5th April 2003
Hertfordshire Rail Tours
The Blyth & Tyne
|Locos Used||67017 & 90027|
|Stock Used||5482+5037+4986+1832+4925+3146+1698+3097+312069+3141+3147+1680+ 2834|
1Z50 : Kings Cross to Newcastle
1Z67 : Newcastle to Newcastle
1Z51 : Newcastle to Kings Cross
|90027||London Kings Cross - (via ECML) - King Edward Bridge South Jn - High Level Bridge - Newcastle|
|67017||Newcastle - Benton Jn - Newsham North Jn - Bedlington Jn - Hepscott Jn - Morpeth - (via ECML) - Newcastle - Durham - Tursdale Jn - Ferryhill Jn - Norton West Jn - Norton East Jn - Hartlepool - Sunderland - Pelaw Jn - King Edward Bridge North Jn - Newcastle|
|90027||Newcastle - (via ECML) - London Kings Cross|
Source : Martyn Brailsford (joined/left the train at
Scores on the doors:
Route 7/10 - not great but did cover the top of Norton triangle which lots of people required.
Traction 5/10 - as to be expected for a Forgotten tracks, disappointing not to have swapped the 90 whilst it was in Tyne Yard.
Craic 6/10 - not much atmosphere.
Basically the tour did what it said it would without too much fuss or palaver. GNER's 91128 managed to get entangled in the knitting thoroughly mucking up their services but for some reason we managed to escape without too much delay. With no GNERs to get in the way we had a good fast run to Peterborough. Beyond here we were looped a few times to allow GNERs to pass, but we were basically early all the way to Newcastle. About two signals short of the bridge we finally found a red, the Pathfinder "Whistling Tynesider" tour storming past at this point.
The first set of timings showed a loco change in Tyne Yard, but this was switched to Newcastle. However, in the switch, sufficient time for the change was not included, so after 67017 had been attached we departed slightly late. The run round the northern half of our figure 8 took us past plenty of places calling out for an extension to the Metro. Will it ever happen though? Having run back through Newcastle and south onto the ECML again we turned left onto what are basically the slow lines before feeding onto the freight line to Norton. With two of the three signal-boxes at Norton especially opened for our passage we took the straight through line and achieved the climax. A slow run back through Sunderland (something to do with having to share the tracks with Metro units) brought us back into Newcastle for the third time.
With about an hour's break food seemed to be on most people's agenda although some did sample the beers as well. The stock snuck off to Tyne Yard for servicing and came back with 90027 reattached to the front (having completed another circuit of the bridges). There was disappointment that one of the other 90s from Tyne Yard hadn't be procured for the run back but as this was a Forgotten Tracks tour we were lucky it wasn't 67017 through out.
As with "Super Snipe" we were given a quite demanding schedule back along the ECML. It will be interesting to compare the performance of the two locos. As usual though, the timings in the brochure departed from those on TRUST and by HRT standards we were quite early back into KX. Back at The Cross some of the stock was still trapped by the morning debacle, with rewiring taking place as we arrived.
Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Martyn Brailsford/Daniel Bound)
|12.57||Potters Bar||08.31a ~ 08.34d||08.40 ~ 08.44||20.48a ~ 20.51d||20.46 ~ 20.47||255.72|
|20.25||Welwyn Garden City||08/42||08/51||20/42||20/38||248.24|
|27.45||Stevenage||08.53a ~ 08.55d||08.57 ~08.59||20.32a ~ 20.35d||20.30 ~ 20.33||241.04|
|--.--||Connington South Jn||-||-||20/03||20/00||201.46|
|76.29||Peterborough||09.39a ~ 09.41d||09.32 ~ 09.41||19.53a ~ 19.56d||19.50 ~ 19.53||192.20|
|105.38||Grantham||10.14a ~ 10.22d||10/12||19/33||19/32||163.11|
|109.56||Barkston South Jn||10/25||10/17||19/30||19/29||158.73|
|120.08||Newark North Gate||10/32||10/28||19/24||19/24||148.41|
|152.00||Loversall Carr Jn||10/52||10/52||19/04||19/05||116.49|
|169.16||Temple Hirst Jn||11/02||11/07||18/52||18/53||99.33|
|174.75||Hambleton North Jn||11/10||11/12||18/48||18/49||93.54|
|188.40||York||11.25a ~ 11.28d||11.29 ~ 11.39||18.34a ~ 18.38d||18.37 ~ 18.41||80.09|
|244.57||Ferryhill South Jn||12/20||12/20||17/57||18/02||23.72|
|254.53||Durham||12.32a ~ 12.34d||12.27 ~ 12.29||17.47a ~ 17.49d||17.57 ~ 17.59||13.76|
|267.75||King Edward Bridge South Jn||12/42||12/46||-||-||-.--|
|268.13||King Edward Bridge East Jn||12/42||12/47||-||-||-.-|
|268.43||High Level Bridge South Jn||12/44||12/48||-||-||-.-|
|1.74||Heaton South Jn||13/03||13/16|
|34.71||Heaton South Jn||14/45||14/26|
|37.39||King Edward Bridge South Jn||14/51||14/32|
|60.64||Ferryhill South Jn||15/12||15/02|
|71.23||Norton West Jn||15/30||15/23|
|??.??||Norton East Jn||15/31||15/24|
|79.39||Cliff House SB||15/42||15/33|
|110.21||Park Lane Jn||16/33||16/43|
|111.03||King Edward Bridge East Jn||16/37||16/46|
|111.16||King Edward Bridge North Jn||16/38||16/47|
Timings continue in first table.
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