3rd October 2009
The Witch Way / Cotton Mill Loop Circuit,
Oldham Loop Circuit & Oldham Loop Diesel Mini-Tour
|Locos Used||37706 & steam: 45231 'The Sherwood Forester'|
|Stock Used (4)||99241+4905+99327+3143+99350+99328+1861+5032+99304|
1Z29 : Preston to Bolton (or via Bolton to Manchester Victoria)?
?1Z30 : ?Bolton via Oldham Mumps to Manchester Victoria?
1Z31 : Manchester Victoria via Oldham Mumps to Preston
|Witch Way / Cotton Mill Loop Circuit||1Z29/?1Z30?||45231||Preston - Euxton Jn - Wigan North Western - Golborne Jn - Parkside Jn - Astley - Eccles - Ordsall Lane Jn - Manchester Victoria - Miles Platting - Philips Park West Jn - Ashton Moss North Jn - Stalybridge - Diggle - Huddersfield - Bradley Wood Jn - Greetland Jn - Hebden Bridge - Copy Pit - Gannow Jn - Accrington - Blackburn - Darwen - Bolton - Salford Crescent - Ordsall Lane Jn - Manchester Victoria|
|Oldham Loop Circuit||?1Z29 or 1Z30?||45231||Manchester Victoria - Miles Platting - Thorpes Bridge Jn - Castleton East Jn - Rochdale - Oldham Mumps - Thorpes Bridge Jn - Miles Platting - Manchester Victoria|
|Oldham Loop Diesel Mini Tour||1Z31||37706||Manchester Victoria - Miles Platting - Thorpes Bridge Jn - Oldham Mumps - Rochdale - Castleton East Jn - Thorpes Bridge Jn - Miles Platting - Manchester Victoria|
|Witch Way||1Z31||37706||Manchester Victoria - Ordsall Lane Jn - Eccles - Astley - Parkside Jn - Golborne Jn - Wigan North Western - Euxton Jn - Preston|
(1) Originally booked for 46115 'Scots Guardsman' but later changed to 45231 due to gauging issues on the Oldham Loop. Three separate ticketing options were available, or one ticket was available to enable travel on all three sections (Witch Way/Cotton Mill Loop Circuit, Oldham Loop Circuit and Oldham Loop Diesel Mini-Tour)
(2) Chris Totty comments: I was only on board for the steam section round the Oldham Loop - Man Victoria - Castleton - Oldham - Man Victoria. Great piece of driving! We left Manchester Victoria on the Down Rochdale Slow line and were due to be overtaken by the 18:21 Manchester Victoria - Leeds before Miles Platting Jn. This train must have left a few minutes late and we were brought almost to a standstill at Miles Platting. The driver kept us crawling along until he got the road and then really let 'The Sherwood Forester' have its head!!
(3) Confirmation of headcodes (and where changed) is required - Chris Totty submitted: 1Z29 when 45231 was hauling, no 1Z30, and 1Z31 when 37706 was in charge.
(4) Confirmation is required of the vehicle order (as uploaded may not be correct).
45231 approaches Manchester Victoria (photo: Dan Adkins)
Sources : various including Chris Totty & Dan Adkins
Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Chris Totty & Dan Adkins)
Booked (out) (actual)
|Wigan North Western||10.49a ~ 10.51d||21.16a ~ 21.18d|
|Wigan South Jn||10/53||21/14|
|Springs Branch Jn||10/54||21/13|
|Eccles||11.21 ~ 11.51||20/52|
|Ordsall Lane Jn||11/56||20/47|
|Manchester Victoria||12.01a ~ 12.11d
(12.09 ~ 12.20)
|Philips Park West Jn||12/19||-|
|Baguley Fold Jn||12/20||-|
|Ashton Moss North Jn||12/25||-|
|Diggle Jn||12.42 ~ 12.49||-|
|Bradley Wood Jn||13/16||-|
|Milner Royd Jn||13/36||-|
|Hall Royd Jn||13/52||-|
|Blackburn||14.44a ~ 16.06d||-|
|Darwen||16.20 ~ 16.25||-|
|Moses Gate||16.57 ~ 17.19||-|
|Ordsall Lane Jn||17/32||-|
|Manchester Victoria||17.38a ~ 18.20d||20.37a|
|Thorpes Bridge Jn||18/28||20/31|
|Castleton East Jn||18/37||20/23|
|Rochdale East Jn||18/44||20/20|
|Shaw and Crompton||18.52 ~ 18.53||20.08 ~ 20.09|
|Thorpes Bridge Jn||19/10||19/51|
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