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Photo: Gerry Capelin.

With the collapse of the Penmanshiel Tunnel during March 1979 the East Coast Main Line was subjected to major timetable alterations due to closure between Berwick and Dunbar. Services from King's Cross terminated at Berwick, whilst bus shuttles operated between Berwick and Dunbar, and train shuttles then worked the final section between Dunbar and Edinburgh. Deltics operating the overnight sleepers from King's Cross found themselves marooned in Scotland for the day until a return could be made on the evenings south-bound sleepers. Thus the class were put to work operating the shuttle services between Edinburgh and Dunbar and on the 27th July 1979 55021 (D9021) "ARGYLL & SUTHERLAND HIGHLANDER" restarts prior to departure from Dunbar with the 1F10 14:43 service for Edinburgh. A second member of the class, 55008 (D9008) "THE GREEN HOWARDS", waits behind with what would be the next service for Edinburgh.

 

 

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55005 55006 55007 55008 55009 55010
55011 55012 55013 55014 55015 55016
55017 55018 55019 55020 55021 55022

 

.1979
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January

A 5% wage rise limit set by the government in late 1978 continues to cause wide spread anger...
...The winter of discontent.

05 - Striking lorry drivers cause heating oil and fresh food shortages.
08 - Cambodia falls to the Vietnamese as tanks arrive in Phnom Penh.
10 - James Callaghan
* returns from a summit meeting in the Caribbean and denies Britain is in chaos.
11 -
*He is mis-quoted by the Sun newspaper as saying..."Crisis? What Crisis?
His words were "I don't think other people in the world would share the view there is mounting chaos."
15 - One day Rail strikes begin.
21 - ECML tunnel reconstruction programme: Stage Three Penmanshiel Tunnel (21.01.79-15.04.79 - see 17.03.79)
22 - A 24hr public employees' strike hits hospitals and schools.
31 - Rubbish is piled high on streets as strikes continue.

February

01 - Grave diggers end strike in Liverpool - many bodies await burial.
02 - Sid Vicious (ex Sex Pistols) dies of heroin overdose in New York.
09 - Trevor Francis is first 1,000,000 football transfer (Birmingham City to Nottingham Forest).
12 - 1,000 schools close as heating oil runs out.
17 - Chinese troops invade Vietnam.

March

05 - Marshgate Junction remodelling (05.03.79 - 31.03.79)
       Up trains between Leeds & Doncaster diverted full period - down trains diverted 26.03.79 - 31.03.79.

07 - Strike by local government workers ends.
14 - Unions and government reach agreement.
17 -
Penmanshiel Tunnel collapses between Berwick and Dunbar.
.......Many trains terminating at Newcastle and Berwick - others running via Carlisle (until 20.08.79).
.......League Cup: Nottingham Forest 3, Southampton 2. Forest retain the cup.
29 - A general election is called for 3rd May, after vote of no confidence.
.......Idi Amin flees Uganda as regime collapses.
30 - MP Airey Neave is killed in IRA car bomb as he leaves Westminster car park.

April

01 - Deep Purple's single "Black Night" is re-released.
02 - Horrors of Pol Pot's killing fields are exposed in Cambodia.
04 - The 11th victim of the 'Yorkshire Ripper' is found - the first non prostitute.
.......Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (India's Prime Minister 1971-77) is hanged following the death penalty.

May

May 1979 was the onset of the new BR  timetable and Deltics found themselves reduced to semi-fast services
between London and York and Hull. Confirmed diagrams at the end of May were as follows:

From King's Cross;
05:50 (Aberdeen).
10:05/14:05/16:05/18:05 (York).
08:04/12:05/17:05 (Hull).

From York;
06:06/08:05/12:15/14:14/18:11/19:56 (King's Cross).
14:35 (Edinburgh - ex 07:30 from Plymouth).

From Hull;
07:00/09:35/12:35/16:30 (King's Cross).

From Edinburgh;
09:50 (Plymouth - to York).

04 - Conservatives win power at general election - Margaret Thatcher is first woman PM.
08 - 10 die in Manchester Woolworth's fire.
12 - FA Cup: Arsenal 3, Manchester United 2.
13 -
Haymarket and Gateshead Deltics transferred to York.
25 - Milk becomes 15p per pint.
.......Plane crash in Chicago - 273 dead.
27 - Troubles in the East causes panic buying of fuel in the UK (Petrol hits 1.22 per gallon).
29 - All DC10 aircraft are grounded in the wake of 25.05.79 plane crash.

June

06 - Troy wins the 200th Derby.
11 - Actor John Wayne dies.
18 - Brezhnev and Carter sign SALT treaty
26 - Muhammad Ali announces his retirement.

July

07 - Navratilova and Borg win through at Wimbledon.
       Doncaster Power Box commissioning 07.07.79 - 09.07.79
17 - Seb Coe runs mile in record 3mins 48.95secs.
30 - 3 million are believed to have been killed by Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge in Cambodia.

August

14 - Storm hits Fastnet yacht race - 14 dead.
17 - Fastnet death toll rises to 18.
20 -
Penmanshiel Tunnel reopens.
27 - Lord Mountbatten is killed by IRA bomb in Mullaghmore, County Sligo.
.......A bomb at Warrenpoint, County Down, kills 15 soldiers.
30 - Two are charged with Lord Mountbatten's murder in Dublin.

September

02 - 'Yorkshire Ripper' claims his 12th victim - 20 year old Bradford student Barbara Leach.
05 - Lord Mountbatten is buried.
27 - British actress and singer Gracie Fields dies.

October

01 - A stop at Newark is incorporated within the "The Hull Executive" - average speed is 91.8 mph.
27 -
DPS chairman Ray Smith announces repairs to 001/004 & 020 have been sanctioned at DPS AGM.
30 - British air engineer Barnes Wallis dies.

November

09 - Four men are found guilty of the murder of paperboy Carl Bridgewater.
13 - Miners reject 20% wage rise - they demand 65%!!
16 - Pink Floyd release No.1 single "Another Brick In The Wall" - it sells 340,000 copies in five days.
22 - Mortgages reach 15% record.
23 - Thomas McMahon found guilty of murder of Lord Mountbatten.
26 - 160 die as airliner crashes in Saudi Arabia.
28 - 257 die as DC10 crashes in Antarctica.
30 - Pink Floyd release "The Wall" - it sells 1,200,000 copies by January 1980.

December

10 - Mother Teresa receives Nobel Peace Prize.
14 -
55010 is released from Doncaster Works minus one nameplate.
27 - Russia invades Afghanistan.
31 - Oil prices double.

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