Haymarket 117's

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Tom C

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When Haymarket were down to Six 3 car 117's back in 98/99 does anyone know if they had any booked work?

I can remember a 6 car unit working a Waverley to Cowdenbeath train in the PM peak plus a few other Fife Circle trains but were they booked workings as at the time Longsight and Corkerhill 101's were working flat out, Bletchley 117's were still active and even the 3 Colchester bubbles were hard at work on the Sudbury branch but the Haymarket 117's seemed to be used quite spareingly.
 
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The 117s were used on peak hour duties only, mainly on the Fife Circle, but I recall one also used to do the 17.27 Edinburgh-Perth, and presumable worked back from there the following morning.
 

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Thanks for that blackwatch

Do you know if they were allocated set diagrams or just put in for dead Sprinters on a day to day basis?

Reason why I ask is I remember a 3 coach set getting to Fort William in 1999 and I would have thought that this was a fill in!!
 

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There were booked diagrams for the 117s, including the train I mentioned to Perth. Never heard of one reaching Fort Bill, was it on a sleeper substitute or something?
 

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I have the unit as L301 (117301, battered RR livery with Scotrail fleetname) it came into Waverley from Fort William so presumably it went on a rescue mission but it arrived in the early morning. Not quite the "luxury" of a sleeper and as much as I liked 1st gens if one came on a sleeper I think I would be rather miffed.
 

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I have the unit as L301 (117301, battered RR livery with Scotrail fleetname) it came into Waverley from Fort William so presumably it went on a rescue mission but it arrived in the early morning. Not quite the "luxury" of a sleeper and as much as I liked 1st gens if one came on a sleeper I think I would be rather miffed.

That would have been absolutely dreadful!!! (in a good way!!)
 

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That would have been absolutely dreadful!!! (in a good way!!)

Couldn't agree with you more! :D Almost as rateable as the time I had a Class 105 'Cravens' Departmental Route Learning set on a York-Harrogate-Leeds vice a failed 141 - they stuck up some bin bags to separate the driver from the passengers!
 

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Reason why I ask is I remember a 3 coach set getting to Fort William in 1999 and I would have thought that this was a fill in!!

Fitted with RETB??? Seems a bit odd. Could it of just been going to Dum(p)barton or somewhere, where passengers would of transferred to a 'Super Sprinter'???

I thought apart from 156s the only DMUs to operate service trains on the WHL was a diagram from Crianlarich to Oban and return (in the 1980s IIRC)
 
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