26th March 2011

Spitfire Railtours
The Holy Oakes & The Holy Oakes Mini Tour

Locos Used 37676 'Loch Rannoch', 37685 & 57601
Stock Used (4) 5035+99722+99327+99328+4960+1861+5229+3148+99679+99352+99347+99723

Route :
1Z41 : Weston-super-Mare to Holyhead
1Z43 : Holyhead to Weston-super-Mare

Loco(s) Route
37685 + 37676 (1) Weston-super-Mare - Bristol Temple Meads - Stapleton Road - Filton Jn - Bristol Parkway - Westerleigh Jn - Yate - Standish Jn - Barnwood Jn - Cheltenham Spa - Abbotswood Jn - Worcester Shrub Hill - Droitwich Spa - Kidderminster - Stourbridge Junction - ??? - Bescot Stadium - ??? - Tame Bridge Parkway - ??? - Crewe - Stockport - Manchester Piccadilly
57601 (2) Manchester Piccadilly - ??? - Chester - Rhyl - Llandundo Junction - Bangor - Holyhead
37685 + 37676 (1) Holyhead - (reverse of outward route) - Chester - ??? - ?Manchester Piccadilly? - ??? - ?Stockport? - (reverse of outward route) - Weston-super-Mare

Notes :
(1) 57601 on rear.
(2) 37685+37676 on rear.
(3) Route confirmation required - booked outward route was: Crewe - Stockport - Denton - Ashton Moss North Jn - Baguley Fold Jn - Miles Platting - Manchester Victoria - Eccles - Earlestown - Winwick Jn - Warrington Bank Quay - Acton Grange Jn - Frodsham Jn - Helsby - Mickle Trafford Jn - Chester however photographic evidence exits of the train reversing at Manchester Piccadilly. The legs between Manchester and Holyhead were also ticket separately as 'The Holy Oakes Mini-Tour'.
(4) Stock Used listing comes from sighting of the ECS at Bristol Temple Meads at 10:45am on 27th March hauled by 37685+37670. Assumed to be the same but confirmation is required.


37685 & 37676 wait to leave Holyhead on the return leg (photo: David Hunter)

Sources : Nick Bartlett, David Hunter & Guy Vincent

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from various including David Hunter)

Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual
Weston-super-Mare 06.42d ?   23.31a ?
Bristol Temple Meads ??.??a ~ 07.09d ?   23.04a ~ ??.??d ?
Bristol Parkway ??.??a ~ 07.20d ?   22.50a ~ ??.??d ?
Cam & Dursley ??.??a ~ 07.41d ?   22.27a ~ ??.??d ?
Cheltenham Spa ??.??a ~ 08.04d ?   22.05a ~ ??.??d ?
Worcester Shrub Hill ??.??a ~ 08.29d ?   21.30a ~ ??.??d ?
Droitwich Spa ??.??a ~ 08.39d ?   21.17a ~ ??.??d ?
Tame Bridge Parkway ??.??a ~ 09.43d ?   20.14a ~ ??.??d ?
Manchester Victoria ??.??a ~ 12.05d ?   18.19a ~ ??.??d ?
Chester 13.12a ~ 13.16d ??.?? ~ 13.16 [P4]   17.26a ~ 17.29d 17.28 ~ ??.?? [P4]
Chester South Jn 13/17 13/17 [DF]   17/24 17/27
Saltney Jn 13/19 13/20   17/22 17/25
Rockliffe Hall 13/27 ?   17/14 17/18
Holywell Jn 13/34 13/32   17/07 17/11
Rhyl 13/46 13/43 [DM]   16/54 16/53 [UM]
Colwyn Bay 13/56 13/55   16/44 16/42
Llandudno Junction 14/01 13/59 [P4]   16/39 16/36 [P3]
Penmaenmawr 14/07 14/05   16/32 16/25
Conwy ? ?   16/36 16/30
Bangor 14/17 14/14 [DM]   16/22 16/17 [UM]
Menai Bridge 14/20 14/18   16/18 16/12
Llanfairpwll 14/23 14/21   16/15 16/11
Gaerwen 14/27 ?   16/11 ?
Valley 14/42 14/38   15/56 15/55
Holyhead 14.50a 14.45 [P1]   15.50d 15.50 [P1]


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