25th March 2000, 19th
& 23rd September 2001
The Power Porter
Tour postponed firstly to 23/09/2000, then 19/08/2000 then 06/01/2001.
Advertised Route : 25/03/2000
|Train||Advertised Locos||Advertised Route|
|ECS (for add-on fare)||EWS class 66||Crewe - Manchester Piccadilly|
|main tour||Freightliner class 47/0||Manchester Piccadilly - Stockport - Crewe - Stafford - Birmingham New Street - Barnt Green - Droitwich Spa - Worcester Shrub Hill - Cheltenham Spa - Bristol Parkway - Newport|
|main tour||Freightliner class 47/0||Newport - (reverse of outward route) - Manchester Piccadilly|
|ECS (for add-on fare)||EWS class 66||Manchester Piccadilly - Crewe|
(1) Assisting motive power advertised as an EWS class 60 and two class 08/09 shunters assisting as top-n-tail engines in South Wales.
(2) Advertised route (from advertising flyer): 'Firstly we visit the Ford Motor Company owned branchline at Bridgend (Webmasters note: later revised to Tower Colliery), accessed off the Vale of Glamorgan line. We then head to the Newport area for three further lines: the stub of the old Dock Street branch, ABP Newport Docks and the Usk-side line to Fifoots Point. A traversal of the Worcester goods lines on the outward journey and the Bishton Flyover on the return leg were also advertised.
(3) Tour initially postponed to 23rd September 2001 (then brought back to 19th August) owing to;
(a) condition of track along the Worcester goods lines resulting in it being refused by Railtrack,
(b) additional coal trains running in and out of Tower colliery on 25th March leaving no paths for the tour,
& (c) the up relief lines between Newport & Severn Tunnel Junction, via the Bishton Flyover, were not available at the time the train would have been there.
(4) Reason(s) for second postponement not known.
Source : Gary Thornton (booked on it)
Timings (Advertised Only)
|Location||Booked (out)||Booked (rtn)|
|Birmingham New Street||08.15d||20.50a|
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