6th November 2010

Spitfire Railtours
The Lowland Growler 2 / The Poppy

Locos Used 37676 'Loch Rannoch', 37685 & 47804
Stock Used booked for load 12

Route :
1Z59 : Birmingham International via Edinburgh Waverley to Shields Jn
1Z60 : Shields Jn via Edinburgh Waverley to Birmingham International

Tour Name Loco(s) Route
Lowland Growler 2 37676 + 37685 (2) Birmingham International - Stechford - Proof House Jn - Birmingham New Street - Soho South Jn - Soho East Jn - Perry Barr North Jn - Tame Bridge Parkway - Bescot Stadium - Portobello Jn - Wolverhampton - Bushbury Jn - Stafford - (via WCML) - Carstairs South Jn - Midcalder Jn - Slateford - Craiglockhart Jn - Niddrie West Jn - Portobello Jn - Abbeyhill Jn - Edinburgh Waverley
Poppy 37676 + 37685 (2) Edinburgh Waverley - Haymarket - Newbridge jn - Bathgate - Airdrie - Coatbridge Sunnyside - Bellgrove - Abbeyhill Jn - Shields Jn
Poppy 47804 (3) Shields Jn - Terminus Jn - Larkfield Jn - Rutherglen East Jn - Carmyle - Whifflet South Jn - Mossend North jn - Mossend East Jn - Shotts - Midcalder Jn -Slateford - Craiglockhart Jn - Niddrie West Jn - Portobello Jn - Abbeyhill Jn - Edinburgh Waverley
Lowland Growler 2 37676 + 37685 (2) Edinburgh Waverley - (reverse of outward route) - Euxton Jn - Chorley - Lostock Jn - Bolton - Salford Crescent - Castleford Jn - Manchester Piccadilly - Slade Lane Jn - Stockport - Cheadle Hulme - Wilmslow - Sandbach - Crewe - (reverse of outward route) - Bushbury Jn - Portobello Jn - Bescot Stadium - Perry Barr North Jn - Aston - Stechford - Birmingham International

Notes :
(1) John Cowlishaw comments: this train was the first to carry fare-paying passengers over the newly re-opened Airdrie to Bathgate line.
(2) 47804 on rear.
(3) 37676 & 37685 on rear.
(4) Train was held at Carlisle on the outward journey to adjust the brakes to prevent dragging.

Source : John Cowlishaw (joined/left the train at Crewe)

Photo Review


37676 & 37685 at Edinburgh Waverley (photo: John Cowlishaw)


47804, also at Edinburgh Waverley (photo: John Cowlishaw)


Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from John Cowlishaw)

M.C Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual M.C
0.00 Birmingham International 04.53d ?   23.33a ? 320.24
4.33 Stechford 04/57 ?   23/25 ? 315.71
7.44 Proof House Jn 05/01 ?  
8.18 Birmingham New Street 05.04a ~ 05.07d ?  
10.19 Soho South Jn 05/12 ?  
10.52 Soho East Jn 05/13 ?  
12.51 Perry Barr West Jn 05/16 ?  
- Aston   23/18 ? 312.74
13.00 Perry Barr North Jn 05/17 ?   23/15 ? 310.30
16.38 Tame Bridge Parkway 05.20a ~ 05.22d ?   23.08a ~ 23.11d ? 306.72
17.37 Bescot Stadium 05/25 ?   23/06 ? 305.73
18.55 Darlaston Jn 05/26 ?   23/03 ? 304.55
21.54 Portobello Jn 05/29 ?   23/01 ? 301.56
23.44 Wolverhampton 05.34a ~ 05.36d ?  
24.01 Wolverhampton North Jn 05/38 ?  
25.12 Bushbury Jn 05/39 ?   22/57 ? 299.08
38.30 Trent Valley Jn 05/51 ?   22/43 ? 285.70
38.69 Stafford 05.53a ~ 05.57d ?   22.40a ~ 22.42d ? 285.31
44.14 Norton Bridge 06/03 ?   22/34 ? 280.02
55.20 Madeley 06/15 ?   22/25 ? 269.00
61.42 Basford Hall Jn 06/23 ?   22/17 ? 262.58
63.26 Crewe 06.26a ~ 06.30d ??.?? ~ 06.33   22.07a ~ 22.15d 22.12 ~ ??.?? 260.74
64.14 Crewe Coal Yard SB 06/31 06/33  
70.67 Winsford 06/38 06/41  
75.73 Hartford Jn 06/42 06/45  
77.64 Acton Bridge 06/44 06/47  
80.46 Weaver Jn 06/46 06/49  
85.46 Acton Grange Jn 06/51 06/52  
87.37 Warrington Bank Quay 06/52 06/54  
90.70 Winwick Jn 06/56 06/56  
97.68 Springs Branch Jn 07/03 07/02  
98.60 Wigan South Jn 07/04 ?  
99.17 Wigan North Western 07/04 07/03  
106.68 Balshaw Lane Jn 07/12 07/12  
- Crewe Sydney Bridge   22/03 ? 260.03
- Sandbach   21/58 22/00 256.29
- Chelford   21.42 ~ 21.48 [Loop] 21.45 ~ 21.48 [Loop] 246.62
- Alderley Edge   21/37 21/37 243.58
- Wilmslow   21/35 21/32 242.08
- Cheadle Hulme   21/28 21/28 238.27
- Adswood Road Jn   21/26 21/27 237.36
- Edgeley No.1 Jn   21/25 21/25 236.45
- Stockport   21/23 21/24 235.79
- Heaton Norris Jn   21/21 21/23 235.24
- Slade Lane Jn   21/17 21/20 232.34
- Ardwick Jn   21/15 21/17 230.72
- Manchester Piccadilly   21/14 21/16 230.15
- Manchester Oxford Road   21/09 21/10 229.52
- Deansgate   21/08 21/09 229.23
- Castleford Jn   21/06 21/09 229.13
- Ordsall Lane Jn   20/56 20/58 228.52
- Salford Crescent   20/53 20/53 227.66
- Burnden Jn   20.31 ~ 20.40 20.35 ~ 20.41 219.41
- Bolton   20/28 20/31 218.75
- Lostock Jn   20/24 20/26 216.06
- Blackrod   20/20 20/17 212.31
- Chorley   20/09 20/10 207.25
108.72 Euxton Jn 07/15 ?   20/02 20/07 204.21
114.34 Preston 07.22a ~ 07.24d 07/15   19.54a ~ 19.56d 19.57 ~ 20.00 198.59
135.25 Lancaster 07/44 07/43   19/31 19/36 177.68
137.18 Morecambe South Jn 07/47 07/47   19/30 ? 175.75
141.17 Carnforth UPL   19.17 ~ 19.25 19.19 ~ 19.23 171.76
141.33 Carnforth North Jn 07/51 ?   19/16 19/18 171.60
154.33 Oxenholme Lake Disrtrict 08/04 08/04   19/01 19/05 158.60
168.08 Tebay 08/18 08/17   18/49 18/55 145.05
185.39 Penrith South Jn 08/36 08/36   ? ? 127.54
186.45 Penrith North Lakes 08.39 ~ 08.50 08.40 ~ 08.47   18/30 18/37 126.48
204.34 Carlisle 09.11a ~ 09.13d 09.07 ~ 09.31   18.11a ~ 18.13d 18.13 ~ 18.16 108.59
206.37 Kingmoor ? 09/36   18.00 ~ 18.07 [UL] 18.04 ~ 18.07 106.56
213.11 Gretna Jn 09/22 09/41   17/51 17/53 100.02
? Kirkpatrick 09/26 [sig MC863] ?   17/48 [sig MC862] ? ?
230.14 Lockerbie UL   17.27 ~ 17.35 17.25 ~ 17.38 82.79
230.20 Lockerbie 09/39 09/54   ? ? 82.73
244.37 Beattock 09/52 10/04   17/12 ? 68.56
254.18 Beattock Summit 10/02 10/17   17/02 17/00 58.75
262.24 Abington 10.12 ~ 10.26 10.26 ~ 10.32   16.45 ~ 16.53 16.43 ~ 16.50 50.69
277.47 Carstairs South Jn 10/42 10/46   16/29 16/29 35.46
278.02 Carstairs East Jn 10/46 10/48   16/25 16/24 35.11
283.26 Auchengray 10/51 10/54   16/18 16/19 29.67
288.74 Torphin 10/57 ?   16/13 ? 24.19
293.68 Midcalder Jn 11/04 ?   16/08 16/07 19.25
302.73 Slateford Jn 11/14 11/12   15/57 15/55 10.20
303.41 Craiglockhart Jn 11/16 11/25   15/55 15/53 9.52
308.54 Niddrie West Jn 11/30 ?   15/39 15/43 4.39
309.63 Portobello Jn 11/34 ?   15/34 15/40 3.30
310.77 Craigentinny Jn 11/36 ?   15/32 15/37 2.16
312.32 Abbeyhill Jn 11/38 ?   15/31 ? 0.61
313.13 Edinburgh Waverley 11.40a 11.36   15.29d 15.33 0.00

 

M.C Location Booked Actual
0.00 Edinburgh Waverley 12.03d 12.03
? Princes Street Gardens 12/04 12/05
1.19 Haymarket 12/07 ?
2.28 Haymarket West Jn 12/09 ?
8.42 Newbridge Jn 12/17 12/17
12.56 Uphall 12/21 12/22
18.58 Bathgate 12/30 12/29
31.77 Drumgelloch 12/50 12.44 ~ 12.45
33.09 Airdrie 12/52 12/47
34.76 Coatbridge Sunnyside 12/56 12/52
40.30 Shettleston 13/06 13/03
42.72 Bellgrove 13/13 13/13
43.19 High Street Jn 13/14 13/14
44.19
0.00
Shields Jn 13.24 ~ 13.36 13.25 ~ 13.29
0.44 Terminus Jn 13/37 ?
1.35 Larkfield Jn 13/40 13/34
3.18 Rutherglen East Jn 13/46 ?
4.64 Carmyle 13/50 ?
9.56 Langloan Jn 14/05 13/51
10.55 Whifflet South Jn 14/08 13/53
? Mossend 14/10 ?
12.77 Mossend North Jn 14/11 13/58
13.37 Mossend East Jn 14/11 14/01
14.24 Holytown Jn 14/12 14/03
21.27 Shotts 14/19 14/18
24.00 Benhar Jn 14/22 14/23
36.09 Midcalder Jn 14/40 14/40
45.14 Slateford Jn 14/51 14/51
45.62 Craiglockhart Jn 14/53 14/53
50.75 Niddrie West Jn 15/02 15/05
52.04 Portobello Jn 15/05 15/08
53.18 Craigentinny Jn 15/07 15/09
54.53 Abbeyhill Jn 15/09 ?
55.34 Edinburgh Waverley 15.11a 15.16

Timings continue in first table.

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