87 phots from 2004

A selection of ‘seven’ phots from 2004…

By 2004 the end of the 87s on WCML duties was well in sight – the year should have seen full 390 service with the 125mph September timetable introduction although this had already slipped into 2005. On 1st January the class already on borrowed time with 87005, 009, 011, 017, 018, 020, 027, 034 and 035 stored at the start of the year and many others would fall by the wayside as further Pendo’s entered service.

Until September all WCML destinations still saw hauled trains although trips to Manchester were becoming fewer and fewer, luckily crew restrictions meant the diagrams were as solid as the WCML can provide which increased the ability to plan moves without getting stuffed by the tilting junk. Most of the year saw major engineering blockades with the Trent Valley shut most weekends and further periods of Milton Keynes or , even worse, Northampton – Euston blockades. September saw the hauled trains only booked on Euston-West Mids workings, this concentration led to an Indian Summer with all Birmingham workings hauled and up to twelve sets attempting to keep to 125mph timings with much fast running as a result!  As the year drew to close more and more turns went over to Pendos, an engineering blockade over Christmas however saw the hauled sets kicked out for a last hurrah on Trent Valley turns. Three machines worked over 150,000 miles during the year – 87002, 019 and 021 – not bad at all for a class being run down!

December 31st saw just 87001, 87002, 87004, 87010, 87012, 87019,  87030 & 87033 survive into 2005 with all other class members withdrawn…

Many Thanks to Mssrs “87009”, “87031” and “Blacksmoke” for their gen…

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