13th December 2014

Pathfinder Tours
The Canterbury Champion

Loco Used (1) D1015 'Western Champion'
Stock Used (2) 6177+6176+5955+1212+3390+3333+3325+(3386)+80042+3344+3345+17105

Route :
1Z23 : Tame Bridge Parkway to Canterbury West
1Z25 : Canterbury West to Tame Bridge Parkway

Loco Route
D1015 Tame Bridge Parkway - Perry Barr North Jn - Perry Barr West Jn - Soho East Jn - Soho South Jn - Birmingham New Street - St Andrews Jn - Bordesley Jn - Tyseley - Solihull - Leamington Spa - Banbury - Aynho Jn - Bicester North - Haddenham & Thame Parkway - Princes Risborough - High Wycombe - South Ruislip - Greenford West Jn - Greenford South Jn - Drayton Green - West Ealing - Ealing Broadway - Acton Main Line - Acton Wells Jn - Willesden SW Sidings - Willesden WL Jn - Mitre Bridge Jn - North Pole Jn - Kensington Olympia - Latchmere Jn - Longhedge Jn - Factory Jn - Voltaire Road Jn - Brixton - Herne Hill - Beckenham Junction - Shortlands Jn - Bromley South - Bickley Jn - Petts Wood Jn - Orpington - Sevenoaks - Tonbridge - Paddock Wood - Headcorn - Ashford International - Wye - Canterbury West
D1015 Canterbury West - Minster - Sandwich - Deal - Buckland Jn - Dover Priory - Folkestone Central - Sandling - Ashford International - Charing - Maidstone East - Otford Jn - Swanley - St Mary Cray Jn - Bickley Jn - Bromley South - Shortlands Jn - Bellingham - Catford - Nunhead - Denmark Hill - Voltaire Road Jn - Factory Jn - Longhedge Jn - Latchmere Jn - Kensington Olympia - North Pole Jn - Mitre Bridge Jn - Willesden SW Sidings - Acton Wells Jn - Acton Main Line - Southall - Slough - Maidenhead - Twyford - Reading - Didcot Parkway - Oxford - Aynho Jn - (reverse of outward route) - Tame Bridge Parkway

Notes :
(1) Running numbered/named as D1041 'Western Prince' on one side only.
(2) John Clifford comments: When this tour was first advertised the route was to be outwards via Reading (same as the actual return), then via Maidstone East to Canterbury West. The return was to be via Deal, Orpington, Clapham Junction and Kensington Olympia to the Great Western main line then as shown back to Tame Bridge Parkway.  The re-routing on the outward journey was caused by engineering works at Reading, with no capacity for the tour. Oxford and Didcot passengers were taken by coach to Haddenham & Thame Parkway, while Reading passengers were given a ticket to travel by First Great Western train to Ealing Broadway. On the day a defective coach (3386, slipped tyres?) had to be removed from the train at Leamington Spa, thus causing a substantial delay. The return journey was put back an hour to allow some time in Canterbury. As an aside, I was originally due to join and leave the train at Reading. I never saw Reading!


D1015 on arrival back into Didcot Parkway (photo: Gareth Kelly)

Source : John Clifford (joined the outward leg at Ealing Broadway, returned to Acton Main Line)

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

Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual
Tame Bridge Parkway 06.30d 07.00   23.30a 23.41
Perry Barr North Jn 06/35 07/07   23/25 23/35
Perry Barr West Jn 06/37 07/08   23/24 23/33
Soho East Jn 06/45 07/14   23/20 23/29
Soho South Jn 06/46 07/15   23/19 23/28
Birmingham New Street 06.51a ~ 07.01d [P6] [WL] 07.19 ~ 07.25   23.09a ~ 23.14d [P2] 23.14 ~ 23.22
Proof House Jn 07/03 07/29   23/06 [WL] 23/10
St Andrews Jn 07/10 07/32   23/02 23/01
Bordesley Jn 07/11 [ML] 07/33   23/01 22/58
Small Heath South Jn 07.14 ~ 07.23 [FL] 07/36?   22/56 22/55
Tyseley 07/24 [P1] 07/37   22/55 [P2] 22/54
Solihull 07.30a ~ 07.33d 07.42 ~ 07.45   22.46a ~ 22.49d 22.45 ~ 22.48
Bentley Heath LC 07/37 07/49   22/39 22/40
Dorridge 07/37 [P1] 07/49   22/37 [P2] 22/38
Hatton 07/43 07/55   22/30 22/19
Leamington Spa 07.51a ~ 07.54d [P3] 08.03 ~ 10.55 [P3]   22.21a ~ 22.24d [P2] 22.08 ~ 22.11
Fenny Compton 08*04 ~ 08*14 [UGL] 11/08?   22/10 21/57
Banbury 08.22a ~ 08.24d [P3] 11.18 ~ 11.20   21.59a ~ 22.02d [P2] 21.46 ~ 21.48
Aynho Jn 08/31 11/26   21/54 21/39

 

Location Booked Actual
Bicester North 08/43 [P2] 11/35
Haddenham & Thame Parkway 08.57a ~ 09.00d [P2] 11.50 ~ 11.54
Princes Risborough 09/06 [UM] 12/01
Saunderton 09/10 12/04
High Wycombe 09/14 [P3] 12/13
Gerrards Cross 09/23 [P2] 12/21
West Ruislip 09.29 ~ 09.36 [UPL] 12/27?
South Ruislip 09/40 12/30
Greenford West Jn 09/53 12/38
Greenford South Jn 09/54 ?
Drayton Green 10/03 ?
West Ealing 10/06 [UR] ?
Ealing Broadway 10.08a ~ 10.10d [UR] 12.49 ~ 12.53 [P4] [UR]
Acton West 10/13 [UR] 12/55 [UR]
Acton Main Line 10/14 [UR] 12/57 [UR]
Acton Wells Jn 10/16 13/00
Willesden SW Sidings 10/18 13/02
Willesden WL Jn 10/21 13/03
Mitre Bridge Jn 10/24 13.04 ~ 13.05
North Pole Jn 10/28 13/08
Kensington Olympia 10/32 [P3] 13/15 [P3]
Latchmere Jn 10/40 13/20
Longhedge Jn 10/44 13/22
Factory Jn 10/46 [AL] 13/24 [CR]
Voltaire Road Jn 10/48 13/25 [DCM]
Shepherds Lane Jn 10/49 13/26 [DCM]
Brixton 10/50 13/26 [P2] 
Cambria Jn 10/53 DIV
Denmark Hill 10/56 [P4] DIV
Crofton Road Jn 10/58 DIV
Nunhead 11/01 [P2] DIV
Catford 11/07 DIV
Bellingham 11/10 DIV
Herne Hill DIV 13/29 [P3]
Beckenham Junction DIV 13/35 [P3]
Shortlands Jn 11/13 [DF] 13/37 [DF]
Bromley South 11/18 13/40 [P2] [DF]
Bickley Jn 11/21 [DSV] 13/44 [DFV]
Petts Wood Jn 11/23 [DS] 13/48 [DF]
Orpington 11/28 [P5] 13/53 [P3]
Sevenoaks 11/38 [P3] 14/02 [P3]
Tonbridge 11/48 [DF] 14/10 [DF]
Paddock Wood 11/52 [DM] 14/15 [DM]
Headcorn 12/02 [DM] 14/24 [DM]
Ashford International 12/13 [DM] 14/36 [DM]
Wye 12/20 14/41 [P2]
Canterbury West 12.31a [P2] ~ 15.53d [P2] 14.53 [P2] ~ 16.59 [P2]
Minster 16/13 17/19
Minster South Jn 16/15 17/21
Sandwich 16/22 17/26 [P1]
Deal 16.33 ~ 16.41 17/30 [P1]
Buckland Jn 16/53 17/40
Dover Priory 16/54 [P1] 17/45 [P2]
Folkestone East 17/03 17/55
Folkestone Central 17/04 17/56 [P1]
Folkestone West 17/04 17/57 [P1]
Saltwood Jn 17/06 18/00
Ashford International 17/18 [UM] 18/09 [UM]
Charing 17/25 18/17 [P1]
Maidstone East 17/38 [P1] 18/30 [P1]
Otford Jn 17/54 18/50
Swanley 18/03 [P1] [UCF] 19/01 [P3] [UCS]
St Mary Cray Jn 18/08 19/05 [UCS]
Bickley Jn 18/09 19/07 [UCS]
Bromley South 18/10 19/10
Shortlands Jn 18/12 19/13
Beckenham Junction 18/15 DIV
Herne Hill 18/27 [P2] DIV
Bellingham DIV 19/15 [P1]
Nunhead DIV 19/21 [P1]
Crofton Road Jn DIV 19/25 [AL]
Denmark Hill DIV 19/26 [P1] [AL]
Brixton 18/29 DIV
Shepherds Lane Jn 18/30 [AL] 19/29 [AL]
Voltaire Road Jn 18/34 19/31 [AL]
Factory Jn 18/35 19/32
Longhedge Jn 18/41 19/34
Latchmere Jn 18/56 19/37
Kensington Olympia 19/04 [DM] 19/45 [P2]
North Pole Jn 19/09 19/50
Mitre Bridge Jn 19/10 [REV] 19/52 [REV]
Willesden SW Sidings 19/14 19/55
Acton Wells Jn 19/16 19.57 ~ 19.59
Acton Main Line 19.20a ~ 19.33d [GL] 20.04 ~ 20.06 [P3] [DR]
Acton West 19/37 [GL] 20/09
Ealing Broadway 19/38 20/10
West Ealing 19/39 [DR] ?
Southall 19/43 [DR] 20/17
Heathrow Airport Jn 19/48 [DR] 20/18
Slough 20/02 [P4] [DR] 20/24
Maidenhead 20/09 [P3] [DR] 20/28
Twyford 20/17 [P3] 20/32
Kennet Bridge Jn 20.24 ~ 20.30 [DR] 20/39?
Reading 20.32a ~ 20.43d [P12] [DR] 20.42 ~ 20.46
Reading West Jn 20/45 [DR] 20/49
Didcot East Jn 21/03 [DR] 21/02
Didcot Parkway 21.05a ~ 21.08d [P3] 21.04 ~ 21.07
Didcot North Jn 21/12 21/09
Kennington Jn 21/20 21/15
Oxford 21.23a ~ 21.26d [P2] 21.20 ~ 21.22
Oxford North Jn 21*29 ~ 21*40 [GL] ?
Wolvercote Jn 21/42 21/26
Heyford 21/49 [P2] 21/32


Associated E.C.S. & Light Engine Workings

13/12/14 :
5Z23 : (Cl.66?) : Crewe H.S. to Bescot Down Side
5Z23 : (D1015) : Bescot Down Side to Tame Bridge Parkway
5Z26 : (D1015) : Tame Bridge Parkway to Bescot Down Side
14/12/14 :
5Z23 : (Cl.66?) : Bescot Down Side to Crewe H.S.

Location Booked (out) Booked (rtn)
Crewe H.S. 03.46d 15.37a
Gresty Lane 03/48 15/31
Gresty Green [Up Loop] 03.52 ~ 04.12 15.02 ~ 15.27
Gresty Lane 04/16 14/58
Sorting Sidings North SB 04/19 14/56
Basford Hall S.S.M. 04/23 14/55
Basford Hall Jn 04.25 ~ 04.27 14/50
Madeley 04/34 14/45
Norton Bridge 04/44 14/35
Stafford 04/50 14.25 ~ 14.29
Trent Valley Jn 04/51 14/23
Bushbury Jn 05/06 14/07
Portobello Jn 05/11 14/04
Darlaston Jn 05/13 14/01
Bescot Jn 05/14 13/59
Bescot Down Side 05L17a ~ 06L11d 23L42a ~ 13L58d
Newton Jn 06/16 23/37
Tame Bridge Parkway 06.19a 23.35d

13/12/14 :
5Z24 : (D1015) : Canterbury West - Sig.25 - Canterbury West (propel)
5Z25 : (D1015) : Canterbury West - Sig.25 - Canterbury West (propel)

Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual
Canterbury West 12.35d [P2] 14.59 [P2]   15.48a [P2] 16.52 [P2]
Sig.25 12.37 ~ 12.39 ?   15.43 ~ 15.46 ?
Canterbury West 12.41a ?   15.42d ?

13/12/14 : 0Z23 : (Cl.66?) : Warrington Arpley Sidings to Crewe H.S.
14/12/14 : 0Z23 : (Cl.66?) : Crewe H.S. to Warrington Arpley Sidings

Location Booked (out) Booked (rtn)
Arpley Sidings 02.10d 17.44a
Walton Old Jn 02/11 17/41
Acton Grange Jn 02/13 17/39
Weaver Jn 02/18 17/34
Acton Bridge 02/20 17/31
Hartford Jn 02/23 17/29
Winsford 02/28 17/23
Crewe Coal Yard 02/35 17/18
Crewe 02.37 ~ 02.43 16.46 ~ 17.14
Gresty Lane 02.46 ~ 02.49 16.40 ~ 16.43
Sig.GL137 - 16.36 ~ 16.37
Crewe H.S. 02.52a 16.35d

12/12/14 :  0Z22 : (D1015) : Washwood Heath Down Sidings to Bescot Down Side
15/12/14 :  0Z22 : (D1015) : Bescot Down Side to Washwood Heath Down Sidings

Location Booked (out) Booked (rtn)
Washwood Heath Down Sidings 10.33d 15.37a
Washwood Heath West Jn 10/35 -
Duddeston Jn 10.40 ~ 10.45 -
Washwood Heath West Jn 10/48 -
Washwood Heath East Jn - 15/34
Castle Bromwich Jn 10/53 15/23
Park Lane Jn 10/55 15/21
Rycroft Jn 11/18 14/52
Walsall 11/20 14/49
Pleck Jn 11/22 14/47
Bescot Jn 11/24 14/45
Bescot Down Side 11.28a 14.42d


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