6th - 14th April 2007

Railway Touring Company
The
Great Britain

Locos Used 47245, 57601 & steam: 5051 'Earl Bathurst', 6024 'King Edward I', 6233 'Duchess of Sutherland', 48151 'Gauge O Guild', 60009 'Union of South Africa',  61994 'The Great Marquess' & 71000 'Duke of Gloucester'
Stock Used 06/04: 17041+99127+99371+1961+99350+99348+99121+99993+99128+99125+1861+99304
07/04: 99304+99127+99371+1961+99350+99348+99121+99993+99128+99125+1861+(1) 35333
08/04: 17041+1861+99125+99128+99993+99121+99348+99350+1961+99371+99127+99304
09/04: 99041+99125+99128+99993+99121+99348+99350+1961+99371+99127+99304
10/04: 35486+99125+99128+99993+99121+99348+99350+1961+99371+99127+99304
11/04: 99993+99121+99348+99350+1961+99371+99127+99304
12/04: 99312+99125+99128+99993+99121+99348+99350+1961+99371+99127
13/04: 99125+99128+99993+99121+99348+99350+1961+99371+99127+99312
14/04: 35486 (1)+99304+99127+99371+1961+99350+99348+99121+99993+99128+99125

Route:
1Z71 : London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads
1Z23 : Bristol Temple Meads to Penzance
1Z24 : Penzance to Bristol Temple Meads
1Z43 : Bristol Temple Meads to Preston
1Z33 : Preston to Glasgow Central
1Z93 : Glasgow Central to Inverness
1Z42 : Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh
1Z43 : Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness
1Z44 : Inverness to Thurso
1Z45 : Thurso to Inverness
1Z71 : Inverness to London Kings Cross

Date Loco(s) Route
06/04 71000 London Paddington - Southall - Slough - Twyford - Reading - Didcot Parkway - Swindon - Westerleigh Jn - Bristol Parkway - Filton Jn - Stapleton Road - Bristol Temple Meads
07/04 57601 (2) Bristol Temple Meads - Worle Jn - Uphill Jn - Bridgwater - Taunton - Exeter St Davids - Newton Abbot - Totnes - Plymouth - Saltash - Liskeard - Par - Truro - St Erth - Penzance
07/04 6024 + 5051 Penzance - (reverse of outward route) - Bristol Temple Meads
08/04 71000 Bristol Temple Meads - Stapleton Road - Filton Jn - Pilning - Severn Tunnel Junction - Maindee North Jn - Abergavenny - Hereford - Craven Arms - Shrewsbury - Gobowen - Ruabon - Wrexham General - Saltney Jn - Chester - Helsby - Frodsham Jn - Acton Grange Jn - Warrington Bank Quay - Winwick Jn - Wigan North Western - Euxton Jn - Preston
09/04 6233 Preston - Lancaster - Carnforth - Oxenholme - Penrith - Carlisle - Beattock - Carstairs - Law Jn - Holytown Jn - Mossend East Jn - Uddingston - Rutherglen East Jn - Glasgow Central
10/04 60009 Glasgow Central - Eglington Street Jn - Rutherglen East Jn - Carmyle - Langloan Jn - Coatbridge Central - Cumbernauld - Greenhill Lower Jn - Carmuirs West Jn - Larbert Jn - Stirling - Dunblane - Perth
10/04 61994 + 60009 Perth - Pitlochry - Blair Atholl - Kingussie - Aviemore - Millburn Jn - Inverness
11/04 61994 Inverness - Muir of Ord - Dingwall - Achnasheen - Kyle of Lochalsh
11/04 61994 Kyle of Lochalsh - (reverse of outward route) - Rose Street Jn - Welsh's Bridge Jn
11/04 61994 Welsh's Bridge Jn - Inverness
12/04 48151 Inverness - Muir of Ord - Dingwall - Invergordon - Brora - Helmsdale [down platform] - MP102
12/04 48151 (3) MP102 - Helmsdale [up platform] - MP101
12/04 48151 MP101 - Helmsdale [down platform] - Georgemas Junction [up loop] - MP147
12/04 48151 (3) MP147 - Georgemas Junction [down platform]
12/04 48151 (2) Georgemas Junction - Thurso
13/04 47245 (5) Thurso - Georgemas Junction
13/04 48151 (2) Georgemas Junction - Helmsdale - Brora - Invergordon - Dingwall - Muir of Ord - Rose Street Jn - Welsh's Bridge Jn
13/04 47245 (5) Welsh's Bridge Jn - Inverness
14/04 60009 + 61994 Inverness - Aviemore - Kingussie - Blair Atholl - Perth
14/04 57601 (2) Perth - Dunblane - Stirling - Larbert Jn - Carmuirs East Jn - Polmont [UL] - Polmont Jn - Linlithgow - Winchburgh Jn - Newbridge Jn - Haymarket - Edinburgh Waverley - (via ECML) - Stevenage - Hertford North - Alexandra Palace - Finsbury Park - London Kings Cross

Notes :
(1) Steam loco support coach, only in formation when train was steam-hauled.
(2) 47245 on rear.
(3) Loco propelling.
(4) Shunting at Helmsdale was to allow service trains to pass, plus loco watering.
(5) 48151 on rear.

Sources : Malc Thompson & Stewart Dickson

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Malc Thompson & Stewart Dickson)

Day 1 - 06/04/2007

Miles Location Booked Actual Speed (mph)/Remarks
0.00 Paddington 12.42d 12.42  
1.85 Ladbroke Grove 12/45 12/47 39
4.94 Acton West 12/49 ? 53
9.01 Southall 12/54 13/00 30
? (signal stop) ??/?? 13.05 ~ 13.05  
11.11 Airport Jn 12/56 13/08  
18.39 Slough 13/04 13/16 33 (max 62)
24.59 Maidenhead 13/11 13/23 67
30.95 Twyford 13/19 13/30 27 (max 71)
35.91 Reading 13/25 13/36 30 (max 64)
53.06 Didcot Parkway 13/47 13/55 53 (max 69)
63.94 Challow 13w57 ~ 14w10 14.10 ~ 15.10 (max 64) Tanker needed more water
66.66 Uffington 14/13 15/16 53
77.22 Swindon 14/22 15.30 ~ 15.46 (to allow two fGW services to pass)
83.15 Wootton Bassett Jn 14/28 15/54 63 (max 66)
94.20 Hullavington 14/40 16/03 72 (max 77)
107.11 Westerleigh Jn 14/57 16/13 74
111.71 Bristol Parkway 15/04 16/19 23
113.20 Filton Abbey Wood 15/13 16/24 19
117.19 Bristol East Jn 15/20 16/31 (max 55)
117.57 Bristol Temple Meads 15.22a 16.33  

Day 2 - 07/04/2007

Miles Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual Miles Return Leg:
Speed (mph)/Remarks
0.00 Bristol Temple Meads 07.16d 07.21   19.58a 19.42 204.97  
0.31 Bristol West Jn 07/18 ?   19/56 ? 204.66  
1.47 Parson Street   19/53 19/37 203.19 (max 71)
16.73 Worle Jn 07/37 07/40   19/33 19/19 188.24  
19.64 Uphill Jn 07/40 07/43   19/28 19/15 185.33 (max 79)
33.18 Bridgwater 07/54 07/52   19/12 19/05 171.79 76
39.99 Cogload Jn 08/00 07/57   19/03 18/59 164.98 (max 65)
44.45 Taunton East Jn ??/?? ??/??   ??/?? 18.42 ~ 18.54 160.52 Passed by Voyager
44.74 Taunton 08/04 08/00   18*45 ~ 18*56 18/40 160.23 (Whiteball 50.7) (max 77)
58.94 Tiverton Parkway 08/17 08/12   18/29 18/27 146.03 59
60.71 Tiverton Loop 08/19 08/13   18/26 18/25 144.26 51 (max 65)
74.24 Cowley Bridge Jn 08/29 08/22   18/10 18/11 130.73 40
75.49 Exeter St Davids 08/31 08/25   17w36a ~ 18w06d 17.30 ~ 18.07 129.48 (max 78)
86.02 Dawlish Warren 08/40 08/35   17/21 17/19 118.95  
95.67 Newton Abbot 08/50 08/46   16*56 ~ 17*08 17/09 109.30 (Dainton 27.7)
104.38 Totnes 09/02 09/02   16/43 17/00 100.59 64 (max 65)
116.73 Ivybridge 09/19 09/18   16/28 16/47 88.24  
120.72 Hemerdon 09/23 ?   16/21 16/40 84.25 18 (min 15.1)
124.03 Lipson Jn 09/28 ?   16/11 ? 80.94 (max 61)
125.44 Plymouth 09.30a ~ 09.52d 09.31 ~ 09.52   15w13a ~ 16w06d 15.12 ~ 16.27 79.53 5051 almost out of water
128.34 St Budeaux Jn 09/57 09/58   15/06 14.57 ~ 15.01 76.63 Train from Gunnislake given priority
129.67 Saltash 10/01 10/02   15/02 14/53 75.30 16
134.64 St Germans 10/07 10/09   14/52 14/44 70.33 52
143.17 Liskeard 10/16 10/19   14/41 14/31 61.80 33
147.95 St Pinnock 10/21 10/26   14/33 ? 57.02  
148.35 Largin 10/22 10/27   14/32 ? 56.62  
155.77 Lostwithiel 10/30 10/36   14/21 14/12 49.20 19
160.20 Par 10/35 10/41   14/15 14/05 44.77 47
164.77 St Austell 10/41 10/47   14/07 14/00 40.20 32
167.04 Burngullow Jn 10/47 10/49   14/02 13/56 37.93  
173.81 Probus 10/54 10/57   13/53 13/47 31.16 (max 61)
179.05 Truro 11/00 11/03   13/44 13/41 25.92 28
179.65 Penwithers Jn 11/01 11/04   ? ? 25.32  
191.97 Camborne 11/16 11/19   13/24 13.21 ~ 13.22 13.00 sig stop
199.20 St Erth 11/24 11/27   13/06 13/09 5.77 47/53
203.49 Long Rock 11/28 ?   12/59 13/00 1.48 30
204.97 Penzance 11L31a 11.35   12L54d 12.56 0.00  

Day 3 - 08/04/2007

Miles Location Booked Actual Speed (mph)/Remarks
0.00 Bristol Temple Meads 12.15d 12.15  
4.37 Filton Abbey Wood 12/27 12/25  
9.48 Pilning 12/34 12/27 47
16.45 Severn Tunnel Junction 12/45 12/36 56 (max 77)
25.61 Maindee East Jn ??/?? 12.46 ~ 12.49 signal stop
26.01 Maindee North Jn 13/00 12.53 ~ 12.58 signal stop
36.86 Little Mill Jn 13/18 ?  
38.58 Pontypool Road ??/?? 13/20 40
? (signal stop) ??/?? 13.33 ~ 13.35 possible signal failure
44.56 Abergavenny 13/26 13/39 26/28 (max 68)
50.27 Pontrilas 13/40 13/53 (Llanvihangel 35.8)
56.20 Tram Inn 13/47 ? (max 76)
68.44 Hereford 13w57a ~ 14w19d 14.07 ~ 14.32  
72.80 Moreton-on-Lugg 14/29 14/41 62
81.86 Leominster 14/42 14/49 71
87.59 Woofferton 14/52 14/54 (max 77)
94.66 Bromfield 15/03 15/00 68
? (signal stop) ??/?? 15.06 ~ 15.12 Train off Central Wales Line given priority
99.65 Craven Arms 15/12 15/13 30
104.25 Marsh Brook 15/23 15/22 11
117.67 Dorrington 15/37 15/33 (max 69)
118.76 Sutton Bridge Jn 15/48 15/41 19
119.56 Shrewsbury 15/51 15.45 ~ 15.49  
137.61 Gobowen 16/16 16/16  
140.66 Chirk 16w21a ~ 16w51d 16.22 ~ 16.54  
144.92 Ruabon 16/58 17/01 48
149.91 Wrexham General 17/04 17/07  
157.11 Saltney Jn 17/20 17/20  
162.00 Chester 17/23 17/24 20
169.39 Helsby 17/34 17/38 28
173.03 Frodsham Jn 17/41 17/43 54
178.20 Acton Grange Jn 17/49 17/49 35
180.03 Warrington Bank Quay 17/51 17/51 65
183.50 Winwick Jn 17/54 17/54 51 (max 73)
191.80 Wigan North Western 18/02 18/02 71
201.47 Euxton Jn 18/16 18.15 ~ 18.16 signal stop
206.92 Preston 18.24a 18.23  

Day 4 - 09/04/2007

Miles Location Booked Actual Speed (mph)/Remarks
0.00 Preston 13.50d 13.53  
4.79 Barton & Broughton ??/?? 14.05 ~ 14.07 Passed by late running Pendolino
20.98 Lancaster 14/16 14/26 72
27.07 Carnforth 14*27 ~ 14*40 [GL] 14/30 [DF] 73 (max 76)
40.08 Oxenholme 14/59 14/42 56
47.24 Grayrigg 15*13 ~ 15*26 14.53 ~ 15.31 Passed by several trains
52.69 Tebay 15/39 15/39 71 (Shap 43)
72.23 Penrith 16w05a ~ 16w27d 16.02 ~ 16.24  
90.09 Carlisle 16.48 ~ 16.57 16.48 ~ 16.57 (max 75)
98.8 Gretna Jn 17/09 17/07  
115.44 Lockerbie 17/28 17/24 67
129.81 Beattock 17*48 ~ 17*58 17/37 63 (max 72)
139.86 Beattock Summit 18/18 17.55 ~ 18.06 (max 74)
147.44 Abington 18w32 ~ 19w05 18.18 ~ 19.09  
163.75 Carstairs 19/26 19.29 ~ 19.35  
174.43 Law Jn 19/43 19/50 44 (max 73)
179.94 Holytown Jn 20/02 19/56  
180.90 Mossend East Jn 20/08 19/58  
184.69 Uddingston 20/13 20/06  
188.19 Rutherglen East Jn 20/20 ?  
? (signal stop) ??/?? 20.24 ~ 20.27  
193.13 Glasgow Central 20.29a 20.33  

Day 5 - 10/04/2007

Miles Location Booked Actual Speed (mph)/Remarks
0.00 Glasgow Central 10.26d 10.26  
0.85 Eglington Street Jn 10/29 10/30  
3.94 Rutherglen East Jn 10/33 10/36  
5.67 Carmyle Jn 10/42 10/39 37
10.41 Langloan Jn 10/58 10/48  
11.18 Coatbridge Central 11/03 10/51  
12.20 Gartsherrie South Jn 11/05 10/53  
? (signal stop) ??/?? ??.?? ~ ??.??  
13.47 Garnqueen North Jn 11/07 11/03  
17.63 Cumbernauld 11/15 11/11 26
23.09 Greenhill Lower Jn 11/26 11/20 30
25.36 Carmuirs West Jn 11/29 11/24 21/18
25.93 Larbert Jn 11/30 11.26 ~ 11.28 signal stop
34.72 Stirling 11/48 11/45 13
39.66 Dunblane 11/55 11/54 22
49.77 Blackford 12/10 12/08 43
65.49 Hilton Jn 12/25 12/29 (max 68)
? (signal stop) ??/?? 12.31 ~ 12.37  
67.59
0.00
Perth 12L29a ~ 13L04d 12.39 ~ 13.47 Low water pressure in hydrant used to water 60009
7.24 Stanley Jn 13/17 13/58 42
15.53 Dunkeld & Birnam 13.30 ~ 13.31 14.14 ~ 14.30  
28.40 Pitlochry 13.48 ~ 13.49 14/50 18 (max 56)
35.25 Blair Atholl 14*03 ~ 14*07 15/05 14 (max 49)
58.73 Dalwhinnie 14.50 ~ 14.51 15.42 ~ 15.49 (Druimuachdar 33.9)
68.91 Newtonmore 15/05 16/01  
71.68 Kingussie 15.11 ~ 15.12 16/07 15 (max 52)
77.41 Kincraig 15*22 ~ 15*26 16.20 ~ 16.47  
83.54 Aviemore 15w35a ~ 16w15d 16.59 ~ 17.34  
90.14 Carrbridge 16*28 ~ 16*45 ?  
95.59 Slochd 17/02 17/57 35.8
99.11 Tomatin 17*09 ~ 17*17 18/04  
103.18 Moy 17*27 ~ 17*43 ?  
110.51 Culloden 17/54 18/22  
117.39 Millburn Jn 18/01 18/34  
118.18 Inverness 18.04a 18.39  

Day 6 - 11/04/2007

Miles Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual Miles

Speed (mph)/Remarks
Out | Rtn

0.00 Inverness 06.19d 06.18   17.50a 17.57 [P2] 82.73  
- Welsh's Bridge Jn   ? 17.51 ~ 17.53 82.39  
1.63 Clachnaharry 06/24 ?   17/45 17/45 80.70  
13.05 Muir of Ord 06*45 ~ 06*54 06.47 ~ 06.56   17*21 ~ 17*27 17.23 ~ 17.25 69.28 (max 42) | (max 45.8)
18.73 Dingwall 07.07 ~ 07.08 07.09 ~ 07.15   17.09 ~ 17.10 17.09 ~ 17.11 63.60 (max 40) (Ravens Rock 18) |
30.78 Garve 07.37 ~ 07.38 07.45 ~ 07.48   16.33 ~ 16.34 16.39 ~ 16.43 51.55 bad slip leaving Garve (1mph) |
40.00 Achanalt ? 08/18   ? ? 42.33

 

46.63 Achnasheen 08w15a ~ 08w46d 08.31 ~ 09.13   15w27a ~ 15w58d 15.42 ~ 16.09 35.70

 

59.15 Achnashellach ? 09/38   ? ? 23.18

 

64.68 Strathcarron 09.21 ~ 09.22 09.50 ~ 09.52   14.53 ~ 14.54 14.59 ~ 15.01 17.65

 

71.91 Stromeferry ? 10/09   ? 14/43 10.42

 

82.33 Kyle of Lochalsh 10.00a 10.33   14.13d 14.20 0.00

 

Day 7 & 8 - 12/04/2007 & 13/04/2007

Miles Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual Miles

Speed (mph)/Remarks
Out | Rtn

0.00 Inverness 08.15d 08.48   16.01a 15.53 154.34  
- Welsh's Bridge Jn   15.54 ~ 15.59 15.48 ~ 15.51 154.00  
0.24 Rose Street Jn ? ?   15/51 ? 153.70  
1.63 Clachnaharry 08/20 08/55   15/46 15/42 152.31 12 |
7.64 Clunes ? 09.07 ~ 09.09   ? ? 146.30  
13.05 Muir of Ord 08.38 ~ 08.39 09.22 ~ 09.28   15.23 ~ 15.24 15.19 ~ 15.21 140.89  
18.73 Dingwall 08.49 ~ 08.50 09.39 ~ 09.43   15*04 ~ 15*08 14.54 ~ 15.06 135.21  
31.36 Invergordon 09.07 ~ 09.08 10.03 ~ 10.05   14.38 ~ 14.39 14.31 ~ 14.33 122.58  
40.65 Fearn 09.21 ~ 09.22 10/21   14.21 ~ 14.22 ? 113.29 29 (max 49) |
44.29 Tain 09w28a ~ 09w58d 10.28 ~ 11.16   13w54 ~ 14w13 13.41 ~ 14.04 109.65  
57.88 Ardgay 10.18 ~ 10.19 11/41   13.28 ~ 13.29 13/18 96.06  
66.98 Lairg 10*35 ~ 10*43 12.05 ~ 12.09   13.07 ~ 13.08 12.55 ~ 12.58 86.96 (min 17.8) (Lairg Summit 22.8) |
77.06 Rogart 10.57 ~ 10.58 12/29   12*31 ~ 12*38 12.32 ~ 12.37 76.88  
84.38 Golspie ? 12/40   ? 12/19 69.56 36 |
90.49 Brora 11.15 ~ 11.16 12.53 ~ 12.58   12.03 ~ 12.04 12.05 ~ 12.08 63.45 (min 23) |
101.43 Helmsdale 11w31 ~ 12w01 13.20 ~ 15.18   11w11a ~ 11w41d 11.19 ~ 11.48 52.51 (max 53) |
111.06 Kildonan ? ?   ? 11.03 ~ 11.04 42.88  
118.25 Kinbrace ? 15/52   ? 10/50 35.69  
125.86 Forsinard 12.42 ~ 12.43 16.06 ~ 16.09   10*25 ~ 10*29 10.27 ~ 10.37 28.08 (County March 29) |
143.03 Scotscalder ? 16/38   ? ? 10.91  
146.67 Halkirk Block Post ? 16.46 ~ 17.09   ? ? 7.27  
147.29 Georgemas Junction 13.14 ~ 13.29 17.16 ~ 18.11   09.30 ~ 09.50 09.38 ~ 09.50 6.65  
153.94 Thurso 13.45a 18.28   09.15d 09.22 0.00  

Day 9 - 14/04/2007

Miles Location Booked Actual Speed (mph)/Remarks
0.00 Inverness 05.52d 05.58  
0.79 Millburn Jn 05/54 ?  
7.67 Culloden 06/08 06/16 47 (min 26)
15.00 Moy 06*28 ~ 06*44 06.36 ~ 06.52  
19.07 Tomatin 06/50 07/00  
22.59 Slochd 06.58 ~ 06.59 07/08 21
28.04 Carrbridge 07*08 ~ 07*37 07.20 ~ 07.44  
34.54 Aviemore 07*46 ~ 07*51 07.58 ~ 07.59  
? (signal stop) ? 08.18 ~ 08.22 signalled into wrong side of loop
46.50 Kingussie 08*08 ~ 08*57 08.27 ~ 09.16  
49.27 Newtonmore 09/02 09/21  
59.45 Dalwhinnie 09*17 ~ 09*21 09/34 24
82.93 Blair Atholl 09.52 ~ 09.53 10/09 (Druimuachdar 37)
89.78 Pitlochry 10*05 ~ 10*25 10.25 ~ 10.29  
102.65 Dunkeld & Birnam 10.39 ~ 10.40 10/47 31
110.94 Stanley Jn 10/53 10/55  
118.18
0.00
Perth 11L05a ~ 12L50d 11.13 ~ 13.10 Brake problems on diesel(s)
2.10 Hilton Jn 12/55 ?  
17.82 Blackford 13/11 ?  
27.93 Dunblane 13/21 13/41  
32.87 Stirling 13/28 13/47  
41.66 Larbert Jn 13/38 ?  
42.11 Carmuirs East Jn 13/39 ?  
46.21 Grangemouth Jn 13/43 ?  
48.37 Polmont 13*46 ~ 13*59 [UL] ?  
48.85 Polmont Jn 14/00 ?  
53.80 Linlithgow 14/04 14/27  
58.77 Winchburgh Jn 14/08 ?  
62.84 Newbridge Jn 14/13 ?  
68.01 Haymarket West Jn 14/19 ?  
69.16 Haymarket 14/23 14/51  
70.00 Princes Street Gardens 14/26 ?  
70.40 Edinburgh Waverley 14/30 14/57  
73.81 Portobello Jn 14/35 ?  
76.45 Monktonhall Jn 14/37 ?  
88.15 Drem 14/48 ?  
99.40 Dunbar 15/00 15/37  
112.45 Grantshouse 15/12 ?  
117.45 Reston 15/17 ?  
126.73 Marshall Meadows 15/22 ?  
127.73 Berwick-upon-Tweed 15/26 16/07  
159.87 Alnmouth 15/50 ?  
178.10 Morpeth 16/04 16/45  
194.73 Newcastle 16/21 17/04  
252.64 Thirsk 17/12 ?  
274.84 York 17.41a ~ 18.17d 18.09 ~ 18.33  
307.38 Doncaster 18/47 19/03  
319.34 Ranskill 18*58 ~ 19*16 ??/??  
343.24 Newark North Gate 19/37 19/40  
357.86 Grantham 19.49a ~ 19.51d 19.54 ~ 19.55  
386.98 Peterborough 20/26 20.26 ~ 20.29  
431.41 Hitchin 21/04 21/11  
435.78 Stevenage 21/09 21/16  
445.18 Hertford North ?DIV? 21/26  
464.78 Kings Cross 21.42a 22.08  


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