3rd September 2007

Branch Line Society
Twigs & Branches

DMU Used 56492+51914

Route:

DMU Route
56492+51914 (1) Norchard High Level- Middle Forge Jn - Lydney Town - St Mary's - Lydney Junction - Lydney GF (Railtrack Boundary Sleeper)
51914+56492 Lydney GF (Railtrack Boundary Sleeper) - Lydney Junction (Run-Round Loop) - Harbour Road LC - Western Sidings Headshunt
56492+51914 Western Sidings Headshunt - Harbour Road LC - Lydney Junction
51914+56492 Lydney Junction - Harbour Road
56492+51914 Harbour Road - Lydney Junction
51914+56492 Lydney Junction - St Mary's - Lydney Town - Middle Forge Jn - Norchard High Level - Tufts Jn - Whitecroft - Parkend - Run-Round Headshunt (2)
56492+51914 Run-Round Headshunt - Parkend
51914+56492 Parkend - Headshunt Siding
56492+51914 Headshunt Siding - Parkend - Whitecroft - Tufts Jn - Norchard High Level - Middle Forge Jn
51914+56492 Middle Forge Jn - Norchard Low Level Yard
56492+51914 Norchard Low Level Yard - Norchard Low Level GF
51914+56492 Norchard Low Level GF - Norchard Low Level - Headshunt
56492+51914 Headshunt - Norchard Low Level

Notes :
(1) DMU was in use prior to this tour on a private charter (Wedding Anniversay Special) which terminated at
Norchard High Level, the DMU then immediately departing as this tour.
(2) The plan to run two trips from Norchard High Level into the headshunt at Parkend, (to allow participants to travel on & photograph that section), was cut back to one trip to catch up lost time, although a reversal was made in platform 2 into the siding next to the RR headshunt, so it was still possible to travel into the headshunt & photograph the event, (this, of course, meant you missed out on one of the tracks).

Source : Alan Sheppard

Photo Review
(all photos: Alan Sheppard)


The train arrives at Lydney Junction having come from Norchard High Level.


At the boundary to Network Rail - marker on sleeper reads;
RAILTRACK - Track Maintenance Boundary


The tour arrives in the "Western Sidings Headshunt" by Lydney Junction.


At Parkend (before heading over the level crossing into the headshunt).


In the Parkend Headshunt Siding - as for progress, eventually the foliage won!


Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Alan Sheppard)

Location Booked Actual
Norchard High Level 14.30d ?
Lydney 14.45a ~ 14.50d 14.47 ~ 14.56 [P2]
South End of Platform ? 14.57 ~ 14.59
Boundary Gate ? 15.02 ~ 15.14
Railtrack Boundary Sleeper ? 15.15 ~ 15.18
Lydney Junction RR Loop ? 15.20 ~ 15.23
Lydney LC ? 15.24 ~ 15.28
Western Sidings Headshunt ? 15.30 ~ 15.32
Lydney Junction ? 15.34 ~ 15.39 [P2]
Junction ? 15.40 ~ 15.41
Lydney Junction ? 15.43 ~ 15.45 [P1]
End of Passenger Section ? 15.46 ~ 15.50
Lydney Junction ??.??a ~ 15.30d 15.51 ~ 15.52 [P1]
St. Mary's Halt ? 15/54
Lydney Town ? 15.55 ~ 15.58
Lydney Town LC ? 15.59 ~ 16.00
Norchard High Level ? 16.04 ~ 16.07
Whitecroft ? 16.14 ~ 16.15
Whitecroft LC ? 16.16 ~ 16.16
Parkend 16.00a ~ 16.10d 16.21 ~ 16.23 [P1]
(Set Back 20yds for better photo) !! ? 16p23 ~ 16p30
Run-Round Headshunt ? 16.36 ~ 16.38
Parkend ? 16.41 ~ 16.42 [P2]
Headshunt Siding ? 16.46 ~ 16.48
Parkend ??.??a ~ 16.20d [P2] DIV
Norchard High Level 16.35a ~ 16.40d DIV
Parkend 16.55a ~ 17.05d [P1] DIV
Headshunt ? DIV
Parkend ??.??a ~ 17.15d [P2] 16.49 ~ 16.58 [P2]
Junction ? 17.00 ~ 17.02
Whitecroft LC ? 17.05 ~ 17.06
Whitecroft ? 17.07 ~ 17.07
Norchard High Level ? 17.14 ~ 17.27
Middle Forge Jn 17.32 ~ 17.35 17.30 ~ 17.33
Norchard Low Level GF ? 17.36 ~ 17.37
Norchard Yard 17.40a ~ ?? 17.40 ~ 17.44
Shed Points ? 17.45 ~ 17.48
Norchard Low Level GF ? 17.50 ~ 17.52
Norchard Low Level ? 17.53 ~ 17.58
Headshunt ? 17.59 ~ 18.01
Norchard Low Level 18.00a 18.02


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