1986 Summer Sunday Harwich Boat Train

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The opening of the Hazel Grove chord resulted in the train being diverted to run from New Mills South Junction via Disley Tunnel and the newly constructed Hazel Grove chord to Stockport where it called. Thence it ran via Heaton Chapel to Manchester Piccadilly which replaced Manchester Victoria as the Northern destination of the train.

Although Class 47/4’s dominated the Manchester – Sheffield – Manchester leg during this summer, there were some notable exceptions. On 6th July Inverness allocatted 37146 was used between Harwich and Sheffield and Cricklewood allocatted 31198 was used on the same leg on the 27th July. On the latter date the return leg to Harwich utilised Cardiff allocatted 47232, the same leg using Tinsley allocatted 47375 on 7th September.

A great variety of Class 45’s and Class 47’s were used for the Sheffield – Manchester – Sheffield leg. However, Immingham allocatted 31462 was used on 25th May, Thornaby allocatted 37069 on 21st September, whilst on 7th September Bescot allocatted 31280 was used for the return leg.

It is not known which locomotive was used for particular legs some weeks. If you know the locomotive used please contact Peter Hall who would also welcome any other updates.

Train1M74 07:20 Harwich PQ – Manchester Piccadilly1M74 07:20 Harwich PQ – Manchester Piccadilly1E87 15:20 Manchester Piccadilly – Harwich PQ1E87 15:20 Manchester Piccadilly – Harwich PQ
Leg / SundayHarwich PQ – SheffieldSheffield – Manchester PicManchester Pic – SheffieldSheffield – Harwich PQ
May 18th47453474284742847428
May 25th47582314623146247582
Jun 1st47471474714747147471
Jun 8th4747147438
Jun 15th(A)471104711047471
Jun 22nd47426473434513547426
Jun 29th476054732847328
Jul 6th37146474764747647476
Jul 13th47580450134501347580
Jul 20th47489471244712447489
Jul 27th31198473134731347232
Aug 3rd47547472364723647547
Aug 10th474474510147549
Aug 17th47116472414724147116
Aug 24th47439470024700247439
Aug 31st47618473754737547618
Sep 7th4753245062 (B)3128047375
Sep 14th473724737247561
Sep 21st47539370693706947539
Sep 28th47649451284512847649

(A) – 47213 between Harwich PQ – ? 47471 between ? – Sheffield

(B) – 45062 failed at Earles Sidings (Hope) and was assisted forward to Manchester Piccadilly by 45111

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