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2017 is our 50th Anniversary year so look out for events to mark this significant milestone for Worcestershire's oldest model railway club

 

 

Bromsgrove 1977

Western diesels on specials at Bromsgrove

The first two months of the year saw the last workings through Bromsgrove of the Class 52 Western class locomotives the remaining members of the class being withdrawn towards the end of February. The last service train hauled by a western was the 0720 Swansea to Leeds on Thursday 20th January. The booked locomotive failed at Swansea so 1013 WESTERN RANGER (now preserved on the Severn Valley Railway) was substituted and worked right through to Leeds as no engines were available en route to take over the train. 1013 was re-fuelled quickly at Leeds and returned home on the 1443 Leeds to Plymouth throughout. Then on Saturday 12th February 1023 WESTERN FUSILIER (now preserved as part of the National Collection) headed an Exeter to York rail tour, the WESTERN FINALE, via Bristol, Gloucester, Worcester, Bromsgrove and Birmingham, this being the last Western to travel over the Lickey other than preserved engines.


Class 40's return to Bromsgrove

Class 40 engines were noted occasionally, 40143 working the York to Severn Tunnel Junction class 8 freight on Thursday 28th April, while 40056 hauled the 1525 York to Swansea as far as Gloucester on Thursday 12th May returning back to Birmingham New Street Station on a passenger working later. In between, the prototype HST 252001 was noted passing Cheltenham en-route to Derby Works on Friday 6th May. Problems on the Lickey One of the occasional failures on the Lickey Incline occurred on Saturday 28th May. Peak class 46007 stalled with the 1428 Swansea to Manchester train, and had to be pushed over the summit by the following train, the 1608 Bristol to Newcastle train hauled by 47145.


Locomotives on the Redditch Stone Trains

During the 1970's the ARC stone terminal at Redditch received regular deliveries of stone from their  Tytherington Quarry in Gloucestershire. These trains ran up the Lickey Incline and to avoid running the train around to gain access to the Redditch branch they ran via the Camp Hill line through New Street Station and back via the West Suburban line so that they could run straight onto the Redditch branch. Here are a few of the locomotives used on the morning train with the reporting number 6M31  

Saturday 12th March

Saturday 19th March

Saturday 2nd April

Saturday 9th July

Saturday 20th August

Saturday 10th September

Thursday 15th September

Saturday 1st October

Thursday 6th October

47485

47318

47354

25280 + 25214

47353

47108

47096

47108

47344

Saturday 15th October

Thursday 20th October

Thursday 3rd November

Thursday 17th November

Thursday 24th November

Thursday 1st December

Thursday 8th December

Thursday 15th December

47110

47119

25270 + 25123

47534

47106

25320 + 25212

25289 + 25212

25290 + 25293


The summer months produced as usual a few unusual locomotive workings :

Saturday 16th July

25101 / 25159 hauled the 0850 Birmingham to Paignton service and 50001 arrived at Birmingham New Street Station with the 0805 Penzance to Liverpool service.

Thursday 21st July

40033 EMPRESS OF ENGLAND arrived at Bristol with the 1038 Leeds to Paignton service, returning north on the 1608 Bristol to Newcastle service

Monday 8th August

40109 worked the 0752 local from Bromsgrove to Birmingham 


The most unusual working for some time took place on Friday 13th September when a Class 33 from Eastleigh, 33111, worked a freight northbound through Bromsgrove shortly after midday.


Observations at Vigo Bridge

The following locomotives were observed working trains at Vigo Bridge on the Lickey incline on Saturday 12th March 1977. 37270 and 37292 were the banking engines.

31134, 45009, 45009, 45038, 45053, 45061, 45063, 45066, 46009, 46018, 46031, 46036, 46043, 47024, 47024, 47121, 47124, 47363 & 47534


More Observations at Vigo Bridge

The following locomotives were observed working trains at Vigo Bridge on the Lickey incline on Saturday 9th July 1977. 37210 and 37274 were the banking engines. DMU set 50309, 59120 & 50328 was observed being banked up the incline by 37210 and 37274.

45005, 45006, 45012, 45018, 45024, 45025, 45053, 45068, 45077, 46009, 46012, 46023, 46024, 46026, 46031, 46054, 47012, 47020, 47061, 47081, 47112, 47115, 47140, 47145, 47229, 47243, 47248, 47316, 47317, 47332, 47485, 47500 & 47502


Locomotive failures

On 29th November another failure took place on the Incline; this time 47499 stalled 20 yards from the summit with the 2110 Bristol to Edinburgh service. It was assisted over the summit by the following 2137 Bristol to Newcastle parcels train and the two Class 37 bankers.

December turned out to be an interesting month with a number of further failures:

Thursday 15th December

37086 hauled the 0740 Cardiff to Newcastle train in place of the usual Peak. and 20073 / 20170 were in charge of the 1350 York to Severn Tunnel Junction freight 

Monday 19th December

40068 was noted on the 1845 Avonmouth to York freight and 45146 failed north of Gloucester on the 0815 Bristol to Edinburgh train and was pulled to Bromsgrove by the bankers, 37162 and 37230, where the train was taken over by 47102 after a further one hour delay.

Tuesday 20th December

Failed 46034 whilst working the 0655 Gloucester to Leeds train and was hauled into Birmingham New Street Station by the banking engines, 37162 and 37251.

Wednesday 28th December

37183 worked the 0728 Bristol to Manchester train as far as Birmingham New Street Station, returning with the 0830 Manchester to Swansea train

Thursday 29th December

50005 was noted ascending the incline on the 0955 Paddington - Oxford - Worcester Lickey Birmingham Banbury - Paddington circular train, one of the more unusual rostered train at the time.


Banking Locomotives observed at Bromsgrove

Saturday 26th February

37143 / 37294

Thursday 4th August

37229 / 37251

Saturday 5th March

37292 / 37270

Sunday 14th August

37229 / 37251

Saturday 19th March

37292 / 37270

Thursday 18th August

37229 / 37251

Saturday 2nd April

37290 / 37293

Sunday 21st August

37229 / 37251

Saturday 9th April

37290 / 37293

Monday 29th August

37217 / 37228

Sunday 12th June

37162 / 37159

Saturday 6th September

37277 / 37228

Monday 20th June

37159 / 37162

Tuesday 13th September

37217 / 37228

Tuesday 21st June

37159 / 37162

Sunday 18th September

37159 / 37217

Monday 27th June

37159 / 37162

Monday 19th September

37159 / 37217

Thursday 30th June

37213 / 37253

Sunday 2nd October

37225 / 37232

Friday 1st July

37213 / 37253

Monday 3rd October

37225 / 37232

Tuesday 5th July

37213 / 37253

Thursday 6th October

37225 / 37232

Wednesday 6th July

37213 / 37253

Tuesday 11th October

37225 / 37232

Saturday 9th July

37210 / 37274

Wednesday 12th October

37225 / 37232

Monday 11th July

37240 / 37274

Thursday 13th October

37225 / 37232

Wednesday 13th July

37240 / 37274

Friday 14th October

37225 / 37232

Monday 18th July

37240 / 37274

Monday 17th October

37225 / 37232

Friday 22nd July

37210 / 37274

Monday 31st October

37184 / 37186

Tuesday 26th July

37210 / 37274

Tuesday 1st November

37184 / 37186

Saturday 30th July

37210 / 37274

Friday 4th November

37184 / 37186

Tuesday 2nd August

37234 / 37271

Tuesday 15th November

37232 / 37225

Wednesday 3rd August

37251 / 37291