6th March 2010

Vintage Trains
The Doric Olympian

Locos Used 47773 & steam: 6201 'Princes Elizabeth'
Stock Used 35470+99349+99361+99353+3125+13227+5198+5177+5157+5191+9101+35465 (1)

Route :
1Z70 : Birmingham New Street to Kensington Olympia
1Z73 : London Euston to Birmingham New Street

Loco(s) Route
47773 Birmingham New Street - Proof House Jn - Aston - Perry Barr North Jn - Bescot Stadium - Portobello Jn - Wolverhampton - Stafford - Norton Bridge - Madeley - Crewe
6201 (2) Crewe - (via WCML, Trent Valley & Northampton) - Wembley Central - Sudbury Jn - Willesden No.7 - Willesden WL Jn - Mitre Bridge Jn - Kensington Olympia
6201 (2) London Euston - (via WCML, Trent Valley & Northampton) - Crewe
47773 Crewe - (reverse of outward route) - Wolverhampton - Dudley Port - Galton Jn - Soho South Jn - Birmingham New Street

Notes :
(1) 35465 only in consist when 6201 was on the train.
(2) 47773 on rear.

Source : Dan Adkins

Tour Review
(by Gordon Jakes)

The day was of mixed results. The main issue, that of the performance of 6201, was never in doubt a steady performance was produced on a day when progress was only made in fits and starts between signal checks. The only unconstrained section was after the water stop at Tamworth on the return journey. Unfortunately this section was carried out after dark and precise timings were not possible. However the 46 miles from a standing start at Tamworth to Basford Hall Junction were undertaken in just 44 minutes an indication of what could have been achieved especially considering the fully loaded 12-coach train plus the dead weight of a class 47 at the rear.

 

The catering for the premier class coaches was a different matter the list of issues was lengthy and the complaints were rife!

1.      The cooked breakfast was not served until almost midday.

2.      The breakfast plates were cold by the time the food was served and the food was only luke-warm (except the baked beans).

3.      No reason was given for the delay in serving there was a gap of over 90 minutes between the cereal and cooked courses.

4.      A young lady came round to take the drinks order for the evening meal. She also advised that drinks could be ordered for consumption before arrival at Olympia. These were ordered but did not arrive!

5.      On other trains, the drinks ordered to accompany the evening meal were available on-table for the passengers taking their seats on the return journey. On this train drinks were still being served one hour after departure from Euston. Only two people were involved in serving the drinks (including the Chef) and they seemed incapable of carrying more than one order at a time whatever happened to trays?

6.      The evening meal was worse in terms of serving times the main course was not served until nearly two hours after the soup. However the food quality was better than at breakfast and was served hot on hot plates. The desert pie was poor and poorly presented as a mush. Coffee was not served in time to drink same before arrival at Crewe

7.      The lighting in the coach was very limited with no main lights.

8.      The train PA was not working and the only advice given regarding progress was in respect of the points failure at Bletchley in the outward journey. Other significant delays went unreported.
9. 
The door at the end of the coach was not sprung correctly and was left open by the stewardesses. This ensured that the temperature in the coach was cool at best and subject to blasts of cold air.


6201 working hard on the approach to Northampton (photo: Dan Adkins)


6201 'Princess Elizabeth' & 47773 at Euston (photos: Gordon Jakes)


Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Dan Adkins & Gordon Jakes)

M.C Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual M.C
0.00 Birmingham New Street 06.45d [P3] ?   23.32a [P3] ? 28.20
- Soho South Jn   23/27 ? ?
- Galton Jn   23/26 ? 24.36
- Dudley Port   23/21 ? ?
? Proof House Jn 06/47 ?  
? Aston 06/53 ?  
? Perry Barr North Jn 0/57 ?  
9.35 Bescot Stadium 07/08 ?  
? Darlaston Jn 07/10 ?  
? Portobello Jn 07/17 ?  
15.42 Wolverhampton 07.26a ~ 07.28d [P2] ?   23.13a ~ 23.15d [P3] ? 15.25
? Wolverhampton North Jn 07/29 ?   23/11 ? ?
? Bushbury Jn 07/31 07/31   23/06 ? ?
? Trent Valley Jn 07/43 ?   ? ? ?
30.67
0.00
Stafford 07.45a ~ 07.47d [P6] 07.43 ~ 07.47   22.54a ~ 22.56d [P4] ? 0.00
24.40
5.25 Norton Bridge 07/53 ?   22/49 ? 19.15
15.78 Madeley 08/02 ?   22/38 ? 8.42
22.60 Basford Hall Jn 08/10 08/08   22/33 ? 1.60
24.40
0.00
Crewe 08L14a ~ 08L45d [P12] 08.14 ~ 08.45   21L56a ~ 22L27d [P11] 21.54 ~ ??.?? [P11] 0.00
160.34
1.60 Basford Hall Jn 08/52 [US] 08/52 [US]   21/50 21/45 [DF] 158.54
8.42 Madeley 08/58 09/02   21/42 ? 151.72
19.15 Norton Bridge 09/09 09/12   21/31 ? 141.19
24.40 Stafford 09/15 [P4] 09/16   21/24 [P5] 21/25 135.74
24.79 Trent Valley Jn 09/16 09/19   21/23 ? 135.35
27.36 Whitehouse Jn 09/30 [UM] 09/33 [UM]   ? ? 132.78
28.52 Milford & Brocton ? 09/35   21/19 ? [DF] 129.62
30.73 Colwich 09/34 [UF] 09/37 [UF]   21/16 [DM] ? [DM] 129.41
33.44 Rugeley North Jn 09/38 ?   21/11 ? 126.70
41.24 Lichfield TV North Jn 09/46 09/46   21/03 ? 119.10
? Tamworth LL ? ?   20.39 ~ 20.54 ? ?
? Amington Jn 09/55 ?   20/36 ? ?
55.60 Atherstone 10w03 ~ 10w18 10.05 ~ 10.18   ? 20/39 104.54
60.73 Nuneaton 10/28 [P5] 10/26   20/24 [P2] 20/34 99.41
62.34 Attleborough Jn ? ?   20/21 ? [DS] 98.00
70.11 Brinklow ? 10/36   20/13 ? [DM] 90.23
74.65 Trent Valley Jn 10/48 10/41   19/57 19/45 [DS] 85.49
75.43 Rugby 10/51 [P6]
[Up Northampton]
10.45 ~ 10.55
[Up Northampton]
  19/55 [P6] 19/43 [P6] 84.71
76.51 Hillmorton Jn 10/53 10/58   19/53 ? [US Bi-Di] 83.63
84.74 Long Buckby 11/05 11/08   19/43 ? 75.40
94.43 Northampton 11/17 [UF] 11/21   19/30 [P2] 19/22 65.71
103.64 Hanslope Jn 11/29 11/31 [US]   19/17 ?
[Down Northampton]
56.50
110.46 Milton Keynes Central 11/36 [P2] 11/40   19/09 [P3] 19/06 49.68
? Denbigh Hall South Jn 11/39 ?   19/03 18.22 ~ 19.01 ?
(113.22) Bletchley UGL / DGL 11w43 ~ 12w28 [UGL] 11.46 ~ 12.48   18w16 ~ 19w00 [DGL] 18.22 ~ 19.01 (47.10)
113.57 Bletchley 12/30 [P4] 12/49   18/12 [P3] 18.17 ~ 18.18 46.57
122.76 Ledburn Jn 12/41 13/02   17/59 18/05 37.38
128.61 Tring 12/48 13/10   17/52 17/52 31.53
134.71 Bourne End Jn 12/54 13/15   17/45 17/45 25.43
142.77 Watford Junction 13/02 [P9] 13/22   17/36 [P8] 17/34 17.37
149.01 Harrow & Wealdstone 13/08 13/29   17/29 17/26 11.33
152.22 Wembley Central 13/13 13/32   17/24 ? 8.12
153.19 Sudbury Jn 13/16
[Up Willesden Relief]
13/34
[Up Willesden Relief]
 
153.45 Wembley Yard South Jn 13/17 13/35  
154.27 Willesden No.7 13/20 13/37  
155.11 Willesden WL Jn 13/23
[Up West London]
13/39
[Up West London]
  17/20 17/19 5.26
155.44 Mitre Bridge Jn 13/25 13/40  
155.74 North Pole Jn 13/26 13/41  
157.67 Kensington Olympia 13.30a [P3] 13.45  
- Camden Jn   17/17 17/14 1.54
- Camden South Jn   17/14 [DS] 17/13 [DS] 1.13
- Euston   17.09d [P14] [Line C] 17.09 [P16] [Line C] 0.00


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