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INTRODUCTION:

December 2008 saw the end of through services from the Sussex Coast to Birmingham and beyond after nearly 30 years. The final years service was very imbalanced to early morning departures northbound. On Sundays there even some ECS moves between Three Bridges depot and Bournemouth and v/v!  All services are substantially slower than 30 years earlier largely due to poor pathways on the Brighton line and the Great Western mainline. The promised speed up of services failed to materialise.


TIMETABLE and ROUTE:

Northbound The first two departures from Gatwick are routed via Redhill and Guildford as is the sole Sunday service. The other two trains run via Clapham Junction, Latchmere Junction, Mitre Bridge Junction, West London Junction, Acton Wells Junction and then a slow trundle down the West of England mainline to Reading. The route after Leamington is as per 1979, via Solihull, Bordesley Junction, St Andrews Junction, Proof House Junction and into Birmingham New Street. From Sunday 14th September the 0940 Brighton to Birmingham New Street is now routed via Coventry and Birmingham International.

Southbound routing has no surprises apart from 1O23 Mon to Friday and 1O09 on Saturdays which after Latchmere Junction are routed via Longhedge Junction, Factory Junction, Brixton, Herne Hill, Tulse Hill, Streatham and Streatham Common before regaining the Brighton mainline. This is Parliamentary purposes, as after the withdrawal of the Cross Country services to Kent these are now the only passengers trains over the section of line from Latchmere Junction through to Factory Junction.

Northbound 1M03 is also routed this way on Saturdays from 13th September 2008, presumably due to the route via Guildford being blocked for engineering works.

What happens more often than not is that if the train is late it is routed via Clapham junction to regain time by East Croydon.

 

 

9th December 2007 to 13th December 2008

M-S M-S M-S M-S

M-S

M-S

M-S

SUN

SUN SUN

Headcode

5M02 1M02 5M03 1M03

1M11

1M21

5O23

1M11

1M11 5O23

Notes

F B A B

 B

 B

G

 BC

BE G

Brighton

       

0921D

1422

2040

0940

0940 2138

Haywards Heath

       

0933D

 

 

0952

0952  

Three Bridges MD

0455   0526       2130     2205

Gatwick

0509 0515 0540 0545

0946

1451

 

1012

1012  

Redhill

  0533   0604       1033 1033  

Guildford

  0600   0651       1102 1102  

East Croydon

       

1009

1509

       

Kensington Olympia

       

1037

1536

       

Reading

  0640   0740

1140

1640

 

1140

1140  

Oxford

  0706   0806

1206

1706

 

1207

1207  

Banbury

  0725   0825

1225

1725

 

1225

1225  

Leamington Spa

  0743   0843

1243

1743

 

1243

1243  
Coventry                 1303  
Birmingham International                 1314  

Birmingham New Street arr

  0818   0918

1318

1818

 

1315

1330  

Birmingham New Street dep

  0818      

1818

       

Wolverhampton

  0839      

1839

       

Stafford

  0854      

 

       

Stoke

  0913      

1913

       

Macclesfield

  0932      

1932

       

Stockport

  0946      

1946

       

Manchester Piccadilly

  1002      

2002

       

A = Forms 1M03 at Gatwick.

B = Buffet.

C = Until 7th September 2008.

D = Saturdays only from 13/9/08 departs Brighton 0915, Haywards Heath 0934.

E = From 14th September 2008.

F = Forms 1M02 at Gatwick.

G = Formed off 1O23.

 

 

9th December 2007 to

13th December 2008

M-S

M-S

SO

M-S

SO

M-S

M-S SO

M-S

M-S SUN SUN SUN SUN

Headcode

5M11

1O09

1O09

1O23

1O23

1O27

5O27 1O27

1O29

5O29 5M11 1O23 1O29 5O29

Notes:

E

 BA

BC

 BA

BC

 B

F BC

 BA

G E BD BD DG

Manchester Piccadilly

 

0754

 

1454

 

1654

   

1754

    1555 1655  

Stockport

 

0803

 

1503

 

1703

   

1803

    1604 1704  

Macclesfield

 

0816

 

1516 

 

1716 

   

1816 

    1616 1716  

Congleton

 

0824

 

1524

 

1724

   

1824

         

Stoke

 

0839

 

1539

 

1739

   

1839

    1635 1735  

Stafford

 

0857

 

 

 

 

   

 

    1653 1753  

Wolverhampton

 

0913

 

1613

 

1813

   

1913

    1709 1809  

Birmingham New Street arr

 

0930

 

1630

 

1830

   

1930

    1728 1828  

Birmingham New Street dep

 

0933

0933

1633

1633

1833

 

1833

1933

    1733 1833  

Leamington Spa

 

1000

0958

1700

1658

1900

 

1900

2000

    1800 1900  

Banbury

 

1019

1017

1719

1717

1919

 

1919

2019

    1819 1919  

Oxford

0540

1042

1041

1742

1741

1942

 

1942

2042

    1843 1943  

Reading

 

1109

1113

1811

1813

2009

 

2009

2106

    1914 2014  

Kensington Olympia

  1157 1156

1902

1901

2052

 

2052

           

East Croydon

  1217 1237

1936

1933

2116

 

2116

           

Guildford

     

 

 

 

 

 

2133     1954 2050  

Redhill

     

 

 

2135

 

2135

2211     2027 2131  

Gatwick

  1238 1253

1953

1952

2147

2150

2147

2227 2230   2044 2147 2200
Three Bridges MD 0807           2158     2240 0826     2208

Haywards Heath

  1250 1313

2004

2004

 

          2054    

Brighton

0855 1315 1337

2030

2028

 

        0903 2113    

A = Saturdays until 8th September 2008.

B = Buffet

C = From 13th September 2008.

D = Until 9th September 2008.

E = Forms 1M11 at Brighton starts Oxford Down CS MO 10/12/2007 to 28/1/2008.

SO starts Three Bridges 0748 arrives Brighton 0842.

F = Formed off 1O27.

G = Formed off 1O29.

  

 

Update 15/9/08 In theory engineering works permitting the last northbound service would have been the 1422 Brighton to Manchester Piccadilly on Saturday 13th December and the last southbound service would have been the 1754 Manchester Piccadilly to Gatwick. Cross Country introduced a revised timetable on the 8th of September which has affected the Brighton services.....yes there's less. On Saturday 13th December the last northbound service will be the 1422 departure from Brighton which now only goes as far as New Street. The last southbound service will now be the 1833 New Street to Gatwick. Both are of course subject to engineering work alterations.

There is now no southbound service on a Sunday and most trains on Saturday have been cut back to New Street. The 1754 departure from Manchester has been withdrawn completely on Saturdays.

 

Update 6/12/08. LAST DAY OF SERVICES 13th December 2008.

XC have done it again. The last day trains to Brighton have been altered....for the worse.

Northbound:- normal Saturday service runs.

Southbound:-

0933 New Street to Brighton runs as booked.

1633 New Street to Brighton terminates at Reading stock then ECS to Eastleigh.

1833 New Street to Gatwick cancelled.

Back in October I booked seats on the 1633 departure through to Brighton so this is not a good move as far as any fare paying passengers are concerned.

 

But there is a final fling.............well sort of!....Go to  the 2009 button


PHOTOS:

 

Seen from Mill Road Brighton, Voyager 220008 heads north with 1M21 the 1421 Brighton to Manchester.

Photo taken 23rd April 2008 by the Author.

 

Just departing Kensington Olympia is an unidentified class 220 whilst working 1M11 the 0921 Brighton to Birmingham New Street.

Photo taken 6th June 2008

Photographer Jon Bradley

Used with permission.

 

In the new XC livery 220022 the former "Brighton Voyager" approaches Nightingale Lane bridge at Burgess Hill whilst working 1M11 the 0921 Brighton to Birmingham New Street.

Photo taken 25th July 2008 by the Author.

220021 approaches Dyke Road Drive Brighton working

1O09 the 0754 Manchester Piccadilly to Brighton.

Photo taken 20th August 2008 by the Author.

220023 prepares to leave Brighton working 1M11 the 0921 to Birmingham New Street.

Photo taken 29th September 2008.

Photographer Neil Bays.

Used with permission.

The Last timetable.

220030 shortly after arrival at Brighton after working 1O23 the 1454 service from Manchester Piccadilly.

Photo taken 29th September 2008.

Photographer Neil Bays.

Used with permission.

220023 has just a few miles to go before its final destination. 1O09 the 0754 Manchester to Brighton is running approx 40 minutes as it runs through the cutting between Clayton Tunnel and Mill Road, Patcham.

 Photo taken 20th October 2008 by the Author.

220023 yet again working 1O09 the 0754 Manchester to Brighton service leans into the curve on the up slow line through Pangbourne as the 1102 FGW departure to Oxford gets away.

Photo taken 21st October 2008 by the Author.

220025 working 1M11 the 0921 Brighton to Birmingham New Street passes an up FGW service at Tilehurst.

Photo taken 21st October 2008 by the Author.

In bright sunlight 220032 exits Clayton tunnel whilst working 1M21 the 1421 Brighton to Manchester Piccadilly.

Photo taken 27th October 2008

Photographer Neil Bays.

Used with permission.

220034 passes the rapidly disappearing Pullman Car Works

at Preston Park with 1M21 the

1421 Brighton to Birmingham New Street.

Photo taken 28th October 2008 by the Author.

220014 passes Stoats Nest Junction with

1O09 the 0754 Manchester Piccadilly to Brighton.

Photo taken 13th November 2008.

Photographer Neil Bays.

Used with permission.

220034 approaches East Croydon with 1O09 the 0754 from Manchester Piccadilly to Brighton. The train currently on time would end up approx 45 minutes late at Haywards Heath due to a major signalling fault in the Hassocks area. The slack timings will see the train just over 30 minutes late into Brighton.

Photo taken 18th November 2008 by the Author.

The Train Manager is about to re-board 220029 forming 1M11 the 0921 Brighton to Birmingham New Street for a nearly RT departure. Photo taken 3rd of December 2008 by the Author.

 10 days to go before the service finishes.

Off the wall at Olympia!

Ho ho ho...err bah humbug from Cross Country trains. Shame the nearest you will be to a station served by Cross Country from the 14th December 2008 will be Guildford!

Photo taken 3rd December 2008 by the Author.

Running about 15 minutes late 220005 climbs the bank

from the West London line to join the Brighton mainline

at Clapham Junction. This is 1O09 the

 0754 from Manchester Piccadilly to Brighton.

Photo taken 3rd December 2008 by the Author.

1O09 the 0754 from Manchester Piccadilly to Brighton arrives at Gatwick Airport, just three more days to go until the service finishes and this is nearly the last chance I get to photograph the service.

Photo taken 10th of December 2008 by the Author.

Just two more days to go and 220004 departs Brighton in bright winter sunshine with 1M11 the 0921 Brighton to Birmingham New Street. I am on my way to York for the weekend and this IS the last chance I get to photograph the service after nearly 30 years of operation

Photo taken 11th of December 2008 by the Author.

TRUST print out for 1M02: 0515 Gatwick to Manchester, on the last day of service 13th December 2008. A nice 'Right Time' run all the way.

In a repeat of December 2007, when the SWT services to Reading and Paignton were withdrawn by the DfT, the weather on the last day of the Birmingham services was grim. It rained or was very overcast most of the day. At Preston Park 1M11 the 0915 from Brighton passes in the gloom.

Photographer Keith Carter,  used with permission.

TRUST print out for 1M11: 0915 Brighton to Birmingham New Street, on the last day of service 13th December 2008.  42 minutes late into Birmingham due to flooding in the Reading area.

Seat reservations for the final services, shame that I couldn't actually make it and that Crosscountry  terminated the last train at Reading. I hope there wasn't too many people with through reservations that got caught out by this.

TRUST print out for 1O09: 0933 Birmingham New Street to Brighton on the last day of service 13th December 2008. Extra padding in the timetable gave a 2 minute early arrival in Brighton at 1330 this is 15 minutes later than the weekday times that are already very slack.

With 1330 looking like 2330.......1O09 the 0933 from New Street arrives at Brighton.

Photographer Keith Carter used with permission.

What a terrible day for the last cross country departures from Brighton.

Photographer Keith Carter used with permission.

 

Just over 15 minutes before the last train departs Brighton for Birmingham New Street at 1421 ending 30 years of services from the South East to the Midlands.

Photographer Keith Carter, used with permission.

TRUST print out for 1M21: 1422 Brighton to Birmingham New Street, on the last day of service 13th December 2008. The service kept time on the Southern Region but lost time from Acton with the train eventually arriving at New Street 28 minutes late.

GOODBYE.

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