11th September 2010

Spitfire Railtours
The Norseman & 'Positioning Tour'

Locos Used at least 47760 & 55022 'Royal Scots Grey'
Stock Used 4905+4960+4994+5032+99328+6528+5239+5229+3150+99304+506+3148

Route :
1Z55 : Kings Cross to Newcastle
1Z56 : Newcastle to Kings Cross

Tour Loco(s) Route
'Positioning Tour' 47760 (1) Doncaster - (via ECML) - London Kings Cross
'Norseman' 55022 (2) London Kings Cross - (via ECML) - Northallerton East Jn - Norton South Jn - Norton West Jn - Tursdale Jn - (via ECML) - Newcastle
'Norseman' 55022 (2) Newcastle - King Edward Bridge North Jn - King Edward Bridge East Jn - Greensfield Jn - Park Lane Jn - Sunderland - Hartlepool - Billingham - Eaglescliffe - Northallerton East Jn - (reverse of outward route) - London Kings Cross
'Positioning Tour' 47760 (1) London Kings Cross - (via ECML) - Doncaster

Notes :
(1) 55022 on rear.
(2) 47760 on rear.
(3) Route confirmation required - above is as booked. The leg from York to York was also ticketed as the 'Norseman mini tour'.

Sources : various including Nick Blyth, Gordon Lacy & Jarrod Barker

Photo Review

47760 at Kings Cross with the positioning tour (photo: Nick Blyth)

Heading north, passing Colton Jn (photo: Paul Braybrook)

Abysmal weather at York as 55022 arrives (photo: Nick Blyth)

Better weather at Claypole but running 26mins late (photo: Gordon Lacy)

...and finally, entering Peterborough on the way home (photo: Nick Bartlett)

Timings (Booked Only)

Location Booked (out) Booked (rtn)
Doncaster 05.20d 21.41a
Kings Cross 07.50a ~ 08.18d 18.51a ~ 19.10d
Potters Bar 08.33d 18.36a
Peterborough 09.37d 17.22a
York 11.22a ~ 11.25d 15.34a ~ 15.37d
Newcastle 12.28a 13.50d

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