25th June 2005

Branch Line Society
Aire & Ribble Pioneer

Locos Used 66009 & 66103
Stock Used 21246+4998+4991+4956+3119+4999+5002+5005+21269

Route:
1Z29 : Ealing Broadway to Preston Dock
1Z30 : Preston Dock to Ealing Broadway

Loco(s) Route
66103 Ealing Broadway - Acton Main Line - Acton Wells Jn - Dudding Hill Jn - Brent Curve Jn (Down Hendon to Down Fast) - (to Down Slow at Radlett Jn) - St Albans - Bedford - Sharnbrook Tunnel (Slow Line) - Kettering - Corby - Harringworth Viaduct - Manton Jn - Melton Mowbray - Syston East Jn - Syston North Jn - Loughborough - Trent - Long Eaton - Derby - Ambergate Jn - Clay Cross South Jn - Chesterfield (3) - Barrow Hill South Jn - Beighton Jn - Rotherham Masborough Jn - Aldwarke Jn - Thrybergh Jn - Mexborough - Doncaster 2-way Goods No.1 Line
66103 (1) Doncaster 2-way Goods No.1 Line - Temple Hirst Jn - Selby Canal Jn - Selby West - Gascoigne Wood - Micklefield - Neville Hill West Jn - Hunslet East
66009 (2) Hunslet East - Neville Hill West Jn - Micklefield - Gascoigne Wood Down Main (4)
66103 (1) Gascoigne Wood Down Main - Milford Jn - Castleford - Normanton - Wakefield Kirkgate - Healey Mills - Heaton Lodge Jn - Bradley Wood Jn - Brighouse - Greetland Jn - Milner Royd Jn - Hall Royd Jn - Copy Pit - Blackburn - Farington Curve Jn - Down Goods at Skew Bridge Jn - Preston Ribble Jn - Museum Platform - Preston Dock Ribble Steam Railway Limit
66009 (2) Preston Dock RSR Limit - Ribble Steam Railway Museum Platform
66103 + 66009 Ribble Steam Railway Museum Platform - Preston South Jn - Preston Ribble Jn - via Up Goods - Skew Bridge Jn
66009 Skew Bridge Jn - Up Slow to Balshaw Lane Jn - Wigan North Western - Golborne Jn - Parkside Jn - Eccles - Up Salford Slow to Down Salford Slow - Manchester Victoria [P3] - Up Rochdale Slow to Down Rochdale Slow - Miles Platting Jn - Philips Park West Jn - Philips Park South Jn - Ashburys - Reddish North - Romiley - New Mills South Jn - Chinley East Jn - Edale - Dore West Jn - Dore South Jn - Chesterfield - Ambergate Jn - Derby - Long Eaton - Trent - Ratcliffe Jn - (on slow line) - Leicester North Jn - Leicester - Market Harborough - Kettering - Harrowden Jn (to slow line) - St Albans - Silkstream Jn (to Up Hendon) - Brent Curve Jn - (reverse of outward route) - Ealing Broadway

Notes :
(1) 66009 on rear.
(2) 66103 on rear.
(3) Booked Chesterfield Down Goods, but was running late, so went main line.
(4) Booked to reverse on Down Goods Loop.


Street running shed! Strand Road LC, Preston (photo: Simon Cross)


66009 at Manchester Victoria on the return leg (photo: Andrew Wilson)

Sources : Alan Sheppard (joined and left the train at Derby) & LASERman (on the train throughout)

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Alan Sheppard & LASERman)

M.C Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual M.C
0.00 Ealing Broadway 06.50d 06.50 [P4] [RL]   00.31a [P3] 00.36 [P3] 558.33
0.56 Acton West 06/52 06/52   00/29 00/35 557.57
1.35 Acton Main Line 06/53 06/54   00/27 [RL] 00/33 [RL] 556.78
2.20 Acton Wells Jn 07/01 06/58   00/17 00/30 556.13
2.56 Acton Canal Wharf Jn 07/03 ?   00/14 00/29 555.57
5.14 Dudding Hill Jn 07/09 07/08   00/08 00/21 553.19
6.17 Brent Curve Jn 07/12 [DHL] 07/13 [DFL]   00/05 00/19 552.16
7.12 Hendon 07/14 [SL] 07/15   00/01 00/16 551.21
8.05 Silkstream Jn ? ?   23/59 [UHL] ? [UHL] 550.28
14.46 Radlett Jn ? 07/22 [SL]   23/49 ? 543.67
20.03 St. Albans 07.30a ~ 07.32d 07.31 ~ 07.32   23.40a ~ 23.42d 23.58 ~ 23.59 538.30
30.32 Luton 07/45 07/44   23/30 23/48 528.01
40.31 Flitwick 07/53 07/53   23/20 23/39 518.02
49.29 Bedford South Jn 08/00 08/02   23/09 23/31 509.04
49.78 Bedford 08.02a ~ 08.04d 08.04 ~ 08.05 [P2]   23.04a ~ 23.06d 23.29 ~ 23.29 [P1] 508.35
50.48 Bedford North Jn 08/06 08/06   23/02 ? 507.65
56.65 Sharnbrook Jn 08/13 08/14   22/55 23/17 [USL] 501.48
65.24 Wellingborough 08/25 08/25   22/47 23/07 493.09
67.13 Harrowden Jn 08/29 08/30   ? ? [UDSL] 491.20
? Kettering South Jn 08/36 [SL] 08/35 [USL]   ? ? ?
72.14 Kettering 08.38a ~ 08.40d 08.38 ~ 08.41 [P1]   22.37a ~ 22.39d 22.53 ~ 22.56 [P3] 486.19
74.13 Kettering North Jn 08/43 ?   ? ? 484.20
79.42 Corby North 08/50 08/51  
90.36 Manton Jn 09/08 09/10  
93.75 Oakham 09/11 09/14  
95.19 Langham Jn 09/14 ?  
105.34 Melton Mowbray 09/25 09/24  
115.17 Syston East Jn 09/35 09/44  
- Market Harborough     22/25 22/42 475.26
- Wigston North Jn     22/13 ? 462.18
- Leicester     22/08 22/27 [P3] 459.13
- Leicester North Jn     ? ? [FL] 454.28
- Syston South Jn     22/01 22/18 454.28
115.33 Syston North Jn 09/43 [SL] 09/46 [SL]   ? ? 453.75
117.56 Sileby 09c46a ~ 09c48d 09/50   ? ? 451.52
118.06 Sileby Jn 09/50 09/51   21/58 ? 451.22
122.55 Loughborough 09/57 10/02   21/52 21/59 446.53
129.47 Ratcliffe Jn 10/07 10/14   21/43 21/48 [SL] 439.61
130.07 Trent South Jn 10/10 10/16   21/40 21/45 439.21
130.49 Sheet Stores Jn 10/11 10/17   21/39 21/44 438.59
136.58 Spondon 10/15 10/22   21/32 21/39 432.50
139.28 Derby [P6 both ways] 10.21a ~ 10.23d 10.36 ~ 10.47   21.25a ~ 21.27d 21.31 ~ 21.34 430.00
149.21 Ambergate Jn 10/35 10/57   21/15 21/20 420.07
159.29 Clay Cross South Jn 10/45 [ML] 11/06 [ML]   21/04 21/11 409.79
159.50 Clay Cross North Jn 10/46 11/06   ? 21/11 409.58
163.39 Chesterfield 10/54 [DGL] 11/10 [P1]   21/00 [ML] 21/07 [ML] 405.69
164.01 Tapton Jn 10/57 11/11 [GL]   20/59 21/05 405.27

 

M.C Location Booked Actual
173.05 Beighton Jn 11/09 11/19
176.25 Treeton Jn 11/17 11/23
179.43 Masborough Jn 11/24 11/33
182.12 Aldwarke Jn 11/27 11/40
182.59 Thrybergh Jn 11/30 11/42
185.37 Mexborough 11/39 11/46
190.42 Hexthorpe Jn 11/44 11/51
192.43 Doncaster 2-way Goods 11L49a ~ 12L09d 11L55 ~ 12L14 [2WG-1]
196.63 Shaftholme Jn 12/13 12/19
205.63 Temple Hirst Jn 12/20 12.27a ~ 12.35d
210.26 Selby Canal Jn 12/26 12/44
210.58 Selby West Jn 12/30 12/48
213.56 Hambleton East Jn 12/35 12/51
214.65 Hambleton West Jn 12/37 12/52
216.45 Gascoigne Wood Jn 12/39 12/54
221.07 Micklefield 12/44 12/59
226.29 Cross Gates 12/49 13/02
229.12 Neville Hill West Jn 12/53 13/08
230.47 Hunslet East 13.07a ~ 13.21d 13.22 ~ 13.49
232.02 Neville Hill West Jn 13/36 13/54
234.65 Cross Gates 13/39 13/58
240.07 Micklefield 13/44 14/03
244.49 Gascoigne Wood Jn 13/48 14.11a ~ 14.13d
(extra) Gascoigne Wood 13.50a ~ 14.00d [DGL] 14.16 ~ 14.24 [DM]
244.49 Gascoigne Wood Jn 14/02 14/26
246.14 Milford Signal Box 14/07 14/30
251.06 Castleford 14/14 14/40
253.67 Altofts Jn 14/19 14/45
257.60 Wakefield Kirkgate 14/24 [P2 SL] 14c52a ~ 14c53d [P2 SL]
260.04 Horbury Jn 14/28 14/58
266.22 Mirfield East Jn 14/40 15/11
267.75 Heaton Lodge Jn 14/47 15/19
269.63 Bradley Wood Jn 14/49 15/22
274.45 Greetland Jn 14/55 15/28
276.22 Milner Royd Jn 14/58 15/30
281.72 Hebden Bridge 15/06 15/36
285.61 Hall Royd Jn 15/11 15/41
290.15 Copy Pit 15/18 15/47
295.32 Gannow Jn 15/31 15/57
300.51 Accrington 15/43 16/04
305.26 Daisyfield Jn 15/54 16/10
305.73 Blackburn 15/56 16.12a ~ 16.13d [P4]
314.73 Lostock Hall Jn 16/08 16/23
316.35 Farington Curve Jn 16/13 [SL] 16/27 [SL]
316.40 Preston Ribble Jn 16/15 16/31
319.21 Preston Dock (RSR Limit) 16.30a ~ 17.00 ~ 17.09
? RSR Museum Platform ~ 18.15d 17.11a ~ 18.01d
322.02 Preston Ribble Jn 18L25a ~ 18L35d 18/25
322.54 Skew Bridge Jn ? [SL] 18L28a ~ 18L37d [SL]
323.07 Farington Curve Jn 18/37 18/39
326.73 Euxton Jn 18/41 18/43
328.77 Balshaw Lane Jn 18/43 [ML] 18/45 [ML]
336.48 Wigan North Western 18c51a ~ 18c53d [P4] 18.54 ~ 18.56 [P4]
336.62 Wigan South Jn 18/55 18/57
337.70 Springs Branch Jn 18/56 18/58
342.32 Golborne Jn 19/02 19/05
343.10 Parkside Jn 19/05 19/06
349.08 Astley 19/12 19/12
354.00 Eccles 19/17 19/16
356.71 Ordsall Lane Jn 19/23 19/21
357.52 Deal Street Jn 19/26 [SL] 19/24 [SL]
358.11 Manchester Victoria 19.29a ~ 19.32d [P4] 19.26 ~ 19.38 [P3]
359.41 Miles Platting Jn 19/36 19/43
359.70 Philips Park West Jn 19/37 19/44
360.18 Philips Park South Jn 19/38 19/44
362.06 Ashburys 19/49 19/52
368.20 Romiley 20/00 20/01
369.24 Marple Wharf Jn 20/03 20/04
373.32 New Mills Central 20/12 20/09
374.30 New Mills South Jn 20/15 20/12
378.03 Chinley North Jn 20/22 20/17
378.37 Chinley East Jn 20/23 20/18
382.75 Edale 20/30 20/23
386.69 Earle's Sidings Signal Box 20/34 20/27
393.19 Grindleford 20/41 20/32
397.27 Totley Tunnel East 20/48 20/37
397.73 Dore West Jn 20/49 20.39a ~ 20.54d
398.16 Dore South Jn 20/50 20/56

Timings continue in first table.

Mileages until Trent taken from route description in tour booklet (with some minor alterations).
Extra mileage required to allow for reversal on Gascoigne Wood Down Hull, adjacent to DGL.
Mileages from Trent taken from Quail as there was some discrepancy in the tour brochure in the Trent, Doncaster & Accrington areas on the outward trip and Chesterfield to Derby on the return! The distances for the two branches, (Hunslet East & Preston Dock), were taken from the tour brochure.

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