25th January 2003
Hertfordshire Rail Tours
The Rutland Horseshoe
1Z66 : Finsbury Park to Kettering
1Z67 : Kettering to Finsbury Park
|66080||Finsbury Park - Freight Terminal Jn - Camden Road - Gospel Oak - Kensal Green Jn - Harlesden Jn - Watford Junction Bletchley Bedford (Slow Line) Wellingborough Kettering Corby -Harringworth Viaduct Oakham Leicester Kettering Wellingborough (Main Line) - Bedford Bletchley Watford Junction Primrose Hill Camden Rd - Freight Terminal Jn - Finsbury Park|
Source : Kevin Prince (Joined at Watford Junction/left at
(by Kevin Prince)
Excellent a tour that did exactly what it said on the tin a shame really that EWS had to run it as a consolation for the cocked up Three Spires (31/8/02 see report) and full marks to HRT for a cracking day out.
I had meant to join the tour at FP to finally pick up KX Incline however SWTs own little mini tours due to engineering meant that I had no solid way of getting there even for what was a 10AM start hence the Watford start. (I had the joy of single line working from Farnboro to Woking out and the Portsmouth direct home to Southampton.)
The expected shed rolled in on time with a mix of green and blue/grey stock but more engineering enabled us to find a fairly steady RST of 20 to 40 for the rest of the day. This was not helped by positively pedestrian running/regulation until the crew change at Kettering. Leaving our stagger along the MML behind we hammered off to Corby and a very pleasant (and deliberate ) 10 minute scenery bash parked on Harringworth Viaduct in the sun.
Cracking running saw us just about on time before the black hole of Leicester power box saw both railtour and, supposedly, preceding HST parked side by side outside an empty Leicester Station. Declining the booked crew change (which happened at Kettering) we left about 20 down and maintained that all the way home.
10/10 for the tour, 5/10 for the buffet being out of butties by Bedford on the OUTWARD journey (Tanglefoot was a suitable substitute however).
A simple itinerary but lots of new stuff (for me anyway) with annoying gaps like Bedford St Johns (Old) to Bedford, KX Incline, Corby and Primrose Hill satisfyingly scratched at last. Nice price too!
Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Ken Stachan/Daniel Bound)
|0.79||Holloway South Jn||10/01||10/01||17/26||-||250.08|
|1.57||Freight Terminal Jn||10/03||10/03||17/21||-||249.29|
|2.11||Camden Road East Jn||10/06||10/07||17/16||-||248.75|
|7.54||Kensal Green Jn||10/27||10/34|
|West London Jn||17/03||-||244.11|
|14.27||Harrow & Wealdstone||10/43||10/46||16/55||-||238.04|
|20.32||Watford Junction||10.51a ~ 10.53d||10.53 ~ 10.57||16.47a ~ 16.48d||17.08 ~ 17.11||231.79|
|49.43||Bletchley||11.35a ~ 11.37d||11.41 ~ 11.43||16.07a ~ 16.09d||16.29 ~ 16.31||202.68|
|65.50||Bedford St Johns||12/06||12/25||15/41||15/58||186.61|
|66.30||Bedford Midland||12.10a ~ 12.30d||12.29 ~ 12.30||15.35a ~ 15.37d||15.53 ~ 15.54||186.01|
|66.43||Bedford North Jn||12/15||12/32||15/33||15/51||185.68|
|87.25||Kettering South Jn||12/49||13/07||-||-||???.??|
|88.46||Kettering||12.55a ~ 13.10d||13.11 ~ 13.15||15/11||15c16a ~ 15c17d||163.65|
|91.11||Kettering North Jn||13/13||13/18|
|131.44||Syston East Jn||14/26||14/19|
|131.68||Syston South Jn||14/28||14.31a ~ 14.44d|
|136.59||Leicester||14c37a ~ 14c42d||14.46 ~ 14.47|
|137.30||Leicester South Jn||14/45||14/50|
|139.75||Wigston North Jn||14/49||14/53|
Timings continue in first table.
a : arrival time
c : crew change
d : departure time
/ : passing time
All distances, in miles and chains (M & C), are taken
from the timing sheet given out on the train. No attempt has been made to verify
the mileages given.
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