12th August 2000

Branch Line Society
The Durham Coast Railtour

Locos Used 37415 & 37428
Stock used 4836+1859+99830+35185+1730+99828+99826+99827

Route :
1Z38 : Linlithgow - Sunderland South Dock
1Z39 : Sunderland South Dock - Motherwell

Locos Route
37428 + 37415 Linlithgow - Linlithgow Up Passenger Loop - Haymarket West Jn - (via Edinburgh suburban line) - Millerhill - Monktonhall Jn - (via 'temporary' Up Wallyford Deviation) - Drem (Up Passenger Loop) - Grantshouse (Up Passenger Loop) - Berwick-upon-Tweed (Up Goods Loop) - Crag Mill (Up Passenger Loop) - Newcastle [P4]
37415 (1) Newcastle - King Edward Bridge South Jn - Durham - Tursdale Jn - Norton West Jn - Norton East Jn - Billingham Jn - Belasis Lane - Seal Sands Branch Jn
37428 (2) Seal Sands Branch Jn - Belasis Lane - Billingham Jn
37415 (1) Billingham Jn - Seaton Carew - Hartlepool - Hartlepool Docks
37428 (2) Hartlepool Docks - Hartlepool - Seaton Carew - Hartlepool Power Station (Seaton-on-Tees Nuclear Electric)
37415 (1) Hartlepool Power Station - Seaton Carew - Hartlepool - Seaham - Ryhope Grange - Sunderland South Dock (1m 53ch.)
37428 (2) Sunderland South Dock - Ryhope Grange - Seaham - Dawden (Up Line)
37415 (1) Dawden (Up Line) - cross to Down Line - Seaham - Sunderland - Pelaw - Park Lane Jn - High Level Bridge Jn - Newcastle [P3] - Forth Banks Line - Castle Sidings GF - Elswick (3)
37428 (2) Elswick - Castle Sidings GF - Newcastle [P2]
37415 + 37428 Newcastle [P2] - High Level Bridge Jn - Greensfield Jn - Norwood Jn - MetroCentre - Hexham - Carlisle - Beattock - (via Abington Loop) - Lockerbie - Carstairs - Motherwell

Notes :
(1) 37428 on rear.
(2) 37415 on rear.
(3a) Tour ran into Left Hand Loop (on arrival).
(3b) Tour was originally planned to reverse at Elswick headshunt and run into the Engineer's Siding.
(4) Comments on the SRPS Railtours Website about the route : From Newcastle it ran via Ferryhill and Norton North curve to traverse the freight branches to Seal Sands, Hartlepool Docks, Hartlepool Power Station, Sunderland South Docks and Elswick, terminus of the stub of the former Newcastle to Carlisle line
(5) Alan Sheppard adds :- Confirmation required on Newcastle to Motherwell section as I had to make sure I could get back to Linlithgow to take car to Motherwell ready for next day's tour, still, I got the "Wallyford Deviation" in the Down direction as well, courtesy of GNER with 91004 on the 20:56 Newcastle to Edinburgh.

Sources : SRPS Railtours Webpages, Alan Sheppard & Janet Cottrell

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Alan Sheppard & Janet Cottrell)

Location

Booked Actual
Linlithgow [P1] 08.13d 08.15d
Linlithgow Up Pass. Loop 08*14 ~ 08*21 08.17 ~ 08.25
Winchburgh Jn 08/27 08/31
Newbridge Jn 08/30 08/34
Haymarket West Jn 08/37 08/40
Gorgie Jn 08/39 08/41
Craiglockhart Jn 08/47 08/43
Niddrie West Jn 08/56 08/52
Niddrie South Jn 08/58 08/54
Millerhill S.S. 09/07 08.56 ~ 09.07
Monktonhall Jn 09/19 09.12 ~ 09.18
Prestonpans 09.25a ~ 09.27d 09.25 ~ 09.25
Drem (UPL) 09*38 ~ 09*46 09.36 ~ 09.46
Stenton G.S.P. ? 09.55 ~ 10.02
Dunbar 09/59 10/07
Grantshouse (UPL) 10*10 ~ 10*17 10.18 ~ 10.23
Reston 10/24 10/30
Signal EG 402 10/30 ?
Berwick-upon-Tweed (UGL) 10*33 ~ 10*43 10.41 ~ 10.58
Berwick-upon-Tweed [P1] 10/45 10/59
Crag Mill Loop (UPL) 10*57 ~ 11*20 11.15 ~ 11.22
Belford L.C. 11/23 11/24
Alnmouth 11/38 11/39
Morpeth [P1] 11/53 11/54
Heaton South Jn 12/09 12/10
Newcastle [P4] 12L12a ~ 12L32d 12L14 ~ 12L44
King Edward Bridge South Jn 12/34 12/46
Birtley Jn 12/39 12/52
Durham [P1] 12/47 13/01
Tursdale Jn 12/54 13/08
Ferryhill South Jn 12/58 13/12
Norton-on-Tees West Jn 13/18 13/31
Norton-on-Tees East Jn 13/20 13/32
Billingham Jn 13/22 13/36
Belasis Lane Signal Box 13*26 ~ 13*39 13.39 ~ 13.39
Seal Sands Branch Jn 14.04 ~ 14.09 14.02 ~ 14.09
Belasis Lane Signal Box 14/34 14/39
Billingham Jn 14.49 ~ 14.54 14.43 ~ 14.52
Cliff House 15/01 15/01
Hartlepool 15/06 15/06
Hartlepool Dock 15.11 ~ 15.19 15.15 ~ 15.15
Hartlepool (Up Main) 15/24 15/22
Cliff House 15/27 15/27
Seaton Snook Jn 15/29 15/31
Hartlepool Power Station 15.34 ~ 16.08 15.42 ~ 15.49
Seaton Snook Jn 16/13 16.06 ~ 16.11
Hartlepool 16.18cc 16c21 ~ 16c23
Seaham [P2] 16/33 16/41
Ryhope Grange 16/37 16/47
Hendon No.1 Siding 16/47 16.56 ~ 17.00
Sunderland South Dock 16.52 ~ 17.10 17.06 ~ 17.08
Hendon No.1 Siding 17/15 17.14 ~ 17.19
Ryhope Grange 17/25 17.25 ~ 17.26
Seaham [P1] 17/30 17/32
Dawden 17.33 ~ 17.38 17.36 ~ 17.38
Seaham [P2] 17/41 17/41
Sunderland [P2] 17/46 17/49
Seaburn [P2] 17/49 17/53
Pelaw 17/56 18/00
Heworth 17/58 18/01
Park Lane Jn 18/01 18/03
High Level Bridge Jn 18/05 18/06
Newcastle [P3] 18/07 18.08 ~ 18.11
Castle Sidings G.F. ? 18.16 ~ 18.18
Forth Banks Line (Elswick) 18.10 ~ 18.22 18.21 ~ 18.24
Castle Sidings G.F. ? 18.26 ~ 18.32
Newcastle [P2] 18L25a ~ 18L50d 18L35a ~ 19.05d
High Level Bridge Jn 18/52 ?
Greensfield Jn 18/54 ?
King Edward Bridge East Jn 18/55 ?
King Edward Bridge South Jn 19/00 ?
Norwood Jn 19/02 ?
MetroCentre 19/05 ?
Blaydon 19/08 ?
Prudhoe 19/15 ?
Hexham 19/25 ?
Haydon Bridge 19/32 ?
Haltwhistle 19/41 ?
Brampton 19/56 ?
Wetheral 20/03 ?
Petteril Bridge Jn 20/07 ?
London Road Jn 20/08 ?
Carlisle 20c10 ~ 20c14 ?
Gretna Jn 20/24 ?
Quintinshill 20/25 ?
Signal MC 863 20/28 ?
Lockerbie 20/40 ?
Beattock 20/53 ?
Beattock Summit 21*09 ~ 21*20 ?
Abington 21/28 ?
Carstairs South Jn 21/44 ?
Carstairs 21/45 ?
Lanark Jn 21/47 ?
Law Jn 21/57 ?
Shieldmuir 22/00 ?
Motherwell 22.07a 22.21


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