Locomotive Performance

Electric Miscellany

I was fortunate to have two journeys over the Woodhead line before it closed in 1981. Both were eastbound, and were Steam Charters that included Woodhead line electric haulage in their itineraries. I had many runs on the Gatwick Electrics. Sometimes to catch, or coming off, a flight. Sometimes on my way to Haywards Heath to catch a bus to the Bluebell line. The Merseyrail Electric journeys were not planned. I just found myself in Liverpool with a few hours to spare. A summer break at Shanklin meant travelling on the Isle of Wight line, which I had last done with steam in 1964. The 91 haulage arose whilst travelling between Tamworth to Keighley. And a class 304 from Manchester to Birmingham was hardly luxury. Two tours with Pathfinder in 1996 and 1999 gave me haulage on the NRM's E5001 Bo-bo electric, and on class 92 no 92001 Victor Hugo, from Crewe to Carlisle. 

3rd May 1980: 76011 & 76021 Guide Bridge to Rotherwood Sidings, Sheffield [view log of 76011 & 76021]

8th September 1985: 73103 on Gatwick Express: Gatwick to Victoria [view log of 73103] 

31st March 1988: 73204 on Gatwick Express: Victoria to Gatwick [view log of 73204]

13th June 1987: Merseyrail Electrics: 508132, 508105, and 508128 on services to West Kirby and New Brighton [view logs of Merseyrail Electrics]
27th July 1987: Isle of Wight, and a short break at Shanklin:  Ex LT no 31 Ryde Pier to Shanklin, and 31st July 1987: Ex LT no 41 Shanklin to Ryde Pier [view logs of ex LT sets]
29th September 1990: 91017 Doncaster to Leeds, en route for Keighley, and later in the day,  return Leeds to Doncaster. An alternative way of travelling from and to the Midlands [view logs of 91017]
26th January 1991: An Class 304 Electric Multiple unit worked the 5.18pm Manchester to Birmingham New Street, deputising for the usual class 86  [view log of class 304 EMU]

20th April 1996: Pathfinder Tours "Southern Coasterman" tour. E5001 worked Basingstoke, Eastleigh, Brighton, and Eastbourne [view log of E5001]

17th April 1999: Pathfinder Tours "The Settle Excursioner" tour. 92001 worked Crewe to Carlisle, with a pair of 37's "tucked inside" [view log of 92001]


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