15th December 2002

Branch Line Society
The Northwich Dodger II

DMU Used 101678 (51210 + 53746)

Route:
1Z35 : Manchester Piccadilly to Chester
1Z36 : Chester to Manchester Piccadilly

DMU Route
as listed Manchester Piccadilly (P13) - Up Main (RVL) - Manchester Oxford Road (P2) - x-over to Down Main at Manchester Oxford Road (West) - Deansgate - Cornbrook Jn - Manchester Old Trafford Platform (2)
as listed Manchester Old Trafford Platform - Deansgate - Manchester Oxford Road (P4) - x-over to Down Main (RVL) at Manchester Oxford Road (East) - Manchester Piccadilly (P14-(booked P13)) - via Up Fast - Slade Lane Jn (Up Fast to Up Slow) - (1) - East Didsbury - Gatley - Heald Green North Jn - Heald Green South Jn - (1) - Wilmslow (P2-(booked P4)) - 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 Sidings; No 5 line - Oakleigh Brunner Mond to limit near Hopper House
as listed Oakleigh Brunner Mond (limit near Hopper House) - Oakleigh Sidings; No 6 line (2) - Hartford West Jn - Greenbank - Cuddington - Delamere - Mouldsworth - Mickle Trafford Jn - Chester East Jn - x-over to Chester Bay P1
as listed 14.20 Chester (P1) - 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 (up to Hopper) (2)
as listed Wade Works - Former Out line - Northwich Carriage Line - Northwich South Jn - (GK40 signal) - Middlewich line - Middlewich Up loop - Sandbach North Jn, direct into Sandbach P3
as listed Sandbach (P3) - Middlewich, British Salt (Gate)
as listed Middlewich, British Salt (Gate) - Hays G.F. (booked to reverse at Sandbach)
as listed Hays G.F. - Hays Chemicals (Gate)
as listed Hays Chemicals (Gate) - Hays G.F. - Sandbach (P3)
as listed Sandbach P3 - Down Chelford line - Chelford DPL - Wilmslow (P1) - Styal - Heald Green South Jn - Heald Green West Jn - Manchester Airport (P2b)
as listed Manchester Airport (P2b) - Gatley - East Didsbury - Burnage - Mauldeth Road - Slade Lane Jn - Manchester Piccadilly

Notes :
RVL = Reversible Line
(1) Booked via Stockport.
(2) This tour was a re-run of the tour on 10/11/2002, which did not get the British Salt or Hays Chemical branches in, due to late advice of WCML diversions along Middlewich route, resulting in no paths being available for the extra reversal movements. The main differences between the two tours can be summarised as follows :

10/11/2002
15/12/2002
Up to Down x-over at Oxford Road East Up to Down x-over at Oxford Road West
Old Trafford Platform to/from Trafford Park Sdgs. Old Trafford Platform ONLY
Manchester Airport on Outward Journey Manchester Airport on Return Journey
Oakleigh Sidings Line 5 IN / Line 5 OUT Oakleigh Sidings Line 5 IN / Line 6 OUT
Chester Platform 5 Chester Platform 1
Wade Works; Through Hopper to End of Line Wade Works; Up To Hopper ONLY
Return from Northwich TC via Dn/Up Goods Return from Northwich TC via Carriage Line
Did NOT visit Middlewich, British Salt or Hays Chemicals DID visit Middlewich, British Salt & Hays Chemicals

Source : Alan Sheppard

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Alan Sheppard)

Location
Booked
Actual
Manchester Piccadilly [P13] 10.22d 10.26
Manchester Oxford Road [P3] 10/24 10/29
Deansgate [P2] 10/25 10/30
Castlefield Jn 10/26 10.31 ~ 10.33
Trafford Park East Jn 10/30 ?
Trafford Estate Recp. No.1 (Points 2456B) 10.33 ~ 10.48 DIV
Manchester United Football Ground 10p50a ~ 11p00d 10p39 ~ 10p57
Trafford Park East Jn 11/02 ?
Castlefield Jn 11/05 11/03
Deansgate [P1] 11/06 11.05 ~ 11.06
Manchester Oxford Road [P4] 11/07 11.07 ~ 11.08
Manchester Piccadilly [P14] 11.10 (P13) 11.13 11.11 (P14) 11.14
Ardwick Jn 11/16 ?
Slade Lane Jn 11/19 11/21
Heaton Norris North Jn 11/22 DIV
Stockport 11/24 DIV
Edgeley Jn No.1 11/25 DIV
Adswood Road Jn 11/26 DIV
Cheadle Hulme 11/27 DIV
Heald Green North Jn DIV 11/29
Heald Green South Jn DIV 11/29
Wilmslow [P2] 11/31 11/32
Alderley Edge 11/34 ?
Chelford (UPL) 11*39 ~ 11*44 11/39
Chelford Up Loop Exit ? 11/42
Sandbach [P3] 12.00a ~ 12.05d 11.54 ~ 12.04
Middlewich 12/18 12/17
Northwich South Jn 12/33 12/32
Northwich West Jn 12/35 12/34
Hartford East Jn 12/37 12/37
Oakleigh Sidings (Line 5) 12.43a ~ 12/44
Brunner Mond Stone Terminal ~ 12.47 ~ 12.56
Oakleigh Sidings (Line 6) ~ 12.55d 12/59
Hartford West Jn ? 13.06 ~ 13.07
Greenbank 13/07 13/08
Mouldsworth 13/20 13/22
Mickle Trafford Jn 13/26 13/30
Chester [Bay P1] 13.32a ~ 14.20d 13.39a ~ 14.25d
Mickle Trafford Jn 14/26 14/33
Mouldsworth 14/31 14/39
Greenbank 14/42 ?
Northwich West Jn ? 14/52
Northwich 14/45 ?
Northwich T.C. 14.47 ~ 15.07 14.55 ~ 14.58
Wade Works (up to hopper) ~ 15.02 ~ 15.09
Northwich T.C. 15/10 15/15
Northwich South Jn 15/12 15/16
Middlewich 15/26 15/31
Sandbach [P3] 15.40 ~ 15.45 15.44 ~ 15.46
British Salt G.F. ? 15.53 ~ 16.14
Middlewich, British Salt (RT Limit) 15.55 ~ 16.02 16.15 ~ 16.18
Hays G.F. ? 16.25 ~ 16.26
Sandbach [P3] 16.12 ~ 16.17 DIV
Hays Chemicals Branch (RT Limit) 16.22 ~ 16.29 16.30 ~ 16.34
Sandbach [P3] 16.33 ~ 16.38 16.39 ~ 16.44
Chelford (DPL) 16*53 ~ 16*58 16/57
Chelford ? 17/00
Alderley Edge 17/03 ?
Wilmslow [P1] 17/05 ?
Heald Green South Jn 17/09 17/10
Heald Green West Jn 17/14 17/12
Manchester Airport [P2b] 17.20a ~ 17.32d 17.16 ~ ??.??
Heald Green West Jn 17/34 ?
Heald Green 17/42 ?
Slade Lane Jn 17/51 ?
Ardwick Jn 17/53 ?
Manchester Piccadilly 17.56a ?


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