8th February 2014

Pathfinder Tours
Buffer Puffer 11.1

Locos Used 20303 & 20304
Stock Used

4998+4949+4946+1671+3122+17105

Route :
1Z57 : Stafford to London Blackfriars
1Z58 : London Blackfriars to London Cannon Street
1Z59 : London Cannon Street to Battersea Loop
1Z60 : Battersea Loop to Epsom Downs
1Z61 : Epsom Downs to Herne Hill
1Z62 : Herne Hill to Tattenham Corner
1Z63 : Tattenham Corner to Stafford

Loco(s) Route
20303 (1) Stafford - Wolverhampton - Dudley Port - Soho South Jn - Birmingham New Street - Proof House Jn - Birmingham International - Coventry - Rugby - Long Buckby - Northampton - Milton Keynes Central - Watford Junction - Wembley Central - Harlesden Jn - Kensal Green Jn - Kensal Green Turnback Siding
20304 (2) Kensal Green Turnback Siding - Kensal Green Jn - Willesden Junction HL - Acton Wells Jn - Kew East Jn - New Kew Jn - Barnes - Clapham Junction - Longhedge Jn - Factory Jn - Voltaire Road Jn - Brixton Jn - Loughborough Jn - Southwark Bridge Jn - London Blackfriars
20303 (1) London Blackfriars - Southwark Bridge Jn - Loughborough Jn - Cambria Jn - Denmark Hill - Nunhead - Lewisham - Ladywell Jn - New Beckenham - Elmers End - Hayes
20304 (2) Hayes - Elmers End - New Beckenham - Ladywell Jn - Parks Bridge Jn - New Cross - London Bridge - London Cannon Street
20303 (1) London Cannon Street - London Bridge - New Cross - Lewisham - Ladywell Jn - New Beckenham - Beckenham Junction
20304 (2) Beckenham Junction - Bromley Jn - Crystal Palace - West Norwood - Tulse Hill - Herne Hill - Brixton - Voltaire Road Jn - Factory Jn - Battersea Loop
20303 (1) Battersea Loop - Factory Jn - Voltaire Road Jn - Denmark Hill - Peckham Rye - Old Kent Road Jn  - South Bermondsey Jn - London Bridge
20304 (2) London Bridge - South Bermondsey Jn - Old Kent Road Jn - Peckham Rye - Tulse Hill - Streatham - Streatham Common - Selhurst - Gloucester Road Jn - West Croydon - Sutton - Epsom Downs
20303 (1) Epsom Downs - Sutton - Mitcham Junction - Streatham South Jn - Streatham - Tulse Hill - Herne Hill
20304 (2) Herne Hill - Tulse Hill - West Norwood - Crystal Palace - Bromley Jn - Norwood Junction - East Croydon - Purley - Tattenham Corner
20303 (1) Tattenham Corner - Purley - East Croydon - Selhurst - Streatham North Jn - Balham - Clapham Junction - Pouparts Jn - Longhedge Jn - Factory Jn - Voltaire Road Jn - Brixton - Herne Hill - Tulse Hill - Leigham Jn - Streatham Hill - Balham - Clapham Junction - Latchmere Jn - Kensington Olympia - North Pole Jn - Mitre Bridge Jn - Willesden WL Jn - Willesden No.7 Jn - Wembley Yard South Jn - Sudbury Jn - Wembley Central - (reverse of outward route) - Birmingham New Street - Soho South Jn - Soho East Jn - Perry Barr West Jn - Perry Barr North Jn - Bescot Stadium - Darlaston Jn - Portobello Jn - Wolverhampton - Stafford

Notes :
(1) 20304 on rear. 
(2) 20303 on rear. 
(3)
The original advertised route was: Stafford - Wolverhampton - Birmingham New Street - Coventry - Rugby - Northampton - Wembley Central - Sudbury Jn - Willesden Up & Down Goods - Up City Line - Kensal Green Turnback Siding (R) - Willesden Junction HL - South Acton - New Kew Jn - Clapham Junction - Factory Jn - Loughborough Junction - London Blackfriars (R) - Metropolitan Jn - London Cannon Street (R) - North Kent East Jn - Tanners Hill Flyover - Lewisham - New Beckenham - Hayes (R) - Lower Sydenham - Ladywell Loop - New Cross Spur - London Bridge (R) - Queens Road - North Dulwich - Tulse Hill - Leigham Jn - Balham - Clapham Junction - Pouparts Jn - Battersea Reversible - Battersea Loop (R) - Factory Jn - Brixton - Tulse Hill - Crystal Palace - Norwood Junction - East Croydon - Purley - Tattenham Corner (R) - Purley - East Croydon - Norwood Junction (R) - West Croydon - Sutton - Epsom Downs (R) - Sutton - Mitcham Junction - Streatham South to North Jn via Fast Spur - Balham - Clapham Junction - London Victoria (R) - Battersea Reversible - Latchmere Jn - Kensington Olympia - Mitre Bridge Jn - Down Willesden Relief - Sudbury Jn - Wembley Central & back to Stafford.
The Letter from Pathfinder Tours stated:
'The Routing' : is virtually as requested, except that some of it will appear in a different order. For clarity we will not be traversing Streatham South to North direct, London Blackfriars to London Cannon Street direct via Metropolitan Jn (operations and loco ban) or Norwood Junction to West Croydon direct. An early evening visit to London Victoria has been deleted otherwise the tour would not get back to Stafford.

Sources : John Clifford (on the tour from Wembley Central to Clapham Junction) & Stuart Hicks

Photo Review


20303 at Hayes (photo: Mark Herriott)


20304 at London Cannon Street (photo: Mark Herriott)


Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from John Clifford & Realtime Trains)

Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual
Stafford 05.02d [P6] 05.02   23.17a [P6] 23.14
Trent Valley Jn 05/04 [SL] 05/03   23/15 [SL] 23/12
Bushbury Jn 05/21 05/22   23/00 22/59
Wolverhampton North Jn 05/22 05/23   22/59 22/58
Wolverhampton 05.27a ~ 05.30d [P2] 05.26 ~ 05.28   22.55a ~ 22.57d [P1] 22.55 ~ 22.56
Dudley Port 05/38 05/37   - -
Galton Jn 05/42 05/41   - -
Portobello Jn - -   22/49 22/49
Darlaston Jn - -   22/45 22/45
Bescot Stadium - -   22/44 22/43
Perry Barr North Jn - -   22/38 22/36
Perry Barr West Jn - -   22/36 22/35
Soho East Jn - -   22/31 22/32
Soho South Jn 05/44 05/44   22/30 22/31
Birmingham New Street 05.49 ~ 05.53d [P1] [WL] 06.08 ~ 06.25   22.15a ~ 22.22d [P6] 22.22 ~ 22.25
Proof House Jn 05/55 05/57   22/12 [WL] 22/19
Stechford 06/00 06/01   22/07 22/14
Birmingham International 06.05a ~ 06.23d [P5] 06.08 ~ 06.25   21.58a ~ 22.00d [P2] 22.06 ~ 22.07
Coventry 06.36a ~ 06.38d [P2] 06.41 ~ 06.43   21.44a ~ 21.46d [P3] 21.48 ~ 21.50
Trent Valley Jn 06/52 [UNL] 06/56   21/32 21/34
Rugby 06.55a ~ 07.03d [P5] [UNL] 06.57 ~ 07.14   21.26 ~ 21.31 [P1] [DCL] 21.32 ~ 21.33
Hillmorton Jn 07/07 07/07   21/24 [DNL] 21/30
Daventry North Jn 07/10 07/12   21/20 21/27
Long Buckby 07/17 07/19   21/15 21/20
Northampton Mill Lane Jn 07/25 [UDS] 07/28   21/05 21/07
Northampton North Jn 07.27 ~ 07.35 ?   21/04 ?
Northampton 07.38a ~ 07.51d [P1] 07.36 ~ 07.51   20.59a ~ 21.03d [P2] 21.03 ~ 21.04
Hanslope Jn 08/02 [US] 08/06   20/48 20/52
Milton Keynes Central 08/08 [P1] [US] 08/13   20.38a ~ 20.41d [P3] [DS] 20.42 ~ 20.43
Bletchley 08/11 [P4] [US] 08/17   20/33 [P3] [DS] 20/37
Ledburn Jn 08/18 [US] 08/26   20/25 [DS] 20/28
Tring 08/24 [P5] [US] 08/33   20/18 [P3] [DS] 20/22
Bourne End Jn 08/30 [US] 08/39   20/09 [DS] 20/13
Watford Junction 08/40 [P9] [US] 08/53   20/00 [P8] [DS] 20/04
Harrow & Wealdstone 08/46 [P6] [US] 09/02   19/54 [P5] [DS] 19/56
Wembley Central 08.52a ~ 08.55d 09.07 ~ 09.10 [P6] [US]   19/51 [P5] 19/49

 

Location Booked Actual
Harlesden Jn 09/05 09/16 [UCL]
Kensal Green Jn 09/10 09/21
Kensal Green Turnback Siding 09.12 ~ 09.19 09.24 ~ 09.29
Kensal Green Jn 09/20 09/30
Willesden Junction HL 09/22 [P5] 09/31 [P5]
Acton Wells Jn 09/25 09/34
South Acton Jn 09/31 09/39
Kew East Jn 09/33 09/40
New Kew Jn 09/35 09/42
Barnes 09/40 [P1] [US] 09/52 [P1] [US]
Clapham Junction 09.47a ~ 09.50d [P3] 09.58 ~ 09.59 [P3]
Longhedge Jn 10/00 10/03
Factory Jn 10/01 [AL] 10/04 [AL]
Voltaire Road Jn 10/02 10/05
Shepherds Lane Jn 10/04 10/08 [DCM]
Brixton Jn 10/05 10/08
Loughborough Jn 10/08 [US] 10/11 [US]
Southwark Bridge Jn 10/14 10/13
Blackfriars Jn 10/16 10/15
London Blackfriars 10.19a ~ 10.26d [P3] [DS] 10.16 ~ 10.26 [P4]
Blackfriars Jn 10/28 10/28
Southwark Bridge Jn 10/29 10/29
Loughborough Jn 10/32 10/33
Cambria Jn 10/33 10/34
Denmark Hill 10/35 [P4] 10/35 ~ 10.41 [P4]
Crofton Road Jn 10/36 10/44
Nunhead 10/39 [P2] 10/46 [P2]
Lewisham Vale Jn 10/47 10/50
Lewisham 10/48 [P2] 10/52 [P2]
Ladywell Jn 10/50 10/53
New Beckenham 11/00 11/01 [P2]
Elmers End 11/06 11/06 [P3]
Hayes 11.14a ~ 11.27d [P1] 11.15 ~ 11.28 [P1]
Elmers End 11/36 11.37 ~ 11.37 [P2]
New Beckenham 11/40 11/41 [P1]
Ladywell Jn 11/52 [Ladywell Loop] 11/46 [Ladywell Loop] 
Parks Bridge Jn 11/54 [UF] 11/46 [UF]
Tanners Hill Jn 11/55 11/49 [UF]
New Cross 11/56 [Line3] 11/50 [Line3] 
North Kent East Jn 11/56  11/52 [Line3]
Spa Road Jn 11/59 11/54 [Line3]
London Bridge 12/01 [P3] 11/57 [P3]
Borough Market Jn 12/02 11/58 [CSR]
London Cannon Street 12.05a ~ 12.43d [P2] 12.01a ~ 12.44d [P6] [CSR]
Borough Market Jn 12/46 12/46
London Bridge 12/47 [P1] [Line 1] 12/47 [P1] [Line1]
Spa Road Jn 12/50 12/49 [Line1]
North Kent East Jn 12/54 12/52 [Line1]
New Cross 12/55 [C] [SL] 12/52 [C] [SL]
St Johns 12/57 12/54 [P2]
Lewisham 12/59 [P2] 12/58 [P2]
Ladywell Jn 13/00 12/59
New Beckenham 13/06 13/06 [P2]
Beckenham Junction 13.10a ~ 13.16 [BAY] 13.09 ~ 13.15 [P4]
Bromley Jn 13/22 13/23
Crystal Palace 13/24 [P1] 13/25 [P1]
West Norwood 13/29 [P1] 13/29 [P1]
West Norwood Jn 13/31 13/31
Tulse Hill 13/35 [P3] 13/33 [P3]
Herne Hill 13/40 [P2] 13.37 ~ 13.44 [P1]
Brixton 13/42 13/47
Shepherds Lane Jn 13/43 [AL] 13/48 [AL]
Voltaire Road Jn 13/44 13/50
Factory Jn 13/45 13/51
Stewarts Lane 13/48 13/53
Battersea Loop 13.51 ~ 14.04 13.55 ~ 14.06
Stewarts Lane 14/07 14.07 ~ 14.07
Factory Jn 14/09 [AL] 14/11 [AL]
Voltaire Road Jn 14/10 14/13 [AL]
Denmark Hill 14/15 [P2] 14.18 ~ 14.19 [P2]
Crofton Road Jn 14/16 14/21
Peckham Rye 14/17 [P2] 14/22 [P2]
Old Kent Road Jn 14/23 14/25
South Bermondsey Jn 14/24 14/27
London Bridge 14.28a ~ 14.42d [P13] 14.31 ~ 14.45 [P13]
South Bermondsey Jn 14/46 14/49
Old Kent Road Jn 14/51 14/52
Peckham Rye 14/55 [P1] 14/57 [P1]
Tulse Hill 15/05 [P4] 15/06 [P4]
St reatham 15/09 [P1] 15/11 [P1]
Streatham Common 15/14 [P1] [DS] 15/14 [P1] [DS]
Selhurst 15/21 [P1] 15/24 [P1] [DS]
Gloucester Road Jn 15/22 15/26
West Croydon 15/27 [P4] 15/28 [P4]
Wallington 15/35 [P2] 15/35 [P2]
Sutton 15.43 ~ 15.45 [P4] 15/43 [P4]
Epsom Downs 15.54a ~ 15.59d 15.56 ~ 16.02
Sutton 16.06 ~ 16.11 [P3] 16.11 ~ 16.15 [P3]
Mitcham Junction 16/21 16.24 ~ 16.26 [P1]
Streatham South Jn 16/25 16/31
Streatham 16/27 [P2] 16/32 [P2]
Tulse Hill 16/31 [P1] 16/36 [P1]
Herne Hill 16.34 ~ 16.48 [P1] 16.39 ~ 16.48 [P1]
Tulse Hill 16/51 [P4] 16/55 [P4]
West Norwood Jn 16/53 16/56
West Norwood 16/53 [P2] 16/57 [P2]
Crystal Palace 16/57 [P2] 17/01 [P2]
Bromley Jn 17/00 17/03
Norwood Jn 17/03 [P6] [DS] 17/05 [P6] [DS]
Windmill Bridge Jn 17/14 [DS] 17.08 ~ 17.15 [DS]
East Croydon 17/16 [P6] 17/19 [P6] [DS]
South Croydon 17/18 [P5] 17/23 [P5] [DS]
Purley 17/25 [P6] 17/30 [P6]
Smitham 17/30 [P2] 17/34 [P2]
Tattenham Corner 17.47a ~ 18.01d [P3] 17.51 ~ 18.01 [P2]
Smitham 18/16 [P1] 18/16
Purley 18/24 [P5] [US] 18/30 [P5] [US]
South Croydon 18/30 18/34 [P3] [US]
East Croydon 18/33 [P4] 18/37 [P4] [US]
Windmill Bridge Jn 18/34 [US] 18/38 [US]
Selhurst 18/38 [P4] [UF] 18/42 [P4] [UF]
Streatham North Jn 18/42 18/46 [UF]
Balham 18/44 [P4] 18/47 [P4] [UF]
Clapham Junction 18/48 [P12] [UF] 18/50 [P12] [UF]
Pouparts Jn 18/50 18/52
Longhedge Jn 18/52 18/54
Factory Jn 18/56 [REV] 18/56 [REV]
Voltaire Road Jn 18.57 ~ 19.04 18.58 ~ 19.02 [DCM]
Shepherds Lane Jn 19/05 ?
Brixton 19/06 19/06 [P2]
Herne Hill 19/08 [P3] 19/10 [P3]
Tulse Hill 19/13 [P2] 19/14 [P2]
Leigham Jn 19/15 19/15
Streatham Hill 19/17 [P1] 19/17 [P1]
Balham 19/20 [P2] [US] 19/20 [P2]
Clapham Junction 19.25a ~ 19.27d [P16] 19.27 ~ 19.29 [P16]
Latchmere Jn 19/29 19/31
Kensington Olympia 19/35 [DM] 19/35
North Pole Jn 19/40 19/38
Mitre Bridge Jn 19/41 19/40
Willesden WL Jn 19/42 [DR] 19/41
Willesden No.7 Jn 19/45 ?
Wembley Yard South Jn 19/48 ?
Sudbury Jn 19/49 [DS] 19/46

Timings continue in first table.
 
Associated E.C.S. & Light Engine Workings

0Z57? : (20303 + 20304) : Crewe Gresty Bridge - Crewe H.S.
0Z63? : (20303 + 20304) : Crewe H.S. - Crewe Gresty Bridge

Location Booked (out) Booked (rtn)
Crewe Gresty Bridge 02.10d 01.04a
Gresty Lane Western Sidings 02.13 ~ 02.16 00.59 ~ 01.02
Gresty Lane 02.19 ~ 02.22 00.53 ~ 00.56
Gresty Lane Sig.GL37 - 00.49 ~ 00.50
Crewe H.S. 03.26a 00.48d

5Z57? : (20304 with 20303 on rear) : Crewe H.S. to Gresty Green Up Loop
5Z57? : (20303 with 20304 on rear) : Gresty Green Up Loop to Stafford
5Z63? : (20303 with 20304 on rear) : Stafford to Gresty Green Up Loop
5Z63? : (20304 with 20303 on rear) : Gresty Green Up Loop to Crewe H.S.

Location Booked (out) Booked (rtn)
Crewe H.S. 03.21d 00.35a
Gresty Lane Sig.GL37 03.22 ~ 03.24 -
Gresty Lane 03/27 00/32
Gresty Green Up Loop 03.31 ~ 04.02 00.03 ~ 00.28
Gresty Lane 04/06 23/59
Basford Hall S.S.M. 04/14 23/52
Basford Hall Jn 04/16 23/48
Madeley 04/21 23/42
Norton Bridge 04/31 23/31
Stafford 04.40a [P6] 23.25d [P6]


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