Awaydays, Merrymakers or plain old Advertised Excursions, whatever they were marketed as in your area, the once commonplace ADEX is just another aspect of the railway scene that is long gone, once and for all, consigned for to the history books, or maybe to just to websites like this?
Gary Stratford as once again been perusing the 1984 Special Traffic Notices (STN) of the LMR this time in search of the Excursion traffic originating in the West Midlands and this page now lists his findings together with 'gen' with regard what locos actually worked from Gary's notes and from Timewarp records.
Gary says… "Concentrating on those workings starting in the West Midlands area and not (at the moment!) including those from other regions passing through so as a result most of the starting times are known. However, the notices can be a bit vague - for instance there are only outward timings for the Banbury - Scarborough on 06/09/84 in the W1 and nothing at all in the M so I don't know what time that started from Banbury if it indeed ran!
These loco hauled trains seemed to run on any day from Sunday to Thursday during the peak summer months and dropped off towards the end of the summer as you would expect. There were some Adex workings on summer Saturdays but these were all quoted as DMU from what I could see so are not listed. "
Can you add to the listing below? Do you know what worked any of these trains or can you confirm if they even ran? Did you travel on any of the services listed and do you have any railway related memories of the trip?
Info on this page originally part of a feature on our old Timewarp site with amendments and updates.
ADEX's orignating in the West Midlands - May 1984 (other months to follow).
0800 Stratford-upon-Avon - Aberystwyth
Outward 45117 to Wolves; 25265/25283 forward /
Rtn was 1T08/1755 25265/25283 to Wolves 37173 fwd.
0815 Wolverhampton - Ramsgate
Outward 47434 & 1740 rtn
0730 Coventry - Paignton
0916 Wolverhampton - Portsmouth Harbour
0733 Kidderminster - Brighton
47549 Outward & rtn
0710 Shrewsbury - Scarborough
45110 Outward at least
0705 Lichfield City - Plymouth
0700 Banbury - Kings Lynn
0740 Leamington Spa - Blackpool North (1800 return)
West Midlands ADEX's for June 1984 onwards to follow,,,