3rd - 6th September 2010

Railway Touring Company
The West Highlander

Locos Used 37685, 47760 & steam: 45231, 45407, 5690 'Leander' & 61994 'The Great Marquess'

Route :
1Z30 : Liverpool Lime Street to Glasgow Central
1Z35 : Glasgow Queen Street to Fort William
1Z37 : Fort William to Mallaig
1Z38 : Mallaig to Fort William
1Z40 : Fort William to Oban
1Z41 : Oban to Glasgow Queen Street
1Z45 : Glasgow Central to Liverpool Lime Street

Date Loco(s) Route
03/09 5690 Liverpool Lime Street - Huyton - ??? - Wigan North Western - (via WCML) - Glasgow Central
04/09 61994 (2) Glasgow Queen Street - Cowlairs North Jn - Westerton - Dumbarton Central - Craigendoran Jn - Garelochhead - Crianlarich - Rannoch - Fort William
04/09 45231 Fort William - Glenfinnan - Mallaig
04/09 45231 Mallaig - Glenfinnan - Fort William
05/09 61994 Fort William - Rannoch - Crianlarich
05/09 45407 Crianlarich - Tyndrum Lower - between MP 35 & 35 (3)
05/09 45407 (4) between MP 35 & 35 - Tyndrum Lower
05/09 45407 Tyndrum Lower - Dalmally - Oban
05/09 45407 Oban - between MP 69 & 69 (5)
05/09 45407 (4) between MP 69 & 69 - Oban
05/09 45407 + 61994 Oban - Dalmally - Crianlarich (6)
05/09 61994 Crianlarich - Garelochhead
05/09 61994 (7) Garelochhead - Craigendoran Jn - Dumbarton Central - Westerton - Cowlairs North Jn - Glasgow Queen Street
06/09 5690 Glasgow Central - Paisley Gilmour Street - Dalry - Irvine - Prestwick - Newton-on-Ayr - Mauchline Jn - Kirkconnel - Dumfries - Annan - Gretna Jn - (via WCML) - Carnforth [UDGL]
06/09 47760 (8) Carnforth [UDGL] - (via WCML) - Golborne Jn - Lowton Jn - Earlestown - Huyton - Liverpool Lime Street

Notes :
(1) 5690 replaced originally advertised 46115.
(2) Banked by 47760 from Glasgow Queen Street to Cowlairs North Jn.
(3) Nick Wason comments: 45407 failed to reach Tyndrum Summit on the first attempt. After setting back to Tyndrum Lower the second attempt was successful.
(4) Loco propelling.
(5) 45407 failed to reach Glencruitten Summit so set-back to Oban where departure was delayed until assistance arrived in the shape of 61994. 61994 is RA6, so special clearance was given at short notice for it to run to Oban, which is RA5. Tour departed Oban at 20.41 (6h 23mins late!).
(6) 45407 was running low on coal by Crianlarich, where it was detached. 47760 was sent Light Engine from Cadder Yard to assist, but wasn't attached to the train until Garelochhead. Prior to that however, further problems were encountered on the climb to Glen Douglas summit where 61994 stalled. After a few failed attempts to restart the train, members of the support crew sanded the rails for around mile. 61994 then successfully restarted the train and continued towards Glasgow, picking up 47760 at Garelochhead. 47760 assisted from the rear in certain locations. The tour eventually arrived Glasgow Queen Street 03.11 (8h 14mins late).
(7) 47760 on rear.
(8) 37685 on rear.

Sources : Nick Bartlett & Nick Wason

Timings (Booked Only)
(from Nick Bartlett)

04/09 & 06/09

Location Booked (out) Booked (rtn)
Liverpool Lime Street 07.19d 19.15a
Huyton 07/33 ?
Wigan North Western 08/05 ?
Preston 08.31a ~ 09.11d 18.11a ~ 18.21d
Lancaster 09/34 ?
Carnforth 09/43 [North Jn] 17L07 ~ 17L45 [UDGL]
Oxenholme Lake District 10.03a ~ 10.35d ?
Tebay 11/04 ?
Penrith 11.20a ~ 12.15d 16/10
Carlisle 12.41a ~ 13.07d 15.41a ~ 15.51d
Kingmoor ? 15.21 ~ 15.37 [UL]
Gretna Jn 13/20 15/12

04/09

Location Booked
Lockerbie 13.46a ~ 14.32d
Beattock 14/50
Beattock Summit 15/07
Abington 15.20 ~ 16.16 [DPL]
Carstairs 16/37
Law Jn 16/51
Holytown Jn 17/01
Rutherglen East Jn 17/16
Glasgow Central 17.28a

04/09 - 05/09

Location Booked (out) Booked (rtn)
Glasgow Queen Street 06.38d 18.57a
Cowlairs North Jn 06L47 ~ 06L57 18/50
Westerton 07/11 18/41
Dumbarton Central 07.34a ~ 07.43d 18/25
Craigendoran Jn 07/55 17.47 ~ 18.17
Henelsburgh Upper ??.?? ~ 08.01 ??.?? ~ 17.43
Garelochhead ??.?? ~ 08.16 ??.?? ~ 17.31
Arrochar & Tarbet ??.?? ~ 08.42 ??.?? ~ 17.09
Ardlui ??.?? ~ 09.00 ??.?? ~ 16.54
Crianlarich 09w20 ~ 10w36 09.54 ~ 16.37d
[See below for Oban trip times]
Upper Tyndrum ??.?? ~ 10.49 ??.?? ~ 09.42
Bridge of Orchy ??.?? ~ 11.13 ??.?? ~ 09.29
Rannoch ??.?? ~ 11.36 ??.?? ~ 09.00
Corrour 11/52 08/43
Tulloch ??.?? ~ 12.14 ??.?? ~ 08.04
Roy Bridge ? 07.31 ~ 07.51
Spean Bridge ??.?? ~ 12.31 ??.?? ~ 07.25
Fort William Jn 12/45 ?
Fort William 12.48a ~ 13.20d 18.53a ~ 07.04d
Fort William Jn ? ?
Banavie 13/26 18/46
Loch Eil OB 13.37 ~ 13.39 18.30 ~ 18.32
Glenfinnan 14.02 ~ 14.04 18.11 ~ 18.13
Arisaig 14.42 ~ 14.44 17.25 ~ 17.28
Morar ? 17.10 ~ 17.12
Mallaig 15.05a 17.00d

05/09

Location Booked (out) Booked (rtn)
Crianlarich 09.54a ~ 10.19d 16.07a ~ 16.37d
Tyndrum Lower 10/30 15/45
Dalmally 10.46 ~ 10.48 15.26 ~ 15.28
Taynuilt 11.18 ~ 11.20 14.59 ~ 15.03
Oban 12.00a 14.18d

06/09

Location Booked
Glasgow Central 09.53d
Paisley Gilmour Street 10/05
Dalry 10/23
Irvine 10/31
Prestwick 10/42
Falkland DGL 10.45 ~ 11.17
Newton-on-Ayr 11.20 ~ 11.25
Mauchline Jn 11.48 ~ 11.50
New Cumnock 12.04 ~ 12.14
Kirkconnel 12/31
Thornhill 12.49 ~ 14.14
Dumfries 14/35
Annan 14/55

Timings continued in first table.

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