It's hard to believe that our sell out 'Three to The Sea' Railtour was Thirty years ago today. The tour ran from Sheffield to Brighton, hauled by 20030, 064 and 118 and 09005 for the final push from Preston Park to Brighton. The enthusiasm of the staff at Tinsley resulted in three immaculate loco's as a tribute to 30 years of Class 20's, two specially repainted green and all named after the rivers local to Sheffield, so it was River Rother, River Sheaf and River Don, all three performed faultlessly on the day.
I'll never forget passing through the centre road at Leamington Spa on the return trip with 3000bhp hauling the train at a timed 87 miles per hour, the mighty Mel Thorley celebrating his 40th Birthday wearing a white boiler suit throughout the day and stopping for a pint the night before the tour at a now closed pub called the 'Cossack' near Sheffield Station, we didn't stay long - its not that the pub was Gay, but the regulars were...
Follow the links below for the for a scanned copy of the original article from our '20-20 Vision' magazine -
Apologies, for the article being spread over three documents, I had problems with my PDF writer... I hope its worth the effort to read, at least we knew what we were writing about, unlike the the 'Brighton Evening Argus' who went to the wrong person for their quote, see below.