10th September 2010
Rail Blue Charters
The West Coast Premier
|Loco Used||87002 'Royal Sovereign'|
|Stock Used (2)||3368/3374/6122/6173/9506/10202/10588/11064/11065/11071/11084/11086/80042|
1Z87 : Watford Junction to Edinburgh Waverley
1Z89 : Edinburgh Waverley to Watford Junction
|87002||Watford Junction - (via WCML, Northampton & Trent Valley) - Carstairs South Jn - Midcalder Jn - Slateford - Haymarket - Edinburgh Waverley|
|87002||Edinburgh Waverley - (reverse of outward route) - Watford Junction|
(1) Paul Steane comments: The train was formed up in the DB Schenker yard at Wembley with 87002 at the helm. Leaving there at the dreadfully early hour of 05:42 the first pick-up point was at Watford Junction. The train then picked up at Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted, Tring, Leighton Buzzard, Milton Keynes Central, Northampton, Rugby and Nuneaton. Loading times at some of these stations was rather slow and we were 13 minutes late leaving Nuneaton. The standard route down the West Coast Main Line was taken with crew changes at Crewe and Carlisle, via the curve at Carstairs and on to Edinburgh Waverley. Shap was climbed in heavy rain and some time was lost due to slipping, speed being down to 55mph at the summit. A pause in Beattock Station loop (rather than the booked Abington Loop) meant that we were 15 late at Carstairs, where a slow moving freight was put in front of us. Arrival in Waverley was 19 late at 12:52, and stock went forward to Craigentinny for servicing and a shunt to put the 87 on the correct end of the train. The return was via the same route, leaving Waverley at 16:46. One of the restaurant cars had been inadequately watered at Craigentinny so a special halt was made at Carlisle for a top-up. Leaving there 15 late, we had a good dry run and the first set-down at Nuneaton was pretty much on time. Again time was lost at the set-down calls and Watford Junction was reached 24 minutes late at 23:33. Final arrival back in Wembley yard for the stock was at 23:58.
(2) Stock is listed here in numerical order, not as formed on the tour.
Sources : various including Nick Bartlett, Paul Steane &
Timings (Advertised Only)
|Location||Booked (out)||Booked (rtn)|
|Milton Keynes Central||06.25d||22.45d|
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