15th May 2004
Green Express Railtours
The Fenland Cathedral and Seaside Express
(G.E.R. train no. 209)
1Z72 : Mills Hill to Ely
1Z73 : Ely to Great Yarmouth
1Z74 : Great Yarmouth to Mills Hill
|57601||Mills Hill - Rochdale - Todmorden - Hebden Bridge - Milner Royd Jn - Brighouse - Mirfield East Jn - Horbury Jn - Wakefield Kirkgate - Calder Bridge Jn - Hare Park Jn - Adwick - Doncaster - (via ECML) - Peterborough - Whittlesea - March - Ely West Jn - Ely North Jn - Ely|
|57601||Ely - Thetford - Wymondham - Trowse Jn - Trowse Swing Bridge Jn - Wensum Jn - Brundall - Reedham - Berney Arms - Great Yarmouth|
|57601||Great Yarmouth - (reverse of outward route) - Ely North Jn - Ely West Jn - (reverse of outward route) - Mills Hill|
(1) Route confirmation required.
57601 at Great Yarmouth (photo: Steve Perryman)
Sources : various including David Garnett & Steve
(from Steve Perryman)
The cancellation of the "Caerwent Cavalier" gave me another opportunity to try out one of our “local” operators (q.v. MCRUA on the 15th).
This time I had some company, the traction was unlikely to be required although I suppose renumbered, rebuilt provides an element of new. The new track was going to be the Mid Norfolk railway at Wymondham and a local pick up; set down should take the heat of being out of bed to early.
Well two out of three isn’t bad. The tour left Littleborough where I joined prompt at 05.46 through the Calder Valley picking up at Todmorden 05.58, Hebden and Sowerby Bridges 06.06-06.18, Brighouse 06.32 and Wakefield Kirkgate 07.08 then through Hare Park junction to Doncaster for an East Coast thrash to Peterborough. At Peterborough we passed the Nenta tour from Dereham to Canterbury diverted off it’s booked route due to a suicide near Cambridge and top n tailed by 47709 and 47355. Ely was reached at booked time 10.09 and the wrinklies departed for a walking tour of the town.
I hadn’t noticed when I booked that a two hour fester in Ely was envisaged so as the Mid Norfolk was only offering a D.M.U. run I abandoned that option for an Anglia day ranger to take in some of the last 86’s and E.W.S 90’s before they depart for Immingham. (86230,32,46 were out with 90011,18,24,29,39,40,) A unit to Great Yarmouth for an excellent fish supper then join the train home via the Wensum curve (a consolation new bit of track).
Once again time was kept with a slightly early arrival in the Calder valley. I can see why G.W. went for an up rated version because 601 whilst competent seemed through out the day slower accelerating than a Class 47 and early on we did note some wheel slip.
The stock on this train was beautifully turned out, decorated with posters of the destinations and other regular “Green”, destinations. Stewarding was efficient, friendly and unobtrusive with a very regular trolley service and reasonable buffet. For the market it is aimed at I would describe this as an above average offering. For me I was winsome at Wensum.
Timings (Booked & Actual)
|Rochdale||05.40a ~ 05.42d||05.39 ~ 05.42||22.54a ~ 22.56d||22.53 ~ 22.57|
|Littleborough||05.47a ~ 05.49d||05.47 ~ 05.50||22.46a ~ 22.48d||22.46 ~ 22.48|
|Todmorden||05.56a ~ 05.58d||05.57 ~ 05.59||22.37a ~ 22.39d||22.37 ~ 22.39|
|Hall Royd Jn||06/00||06/00||22/36||22/36|
|Hebden Bridge||06.04a ~ 06.09d||06.06 ~ 06.07||22.28a ~ 22.31d||22.28 ~ 22.30|
|Sowerby Bridge||06.15a ~ 06.20d||?||22.19a ~ 22.22d||?|
|Milner Royd Jn||06/22||06/20||22/18||22/17|
|Brighouse||06.28a ~ 06.33d||?||22.01a ~ 22.09d||?|
|Bradley Wood Jn||06/40||06/33||21/57||21/57|
|Heaton Lodge (East) Jn||06/46||06/34||21/54||21/55|
|Mirfield East Jn||06/50||?||21/50||?|
|Thornhill LNW Jn||06/51||?||?||?|
|Wakefield Kirkgate||07.07a ~ 07.09d||06.51 ~ 07.08||21.34a ~ 21.36d||21.37 ~ 21.39|
|Calder Bridge Jn||07/14||?||21/32||?|
|Crofton West Jn||07/19||?||21/30||?|
|Hare Park Jn||07/24||07/18||21/28||21/29|
|Hemsworth D&UPL||21.10a ~ 21.23d||?|
|South Kirkby Jn||07/29||07/24||21/08||21/09|
|Doncaster||07.40a ~ 07.42d||07.35 ~ 07.35||20.55a ~ 20.58d||??.?? ~ 20.58|
|Decoy South Jn||07/47||?||?||?|
|Loversall Carr Jn||07/50||07/49||20/50||20/45|
|Barkston South Jn||08/23||08/28||20/17||20/15|
|Peterborough East Jn||09/27||?||19/40||?|
|Ely West Jn||?||?||19/08||?|
|Ely North Jn||10/05||09/56|
|Ely||10.09a ~ 12.34d||09.59 ~ 12.34|
|Ely North Jn||12/39||12/36||19/04||19/06|
|Wymondham||13.21a ~ 13.23d||?||18.14a ~ 18.16d||?|
|Trowse Swing Bridge Jn||13/36||?||18/04||?|
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