1st October 2011

UK Railtours
The
Tees Goblin / The City of York

Locos Used 66008, 66112, 67017 'Arrow' & 90028
Stock Used 17015+3120+3097+1691+3068+3069+3119+1832+5341+4991+4949+5366

Route :
1Z81 : London Kings Cross to Tyne Dock
1Z82 : Tyne Dock to Seal Sands
1Z83 : Seal Sands to London Kings Cross

Loco(s) Route
90028 (1) London Kings Cross - (via ECML) - York
66112 (2) York - (via ECML) - Longlands Jn - Boroughbridge Road Jn - Eaglescliffe - Hartburn Jn - Norton West Jn - Ferryhill South Jn - (via ECML) - King Edward Bridge South Jn - Greensfield Jn - Pelaw Jn - Boldon West Jn - Boldon North Jn - Tyne Dock (4)
66008 (3) Tyne Dock (NR limit) - Boldon North Jn - Boldon East Jn - Sunderland - Seaham - Hartlepool - Billingham Jn
66112 (2) Billingham Jn - Balasis Lane SB - Seal Sands Branch Jn
66008 (3) Seal Sands Branch Jn - Seal Sands (5)
66112 (2) Seal Sands - Seal Sands Branch Jn
66008 (3) Seal Sands Branch Jn - Balasis Lane SB - Billingham Jn - Norton South Jn - (reverse of outward route) - York
90028 (1) York - (via ECML) - London Kings Cross

Notes :
(1) 67017 on rear.
(2) 66008 on rear.
(3) 66112 on rear.
(4) To NR/PTA boundary.
(5) To limit of track fit for purpose (given as Phillips No.3 LC at 2m 22ch). Believed to be the first railtour to traverse the Seal Sands Branch (unless you know better...)
(6) Greg Beecroft comments: Having brought in the empty stock, 67017 was supposed to be detached at Kings Cross and it was taken to York by mistake (though Ian Loveday adds: The reason for not removing 67017 was that they would have had to diagram an extra driver to drive it off the blocks at Kings Cross to the sidings. Taking it to York meant that only one driver was required, that's why at York the 90 was run round and coupled to the 67 to pull it off the stock). This accounts for the extra time taken at York. Traversal of the Seal Sands branch took much longer than scheduled because of concerns about operation of the automatic level crossings; there had been no traffic for some time and it was feared that rust on the rails would prevent the level crossings from operating therefore Network Rail staff and police followed the train by road in order to see it over each crossing safely. The train had to wait at each crossing for them to arrive and to stop the traffic.

Sources : Robert Frise (joined/left the train at Stevenage), Nick Bartlett (joined/left the train at York),
Martin Diamond & Mark Herriott (both on the train throughout) & Ian Loveday

Photo Review


67017 'Arrow' (on the rear) approaching Egmanton (photo: Gordon Lacy)


90028 on arrival into York from London (photo: Robert Frise)


66112 backing onto the front of the train at York (photo: Nick Bartlett)


66008 on arrival back into York (photo: Robert Frise)


Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Robert Frise & Nick Bartlett)

M.C Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual M.C
0.00 Kings Cross 08.18d [P3] 08.18   22.13a [P5] 23.08 565.65
2.41 Finsbury Park 08/22 [P3] 08/22   22/05 [UF] 23/04 563.24
4.78 Alexandra Palace 08/24 [DF] 08/24   22/02 [UF] 23/02 560.67
12.57 Potters Bar 08.31a ~ 08.34d [P4] 08.35 ~ 08.37   21.51a ~ 21.55d [P1] 22.53 ~ 22.55 553.08
20.25 Welwyn Garden City 08/45 [P3] 08/45   21/45 [UF] 22/48 545.40
23.73 Woolmer Green 08/50 [DF] 08/48   21/42 [UF] 22/45 541.72
27.45 Stevenage 08.54a ~ 08.57d [P3] 08.51 ~ 08.56   21.34a ~ 21.38d [P2] 22.40 ~ 22.41 538.20
31.74 Hitchin 09/01 [DF] 09/01   21/30 [UF] 22/34 533.71
44.10 Sandy 09/10 [DF] 09/08   21/21 [UF] 22/27 521.55
58.70 Huntingdon 09/19 [DF] 09/17   21/12 [UF] 22/18 506.75
69.26 Holme 09/26 09/23   21/06 [UF] ? 496.39
76.29 Peterborough 09.33a ~ 09.36d [P4] 09.29 ~ 09.36   20.55a ~ 20.59d [P2] 22.00 ~ 22.04 489.36
84.64 Tallington 09/47 [DS] 09/49   20/46 [UF] 21/53 481.01
99.61 Stoke Jn 10/01 10/01   20/37 [UF] 21/44 466.04
105.38 Grantham 10/06 10/04   20/33 [P1] 21/40 460.27
115.27 Claypole 10/11 10/11   20/27 21/32 450.38
120.08 Newark Northgate 10/15 [P1] 10/13   20/24 [P2] 21/29 445.57
138.49 Retford 10*32 ~ 10*44 [DPL] 10/25   20/13 [UF] 21/18 427.16
152.00 Loversall Carr Jn 10/53 10/49   20/04 21/07 413.65
155.77 Doncaster 10/55 [DF] 10/51   20/01 21/04 409.68
160.16 Shaftholme Jn 10/58 10/53   19/58 20/58 405.49
169.16 Temple Hirst Jn 11/03 10/59   19/52 20/53 396.49
174.75 Hambleton North Jn 11/07 11/02   19/49 20/49 390.77
182.79 Colton Jn 11/13 11/09   19/44 20/44 382.66
188.40 York 11L19a ~ 12L02d [P10] 11.14 ~ 12.21 [P9]   19L03a ~ 19L38d 20.02 ~ 20.38 377.25
189.54 Skelton Jn 12/05 [DF] 12/23 [DF]   18/59 19/56 376.11
197.43 Tollerton Jn 12/15 [DF] 12/31 [DF]   18/31 [US] 19/48 [UF] 368.22
210.19 Thirsk 12/25 [DF] 12/41 [DF]   18/18 [US] 19/38 [US] [UF] 355.46
216.74 Longlands Jn 12/31 12/47   18/11 [US] 19/31 [US] 348.71
217.75 Boroughbridge Road Jn 12/32 12/48   18/10 19/29 347.70
232.55 Eaglescliffe 12/49 [P2] 13/05 [P2]   17/53 [P2] 19/12 [P2] 333.10
234.68 Hartburn Jn 12/52 13/07   17/50 ? 330.77
237.45 Norton South Jn 12/58 13/13   17/44 19/02 328.20

 

M.C Location Booked Actual
237.78 Norton West Jn 12/59 13/14
248.37 Ferryhill South Jn 13/17 13/29
251.13 Tursdale Jn 13/25 13.33 ~ 13.34
258.33 Durham 13*36 ~ 13*53 [P2] 13/43 [P2]
271.62 King Edward Bridge South Jn 14/09 14/12
272.14 Greensfield Jn 14/11 14/13
272.62 Park Lane Jn 14/13 14/14
275.34 Pelaw Jn 14/21 14/22
278.34 Boldon West Jn 14/27 14/30
278.66 Boldon North Jn 14/31 14.32 ~ ??.??
279.28 Tyne Dock 14.41 ~ 14.50 14.43 ~ 14.52
279.70 Boldon North Jn 15/02 15.00 ~ 15.03
280.10 Boldon East Jn 15/04 15/04
285.13 Sunderland 15/17 [P2] 15/16 [P2]
290.29 Seaham 15/26 15/24
303.18 Hartlepool 15/41 [ML] 15c41 ~ 15c43 [P2]
311.04 Billingham Jn 15.53 ~ 15.58 15.59 ~ 16.03
312.17 Balasis Lane SB 16/02 16.07 ~ 16.13
316.05 Seal Sands Branch Jn 16.22 ~ 16.28 16.54 ~ 16.57
? Phillips No.3 LC ? 17.40
318.53 Seal Sands 16.45 ~ 16.50 DIV
? Phillips No.3 LC 16.45 ~ 16.50 17.46
321.21 Seal Sands Branch Jn 17.07 ~ 17.13 18.10 ~ 18.12
325.09 Balasis Lane SB 17/36 18/55
326.22 Billingham Jn 17/40 18/59

Timings continue in first table.

Note: timings taken from the tour brochure. Network Rail's timings showed some differences.

Associated E.C.S. Workings

5N90 : (90028 hauling with 67017 on rear) : Wembley Euro FT to Bowes Park
5N90 : (67017 hauling with 90028 on rear) : Bowes Park to London Kings Cross
5M50 : (67017 hauling with 90028 on rear) : London Kings Cross to Bowes Park
5M50 : (90028 hauling with 67017 on rear) : Bowes Park to Wembley Euro FT

Location Booked (out) Booked (rtn)
Wembley Euro FT 05.25d 23.51a
Camden Road Jn 05/51 23/29
Copenhagen Jn 06/01 23/25
Finsbury Park 06/06 23/21
Bowes Park 06.17 ~ 07.29 [RRL] 22.52 ~ 23.11 [RRL]
Finsbury Park 07/47 22/41
Kings Cross 07.56a 22.33d


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