6th December 2003
Past Time Rail
The Christmas Edinburgh Flyer
1Z90 : 07.13 Kings Cross to Edinburgh Waverley
1Z19 : 18.03 Edinburgh Waverley to Kings Cross
|90027||07.13 London Kings Cross - (via ECML, Darlington station) - Edinburgh Waverley|
|90027||18.03 Edinburgh Waverley - (via ECML, Darlington station avoiding lines) - London Kings Cross|
90027 waits to leave Waverley for Craigentinny with the stock.
Source & photo : Gary Thornton (joined/left the train at
(by Gary Thornton)
Another Saturday, another railtour, another trip to Edinburgh! After last weeks soaking in the Scottish capital I was truly hoping for a dry trip this time! This was the fairly traditional family outing, though this years trip was routed East Coast rather than West Coast so a drive to Peterborough was required to pick up Past Time Rails "Christmas Edinburgh Flyer".
Watching 90027 pull in with the train at about 08.20 was satisfying for two reasons, firstly 90027 was a required haulage and secondly I was getting hungry and breakfast has just arrived.
Other than noting large-logo blue 47635 on the stabling point the next 90 minutes or so were spend demolishing the Great British Breakfast;
Porridge Oats with Fresh Cream
The Grill Tray (Egg, Bacon, Sausage, Tomato, Fried Bread, Hash Brown, Baked Bens & Sauté Mushrooms)
...all washed down with lashings of coffee and several rounds of toast.
By this time it was York where we collected some more passengers (and, I believe, a new crew). The sight of D200 outside the NRM reminding me of last weekends trip to Edinburgh with 40145. Unusually we were routed (non-stop) through Darlington station, rather than the avoiding line as is the norm for charters.
Lunch commenced somewhere around the border and consisted of;
Baked Quiche Lorraine
Served With a Side Salad & Coleslaw
...with a bottle of Old Speckled Hen it went down rather nicely!
The first good thing to report is that the weather in Edinburgh was a vast improvement on my last two Saturdays out railtouring - overcast yes, but at least it was DRY! After 90027 ran-round the stock there was a long wait as the driver needed a conductor to take the train to Craigentinny for servicing. Hearing the stock was to be cleaned, as well as the staff coach needing to be shunted to the opposite end of the train (mark 1 regulations as, otherwise, the rear FO would have to be cleared of dining passengers!) I was hoping that five hours would be enough...or rather three and a half as the stock sat in platform 21 for almost 90 minutes before heading off.
I covered various GNER services in the hope of seeing 91125 or 43167 (my last two GNER required haulages) but I was out of luck. A walk round the German Christmas Market near the station and also Princes Street Gardens was enjoyed before heading back to the station, just in time to see 67024 departing late with a VSOE outing, back to Warrington (?) according to the departure screens. I had to smile as 67024 was one of the three 67's I still need to clear the class for sight - and in the following few minutes I also scored 170425 & 221136 for sight! My reason for smiling all the more was that I had planned to meet the family in the Guilford Arms, but had flagged that on account it was wedged so what a good decision it turned out to be in the circumstances.
Departure from Edinburgh was a little unusual in being from platform 19 rather than the more normal 20 or 21. 90027 brought the stock in then ran round to return us southwards. For those of us in Premier Class, Edinburgh to somewhere south of Doncaster consisted of;
Smoked Salmon and Breaded Tiger Prawns
Served with a Chilli Mayonnaise and Salad Garnish
Roast Norfolk Turkey
Accompanied with a Chipolata and Bacon Wrap and a Sage and Onion Stuffing
Honey Roast Carrots & Parsnips
Brussels Sprouts with Chopped Chestnuts and Cream
Thyme Roasted and Minted New Potatoes
Served with Brandy Sauce
Cheese & Biscuits
Tea & Coffee
Served with Petit Fours
....all neatly despatched with a(nother) bottle of Old Speckled Hen and also a bottle of Australian Chardonnay!
The fact our coach was not full (about 30 passengers against capacity of 42) also meant seconds were offered! A hard week in the gym beckons, especially as the Christmas period of excess is fast approaching!!
Storming through Doncaster station at line speed is another relatively unusual event, shame we hadn't got better traction up front for the experience (a Deltic, a 40 for example...)
Arrival back into Peterborough was bang on time at 10pm at the end of a superb day out. Although the dining option is expensive compared to going standard class I can recommend it for a really different day out, particularly if you are in the right company.
Timings (Booked & Actual)
|Potters Bar||07.26a ~ 07.28d||07.25 ~ 07.29||22.50a ~ 22.52d||22.48 ~ 22.50|
|Welwyn Garden City||07/35||07/36||22/44||22/43|
|Stevenage||07.42a ~ 07.44d||07.43 ~ 07.46||22.35a ~ 22.38d||22.32 ~ 22.34|
|Connington South Jn||22/09||?|
|Peterborough||08.19a ~ 08.21d||08.19 ~ 08.23||22.00a ~ 22.02d||21.59 ~ 22.01|
|Barkston South Jn||08/47||08/44||21/37||21/37|
|Newark Northgate||08.55a ~ 08.58d||08.52 ~ 08.58||21.28a ~ 21.30d||21.27 ~ 21.30|
|Loversall Carr Jn||09/23||09/19||21/07||21/07|
|Temple Hirst Jn||09/34||09/30||20/56||20/57|
|Hambleton North Jn||09/41||09/42||20/53||20/53|
|York||09.53a ~ 09.55d||09.55 ~ 10.00||20.41a ~ 20.43d||20.39 ~ 20.44|
|Ferryhill South Jn||10/34||10/38||19/57||20/04|
|King Edward Bridge Jns||10/52||11/01||19/34||19/48|
|Newcastle||10.54a ~ 10.56d||11.04 ~ 11.05||19/32||19/47|
|Heaton South Jn||11/00||11/07||19/29||19/44|
|Morpeth North Jn||11*16a ~ 11*27d||?||?||?|
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