo taken Sunday 6th June 1986.

Photographer Steve Buckley.

Used with permission.

58040 couples up to 81007 on the diverted 1M50

1053 Brighton to Manchester Piccadilly service.

Photo taken Sunday 6th June 1986.

Photographer Steve Buckley.

Used with permission.

47406 'Railriders' arrives at Clapham Junction with 1M00 the 1215 Brighton to Liverpool Lime Street.

Photo taken 11th June 1986.

Photographer Chris Eaton.

Used with permission.

47547 waits to depart from Clapham Junction with 1O90 the 1615 Manchester Piccadilly to Newhaven Marine. This service lasted just a year before being diverted to Brighton as a result of poor loadings.

 Photo taken Saturday 21st June 1986.

Photographer Richard Allen.

Used with permission.

Just a few minutes after the previous photo  47500 'Great Western' arrives at Clapham Junction with 1M13 the 1826 Brighton to Liverpool Lime Street, this was the only northbound train that called at Redhill, mainly for mail traffic.

 Photo taken Saturday 21st June 1986.

Photographer Richard Allen.

Used with permission.

47626 'Atlas' passes Petts Wood working

1M04 the 1345 Dover Western Docks to Liverpool Lime Street. Photo taken Tuesday 24th June 1986.

Photographer Graham Walker.

Used with permission.

47513 'Severn' approaches Petts Wood with 1M31 1745 Dover Western Docks to Manchester Piccadilly.

Photo taken 24th June 1986.

Photographer Graham Walker.

Used with permission.

Carriage label for 1M50 the 1015 Brighton to Manchester Piccadilly.

Authors collection.

47646 powers the 1015 Brighton to Manchester Intercity service past the site of Coulsdon North station.
This was the only service from Brighton routed via Birmingham New Street in the 1986 Timetable.

Photo taken Summer 1986.

Photographer Pete Beyer / Authors collection.

An unusual visitor to Brighton is NSE liveried 47573 'The Evening Standard' seen here at Dyke Road Drive Brighton with 1M00 the 1215 from Brighton to Liverpool Lime Street.

Photo taken Summer 1986 by the Author.

Large logo 47459 arrives at Gatwick with 1M00 the 1215 from Brighton to Liverpool Lime Street.

Photo taken Summer 1986.

 Photographer unknown / Authors collection.

 

47406 'Railriders' at Southease on the Seaford branch with 1O90 the 1615 Manchester to Newhaven Marine service. No sheep were harmed in the taking of this photo!

This service only lasted a year before being diverted to Brighton where people actually want to go to!

Date taken unknown but it must have been in the summer to be light enough. Photo by the Author.

After several attempts I have finally managed to acquire a carriage label for the 1615 Manchester to Newhaven Marine . This label is for the Monday to Saturday service .

Authors collection.

The Manchester to Newhaven Marine train ran for just one year. This carriage label is for the Sunday service, 1620 departure, which did not serve Redhill.

Authors collection.

Carriage label for the 0903 SunO Wolverhampton to

Dover Western Docks service.

Authors collection.

Approaching Kensington Olympia station is 47618

'Fair Rosamund' at the head of a motley selection of Mk2 coaches forming 1M04 the 1345 Dover Western Docks to Liverpool Lime Street.

Photo taken 17th July 1986.

Photographer Geoff Edwards / Authors collection.

 

47532 waits to depart from Brighton with 1M50 the 1053SuO departure to Manchester Piccadilly

Photo taken 17th August 1986.

Photographer unknown /  Authors collection.

Later in 1M50's journey 86260 'Driver Wallace Oakes GC' gets the 1053 Brighton to Manchester Piccadilly away from Watford Junction.

Photo taken 17th August 1986.

Photographer unknown /  Authors collection.

86240 'Bishop Eric Treacy' seen at Watford Junction with probably 1O74 the 1215 from Manchester Piccadilly enroute for the West London Line and Brighton. The electric loco will be detached at Mitre Bridge Junction to be replaced by a diesel.

 Photo taken 17th August 1986.

Photographer unknown/ Authors collection.

This is a carriage label for 1O74 the 1215 Manchester to Brighton service

Authors collection.

An unidentified class 47 crosses the Ouse Valley viaduct at Balcombe with 1M50 the 1015 Brighton to Manchester Piccadilly.

Photo dated September 1986.

Photographer unknown / Authors collection.

 

47513 'Severn' approaches Orpington with 1O29 the 0925 Manchester Piccadilly to Dover Western Docks.

Photo taken Friday 3rd October 1986

Photographer Graham Walker.

Used with permission.

47523 passes Orpington carriage sidings with 1M02

 the 1045 Dover Western Docks to Liverpool Lime Street.

Photo taken Friday 3rd October 1986.

Photographer Graham Walker.

Used with permission.

47609 'Fire Fly' at Gatwick Airport having arrived with 1O60 the 0520 Wolverhampton to Brighton on Network Southeast's 'Network Day'.

Photo taken 21st November 1986.

Photographer Carl Hodgkinson.

Used with permission.

Carriage label for the 1826 Brighton to Liverpool Lime Street.

Authors collection.

47611 'Thames' arrives at Kensington Olympia with

1M00 the 1215 Brighton to Liverpool Lime Street.

  Photo taken 19th December 1986.

Photographer unknown / Authors collection.

 

 47426 in Large Logo livery has just arrived in winter sunshine at East Croydon with 1M50 the 1015 Brighton to Manchester Piccadilly service.

Photo dated January 1987.

Photographer Alan Edwards / Authors collection.

 

 47599 runs into Gatwick Airport with 1O66 the

0644 Manchester Piccadilly to Brighton.

Photo taken 12th February 1987.

Photographer Geoff Edwards / Authors collection.

 

47508 'SS Great Britain' is captured at Ashford whilst working 1O28 the 0749 Liverpool Lime Street to Dover Western Docks.

Photo taken 20th March 1987.

Photographer unknown / Authors collection.

A rather grainy shot of 47411 arriving at Kensington Olympia with an unidentified southbound service.

Slide is date April 1987.

 

Photographer unknown / Authors collection.

47513 'Severn' heads south through Burgess Hill with 1O66 the 0644 Manchester Piccadilly to Brighton service.

Photo taken 11th April 1987.

Copyright www.the-transport-photo-interchange-co.uk 

Used with permission.

47445 approaches Stoats Nest Junction at Coulsdon with the 1215 Brighton to Liverpool Lime Street. The class 47 will come off at Mitre Bridge Junction to be replaced by an ac electric classes 81-87 for the journey north.
Photo taken 3rd May 1987.

Photographer Pete Beyer / Authors collection.

47646 passes Salfords with 1O74 the 1215 Manchester Piccadilly to Brighton

Slide dated May 1987.

Photographer Unknown / Authors collection.

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