Gainsborough - Barnetby via Brigg since 1976
In the years immediatly prior to May 1976 the line between Gainsborough Trent East Junction and Wrawby Junction, via Gainsborough Central, Kirton Lindsey and Brigg, was served by the daily Manchester Piccadilly - Retford - Grimsby Town / Cleethorpes newspaper train. From the 3rd May 1976 this train was diverted to run via Lincoln Monday - Saturday and terminate at Retford on Sundays. At the time these trains were usually hauled by a Class 31/1. Also, a daily balancing locomotive hauled Cleethorpes / Grimsby Town - Sheffield train ran, except on Summer Saturdays when it ran via Doncaster. This train was usually hauled by a Class 40 Monday - Saturday and a Class 31/1 on Sundays. The Monday - Saturday train continued to run via Brigg for a further year, Class 40 hauled, after which it was diverted to run via Scunthorpe to Doncaster where it terminated.
Subsequently, few timetabled locomotive hauled trains have run along the line. The majority being on Summer weekdays in order to accommodate the demands of Cleethorpes day trippers. Other occurences were when normally DMU worked trains were made locomotive hauled due to the unavailabillty of DMUs.
The summer Weekday trains only ran to any great extent in the Summers of 1979, 1980 and 1981. Details about these can be found by clicking the links below or at the top of the page,.
Whilst in the Summer of 1983, on two consecutive days, a pair of normally DMU worked trains were made locomotive hauled due to the large numbers of school children having an end of term treat. Details of these trains are shown below. The locomotives used were particularly notable, 31191 was based at Immingham, 31240 at Healey Mills and 31284 at Thornaby, whilst 37097 was based at March.
|Train / Date||Thursday 21st July 1983||Friday 22nd July 1983|
|2D78 08:53 Sheffield-Cleethorpes||31191+31240||31284|
|2J78 17:31 Sheffield-Cleethorpes||37097||31284|
Instances of other normally DMU worked trains being made locomotive hauled are listed below. There may have been other occurences, if you are aware of any please contact Peter Hall.
Those in 1983 and 1984 utilised the carriages from the Manchester Piccadilly - Reford - Lincoln - Grimsby/Cleethorpes newspaper train which by then were returning as ecs to Sheffield via Doncaster. Those in 1992 utilised a set of stock based at Derby that was used to cover for DMU shortages. 40044 was almost certainly the last Class 40 to haul a passenger train along the line, by coincidence it had hauled 1J78 09:40 Cleethorpes - Sheffield on the 30th April 1977, the last day of regular weekday haulage.
|Friday 8th April 1983
||40044||2J78 09:44 Cleethorpes - Sheffield|
|Saturday 23rd July 1983||37097||2J78 09:44 Cleethorpes - Sheffield|
|Monday 16th April 1984||31436||2D78 12:53 Sheffield - Cleethorpes|
|Tuesday 29th May 1984||31184||2B08 07:44 Cleethorpes - Sheffield|
|Saturday 9th June 1984||31279||2B08 07:44 Cleethorpes - Sheffield|
|Saturday 30th June 1984||31291||2B08 07:44 Cleethorpes - Sheffield|
|Saturday 7th July 1984||31161||2B08 07:44 Cleethorpes - Sheffield|
|Monday 16th July 1984||31135||2B08 07:44 Cleethorpes - Sheffield|
|Monday 30th July 1984||31188||2B08 07:44 Cleethorpes - Sheffield|
|Tuesday 31st July 1984||31188||2B08 07:44 Cleethorpes - Sheffield|
|Saturday 8th September 1984||31108||2B08 07:44 Cleethorpes - Sheffield|
|Saturday 15th September 1984||37036||2B08 07:44 Cleethorpes - Sheffield|
|Thursday 11th October 1984||31405||2B08 07:44 Cleethorpes - Sheffield|
|Tuesday 13th November 1984||31425||2B08 07:44 Cleethorpes - Sheffield|
|Thursday 3rd September 1992||31116||2B34 19:30 Cleethorpes - Sheffield|
|Friday 4th September 1992||31146||2B34 19:30 Cleethorpes - Sheffield|
|Monday 7th September 1992||31105||2B34 19:30 Cleethorpes - Sheffield|
|Tuesday 8th September 1992||31461||2B34 19:30 Cleethorpes - Sheffield|
|Wednesday 9th September 1992||31461||2B34 19:30 Cleethorpes - Sheffield|
|Friday 11th September 1992||31460||2B34 19:30 Cleethorpes - Sheffield|
|Monday 29th September 1992||47803||2B34 19:30 Cleethorpes - Sheffield|
|Monday 5th October 1992||47802||2B34 19:30 Cleethorpes - Sheffield|
|Wednesday 14th October 1992||47674||2B34 19:30 Cleethorpes - Sheffield|
Very occasionally trains between Doncaster and Barnetby would be diverted to run via Finningley, Gainsborough Central and Brigg rather than via Scunthorpe. The only known occurence of a locomotive hauled train being so routed is shown below.
|Thursday 12th August 1982||40034||2D95 08:40 Cleethorpes - Doncaster|
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