1984 Summer Sunday Harwich Boat Train
Having run almost unchanged between Harwich and Sheffield on Summer Sundays from the end of May until mid September for four years, 1984 saw some significant changes. From Sheffield the train was extended to terminate/start at Manchester Victoria. Routing from Sheffield was via the Hope Valley, Romiley and the Ashburys - St. Philips Park link. A locomotive change took place in each direction at Sheffield as a consequence. Also the dates of opertation were extended so as to be throughout the Summer Timetable. The locomotives used on a few Sundays are not known, please contact Peter Hall if you can help fill any of the gaps in the records.
The Harwich - Sheffield - Harwich leg was again the domain of Stratford allocatted Class 47's, however they only appeared on half of the Sundays. Class 47's from other depots featuring on seven weeks, most notably Thornaby's 47302 on 9th September. March allocatted 37084 was used on 3rd June with the Summer being book ended by 31420 on 20th May and 31404, which had replaced 47008 at Peterborough on 30th September.
The Sheffield - Manchester Victoria - Sheffield leg was dominated by Class 45's although at least four Class 47's put in an appearance, most notably Thornaby's 47319 on 12th August.
The formation was almost the same as in previous years on most weeks being TSO, TSO, TSO, FK, BSO, TSO, TSO (7).
|Train||1M74 07:17 Harwich PQ - Manchester Victoria||1M74 07:17 Harwich PQ - Manchester Victoria||1E87 15:18 Manchester Victoria - Harwich PQ||1E87 15:18 Manchester Victoria - Harwich PQ|
|Leg / Sunday||Harwich PQ - Sheffield||Sheffield - Manchester Vic||Manchester Vic - Sheffield||Sheffield - Harwich PQ|
|September 30th||47008 (A)||45101||45101||31404|
(A) - 47008 replaced at Peterborough by 31404
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