1989

1989 saw most of the action on the East Coast, with various rescues spicing up the semi-regular dropping on Carstairs portions; although 1B29 came to an end in May. Two Class 26s were withdrawn: 26031 and 26034.
09/01/89
26041
1M42 1140 Aberdeen to Euston; from Montrose to Waverley after 47118 had blown up. 041 ran light from Dundee.

26011
1M47 1744 Waverley to Carstairs and 1B25 1844 Carstairs to Waverley.

10/01/89
26021
1M47 1744 Waverley to Carstairs and 1B25 1844 Carstairs to Waverley.

26038
1L37 1603 Queen Street to Arbroath and the 1924 Arbroath to Dundee.

11/01/89
26010
1B23 1820 Carstairs to Waverley.

17/01/89
26028
1B21 1858 Carstairs to Waverley.

26035
1443 Carlisle to Stranraer; worked to either Ayr or Stranraer vice a sprinter.

18/01/89
26021
1B29 2216 Carstairs to Waverley.

31/01/89
26008
1B29 2216 Carstairs to Waverley. Despite a 60mph limit, 008 managed 80 down the hill…

15/02/89
26027
1S18 2325 Euston to Glasgow/Waverley; dragging from Carstairs to Glasgow Central after the wires came down.

26046
1528 Glasgow Central to Waverley; dragging a unit from Cambuslang to Waverley.

16/02/89
26042
1B29 2216 Carstairs to Waverley.

17/02/89
26042
1B29 2216 Carstairs to Waverley.

21/02/89
26001
1B29 2216 Carstairs to Waverley.

09/03/89
26006
1B29 2216 Carstairs to Waverley.

28/03/89
26006
1B29 2216 Carstairs to Waverley.

30/03/89
26006
1B29 2216 Carstairs to Waverley.

31/03/89
26004
1B29 2216 Carstairs to Waverley.

4/4/1989
26031 South through Larbert hauling dead 26014 + 37080. Then light back to Grangemouth.

05/04/89
26004
1B29 2216 Carstairs to Waverley.

26031 on Grangemouth depot

6/4/1989
26027 stabled in Perth station

7/4/1989
26035 in Eastfield depot

26036 brought in empty coaches for 1603 Glasgow – Arbroath

13/04/89
26004
1B29 2216 Carstairs to Waverley.

24/04/89
26027
1B21 1858 Carstairs to Waverley.

26031
1450 Carlisle to Barrow and 2005 Barrow to Carlisle, dragging a DMU.

26/4/1989
26014 in Eastfield depot

27/04/89
26043
1S07 2245 Euston to Waverley to Aberdeen; dragging from Dundee area to Aberdeen.

28/04/89
26021
1B03 0635 Carstairs to Waverley; portion off Plymouth/Poole to Glasgow, including schlafs… 021 returned to ballast workings, before rescuing 47644 on the 1044 Waverley to Brighton by pushing the 47 and train up to the summit… After returning to Carstairs, 021 rounded off a solid day by working the relief to 1B29, the 1Z15 2207 Carstairs to Waverley.

01/05/89
26021
0635 1S19 Carstairs to Waverley; 021 piloting a low on fuel 47.

3/5/1989
26026 on empty sturgeon rail wagons through Larbert

04/05/89
26002
1B29 2216 Carstairs to Waverley.

05/05/89
26037
1B29 2216 Carstairs to Waverley.

07/05/89
26037
1B29 2216 Carstairs to Waverley.

08/05/89
26005
1B29 2216 Carstairs to Waverley.

26008
1B34 Aberdeen to Waverley; taking load 10 from Dundee to Waverley after the Duff expired.

26010
1B05 0522 Carstairs to Waverley.

09/05/89
26001
1B29 2216 Carstairs to Waverley.

10/05/89
26003
1B29 2216 Carstairs to Waverley.

26025 6D21 Grangemouth – Mossend speedlink

12/05/89
26001
1B29 2216 Carstairs to Waverley. The final 1B29.

26024
1333 Queen Street to Inverness; from Perth to Inverness after the 47 failed.

Class 26 workings hit another low with the summer timetable. The last portion off Carstairs was changed to a DMU from Carstairs, and the ballast engine was a 47/4… although there was a FO turn, the 1718 Birmingham to Waverley (2144 off Carstairs). The 1916 SX 1B27 Carstairs-Waverley was a good bet, as it had a Carstairs driver.

15/5/1989
26024 + 26026 light engines from the North to Grangemouth. Later, 26024 took 37188 from Grangemouth to Motherwell after it failed at Carstairs on 1938 Grangemouth – Peteril Bridge, Carlisle.

23/5/1989
26027 on Larbert ballast

24/5/1989
26035 on Larbert ballast

25/5/1989
26021 on 15 ZHV empty coal wagons from Grangemouth – Mossend

27/05/89
26035
1A67 1725 Queen Street to Aberdeen; Queen Street to Cowlairs.

Saturday 03/06/89
26015+26024
‘Wigtonshire Wanderer’ railtour; Newton to Stranraer and Stranraer to Ayr.

Friday 09/06/89
26041
1B27 1916 Carstairs to Waverley.

10/6/1989
26023 + 26036 on Eastfield depot

17/6/1989
26023 brought in Empty coaches for 1803 Glasgow – Inverness

26014 + 26032 + 26046 on Eastfield depot

Tuesday 20/06/89
26039
1B27 1916 Carstairs to Waverley.

Saturday 24/06/89
26034
1T10 0710 Aberdeen to Queen Street; from Perth to Queen Street after 47702 expired. 034 came off the ballast and reached Queen Street only 24 minutes down…

Not very accurate gen has 26004 working the 1S06 2100 Euston to Stranraer from Troon to Stranraer on either the 26/06 or 04/07/89…

Thursday 06/07/89
26010
0925 Queen Street to Aberdeen; Queen Street to Cowlairs

8/7/1989
26038 at Polmadie

Monday 10/07/89
26037
1A49 0702 Plymouth to Aberdeen; from Thornton to Aberdeen. 47642 had failed.

Friday 14/07/89
26025
1C62 0705 Waverley to Poole; from Newington to Craiglockhart Junction (2.25 miles). All Carstairs trains from the beginning of the new timetable were going round the sub owing to electrification work at Haymarket.

The train had dropped 47017 (not unusual, as it was often an NB turn, as the diagram was for the engine to run light to Eastfield after reaching Carstairs). After a signal check just before the site of the old Newington station, 47017 then went through a red light and went to the rescue of 26025. 025 had been unable to start its train (one oil tanker on the Haymarket Yard trip from Millerhill) on the uphill section ahead. So, the two trains were tied together and then 47017 and 1C62 pushed 025 from the rear until 025 started powering. Then, the driver of 47017 shut off, and let 025 power everything to Craiglockhart Junction!

Wednesday 19/07/89
26025
1C87 2135 Aberdeen to Euston; from Dundee to Waverley after 47709 blew up at Dundee. The train reached Edinburgh a mere 98 down.

Friday 21/07/89
26006
1C62 0705 Waverley to Poole. 47004 was failed at Waverley with a speedo fault. The train went via the sub (36.5 miles) owing to electrification work.

Friday 04/08/89
26021
1S40 1727 Carstairs to Waverley (portion of FO 1426 Crewe to Waverley); then ran light back to Carstairs.
1S92 2144 Carstairs to Waverley (portion of the FO 1718 Birmingham International to Waverley).

Monday 07/08/89
26014
1A57 0925 Queen Street to Aberdeen; Queen Street to Cowlairs.
1L51 2025 Queen Street to Dundee; Queen Street to Cowlairs.

Thursday 24/08/89
26001
1245 Carlisle to Newcastle and 1514 Newcastle to Carlisle. 47525 had been hauling three MkIIs on the 1030 from Newcastle, but came off at Carlisle for an A exam. 26001 was the only engine spare, as it was at Carlisle for the Fairlie nukex. 37070 ran light from Motherwell to work the 1740 Carlisle to Newcastle!

Friday 25/08/89
26036
1A49 1541 Carstairs to Aberdeen (portion off 1S85 0702 Plymouth to Glasgow); 036 worked from Midcalder Junction to Waverley and 47096 went forward.

26001
1S92 2144 Carstairs to Waverley (portion of the FO 1718 Birmingham International to Waverley).

Monday 11/09/89
26034 was withdrawn at 1300hrs. It had collided with a cement train at Carlisle some three weeks earlier.

Tuesday 19/09/89
26027
1M40 1750 Glasgow Central to Manchester; from Carstairs to Carlisle after 86261 blew up. Although there were several strumming Joes at Carstairs for portions, they took the ballast engine instead!

Thursday 21/09/89
26027
1B03 0605 Carstairs to Waverley (portion off the 1S19 2105 Plymouth to Glasgow).

Friday 22/09/89
26027
1S92 2144 Carstairs to Waverley (portion of the FO 1718 Birmingham International to Waverley).

Wednesday 27/09/89
26025
1L31 2330 Queen Street to Inverness; Queen Street to Stirling. No 47s at the Field, so 025 was used. At Stirling they joined the portions and the 1H01 engine from Waverley went forward.

Thursday 28/09/89
26007 1C62 0705 Waverley to Poole. This was 007’s first passenger turn of the year and meant all the xos’s worked passenger in 1989.

Wednesday 04/10/89
26031 was withdrawn at 1400hrs with fire damage.

Thursday 05/10/89
26006
2O72 1714 Queen Street toWaverley. 47712 had blown up on the 1725 to Aberdeen, so 2O72’s engine, 47402, worked the 1725 and 006 went to Edinburgh…

Thursday 19/10/89
26038
1715 Arbroath to Perth; from Carnoustie area to Dundee after the unit failed. The train was caped at Dundee.

Monday 06/11/89
26036
1C64 2245 Stranraer Harbour to Euston; from Stranraer Harbour to Glasgow Central. 26036 ran light from Ayr to Stranraer.

Thursday 16/11/89
26037
2O72 1714 Glasgow Queen Street to Waverley.

Monday 20/11/89
26027
2O72 1714 Glasgow Queen Street to Waverley.

Sunday 03/12/89
26004+37080
1840 Aberdeen toWaverley; from Haymarket West Junction to Waverley after 47706 failed.

Thursday 07/12/89
26032
2102 Carlisle to Newcastle, dragging a DMU and returning light.

Saturday 09/12/89
26032
Topped and tailed a railtour on the Appleby branch to Warcop.

Thursday 12/12/89
26010
1455 Aberdeen to King’s Cross; from Thornton Junction to Waverley after the HST blew up. The train was caped at Waverley.

Wednesday 20/12/89
26004
1B29 1946 Carstairs to Waverley (portion off the 1614 Piccadilly to Glasgow). 47642 had been allocated on the train until around 6pm, so no-one made the last 26 passenger working of the 80s…

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