15th December 2001
Branch Line Society
The Secondary Crewe
|DMU Used||101676 (51205 & 51803)|
Route : 2Z40 throughout
|DMU||Route (on the day)|
Manchester Piccadilly [P8] - Slade Lane Jn - Heald Green - Wilmslow - Sandbach - Sydney Bridge Jn - Salop Goods Jn - Gresty Lane - Nantwich [P2]
|as listed||Nantwich (via Up to Down x-over) - Crewe Up & Down Loop - Crewe Steel Works|
|as listed||Crewe Steel Works (via Down to Up x-over) - Salop Goods Jn - Basford Hall S.S. North - Basford Hall Jn - Stafford [P6-(booked P1)]|
|as listed||Stafford - Basford Hall Jn - Basford Hall S.S. North - Salop Goods Loop Jn - Gresty Lane Curve - Gresty Lane Jn - Nantwich [P2]|
|as listed||Nantwich (via Up to Down x-over) - Gresty Lane Jn - Salop Goods Jn - Sydney Bridge Jn - Sandbach - Chelford Down Main (booked DPL) - Stockport (via Down Main) - Slade Lane Jn - Manchester Piccadilly [P6-(booked P10)]|
Long awaited, what had now metamorphasised into the BLS's "Secondary Crewe" railtour, a visit to the freight lines, curves and connections in and around the Crewe complex. This railtour, originally scheduled to have run on August 4th 2001 but cancelled by dint of First North Western not having (or forgetting) either crew or rolling stock in the right place at the right time (even though, just like every other railtour, over fourteen weeks notice having been given), had grown to two excursions in December 2001. One last week on the 8th, and this re-run on the 15th - both almost (but not quite) full even though the price was £70.00 for the trip.
requested and/or scheduled (and not covered on the day):
(a) Stockport Carriage Sidings (not covered on the day due to the requirement of excessive point-clipping times and associated blocking of the Down Goods, Down Main and Down Slow lines).
(b) Chelford D.P.L. (omitted from the December specification to ease the burden on the FNW restriction on continuous driving [5hrs. max before a P.N.B.] and for pathing requirements), although it did appear on the timing sheet as a pathing stop.
Gas Hill (Branch Line Society) also makes the following
(1) regarding the curve between Gresty Lane and Basford Hall S.S. North : "Special dispensation for use of the 'difficult' curve related only to one 2-car 101 in the down direction. Railtrack has consistently...made it clear that no dispensation would be given for the up track and that was not even requested for the December tours".
(2) "The British Salt siding at Middlewich, which was included in the tour of August 4th which did not run, was never part of the specification for the re-runs because that was adjusted to reflect the use of Longsight-based stock rather than a set stables at Chester".
Sources : Alan Sheppard (on train throughout),
With notes copied from Phil Pearson's write up of the tour on 8th December.
With some additional information from Gas Hill
Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Alan Sheppard)
|0.00||Manchester Piccadilly [P8]||
|2.24||Slade Lane Jn||11/08||11/09|
|9.18||Heald Green South Jn||11/16||11/15½|
|29.45||Sydney Bridge Jn||11/50||11/50½|
|30.50||Salop Goods Jn||11/56||11/58|
|39.32||Crewe Station (Up & Down Loop)||12*22a~12*47d||12*25a~12*48½d|
|40.63||Crewe Steel Works SB||12R52a~13R00d||12R52a~12R55d|
|41.76||Crewe Heritage Centre GF||13/04||12/58|
|42.33||Salop Goods Jn||13/07||13/03|
|43.01||Basford Hall S.S. North||13/15||13/06|
|44.01||Basford Hall Jn||13/18||13/13|
|61.36||Norton Bridge SB||13/40||13/31|
|??||Stafford No.5||13/50||13.36 ~ 13.37|
|89.31||Basford Hall Jn||14/24||14/10|
|90.31||Basford Hall S.S. North||14/29||14/18½|
|98.63||Salop Goods Jn||14/58||14/44|
|99.68||Sydney Bridge Jn||15/02||14/56|
||15*24a~15*37d||Down Main 15/20|
|122.38||Adswood Road Jn||15/49||15/44|
|123.28||Edgeley South Jct. (No.2)||15/52||15.46 ~ 15.47|
|123.73||Stockport (via Down Main)||15/53||15/49|
|124.55||Heaton Norris Jn||15/55||15/51|
|127.38||Slade Lane Jn||16/00||15/55|
|129.62||Manchester Piccadilly [P6]||16:08a||16.02a|
All distances, in miles and chains (M & C) have been
extrapolated from Quail/SA.
Other than this, no attempt has been made to verify the mileages given (best estimates in italics).
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