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NBL Class 43 Last Days

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Excellent information, special thanks to Mark Alden for the detailed accounts of movements in the last week the 43's were in traffic & love the comment "I just hope I don't get to read this later in book by a dodgy journalist from Peterborough as 'an exclusive revelation'...." - Still looking for last date in traffic for D833/D844 & D852 if anyone could help?

 

833 - stopped on 22/9/71 after A engine failed, hauled from Reading to Newton Abbot on 25/9/71, then withdrawn, official w/d date 3/10/71.

 

844 - last working not known but withdrawn on 4/10/71, travelled from Marsh Junction to Worcester under its own power in late October to perform carriage heating duties, returned light engine to Swindon for scrapping on 26/11/71.

 

852 - stopped on 11/9/71, thought to be at Bristol Bath Road, to store and withdrawn 3/10/71.

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833 - stopped on 22/9/71 after A engine failed, hauled from Reading to Newton Abbot on 25/9/71, then withdrawn, official w/d date 3/10/71.

 

844 - last working not known but withdrawn on 4/10/71, travelled from Marsh Junction to Worcester under its own power in late October to perform carriage heating duties, returned light engine to Swindon for scrapping on 26/11/71.

 

852 - stopped on 11/9/71, thought to be at Bristol Bath Road, to store and withdrawn 3/10/71.

 

For what it's worth:

 

I have Panther logged on 13 8 71 at both Old Oak Common and Southall.By referring to the fascinating tables of workings in the Book of the Warships  Ifound that

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For what it's worth:

 

I have Panther logged on 13 8 71 at both Old Oak Common and Southall.By referring to the fascinating tables of workings in the Book of the Warships  Ifound that

 Sorry,slip of keyboard finger...I found that the loco had a minor repair at Old Oak,then worked Kensington-Penzance milk empties.

 

Spartan was seen on 23 8 71 between Southall and Paddington

 

Last sighting of Tenacious,apart from Swindon scrapyard,was on 29 7 71 at Ealing Broadway.

 

When looking back at these notes I thought "why didn't I have a top-quality cine camera and a decent SLR with several lenses at the time.." then I remembered,I was only 12...

 

Neil

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For what it's worth, and from my remaining notebooks; here are my (incomplete) last sightings of the Class 43's

 

833 07/11/1970 Canton (Open Day)
833 16/03/1971 Ely Main Line
833 23/10/1971 Bristol, Marsh Jct. Stored
833 01/01/1972 Bristol, Marsh Jct. Stored, Cond 03/10/71
837 02/03/1971 Ely Main Line
839 22/08/1971 Newton Abbott 83A
839 01/01/1972 Bristol, Marsh Jct. Stored, Cond 03/10/71
840 25/04/1970 Swindon
841 05/04/1971 Cardiff General
841 08/04/1971 Cardiff General
842 22/08/1971 Newton Abbott 83A
842 22/08/1971 Teignmouth-Torquay
843 23/10/1971 Bristol, Marsh Jct. Stored
843 01/01/1972 Bristol, Marsh Jct. Stored, Cond 22/05/71
843 04/04/1972 Swindon Works Cond 22/05/71
844 10/03/1971 Ely Main Line
844 29/05/1971 Cardiff General
844 18/09/1971 Lydney
844 23/10/1971 Bristol, Marsh Jct. Stored
845 14/08/1971 Cardiff General
845 22/08/1971 Torquay
845 23/10/1971 Bristol, Marsh Jct. Stored
846 22/02/1971 Severn Tunnel Jct.
846 26/02/1971 Ely Main Line
846 27/02/1971 Cardiff General
848 25/04/1970 Swindon
849 22/02/1971 Bristol, Bath Rd.
849 04/04/1972 Swindon Works Cond 22/05/71
851 22/08/1971 Newton Abbott 83A
852 13/04/1971 Newport
853 08/04/1971 Cardiff General
853 22/08/1971 Newton Abbott 83A
854 12/05/1971 Ely Main Line
854 23/10/1971 Bristol, Marsh Jct. Stored
854 01/01/1972 Bristol, Marsh Jct. Stored, Cond 03/10/71
854 04/04/1972 Swindon Works Cond 03/10/71
855 30/06/1971 Cardiff General
855 21/08/1971 Cardiff General
855 22/08/1971 Newton Abbott 83A
855 23/10/1971 Bristol, Marsh Jct. Stored
855 01/01/1972 Bristol, Marsh Jct. Stored, Cond 03/10/71
855 04/04/1972 Swindon Works Cond 03/10/71
856 22/02/1971 Severn Tunnel Jct.
857 13/03/1971 Cardiff General
857 15/03/1971 Ely Main Line
857 13/04/1971 Newport High St.
857 23/10/1971 Bristol, Marsh Jct. Stored
857 01/01/1972 Bristol, Marsh Jct. Stored, Cond 03/10/71
857 04/04/1972 Swindon Works Cond 03/10/71
858 23/10/1971 Bristol, Marsh Jct. Stored
859 23/03/1971 Ely Main Line
861 01/01/1972 Bristol, Marsh Jct. Stored, Cond 03/10/71
862 24/06/1971 Cardiff General
862 22/08/1971 Patchway
864 25/02/1971 Ely Main Line
865 25/02/1971 Ely Main Line
865 05/03/1971 Ely Main Line
865 23/10/1971 Bristol, Marsh Jct. Stored

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Brian R

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Worth posting, certainly Brian!

 

844 at Lydney... it's one of those lines on the Western which is almost overlooked compared to the rest of the region, I've not seen many photos of Warships on this route (or on the Swindon - Gloucester line either).

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Worth posting, certainly Brian!

 

844 at Lydney... it's one of those lines on the Western which is almost overlooked compared to the rest of the region,

Noteworthy, because this was on Saturday 18th. September, 1971 and we were on the 07:05 Cardiff - Gloucester, Swindon Cross Country, heading for Crewe Works Open Day.

 

Normally we'd go on the 05:38 Cardiff - Crewe via the North & West, another Swindon Cross Country.

 

Don't know why we chose the route via Brum ?

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Brian R

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Fascinating stuff Brian.Vanquisher was pretty close to withdrawal when you saw her.

 

Me and my mates went to Swindon Works and Marsh Junction on 12 3 72.An unforgettable day,unfortunately for all the wrong reasons...

 

Neil

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