4th & 6th March 2011

Spitfire Railtours
(Positioning Tours)

Locos Used 55022 'Royal Scots Grey' & 57601
Stock Used 4994+4905+99318+5035+1861+3150+3148+99677+3136+99679+99121+99122

Route :
1Z25 : Preston to London Euston
1Z28 : London Euston to Preston

Date Loco(s) Route
04/03 55022 (2) Preston - (via WCML, Trent Valley & Weedon) - London Euston
06/03 55022 (2) London Euston - (via WCML, Northampton & Trent Valley) - Crewe - Sandbach - Wilmslow - Cheadle Hulme - Stockport - Denton - Ashton Moss North Jn - Baguley Fold Jn - Miles Platting Jn - Manchester Victoria - Salford Crescent - Bolton - Chorley - Euxton Jn - Preston

Notes :
(1) These were positioning tours to get the locos and stock to/from London for 5th March's 'The Royal Scots Grey' tour. The return leg was originally advertised as departing from London Paddington but this was revised due to engineering works in the Didcot area.
(2) 57601 on rear (providing ETS only).
(3) Return route, loco and headcode confirmation are required.

Sources : David Hunter (on the outward leg throughout), Nick Bartlett & Scott Borthwick

Photo Review


55022 starting an engine at Preston on March 4th (photo: David Hunter)


55022 at Caldecote north of Nuneaton on March 6th (photo: Ian Strange)


Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from David Hunter, Nick Bartlett, Paul Beardsley & Scott Borthwick)

Location

Booked Actual   Booked
[Advertised] (rtn)
Preston 09.05d 09.05 [P4] [UF]   18.23a
Euxton Jn 09/12 09/12   18/18
Chorley   18/12
Lostock Jn   18/04
Bolton   18/00
Salford Central   17/50
Salford Crescent   17/47
Deal Street Jn   17/46
Manchester Victoria   17.33a ~ 17.45d
Miles Platting Jn   17/30
Philips Park West Jn   17/26
Baguley Fold Jn   17/23
Ashton Moss North Jn   17/19
Denton Jn   17/13
Denton Station Jn   17/11
Ash Bridge Jn   17/07
Heaton Norris Jn   17/06
Stockport   17/04
Edgeley No.1   17/02
Adswood Road   16/50
Cheadle Hulme   16/49
Wilmslow   16/40
Alderley Edge   16/38
Sandbach   16/28
Crewe Sydney Bridge   16/23
Balshaw Lane 09/14 ?   -
Wigan North Western 09/20 ?   -
Wigan South Jn 09/21 ?   -
Springs Branch Jn 09/21 ?   -
Winwick Jn 09/27 09/26   -
Dallam Jn 09/29 09/28   -
Warrington Bank Quay 09/30 09/28   -
Acton Grange Jn 09/33 09/29   -
Weaver Jn 09/40 09/33   -
Acton Bridge 09/42 ?   -
Hartford Jn 09/44 09/37   -
Winsford 09/48 09/39 [UF]   -
Crewe Coay Yard SB 10/00 ?   -
Crewe 10.01a ~ 10.04d 09.53 ~ 10.05 [P12] [UF]   16.17a ~ 16.21d
Basford Hall Jn 10/09 10/11 [UF]   15/57
Madeley 10/13 ?   15/50
Norton Bridge 10/23 10/25 [UF]   15/41
Stafford 10/30 10/31 [UF]   15/37
Stafford No.4 ? ?   15/36
Trent Valley Jn ? ?   15/35
Milford & Brocton ? ?   15/31
Colwich 10/38 10/38 [US]   15/29
Rugeley North Jn 10/41 10/40   15/25
Lichfield North Jn 10/47 10/45   15/19
Amington Jn 10/53 10/51   15/14
Nuneaton 11/07 11/06   14.59a ~ 15.03d
Attleborough Jn ? ?   14/55
Brinklow ? ?   14/49
Trent Valley Jn 11/21 ?   14/41
Rugby 11.24a ~ 11.28d 11.22 ~ 11.37 [P5] [UF]   14/40
Hilmorton Jn 11/31 11/39 [UM]   14/38
Long Buckby   14/30
Northampton   14/19
Weedon 11/40 ?   -
Hanslope Jn 11/51 11/58 [US]   14/06
Milton Keynes Central 11/58 12/03 [US]   14/00
Bletchley 12/01 12/06 [US]   13/54
Ledburn Jn 12/10 12/14 [US]   13/47
Tring 12/19 12/18 [US]   13/37
Bourne End 12/26 ? [US]   13/32
Watford Junction 12/36 12/30 [US]   13/24
Harrow & Wealdstone 12/42 12/36 [US]   13/19
Wembley Central 12/48 12/38 [US]   13/15
Willesden WL Jn 12/50 12/40 [US]   13/12
Camden Jn 12/53 ?   13/09
Camden South Jn 12/54 12/47   13/09
Euston 12.57a 12.50 [P1]   13.06d


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