19th & 20th February 2010
Winter West Highlander
|Locos Used||47786 'Roy Castle OBE' & 47804|
1Z53 : Birmingham International to Fort William
1Z54 : Fort William to Birmingham International
|19/02||47804 (1)||Birmingham International – Stechford – Proof House Jn – Birmingham New Street – Wolverhampton – Stafford – Stone – Stoke-on-Trent – Macclesfield – Stockport – Denton Jn – Philips Park West Jn – Manchester Victoria – Salford Crescent – Bolton – Horwich Parkway – Preston – (via WCML) – Motherwell – Mossend – Whifflet South Jn – Blairhill – Glasgow Queen Street (LL) – Partick – Yoker – Dalmuir – Dumbarton – Craigendoran Jn – Arrochar & Tarbet – Crainlarich – Rannoch – Fort William|
|20/02||47786 (2)||Fort William – Rannoch – Crainlarich – Arrochar & Tarbet – Craigendoran Jn – Dumbarton – Dalmuir – Westerton – Summerston – Cowlairs – Springburn – Gartcosh – Coatbridge Central – Mossend – Motherwell – Carstairs – Lockerbie – Carlisle – Petteril Bridge Jn – (via S&C) – Settle Jn – Hellifield – Clitheroe – Daisyfield Jn – Blackburn – Bamber Bridge – Preston|
|20/02||47804 (1)||Preston – Euxton Jn – Horwich Parkway – Bolton – Salford Crescent – Salford Central – Manchester Victoria – Ashton Moss North Jn – Denton Jn – Heaton Norris Jn – Stockport – Macclesfield – Stoke-on-Trent – Stone – Stafford – Wolverhampton – Birmingham New Street – Proof House Jn – Stechford – Birmingham International|
(1) 47786 on rear.
(2) 47804 on rear.
Source : Gordon Jakes
(by Gordon Jakes)
The tour was originally planned to call at Thame Bridge Parkway but the final routing was non stop through Birmingham New Street. This was probably made possible by the 05.25 departure from Birmingham International (an hour earlier than originally planned). Similarly the proposed pick-up at Manchester Piccadilly was changed to Manchester Victoria and the train was routed via Denton Junction and Ashton Moss North Junction.
The route northwards from Manchester was as planned excepting that the route through Glasgow took the unusual route through Glasgow Queen Street (Low Level) and Yoker. There was a stop south of Shieldmuir for 15¼ mins due to the compressor failing on 47804. Brakes were powered from 47786 thereafter.
47804 during a pause at Preston on the outward leg (photo: Gordon Jakes)
A delay occurred south of Motherwell when the brake compressor on 47804 failed and the brakes thereafter had to be powered from 47786 at the rear. Although we were only 20 minutes late at Motherwell and no further delay was encountered through Glasgow, unfortunately we lost our planned path on the single line north of Craigendoran Junction. Time was lost awaiting the clearance of the 10.10 service from Mallaig (we were held in the West Highland loop at Craigendoran Junction) and also at Helensburgh Upper (reason not given).
On leaving Helensburgh Upper our train was over 45 minutes late and we were warned of the potential problem of having to complete our journey from Spean Bridge to Fort William by bus/coach. In the event and by virtue of some excellent running this delay was clawed back to 14 minutes by Corrour. Some further time was lost at Tulloch due to the closure of the loop to facilitate platform works and as a consequence arrival at Fort William was 18 minutes late (buses not required). Under the circumstances this was an excellent result.
On the return leg, the train departed Fort William on time and the northbound sleeper train hauled by 67007 was passed at the first token exchange point of Spean Bridge. We were then advised that due to industrial action by Scotrail staff there were no further trains to be passed on the single line as far as Craigendoran Junction. Hence we had the line to ourselves and could proceed without interference. The planned stop at Rannoch was achieved and we were able to proceed at a sedate pace across Rannoch Moor enabling a good view of the many deer in the vicinity.
47787 in the sunshine and snow at Rannoch (photo: Gordon Jakes)
The overnight temperature in Fort William (-10ºC) had managed to freeze the water for the hot water boiler in the Kitchen Car. Coffee and tea were thus unfortunately off the menu and an extended stop was necessary at Ardlui to sort out the water system which had by then begun to unfreeze. Arrival at Craigendoran Junction was some eight minutes behind schedule but a clear run through the suburbs of Glasgow meant that arrival at Motherwell was right time.
The route through Glasgow took the conventional sleeper route from Craigendoran Junction as far as Gartcosh Junction whence we turned south to Gartsherrie South Junction, Coatbridge Central and Motherwell. Progress down the WCML to Carlisle was marked only by stops in Carstairs Down Platform and in Abington Up Passenger Loop to facilitate the passage of a Pendolino and a Super Voyager respectively. Arrival at Carlisle was early by some 7 minutes which extended the planned leg-stretch break.
The tour had originally planned to continue southwards down the WCML to Preston but due to engineering work blocking this route we were booked to divert via the Settle and Carlisle route. Traveling over this route was an added benefit but unfortunately by the time Ribblehead was reached dusk had fallen and the remainder of the journey home was concluded in the dark.
Two signal stops approaching Daisyfield Junction and further delay at Farrington Curve Junction and into Preston meant that arrival at Preston was some 15 minutes behind booked time. A smart reversal at Preston and good running en route halved the delay by arrival at Manchester Victoria. The train was on time by arrival at Stockport and despite being looped at Macclesfield to pass a Cross Country Voyager and a signal stop approaching Stone Junction, arrival at Stafford was achieved within two minutes of booked time.
Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Gordon Jakes)
|8.18||Birmingham New Street||05/36||?||23/03||?||118.59|
|21.08||Wolverhampton||05.54a ~ 05.57d||?||22.34a ~ 22.45d [P3]||?||105.69|
|36.33||Stafford||06.13½a ~ 06.15d||??.?? ~ 06.25||22.15a ~ 22.18d||22.17 ~ ??.??||90.44|
|52.49||Stoke-on-Trent||06.39½a ~ 06.42d||06.50½ ~ 06.52||21.50a ~ 21.53d||21.49 ~ 21.50||74.28|
|72.37||Macclesfield||07.03a ~ 07.06d [P1]||07.11½ ~ 07.13½ [P1]||21.22a ~ 21.29d [P3] [U&DPL]||21.24 ~ 21.28 [P3] [U&DPL]||54.40|
|83.06||Adswood Road Jn||07/19½||?||?||?||?|
|83.76||Edgeley Jn No.1||07/21||?||?||?||?|
|84.41||Stockport||07.22½ ~ 07.25d||07.27 ~ 07.28½||21.00a ~ 21.03d [P1]||20.59½ ~ 21.01 [P1]||42.36|
|85.16||Heaton Norris Jn||07/28||07/31||20/58 [SL]||20/57½ [SL]||41.61|
|?||Ash Bridge Jn||?||?||20/55||?||41.00|
|91.40||Ashton Moss North Jn SB||07/43||07/45½||20/43||20/45||35.37|
|95.32||Philips Park West Jn||07/50||07/51||20/37½||20/39½||31.45|
|97.11||Manchester Victoria||08.07a ~ 08.15d [P6]||07.07 ~ 08.15 [P3]||20.25a ~ ??.??d [P3]||20.33 ~ 20.35½ [P3]||29.66|
|97.70||Salford Central||08/18||08/17||20/22½ [Up Bolton]||20/31 [Up Bolton]||29.07|
|98.70||Salford Crescent||08/25½ [P2]||08/26½ [P2]||20/19½||20/29||28.07|
|107.61||Bolton||08.37a ~ 08.39d [P4]||08.38 ~ 08.41 [P4]||20.00a ~ 20.04d [P3]||20.15½ ~ 20.17 [P3]||19.16|
|127.77||Preston||09.07a ~ 09.28d||09.06 ~ 09.28||19.29a ~ 19.41d [P3]||19.44 ~ 19.52½ [P3]||0.00
|-||Farington Curve Jn||19/25||19.36 ~ 19.52½||111.58|
|-||Lostock Hall Jn||19/22||?||110.16|
|-||Ribblehead Station (up)||18/11||18/11½||60.64|
|-||Blea Moor SB||18/08||18/09||59.45|
|-||Ais Gill Summit||17/56||?||48.27|
|-||Kirkby Thore SB||17/28||17/29||26.02|
|-||Culgaith Crossing SB||17/25||17/26||23.29|
|-||Lazonby & Kirkoswald||17/17||17/18||15.34|
|-||Low House Crossing SB||17/09||17/10½||8.29|
|-||Howe & Co Sidings SB||17/05½||17/05½||5.07|
|-||Petteril Bridge Jn||16/59||16/59||0.72|
|150.67||Morecambe South Jn||09/48||09/49|
|155.03||Carnforth South Jn||09/51||09/52|
|(175.16)||Grayrigg DPL||10*09 ~ 10*16||10/10|
|Carlisle||10.55a ~ 10.58d||10.48 ~ 11.02||16.27a ~ 16.55d [P3]||16.20 ~ 16.55 [P3]||0.00
|(10.13)||Quintinshill DPL||11*11½ ~ 11*22||11.17 ~ 11.28||?||?||?|
|40.11||Beattock North // South||11/49||11/54½||15/53½||15/50||86.22|
|(57.70)||Abington DPL||12*15 ~ 12*25||12/16||15*25 ~ 15*35||15.26½ ~ 15.32||(67.71)|
|73.13||Carstairs South Jn||12/39||12/27½||15/13||15/09½||52.47|
|73.49||Carstairs||12/39½ [DM]||12.29 ~ 12.40½ [Loop]||15.02 ~ 15.11 [P2]||15.06½ ~ 15.08 [P2]||52.12|
|89.38||Motherwell||12c55 ~ 12c57 [P2]||13.20 ~ 13.21 [P2]||14c41 ~ 14c43||14.41 ~ 14.44||36.23|
|91.08||Mossend South Jn||13/01||13/25||14/38||?||34.44|
|91.45||Mossend North Jn||13/02||13/25||?||?||?|
|93.70||Whifflet South Jn||13/08||13/29||14/34||14/34||31.71|
|-||Gartsherrie South Jn||14/28||14/30||29.73|
|-||Cowlairs West Jn||14/12½||14/13||21.34|
|-||Cowlairs North Jn||14/11||?||21.16|
|104.13||Glasgow Queen Street LL||13/27||13/46|
|105.72||Finnieston East Jn||13/30½||13/50½|
|107.55||Hyndland East Jn||13/36||13/56½|
|112.36||Dalmuir||13/46 [P3]||14/03 [P3]||13/55 [P2]||14/01½ [P2]||13.24|
|118.77||Dumbarton Central||13/53 [P2]||14/13 [P2]||13/47½||13/54||6.68|
|Craigendoran Jn||14/03||14.27 ~ 14.44 [WH Loop]||13/38||13/46||0.00
|2.09||Helensburgh Upper||14t08 ~ 14t11||14.49 ~ 14.57||13t31 ~ 13t33||13.39½ ~ 13.41||97.29|
|8.77||Garelochhead||14t23 ~ 14t27||15.09½ ~ 15.13½||13t10 ~ 13t19||13.26½ ~ 13.28||90.41|
|19.46||Arrochar & Tarbet||14t53 ~ 15t03||15.36 ~ 15.38||12t43 ~ 12t45||12.59 ~ 13.04||79.72|
|27.44||Ardlui||15/17||15/52½||12/28||12.31½ ~ 12.44||71.74|
|36.24||Crianlarich||15t41 ~ 15t44||16.10½ ~ 16.14½||12t08 ~ 12t10||12.10 ~ 12.11½||63.14|
|41.26||Upper Tyndrum||15t57 ~ 16t00||16.26 ~ 16.29||11t54 ~ 11t56||11.55 ~ 11.58||58.12|
|48.69||Bridge of Orchy||16t16 ~ 16t19||16.42½ ~ 16.43||11t33 ~ 11t35||11.38 ~ 11.39||50.49|
|64.37||Rannoch||16t49 ~ 16t52||17/09||10t32 ~ 11t10||10.38 ~ 11.06½||35.01|
|81.06||Tulloch||17t28 ~ 17t31||17.41 ~ 17.46||09t57 ~ 09t59||10.01½ ~ 10.03½||17.58|
|90.57||Spean Bridge||17t46 ~ 17t52||18.02 ~ 18.04||09t33 ~ 09t39||09.33 ~ 09.43½||8.61|
|98.69||Fort William Jn||18/06||18/24||09/18||09/20||0.49|
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