3rd June 2000

Mid-Cheshire Rail Users Association
Mid-Cheshire Fensman

Loco Used 47733 'Eastern Star'
Stock Used Bounds Green set
EMUs Used ???

Route :
1Z?? : Chester to Cambridge
1Z37 : Cambridge to Chester

Traction Route
47733 Chester Mouldsworth - Greenbank - Northwich Knutsford - Altrincham Skelton Jn - New Mills South Jn Chinley - Edale - Dore West Jn Dore Station Jn - Sheffield Nunnery Main Line Jn - Worksop - Whisker Hill Jn - Retford Newark North Gate - Grantham Peterborough Whittlesea -March - Ely (1)
EMU Ely - Cambridge
EMU Cambridge - Ely
47733 Ely March - Whittlesea - Peterborough Oakham Syston East Jn - Syston North Jn - Loughborough Trent - Spondon - Derby Ambergate Jn - Clay Cross South Jn - Chesterfield Dore South Jn Dore West Jn (reverse of outward route) - Chester

Notes :
(1) Tour was originally booked into its destination at Cambridge. However, it was realised that the train was too long for the platform there so passengers had to detrain at Ely to join a local service train to Cambridge. The tour continued as Empty Coaching Stock to the Cambridge area.
(2) The tour was delayed by approximately an hour on the return owing to 47733 sustaining a cracked windscreen while on the ECS working between Cambridge and Ely. The loco was turned via the Ely avoiding line before commencing the return journey.


47733 brings the stock into Ely for the return leg (photo: David Miller)

Sources : Andrew Young (on the train throughout) & David Miller

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Andrew Young & David Miller)

Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual
Chester 07.18d ?   23.52a ?
Mouldsworth ??.??a ~ 07.33d ?   23.34a ~ ??.??d ?
Cuddington ??.??a ~ 07.47d ??.?? ~ 07.44   23.21a ~ ??.??d 00.21 ~ ??.??
Greenbank ??.??a ~ 07.55d 07.49 ~ 07.54   23.12a ~ ??.??d ?
Northwich ??.??a ~ 08.03d 07.59 ~ 08.02   23.04a ~ ??.??d 00.00 ~ 00.02
Plumley ??.??a ~ 08.12d 08.09 ~ 08.11   22.53a ~ ??.??d 23.52 ~ 23.54
Knutsford ??.??a ~ 08.20d 08.17 ~ 08.19   22.47a ~ ??.??d 23.46 ~ 23.47
Mobberley ??.??a ~ 08.28d 08.25 ~ 08.27   22.39a ~ ??.??d 23.46 ~ 23.47
Hale ??.??a ~ 08.37d 08.34 ~ 08.37   22.29a ~ ??.??d 23.30 ~ 23.32
Altrincham [P3] ??.??a ~ 08.45d 08.39 ~ 08.51   22.23a ~ ??.??d 23.24 ~ 23.27
Chinley ??.??a ~ 09.54d 09.36 ~ 09.54   21.52a ~ ??.??d 22.46 ~ 22.49
Dore West Jn ? 10/25   ? ?

 

Location Booked Actual
Dore Station Jn ? 10/28
Sheffield ??c?? ~ 10c32 10.35 ~ 10.37
Darnall ? 10/43
Woodhouse ? 10/46
Kiveton park ? 10/53
Shireoaks ? 10/56
Worksop ??c?? ~ 11c07 11.00 ~ 11.02
Retford ? 11/14
Newark Northgate ? 11/30
Claypole ? 11/33
Grantham 11/45 11/41
Tallington ? 11/55
Eastfield ? 12.00 ~ 12.09
Peterborough 12.14a ~ ??.??d 12.14 ~ ??.??
Whittlesea ? 12/25
March ? 12/34
Ely 13.00a ~ 13.05d 12.55 ~ ??.??
Cambridge (connecting EMU) 13.20a ~ 17.52d 13.22 ~ 17.55
Ely 18.10a ~ 18.30d 18.10 ~ 19.42
Peterborough ??.??a ~ 19.12d 20.05 ~ 20.18
Stamford 19/48 20/32
Manton ? 20/41
Oakham ? 20/45
Melton Mowbray ? 20/46
Syston North Jn ? 21/08
Sileby ? 21/12
Barrow-on-Soar ? 21/15
Loughborough ? 21/17
Trent Jn 20/25 ?
Derby ??c?/ ~ 20c41 21.35 ~ 21.40
Chesterfield 21/14 22.04 ~ 22.06

Timings continue in first table.

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