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INTRODUCTION:

2001 would see the end of the loco hauled trains. Virgin Voyagers were being delivered a rapid rate of knots and would soon take over from some very tired class 47's.

Voyagers started operating from the 22nd June 2001. Full Voyager service on the Brighton line started on the 26th November 2001.

Voyager 220022 was named "Brighton Voyager" at Brighton station on the 14th December 2001 by Councillor  Harry Steer, Mayor of Brighton.

Friday the 23rd of November 2001 saw the penultimate loco hauled departure from Brighton with 47851 in two tone green livery hauling the train, 47747 was on the rear. This trip was filmed as a cab ride between Brighton and Birmingham. It now remastered on DVD great  DVD picture quality isn't brilliant but the sound makes up for it!

 

The following article is from the Brighton Evening Argus 12th December 2001 and makes interesting reading.

A revolution in long-distance train services will open up the rest of the country to Sussex rail travellers. The ordeal of taking a crowded Tube across the capital to connect with trains heading to the North will be replaced by frequent 125mph straight-through services from Brighton. Under the transformation, more cross-country train services will be introduced, giving Sussex a two-hourly link to the North-West.

 

Virgin Trains plans to increase the number of trains it runs from Brighton to Manchester and Liverpool with a two-hourly weekday service to at least one of the two cities in 2003.

The rail company has been impressed with demand for its services from Brighton to Manchester via Reading, Oxford, Birmingham and Stafford. Two trains from Brighton leaving at 9.20am and 2.18pm make the journey each weekday, taking six hours. One of the trains, the Sussex Scot, continues on to Edinburgh in one of the longest continuous rail journeys in Britain today.

 

Virgin's Jim Rowe said: "There is a demand for more cross-country routes, especially between Brighton and North-West England. There is also a strong demand for services between Oxford, Gatwick and Brighton. It seems people do not want to spend time negotiating the Underground and prefer to stay on one train in comfortable surroundings. We believe the demand is there for more routes where travellers do not have to use the Underground. "

"In 2003 we hope to be able to offer a two-hourly link to either Manchester or Liverpool. We hope to be able to speed up the journeys on our new trains." Exact timetabling and the frequency of the additional service have yet to be announced. The new services will be operated by Voyager trains capable of 125 mph.

Note: 2003 saw the service cut, the end of 2008 saw it withdrawn completely.

 

The "historic" services remain largely unaltered apart from the Sunday service from Glasgow now ran via Manchester Piccadilly. Several new trains were introduced giving very early and late departures from Gatwick to Birmingham mainly via Guildford. In the reverse direction the late trains ran through to Brighton. As the Voyagers were based at the EWS depot at Three Bridges rather than Lovers Walk overnight there was a lot of ECS moves.

The Sussex Scot was formed of two Voyager units which meant double the traincrew.

Sundays saw a near hourly service operating between Redhill and Birmingham New Street via Guildford, but with just a 15 minute turnaround there was not much chance of recovering any late running.


TIMETABLE and ROUTE:

 

20th May 2001 to 1st June 2002

M-F

SO

SO

M-S

SO

M-S

M-F

SO

M-F

SUN

SUN

Headcode

1M??

1M??

1M??

1S76

1M??

1M50

1M??

1M??

1M??

1M??

1S??

Notes

BD

BD

BD

BSF

BD

B

BD

BD

BD

BDH

BS

Brighton

 

 

 

0920E

 

1418

 

 

 

 

1220

Haywards Heath

 

 

 

0933

 

1433

 

 

 

 

1236

Gatwick Airport

0540

0535

0618

0945

1118

1445

1912

1918

2018

 

1248

Redhill

 

 

0640

 

1130

 

1931

1930

2035

0941

1305

Guildford

 

 

0703

 

1200

 

2004

1956

2057

1004

1328

East Croydon

0555

0548

 

1001

 

1502

 

 

 

 

 

Kensington Olympia

0616

0605

 

1021

 

1527

 

 

 

 

 

Reading

0653

0642

0733

1123

1236

1630

2039

2032

2139

1034

1400

Didcot Parkway

 

 

 

 

 

1647

 

 

 

 

 

Oxford

0721

0707

0759

1155

1259

1701

2105

2057

2205

1107

1428

Banbury

0740

0735

0818

1220

1324

1723

2133

2116

2233

1126

1448

Leamington Spa

0756

0754

0835

1239

1341

1744

2154

2133

2258

1145

1510

Solihull

0822

0810

0858

 

1359

 

2220

2200

2320

1204

 

Coventry

 

 

 

1253

 

1802

 

 

 

 

1524

Birmingham International

 

 

 

1305

 

1815

 

 

 

 

1538

Birmingham N St arr

0838

0827

0916

1318

1421

1827

2237

2213

2337

1218

1550

Birmingham N St dep

 

 

 

1334

 

1837

 

 

 

 

1605

Wolverhampton

 

 

 

1352

 

1855

 

 

 

 

1624

Stafford

 

 

 

1407

 

1910

 

 

 

 

1639

Stoke on Trent

 

 

 

 

 

1933

 

 

 

 

 

Macclesfield

 

 

 

 

 

1951

 

 

 

 

 

Crewe

 

 

 

1432

 

 

 

 

 

 

1706

Wilmslow

 

 

 

1455

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stockport

 

 

 

1505

 

2005

 

 

 

 

 

Manchester Piccadilly

 

 

 

1519

 

2023

 

 

 

 

 

Bolton

 

 

 

1539C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preston

 

 

 

1608C

 

 

 

 

 

 

1820

Lancaster

 

 

 

1633C

 

 

 

 

 

 

1847

Oxenholme

 

 

 

1649C

 

 

 

 

 

 

1903

Penrith

 

 

 

1716C

 

 

 

 

 

 

1930

Carlisle

 

 

 

1734C

 

 

 

 

 

 

1948

Lockerbie

 

 

 

1755C

 

 

 

 

 

 

2009

Haymarket

 

 

 

19s16C

 

 

 

 

 

 

21s11

Edinburgh Waverley

 

 

 

1922C

 

 

 

 

 

 

2120

B = Buffet

C = Terminates at Manchester Piccadilly Saturdays only 12th January 2002 to 23rd March 2002.

D = From 30th September 2001

E = Departs 0918 Saturdays.

F = arrives Haymarket and Edinburgh approx 10 minutes earlier on Saturdays

H = Repeats at 1041, 1141, 1341, 1441, 1541, 1641, 1741, 1841 and 1941.

S = The Sussex Scot.

 

20th May 2001 to 1st June 2002

M-S

SO

SO

M-S

M-F

M-S

M-S

 SUN

SUN

Headcode

1O66

1O??

1O??

1O90

1O??

1O??

1O??

1O??

1O??

Notes

B

BD

BD

BS

BD

BD

BD

BDH

BS

Edinburgh Waverley

 

 

 

1040C

 

 

 

 

 

Haymarket

 

 

 

1045C

 

 

 

 

 

Glasgow Central

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1250

Motherwell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1305

Carlisle

 

 

 

1205C

 

 

 

 

1415

Penrith

 

 

 

1220C

 

 

 

 

1432

Oxenholme 

 

 

 

1246C

 

 

 

 

1500

Lancaster

 

 

 

1302C

 

 

 

 

1515

Preston

 

 

 

1333C

 

 

 

 

1548

Bolton

 

 

 

1356C

 

 

 

 

1611

Manchester Piccadilly

0715

 

 

1417

 

 

 

 

1632

Stockport

0725

 

 

1427

 

 

 

 

 

Wilmslow

 

 

 

1436

 

 

 

 

 

Macclesfield

0740

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stoke on Trent

0801

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crewe

 

 

 

1500

 

 

 

 

1710

Stafford

0825

 

 

1525

 

 

 

 

1736

Wolverhampton

0842

 

 

1542

 

 

 

 

1752

Birmingham New St arr

0900

 

 

1600

 

 

 

 

1815

Birmingham New St dep

0906

1108

1506

1606

1809

1909

2020

1040

1825

Birmingham International

0916

 

 

1616

 

 

 

 

1835

Coventry

0928

 

 

1628

 

 

 

 

1847

Solihull

 

1122

1523

 

1828

1928

 

1100

 

Leamington Spa

0944

1139

1550

1644

1852

1952

2051

1117

1904

Banbury

1003

1158

1608

1704

1912

2012

2110

1134

1925

Oxford

1026

1223

1629

1726

1939

2033

 

1158

1947

Didcot Parkway

1040

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2001

Reading

1059

1251

1658

1805

2026

2102

2159

1223

2018

Kensington Olympia

1150

 

 

1856

 

 

 

 

 

East Croydon

1215

 

 

1930

 

 

 

 

 

Guildford

 

1330

1730

 

2100

2131

2229

1257

2052

Redhill

 

1358

1758

 

2128

2158

2259

1328

2122

Gatwick Airport

1232

1411

1811

1947

2141

2211

2313

 

2142

Haywards Heath

1250

 

 

2005

2159

2236

2326

 

2155

Brighton

1307

 

 

2023

2219

2243

2345

 

2213

B = Buffet

C = Starts Manchester Piccadilly Saturdays only 12th January 2002 to 23rd March 2002.

D = From 30th September 2001

H = Repeats at 1140, 1240, 1336, 1440, 1540, 1636, 1747, 1840, 1936, and 2040

S = The Sussex Scot.

 

 


LOCOMOTIVES:

Invariably a class 47/8 or 47/7 south of Preston  with class 86/2's north of. The class 47's were long past there best and were becoming increasingly unreliable. A few class 47/7's popped up from time to time.


STOCK:

The standard 7 car Mk2F XC sets reigned supreme. Formation BSO TSO TSO TSO TSO TSO RLF. Until the Voyagers took over. Both trains to Brighton were normally formed of 2 x 4 car 220 units.


PHOTOS:

47747 'Respublica' approaches Leyland with 1S76 the 0920 Brighton to Edinburgh, 'The Sussex Scot'

 Photo taken 7th June 2001.

Photographer S.Withers / Authors collection.

47845 "County of Kent" passes Acton Mainline station with 1S76 the 0920 Brighton to Edinburgh service. The Sussex Scot"

 Photo taken 7th July 2001.

Photographer unknown / Authors collection.

47806 heads 1M50 the 1418 Brighton to Manchester service at Smitham. The overgrown area to the right is the former

Coulsdon North station site, now covered in a new road.

Photo taken 11th July 2001.

Photographer Mark Shipman

Used with permission.

47712 passes Smitham with 1S76 the 0920 Brighton to Edinburgh. "The Sussex Scot".

 Photo taken 12th July 2001.

Photographer Mark Shipman

Used with permission.

86222 waits at Carlisle to depart with 1O90 the 1040 Edinburgh to Brighton 'Sussex Scot' a Royal Mail class 325 sits in one of the middle roads.

Photo taken 28th July 2001

Photographer John Irving.

 Used with permission.

47849 ' Bangor Cathedral' arrives at Preston with 1S76 the 0920 Brighton to Edinburgh ' Sussex Scot'

Photo taken 1st August 2001.

Photographer Stan Withers /Authors collection.

 Used with permission.

47854 clags away from Reading with 1O66

 the 0715 Manchester Piccadilly to Brighton.

Photo taken 7th August 2001

Photographer Shaun C.

 Used with permission.

47829 waits at Reading with 1S76 the 0920 Brighton to Edinburgh alongside one of those new fangled Voyager things.

Photo taken 7th August 2001

Photographer Shaun C.

 Used with permission.

47849_arrives at Kensington Olympia with 1O66 0715 Manchester Piccadilly to Brighton

Photo taken 8th August 2001

Photographer Rowan Crawshaw.

Used with permission.

 

47848 "Newton Abbot Festival of Transport" passes West Drayton with 1O66 the 0708 Manchester to Brighton service.

Photo taken 18th August 2001.

Photographer unknown / Authors collection.

47822 " Pride of Shrewsbury" at platform 6 Brighton having just brought in 1O66 the 0708 from Manchester Piccadilly.

Photo taken 30th August 2001.

Photographer Richard Boyd.

Used with permission.

86222 arrives at Carlisle with 1090 the southbound 'Sussex Scot'

Photo taken 11th October 2001.

Photographer John Irving.

Used with permission.

47829 is captured at Crewe with 1S76 0918 Brighton to Edinburgh the 'Sussex Scot'

Photo taken 12th October 2001.

Photographer Rowan Crawshaw.

Used with permission.

86258 'Talyllyn - The First Preserved Railway' captured at Carlisle with 1090 the southbound 'Sussex Scot' .

Photo taken 9th November 2001.

Photographer John Irving.

Used with permission.

86258 'Talyllyn - The First Preserved Railway'  once again captured at Carlisle with 1090 the southbound 'Sussex Scot' .

Photo taken 24th November 2001.

Photographer John Irving.

Used with permission.

47828 waits for the off at Crewe with 1S76 the

0920 Brighton to Edinburgh, the 'Sussex Scot'.

Photographer Rowan Crawshaw.

Used with permission.

The new order at Reading, 222023 waits at Reading with a Gatwick to Birmingham service.

Photo taken 4th December 2001.

Photographer Bob Foster

Used with permission.

Unit 220022 was named 'Brighton Voyager' on the

14th December 2001.

Photographer Steve Carter

Used with permission.

Unit 220022 was named 'Brighton Voyager' on the

14th December 2001.

This recently acquired unfitted 'spare' nameplate has arrived at www.1S76.com

220022 'Brighton Voyager' and 220032 head south with 1O90 the 1040 Edinburgh to Brighton the 'Sussex Scot' This service was usually two units through to Brighton.

  Photo taken 2nd January 2002.

Photographer John Irving.

Used with permission.

220010 was by itself when working 1O90 the 1040 Edinburgh to Brighton the 'Sussex Scot' Photo taken 14th February 2002.

Photographer John Irving.

Used with permission.

220019 and 220014 depart Carlisle with 1O90 the 1040 Edinburgh to Brighton the 'Sussex Scot'

Photo taken 24th March 2002.

Photographer John Irving.

Used with permission.

Arriving at Leamington Spa are Voyagers 220024 and 220010 with 1S76 the 0920 Brighton to Edinburgh.

Photo taken 10th April 2002.

Photographer John Irving.

Used with permission.

Carlisle station and 221113 and 221116 arrive with the southbound Sussex Scot the 1040 Departure from Edinburgh to Brighton.

Photo taken 6th May 2002.

Photographer John Irving.

Used with permission.

A carriage label for the Redhill to Birmingham New Street Sunday services.

Supplied by Steve Carter.

2000 - 20012002 - 2003