INTRODUCTION
 
What is it? Observations and haulages during 1987 travelling from Milton Keynes Central to London Euston with occasional journeys to Chesterfield and back and a few days out.
 
Why 1987? I joined British Rail as a parcels clerk on the 6th January 1987 at London Euston and lodged in Milton Keynes and travelled back to my home town of Chesterfield on long weekends - my last day was 31st December 1987 when I transferred to Stockport - this is the story.
 
Does it have a purpose? It is a year in my life - other than that no, not really, except that it is an insight into railway workings that have now disappeared.
 
Why is it called
Milton Keynes Drifter?
I like the sound of it! And for a whole year I drifted backwards and forwards!
 

VIEW THE LOGS
 
 

HAULAGE SYNOPSIS
 
Class 81 All 22 class 81s were in existence but surprisingly only 7 were "scored".
002  005  006  011  017  019  022
 
Class 82 No class 82s were on express passenger turns but a few worked empty stock moves.
 
Class 83 No class 83s were on express passenger turns but a few worked empty stock moves.
 
Class 84 All class 84s had been withdrawn by this time.
 
Class 85 All 40 class 85s were in existence and just over half, 21, were "scored".
002  003  004  006  008  009  010  011  015  016  017  018  019  020  021  022  023  025  028  035  038
 
Class 86 98 of the original 100 class 86s were in existence and 92 were "scored" including all the extant 86/4s.
211 and 429 were wrecked at Colwich and some were allocated to Great Eastern line services.
The 6 "required" were: 206  214  219  221  222  244
 
Class 87 All 36 class 87s were in existence but only 29 were "scored" including 101 twice.
The 7 "required" were: 005  009  010  012  013  014  022
I still need 014 - it is currently in Bulgaria - I remain hopeful!
 
Class 310 Except for unit 071 all the other 310s were in existence from 046 to 095, 49 in total.
At the end I still "required" 11 of them listed below but I avoided them if at all possible!
The 11 "required" were: 049  050  052  057  058  071  076  077  086  092  094
 
 


PHOTO GALLERY
The following photos were taken during 1987
 

Arley

Basingstoke

Basingstoke

Basingstoke
 

Basingstoke

Basingstoke

Basingstoke

Basingstoke
 

Basingstoke

Basingstoke

Basingstoke

Basingstoke
 

Basingstoke

Basingstoke

Basingstoke

Bewdley
 

Bewdley

Bounds Green

Bounds Green

Bridgnorth
 

Bridgnorth

Bridgnorth

Bridgnorth

Chessington
 

Chingford

Clapham Junction

Clapham Junction

Clapham Junction
 

Clapham Junction

Euston

Euston

Euston
 

Euston

Euston

Euston

Euston
 

Euston

Euston

Euston

King's Cross
 

King's Cross

King's Cross

King's Cross

King's Cross
 

Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes
 

Reading

Reading

Reading

Reading
 

Richmond

Salisbury

Salisbury

Southampton
 

Stratford

Stratford

Stratford

Waterloo
 

Waterloo & City

Watford Junction

Wimbledon

Woking
 


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