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Here are another three in blue between Cardiff and Portsmouth Harbour

 

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March allocated 31318 was an unusual performer seen passing Lawrence Hill at the head of the 16.00 Cardiff - Portsmouth, 22/4/81

 

 

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31294 stands at Bristol Temple Meads ready to work forward to Cardiff with the 16.07 departure from Portsmouth 23/4/80

 

 

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Heading into the early morning sunshine with the 06.53 Bristol Temple Meads - Portsmouth Harbour is 31423 10/5/80

 

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I have a few memories of the 1962/3 winter in Exeter but I was only 3 and the drifts seemed massive!

Since 1971 i have lived in Weston and remember significant snow on only 6 or 7 occasions.

I don't have many snow shots but here is one more for this thread from the same winter

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One of Bath Roads class 31/4s outside its home depot is 31421, they had been mainly used on the Portsmouth Harbour and Weymouth services before the 33s took over, 11/12/81

 

 

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The crew of 31196 seem to be having problems with the points at York c.1982 I can only guess at their conversation but it probably went something like this below.....

 

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'tha' bit theear needs ta connect, Bugga insulfrog points 'n dcc why can't thee lay electrofrog int' yard..."

 

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"That's it gerr 'a' gurt bray sa we can wedge it shut wi' dis bit o' wood ..."

 

 

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"good job lad that's sorted it... naw for eur sharp run a' it 'n 'ope we clear t' dead section!!"

 

 

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Steve

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To finish off my little journey along the Portsmouth - Cardiff route behind class 31s, here are two from Salisbury. and one from Southampton.

 

Firstly one showing a passenger train arriving on the former platform 1 at Salisbury, which after resignalling was no longer used by passenger services. 

this was also when a number of trains started or terminated at Bristol and not Cardiff.

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31401 is in chage of the 15.14 Bristol Temple Meads - Portsmouth Harbour, 23/4/80

 

 

A rare Eastern Region 31/4 on the route this time.

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Approaching Salisbury 31418 working the 16.07 Portsmouth Harbour - Cardiff Central 23/4/80

 

 

And finally one at Southampton

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31406 approaches Southampton Tunnel with a service for Portsmouth Harbour, 4/11/81

 

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Lancashire Loco hauled 1986

 

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31125 gets attached to the rear of train which it will haul to Lostock Jct the class 47 on the other end will then continue North to Preston this was a usual Sunday move during 1986 and normally in the hands of 2 x Class 20 locos from Wigan Springs Branch depot.

 

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31159 arriving at Manchester Oxford Road on the 14:45 Liverpool - Hull 28/08/1986

 

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31159 departing at Manchester Picadilly on the 14:45 Liverpool - Hull 28/08/1986

 

 

 

 

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Steve

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Scanned a couple more Class 31 photos:

 

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31268 leaving Old Oak Common with vans on 16th Sept 1986.

 

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Unidentified 31 at St Albans on a "Network South East" Day in 1986. The loco and BG arrived and then reversed into the siding by the old signal box. After a passenger train had gone past the 31 departed northwards. Not sure if there was a loading platform in the siding, or whether it was just to get the 31 out of the way of the passenger train. It did seem an old-fashioned sort of thing to do, especially when there are slow lines all the way from St Pancras to Bedford.

 

Those Network South East Days were good value, I seem to remember.

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Scanned a couple more Class 31 photos:

 

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31268 leaving Old Oak Common with vans on 16th Sept 1986.

 

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Unidentified 31 at St Albans on a "Network South East" Day in 1986. The loco and BG arrived and then reversed into the siding by the old signal box. After a passenger train had gone past the 31 departed northwards. Not sure if there was a loading platform in the siding, or whether it was just to get the 31 out of the way of the passenger train. It did seem an old-fashioned sort of thing to do, especially when there are slow lines all the way from St Pancras to Bedford.

 

Those Network South East Days were good value, I seem to remember.

The unidentified 31 at St Albans is 31121. Disc headcode and no footsteps in the former gangway doors.

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