29th May 2010

Spitfire Railtours
The Prisoner

Locos Used 37069, 37218, 37685 (1) & 37706
Stock Used 5487+99318+99327+5035+99328+99679+5032+3150+3148+3143+99680

Route :
1Z25 : Preston to Pwllheli
1Z26 : Pwllheli to Preston

Loco(s) Route
37685 + 37706 + 37218 (1) Preston - (via WCML) - Crewe
37069 + 37218 Crewe - Madeley - Norton Bridge - Stafford - Bushbury Jn - Stafford Road Jn - Oxley SB - Telford - Wellington - Abbey Foregate Jn - (2) - English Bridge Jn - Sutton Bridge Jn - Welshpool - Newtown - Machynlleth - Dovey Junction - Towyn - Barmouth - Minffordd - Pwllheli
37069 + 37218 Pwllheli - (reverse of outward route) (2) - Crewe
37706 + 37685 (1) Crewe - (via WCML) - Preston

Notes :
(1) 37685 was failed before the tour and was dead in the formation throughout (though being lead loco on the outward leg was being driven, despite the engine not running).
(2) Was booked to reverse at Shrewsbury and change locos on both outward and return, but didn't - the loco change occurring at Crewe instead.
(3) Booked timings below are from the tour booklet however Richard Hughes comments that these were superseded the day before the tour due to congestion on the Cambrian line - can anyone provide a set of the finalised booked timings?

Source : Richard Hughes

Timings (Booked & Actual)

(from Richard Hughes)

Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual
Preston 07.07d 07.07   23.38a 23.46
Euxton Jn 07/14 ?   23/33 23/34
Balshaw Lane Jn 07/16 ?   23/29 23/32
Wigan North Western 07.23a ~ 07.32d 07.24 ~ 07.36   22.59a ~ 23.14d 23.06 ~ 23.19
Wigan South Jn 07/34 ?   22/58 ?
Springs Branch Jn 07/34 07/39   22/57 23/03
Bamfurlong Jn 07/37 07/40   22/56 23/02
Golborne Jn 07/41 07/43   22/52 22/57
Winwick Jn 07/44 07/45   22/49 22/54
Dallam Jn 07/46 07/47   22/47 22/51
Warrington Bank Quay 07.48a ~ 07.58d 07.50 ~ 07.58   22.40a ~ 22.44d 22.47 ~ 22.49
Acton Grange Jn 08/05 08/02   22/38 22/45
Weaver Jn 08/13 08/12   22/35 22/40
Acton Bridge 08/15 08/15   22/33 22/39
Hartford Jn 08/17 08/17   22/32 22/37
Winsford 08/24 08/20   22/28 22/33
Crewe Coal Yard 08/33 08/29   22/22 ?
Crewe 08.35a ~ 08.55d 08.32 ~ 08.57   22.03a ~ 22.19d 21.59 ~ 22.22
Basford Hall Jn 09/01 09/06   21/59 21/54
Madeley 09/06 09/14   21/55 21/47
Norton Bridge 09/16 09/21   21/43 21/39
Stafford 09.21a ~ 09.29d 09.28 ~ 09.35   21.27a ~ 21.36d 21.21 ~ 21.33
Trent Valley Jn 09/30 09/37   21/25 21/19
Penkridge 09.36a ~ 09.40d 09.43 ~ 09.44   21.18a ~ 21.21d 21.11 ~ 21.12
Bushbury Jn 09/47 09/54   21/09 21/02
Stafford Road Jn 09/52 10/00   21/05 20/57
Oxley SB 09/52 10/01   21/04 20/56
Cosford 10/01 10/08   20/58 20/47
Madeley Jn 10/05 10/13   20/53 ?
Telford Central 10.07a ~ 10.11d 10.16 ~ 10.17   20.49a ~ 20.52d 20.38 ~ 20.40
Wellington 10/14 10/22   20/45 20/32
Abbey Foregate Jn 10/24 10/32   20/38 20/22
Shrewsbury 10L26a ~ 10L43d DIV   19L57a ~ 20L24d DIV
Sutton Bridge Jn 10/46 10/39   19/54 20/16
Welshpool 11.04 ~ 11.06 11.00 ~ 11.00   19.31 ~ 19.33 19.54 ~ 19.56
Newtown 11.30 ~ 11.32 11.17 ~ 11.17   19.04 ~ 19.06 19.36 ~ 19.38
Talerddig 11.49 ~ 11.51 11.37 ~ 11.37   18.46 ~ 18.48 19.15 ~ 19.17
Machynlleth 12.08 ~ 12.10 11.56 ~ 12.02   18.25 ~ 18.27 18.53 ~ 18.56
Dovey Junction 12.16 ~ 12.18 12.10 ~ 12.10   18.02 ~ 18.17 18.44 ~ 18.46
Towyn 12.34 ~ 12.36 12.27 ~ 12.27   17.44 ~ 17.46 18.26 ~ 18.28
Barmouth 13.00 ~ 13.04 12.52 ~ 12.55   17.17 ~ 17.21 17.28 ~ 17.58
Llanaber 13.07 ~ 13.09 12.58 ~ 12.58   17.12 ~ 17.14 17.24 ~ 17.24
Harlech 13.21 ~ 13.23 13.13 ~ 13.13   16.57 ~ 16.59 17.08 ~ 17.10
Minffordd 13.36 ~ 13.40 13.26 ~ 13.29   16.41 ~ 16.45 16.52 ~ 16.56
Porthmadog 13.46a ~ 13.50d 13.40 ~ ??.??   16.33a ~ 16.35d 16.35 ~ 16.46
Penychain 14.02 ~ 14.02 ?   16.19 ~ 16.21 16.22 ~ 16.22
Pwllheli 14.11a ?   16.15d 16.16


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