17th December 2005

Past Time Rail
The Christmas Chester Chuffer

Locos Used 66130, 90028 & steam : 45407
Stock Used (1) 35517+35469+4949+4996+4946+3100+1658+3110+3124+1683+3132+3144

Route:
1Z49 : London Euston to Chester
1Z50 : Chester to London Euston

Loco(s) Route
90028 London Euston - Watford Junction - Bletchley - Northampton - Rugby - Coventry - Birmingham International
45407 Birmingham International - Aston - Perry Barr West Jn - approaching Hampstead Tunnel (2)
45407 (3) approaching Hampstead Tunnel - Soho East Jn - Soho North Jn - Dudley Port - Galton Jn - Wolverhampton
45407 Wolverhampton - (4) Bushbury Jn - Stafford - Norton Bridge - Madeley - Crewe (4) - Chester
45407 Chester - Wrexham General - Shrewsbury - Telford Central - Wolverhampton - Darlaston Jn - Aston - Birmingham International
90028 Birmingham International - (reverse of outward route) - London Euston

Notes :
Was booked for 60009 'Union of South Africa' but was changed due to gauging problems.
(1) 35517 only in consist when 45407 was on the train.
(2) An hours delay between Perry Barr West Jn - Soho East Jn on the outward is reported on TRUST as been due to adhesion problems and that a banking loco was needed. 66130 attended and assisted in rear as far as Wolverhampton.
(3) Plus 66130 on rear, providing assistance.
(4) Booked outward route was Wolverhampton - Telford Central - Shrewsbury - Wrexham General - Chester but was diverted due to late running and 45407 being low on water.


90028 on arrival at Birmingham International (photo: Clive Hanley)


45407 on the train at Birmingham International (photo: Clive Hanley)

Sources : various including Richard Rooker, Nigel Pitt & Janet Cottrell

Timings (Booked & Actual)

Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual
London Euston 07.46d [Line E] 07.45   21.41a 22.21
Camden South Jn 07/49 07/49   21/38 22/17
Camden Jn 07/50 [FL] 07/49   21/37 [Line D] 22/17
Willesden West London Jn 07/53 07/53   21/34 22/13
Wembley Central 07/55 [SL] 07/57   21/32 22/11
Harrow & Wealdstone 08/00 07/59   21/26 22/08
Watford Junction 08.06a ~ 08.08d [P8] 08.04 ~ 08.09   21.14a ~ 21.20d [P9] 22.01 ~ 22.03
Bourne End Jn 08/16 [FL] 08/16   21/06 21/44
Tring 08/22 08/20   21/01 21/37
Ledburn Jn 08/26 08/26   20/55 21/33
Bletchley 08/31 [SL] 08/37   20/48 21/24
Milton Keynes Central 08.33a ~ 08.36d [P3] 08.42 ~ 08.45   20.43a ~ 20.45d [P2] 21.17 ~ 21.19
Hanslope Jn 08/43 08/51   20/37 [SL] 21/11
Northampton 08.53a ~ 09.04d [P2] 09.00 ~ 09.05   20.25a ~ 20.27d [P4 (?)] 20.59 ~ 21.01
Long Buckby 09/16 09/15   20/17 20/47
Hillmorton Jn 09/23 [FL] 09/21   20/08 20/41
Rugby 09.25a ~ 09.27d 09.24 ~ 09.27   20.04a ~ 20.06d 20.37 ~ 20.38
Trent Valley Jn 09/29 ?   20/02 [FL] ?
Coventry 09/37 09/38   19/50 20/24
Birmingham International 09.52a ~ 10.31d [P2] 09.57 ~ 10.32 [P2]   19.05a ~ 19.39d [P5] 19.31 ~ 20.13
Stechford 10/37 10/42   18/58 19/22
Aston 10/43 10/49   18/52 19/14
Perry Barr 10/46 10/53  
Perry Barr West Jn 10/48 10/54  
Soho East Jn 10/52 11/54  
Soho North Jn 10/53 11/55  
Galton Jn 10/54 11/59  
Dudley Port 10/59 12/03  
Perry Barr North Jn   18/47 19/11
Bescot Jn   18/40 19/07
Darlaston Jn   18/38 19/05
Potobello Jn   18/35 19/01
Wolverhampton 11/06 12/16   18/31 18/53
Wolverhampton North Jn 11/08 12/18   18/29 18/51
Cosford 11/20 DIV   18/21 ?
Madeley Jn 11/28 DIV   18/15 ?
Wellington 11/34 DIV   18/10 18/27
Shrewsbury 11/46 [P4] DIV   17/58 18/12
Shrewsbury Crewe Jn SB 11/49 DIV   17/56 ?
Gobowen 12/09 DIV   17/36 17/49
Chirk 12.14a ~ 12.34d DIV   16.59a ~ 17.29d ? ~ ?
Ruabon 12/39 DIV   16/53 ?
Wrexham General 12/44 [P2] DIV   16/48 16/55
Saltney Jn 12/57 DIV   16/34 16/37
Chester South Jn 13/01 [UFL] DIV   16/32 ?
Bushbury Jn DIV 12/20  
Stafford DIV 12/33  
Norton Bridge DIV 12/39  
Crewe DIV 13.23a ~ 13.47d  
Chester 13.03a [P4] 14.15   16.30d [P4] [USL] 16.32


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