The 1986 Kirkcaldy turns: 7,808 Class 26 passenger miles!

26032 on the Kirkcaldy turns

26032 on the Kirkcaldy turns on 13th August 1986

For around two months in 1986, a severe shortage of serviceable DMUs meant that the local Fife services (Cardenden, Kirkcaldy, Cowdenbeath, Markinch stoppers) were hauled, mostly by 26s. Here’s a round-up of what happened in August for 26 haulage.

Friday 1st August 1986
26038 2Y34 21.56 Dundee to Perth
26027 1T22 11.00 Aberdeen to Glasgow (from Perth; failure of 47569)
26042 1A55 08.35 Edinburgh to Aberdeen (from Dundee; failure of47402)

Saturday 2nd August 1986
26031 1T26 13.00 Aberdeen to Glasgow (from Perth; failure of 47xxx)

Sunday 3rd August 1986
26027 1C73 18.15 Edinburgh to Carstairs (piloting 47xxx)

Monday 4th August 1986
26038 2Y34 21.56 Dundee to Perth (after 27026 failed)

Wednesday 6th August 1986
26034 2Y34 21.56 Dundee to Perth

Monday 11th August 1986
26015 2K07 15.35 Edinburgh to Kirkcaldy; 2K10 16.31 Kirkcaldy to Edinburgh
26042 17.30 Edinburgh to Cardenden
26032 2G01 06.05 Edinburgh to Cowdenbeath; 2G24 07.40 Cardenden to Edinburgh

Tuesday 12th August 1986
26010 2K21 08.35 Edinburgh to Kirkcaldy
2K08 09.31 Kirkcaldy to Edinburgh
2J11 12.15 Edinburgh to Dundee (from Inverkeithing following the failure of 47117)
26029 6 Kirkcaldy turns.
26028 1 Kirkcaldy turn; 2 return trips to Cowdenbeath.

26029 on the Kirkcaldy turns 13th August 1986

26029 on the Kirkcaldy turns 13th August 1986

Wednesday 13th August 1986
26010 5 Kirkcaldy turns; 3 Cowdenbeath turns
26029 5 Kirkcaldy turns
26032 4 Kirkcaldy turns; 1 Cowdenbeath turn; 2G42 06.47 Markinch to Edinburgh (via Thornton North and West Junctions)

Thursday 14th August 1986
26010 4 Kirkcaldy turns
26028 5 Kirkcaldy turns; 3 Cowdenbeath turns
26029 2Y34 21.56 Dundee to Perth
26032 4 Kirkcaldy turns; 1 Cowdenbeath turn; 1 Markinch to Edinburgh turn.

Friday 15th August 1986
26010 5 Kirkcaldy turns; 3 Cowdenbeath turns
26032 4 Kirkcaldy turns; 1 Cowdenbeath turn; 1 Markinch to Edinburgh turn
26038 1B34 14.30 Inverness to Edinburgh; (to Perth; pilot to 47636)
26040 17.44 Dundee to Perth (dragging failed unit)

Saturday 16th August 1986
26010 8 Kirkcaldy turns
26029 6 Kirkcaldy turns; 2 Markinch turns; 1 Ladybank turn
26031 6 Kirkcaldy turns; 1 Markinch turn; 1 Cowdenbeath turn

Monday 18th August 1986
26010 5 Kirkcaldy turns; 1 Cowdenbeath turn
26031 5 Kirkcaldy turns
26032 1 Markinch turn; 4 Kirkcaldy turns; 3 Cowdenbeath turns

Tuesday 19th August 1986
26010 1 Markinch to Edinburgh turn; 2 Kirkcaldy turns
26032 5 Kirkcaldy turns; 2 Cowdenbeath turns

Wednesday 20th August 1986
26010 4 Kirkcaldy turns
26015 1L35 11.23 Edinburgh to Perth; 1T24 13.50 Perth-Glasgow QS
26028 2J04 13.30 Dundee to Edinburgh (dragging dead 47471)
26031 1 Markinch to Edinburgh turn; 4 Kirkcaldy turns
26032 1 Kirkcaldy turn

Thursday 21st August 1986
26011 3 Kirkcaldy turns; then 2K07 15.35 Edinburgh to Kirkcaldy (failed at Dalmeny, train terminated)
26024 2J06 08.30 Dundee to Edinburgh

Tuesday 26th August 1986
26024 1L35 11.23 Edinburgh to Perth
26026 2G31 17.05 Edinburgh to Cardenden; 2G24 18.40 Cardenden-Edinburgh (air-conditioned stock)
26032 4 Kirkcaldy turns

Wednesday 27th August 1986
26003 1L35 11.23 Edinburgh to Perth (needed for a freight)
26031 2J14 14.30 Dundee-Edinburgh (after failure of 47201)
26032 4 Kirkcaldy turns; 1 Markinch turn; 1 Cowdenbeath turn

Thursday 28th August 1986
26032 5 Kirkcaldy turns; 1 Markinch to Edinburgh turn
26011 5 Kirkcaldy turns before failing at Inverkeithing.

Friday 29th August 1986
26015 5 Kirkcaldy turns
26031 2 Kirkcaldy turns
26046 3 Cardenden Turns

Saturday 30th August 1986
26010 2J44 16.30 Dundee to Edinburgh; 2J33 20.15 Edinburgh to Dundee (in multiple with 27052)
26046 2J13 14.15 Edinburgh to Dundee (pilot to a struggling 27055 from Kirkcaldy); 1 Cardendendendenden turn; 3 Kirkcaldy turns; 1 Markinch to Edinburgh turn

Summary for August 1986:
18 Class 26s worked passenger trains, working 7,808 passenger miles. (If you chuck in Class 27s that were out in August as well, the total passenger mileage for Scottish Type Twos was 31,064 miles that month…)

Summary for August 1986

Summary for August 1986
Loco
26032
26010
26028
26031
26029
26024
26025
26015
26046
26011
26038
26042
26040
26027
26003
26021
26026
26034
Passenger trains
62
46
22
26
21
18
16
10
11
11
3
4
2
2
1
1

2
1
Passenger mileage
1662
1263
967
812
566
539
391
315
299
260
159
150
139
91
69
59
45
21

Original gen from CTSLG’s Circuit magazine (thanks to T Z, Ken Joy, JS and other Circuit contributors).

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