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3030 - Photo:  Chris Davis.

55011 (D9011) "ROYAL NORTHUMBERLAND FUSILIERS" makes the Goole stop with the 1A13 09:33 Hull - King's Cross service on the 5th May 1981.

 

 

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

 

1981
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January

It is the final year of service for the Deltics...

01 - Pink Floyd's "Dark Side Of The Moon" is still in the US top 60 - after six years in the charts.
04 - A man is held in connection with "Yorkshire Ripper" charges.
05 - Peter Sutcliffe, a lorry driver from Bradford, is charged with 'Ripper' murders.
06 - Mark Chapman pleads insanity over death of John Lennon.
16 - Inflation is down to 15.1% !!
20 - Ronald Reagan becomes US 40th president.
25 - 'Gang of Four' break from Labour party (Jenkins, Owen, Williams & Rodgers).

February

08 - 55005 and 55006 are withdrawn from service.
09 - Musician Bill Haley dies.
10 - Coal Board announces the closure of 50 pits - employing 30,000.
12 - Rupert Murdoch takes over Times and Sunday Times newspapers.
17 - South Wales miners begin unofficial strike.
18 - Thatcher does U-turn and pledges aid to the coal mines.
24 - Charles and Di announce they are to be married.
26 - Thatcher meets Reagan for the first time.

March

09 - Scrapping of 55003 begins (locomotive cut up by the end of the month).
23 - Motor Cycle champion Mike Haliwood and 9yr old daughter die in car accident.
26 - 'Gang of Four' formally announce the new Social Democratic Party.
27 - Lech Walesa and 'Solidarity' call for national strike in Poland.
29- The first London marathon is won by American Dick Beardsley.
30 - Reagan is shot in the chest in Washington by John Hinckley.

April

04 - Youths riot in Brixton.
.. .....Bob Champion beats cancer and wins Grand National on "Aldaniti".
11 - The first space shuttle "Columbia" is launched
13 - Thatcher condemns Brixton rioters and more trouble breaks out.
14 - "Columbia" lands after maiden flight - she is first reusable spacecraft.
20 - Steve Davis wins his first world title at snooker.

May

05 - Hunger Striker Bobby Sands dies.
.......Parcel bomb is found addressed to Prince Charles.
08 - Ken Livingstone becomes leader of GLC.
09 - 100th FA Cup: Manchester City 1, Tottenham Hotspur 1.
11 - Musician Bob Marley dies of cancer (36).
12 - Riots in Belfast following Hunger Strike deaths.
13 - The Pope is shot and wounded in St. Peters Square by Mehmet Ali Agca.
14 - FA Cup replay: Manchester City 2, Tottenham Hotspur 3.
22 - "Yorkshire Ripper" Peter Sutcliffe is jailed for life at the Old Bailey.
27 - EUFA Cup: Liverpool 1, Real Madrid 0.
31 -
55012 is withdrawn from service.

June

03 - Shergar wins Derby.
11 - Nat West tower opens - Europe's tallest building.
16 - Liberals and SDP form an alliance.
20 - Youths riot in Peckham.
21 - 1 dead and 16 injured at Goodge Street tube station fire.
22 - Mark Chapman pleads guilty to the murder of John Lennon in New York.
30 - Blank shots are fired at the Queen in the Mall by Marcus Sargeant.

July

04 - McEnroe beats Borg at Wimbledon in men's final.
05 - Riots begin in the Toxteth district Liverpool.
08 -
The scrapping of 55006 begins (locomotive is cut up by the end of the month).
10 - Riots are rife in Birmingham, Preston, Wolverhampton, Hull and Ellesmere Port.
15 - Violence erupts in Brixton once more.
20 - Michael Heseltine begins probe into Liverpool's inner city problems.
29 - Marriage of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer at St. Pauls Cathedral.

August

07 - 1 million workers strike in Poland
17 - Cricket: England retain the Ashes against Australia.
19 - Seb Coe breaks record by running mile in 48.53.
24 - Mark Chapman is jailed for life for killing John Lennon.

September

The TGV is opened in France. Paris - Lyons is 2hrs 40mins (half the original journey time).

01 - UK garages begin to sell fuel by the litre.
14 - Marcus Sargeant is jailed for 5 years for firing blanks at the Queen.
30 -
55012 is completely cut up at Doncaster by the end of the month.

October

03 - Hunger strikes end in Belfast (10 dead).
06 - Anwar el-Sadat is assassinated in Cairo.
12 - British Leyland announces the closure of 3 plants employing 2,850.
18 -
55018 is withdrawn from service.

November

01 - 55004 is withdrawn from Service.
........British Leyland's 58,000 workers strike over pay.
08 -
55011 is withdrawn from service.
12 - Space shuttle "Columbia" is launched for a second time.
.......British Leyland and Honda announce joint saloon car venture.
14 - "Columbia" is forced to cut short its flight due to fuel cell failure.
18 - England qualify for the 1982 World Cup finals; England 1, Hungary 0.
22 -
55014 is withdrawn from service.
23 - Pink Floyd release the compilation album "A Collection Of Great Dance Songs".
29 - Actress Natalie Wood is found dead.

December

British Rail unveils the APT...

01 - Yugoslav DC-9 crashes in France - 178 dead.
02 - UK TV licenses rise. Colour from 12 to 46, B&W from 3 to 15.
08 - Arthur Scargill is elected president of National Union of Mine-workers.
09 - Michael Heseltine announces 95 million for UK inner cities.
16 - Cornish lifeboat is sunk of Penlee - 8 dead.
20 -
55013 is withdrawn from service.
24 -
55010 is withdrawn from service.
27 - Pianist Hoagy Carmichael dies.
30 -
55016 is withdrawn from service.
31 -
The Deltics bow out of normal BR service. 55007/8/17/19/21 are withdrawn.

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