21st - 24th January 1984
Scenic Land Cruise No.19
|Locos Used||at least 37027, 37043 & 81006|
: six coaches from above rake
|21/01||81006||||London Euston - (via WCML) - Motherwell - Mossend Yard|
|21/01||37043 + 37027||||Mossend Yard - ??? Crianlarich - Rannoch - Fort William|
|22/01||37027 + 37043||||Fort William - Mallaig|
|22/01||37027 + 37043||||Mallaig - Fort William|
|23/01||?????||-||Oban - ??? - Glasgow Central|
|23/01-24/01||?????||-||Glasgow Central - (via G&SW) - Carlisle - ??? - London Euston|
(1) Peter James comments: The train ran to time as far as Crianlarich, where deteriorating weather conditions started to cause problems. We crossed the late running 14.15 from Fort William at Rannoch instead of Crianlarich and eventually reached Fort William at 19.10 some 55mins late. Meanwhile the 14.15 train stuck in a drift at the County March and had to be evacuated by road causing the line to be blocked. Later a snow plough train derailed near Gortan, so the booked return south on the 22nd was impossible however the planned run to Mallaig and back that morning took place with both 37s and 6 of the 12 coaches off the special. After an extra night in Fort William passengers were bussed to Oban on the Monday morning (23rd Jan) where an extra train was laid on for them as far as Glasgow. This left at 14.15and reached Glasgow Central at 21.05 and connected with a strengthened "Nightrider" service via the G&SW route (the Beattock route was closed by snow) to reach Euston at 11.30 on Tues 24th Jan.
Sources : Tony Jakeman & Peter James
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