22nd - 25th May 2011

Pathfinder Tours
The Easter Highlander

Locos Used 37218, 37607, 47501 'Craftsman' & 47810 'Peter Bath MBE'
Stock Used 12x mark 1's

Route :
1Z21 : Salisbury to Carlisle
1Z22 : Carlisle to Inverness
1Z19 : Inverness to Aberdeen
1Z?? : Aberdeen to Inverness
1Z?? : Inverness via Wick/Thurso to Inverness
1Z23 : Inverness to Carlisle
1Z?? : Carlisle to Salisbury

Date Loco(s) Route
22/05 47810 + 47501 Salisbury - Warminster - Trowbridge - Bath Spa - North Somerset Jn - Dr Days Jn - Stapleton Road - Filton Jn - Bristol Parkway - Westerleigh Jn - Gloucester - Lydney Jn - Severn Tunnel Junction - Maindee North Jn - Abergavenny - Hereford - Craven Arms - Shrewsbury - Crewe - (via WCML) - Carlisle
22/05 37218 + 37607 Carlisle - ??? - Inverness
23/05 37607 + 37218 Inverness - Keith - Aberdeen
23/05 37218 + 37607 Aberdeen - Keith - Inverness
24/05 37218 + 37607 Inverness - Wick - Thurso - Wick - Inverness
25/05 37607 + 37218 Inverness - Aviemore - Pitlochry - Perth - Stirling - ??? - Carlisle
25/05 47501 + 47810 Carlisle - (reverse of outward route) - Salisbury

Notes :
(1) Route & loco confirmation required, especially where the 47's swapped to the 37's (believed to have been Carlisle) and on 24/05 when class 37's were given as double-headed but several reversals were required during the day (Wick, Thurso and Geogemas Junction) thus some top-n-tailing may have taken place. It was reported that the outward leg from Salisbury was heavily delayed due to a derailment at Eastleigh depot.

Source : Nick Bartlett

Timings (Advertised Only)
(from Nick Bartlett)

22/05 & 25/05

Location Advertised (out) [booked] Advertised (rtn)
Salisbury 06.00d [05.51d] 23.55a
Warminster ??.??a ~ 06.25d 23.30a ~ ??.??d
Trowbridge ??.??a ~ 06.45d 23.10a ~ ??.??d
Bath Spa ??.??a ~ 07.10d 22.45a ~ ??.??d
Bristol Parkway ??.??a ~ 07.40d 22.15a ~ ??.??d
Gloucester ??.??a ~ 08.20d 21.35a ~ ??.??d
Cwmbran ??.??a ~ 09.20d 20.35a ~ ??.??d
Abvergavenny ??.??a ~ 09.35d 20.20a ~ ??.??d
Hereford ??.??a ~ 10.05d 19.50a ~ ??.??d
Shrewsbury ??.??a ~ 11.05d 18.50a ~ ??.??d
Crewe ??.??a ~ 11.55d 18.00a ~ ??.??d
Preston ??.??a ~ 13.30d 16.30a ~ ??.??d
Inverness ??.??a 09.00d

23/05

Location Advertised (out) [booked] Advertised (rtn)
Inverness 09.30d ??.??a
Aberdeen ??.??a ??.??d

Off train 'Option A' : by road from Keith to MacDuff, Fraserburgh and Peterhead.
Option 'B' : by road from Keith to visit Keith & Dufftown, Alford Valley, Royal Deeside Railways.
Option 'C' : by road from Aberdeen to Royal Deeside and Balmoral Castle.
Option 'D' : Tour of Aberdeen

24/05

Location Advertised (out) [booked] Advertised (rtn)
Inverness ??.??d ??.??a
Wick ??.??a ~ ??.??d -
Thurso ??.??a ??.??d

Off train 'Option E' : by road and Ferry to visit Orkney.
Option 'F' : Visit to Dunrobin Castle. Then continue by train to Wick. Coach to John O'Groats and Castle Mey. Then return by train to Inverness.
Option 'G' : Stay on train at Wick and continue on to Thurso, then return to Inverness by train.


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