8th - 11th June 2007

Pathfinder Tours
The Orcadian

Locos Used 37406 'The Saltire Society', 37410 'Aluminium 100' & 67018
Stock Used ????

Route:
1Z?? : Swindon to Inverness
1Z29 : Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh
1Z30 : Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness
1Z31 : Inverness to Georgemas Junction
1Z32 : Georgemas Junction to Wick
1Z33 : Wick to Inverness
1Z34 : Inverness to Swindon

Date Loco(s) Route
08/06 67018 Swindon - Chippenham - Bath Spa - Bristol Parkway - Cheltenham Spa - Worcester Shrub Hill - Bromsgrove - Longbridge - Birmingham New Street - Bescot - Darlaston Jn - Portobello Jn - Bushbury Jn - Stafford - Crewe - Wigan North Western - Preston
08/06 37410+37406 Preston - Penrith : North Lakes - Carlisle - Lockerbie - Carstairs - Motherwell - Braidhurst Loops - Coatbridge Central - Perth - Blair Atholl - Inverness
09/06 37410+37406 (1) Inverness - Welsh's Bridge Jn
09/06 37410+37406 Welsh's Bridge Jn - Muir of Ord - Dingwall - Strathcarron - Kyle of Lochalsh
09/06 37410+37406 Kyle of Lochalsh - (reverse of outward route) - Welsh's Bridge Jn
09/06 37410+37406 (1) Welsh's Bridge Jn - Inverness
10/06 37410+37406 (1) Inverness - Welsh's Bridge Jn
10/06 37410+37406 Welsh's Bridge Jn - Muir of Ord - Dingwall - Invergordon - Lairg - Georgemas Junction
10/06 37406 (2) Georgemas Junction - Thurso
10/06 37410 (3) Thurso - Wick
10/06 37410+37406 Wick - Georgemas Junction - (reverse of outward route) - Welsh's Bridge Jn
10/06 37410+37406 (1) Welsh's Bridge Jn - Inverness
11/06 37410+37406 Inverness - (reverse of outward route) - Preston
11/06 67018 Preston - (reverse of outward route) - Swindon

Notes :
(1) Locos propelling.
(2) 37410 on rear.
(3) 37406 on rear.
(4) 37410 led much of the time as 37406 was considered 'suspect'.
(5) Off train options offered were;
A (Sat) : Morning in Inverness and afternoon rail trip to Kyle of Lochalsh & back
B (Sat) : Coach tour via Loch Ness, Glen Morrison and Eileann Donan Castle (visit) to Kyle of Lochalsh; returning to Inverness on the train
C (Sat) : by road coach to the beautiful Inverewe Gardens (no rail travel involved)
D (Sun) : Rail trip as above, then by coach and ferry for afternoon tour of the Orkney Islands
E (Sun) : Rail trip as above, followed by a coach tour to Dunnet Head, Castle of Mey, John O'Groats and Wick
(6) Original advertising had this tour running in association with the Class 50 Alliance and was to have featured the use of class 50 locomotives 50044 & 50049.

Sources : David Ross & Gary Thornton

Photo Review
(all photos: David Ross)


37410 & 37406 arrive at Inverness on 9th June.


37410 & 37406 at Georgemas Junction on 10th June.


Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from David Ross)

08/06 & 11/06 :

Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual
Swindon 06.12d 06.10   23.19a 23.29
Chippenham 06.28a ~ 06.31d 06.24 ~ 06.31   22.59a ~ 23.02d 23.02 ~ 23.04
Bath Spa 06.44a ~ 06.47d 06.43 ~ 06.47   22.42a ~ 22.45d 22.46 ~ 22.49
Filton Abbey Wood 07/10 07/10   22/20 22/29
Bristol Parkway 07.12a ~ 07.14d 07.12 ~ 07.14   22.15a ~ 22.17d 22.24 ~ 22.26
Yate 07/22 07/23   22/02 22/15
Cheltenham Spa 07.48a ~ 07.50d 07.47 ~ 07.50   21.31a ~ 21.34d 21.44 ~ 21.47
Ashchurch 07/57 07/57   21/23 21/37
Worcester Shrub Hill 08.19a ~ 08.35d 08.17 ~ 08.38   21.06a ~ 21.09d 21.19 ~ 21.21
Stoke Works Jn ? ?   20/25 ?
Bromsgrove 09/05 09/06   ? ?
Barnt Green 09/13 09/13   20/19 20/27
Longbridge 09/15 09/15   20/15 20/24
Kings Norton 09/22 09/23   20/12 20/21
Birmingham New Street 09.38a ~ 09.52d 09.41 ~ 09.53   19.53a ~ 19.57d 20.00 ~ 20.05
Bescot Stadium 10/05 10/06   19/27 19/38
Stafford 10.29a ~ 10.36d 10.27 ~ 10.36   18.53a ~ 19.01d 19.07 ~ 19.10
Norton Bridge 10/42 10/42   18/48 19/02
Crewe 10.59a ~ 11.04d 10.58 ~ 11.04   18.02a ~ 18.27d 18.41 ~ 18.44
Weaver Jn ? ?   17/43 ?
Warrington Bank Quay 11/23 11/26   17/38 18/18
Wigan North Western 11/35 11/50   17/27 18/06
Preston 11L56a ~ 12L23d 12.05 ~ 12.53   16L39a ~ 17L11d 17.05 ~ 17.44
Lancaster 12/41 13/14   16/21 16/42
Carnforth South Jn ? ?   15*53 [UPL] 16*12 ?
Oxenholme : Lake District 12/56 13/34   15/40 16/06
Tebay ? ?   15/31 ?
Penrith : North Lakes 13/24 14/08   15/02 15/22
Carlisle 13.40a ~ 13.54d 14.24 ~ 14.32   14/45 14/54
Lockerbie 14*17 ~ 14*26 14/57   14/19 14/22
Beattock Summit ? ?   13/55 ?
Abington ? ?   13/46 ?
Carstairs 15*17 ~ 15*44 15.42 ~ 15.42   13/30 13/32
Motherwell 16/01 15/57   13/11 13/07
Braidhurst Loops 16*03 [DGL] 17*04 15.58 ~ 17.03   12*41 [UGL] 13*09 12.40 ~ 13.05
Whifflet 17/11 17/11   ? ?
Coatbridge Central 17/13 17/12   12/29 12/30
Cumbernauld 17/24 17/23   12/19 12/22
Stirling ? ?   11*53 ~ 11*58 11.59 ~ 12.00
Dunblane 17/59 18/02   11/48 11/54
Perth 18*32 ~ 19*12 18.30 ~ 19.25   10*58 ~ 11*22 10.58 ~ 11.22
Dunkeld & Birnam 19/31 ?   ? ?
Pitlochry ? ?   10*21 ~ 10*26 10.27 ~ 10.27
Blair Atholl 19/53 ?   10/12 ?
Kingussie 20*37 ~ 21*09 20.55 ~ 21.08   09*19 ~ 09*34 09.24 ~ 09.33
Aviemore 21*20 ~ 21*25 21.20 ~ 21.28   09/06 ?
Carrbridge ? ?   09/00 ?
Moy ? ?   08/46 ?
Inverness 22.05a 22.15   08.20d 08.20

09/06 :

Location
Booked
Actual
 
Booked
Actual
Inverness
13.15d
13.15 [P2]
 
21.36a
21.32
Welsh's Bridge Jn
13.18 ~ 13.23
?
 
21.29 ~ 21.33
?
Rose Street Jn
13/27
?
 
?
?
Muir of Ord
13.42 ~ 13.45
?
 
20*55 ~ 21*02
?
Dingwall
13*53 ~ 14*02
14.05 ~ 14.07
 
20*36 ~ 20*46
20.36 ~ 20.38
Garve
14.24 ~ 14.27
?
 
20.06 ~ 20.10
?
Achnasheen
14.56 ~ 14.59
15.08 ~ 15.11
 
19*33 ~ 19*38
19.33 ~ 19.38
Strathcarron
15*27 ~ 16*01
15.39 ~ 16.07
 
19.00 ~ 19.03
19.00 ~ 19.03
Kyle of Lochalsh
16.43a
16.46
 
18.15d
18.20

10/06 :

Location
Booked
Actual
 
Booked
Actual
Inverness
06.00d
06.10 [P2]
 
23.48a
23.43
Welsh's Bridge Jn
06.03 ~ 06.08
?
 
23.40 ~ 23.45
?
Rose Street Jn
?
?
 
?
?
Muir of Ord
06.35 ~ 06.36
?
 
23.08 ~ 23.10
?
Dingwall
06.46 ~ 06.47
06.48 ~ 06.50
 
22.55 ~ 22.57
23.05 ~ 23.06
Invergordon
07.07 ~ 07.08
07.09 . 07.10
 
22.36 ~ 22.37
22.46 ~ 22.47
Tain
07.26 ~ 07.27
07.24 ~ 07.27
 
22.17 ~ 22.18
22.26 ~ 22.27
Ardgay
07.46 ~ 07.47
?
 
21.57 ~ 21.58
?
Lairg
08.10 ~ 08.11
08.10 ~ 08.11
 
21.39 ~ 21.40
21.48 ~ 21.49
Rogart
08.29 ~ 08.30
?
 
21.13 ~ 21.14
?
Brora
08.53 ~ 08.54
08.50 ~ 08.51
 
20.50 ~ 20.51
21.02 ~ 21.03
Helmsdale
09.10 ~ 09.11
09.07 ~ 09.08
 
20.31 ~ 20.35
20.41 ~ 20.44
Forsinard
09.53 ~ 09.54
?
 
19.53 ~ 19.55
?
Georgemas Junction
10.31a ~ 13.00d
10.21 ~ 12.44
 
19*05 ~ 19*15
19.24 ~ 19.27
Thurso
13.15a ~ 13.25d
12.59 ~ 13.25
 
Georgemas Junction
13*40 ~ 13*45
13.40 ~ 13.45
 
Wick
14.05a
14.05
 
18.40d
19.05


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