1987

1987 was pretty grim, although the Class did manage an occasional return to its old haunts of the Glasgow and South Western routes to Carlisle and Stranraer. Several members were to wander about England for a while in an asbestos scare…

14/01/87
26042
0704 North Berwick to Waverley; as far as Drem Junction. Then 0734 North Berwick to Waverley; as far as Drem Junction. Then 0719 Waverley to North Berwick; Drem Junction to North Berwick. Then 0804 North Berwick to Waverley; as far as Drem Junction.

30/01/87
26021
1M06 1055 Stranraer to Euston; piloting 47475 from Stranraer to Carlisle.

06/02/87
26035 had a busy day on a Sou’West that seemed to be under siege by riots:

1S65 1055 Carlisle to Glasgow Central; rescuing 47434 at Dumfries. Then it piloted 47434 on the 1M89 1545 Glasgow to Carlisle, arriving at 1900. It then worked the 1S88 1755 (!) service back to Glasgow, but failed at Kilmarnock. 47053 rescued it and the train arrived in Glasgow at 2210…

3/3/1987
26034 stabled at rear of Stirling station

24/03/87
26024
1850 Carlisle to Sunderland; certainly as far as Newcastle…

17/04/87
26038
1M06 1055 Stranraer to Euston; piloting 47531 from Stranraer to Carlisle.

18/04/87
26032+26043
1Z13 and 1Z14 Carstairs to Waverley and Waverley to Carstairs (charters).

20/04/87
26003
1021 Waverley to Carstairs on a portion for a relief.

23/04/87
26001 worked North Berwick to Drem Junction, piloting an ailing DMU.

08/05/87
26037
0725 Queen Street to Aberdeen; from Perth to Aberdeen.

14/5/1987
26037 on High Speed Track Recording Coach in Larbert yard

30/05/87
26039 dragged a DMU on Dundee to Arbroath turns.

5/6/1987
26043 light Southbound through Larbert

15/06/87
26011
0830 Dundee to Waverley, dragging a DMU.

30/06/87
26038 dragged the 0704 North Berwick to Haymarket from Drem loop.

18/08/87
26039
1S65 1155 Carlisle to Glasgow throughout. It had earlier rescued a strumming Joe on the 1M01 0740 Glasgow to Carlisle (no definite gen on where from; may have been Glasgow) and worked this, the return diagram… It then ran light to Polmadie.

1/9/1987
26042 South through Larbert on Redland tile wagon

07/09/87
26034
1L37 1555 Glasgow to Arbroath; it was seen leaving Dundee, from Glasgow… Then 2Y02 1924 Arbroath to Dundee.

14/09/87
26041
1S88 1755 Carlisle to Glasgow.

15/09/87
26021 dragged a Glasgow to Waverley unit from around the Kingsknowe area.

Vic Berry’s yard is chosen to ‘remove’ asbestos from Class 26s, so several are sent down for inspection, and end up wandering around most of the network over the next month…

19/09/87
26025 was at Tinsley, displayed at a railfair en route to Toton.

25/09/87
26021
1055 Inverness to Glasgow.

26/09/87
26021
1055 Inverness to Glasgow; from Perth to Eastfield. 47053 had failed at Perth; 021 rescued and then decided to fail itself at Eastfield. 37025 took the train down the hill.

29/09/87
26014
2P38 1717 Carlisle to Whitehaven and 2P29 1833 Whitehaven to Carlisle dragging a dead 108.

03/10/87
26003, 26010 and 26014 arrive at Toton, to have panelling and radiator elements removed before forwarding to Leicester. However, after some poking about, no asbestos seemed to be there…

16/10/87
26003, 26010 and 26014 move en route to Crewe, via Derby.

15-17/10/87
26025 was moved from Tinsley and arrived at Cambridge (!) on the 17/10, en route to Ripple Lane Open Day. However, owing to bad weather, it remained at Cambridge until the 26/10, when it was due to move to Derby.

26/10/87
26025 was towed from Cambridge to Derby by 37128.

06/11/87
26035 rescued a Glasgow to Waverley DMU at Midcalder.

11/11/87
26032 3P14 1709 WO Carlisle to Preston vans.

17/11/87
26037
1M02 1013 Glasgow to Carlisle; from the Kilmarnock area (possibly Hurlford signal box) to Carlisle. 47456 was having traction motor troubles. The original plan was for 037 to assist to Dumfries, and then come off, leaving the 47 to continue. However, by Dumfries, the Duff was completely dead, and 037 worked through. 47569 took the return diagram.

18/11/87
26034 3P14 1709 WO Carlisle to Preston vans.

19/11/87
26038 dragged the 1300 Carlisle to Whitehaven DMU back to Carlisle from Wigton after the unit collided with a car on the track. As the unit had lost its vac bag in the collision, 038 was limited to 10mph…

25/11/87
26034 3P14 1709 WO Carlisle to Preston vans.

02/12/87
26034 3P14 1709 WO Carlisle to Preston vans.

04/12/87
26002+26040 return light from Crewe.

26028 works back on 4Z83 0248 Crewe Basford Hall to Coatbridge freightliner.

15/12/87
26025 3P14 1709 WO Carlisle to Preston vans.

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