16th July 2005
Past Time Rail
The Cambrian Coast Flyer
|Locos Used||37406 & 37416|
|Stock Used||load 9|
|37416 + 37406||Bristol Temple Meads - Stapleton Road - Filton Jn - Bristol Parkway - Westerleigh Jn - Yate - Standish Jn - Cheltenham Spa - Barnt Green - Birmingham New Street - Wolverhampton - Telford Central - Abbey Foregate Jn - Newtown - Machynlleth|
|37406||Machynlleth - Dovey Junction - Barmouth - Pwllheli|
|37406||Pwllheli - (?reverse of outward route?) - Bristol Temple Meads|
(1) 37416 had failed at Machynlleth leaving 37406 to return the train on it's own.
(2) Return route confirmation required - set-down points were however booked to be the same as outward.
Sources : various including Chris Magner
(from Chris Magner)
For the second time this year, Past Time Rail were lucky with the weather for their tour to Pwllheli.
Interestingly 37406, the loco which was involved in the fiasco in June, was train engine with 37416 being pilot loco to be left at Machynlleth Both locos were well turned out and a credit to those involved. 37406 performed well along the Coast line and was only the second loco of its class to work a passenger train into Pwllheli since the ban on locos working over Barmouth Bridge was lifted. There was quite a large contingent on the footplate including fitters just in case of problems! As 37416 was declared a failure, 37406 on its own worked the train back from Machynlleth instead of being piloted as booked. The climb up the bank to Talerddig was enjoyable but not as good as when 37s were in their prime. The loco cut out just as we got to the top but fortunately restarted almost immediately and participants were treated to a fast run into Shrewsbury and along the main line to Telford.
Thanks to Past Time Rail for another enjoyable tour.
Timings (Advertised Only)
|Location||Booked (out)||Booked (rtn)|
|Bristol Temple Meads||05.30d||23.15a|
|Cheltenham Spa||??.??a ~ 06.15d||22.30a ~ ??.??d|
|Barnt Green||??.??a ~ 06.40d||22.05a ~ ??.??d|
|Birmingham New Street||??.??a ~ 07.10d||21.35a ~ ??.??d|
|Wolverhampton||??.??a ~ 07.30d||21.15a ~ ??.??d|
|Telford Central||??.??a ~ 08.00d||20.50a ~ ??.??d|
|Barmouth||10.50a ~ ??.??d||??.??a ~ 17.45d|
|Minffordd||11.30a ~ ??.??d||??.??a ~ 17.00d|
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