1984 Summer Sunday Harwich Boat Train

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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).

Train1M74 07:17 Harwich PQ – Manchester Victoria1M74 07:17 Harwich PQ – Manchester Victoria1E87 15:18 Manchester Victoria – Harwich PQ1E87 15:18 Manchester Victoria – Harwich PQ
Leg / Sunday Harwich PQ – SheffieldSheffield – Manchester VicManchester Vic – SheffieldSheffield – Harwich PQ
May 20th31420472024720231420
May 27th47135451394513947135
June 3rd3708437084
June 10th47056451064510647056
June 17th47122471974719747122
June 24th47122450104501047122
July 1st47115451384513847115
July 8th47278472844728447278
July 15th47199450044500447199
July 22nd47296451264512647296
July 29th47052451454514547052
August 5th47142450404504047142
August 12th47003473194731947003
August 19th4709747097
August 26th47108451374513747108
September 2nd4760547605
September 9th47302451024510247302
September 16th4700347003
September 23rd
September 30th47008 (A)451014510131404

(A) 47008 replaced at Peterborough by 31404

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