3rd October 2009

Spitfire Railtours
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

Route :
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

Tour Name(s) Headcode(s) Loco Route
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

Notes :
(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)

Location

Booked (out) (actual)

Booked (rtn)

Preston

10.30d

21.41a

Euxton Jn 10/38 21/32
Balshaw Lane 10/42 21/28
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
Golborne Jn 11/01 21/07
Parkside Jn 11/05 21/04
Astley 11/13 20/58
Eccles 11.21 ~ 11.51 20/52
Ordsall Lane Jn 11/56 20/47
Deal Street 11/59 20/45
Manchester Victoria 12.01a ~ 12.11d
(12.09 ~ 12.20)
20.44d
Miles Platting 12/17 -
Philips Park West Jn 12/19 -
Baguley Fold Jn 12/20 -
Ashton Moss North Jn 12/25 -
Stalybridge 12/30 -
Greenfield 12/37 -
Diggle Jn 12.42 ~ 12.49 -
Marsden 12/56 -
Huddersfield 13/07 -
Bradley Jn 13/12 -
Bradley Wood Jn 13/16 -
Greetland Jn 13/32 -
Milner Royd Jn 13/36 -
Hebden Bridge 13/44 -
Hall Royd Jn 13/52 -
Copy Pit 14/09 -
Gannow Jn 14/20 -
Accrington 14/32 -
Daisyfield Jn 14/42 -
Blackburn 14.44a ~ 16.06d -
Darwen 16.20 ~ 16.25 -
Bromley Cross 16/46 -
Bolton 16/52 -
Burnden Jn 16/54 -
Moses Gate 16.57 ~ 17.19 -
Salford Crescent 17/29 -
Ordsall Lane Jn 17/32 -
Deal Street 17/36 -
Manchester Victoria 17.38a ~ 18.20d 20.37a
Miles Platting 18/26 20/32
Thorpes Bridge Jn 18/28 20/31
Vitriol Works 18/32 20/27
Castleton East Jn 18/37 20/23
Rochdale 18/42 20/20
Rochdale East Jn 18/44 20/20
Shaw and Crompton 18.52 ~ 18.53 20.08 ~ 20.09
Oldham Mumps 18/59 20/01
Thorpes Bridge Jn 19/10 19/51
Miles Platting 19/11 19/49
Manchester Victoria 19.15a 19.41d


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