1st September 2002

Hertfordshire Rail Tours
The Bone Idol

Locos Used 58020 & 58024

Route:

Loco(s) Route (1)
58024 (1) London Kings Cross - (via ECML) - Peterborough
58024 Peterborough - Grantham - Barkston South Jn - Barkston East Jn - Sleaford - Boston - Skegness
58024 Skegness - Boston - Sleaford - Bingham - Nottingham - Toton Jn - Toton Centre
58020 Toton Centre - (2) - Trent East Jn - Loughborough - Syston North Jn - Syston East Jn - Melton Mowbray - Peterborough - (via ECML) - London Kings Cross

Notes:
(1) 58020 on rear.
(2) Ran via Long Eaton LC rather than high level line as booked.

Source : Alan Costello (joined/left the train at Stevenage)

Tour Review
(by Alan Costello)


58020 at Alexandra Palace (photo : www.railway-images.co.uk)

Drove from Bishop's Stortford to Stevenage and got there about 20 minutes early. Whilst waiting saw 43115 and 91108 going into London, and 91113 going North. Train arrived 2 minutes late - it ran late until departure from Nottingham -  with 58024 (the one used on the Flower Arranger) on the front and 58020 on the rear. A steady run up the slow line got us to Peterborough 6 minutes late. More time was lost as there was a problem uncoupling 58020.  Stabled were 56071/88,66131 and 47792. At the GB stabling point were 66709 in shed,66704/6/8 with recently named 66702 behind them. Another unspectacular run got us to Skegness 8 minutes late. Departure was 2 minutes late and again time was lost with arrival at Nottingham for a photo stop 15 minutes late. The time allowed for the stop was cut and the train left on time, only to come to a halt just after leaving the station, for a HST to pass us. We then turned right travelling over the high level line to reach Toton Centre. Class 66's seen in the area included 044,189,227,247,241,126 and 121. On the left hand side of the train, a couple of lines across from us, were 73108 and 37198 and on the other side 58020 was waiting. 58024 came of the front whilst 58020 coupled on the other end and 4 minutes late started the run back to London. Instead of taking the high level route, we stayed on the level and travelled down the Midland main line, before branching off at Syston Junction to get to our next photo stop at Melton Mowbray. As only the first few coaches were at the platform and we were almost at the back, I stayed in my seat. A 4 minute late departure became 1 minute early at Manton Junction with a 9 minute early arrival at Peterborough. By this time 66709 (in its Medite livery) had come out of the shed and 66704/6 and 8 had disappeared leaving 66702. We were kept at Peterborough until our scheduled departure time, but a fast run down the East Coast line got us to Stevenage 9 minutes early. We left the train and got into the car as 58024 passed through the station, getting back home just after 2200.

Alan Costello

Timings (Booked and Actual)
(by Alan Costello)

M.C Location Booked Actual
0.00 London Kings Cross 10.33d -
2.41 Finsbury Park 10/38 -
4.78 Alexandra Palace 10/42 -
12.57 Potters Bar 10.51a ~ 10.53d - ~ -
20.25 Welwyn Garden City 11/01 -
23.73 oolmer Green Jn 11/04 -
27.45 Stevenage 11.16a ~ 11.18d 11.18 ~ 11.20
31.74 Hitchin 11/22 11/26
44.10 Sandy 11/35 11/37
58.70 Huntingdon 11/49 11/56
69.26 Holme 12/00 12/08
76.29 Peterborough 12.10a ~ 12.12d 12L16 ~ 12L25
84.64 Tallington Jn 12/21 12/34
99.61 Stoke Jn 12/3 12/46
105.38 Grantham 12/38 21/51
109.56 Barkston South Jn 21/41 12/56
110.10 Barkston East Jn 12/44 12/58
120.53 Sleaford 13/00 13/12
125.54 Heckington 13/06 13/18
133.42 Hubberts Bridge 13/15 13/27
137.40 Boston 13/21 13/35
142.43 Sibsey Signal Box 13/28 13/42
148.72 Bellwater Jn Signal Box 13/39 13/49
156.32 Wainfleet 13/44 14/04
161.31 Skegness 14.06a ~ 15.30d 14.14 ~ 15.32
166.30 Wainfleet 15/37 15/43
173.70 Bellwater Jn Signal Box 15/57 15/54
180.39 Sibsey Signal Box 15/54 16/00
185.22 Boston 16/01 16/08
189.20 Hubberts Bridge 16/07 16/15
197.08 Heckington 16/15 16/23
202.09 Sleaford 16/21 16/31
212.52 Barkston East Jn 16/35 16/50
216.59 Allington Jn 16/41 16/56
221.67 Bottesford West Jn 16/48 17/04
227.28 Bingham 16/55 17/10
233.33 Netherfield Jn 16/55 17/17
236.04 Nottingham 17.09a ~ 17.36d 17.24 ~ 17.36
236.67 Mansfield Jn 17/39 17/42
241.49 Attenborough Jn 17/45 17/51
242.31 Meadow Lane Jn 17/47 17/53
243.12 Toton Jn 17/49 17/55
243.50 Toton Centre 17L52a ~ 18L22d 18.00 ~ 18.26
--- Trent East Jn DIV 18/37
--- Trent South Jn DIV 18/38
247.08 Ratcliffe Jn 18/35 18/39
253.78 Loughborough 18/44 18/48
258.44 Sileby Jn 18/50 19/00
261.19 Syston North Jn 18/55 19/06
261.36 Syston East Jn 18/56 19/07
271.18 Melton Mowbray 19.10a ~ 19.30d 19.19 ~ 19.34
282.59 Oakham 19/43 19/45
286.17 Manton Jn 19/49 19/48
292.77 Ketton Signal Box 19/57 19/55
303.50 Helpston Jn 20/10 -
308.50 Peterborough 20.24a ~ 20.27d 20.15 ~ 20.27
316.51 Connington South Jn 20/37 20/35
326.09 Huntingdon 20/44 20/42
340.69 Sandy 20/56 20/53
353.05 Hitchin 21/09 21/02
357.34 Stevenage 21.16a ~ 21.18d 21.07 ~ ??.??
361.06 Woolmer Green Jn 21/22 -
364.54 Welwyn Garden City 21/25 -
372.22 Potters Bar 21.31a ~ 21.33d - ~ -
380.01 Alexandra Palace 21/41 -
382.38 Finsbury Park 21/43 -
384.15 Belle Isle 21/46 -
384.79 Kings Cross 21.49a -

Key;
a : arrival time
d : departure time
DIV : diverted
L : loco change
/ : passing time

All distances, in miles and chains (M & C), are as given in the tour booklet.
No attempt has been made to verify the mileages given.

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