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INTRODUCTION:

The 1998 Timetable saw couple of interesting developments to the services via Olympia. The morning departure from Manchester and afternoon return from Brighton were now extended to start and terminate at Preston. This involved the stock running ECS from Longsight to Preston in the morning and back in the evening.

The Saturdays only service to Ramsgate now ran for the full duration of the summer timetable rather than having just a four week season. The northbound service was now routed via Reading and extended through to Edinburgh.


TIMETABLE:

24th May 1998 to 29th May 1999

M-S

M-S

SO

SUN

Headcode

1S76

1M50

1S87

1S??

Notes

BS

B

BD

BS

Ramsgate

 

 

1126

 

Margate

 

 

1138

 

Faversham

 

 

1200

 

Chatham

 

 

1226

 

Bromley South

 

 

1255

 

Brighton

0915

1415

 

1220

Haywards Heath

0932

1432

 

12u35

Gatwick Airport

0943

1443

 

12u48

Redhill

 

 

 

13u05

Guildford

 

 

 

1329

East Croydon

1001

1502

 

 

Kensington Olympia

1021

1527

1329

 

Reading

1129

1630

1437

1401

Didcot Parkway

 

1645

 

 

Oxford

1202

1659

1514

1428

Banbury

1224

1721

1538

1450

Leamington Spa

1242

1744

1558

1508

Coventry

1300

1802

1614

1526W

Birmingham International

1311

1815

1626

1538W

Birmingham New Street arr

1326

1827

1640

1550

Birmingham New Street dep

1334

1834

1705

1602

Wolverhampton

1351

1854

1721

1618

Stafford

1407

1909

1735

1632

Stoke on Trent

 

1930

1759

 

Macclesfield

 

1950

 

 

Crewe

1430

 

 

1703

Wilmslow

1455

 

 

 

Stockport

1507

2006

 

 

Manchester Piccadilly

1516

2020

 

 

Bolton

1538

2039

 

 

Warrington Bank Quay

 

 

1821

1723

Wigan  Northwestern

 

2055X

1832

1734

Preston

1607

2117

1848

1751

Lancaster

1633

 

1907

1809

Oxenholme

1649

 

1923

1825

Penrith

 

 

1949

1851

Carlisle

1731

 

2008

1909

Lockerbie

 

 

2029

1931

Haymarket

18s48

 

2130

2035

Edinburgh Waverley

1853

 

2135

2044

B = Buffet

D  =  24th May 1998 to 26th September 1998.

S = The Sussex Scot.

W = Calls at Coventry and Birmingham International 14th and 28th June and

from 26th July 1998.

X = From 27th September 1998.

 

24th May 1998 to 29th May 1999

SO

M-S

M-S

SUN

Headcode

1O99

1O66

1O40

1O??

Notes

BD

B

BS

BS

Edinburgh Waverley

 

 

1040

 

Haymarket

 

 

1044

 

Glasgow Central

 

 

 

1240

Motherwell

 

 

 

1258

Carlisle

 

 

1204

1404

Penrith

 

 

1220

1420

Oxenholme 

 

 

1245

1445

Lancaster

 

 

1300

1505

Preston

 

0620E

1330

1526

Wigan Northwestern

 

0636E

 

1546

Warrington Bank Quay

 

 

 

1556

Bolton

 

0653

1357

 

Manchester Piccadilly

 

0717

1417

 

Stockport

 

0725

1425

 

Wilmslow

 

 

1436

 

Macclesfield

 

0738

 

 

Stoke on Trent

 

0801

 

 

Crewe

 

 

1458

1619

Stafford

 

0823

1522

1640

Wolverhampton

 

0840

1542

1656

Birmingham New Street arr

 

0859

1601

1714

Birmingham New Street dep

0658

0906

1606

1730

Birmingham International

0710

0916

1616

1740W

Coventry

0723

0927

1627

1752W

Leamington Spa

 

0943

1642

1809

Banbury

 

1003

1703

1829

Oxford

 

1026

1723

1852

Didcot Parkway

 

 

 

1910

Reading

 

1054

1756

1927

Kensington Olympia

0855

1148

1858

 

East Croydon

 

1215

1930

 

Guildford

 

 

 

2003

Redhill

 

 

 

20s36

Gatwick Airport

 

1232

1947

20s58

Haywards Heath

 

1250

2005

21s13

Brighton

 

1308

2023

2126

Bromley South

0918

 

 

 

Chatham

0944

 

 

 

Faversham

1004

 

 

 

Margate

1027

 

 

 

Ramsgate

1036

 

 

 

B = Buffet

D =  24th May 1998 to 26th September 1998.

E = Saturdays departs Preston 0605, Warrington Bank Quay 0629.

S = The Sussex Scot.

W = Calls at Coventry and Birmingham International 14th and 28th June and

from 26th July 1998.

 


LOCOMOTIVES:

Class 47/8's remained the order of the day between Preston/Manchester and Brighton with a class 86/2 north of Preston. The exception being the Saturday train to Ramsgate which saw Napier power in form of class 55 D9000 between Birmingham and Ramsgate and v/v.

I have also acquired a photo of D9000 on the 'Sussex Scot'!


STOCK:

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

The dreaded Virgin red paint was starting to make big inroads into the smart Intercity livery.


PHOTOS:

47841 "Institution of Mechanical Engineers" heads through Slindon with 1O40 the 1332 Preston to Brighton.  Train revised due to engineering works

 Photo taken 15th May 1998.

For a fullsize image click HERE

Photographer Neil Harvey.

Used with permission.

D9000 ( 55022 ) 'Royal Scots Grey' brightens up a grey Rugby station, whilst working 1O99 the 0658SO Birmingham New Street to Ramsgate service

Image dated July 1998.

Photographer unknown / Authors collection.

Summer 1998 saw Virgin Trains hire in D9000 'Royal Scots Grey' for the Saturdays only 0658 Birmingham to Ramsgate service. The loco is seen here at its Destination station.

Actual date unknown, photo by the author.

Carriage label for the 0658 Birmingham New Street to Ramsgate service. Supplied by Steve Carter.

On the same date D9000 is seen back at Kensington Olympia with the return service 1S87 the 1126 from Ramsgate to Edinburgh.

Actual date unknown, photo by the author.

Carriage label for the 1126 SO Ramsgate to Edinburgh service.

Supplied by Steve Carter.

D9000 aka 55022 'Royal Scots Grey' makes the Oxford call with 1S87 the 1126 Ramsgate to Edinburgh service.

 Photo taken August 1998.

Photographer unknown / Authors collection.

D9000 'Royal Scots Grey' powers through Sonning cutting with 1S87 the 1126 from Ramsgate to Edinburgh.

Photograph taken 12th September 1998.

Photographer Bob Foster.

Used with permission.

D9000 'Royal Scots Grey' waits to depart from Leamington Spa with 1S87 the 1126 from Ramsgate to Edinburgh.

Photograph taken September 1998 looks like the same set as the photo above so probably 12th September 1998

Photographer unknown / Authors collection.

D9000 'Royal Scots Grey' gets away from Kensington Olympia with 1S87 the 1126  Ramsgate to Edinburgh. It's the final day of the 1998 season for this service.

Photograph taken 26th September 1998.

Photographer Paul Cheeseman / Authors collection.

Virgin Trains timetable No 9.

West Midlands to the South Coast

27th September 1998 to 29th May 1999.

Authors collection.

47812 Approaches Stafford with 1M50 the 1415 Brighton to Preston service

 Photo taken 22nd October 1998.

Photographer unknown / Authors collection.

1M50 the 1315 Brighton to Preston service is captured with 47822 in charge at Reading

 Photo taken 28th November 1998.

Photographer Richard Allen.

47847 approaches  Kensington Olympia with the morning train from Preston.

 Photo taken 4th January 1999.

Photographer Mark Shipman.

Used with permission.

86251'The Birmingham Post'  is caught in after some rain at Carlisle with 1O40 the 1040 Edinburgh to Brighton,

the 'Sussex Scot' . The loco will work the train as far as Preston.

Photo taken 20th January 1999

Photographer John Irving

Used with permission.

Later the same day, in this great night time shot 86251

'The Birmingham Post'  is captured at Carlisle with

 1S76 the 0915 Brighton to Edinburgh the 'Sussex Scot' .

Photo taken 20th January 1999

Photographer John Irving

Used with permission.

Carriage label for the 0915 Brighton to Edinburgh.

Supplied by Steve Carter.

Brighton station train shed seemingly forever covered in scaffolding and  47822 has charge of  1S76 the 'Sussex Scot', the 0915 to Edinburgh.

Photo taken 11th March 1999

Photographer Richard Boyd.

Used with permission.

Over the Settle & Carlisle line 47818 leaves Hellifield with 1S76 the 0915 Brighton to Edinburgh. "The Sussex Scot"

Photo taken 13th March 1999.

For a fullsize image click HERE

Photographer Neil Harvey.

Used with permission.

 An undated slide purchased on eBay turned out to be a little gem. The slide was captioned D9000 on the Edinburgh to Brighton service at Stafford, this I suspected was actually the Ramsgate working. When the slide arrived a little bit of detective work on Goggle confirmed that this was indeed the southbound 'Sussex Scot'. Retimed to 0910 from Edinburgh and diverted via the S&C due to engineering work. 'Royal Scots Grey' is piloting 47848. 

Photo taken 20th March 1999.

Photographer unknown / Authors collection.

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