8th March 1975

British Rail
(Football Specials)

Locos Used 37014, 47130 & 47401
Stock Used [1] : 4330+4259+4524+4412+9331+4523+4710+4645+4652+4686
[2] : 4648+4874+4351+4693+9355+4161+4094+4642+4561+4631

Route : 1G31 (throughout?)

Loco Stock Route
47130 [1] Leeds - (via viaduct line) - Gelderd Road Jn - Wakefield Westgate - Adwick Jn - Doncaster - (via ECML) - Peterborough - March - Ely - Bury-St-Edmunds - Haughley Jn - Ipswich
37014 [1]? Ipswich - (reverse of outward route) - March - Murrow - Spalding - (via Sleaford & Lincoln avoiding lines) - Gainsborough Lea Road - Trent Jn - Black Carr Jn - Doncaster - (reverse of outward route) - Leeds

Route : 1G32 (throughout?)

Loco Stock Route
47401 [2] Leeds - ??? - Bury-St-Edmunds - Haughley Jn - Ipswich
47401? [2]? Ipswich - Haughley Jn - Bury-St-Edmunds - ??? - Leeds

Notes :
(1) FA Cup 6th round match, final score was Ipswich Town 0:0 Leeds.
(2) Ian Umpleby comments: The early return start and different traction on 1G31 suggest these might be legs from two different football specials, but it may have been due to engineering work on the ECML and class 47s being banned from March to Spalding? We'll never know, probably...

Sources : Ian Umpleby & Gerald Brown

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Ian Umpleby)

M.C Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual M.C
0.00 Leeds 09.10d 09.15   22.16a 22.11 0.00
1.64 Gelderd Road Jn ? 09/20   ? 22/05 1.64
10.24 Wakefield Westgate ? 09/30   ? ??.?? ~ 21.50 10.24
14.16 Hare Park Jn ? 09/38   ? ? 14.16
25.28 Adwick Jn ? 09/48   ? ? 25.28
30.12 Doncaster ? 09c57 ~ 09c58   ? ? 30.12
32.72 Black Carr Jn ? 10/05   ? ? 32.72
- Haxley   ? ? 43.48
- Trent Jn   ? ? 50.60
- Pyewipe Jn   ? ? 65.28
- Greetwell Jn   ? ? 68.08
- Sleaford North Jn   ? ? 85.68
- Sleaford South Jn   ? ? 87.20
- Spalding   ? ? 105.08
- Murrow   ? ? 118.36
47.40 Retford ? 10/18  
66.00 Newark North Gate ? 10/32  
76.32 Barkston South Jn ? 10/40  
80.48 Grantham ? 10/45  
86.00 Stoke ? 10/50  
101.20 Tallington ? 11/00  
106.48 Werrington Jn ? 11/03  
109.60 Peterborough ? 11c11 ~ 11c12  
119.48 Three Horse Shoes ? 11/26  
124.56 March ? 11c33 ~ 11c34   ? 19c03 ~ ??.?? 124.56
138.72 Ely North Jn ? 11/50   ? 18/40 138.72
140.24 Ely ? 11/52   ? 18/38 140.24
145.28 Soham ? 12/01   ? 18/28 145.28
152.12 Chippenham Jn ? 12/10   ? 18/20 152.12
164.52 Bury St Edmunds ? 12/25   ? 18/03 164.52
176.66 Haughley Jn ? 12/40   ? 17/34 176.66
179.16 Stowmarket ? 12/43   ? 17/30 179.16
191.11 Ipswich 13.06a 12.55   17.15d 17.09 191.11


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