20th October 2004
The Evening Shakespeare
|Loco Used||steam: 6024|
1Z50 : Acocks Green to Stratford-upon-Avon
1Z51 : Stratford-upon-Avon to Birmingham Snow Hill
|6024||Acocks Green - Dorridge - Hatton - Bearley - Stratford-upon-Avon|
|6024||Stratford-upon-Avon - (reverse of outward route) - Acocks Green - Tyseley - Birmingham Snow Hill|
6024 on arrival back at Birmingham Snow Hill (photo: Ralf Edge)
Sources : various
(from Ralf Edge)
Slowly the crowds gathered at Acocks Green for the second of 6024s second loaded test run. (Acocks Green - Stratford-upon-Avon - Birmingham Snow Hill - both directions via Solihul), most arriving by train as the train wasn't booked to call on the return trip (although a few parked in the car park) Aorund 150 people eargerly waited the trains arrival which arrived a few minutes down. A pleasant though not awe inspiring run followed to Stratford. After running round we headed back to the main line only to be plagued by single yellows from Hatton North Junction to Solihul, from there it was too late to open up so we had to be content with a pootle down to Acocks Green (where we had an unscheduled stop to allow people to rescue there cars from the car park), then to Tysley and Birmingham Snow Hill.
All in all a pleasant evening trip although it'd have been nice to work the king a little (or a lot) harder.
Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Ralf Edge & Rob Wells)
|Birmingham Snow Hill||21.10a||21.17a|
|Birmingham Moor Street||21/08||21/14|
|Small Heath South Jn||?||21/10|
|Tyseley||20.57a ~ 20.59d||21.07a ~ 21.08d|
|Tyseley South Jn||?||21/06|
|Acocks Green||19.00||19.09d||?||21.03a ~ 21.04d|
|Hatton North Jn||19/23||19/29||20/37||20/40|
|Hatton West Jn||19/25||19/29||20/33||20/38|
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