10th November 2002

Branch Line Society
The Northwich Dodger

DMU Used 101680 (51511 + 53204)

Route:
1Z37 : Manchester Piccadilly to Chester
1Z38 : Chester to Manchester Piccadilly

DMU Route
as listed Manchester Piccadilly (P13) - Up Main (RVL) - x-over to Down Main at Manchester Oxford Road (East) - Manchester Oxford Road (P1) - Deansgate - Cornbrook Jn - Manchester Old Trafford Platform - Trafford Park Sidings (stopped near overhead line structure ACX0034)
as listed Trafford Park Sidings - Manchester Old Trafford Platform - Deansgate - Manchester Oxford Road (P4-(booked P3)) - x-over to Down Main (RVL) at Manchester Oxford Road (East) - Manchester Piccadilly (P14-(booked P13)) - MP384 signal to Down Slow (RVL) to MP334 signal then x-over to Up Slow (immediately after Mayfield Loop) - Slade Lane Jn- East Didsbury - Gatley - Heald Green Jn - Manchester Airport (P1A-(booked P2))
as listed Manchester Airport (P1A) - Heald Green West Jn - Heald Green South Jn - Styal - Wilmslow (P2) - Chelford (UPL) - Holmes Chapel - Sandbach x-over to P3
as listed Sandbach (P3) - Middlewich Down Loop - Northwich South Jn - Northwich West Jn - Hartford East Jn - Hartford North Jn - Arrival Line - Oakleigh Brunner Mond Plant No 5 line; to limit near Hopper House
as listed Oakleigh Brunner Mond (limit near Hopper House) - No 5 line - x-over to departure line - GK13 signal route"W" - Hartford West Jn - Greenbank - Cuddington - Delamere - Mouldsworth - Mickle Trafford Jn - Chester East Jn - direct to Chester P5
as listed 15.08 Chester (P5) - Mouldsworth - Delamere - Cuddington - Greenbank - Northwich West Jn - x-over to Down Main - Northwich Station Jn x-over to Down & Up Goods then immediate to Carriage Line - Brunner Mond Wade Works former out line - Wade Works (Through Hopper to End of Line)
as listed Wade Works - Former Out line - GK61 signal - Northwich Station Down & Up Goods line - GK35 signal - Northwich South Jn - (GK40 signal) - Middlewich Up loop - Sandbach North Jn, direct into Sandbach P3 (2)
as listed Sandbach P3 - Down Chelford line - Chelford DPL - Wilmslow (P1-(booked P3)) - (1) - Styal - Heald Green - Gatley - East Didsbury - Burnage - Mauldeth Road - (1) - Slade Lane Jn to Down Slow - Down Slow to Manchester Piccadilly (P12-(booked P8))

Notes :
(1) Booked via Stockport.
(2) Tour was also supposed to visit British Salt, Middlewich & Hays Chemicals but was refused last minute due to no paths being available due to WCML diversions. A re-run was planned to same spec. for 15/12/2002. The differences between the two tours are summarised on the Northwich Dodger II page on 15/12/2002.
RVL = Reversible Line

Sources : Shayne Lewis & Alan Sheppard

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Shayne Lewis & Alan Sheppard)

Location
Booked
Actual
Manchester Piccadilly [P13] 10.37d 10.39d
Manchester Oxford Road [P1] 10/38 10/41
Deansgate [P2] 10/39 10/42
Castlefield Jn 10/40 10/42
Cornbrook Jn ? 10/47
Trafford Park East Jn 10/43 10/48
Trafford Park Reception Line ~ 10.51 ~ 11.24
Trafford Park Structure ACX0019 10.46 ~ 11.06 11.29a ~ 11.34d
Manchester United Football Ground 11p08 ~ 11p16 11p42a ~ 11p47d
Trafford Park East Jn 11/20 11/48
Castlefield Jn 11/22 ?
Deansgate [P1] 11/23 11/52
Manchester Oxford Road [P4] 11/25 11/53
Manchester Piccadilly [P14] 11.29a [P13] 11.32d 11.56a [P14] 11.57d
Adwick Jn 11/34 11/58
Slade Lane Jn 11/36 12/01
East Didsbury ? 12/05
Gatley ? 12/06
Heald Green North Jn 11/46 12/07
Heald Green West Jn 11/47 12/07
Manchester Airport [P1A] 11p49a ~ 12p05d 12p10a ~ 12p18d
Heald Green West Jn 12/07 12/20
Heald Green South Jn 12/08 12/21
Styal ? 12/22
Wilmslow [P2] 12/12 12/24
Alderley Edge 12/14 12/26
Chelford station (north) (signal WW13) ? 12.31a ~ 12.34d
Chelford (UPL) 12*23 ~ 12*23 12/35
Chelford Up Loop Exit ? 12/39
Holmes Chapel ? 12/45
Sandbach [P3] 12.35a ~ 12.40d 12.53a ~ 12.56d
Middlewich 12/53 13/09
Northwich South Jn 13/07 13/26
Northwich West Jn 13/09 13/27
Hartford East Jn 13/11 13/31
Oakleigh Sidings (Line 5) 13.18a ~ 13/38
Brunner Mond Stone Terminal ~ 13.42 ~ 13.50
Oakleigh Sidings (Line 5) ~ 13.48d 13/54
Hartford West Jn ? 14/01
Greenbank 14/00 14/02
Cuddington ? 14/08
Delamere ? 14/11
Mouldsworth 14/12 14/16
Mickle Trafford Jn 14/20 14/21
Chester [P5] 14.26a ~ 15.07d 14.29a ~ 15.08d
Mickle Trafford Jn 15/13 15.15 ~ 15.16
Mouldsworth 15/18 15/22
Delamere ? 15/27
Cuddington ? 15/30
Greenbank 15/29 15/33
Northwich (Carriage Line) 15/32 15/38
Northwich T.C. 15*34 ~ 15*34 15.39 ~ 15.40
Wade Works (Hopper) ~ 15.45 ~ 15.51
Wade Works (End of Line) 15.39 ~ 15.59 15.54 ~ 15.59
Wade Works (Hopper) ~ 16.01 ~ 16.02
Northwich T.C. 16/04 16.07 ~ 16.10
Northwich (Down / Up Goods) 16*06 ~ 16*06 16/11
Northwich South Jn 16/09 16/12
Middlewich 16/23 16/29
Sandbach Jn SH25 signal ? 16/46
Sandbach [P3] 16.37a ~ 16.42d 16.47a ~ 16.51d
Holmes Chapel ? 16/56
Chelford (DPL) 16*54 ~ 16*54 17.03a ~ 17.07d
Alderley Edge 16/59 17/15
Wilmslow [P1] 17/01 17/21
Cheadle Hulme 17/11 DIV
Adswood Road Jn 17/12 DIV
Edgeley Jn No.1 17/13 DIV
Stockport [P3] 17/14 DIV
Heaton Norris Jn 17/16 DIV
Styal DIV 17/22
Heald Green DIV 17/25
Gatley DIV 17/27
East Didsbury DIV 17/28
Burnage DIV 17/29
Mauldeth Road DIV 17/30
Slade Lane Jn 17/19 17/31
Ardwick Jn 17/21 17/34
MP349 signal (route "12") ? 17.37a ~ 17.39d
Manchester Piccadilly [P12] 17.25a 17.42a


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