The European (1988) – 1S85 07:50 Harwich PQ – Glasgow & Edinburgh [2nd & 3rd leg]

The European (1988) – 1S85 07:50 Harwich PQ – Glasgow & Edinburgh [2nd & 3rd leg]

20th February 2024 9 By Harrebarrevarre

In 1983, BR introduced ‘The European’, a loco hauled boat train out of Harwich Parkeston Quay which ran until 1988. You will oversee one of its last workings in its entirety.

Since the previous summer (‘87), this service worked as cross-country services hauled by class 86s from Harwich. After being assisted by diesel traction along the NLL, it would head up along the WCML to destinations such as Birmingham, Manchester, Blackpool, Glasgow, and Edinburgh. 1S85 was the morning service to the two latter destinations catching the overnight boat passengers from Esbjerg and Hoek van Holland. After little success and a complicated route, ‘The European’ was axed from the end of May of 1988, with new 156s taking over with services to Blackpool via Peterborough from the summer of that year.

This journey is split into six legs spanning across different routes to take you on the journey departing Harwich Parkeston Quay at 07:50 and arriving at Glasgow Central at 17:05. Due to this service waiting for boat arrivals at Parkeston Quay, delays and low priority across the network is common. This working typically consists of six Glasgow coaches (including restaurant) and five Edinburgh coaches splitting at Carstairs. These were mostly hauled by class 86s and is here in the hands of vintage liveried 86426 celebrating 21 years of InterCity services in 1987.

1st leg: Harwich PQ – Stratford (GEML+Mayflower Line)
2nd leg: Stratford – Camden Road (NLL BR/NSE v4)
3rd leg: Camden Road – Watford Junction (NLL BR/NSE v4)
4th leg: Watford Junction – Birmingham (WCML South)
5th leg: Birmingham – Preston (Missing Link)
6th leg: Preston – Glasgow (WCML NW&S merge)

Welcome to the second and third leg of The European!

37063 from Stratford depot will assist with today’s drag of 1S85 along the North London Line. The service is sat at Stratford Regional p10 where you will couple up and head west to Camden Road. From there, 37063 will run LE to Wembley via Gospel Oak. You will set up 86426 again and head on to the busy WCML at Primrose Hill. Our last London stop is Watford Junction, where the third leg of the journey ends.

One 25-minute and one 30-minute scenario for the Backdated Trainsim NLL BR/NSE v4 route. Weather: Fair cloud. Feedback is much appreciated. Hope you enjoy! 😊

Requirements (for these legs only):
(* means it has its own requirements)
AP
• Weather EP V2
• Signal EP
• Class 313
• Class 315
• Class 317 vol 1
• Class 37 vol 1&2
• Class 87
• Class 31 EP*
• Class 86 EP*
• Mk1 Coach Pack vol.1
• Mk2a-c Coach Pack
• Mk2d-f Coach Pack
• Mk3a-b Coach Pack
• FSA/FTA Wagon Pack
DTG
• WCML over Shap
• YQA Parr Wagon Pack
Backdated Trainsim
• NLL BR/NSE v4
• CLASS 313 BR NORTH LONDON LINES VARIANT PACK
• Class 85 v1.10
Just Trains
• IWB Cargowaggon
• VGA/VKA
Vulcan Productions
• Class 86 426 / E3195 BR Retro Blue