31109 Chinley 19 June 1984

31109 passes through Chinley station on 19 June 1984 with the 1M33 12:43 Cleethorpes to Manchester Piccadilly service. This should of course have been hauled by a Class 31/4, and indeed it started out from Cleethorpes behind 31432, but that failed, and was replaced by 31109 at Sheffield. What is absolutely amazing (certainly by today's standards) is that despite the loco change, it was only ten minutes late. The railways were a lot more resilient in those days. It may appear that the unusual working had attracted some 'in the know' photographers, but of course in those days there was no way that they could have known. The family group was just spending an afternoon viewing whatever happened to pass by.