19th September 2009

Pathfinder Tours
The Western Slater

Loco Used D1015 'Western Champion'
Stock Used 5322+4902+5009+1842+3330+3364+1671+3390+35469

Route :
1Z52 : Didcot Parkway to Blaenau Ffestiniog
1Z53 : Blaenau Ffestiniog to Didcot Parkway

Loco Route
D1015 Didcot Parkway - Oxford - Banbury - Leamington Spa - Kenilworth - Coventry - Birmingham International - Stechford Aston - Perry Barr North Jn - Bescot Stadium - Portobello Jn - Bushbury Jn - Stafford - Norton Bridge - Madeley - Crewe - Beeston Castle - Chester - Rhyl - Llandudno Junction
D1015 Llandudno Junction - Llanrwst - Blaenau Ffestiniog (1)
D1015 Blaenau Ffestiniog - Llanrwst - Llandudno Junction
D1015 Llandudno Junction - (reverse of outward route) - Crewe - Kidsgrove - Stoke-on-Trent - Colwich - Rugeley North Jn - Hednesford - Ryecroft Jn - Walsall - Pleck Jn - Bescot Stadium - (reverse of outward route) - Didcot Parkway

Notes :
(1) Off train excursions included a return ride on the Ffestiniog Railway as far as Tan-y-Bwlch by FR service trains. Double Fairlie 'Earl of Meirionydd' worked the 13.40 Blaenau Ffestiniog to Porthmadog and 'Merddin Emrys' the 13.35 Porthmadog to Blaenau FFfestiniog.

Sources : John Cowlishaw & Andy Pullar

Photo Review


D1015 passing Penkridge at 09.30 (photo: John Cowlishaw)


D1015 at Blaenau Ffestiniog (photo: Andy Pullar)


Timings (Booked Only)
(from Scott Spencer)

Location Booked (out) Booked (rtn)
Didcot Parkway 06.30d [P5] 22.53a [P5]
Didcot North Jn 06/33 22/51
Kennington Jn 06/40 22/42
Oxford 06.43a ~ 06.46d [P2] 22.35a ~ 22.38d [P1]
Wolvercot Jn 06/49 22/31
Heyford 06/56 22/23
Aynho Jn 07/01 22/17
Banbury 07.06a ~ 07.09d [P2] 22.08a ~ 22.11d [P3]
Fenny Compton 07/17 21/59
Leamington Spa 07.27a ~ 07.30d [P2] 21.44a ~ 21.47d [P3]
Milverton Jn 07/35 21/41
Kenilworth 07/41 21*25 ~ 21*35
Gibbet Hill Jn 07/43 21/22
Coventry 07.53a ~ 07.56d [P3] 21.13a ~ 21.16d [P2]
Birmingham International 08.08a ~ 08.42d [P5] 20.58a ~ 21.01d [P4]
Stechford 08/50 20/52
Aston 08/58 20/47
Perry Barr North Jn 09/04 20/40
Tame Bridge Parkway 09.09a ~ 09.12d 20.33a ~ 20.36d
Bescot Stadium 09/15 20/30
Pleck Jn - 20/28
Walsall - 20/26 [P2] [SL]
Ryecroft Jn - 20/24
Boxwich - 20/19
Hednesford - 20/10
Rugeley Town - 19/59
Rugeley 'B' Power Station Jn - 19/58
Rugeley TV - 19/56
Rugeley North Jn - 19/55 [UDR]
Colwich - 19/44 [SL]
Stone - 19/34
Stoke Jn - 19/26
Stoke-on-Trent - 19c23 ~ 19c25 [P1]
Kidsgrove - 19/15
Alsager - 19/11
Barthomley Jn - 19/08
North Stafford Jn - 19/05
Crewe U&D Pottery Loop - 18*53 ~ 19*03
Darlaston Jn 09/16 -
Portobello Jn 09/19 -
Bushbury Jn 09/26 -
Trent Valley Jn 09/38 [SL] -
Stafford 09/39 [P5] -
Norton Bridge 09/44 -
Madeley 09/53 -
Basford Hall Jn 09/59 -
Crewe 10c03 ~ 10c05 [P12] 18*49 ~ 18*51 [P6]
Crewe Steel Works 10/08 18/46
Beeston Castle & Tarporley SB 10/16 18/38
Chester 10.30 ~ 10.45 [P3] [DML] 18/27 [P4]
Chester South Jn 10/46 18/26 [UFL]
Saltney Jn 10/48 18/20
Rockliffe Hall 10/55 18/12
Holywell Jn 11/01 18/06
Rhyl 11/11 17/56
Colwyn Bay 11/20 17/48
Llandudno Junction 11.25a ~ 11.57d [P4] 17.19a ~ 17.43d
Tal-y-Cafn 12*06 ~ 12*07 17*06 ~ 17*07
North Llanrwst 12t17 ~ 12t30 16t49 ~ 16t56
Betws-y-Coed ? 16.38 ~ 16.41
Blaenau Ffestiniog 13.07a [P1] 16.12d [P1]


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