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The end of the 'Sussex Scot'.

Operation Princess ... Nice try.

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INTRODUCTION:

The summer timetable was the last time "The Sussex Scot" ran, the train was normally formed of 2 class 220 Voyagers, which meant double the crew.

 

The 30th of September 2002 saw the start of Operation Princess, you can't fault Virgin for blowing their own trumpet even if its often out of tune.  With a mass of publicity the new improved Cross Country timetable came into being.

The Brighton line gained 4 trains, northbound only two started from Brighton both going to Manchester. Gatwick gained an early morning train to Liverpool via Olympia along with a lunchtime train to Manchester via Guildford. There was also an afternoon train from Redhill to Manchester via Guildford and an evening train from Gatwick to Birmingham New Street via Guildford. Quite a reasonable spread of services.

Southbound was badly imbalanced to the afternoon and evening. Five services departed Manchester, three ran via Guildford and two via Kensington Olympia. There was also an evening service from Liverpool to Brighton via Olympia. Four services ran through to Brighton, one terminated at Redhill and one at Gatwick. Not sure why the Redhill service terminated where it did as there was more than enough time to reach Gatwick for the 1627 departure.

Summer Sundays saw an almost hourly service between Redhill and Birmingham with just the lunchtime train through from Brighton, this not surprisingly didn't continue with the winter Timetable.

Operation Princess soon started to unravel, the timetable appears not robust enough and any delays soon spiralled, trains were often terminated short of destination. I don't know why this so as certainly the Brighton line trains were no quicker than back in 1979.

As the Voyagers were based overnight at the EWS Depot at Three Bridges there was a lot of ECS working. All the Brighton services ran ECS to Three Bridges with a fresh unit providing the next departure.

 


TIMETABLE and ROUTE:

The Northbound service is now loaded. Due to the huge number of changes I have had to split it it into M-F, SO and SUN tables. I will upload the southbound services as soon as I have typed them up.

In the Birmingham area all the services now ran via and called at Solihull.....back to future, as this was their route back in 1979 although the trains did not stop at Solihull then. A stop at Congleton was also added to most of the Manchester services.

The Sunday Sussex Scot had an interesting route around the West Midlands as it had a booked call at Nuneaton on certain dates.

 

2nd June  2002 to 17th May 2003

M-F

M-F

M-F

M-F

M-F

M-F

M-F

M-F

M-F

M-F

M-F

Headcode

1M02

?

1S76

1M11

1M14

1M18

1M50

1M23

?

1M37

?

Notes

BC

ABC

ABS

BC

BC

BC

AB

BC

AB

BC

AB

Brighton

 

 

0920

0920

 

1318D

1418

 

 

 

2023

Haywards Heath

 

 

0933

0934

 

1333D

1433

 

 

 

2049

Gatwick Airport

0515

0544

0945

0946

1215

1346

1445

 

1646

2018

2101

Redhill

 

0603

 

 

1226

 

 

1627

1701

2035

2101

Guildford

 

0627

 

 

1305

 

 

1705

1731

2105

2137

East Croydon

0531

 

1001

1002

 

1402

1502

 

 

 

 

Kensington Olympia

0549

 

1021

1037

 

1440

1527

 

 

 

 

Reading

0634

0704

1113

1135

1335

1535

1630

1735

1807

2135

2206

Didcot

 

0721

1140

 

 

 

1647

 

 

 

2230

Oxford

0704

0735

1153

1202

1402

1602

1701

1800

1831

2204

2249

Banbury

0726

0755

1215

1226

1427

1623

1733

1826

1849

2227

2309

Leamington Spa

0744

0814

1239

1245

1445

1641

1744

1845

1908

2245

 

Coventry

 

 

1255

 

 

 

1802

 

 

 

 

Birmingham International

 

 

1306

 

 

 

1815

 

 

 

 

Solihull

0758

0840

 

1259

1459

1658

 

1900

1927

2300

2331

Birmingham New Street arr

0814

0857

1318

1314

1514

1714

1827

1915

1942

2314

2345

Birmingham New Street dep

0818

 

1334

1318

1518

1718

1837

1918

 

 

 

Wolverhampton

0837

 

1350

1337

1537

1737

1853

1937

 

 

 

Stafford

0849

 

1407

1349

1549

1751

1910

1952

 

 

 

Stoke on Trent

 

 

 

1407

1607

1810

1931

2009

 

 

 

Congleton

 

 

 

1418

 

1821

 

2020

 

 

 

Macclesfield

 

 

 

1427

1625

1830

1951

2029

 

 

 

Crewe

0911

 

1432

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wilmslow

 

 

1455

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stockport

 

 

1506

1444

1642

1848

2005

2042

 

 

 

Manchester Piccadilly

 

 

1519

1456

1651

1901

2023

2051

 

 

 

Runcorn

0928

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liverpool Lime Street

0946

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bolton

 

 

1539

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preston

 

 

1608

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lancaster

 

 

1633

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oxenholme

 

 

1649

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Penrith

 

 

1716

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carlisle

 

 

1734

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lockerbie

 

 

1755

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Haymarket

 

 

19s02

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edinburgh Waverley

 

 

1908

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A = Until 28th September 2002

B = Buffet

C = From 29th September 2002

S = The Sussex Scot

 

 

2nd June  2002 to 17th May 2003

SO

SO

SO

SO

SO

SO

SO

SO

SO

SO

SO

SO

Headcode

?

?

?

?

?

1S76

?

?

?

1M50

?

?

Notes

BC

AB

AB

AB

BC

ABS

BC

AB

BC

AB

AB

BC

Brighton

 

 

0623

 

0918

0918

 

 

1318

1418

 

 

Haywards Heath

 

 

0637

 

0933

0933

 

 

1333

1433

 

 

Gatwick Airport

0515

0546

0657

0742

0945

0945

1217

1342

1345

1445

1542

1617

Redhill

 

0600

0709

0758 

 

 

1230 

1359 

 

 

1558 

1628 

Guildford

 

0634

0734

0820

 

 

1302

1434

 

 

1634

1654

East Croydon

0535

 

 

 

1002

1001

 

 

1402

1502

 

 

Kensington Olympia

0605

 

 

 

1021

1021

 

 

1429

1536

 

 

Reading

0645

0707

0808

0906

1135

1123

1337

1509

1535

1630

1705

1735

Didcot

 

 

 

 

 

1140

 

 

 

1650

 

 

Oxford

0708

0731

0834

0929

1201

1200

1401

1535

1601

1701

1729

1801

Banbury

0726

0750

 

0949

1221

1225

1422

1554

1622

1722

1748

1827

Leamington Spa

0744

0807

0911

1007

1240

1244

1441

1612

1640

1742

1806

1846

Coventry

 

 

 

 

 

1300

 

 

 

1800

 

 

Birmingham International

 

 

 

 

 

1314

 

 

 

1813

 

 

Solihull

0758

0826

0936

1024

1257

 

1457

1637

1657

 

1828

1902

Birmingham New Street arr

0812

0841

0953

1038

1313

1326

1513

1653

1712

1825

1843

1914

Birmingham New Street dep

0818

 

 

 

1318

1334

1518

 

1718

1834

 

1918

Wolverhampton

0837

 

 

 

1337

1350

1537

 

1737

1856

 

1937

Stafford

0848

 

 

 

1349

1407

1548

 

1748

1913

 

1948

Stoke on Trent

 

 

 

 

1406

 

1606

 

1809

1932

 

2006

Macclesfield

 

 

 

 

1426

 

1624

 

1829

1952

 

2026

Crewe

0910

 

 

 

 

1432

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wilmslow

 

 

 

 

 

1456

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stockport

 

 

 

 

1443

1506

1641

 

1847

2006

 

2041

Manchester Piccadilly

 

 

 

 

1459

1519

1657

 

1906

2023

 

2056

Runcorn

0928

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liverpool Lime Street

0951

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bolton

 

 

 

 

 

1540

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preston

 

 

 

 

 

1608

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lancaster

 

 

 

 

 

1633

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oxenholme

 

 

 

 

 

1649

 

 

 

 

 

 

Penrith

 

 

 

 

 

1716

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carlisle

 

 

 

 

 

1734

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lockerbie

 

 

 

 

 

1756

 

 

 

 

 

 

Haymarket

 

 

 

 

 

19s05

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edinburgh Waverley

 

 

 

 

 

1909

 

 

 

 

 

 

A = Until 28th September 2002

B = Buffet

C = From 29th September 2002

S = The Sussex Scot

 

2nd June  2002 to 17th May 2003

SUN

SUN

SUN

SUN

SUN

SUN

Headcode

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes

ABD

BCE

BC

ABS

BCF

BC

Brighton

 

0916

 

1221

1316

 

Haywards Heath

 

0928

 

1236

1328

 

Gatwick Airport

 

0947

 

1248

1346

 

Redhill

0941

 

1233

 

 

1633

Guildford

1004

 

1302

1328

 

1704

East Croydon

 

1007

 

 

1407

 

Kensington Olympia

 

1030

 

 

1430

 

Reading

1038

1143

1342

1403

1542

1737

Oxford

1107

1207

1407

1429

1609

1805

Banbury

1126

1226

1426

1451

1626

1826

Leamington Spa

1144

1245

1445

1509

1645

1845

Solihull

1202

1259

1459

 

1700

1900

Birmingham New Street arr

1216

1313

1513

1542

1712

1912

Birmingham New Street dep

 

1318

1518

1600

1718

1918

Nuneaton

 

 

 

1656Z

 

 

Wolverhampton

 

1336

1536

 

1736

1937

Stafford

 

1347

1549

 

1747

1948

Stoke on Trent

 

1405

1607

 

1807

2006

Macclesfield

 

1425

1626

 

1825

2028

Crewe

 

 

 

1806

 

 

Warrington Bank Quay

 

 

 

1825

 

 

Wigan Northwestern

 

 

 

1837

 

 

Wilmslow

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stockport

 

1439

1640

 

1838

2041

Manchester Piccadilly

 

1454

1656

 

1854

2055

Preston

 

 

 

1853

 

 

Lancaster

 

 

 

1911

 

 

Oxenholme

 

 

 

1927

 

 

Penrith

 

 

 

1954

 

 

Carlisle

 

 

 

2032

 

 

Lockerbie

 

 

 

2056

 

 

Mortherwell

 

 

 

2145

 

 

Haymarket

 

 

 

2307

 

 

Edinburgh Waverley

 

 

 

2316

 

 

A = Until 22nd September 2002

B = Buffet

C = From 29th September 2002

D = Repeat hourly 0941 to 1141 then 1341 to 1941

E = Until 5th January 2003

F = Until 5th January 2003 then from 23rd February 2003

Z = Until 14th July

S = The Sussex Scot

 

Southbound to be added shortly.

 


PHOTOS:

Sometimes you are in the right place at the right time, Ben Haslam was this day. 20/6/02 with 8/220 failed at Wivelsfield working  1S76 the 0920 Brighton to Edinburgh. A Class 59 is approaching to assist it to Three Bridges. The loco was nabbed from the Purley aggregate train. The failed train stood in up platform for 3 hours until 1235, combined with a points failure at Keymer Junction when trying to set up single line working, things were a bit nippy on the Brighton line that day! The class 59 approaches having run wrong line from Haywards Heath.

Photographer Ben Haslam, Used with Permission.

Nearly there, the class 59 approaches having run wrong line from Haywards Heath.

Photographer Ben Haslam

Used with Permission

The class 59 approaches having run wrong line from Haywards Heath.

Photographer Ben Haslam

Used with Permission.

Now then how do we couple these two together!

Photographer Ben Haslam

Used with Permission.

More scratching of heads.

Photographer Ben Haslam

Used with Permission.

 

220031 and 220003 pull into Carlisle with 1O90 the 1040 Edinburgh to Brighton the southbound 'Sussex Scot'

 Photo taken 26th June 2002.

Photographer John Irving.

Used with permission.

Captured at Carlisle is 221105 leading the southbound 'Sussex Scot'. On this day the service was terminating at Banbury due to engineering works.

Alongside in the centre road is 66709.

Photo taken 13th July 2002.

 Photographer John Irving.

Used with permission.

220017 and 220024 arrive at Carlisle with 1O40 the 1040 Edinburgh to Brighton 'Sussex Scot'.

Photo taken 18th July 2002.

Photographer John Irving

Used with permission.

 

222018 and 220019 arrive at Carlisle with 1O40 the 1040 Edinburgh to Brighton 'Sussex Scot'. A rake of six nice shinny new KAA flat wagons sit in the through lines.

Photo taken 26th July 2002.

Photographer John Irving

Used with permission.

 

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