28th October 2006

Compass Tours
The North Country Explorer

Locos Used 47703 & 47709
Stock Used ?????

Route:
1Z97 : Chinley to Newcastle
1Z92 : Newcastle to Newcastle
1Z98 : Newcastle to Preston

Loco(s) Route
47703 (1) Chinley - New Mills Central - Marple - Romiley - Hyde Central - Guide Bridge - Ashburys - Philips Park West Jn - Manchester Victoria - Bolton - Chorley - Euxton Jn - Farington Jn - Blackburn - Clitheroe - Hellifield - Settle Jn - Ribblehead - Appleby - Carlisle
47709 (2) Carlisle - Haltwhistle - Hexham - Prudhoe - MetroCentre - King Edward Bridge South Jn - King Edward Bridge East Jn - High Level Bridge Jn - Newcastle - King Edward Bridge Jn - Durham - Ferryhill South Jn - Norton West Jn - Norton East Jn - Hartlepool - Sunderland - High Level Bridge Jn - Newcastle - King Edward Bridge South Jn - Durham - Ferryhill South Jn - Darlington - York - Hambleton North Jn - Doncaster - Swinton - Sheffield - Dore - Grindleford - Chinley - New Mills Central - Marple - Romiley - Hyde Central - Guide Bridge - Ashburys - Philips Park West Jn - Manchester Victoria (3)
47703 (4) Manchester Victoria - Bolton - Chorley - Euxton Jn - Preston

Notes:
(1) 47709 on rear.
(2) 47703 on rear.
(3) 47709 suffered serious traction motor failures on the Hope Valley and upon leaving Chinley struggled to get adhesion on the wet rails departing from the set down stations, which was heightened by leaf-fall problems. Although it struggled to get any kind of speed up at all, extremely skillfull driving meant it still managed to 'limp' all the way to Manchester Victoria where it had been decided to 'play safe' and run 47703 around from the rear of the train to the front to work the last 30 mile leg, with a subsequent 1-hour delayed final arrival into Preston on the scheduled timings!
(4) Plus 47709 dead-in-tow.

Source : various including Compass Tours

Timings (Booked Only)
(from Compass Tours)

Location Booked (out)   Booked (rtn)
Chinley 05.29d   20.06a ~ 20.08d
New Mills South Jn 05/33   20/12
New Mills Central 05.38a ~ 05.50d   20.16a ~ 20.19d
Marple 05.57a ~ 06.00d   20.26a ~ 20.29d
Marple Wharf Jn 06/01   20/30
Romiley 06.04a ~ 06.06d   20.33a ~ 20.36d
Woodley 06/11   20/39
Hyde Central 06.14a ~ 06.16d   20.42a ~ 20.45d
Hyde Jn 06/19   20/48
Guide Bridge 06.24a ~ 06.26d   21.02a ~ 21.04d
Ashburys 06/32   21/10
Philips Park South Jn 06/40   21/16
Philips Park West Jn 06/44   21/17
Miles Platting 06/45   21/18
Manchester Victoria 06.48a ~ 06.54d [P3]   21.22a ~ 21.25d [P5]
Deal Street 06/56   21/27
Salford Crescent 07/01   21/31 [P1]
Bolton 07.13a ~ 07.17d [P4]   21.46a ~ 21.48d [P4]
Lostock Jn 07/22   21/53
Horwich Parkway 07.25a ~ 07.28d   21.56a ~ 21.58d
Chorley 07.36a ~ 07.38d   22.06a ~ 22.08d
Euxton Jn 07/43   22/15
Preston -   22.20a

 

Location Booked
Farington Jn 07/46
Lostock Hall Jn 07/52
Blackburn 08c*05 ~ 08c*17 [P1]
Daisyfield Jn 08/20
Clitheroe 08/37
Horrocksford Jn 08/38
Hellifield 08/59
Settle Jn 09/05
Ribblehead 09/21
Blea Moor 09/24
Garsdale 09/35
Kirkby Stephen 09/45
Appleby 09/56
Kirkby Thore SB 10/02
Culgaith Crossover 10/05
Low House Crossing SB 10/20
Petteril Bridge Jn 10/33
London Road Jn 10/34
Carlisle 10.37a ~ 10.50d [P3]
London Road Jn 10/52
Petteril Bridge Jn 10/53
Corby Gates SB 10/58
Brampton Fell 11/04
Low Row SB 11/09
Haltwhistle 11/19
Haydon Bridge 11/29
Hexham 11/36
Prudhoe 11/46
Wylam 11/49
Blaydon 11/54
MetroCentre 12/04
Norwood Jn 12/07
King Edward Bridge South Jn 12/12
King Edward Bridge East Jn 12/13
Greensfield Jn 12/14
High Level Bridge Jn 12/15
Newcastle 12.17a ~ 12.45d [P3]
King Edward Bridge South Jn 12/47
Birtley Jn 12/51
Durham Sig.TY358 13*01 ~ 13*10
Durham 13.12a ~ 13.15d
Tursdale Jn 13/24
Ferryhill South Jn 13/29
Norton West Jn 13/53
Norton East Jn 13/54
Billingham Jn 13/57
Cliff House SB 14/19
Hartlepool 14/21
Seaham 14/37
Sunderland 14/51
Pelaw Jn 15/09
Park Lane Jn 15/12
High Level Bridge Jn 15/15
Newcastle 15.17a ~ 17.15d [P3]
King Edward Bridge South Jn 17/17
Birtley Jn 17/22
Durham 17.32a ~ 17.35d
Tursdale Jn 17/44
Ferryhill South Jn 17/46
Darlington 17/55 [UML]
Northallerton 18/05
Thirsk 18/10
Tollerton Jn 18/19
Skelton Jn 18/26
York 18/28 [P3]
Colton Jn 18/34
Hambleton North Jn 18/40
Temple Hirst Jn 18/44
Shaftholme Jn 18/52
Doncaster 18/59 [DF]
Hexthorpe Jn 19/02
Mexborough 19/07
Swinton 19/10
Aldwarke Jn 19/11
Holmes Jn 19/14
Wincobank Jn 19/16
Nunnery Main Line Jn 19/20
Sheffield 19c*22 ~ 19c*29 [P6]
Dore Station Jn 19/38
Dore West Jn 19/39
Totley Tunnel East 19/41
Grindleford 19/46
Earles Sidings SB 19/52
Edale 19/58
Chinley East Jn 20/03
Chinley North Jn 20/04

Timings continue in first table.

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