1985 Summer Sunday Harwich Boat Train

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Manchester Victoria was again the northern destination/origin of the train in the Summer of 1985. Unlike the previous summer, the train didn’t run on the final Sunday of the timetable.

Significantly, compared with previous years, the Harwich-Sheffield-Harwich leg was dominated by Class 47/4’s, mostly Stratford allocatted, with a few appearances of Crewe and Gateshead locomotives. The only exceptions to the Class 47/4 dominance was the use of Stratford’s 47114 on 7th July and 47311 on 8th September.

The Sheffield-Manchester-Sheffield leg saw a variety of mainly Class 45’s and Class 47’s, the most notable example of the latter being Inverness allocatted 47461CHARLES RENNIE MACKINTOSH” on 1st September, other 47’s used were Crewe or Tinsley allocatted. Locomotives from other classes put in a few appearances, Bescot allocatted 31162 on 9th June, March allocatted 37052 on 23rd June and on 22nd September, the final Sunday, Thornaby allocatted 31277 was used on the return leg.

It is not known which locomotive was used for the Sheffield-Manchester-Sheffield leg on 16th June. If you know the locomotive used on this date please contact Peter Hall who would also welcome any other updates.

The formation was same as in the previous years except that the BSO had been replaced by a BFK which was usually declassfied. The formation being TSO, TSO, TSO, FK, BFK, TSO, TSO (7).

Train1M74 07:17 Harwich PQ-Manchester Victoria1M74 07:17 Harwich PQ-Manchester Victoria1E87 15:22 Manchester Victoria-Harwich PQ1E87 15:22 Manchester Victoria-Harwich PQ
Leg / SundayHarwich PQ-SheffieldSheffield-Manchester VicManchester Vic-SheffieldSheffield-Harwich PQ
May 19th47438450484504847438
May 26th47483473164731647483
June 2nd47519450124501247519
June 9th47583311623116247583
June 16th4758347583
June 23rd47580370523705247580
June 30th47579450664506647579
July 7th47114451124511247114
July 14th4745745052 (A)47612 47457
July 21st47458450164501647458
July 28th47572472284722847572
August 4th47605472184721847605
August 11th47456450134501347456
August 18th47583451144511447583
August 25th47588471054710547588
September 1st47542474614746147542
September 8th47311473064730647311
September 15th47574450584505847545
September 22nd47610451303127747610

(A) – 45052 failed at Heeley (Sheffield) and was assisted forward to Manchester Victoria by 47612.

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