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INTRODUCTION:

Another destination bites the dust.

No major change to any timings apart from the Sunday departure from Brighton which left 2 hours earlier and now ran to Edinburgh rather than Glasgow and arrived nearly 3 hours earlier.

The summer Saturday diversion to and from Eastbourne didn't run from 1997 with both trains now running to and from Brighton as per weekdays.

The summer Saturday Birmingham to Ramsgate service ran again for a four week season.

 

The Summer 1997 timetable also saw Connex Southcentral start a hourly service between Gatwick and Rugby via Kensington Olympia. These used the 319/0 units transfered to them on privatisation,  combined with the Silverlink Clapham Junction to Willesden Junction service this gave Olympia three trains an hour in each direction, unheard of just a few years earlier. There was a regular Sunday service to Olympia for the first time in many years.


TIMETABLE and ROUTE:

1st June 1997 to 23rd May 1998

M-S

M-S

SO

SUN

Headcode

1S76

1M50

1M??

1S??

Notes

BS

B

BD

B

Ramsgate

 

 

1348

 

Margate

 

 

1357

 

Faversham

 

 

1420

 

Chatham

 

 

1441

 

Bromley South

 

 

1507

 

Brighton

0920

1420

 

1220

Haywards Heath

0933

1433

 

12u35

Gatwick Airport

0945

1445

 

12u48

Redhill

1004X

1504Y

 

13u05

Guildford

1033X

1533X

 

1329

East Croydon

1002X

1502X

 

 

Kensington Olympia

1021X

1530X

1538

 

Reading

1128

1626

 

1401

Didcot Parkway

 

1643

 

 

Oxford

1202

1658

 

1428

Banbury

1224

1720

 

1451

Leamington Spa

1246

1744

 

1511

Coventry

1303

1802

1717

1526W

Birmingham International

1315

1814

1730

1538W

Birmingham New Street arr

1329

1827

1743

1550

Birmingham New Street dep

1334

1834

 

1605

Wolverhampton

1352

1854

 

1621

Stafford

1408

1909

 

 

Stoke on Trent

 

1930

 

 

Macclesfield

 

1949

 

 

Crewe

1436

 

 

1701

Wilmslow

1458

 

 

 

Stockport

1511

2004

 

 

Manchester Piccadilly

1523

2019

 

 

Bolton

1543

 

 

 

Warrington Bank Quay

 

 

 

1720

Wigan  Northwestern

 

 

 

1732

Preston

1610

 

 

1748Z

Lancaster

1636

 

 

1806Z

Oxenholme

1652

 

 

1822Z

Penrith

1718

 

 

1848Z

Carlisle

1737

 

 

1907Z

Haymarket

19s08

 

 

 

Edinburgh Waverley

1916

 

 

2038Z

B = Buffet

D  =  26th July 1997 to 1st August 1997

S = The Sussex Scot

W = Calls at Coventry and Birmingham International from 28th September 1997.

X = Saturdays only until 27th September 1997 runs via Guildford

 does not serve East Croydon or Kensington Olympia. From 4th October does

not advertised to call anywhere between Gatwick Airport and Reading.

Y = Saturdays only stop not advertised but must call as the loco has to run round

Z = runs approx 10 mins later from 28th September 1997.

 

 

1st June 1997 to 23rd May 1998

M-S

M-S

SO

SUN

Headcode

1O66

1O90

1O??

1O??

Notes

BC

BS

BD

B

Edinburgh Waverley

 

1040

 

 

Haymarket

 

1044

 

 

Glasgow Central

 

 

 

1240

Motherwell

 

 

 

1259

Carlisle

 

1204

 

1408

Penrith

 

1220

 

 

Oxenholme 

 

1245

 

1445

Lancaster

 

1300

 

1500

Preston

 

1329

 

1521

Wigan Northwestern

 

 

 

1535

Warrington Bank Quay

 

 

 

1554

Bolton

 

1354

 

 

Manchester Piccadilly

0717

1417

 

 

Stockport

0726

1426

 

 

Wilmslow

 

1436

 

 

Macclesfield

0740

 

 

 

Stoke on Trent

0801

 

 

 

Crewe

 

1458

 

1617

Stafford

0823

1521

 

1639F

Wolverhampton

0840

1539

 

1658

Birmingham New Street arr

0900

1606

 

1717

Birmingham New Street dep

0906

1606

0856

1730

Birmingham International

0916

1616

0909

1740

Coventry

0927

1627

0923

1752

Leamington Spa

0944

1644

 

1808

Banbury

1003

1705

 

1832

Oxford

1024

1730

 

1854

Didcot Parkway

 

 

 

1907

Reading

1053

1800

 

1926

Kensington Olympia

1134X

1853X

1051

 

East Croydon

12s00X

19s20X

 

 

Guildford

1137X

1832X

 

2003

Redhill

12s10X

18s55X

 

20s36

Gatwick Airport

12s17

19s42

 

20s58

Haywards Heath

12s30

19s59

 

21s13

Brighton

1254

2028

 

2133

Bromley South

 

 

1118

 

Chatham

 

 

1145

 

Faversham

 

 

1204

 

Margate

 

 

1227

 

Ramsgate

 

 

1243

 

B = Buffet

C =  Saturdays only Gatwick Airport arr 1232, Haywards Heath arr 1247, Brighton arr 1303.

D  =  26th July 1997 to 1st August 1997.

E = Saturdays only Gatwick Airport arr 1912, Haywards Heath arr 1930, Brighton arr 1956.

F = Calls at Stafford from 28th September 1997

S = The Sussex Scot.

X = Saturdays only runs via Guildford does not serve East Croydon or Kensington Olympia.

 

 

 


LOCOMOTIVES:

Class 47/8's remained the order of the day between Preston/Manchester and Brighton with a class 86/2 north of Preston.


STOCK:

Standard 7 car Mk2f sets formed RLF TSO TSO TSO TSO TSO BSO.


PHOTOS:

Carriage label for the 0920 Brighton to Edinburgh, Sussex Scot.

This is dated SX 2/6/97 to 26/6/97.

Supplied by Steve Carter.

Carriage label for the 1240 SunO Glasgow Central to Brighton. Supplied by Steve Carter.

An unidentified class 47/8 heads out of Brighton with 1M50 the 1420 to Manchester Piccadilly. This view taken from the footbridge that straddles the railway line and A23 contrasts starkly with earlier views from this location at Mill Road.

 Photo by the Author

An unusual Virgin trains and connex south central combined pocket timetable showing the Gatwick to Rugby services and the through services via Reading.

28th September 1997 to 23rd May 1998.

Authors collection.

Supplied by Steve Carter.

With the rebuilding of the train shed going on above, 1S76 the 0920 Brighton to Edinburgh waits to depart. 47810 "Porterbrook" will take the train as far as Preston.

Photo taken 29th September 1997.

Photographer Richard Boyd

Used with permission.

A day later Richard is in Edinburgh. Here is 86212 at Edinburgh Waverley ready to take 1O90 the 1040 departure to Brighton as far as Preston.

Photo taken 30th September 1997

Photographer Richard Boyd

Used with permission.

86213 'Lancashire Witch' sits at Carlisle with the 'Sussex Scot' Photo taken October 1997.

 Photographer unknown / Authors collection.

A few months later on and the plastic sheeting is slowly being removed from Brighton's train shed as 47854 awaits departure with 1M50 the 1420 to Manchester Piccadilly.

Photo taken 15th January 1998.

Photographer Richard Boyd

Used with permission.

37244 arrives at Haywards Heath with dead 47848 in tow on 1S76 the 0920 Brighton to Edinburgh 'Sussex Scot'.

 The class 47 had failed the previous night.

 Photo taken 19th February 1998.

Photographer Paul Weston.

Used with permission.

Just passing over Latchmere Junction 37244 with dead 47848 behind is 1S76 the 0920 Brighton to Edinburgh the

'Sussex Scot'. The Gen is out!

 Photo taken 19th February 1998.

Photographer Paul Weston.

Used with permission.

Tractor 37244 fires up as it passes through Acton Main Line with dead 47848 behind on 1S76 the 0920 Brighton to Edinburgh

'Sussex Scot'. The class 47 had failed the previous night.

 Photo taken 19th February 1998.

Photographer Tim Easter.

Used with permission.

Stockport station was in the middle of a rebuilding when this picture of 47812 worked the 0920 Brighton to Edinburgh.

Photo taken 17th March 1998.

Photographer Richard Boyd

Used with permission.

86227 'Sir Henry Johnson'  rolls into Carlisle with 1O90 the southbound Sussex Scot.

Photo taken 19th March 1998.

Photographer Kevin Law.

Used with permission.

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