7th May 2007

Pathfinder Tours
The Ouse-Humberman

Locos Used 37603, 37604, & 47805
Stock Used 5376+4902+5040+4927+5009+1813(4)+3110+3125+3147+1699+3120+3121+21272

Route:
1Z37 : Southampton to York
1Z38 : York to York
1Z39 : York to Southampton

Loco(s) Route
47805 Southampton - Eastleigh - Winchester - Basingstoke - Southcote Jn - Oxford Road Jn - Reading West Jn - Didcot Parkway - Foxhall Jn (3)
37603 + 37604 (2) Foxhall Jn - Didcot West Curve Jn - Didcot North Jn - Oxford - Banbury - Leamington Spa - Dorridge - Tyseley - Landor Street Jn - Water Orton - Tamworth - Burton - Derby - Ambergate Jn - Chesterfield - Beighton Jn - Swinton - Doncaster - Hambleton North Jn - York
37604 + 37603 + 47805 York - Joan Croft Jn - Thorne Jn - Gilberdyke - Anlaby Road Jn - Springbank North Jn - Hessle Road Jn - Gilberdyke - Snaith - Knottingley - Church Fenton - York
37603 + 37604 (2) York - (reverse of outward route) - Foxhall Jn (3)
47805 Foxhall Jn - (reverse of outward route) - Southampton

Notes :
(1) Also marketed as "The York Explorer".
(2) 47805 on rear.
(3) Exact reversal point at/beyond Foxhall Jn requires confirming.
(4) The identity of this coach was questioned - 1813 or 1863? It has been confirmed as 1813.

Sources : various including David Ross, Alan Sheppard, Nigel Benning & Colin Ward

Tour Review
(by Nigel Benning)

This was my first full UK tour for a couple of years and as it started from the south of England, I couldn't really say no to it. Whilst many tours seem to lose part of the route between initial advertising and running, this one actually gained a bit. The initial plan was that the 37's would haul the tour throughout, but this was amended such that a 47 hauled the train to Didcot, where the 37's would take over. This would mean travelling over the Foxhall Curve, required track for me.

The day started early (the departure time being 30 minutes earlier than originally advertised) with a drive from Bournemouth to Eastleigh, where 47805 departed on time. The plan was for the 37's to be added to the rear of the train at Foxhall sidings, where the train would reverse, but it appeared the signaller may have had problems with this and so the 37's coupled up whilst we were sat in Didcot Parkway station. Once completed, we proceeded into the sidings before the 37603 + 37604 took us northwards, 10 minutes late (47805 being left on the rear of the train).

We were allowed a 26 minute pathing stop, but having arrived 13 minutes down, we waited just 15 minutes before continuing our journey. The remainder of the journey to York was fairly uneventful. We were early at Masborough Junction so had to wait 12 minutes for our path onwards, then were held outside York whilst 'Tangmere' was removed from its charter (apparently not having enough coal to take the tour to Scarborough and back, the honours being left to a 47).

At York the 37's ran round (leaving 47805 dead inside) and took us on a run out to Hull and back, taking in some rare curves. The timing for the latter part of this mini-tour was rather generous and arrival back at York was 25 minutes early.


The tour is caught passing Hessle Road Jn (photo: Alan Sheppard)


...and again just after Boothferry Park (photo: Alan Sheppard)

Again the 37's ran round but departure south was 10 minutes late. This lateness remained until we ground to a halt between Masborough and Beighton. Apparently we had hit a bike on the track. This required the loco, stock, track etc. to be inspected and BT Police and a couple of other bods turned up to investigate. This incident meant we were then running 45 minutes late, which is how things remained until Foxhall sidings. Here the 37's were swiftly uncoupled and we reversed and were on our way behind 47805 just 22 minutes down. The schedule for the remainder of the journey was very generous. In the morning we had 20 minutes to do Winchester to Basingstoke, but on the return we were allocated 59 !!!! This included a 29 minute wait in Wallers Ash loop. Needless to say this wasn't required and despite being held outside Eastleigh, we arrived 10 minutes early.

All in all an enjoyable albeit long day. I hope it won't be as long before the next tour. Just waiting for 55022 to return to action.

Nigel Benning

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from David Ross& Nigel Benning)

Location

Booked

Actual  

Booked

Actual

Southampton

05.26d [P1]

?   00.11a ?
Northam Jn 05/29 ?   00/08 ?
St. Denys 05/31 ?   00/06 ?
Eastleigh 05.36a ~ 05.41d ?? ~ 05.41   23.58a ~ 00.01d 23.48 ~ ??
Shawford 05/47 ?   23/52 ?
Winchester 05.51a ~ 05.53d 05.51 ~ 05.53   23.48a ~ 23.49d 23.23 ~ 23.25
Wallers Ash Loops - 23*11 ~ 23*40 ?
Worting Jn 06/10 06/10   23/00 23/07
Basingstoke 06.13a ~ 06.15d 06.14 ~ 06.16   22.45a ~ 22.48d 23.01 ~ 23.02
Bramley 06/24 ?   22/33 ?
Southcote Jn 06/34 06/31   22/20 ?
Reading West 06.36a ~ 06.38d 06.34 ~ 06.36   22.16a ~ 22.18d 22.42 ~ 22.43
Oxford Road Jn 06/39 06/37   22/15 22/41
Reading West Jn 06/41 06/39   22/13 22/40
Didcot East Jn 06/54 ?   21/57 ?
Didcot Parkway 06.59a ~ 07.02d 07L04 ~ 07L40   21.51a ~ 21.55d 22.15 ~ 22.17
Foxhall Jn 07L04 ~ 07L38 07.45 ~ 07.48   21L12 ~ 21L49 21L59 ~ 22L10
Didcot North Jn 07/40 07/51   21/10 21/55
Kennington Jn 07/49 07/59   21/02 ?
Oxford 07.53a ~ 07.55d 08.02 ~ 08.06   20.57a ~ 20.59d 21.40 ~ 21.44
Wolvercot Jn 07/58 08/11   20/52 ?
Heyford 08/06 08/18   20/43 21/28
Aynho Jn 08/11 08/22   20/37 21/23
Banbury 08.16a ~ 08.42d 08.29 ~ 08.44   20.29a ~ 20.31d 21.15 ~ 21.17
Fenny Compton 08/51 08/54   20/20 21/07
Leamington Spa 09/01 09/04   20/10 20/57
Hatton 09/10 09/16   20/02 20/47
Dorridge 09.18a ~ 09.23d 09.28 ~ 09.30   19.47a ~ 19.56d 20.36 ~ 20.38
Tyseley 09/31 09.41a ~ 09.42d   19/36 20/26
Small Heath South Jn 09/32 09/43   19/35 20/25
Bordesley Jn 09/36 09/47   19/31 20/22
St. Andrews Jn 09/37 ?   19/30 ?
Landor Street Jn 09/39 09/50   19/28 20/19
Water Orton 09/46 09/56   19/23 20/13
Kingsbury Jn 09/50 09/59   19/20 20/10
Tamworth High Level 09/55 10/03   19/13 20/06
Wichnor Jn 10/00 10/08   19/07 20/00
Burton-on-Trent 10/04 10/12   19/02 19/55
North Stafford Jn 10/09 ?   18/57 ?
Stenson Jn 10/09 10/18   18/57 19/50
Derby 10.16a ~ 10.18d 10.27 ~ 10.28   18.50a ~ 18.51d 19.35 ~ 19.43
St. Mary's Jn 10/26 10/32   18/47 19/34
Ambergate Jn 10/38 10/40   18/35 19/25
Clay Cross South Jn 10/51 10/49   18/25 19/17
Chesterfield 10/54 10/54   18/21 19/11
Tapton Jn 10/56 10/56   18/20 19/05
Beighton Jn 11/12 11/06   18/09 18/57
Masborough Jn 11/33 11.18 ~ 11.30   17/59 18/09
Aldwarke Jn 11/36 11/35   17/57 18/06
Swinton 11/40 11/39   17/55 18/02
Moorthorpe 11/56 11/55   17/43 17/51
Ferrybridge North Jn 12/07 12/06   17/33 17.37 ~ 17.39
Milford SB 12/14 12/13   17/24 17/30
Church Fenton 12/28 12/20   17/18 17/25
Colton Jn 12/34 10.27 ~ 10.28   17/11 17/21
York 12.40a 12.43   17.04d 17.14

 

Location

Booked

Actual

York

13.14d

13.21
Colton Jn 13/20 13/28
Hambleton North Jn 13/27 13/34
Temple Hirst Jn 13/32 13/38
Joan Croft Jn 13/39 13/46
Applehurst Jn 13/41 13/48
Hatfield & Stainforth 13/46 13/55
Thorne Jn 13/48 13/58
Goole 13.58 ~ 14.04 14/08
Gilberdyke 14/16 14/18
Hessle Road Jn 14/35 14/34
Anlaby Road Jn 14/39 14/38
West Parade North Jn 14/42 14/41
Walton Street Jn 14/44 14/42
Springbank North Jn 14/47 14/43
Hessle Road Jn 14/53 14/55
Brough 15/03 15/04
Gilberdyke 15/10 15/11
Goole 15/17 15/21
Potters Grange Jn 15/19 15/23
Rawcliffe 15/25 15/28
Snaith 15/30 15/33
Drax Branch Jn 15/35 15/38
Knottingley West Jn 15/54 15/50
Ferrybridge North Jn 15/57 15/51
Milford SB 16/16 15/57
Church Fenton 16/28 16/02
Colton Jn 16/34 16/09
York 16.43a 16.18

Timings continue in first table.

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