13th December 2008

Pathfinder Tours
The Lancs Links

Loco Used 59201 'Vale of York', 60004, 66957, 90047 & 92041 'Vaughan Williams'
Stock Used 6310+3121+3147+3141+1813+4998+5008+4986+5023+5292+5366

Route:
1Z33 : Ealing Broadway to Southport
1Z43 : Southport to Ealing Broadway

Loco(s) Route
59201 Ealing Broadway - Slough - Reading - Didcot Parkway - Oxford - Banbury - Leamington Spa - Coventry - Birmingham International
92041 Birmingham International - Stechford - Aston - Perry Barr North Jn - Bescot - Bushbury Jn - Stafford - Basford Hall Jn - (via Down Slow Independent) - Basford Hall Yard
66957 Crewe Basford Hall Yard - (via Down Liverpool Independent Line) - Warrington Bank Quay - Winwick Jn - Earlestown - Bamfurlong Jn - (Via Low Level Goods Lines) - Wigan South Jn - Wigan Wallgate - Hoscar - Southport
60004 (1) Southport - Wigan Wallgate - Westhoughton - Bolton - Manchester Victoria - Ashton Moss North Jn - Denton Jn - Stockport - Altrincham - Northwich - Middlewich - Sandbach - Sydney Bridge Jn - (via Up Manchester Independent Line) - Salop Goods Jn - (3) Salop Goods Loop Jn - Basford Hall Yard (Up Arrival No.2)
90047 (3) Basford Hall Yard (Up Arrival No.2) - Stafford - Bushbury Jn - Bescot - Perry Barr North Jn (4) - Aston - (4) Stechford - Birmingham International
59201 Birmingham International - (reverse of outward route) - Ealing Broadway

Notes :
(1) 66957 on rear.
(2) Although the tour reached Birmingham International early, flooding & a track circuit failure between Birmingham International & Coventry had severely delayed trains between the two points, with trains backing up from the Stechford direction waiting to enter the area. The 92 which was due to take over from International had to join the queue of trains & eventually arrived at 10:19. The tour then had to wait for the next available path north.
(3) Booked Route: Salop Goods Jn - Gresty Lane - Gresty Green Up Goods Loop - (reverse) - Salop Goods Loop Jn.
(4) Booked Route: Perry Barr North Jn - Soho South Jn - Birmingham New Street - Stechford - Birmingham International. Route amended to the direct line from Aston to Stechford due to late running. At Perry Barr North Jn, the driver stopped at the signal which was indicating the route to be via Soho East Jn, and got it re-set.
(5) Mileages in the timing table are taken from the tour booklet & do not take into account the diversions.

Source : Alan Sheppard

Photo Review
(all photos from Alan Sheppard)


59201 & 92041 at Birmingham International.


66957 at Southport's platform 5.


60004, caught prior to going on to the train at Southport.


90047 back at Birmingham International.


Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Alan Sheppard, Martyn Brailsford, Howard Waite, Pete Drury & Stuart Smith)

M.C
Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual

M.C

0.00
Ealing Broadway 06.00d  ?   23.08a  ?
120.59
?
West Ealing 06/02  ?   23/06  ?
?
?
Southall East Jn 06/07  ?   ?  ?
 ?
?
Southall 06/09  ?   23/02  ?
 ?
?
Airport Jn 06/17  ?   22/58  ?
 ?
12.60
Slough 06.24a ~ 06.26d  ?   22.47a ~ 22.49d  ?
107.79
?
Maidenhead 06/33  ?   22/39  ?
 ?
?
Ruscombe 06/39  ?   ?  ?
 ?
?
Twyford 06/42  ?   22/32  ?
 ?
30.22
Reading 06.51a ~ 06.53d  ?   22.24a ~ 22.26d  ?
90.37
?
Reading West Jn 06/56  ?   22/23  ?
 ?
?
Didcot East Jn 07/18  ?   22/04  ?
 ?
47.34
Didcot Parkway 07*19a ~ 07*28d  ?   22.01a ~ 22.03d  ?
73.25
?
Didcot North Jn 07/31  ?   21/59  ?
?
?
Kennington Jn 07/38  ?   21/50  ?
?
?
Hinksey North ? ? [D/UPL]   ? ?

?

57.65
Oxford 07.42a ~ 07.44d  ? [P1]   21.45a ~ 21.47d  ?
62.74
?
Wolvercot Jn 07/48  ?   21/42  ?
?
?
Heyford 07/57  ?   21/34  ?
?
?
Aynho Jn 08/02  ?   21/30  ?
?
80.40
Banbury 08.10a ~ 08.12d 08.13 ~ 08.15   21.22a ~ 21.24d  22.29 ~ ??.??
40.19
?
Fenny Compton 08/21 08/24   21/11  22/20
 ?
?
Leamington Spa 08/34 08/35 (DM)   20/59  22/10
 ?
?
Milverton Jn 08/37 08/38   20/54  ?
 ?
?
Kenilworth 08/47 08/45   20/46  ?
 ?
?
Gibbet Hill Jn 08/54 08.48 ~ 08.51   20/43  ?
?
110.03
Coventry 09.00a ~ 09.04d 08.53 ~ 09.04   20.34a ~ 20.36d  21.55 ~ 21.56
10.56
120.59
0.00
Birmingham International 09L20a ~ 09L45d 09.16 ~ 10.44   20L01a ~ 20L23d 21.15 ~ 21.38
0.00
62.63 (5)
?
Stechford 09/50 10/50   19/55 21/08
 ?
?
Aston 09/56 10/57
 
DIV 21/02

 ?

?
Proof House Jn   19/50 DIV
 ?
?
Birmingham New Street   19/48 DIV
 ?
?
Soho South Jn   19/43 DIV
 ?
 ?
Soho East Jn   19/39 DIV
 ?
 ?
Perry Barr West Jn   19/33 DIV
 ?
 ?
Perry Barr North Jn 09/59 11/00   19/31 20.52 ~ 20.56
 ?
 ?
Bescot Stadium 10/03 11/11   19/26 20/46
 ?
 ?
Darlaston Jn 10/04 11/12   19/25 ?
 ?
 ?
Portobello Jn 10/05 11/15   19/22 ?
 ?
 ?
Bushbury Jn 10/08 11/19   19/17 20/38
 ?
 ?
Stafford No.4 10/19 11.34 ~ 11.36   19/04 20/26
?
34.43
Stafford 10*20a ~ 10*33d 11.38 ~ 11.39   19.01a ~ 19.03d 20.24 ~ 20.25
24.54 (5)
 ?
Norton Bridge 10/39 11/47   18/55 ?
 ?
 ?
Madeley 10/48 11/55   18/44 20/08
 ?
 ?
Basford Hall Jn 10/56 12/02 [DSI]   18/37 20/01 [US]
 ?
58.16
0.00
Basford Hall SSM 11L02 ~ 11L22 12.10 ~ 12.27   18/34 19L25 ~ 19L56

?

 

M.C
Location Booked Actual
?
Salop Goods Loop Jn ? 12/29 [DSI] [DFI]
 ?
Salop Goods Jn 11/27 12/33
 ?
Crewe Coal Yard 11/32 12/38 [DF]
 ?
Winsford 11/41 12/46
 ?
Winsford SB 11/42 12/47
 ?
Weaver Jn 11/51 12/54
 ?
Acton Grange Jn 11/56 12/59
25.05
Warrington Bank Quay 11c59 ~ 12c01 13.03 ~ 13.03 [P4]
 ?
Winwick Jn 12/06 13/08
 ?
Earlestown 12/11 13/11 [P4]
 ?
Newton-le-Willows 12/13 13/14
 ?
Golborne Jn 12/18 13/18
 ?
Bamfurlong Jn 12/28 13/27
 ?
Springs Branch Jn 12/33 13/30
 ?
Wigan South Jn 12/35 13/32
 ?
Wigan Station Jn 12/36 13/33
38.09
Wigan Wallgate 12*39 ~ 12*44 13/35
 ?
Parbold 12/55 13/46
 ?
Burscough Bridge 13/03 13/51
 ?
Southport North Jn ? 14.05 ~ 14.32
55.32
0.00
Southport 13.20a ~ 14.45d [P6] [P5] 14.34 ~ 15.52 [P6]
 ?
Burscough Bridge 15/00 16/05
?
Parbold 15/07 16/08
 ?
Wigan Wallgate 15/18 16/18
 ?
Wigan Station Jn 15/20 16/20
 ?
Crow Nest Jn 15/26 16/26
 ?
Lostock Jn 15/34 16/34
 ?
Bolton 15/40 16/42
 ?
Salford Crescent 15/56 16/54 [Up Bolton]
 ?
Salford Central 15/58 16/59
 ?
Deal Street Jn 16/02 17/00
 ?
Manchester Victoria 16/04 17c01 ~ 17c09 [P4]
 ?
Miles Platting Jn 16/09 17/12
 ?
Philips Park West Jn 16/11 17/13
?
Baguley Fold Jn 16/12 17/13
?
Ashton Moss North Jn 16/16 17/20
 ?
Denton Jn 16/20 17/25
 ?
Ash Bridge Jn 16/25 17/33
 ?
Heaton Norris Jn 16/26 17/38
 ?
Stockport 16/28 17/40 [P2]
 ?
Edgeley Jn No.2 16/30 17/41
 ?
Cheadle Village Jn 16/33 17/45
 ?
Sharston Jn 16/35 17/48
 ?
Northenden Jn 16/36 17/49
 ?
Skelton Jn 16/42 17/55
 ?
Navigation Road 16/43 17/57
 ?
Altrincham 16/44 17/59
 ?
Hale 16/46 18.02 ~ 18.05
 ?
Mobberley 16/51 18.13 ~ 18.16
?
Plumley 17/00 18/24
 ?
Northwich East Jn 17/03 18/29
 ?
Northwich 17/06 18/32
 ?
Northwich South Jn 17/08 18/35
 ?
Middlewich 17/25 18/49
 ?
Sandbach 17/40 19/04
 ?
Sydney Bridge Jn 17/47 19/12
 ?
Salop Goods Jn 17/53 19.17 ~ 19.18
 ?
Gresty Lane 17/56 DIV
86.75 (5)
0.00 (5)
Gresty Green Up Goods Loop 18L00 ~ 18L25 DIV
?
Gresty Lane 18/29 DIV


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