16th July 2011

Spitfire Railtours
The
Cambrian Coast Express

Locos Used 37087, 37510, 97303 & 97404
Stock Used 5453+99328+5035+4973+4905+4940+1859+3326+3313+3362+99680+6312

Route :
1Z37 : London Euston to Aberystwyth
1Z97 : Aberystwyth to London Euston

Locos Route
37510 + 37087 London Euston - (via WCML, Northampton) - Rugby - Coventry - Birmingham International - Stechford - Aston - Perry Barr North Jn - Bescot Stadium - Darlaston Jn - Portobello Jn - Wolverhampton - Wellington - Shrewsbury
97303 + 97404 Shrewsbury - Sutton Bridge Jn - Welshpool - Machynlleth - Dovey Junction - Borth - Aberystwyth
97304 + 97403 Aberystwyth - (reverse of outward route) - Shrewsbury (1)
37087 + 37510 Shrewsbury - (reverse of outward route) - London Euston

Notes :
(1) On the return led the train went via Shrewsbury Platform and not round the curve; the train was retimed Shrewsbury to Birmingham International as a result but these new times were not advised to the passengers.
(2) Chris Bracey comments: 37706 worked the ECS from Southall to Euston in the morning, but did not work the train on Saturday. Time keeping was erratic with the stock not being shunted into the platform at Aberystwyth until after the departure time. There was also a big problem getting the train in the right position in the platform at Shrewsbury on the return journey, with 2 locomotives to come off and 2 to go on it was difficult getting all the train into the right position, this resulted in having to keep pulling up, which in turn was making the train later. However there was so much slack it arrived at Euston slightly ahead of its arrival time.

Source : Chris Bracey

Timings (Booked Only)
(from Chris Bracey)

M.C Location Booked (out) Booked (rtn) M.C
0.00 Euston 05.47d 23.18a 235.55
1.13 Camden South Jn 05/49 23/15 234.42
1.54 Camden Jn 05/50 23/14 234.01
5.65 Willesden WL Jn 05/55 23/11 229.70
8.04 Wembley Central 05/58 23/04 227.51
11.30 Harrow & Wealdstone 06/01 23/01 224.25
17.35 Watford Junction 06.07a ~ 06.10d 22.51a ~ 22.55d 218.20
25.43 Bourne End Jn 06/19 22/43 210.12
31.53 Tring 06/26 22/38 204.02
38.16 Ledburn Jn 06/32 22/28 197.39
46.46 Bletchley 06/39 22/21 189.09
49.65 Milton Keynes Central 06.44a ~ 06.47d 22.07a ~ 22.16d 185.70
56.47 Hanslope Jn 06/54 22/00 179.08
65.68 Northampton 07.05a ~ 07.08d 21.24a ~ 21.31d 169.67
75.37 Long Buckby 07/20 21/12 160.18
83.51 Hillmorton Jn 07/28 21/02 152.04
84.67 Rugby 07.30a ~ 07.33d 20.54a ~ 20.59d 150.68
85.45 Trent Valley Jn 07/33 20/51 150.10
93.79 Coventry 07.43a ~ 07.46d 20.36a ~ 20.40d 141.56
104.55 Birmingham International 07.56a ~ 07.59d 20.09a ~ 20.24d 131.00
109.08 Stechford 08/06 20/02 126.47
112.01 Aston 08/28 19/56 123.54
114.23 Perry Barr North Jn 08/34 19/48 121.32
118.60 Bescot Stadium 08/43 19/43 116.75
119.78 Darlaston Jn 08/52 19/32 115.57
122.77 Portobello Jn 08/56 19/29 112.58
124.61 Wolverhampton 09.03a ~ 09.06d 19.20a ~ 19.23d 110.74
125.24 Wolverhampton North Jn 09/08 19/18 110.31
125.77 Oxley SB 09/10 19/17 109.58
133.64 Cosford 09/24 19/08 101.71
139.21 Madeley Jn 09/30 19/02 96.34
144.16 Wellington 09/35 18/55 91.39
154.10 Abbey Foregate 09/46 18/44 81.45
154.41
0.00
Shrewsbury 09L50a ~ 10L15d - -
0.25 English Bridge Jn ? 18/40 81.20
0.65 Sutton Bridge Jn 10/20 18.21 ~ 18.38 80.60
19.55 Welshpool 10/48 17/53 61.70
33.43 Newtown 11/19 17/34 48.02
47.11 Talerddig 11/45 17/10 34.34
60.69 Machynlleth 12/05 16.41 ~ 16.46 20.56
64.68 Dovey Junction 12/12 16/34 16.57
73.12 Borth 12/35 16/10 8.33
81.45 Aberystwyth 12.53a 15.50d 0.00


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