16th October 2011

Spitfire Railtours
The Exe Tractor

Tour cancelled due to routing changes and lack of available crew.

Route :

Advertised Loco(s) Advertised Route
2x DRS class 37s with a WCRC class 47 on the rear

Bristol Temple Meads - Worle Jn - Uphill Jn - Bridgwater - Taunton - Exeter St Davids - Exeter Central - Exmouth

WCRC class 47 with 2x DRS class 37s on the rear

Exmouth - Exeter Central - Exeter St Davids - Eggesford - Barnstaple
2x DRS class 37s with a WCRC class 47 on the rear Barnstaple Junc - Eggesford - Exeter St Davids - Exeter Central - Honiton - Yeovil Junc - Yeovil Pen Mill - Castle Cary - Westbury - Melksham - Chippenham - Swindon - Foxhall Junc - Oxford - Moreton in Marsh - Worcester Shrub Hill - Bromsgrove - Barnt Green - Kings Norton - St Andrews Junc - Birmingham New Street - Dudley Port - Wolverhampton - Stafford - Crewe
WCRC class 47 Crewe - (via WCML) - Preston

Notes :
(1) This tour was planned to get the loco & stock back to Carnforth following Spitfire's 'Jorvic Explorer III' on 15/10/2011. John Clifford comments: Firstly we were told that Barnstaple would not be included as the local TOC would not agree to it so an alternative would be sought.Then we were advised that the train was cancelled.The TOC (presumably WCRC) did not have crews available on this date but a new date of 6/11/2011 was given. However the Exmouth branch was shut on the alternative date so it was decided to cancel this train & run the loco & coaches back to Preston without doing this tour.

Source : John Clifford

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