4th December 2010
The Edinburgh Explorer / The Royal Scots Tay
|Locos Used||47500 & 55022 'Royal Scots Grey'|
1Z30 : 05.38d Preston to Edinburgh Waverley
1Z37 : 12.10d Edinburgh Waverley to Dundee
1Z38 : 15.25d Dundee to Edinburgh Waverley
1Z32 : 17.17d Edinburgh Waverley to Preston
|Edinburgh Explorer||55022 (1)||Preston - Wigan North Western - Ince - Westhoughton - Bolton - Manchester Victoria - Stalybridge - Huddersfield - Leeds - York - (via ECML) - Edinburgh Waverley|
|Royal Scots Tay||55022 (1)||Edinburgh Waverley - Haymarket - Dalmeny - Inverkeithing - Dunfermlien Town - Cowdenbeath - Thornton West Jn (3) - Thornton South Jn|
|Royal Scots Tay||47500 (2)||Thornton South Jn - Markinch - Ladybank - Cupar - Dundee|
|Royal Scots Tay||55022 (1)||Dundee - Cupar - Ladybank - Markinch - Kirkaldy - Inverkeithing - Dalmeny - Haymarket - Edinburgh Waverley|
|Edinburgh Explorer||55022 (1)||Edinburgh Waverley - (reverse of outward route) - Preston|
(1) was 47500 on rear?
(2) was 55022 on rear?
(3) Due to 'poor weather' most of the country was covered by snow and ice, which had led to a blanket 100/80mph restriction on the ECML and no trains north of Edinburgh in Scotland, meant that this was the only train to Dundee however the payback was that as nobody wanted to risk a run round so the train was diverted at Thornton to allow 47500 to take the train to Dundee thus putting 55022 on the front for the run back home. A downside of this for standard class was that the premier dining passengers had 55022 at their end all day.
Sources : Nick Bartlett & 'David'
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