1983/84 season

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12:32 Cambridge-Ipswich / 17:13 Ipswich-Cambridge

31291 stands at Ipswich having just arrived with the 12:32 from Cambridge on 21 January 1984. Mister C

By the start of the 1983/84 season, class 47s had almost completely taken over all trains into and out of Liverpool Street, so opportunities for class 37 and steam heat class 31 haulage in East Anglia were becoming limited. With Stratford’s class 47 fleet stretched to cover their normal duties, the footex became a little oasis where steam heat was virtually guaranteed.

The footex only ran once in January and once in February, because of the FA Cup’s impact on the fixture list. Ipswich Town played away in both the third round and the fourth round, and then did not have a league game on the day of the fifth round, because their scheduled opponents were still in the FA Cup.

1983/84 season – 12:32 Cambridge-Ipswich / 17:13 Ipswich-Cambridge

DateLocomotiveDateLocomotive
27 August 31138* 21 January 31291
10 Septembernot known4 February37087
24 September311763 March31263
15 October37263*24 March31402
22 October31255*31 March37102
12 November3711514 Aprildmu
26 November370865 May37097
10 December37050(a)12 May31433
31 December47219

* – also worked 18:55 Cambridge-Ipswich. (a) dmu on 17:13 from Ipswich and 47542 on 18:00 from Ipswich

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