20th May 2000

Branch Line Society
The Port of Boston Railtour

DEMU Used 1001 (60118+60501+70262+60529+60000)

Route :
1Z80 : Bromley South to Boston (via Port of Boston)
1Z81 : Boston to Kings Cross

DEMU Route
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Bromley South - Herne Hill - Clapham Junction - Barnes - New Kew Jn - Kew East Jn - Acton Wells Jn - Dudding Hill Jn - Cricklewood Curve Jn - Carlton Road Jn - Junction Road Jn - Harringay Park Jn - Harringay Curve - (via Down Slow 2) - Alexandra Palace - Bowes Park - Hertford North - Stevenage - Hitchin - Royston - Cambridge (3) - Dullingham - Bury St Edmunds
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Bury St Edmunds - Ely (3) - March East Jn - Wisbech
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Wisbech - March West Jn - Peterborough - Spalding - Sleaford - Lincoln Central - Pyewipe Jn
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Pyewipe Jn - Boultham Jn
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Boultham Jn - Lincoln Central - Lincoln Terrace Sidings
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Lincoln Terrace Sidings - Lincoln Central
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Lincoln Central - Sleaford North Jn - (via Sleaford Avoiding Line) - Sleaford South Jn
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Sleaford South Jn - Sleaford
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Sleaford - Boston, West Street Jn LC
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West Street Jn LC - Sleaford Sidings GF - Up Sidings South (L/H track on arrival)
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Up Sidings South - Up Sidings South Jn
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Up Sidings South Jn - Swing Bridge - Boston Port Steel Warehouse (Into Warehouse, L/H track on arrival)
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Boston Port Steel Warehouse - Swing Bridge - Sleaford Sidings GF - Boston - Grand Sluice Jn
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Grand Sluice Jn - Boston - Sleaford - Barkston East Jn - Barkston South Jn - Grantham - Peterborough - Stevenage - Potters Bar - Hornsey - London Kings Cross (4)

Notes :
(1) Tour was originally planned to run on 24th October 1998, starting from Brundall and travelling via the Wensum Curve. The strange starting point was because at the time the stock was on hire, weekdays, to Anglia.
(2) Car. No. S60118 'Tunbridge Wells' led on first part of tour from Bromley South to Bury St Edmunds.
(3) Tour was supposed to pick up at Cambridge although it was not in the timings, a stop was arranged for Ely with tour participants using service trains Cambridge to Ely. Richard Woods comments: "the train passed through Cambridge on the through lines as there was no platform available, leaving those intending to join waving from the platform as we passed. I can't remember what happened at Ely, but we were stuck at Dullingham for a while due to unforeseen circumstances" (Alan Sheppard however confirms the Dullingham stop was due to the organiser being in conversation with the signalman trying to sort out a pick up for the passengers left at Cambridge - eventually the stop was agreed at Ely, and those passengers affected made their way by service train from Cambridge to Ely).

(4) Train terminated at Kings Cross as stock was being stabled overnight at Bounds Green. This was due to another Branch Line tour being run the day after starting at Bowes Park and stock could not get back to Hastings and return the following day.

Sources : Alan Sheppard (on the train from Alexandra Palace to Kings Cross) & Richard Woods

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Alan Sheppard & LASERman)

Location Booked Actual
Bromley South 06.00 ?
Shortlands Jn 06/02 ?
Beckenham Junction 06/04 ?
Herne Hill 06/12 ?
Brixton 06/13 ?
Voltaire Road Jn 06/15 ?
Factory Jn 06/16 ?
Longhedge Jn 06/18 ?
Clapham Junction 06.23a ~ 06.25d 06.21 ~ 06.26 [FL]
Barnes 06/31 06/31
New Kew Jn 06/36 06/35
Sig KE49 ? 06.37 ~ 07.05
Kew East Jn 06/43 ?
South Acton 06/46 07/21
Acton Wells Jn 06/50 07/26
Dudding Hill Jn 07/03 07/36
Cricklewood Curve Jn 07/05 07/39
West Hampstead North Jn 07/08 07/42
West Hampstead 07/11 07/??
Carlton Road Jn 07/18 07/46
Junction Road Jn 07/21 07/49
Upper Holloway 07/22 07/51
Harringay Park Jn 07/25 07/54
Ferme Park 07/27 07/58
Alexandra Palace [P4] 07.31a ~ 07.34d 08.01 ~ 08.05
Gordon Hill 07/44 ?
Hertford North 07/56 08/20
Langley Jn 08/04 ?
Stevenage 08/05 ?
Hitchin 08/10 08.43 ~ 08.45
Letchworth 08/17 ?
Royston 08/25 ?
Shepreth Branch Jn 08/37 ?
Cambridge 08/43 09/18
Coldham Lane Jn 08/50 ?
Dullingham Crossing Loop 09/03 09p39 ~ 09p58 [P1]
Newmarket 09/07 ?
Chippenham Jn 09/15 ?
Bury St Edmunds 09/33 10.22a ~ [P2]
Bury St Edmunds Yard 09.38 ~ 09.43 DIV
Bury St Edmunds 09/48 ~ 10.28d [P2] [UL to UGL]
Soham Jn 10/05 10.53 ~ 11.08
Ely Dock Jn 10/10 ?
Ely 10/11 11.17a ~ 11.18d
Ely North Jn 10/14 ?
March East Jn 10/29 11/36
Whitemoor Jn 10/41 ?
Wisbech East 11.41 ~ 11.53 12.13 ~ 12.17
Whitemoor Jn 12/51 ?
March West Jn 12/58 12/51
Whittlesea 13/11 ?
Peterborough East Jn 13/18 ?
Peterborough 13c20 ~ 13c22 13.09 ~ 13.11 [P4]
Werrington Jn 13/37 ?
Spalding 13/59 13/34 [P2]
Sleaford South Jn 14/19 ?
Sleaford East Jn 14/21 ?
Sleaford 14/22 14/08 [P1]
Lincoln Central 14/56 14/42 (Down Centre Road)
West Holmes Jn 14/59 ?
Pyewipe Jn 15.04 ~ 15.09 14.47 ~ 14.49
Boultham Jn 15.41 ~ 15.47 14.53 ~ 15.13 (on curve)
Boultham Jn 15.15 ~ 15.19 (on Down Newark Line)
Lincoln 15/53 15/27 (Up Centre Road)
Lincoln Terrace Sidings 16.03 ~ 16.24 15.33 ~ 16.18
Lincoln Central 16.29 ~ 16.34 16p23 ~ 16p34 [Bay P4]
Pelham Street 16/35 ?
Metheringham 16/46 ?
Ruskington 16/54 ?
Sleaford North Jn 16/58 17/03
Sleaford South Jn 17.01 ~ 17.06 17.11 ~ 17.15
Sleaford 17.10 ~ 17.22 17.20 ~ 17.34 [P3]
Heckington 17/34 ?
Hubberts Bridge 17/42 ?
Boston (West St Jn LC) 17.48 ~ 17.53 18.05 ~ 18.10
Boston Port 18.03a ~ DIV
Up Sidings South DIV 18.15 ~ 18.19
Up Sdgs S. Jn DIV 18.22 ~ 18.26
Warehouse DIV 18.35 ~ 18.45
Swing Bridge DIV 18.48 ~ 18.53
Sleaford Sdgs GF DIV 18.54 ~ 19.05
Boston Port ~ 19.41d DIV
Boston 19.46a ~ 19p08 ~ 19p28 [P2]
Grand Sluice Jn DIV 19.30 ~ 19.33
Boston ~ 19.54d 19p35 ~ 19p51 [P1]
Hubberts Bridge 19/59 ?
Heckington 20/07 ?
Sleaford 20/13 20/15 [P2]
Rauceby 20/20 ?
Ancaster 20/30 ?
Barkston East Jn 20/30 ?
Barkston South Jn 20/31 ?
Grantham 20/35 20/37 [UF]
Stoke Tunnel 20/43 ?
Tallington 20/56 ?
Peterborough 21.05a ~ 21.08d 21.04 ~ 21.06 [P2]
Connington South Jn 21/17 ?
Huntingdon 21/15 ?
Sandy 21/37 ?
Hitchin 21/51 ?
Stevenage 21/56 ?
Woolmer Green 22/01 ?
Welwyn Garden City 22/04 ?
Potters Bar 22/15 22/17
Alexandra Palace 22/21 ?
Finsbury Park 22/23 ?
Holloway South Jn 22/24 ?
Belle Isle 22/29 ?
Kings Cross 22.31a 22.32a [P7]


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