20th October 2007

Pathfinder Tours
Atomic Harbour Master

Locos Used 37601, 37603, & 86101 'Sir William A Stanier FRS'
Stock Used 17015+3125+3110+1863+4902+5040+4927+5009+5376+5250

Route:
1Z86 : Crewe to London Euston
1Z87 : London Euston to Folkestone Harbour
1Z88 : Folkestone Harbour to Dungeness
1Z89 : Dungeness to Crewe

Loco(s) Route
86101 Crewe - Stafford - (1) Bushbury Jn - Portobello Jn - Bescot Stadium - Aston - Stechford - Birmingham International - Coventry - Rugby - Northampton - Bletchley - Watford Junction - (2) Wembley Yard
86101 (3) Wembley Yard - London Euston
37603 + 37601 London Euston - West London Jn - South West Sidings - Acton Wells Jn - South Acton Jn - New Kew Jn - Barnes - Clapham Junction - Longhedge Jn - Factory Jn -Brixton - Herne Hill - Tulse Hill - Streatham Common - Selhurst - East Croydon - Redhill - Tonbridge - Paddock Wood - Ashford International - Sevington Goods Loop
37601 (4) Sevington Goods Loop - Herringe, (Up Main to Down Main) - Folkestone East Train Roads
37603 (5) Folkestone East Train Roads - Folkestone Harbour (10)
37601 (4) Folkestone Harbour - Folkestone East Train Roads
37603 (5) Folkestone East Train Roads - Ashford International
37601 (4) Ashford International - Appledore - Dungeness British Energy
37603 (5) Dungeness British Energy - Appledore - Ashford International
37603 (8) Ashford International - Appledore - Rye - Hastings - Battle - Robertsbridge - Tunbridge Wells - Tonbridge - Sevenoaks - Orpington - Beckenham Junction - Sydenham Hill - Herne Hill - Brixton (9) - Factory Jn - Longhedge Jn - Latchmere Jn - Kensington Olympia - Willesden West London Jn - Willesden No.7 - Wembley Yard
86101 Wembley Yard - Wembley Central - (reverse of outward route) - Crewe

Notes :
(1) Delay caused by Track Circuit Failure in the Penkridge area.
(2) Signalman gave us the route direct into Euston and not into the Yard, hence the delay at North Wembley Jcn. The reason for going into the yard were that the 37 driver did not sign into London Euston, therefore the 37s needed to be attached in Wembley Yard and then the 86 driver acted as pilot back out of Euston as far Willesden West London Junction.
(3) 37601 + 37603 on rear.
(4) 37603 on rear.
(5) 37601 on rear.
(6) Departure time from Folkestone Harbour announced as 15.00; then shortly after some people had detrained it was announced as 14.45; then altered back to 15.00 later on.
(7) Problems with air pipes on coupling the 37s back into multiple led to delay at Ashford International.
(8) Plus 37601 - however, owing to a reg. air fault, only 37603 was powering.
(9) An additional set-down at Brixton was added due to late running.
(10)
On the Folkestone Harbour branch the instruction to the driver was to stop before the reverse curve in the platform which is what he did. Apparently, when a 37 went down there some time ago it hit the platform edge when it went further.

Comment
The use of 86101 was cancelled a couple of days before the tour, the reason given; "Victa Westlink, who are the Train Operating Company (TOC) for this excursion (and have always been since the word go), are now unable to provide drivers with Class 86 knowledge for the section from Crewe to London and return. Indeed, Victa are only able to provide drivers for this section by hiring in from another TOC, but are not able to find anyone with the required traction knowledge. The only locomotives available for this tour, and for which the hired-in drivers have traction knowledge, are Riviera Trains owned Class 47s" A second set of timings were produced which involved an earlier start from Crewe, running Top 'n' Tail 47s to Euston, where the trailing loco would then haul the tour to South West Sidings, (leaving the other 47 'on the blocks'), where the loco change to 2x37/6 would take place. The return from Willesden to Crewe was to be double-headed 47s...however, the day before the tour, the difficulties had been overcome & 86101 was back on the books along with the 37s running double-headed from Euston.

Sources : Pathfinder Tours, Martyn Brailsford, Steve Jones & John Clifford

Photo Review


86101 at the 'stops' at Euston (photo: Nick Blyth)


37603 leads the pair at Euston (photo: Nick Blyth)


37603 on arrival at Folkestone Harbour (photo: Nick Bartlett)


37601 waits to leave Folkestone Harbour (photo: Nick Bartlett)


Timings (Booked & Actual)
(Pathfinder Tours, Martyn Brailsford, John Cowlishaw
& John Clifford)

M.C Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual

M.C

0.00 Crewe 06.08d [P2] 06.15 [P12]   23.28a 01.24 [P5]

160.13

- Basford Hall Jn 06/15 ?   23/24 ?

-

8.06 Madeley 06/19 ?   23/20 ?

152.07

19.08 Norton Bridge 06/29 ?   23/13 ?

141.05

24.37 Stafford 06.34a ~ 06.37d [P4] ?? ~ 06.37   23.04a ~ 23.07d 00.57 ~ ??

135.56

- Stafford No.4 06/38 06/38   23/03 00/56

-

38.14 Bushbury Jn 06/55 07/23 (1)   22/51 00/45

121.79

40.62 Portobello Jn 07/00 07/27   22/48 00/42

119.31

- Darlaston Jn 07/05 07/30   22/42 00/39

-

44.79 Bescot Stadium 07/07 07/32   22/41 00/38

115.14

45.78 Tame Bridge Parkway 07.11a ~ 07.14d 07.34 ~ 07.35   22.36a ~ 22.38d 00.33 ~ 00.36

114.15

49.36 Perry Barr North Jn 07/19 07/39   22/30 00/28

110.57

51.58 Aston 07/26 07/45   22/24 00/26

108.35

54.51 Stechford 07/31 07/50   22/17 00/21

105.42

59.04 Birmingham International 07.35a ~ 07.36d [P4] 07.57 ~ 07.59   22.09a ~ 22.12d 00.11 ~ 00.13

101.09

69.60 Coventry 07.47a ~ 07.49d [P1] 08.12 ~ 08.14   21*51a ~ 22*00d 00.00 ~ 00.02

90.33

- Rugby Trent Valley Jn 08/01 [FL] 08/24   21/42 23/39

-

81.19 Rugby 08/02 08/25   21/39 23/37

78.74

- Hillmorton Jn 08/04 08/26   21/37 23/35

-

90.49 Long Buckby 08/13 08/35   21/30 23/27

69.44

100.18 Northampton 08.23a ~ 08.24d [P1] 08.47 ~ 08.49   21.19a ~ 21.21d 23.16 ~ 23.18

59.75

109.39 Hanslope Jn 08/35 [FL] 08/59   21/08 23/07

51.54

116.21 Milton Keynes Central 08/38 [P4] 09/07   21/00 23/00

44.72

119.32 Bletchley 08/39 [P2] 09/09   20/50 22/35

41.61

128.51 Ledburn Jn 08/50 09/15   20/40 22/30

31.42

134.36 Tring 08/55 [P2] 09/18   20/31 22/26

25.57

140.46 Bourne End Jn 08/59 09/22   20/24 22/23

19.47

- Watford North Jn 09/04 [SL] ?   ? ?

-

148.51 Watford Junction 09/05 [P9] 09/27   20/15 22/15

11.42

154.56 Harrow & Wealdstone 09/10 09/30   20/09 22/10

5.37

158.02 Wembley Central 09/14 09/41 (2)   20/07 22/05

2.11

- Wembley Yard DIV ??L?? ~ ??L??   DIV 21L44 ~ 22L02

-

- Willesden No.7   19L46 ~ 20L03 21/34

0.00
95.34

- Willesden North Jn 09/19 [FL] ?   ? ?

-

160.63
Willesden West London Jn 09/21 10/16   19/43 21/32

94.64

 

M.C Location Booked Actual
164.35 Camden Jn 09/27 [Line D] 10/24
- Camden South Jn 09/27 10/25
166.06
0.00
London Euston 09L31a ~ 09L45d [P16] 10.29 ~ 10.42
- Camden South Jn [Line E] 09/48 10/46
1.51 Camden Jn 09/49 [FL] 10/47
5.23 Willesden West London Jn 09/54 10/53
- South West Sidings 09L56 ~ 10L11 10/55
6.10 Acton Wells Jn 10/14 10/56
- South Acton Jn 10/20 11/02
8.56 Kew East Jn 10/22 11/05
9.15 New Kew Jn 10/24 11/06
11.42 Barnes 10/30 [P1] [SL] 11/10
14.55 Clapham Junction 10/39 [P3] 11/17
15.63 Longhedge Jn 10/41 11/20
16.22 Factory Jn 10/43 [AL] 11/22
- Voltaire Road Jn 10/43 11.27 ~ 11.30
- Shepherds Lane Jn 10/44 11/33
17.55 Brixton 10/45 11/32
18.37 Herne Hill 10/46 [P3] 11/36
19.43 Tulse Hill 10/54 [P4] 11/41
21.04 Streatham 10/57 11/43
21.51 Streatham Common 10/59 [SL] 11/45
24.34 Selhurst 11/04 [P1] 11/56
- Windmill Bridge Jn 11/06 11/58
25.43 East Croydon 11/07 [P6] 11/59
- South Croydon 11/09 [P5] 12/01
28.44 Purley 11/12 [P4] 12/05
- Stoats Nest Jn 11/13 12/06
35.71 Redhill 11/19 [DML] 12/14
41.44 Godstone 11/28 12/23
55.47 Tonbridge 11/52 12/42
60.70 Paddock Wood 12/01 12/49
71.25 Headcorn 12/14 12/56
82.14 Ashford International 12/28 [DML] 13.08 ~ 13.12
83.66
0.00
Sevington Loop 12L35 ~ 13L07 13.17 ~ 13.44
- Herringe X-over 13/13 13/52
8.47 Saltwood Jn 13/20 13/58
12.09 Folkestone Central 13/25 14/02
13.38
0.00
Folkestone East 13.28 ~ 13.35 14.07 ~ 14.18
1.18
0.00
Folkestone Harbour 13p40a ~ 14p00d (6) 14.25 ~ 14.58
1.18
0.00
Folkestone East 14.05 ~ 14.15 15.03 ~ 15.10
1.29 Folkestone Central 14/18 15/14
4.71 Saltwood Jn 14/23 15/18
15.13
0.00
Ashford International 14.34a ~ 14.44d 15.31 ~ 15.41
8.41 Appledore 14t58 ~ 15t00 15/58
15.42 Lydd Town 15t28 ~ 15t30 16/34
17.71
0.00
Dungeness British Energy 15.35 ~ 15.42 16.43 ~ 16.49
2.29 Lydd Town 15t47 ~ 15t49 16/58
9.30 Appledore 16t17 ~ 16t19 17.29 ~ 17.32
17.71
0.00
Ashford International 16L34a ~ 16L52d 17.52 ~ 18.36 (7)
8.41 Appledore 17/05 19/05
15.25 Rye 17/16 19/13
25.33 Ore 17/35 19/30
26.25 Hastings 17/40 19/32
27.69 Bo-Peep Jn 17/47 19/36
- Mountfield Tunnel 18/08 19/47
39.11 Robertsbridge 18/11 19/50
49.35 Wadhurst 18/27 20/01
- Strawberry Hill Tunnel 18/36 20/07
54.26 Tunbridge Wells 18/38 20/12
- Wells Tunnel Jn 18/39 20/13
- High Brooms 18/43 20/16
59.16 Tonbridge 18/45 20/24
66.49 Sevenoaks 18/56 20/36
74.73 Orpington 19/06 20/46
76.33 Petts Wood Jn 19/09 20/48
77.26 Bickley Jn 19/11 20/49
80.07 Shortlands Jn 19/14 20/59
81.11 Beckenham Junction 19/16 21/00
85.68 Herne Hill 19/21 21/06
86.50 Brixton 19/22 21.08a ~ 21.11d (8)
- Shepherds Lane Jn 19/23 21/12
- Voltaire Road Jn 19/24 21/13
88.03 Factory Jn 19/25 21/14
88.42 Longhedge Jn 19/27 21/15
89.27 Latchmere Jn 19/29 21/17
92.10 Kensington Olympia 19.35a ~ 19.37d 21.23 ~ 21.25
93.78 North Pole Jn 19/41 21/29
94.35 Mitre Bridge Jn 19/42 21/30

Timings continue in first table.

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