12th July 2014

Railway Touring Company
The Wizards Express

Locos Used 47580 'County of Essex' & steam: 5972 'Olton Hall' (running as 'Hogwarts Castle')
Stock Used (3) (80217+4905)+13320+3136+99316+3150+3115+99318+99722+21241

Route :
1Z57 : Manchester Victoria to York
1Z59 : York to Manchester Victoria

Loco(s) Route
47580 Manchester Victoria - Salford Crescent - Bolton - Lostock Jn - Crow Nest Jn - Wigan North Western - Preston - Lancaster - Carnforth U&DGL
5972 (1) Carnforth U&DGL - Carnforth - Giggleswick - Settle Jn - Hellifield - Skipton - Keighley - Shipley - Kirkstall [UPL] (5)
47580 (5) Kirkstall [UPL] - Apperley Jn - Whitehall Jn - Leeds
47580 (2) Leeds - Engine Shed Jn - Stourton Jn - Methley Jn - Whitwood Jn - Castleford - Milford Jn - Church Fenton - York
47580 York - Church Fenton - Micklefield - Leeds - Whitehall Jn - Shipley - (reverse of outward route) - Manchester Victoria

Notes : 
(1) 47580 on rear.
(2) 5972 on rear.
(3) 80217+4905 were added to the consist on the outward leg at Carnforth U&DGL.
(4) This tour was advertised as being the last chance to ride behind 5972 'Olton Hall' before its boiler ticket expired. 5972 was then due to be moved to the 'Harry Potter' experience at Warner Brothers Studios, near Watford. 
(5) Due to a small lineside fire between Hellifield and Gargrave, the train was stopped in Kirkstall Up Passenger Loop. 47580 then propelled the train into Leeds, where the train then reversed. Further delay was incurred due to signalling problems at Stourton Jn. On arrival at York, 5972 was removed from the tour. The return leg was worked by 47580 throughout, with a lot of disappointed passengers on board.

Source : Nick Bartlett (on the tour throughout)

Photo Review


5972 in the sun at Carnforth on the outward leg (photo: Nick Bartlett)


47580 is seen here at York on the return leg (photo: Nick Bartlett)


Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Nick Bartlett)

Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual
Manchester Victoria 06.50d [P4] [FL] 06.50 [P4] [FL]   22.49a [P5] 21.29 [P3]
Deal Street Jn 06/52 06/52   22/47 [FL] 21/28
Salford Central 06/52 06/53 [P2]   22/45 21.22 ~ 21.26 [P1]
Salford Crescent 06/55 [P2] 06/55 [P2]   22/42 [UB] 21/20 [UB]
Bolton 07.07a ~ 07.11d [P4] 07.05 ~ 07.11 [P4]   22.27a ~ 22.29d [P4] 21.08 ~ 21.09 [P3]
Lostock Jn 07/15 07/16   22/23 21/03
Crow Nest Jn 07/24 07/20   22/17 20/58
Wigan Station Jn 07/30 07/26   22/13 20/53
Wigan North Western 07.32a ~ 07.46d [P1] 07.28 ~ 07.49 [P1]   22.09a ~ 22.11d [P1] 20.51 ~ 20.52 [P1]
Balshaw Lane Jn 07/58 07/58   21/58 20/40
Euxton Jn 08/01 07/59 [DF]   21/56 20/39
Farington Jn 08/04 08/01 [DF]   21/53 20/36 [UF]
Preston 08.08a ~ 08.11d [P5] 08.10 ~ 08.13 [DF] [P5] [DT]   21.45a ~ 21.49d [P4] [UF] 20.30 ~ 20.32 [UF] [P4] [UF]
Garstang & Catteral 08/20 08/22   21/33 20/21
Lancaster 08.31a ~ 08.33d 08.31 ~ 08.34 [P3]   21.19a ~ 21.21d  20.08 ~ 20.10 [P4]
Morecambe South Jn 08/36 08/37   21/17 20/05
Carnforth U&DGL 08L43 ~ 09L15 08L44 ~ 09L15 [U&DGL1]   20L41 ~ 21L10 19.57 ~ 19.59 [U&DGL1]
Carnforth North Jn 09/17 09/17   20/39 19/54
Carnforth 09.19a ~ 09.22d 09.19 ~ 09.25 [P2]   20.33a ~ 20.35d 19.45 ~ 19.53 [P1]
Wennington 09/43 09/43   20/13 19/28
Bentham 09/50 09/49   20/06 19/24
Clapham (Yorks) 10/00 09/57   19/58 19/19
Giggleswick 10/12 10/15   19/46 19.11 ~ 19.12
Settle Jn 10/16 10/19   19/43 19/07
Hellifield Goods Loop 10w23 ~ 10w54 [UGL] 10w26 ~ 10w49 [UGL]   19w16 ~ 19w36 [DGL] -
Hellifield 10/56 10/51   19/14 19/02
Skipton 11/11 [P3] 11/07 [P3]   18/55 [P3] 18/51 [P3]
Keighley 11/23 [P1] 11/19 [P1]   18/41 [P2] 18/37 [P2]
Shipley 11/32 [P1] 11/31 [P1]   18/31 [P2] 18/27 [P2]
Dockfield Jn 11/33 11/32   18/30 18/26
Apperley Jn 11/37 11/36   18/25 18/21
Kirkstall DIV 11.43 ~ 12.12 [UPL]   - -
Armley Jn 11/45 [US] 12/16 [US]    18*00 ~ 18*15 17.57 ~ 18.14
Whitehall Jn 11/46 12.19 ~ 12.23 [C]   17/57 [DS] 17/55 [DS]
Leeds West Jn DIV ?   17/56 [D] 17/54 [D]
Leeds DIV 12.28 ~ 12.38 [Through Road]   17.47 ~ 17.54 [Through Road]  17.40 ~ 17.52 [Through Road]
Engine Shed Jn 11*49 ~ 11*54 12/41   - -
Stourton Jn 11/59 12.47 ~ 12.48   - -
Methley Jn 12/04 13/01   - -
Whitwood Jn 12/10 13/03   - -
Castleford 12/13 [P1] 13.05 ~ 13.06 [P1]   - -
Milford Jn 12/28 13/15   - -
Neville Hill West - -   17/43 17/35
Micklefield - -   17/33 [P2] 17/27 [P2]
Church Fenton 12/34 [P2] [Down Leeds] 13/24 [P2] [Down Leeds]   17/26 [TL] 17/19 [TL]
Colton Jn 12/44 [Down Leeds] 13/34 [Down Leeds]   17/15 [Up Leeds] 17/15 [Up Leeds]
York 12.52a [P10] 13.43 [P11]   17.07d [P10] 17.09 [P11]


Associated E.C.S. & Light Engine Workings

5Z57 : (47580) : Carnforth to Manchester Victoria

Location Booked
Carnforth Steamtown 02.55d
Carnforth 03.20 ~ 04.50
Morecambe South Jn 04/57
Lancaster 04/58
Preston 05/18
Wigan North Western 05/36
Crow Nest Jn 05/42
Lostock Jn 05/47
Bolton 05/51
Salford Crescent 06/03
Salford Central 06/06
Deal Street Jn 06/07
Manchester Victoria 06.10a [P4]

5Z58 : (47580) : York to Holgate Sidings
5Z59 : (47580) : Holgate Sidings to York

Location Booked (out) Booked (rtn)
York 13.20d [P10] 16.52a [P10]
Holgate Sidings 13.25a 16.46d

5Z78 : (5972 with 80217) : Holgate Sidings - York Thrall - York N.R.M - Holgate Sidings (cancelled)
(Loco turning trip)

Location Booked
Holgate Sidings 13.37d
York Yard North R.S. 13.43 ~ 13.46
York Thrall Turntable 13.50 ~ 14.05
York Yard North R.S. 14.09 ~ 14.12
Holgate Sidings 14.18 ~ 14.22
York  14/24
York N.R.M. Sidings 14.43 ~ 15.58
York  16/18
Holgate Sidings 16.23a

5Z60 : (47580) : Manchester Victoria to Crewe

Location Booked
Manchester Victoria 23.07d [P5]
Miles Platting Jn 23/11
Philips Park West Jn 23/11
Baguley Fold Jn 23/12
Ashton Moss North Jn 23/16
Denton Jn 23/22
Heaton Norris Jn 23/29
Stockport 23/32
Cheadle Hulme 23/35
Wilmslow 23/39
Sandbach 23/52
Crewe 00.01 ~ 00.21
Crewe DRS 00.24a


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