21st April 2007

The Railway Touring Company
The Chester Explorer

Train cancelled due to number of booking cancellations received after the original motive power from Birmingham International to Chester & back, steam 6201 'Princess Elizabeth', was replaced by diesel traction (this understood to have been due to Cotswold Rail, who took over Steamy Affairs, not having a safety case for operating steam traction).

Route:
1Z86 : Ashford International to Chester
1Z87 : Chester to Ashford International

Booked Route
Ashford International - Tonbridge - Orpington - Bromley South - Brixton - Factory Jn - Kensington Olympia - Acton Main Line - Reading - Oxford - Banbury - Coventry - Birmingham International - Bescot Stadium - Stafford - Crewe - Chester
Chester - (reverse of outward route) - Reading - Ascot - Feltham - Hounslow - Clapham Jn - Factory Jn - (reverse of outward route) - Ashford International

Notes :
(1) Was advertised for
haulage by 6201 'Princess Elizabeth', then allocated 47813 & 47828.

Sources : Richard Rooker & John Clifford

Timings (Booked Only)
(from Richard Rooker)

Location Booked (out)   Booked (rtn)
Ashford International 05.50d   00.13a
Headcorn 06.01a ~ 06.03d   23.59a ~ 00.01d
Paddock Wood 06.13a ~ 06.15d   23.46a ~ 23.48d
Tonbridge 06.22a ~ 06.24d   23.37a ~ 23.39d
Sevenoaks 06.34a ~ 06.36d   23.25a ~ 23.27d
Orpington 06.46a ~ 06.48d   23.13a ~ 23.15d
Petts Wood Jn 06/50   23/10
Bickley Jn 07/02   23/05
Bromley South 07.05a ~ 07.07d   23.01a ~ 23.02d
Shortlands Jn 07/09   22/59
Beckenham Jn 07/11   22/58
Herne Hill 07/18   22/53
Brixton 07/20   22/52
Shepards Lane Jn 07/22   22/51
Voltare Road Jn 07/23   22/50
Factory Jn 07/24   22/50
Longhedge Jn 07/26   22/47
Latchmere Jn 07/29  
Kensington Olympia 07.35a ~ 07.38d  
North Pole Jn 07/42  
Mitre Bridge Jn 07/44  
Willesden SWS 07/50  
Acton Wells Jn 07/59  
Acton Main Line 08.02a ~ 08.13d  
Acton West 08/15  
Southall 08/22  
Heathrow Airport Jn 08/27  
Slough 08/34  
Maidenhead 08/39  
Twyford 08/46  
Clapham Jn   22.41a ~ 22.43d
Barnes   22/37
Brentford   22/27
Hounslow   22/23
Feltham Jn   22/20
Feltham   22/18
Staines   22/12
Virginia Water   22/05
Ascot   21/59
Wokingham   21/48
Early   21/43
Reading Spur Jn   21/40
Reading New Jn   21/36
Reading 08/52   21/35
Reading West Jn 08/54   21/34
Didcot East Jn 09/18   21/21
Didcot North Jn 09/19   21/20
Kennington Jn 09/25   21/11
Oxford 09/29   21/09
Wolvercote Jn 09/32   21/06
Heyford 09/39   20/59
Aynho Jn 09/43   20/53
Banbury 09.48a ~ 09.57d   20/49
Fenny Compton 10/05   20/41
Leamington Spa 10/15   20/29
Milverton Jn 10/19   20/26
Kenilworth 10*24a ~ 10*38d   20*12a ~ 20*19d
Coventry Park Jn 10/43   20/05
Coventry 10.47a ~ 10.48d   20.01a ~ 20.03d
Birmingham International 10.59a ~ 11.07d   19.44a ~ 19.46d
Stechford 11/13   19/38
Aston 11/24   19/32
Perry Barr North Jn 11/31   19/28
Newton Jn 11/36   19/24
Bescot Up & Down Goods   18*32a ~ 19*16d
Bescot Jn 11/37   18/29
Darlaston Jn 11/39   18/27
Portobello Jn 11/44   18/24
Bushbury Jn 11/50   18/19
Stafford No.4 12/05   18/06
Stafford 12/05   18/05
Stafford No.5 12/06   18/04
Norton Bridge 12/13   18/00
Madeley 12/23   17/49
Crewe Basford Hall Jn 12/30   17/42
Crewe 12/38   17/40
Crewe Steel Works 12/41   17/36
Beeston Castle 12/51   17/26
Chester 13.05a   17.20d


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