Farewell - South Wales TPO

1M95, 2140 Swansea - Willesden PRDC TPO will make its final departure on Friday 25th July 2003 following Royal Mails announcement that it will cease to use rail for the distribution of first class mail by March 2004, when its new distribution network integrating road and air comes into place.  The balance working 1V44 Willesden PRDC - Swansea TPO is similarly affected, with the final arrival being at 0340 on Saturday 26th July 2003.

The consist of 1M95 / 1V44 includes NAA+NSA+NTA+NSA+NTA+NSA+NBA+NOA+NAA Royal Mail coaching stock hauled by a Class 67 locomotive. The train is serviced during the day at Margam Depot / Wagon Works and runs empty to Swansea Maliphant Sidings early evening, where the locomotive runs around its train and propels it into Platform 1 at Swansea station. The out and home workings are manned by London & Swansea TPO staff on alternate days  with 1M95 being crewed by London TPO staff on Monday / Wednesday & Friday and Swansea TPO staff on Tuesday & Thursday. Twenty six Royal Mail TPO staff including the manager normally arrive for duty just after 2000 hrs and assist in loading the mail onto their train from awaiting lorries.

1M95 calls at Cardiff, Bristol, Reading and Slough and sorts mail for Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Dorset, Kent, Sussex, Hertfordshire, Middlesex, Surrey, Essex and London.

1V44 calls at Reading, Bristol, Newport and Cardiff and sorts mail for Somerset, Avon and South Wales.

Friday 25th July 2003 will be a very sad night and this article is a tribute to the many Royal Mail staff that I have made friendship with during the past fourteen years and I wish them and their families the very best health and happiness for the future.

And this is how it went, Friday pm / Saturday am.....

 

5M95 1835 Margam - Swansea ECS is photted through Briton Ferry with Margam Driver Barry Perks at the controls of 67008. 

Just waiting for the staff and mail to arrive.

London TPO staff arrive at 2100hrs and a very dejected Gorby hands the South Wales TPO Headboard to Barry, Ted and John for pictures prior to it being positioned in the locomotive cab window. ( On a personal note I am very disappointed that EWS did not provide a Class 47 for the last weeks operation as requested to management, especially in light of the fact that London staff were told by EWS that the headboard would fit the Class 67 and no adaptor bracket would be required. EWS staff were not able to fit the headboard even after attempts to source special bracketing. However, on a more positive note the 67 failed on Monday night at Bristol and a 47 was attached to the front of the train complete with headboard. )
End of an Era at 0302 hrs!
   
London Crew, Mon/Wed/Fri Swansea - Willesden, Tue/Thu Willesden - Swansea
   
         
Alfie London Crew Gorby          
               
Swansea Crew, Tue/Thu Swansea - Willesden, Mon/Wed/Fri Willesden - Swansea
 
Swansea Crew Mike Alan Charlie Ken John Nigel John
               
Locomotives, Rolling Stock and Road Vehicles
               
         
Loading 1M95 Unloading the Royal Mail lorry          
               
            Updated, 16/02/2019