28th March 2009

Pathfinder Tours
The Cwm & Go(ne)

Locos Used 08567, 37401, 60024 & 66058
Stock Used 5350+5366+5292+5276+5023+4986+4998+1671+3140+3112+3122+6310

Route.
1Z37 : Nottingham to Machen Quarry
1Z60 : Machen Quarry to Newport (via Uskmouth)
1Z74 : Newport to Nottingham

Loco(s) Route
37401 Nottingham - Trent - Leicester - Hinckley - Nuneaton - Water Orton - Birmingham New Street - Selly Oak - Barnt Green - Stoke Works Jn - Cheltenham Spa - Barnwood Jn - Gloucester - Lydney - Severn Tunnel Junction - Newport - Cardiff Central - Pontyclun - Bridgend - Margam Moors Jn - Margam Yard
60024 (1) Margam Yard - Margam Abbey Works East Jn - Newlands Jn - Parcslip - Tondu Garw 'Up' Loop
37401 (2) Tondu Garw 'Up' Loop - Sarn - Bridgend - Vale of Glamorgan Line - Aberthaw - Barry - Dinas Powys - Grangetown - Penarth Curve South Jn - Up Barry Relief - Radyr Branch Jn - Cardiff Central - Ebbw Jn - Park Jn - Machen Quarry (end of line)
60024 (1) Machen Quarry - Park Jn - Gaer Jn - Newport - Maindee East Jn - East Usk No.1 Reception Line
60024 (3) East Usk No.1 Reception Line - Alpha Steel G.F. - Uskmouth Power Station (gates)
08567 (2) Uskmouth Power Station - East Usk Jn - East Usk No.1 Reception
08567 (1) East Usk No.1 Reception - Newport
37401 (4) Newport - (reverse of outward route) - Nottingham

Notes :
(1) 37401 on rear.
(2) 60024 on rear.
(3) 08567 on rear.
(4) 'Banked' by 66058 from Bromsgrove to Blackwell.
(5) Booked for 2x Class 37s but 37406 was not repaired in time.
(6) The train was originally planned as visiting Uskmouth followed by Cwm Bargoed. Cwmbargoed had to be dropped from the itinerary due to no path being available, (hence the tour name), and was replaced with Machen Quarry. It is rumoured that Machen is about to be mothballed, so this may prove to be the final tour to visit.
(7) Due to engineering works in the Newport area, only half of Newport station was in use, therefore the planned break could not take place. Consequently the train was re-timed with the new times shown in brackets.

Source : Alan Sheppard

Photo Review


37401 waits time at Nuneaton (photo: Alan Sheppard)


End of the line - Uskmouth branch with 60024 (photo: Alan Sheppard)


08567 after the run along the Uskmouth branch (photo: Alan Sheppard)


Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Alan Sheppard, 45137, Martyn Brailsford & Pete Drury)

M.C
Location Booked {retimed} Actual   Booked {retimed} Actual

M.C

0.00
Nottingham 05.32d [P6] [ML] 05.33   22.32a [P1] 22.33
163.76
?
Mansfield Jn 05/35 05/37   22/29 [FL] 22/29
?
 ?
Trent 05/41 05/44   22/22 22/19
 ?
 ?
Trent South Jn 05/43 [FL] 05/45   22/20 22/19
 ?
 ?
Ratcliffe Jn ? 05/47   22/18 [FL] 22/16
 ?
 ?
Loughborough North Jn ? 05/52   22/01 [SL] 22/05
 ?
15.01
Loughborough 05.51a ~ 05.53d [P2] 05.53 ~ 05.55   21.57a ~ 21.59d [P1] [FL] 22.02 ~ 22.04
148.75
 ?
Sileby Jn 06/00 [FL] 06/01   21/52 [FL] 21/56
 ?
 ?
Syston South Jn 06/04 [FL] 06/05   21/49 [FL] 21/54
 ?
27.40
Leicester 06.10a ~ 06.16d [P3] 06.11 ~ 06.16   21.40a ~ 21.42d [P1] 21.47 ~ 21.48 [P2]
136.36
 ?
Wigston North Jn 06/23 06/22   21/34 21/39
 ?
 ?
Croft 06/42 06/27   21/18 21/33
 ?
 ?
Hinckley 06/48 06/34   21/12 21/28
 ?
46.26
Nuneaton 06.56a ~ 06.58d [P6] 06.39 ~ 06.58   21.02a ~ 21.04d [P7] 21.20 ~ 21.21
117.50
 ?
Nuneaton Abbey Jn 07/01 07/00   20/59 21/18
 ?
 ?
Whitacre Jn 07/13 07/13   20/46 21/04
 ?
58.18
Coleshill Parkway 07.17a ~ 07.19d 07.16 ~ 07.19   20.40a ~ 20.42d 21.00 ~ 21.01
105.58
 ?
Water Orton 07/24 [ML] 07/22 [DS]   20/35 20/56
 ?
 ?
Water Orton West Jn ? 07/23   20/34 20/56
 ?
 ?
Castle Bromwich Jn ? 07/24   20/27 [UDS] 20/54
 ?
 ?
Landor Street Jn 07/30 07/30   20/22 [ML] 20/49
 ?
 ?
Proof House Jn 07/32 [DEL] 07/33   20/20 20/48
 ?
67.26
Birmingham New Street 07.36a ~ 07.39d [P11] 07.38 ~ 07.40   20.15a ~ 20.18d [P11] [DEL] 20.42 ~ 20.45 [P8]
96.50
 ?
Selly Oak 07/47 07/47   20/07 20/35
 ?
 ?
Kings Norton 07/51 [SL] 07/51 [P4]   20/04 20/32 [P1]
 ?
 ?
Longbridge 07/59 07.58 ~ 08.01 [DS-DM]   20/01 [FL] 20/29
 ?
 ?
Barnt Green 08/02 08/06   19/58 [ML] 20/26
 ?
 ?
Blackwell ? ?   ? 20L25
 ?
 ?
Bromsgrove 08/06 08/10   19/54 20L05 ~ 20L20
 ?
 ?
Stoke Works Jn 08/08 08/10   19/52 20/00
 ?
 ?
Abbotswood Jn 08/17 08/21
 
19/43 19/50
 ?
?
Ashchurch 08/26 08/29   19/35 19/41
?
112.70
Cheltenham Spa 08.33a ~ 08.35d 08.36 ~ 08.39   19.24a ~ 19.27d 19.32 ~ 19.33
51.06
 ?
Barnwood Jn 08/48 08/47   19/17 19/23
 ?
 ?
Horton Road Jn 08/51 08.48 ~ 08.51   19/16 19/22
 ?
119.30
Gloucester 08*53a ~ 09*05d [P4] 08.55 ~ 09.06   19*09a ~ 19*14d [P4] 19.16 ~ 19.20
44.46
 ?
Awre 09/20 09/23   18/53 19/00
 ?
 ?
Lydney 09/24 09/28   18/48 18/55
 ?
 ?
Chepstow 09/32 09/36   18/40 18/46
 ?
 ?
Severn Tunnel Junction 09/43 [RL] {09/45} 09.44 [DM]   18/33 18/38
 ?
 ?
Maindee West Jn 09/58 [RL] {09/54} 09.54 [DM]   18/23 {18/24} 18/28
 ?
163.76
Newport 10.00a ~ 10.03d [P1] [RL]
{09.56 ~ 10.00}
09.56 ~ 10.01 [P3] [DM]   17L31a ~ 18L21d [P1] [RL]
{18L09 ~ 18L22}
18L19 ~ 18L26 [P3]
0.00
4.55

 

M.C
Location Booked {retimed} Actual
?
Ebbw Jn 10/07 [RL] 10/07 [DM-DR]
 ?
Marshfield 10/15 [RL] 10/12
 ?
Cardiff Central 10/28 [P4] 10/25
 ?
Pontyclun 10/39 10/38
 ?
Bridgend 10/54 10/51
 ?
Stormy 11/01 10/57
 ?
Margam Moors Jn 11/08 11/02
205.10
0.00
Margam Traffic Centre 11L13 ~ 11L38 11.09 ~ 11.36
0.20
Margam Abbey Works East Jn 11.40 ~ 11.42 11/37
?
Newlands Jn 11/48 11/40
7.78
0.00
Tondu Garw Loop 12.42 ~ 13.02 12.23 ~ 13.02
?
Bridgend 13/15 13.14 ~ 13.16
 ?
Cowbridge Road SB 13/16 13/17
 ?
Aberthaw Signal AW231 13/28 ?
 ?
Llantwit Major 13/35 13/32
 ?
Aberthaw 13/45 13/38
?
Barry 13/54 13/52
 ?
Cadoxton 13/59 13/55
 ?
Cogan Jn 14/10 14.05 ~ 14.09
 ?
Penarth Curve South Jn 14/17 [RL] 14/17
 ?
Radyr Branch Jn 14/20 [RL] 14.19 ~ 14.23
30.66
Cardiff Central 14.25a ~ 14.28d [P4] [ML] 14.27 ~ 14.29
 ?
Marshfield 14/37 14/39
 ?
Ebbw Jn 14/42 14/45
41.71
Park Jn 14.45 ~ 14.47 14.48 ~ 14.48
47.39
0.00
Machen Quarry (end of line) 15.07 ~ 15.15 15.12 ~ 15.19
5.48
Park Jn 15.35 ~ 15.37 15.40 ~ 15.41
?
Gaer Jn 15/40 [ML] {15/42} 15/46
 ?
Newport 15/42 [URL] [RL]
{15.45a ~ 15.47d}
15.49 ~ 15.52 [P3]
 ?
Maindee West Jn 15/43 [RL] {15/49} 15/54 [UM]
 ?
Maindee East Jn 15/45 [RL] {15/50} 15.55 ~ 15.55 [UM-UR]
8.47
East Usk Traffic Centre 15L50 ~ 16L13
{15L55 ~ 16L20}
16.00 ~ 16.22
?
East Usk Jn 16/18 {16/25} 16/24 [Up Usk]
11.77
0.00
Uskmouth Fifoots Point 16.48 ~ 16.53
{16.55 ~ 17.00}
16.41 ~ 16.48
?
East Usk Jn ? 17/05 [Dn Usk]
 ?
East Usk Jn New Yard 17/23 [RL]
{17L30 ~ 18L02}
17.08 ~ 18.11
 ?
Maindee East Jn 17/27 [RL] {18/06} 18/14 [DR-DM]
 ?
Maindee West Jn 17/28 [RL] {18/06} 18/15

Timings continue in first table.

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