18th January 2015

Branch Line Society
750V Tracker

EMUs Used 507001 & 508143 (formed: 64405+71342+64367+64691+71525+64734)

Route :
1T57 : Hooton to Birkenhead North E.M.U.D
1T59 : Birkenhead North E.M.U.D to Liverpool Central Rev Sdg
1T61 : Liverpool Central Rev Sdg to Southport
1T63 : Southport to Hooton

EMU Route
507001 Leading (3) Hooton - Rock Ferry - Hamilton Square - James St - Stock Interchange Stabling Siding
508143 Leading Stock Interchange Stabling Siding - James St P2 - Hamilton Square - Birkenhead North - West Kirby Siding No 1
507001 Leading West Kirby Siding No 1 - Signal 597
508143 Leading Signal 597 - West Kirby P1 (PNB)
507001 Leading West Kirby P1 - Bidston East Jn - (4) Birkenhead North Depot No.7 road
508143 Leading Birkenhead North Depot - New Brighton Siding No 1
507001 Leading New Brighton Siding No 1 - Signal 1653
508143 Leading Signal 1653 - New Brighton Siding No 2
507001 Leading New Brighton Siding No 2 - Bidston East Jn - Birkenhead North P1 - Hamilton Square - James Street P2 - Stock Interchange Line - Liverpool Central - (via 2nd Trailing Crossover) - Liverpool Central Reversing Siding
508143 Leading Liverpool Central Reversing Siding - Liverpool Central P1 - Kirkdale Depot [wash line] - Kirkdale Depot, North Run-Round Line
507001 Leading Kirkdale Depot, North Run-Round Line - Carriage Shed No.25 Road (EoL in Shed)
508143 Leading Kirkdale Depot, Carriage Shed No.25 Road - Aintree - Aintree Signal 1206
507001 Leading Aintree Signal 1206 - Aintree (PNB) - Kirkdale Depot (North Run Round Line) - Sandhills Reversing Siding
508143 Leading Sandhills Reversing Siding - Southport P1 (PNB)
507001 Leading Southport P1 - Signal 112
508143 Leading Signal 112 - Southport Wall Siding
507001 Leading Southport Wall Siding - Southport Signal 112
508143 Leading Southport Signal 112 - Southport P2
507001 Leading Southport P2 - Southport Siding No 10
508143 Leading Southport Siding No 10 - Southport P3
507001 Leading Southport P3 - Southport Signal 112
508143 Leading Southport Signal 112 - Birkdale Sidings No.1 (5)
507001 Leading Birkdale Sidings No.1 - Hall Road (6) - Liverpool Central P2 - (via 1st Trailing Crossover) - Liverpool South Parkway
508143 Leading Liverpool South Parkway - Liverpool Central P2 - Stock Interchange Line - James Street P2 - Hamilton Square - (Dn-Up Chester) - Rock Ferry P2 - (Up-Dn Chester) - Hooton P3

Notes: 
(1) A joint venture between The Branch Line Society and Merseyrail, with proceeds (reported as 20,000) going to The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity.
(2) Due to severe icy conditions, Units, (including the ECS for the Tour), were struggling to draw power from the conductor rail, and as passengers starting arriving at Hooton it was evident there were problems with nothing running on the Wirral Lines or the Southport to Hunts Cross Line. The Bay Platform was occupied with 507030 & 508126 which were supposed to be the first Ellesmere Port trains but they were also stranded until the rails started to thaw out.
Further up the line, 5Y05, (07:11 Birkenhead Central C.S. to Ellesmere Port ECS), only made it as far as Rock Ferry & behind that train was a stranded 3-car set at Green Lane Bank. The train crew from 5Y05 used a 3-car from Rock Ferry Bay to perform the rescue. Then 5T57, (Tour ECS), was released from the Bay at Birkenhead Central & crossed to Platform 2 at Rock Ferry to overtake 5Y05 but only made it about 400 yards South of Rock Ferry before it too was gapped. By this time the 6-car set from Rock Ferry Bay had coupled up to the rear of 5Y05 & then the 12-car went on to rescue 5T57 & the whole 18 Coach Set made it's way to Chester to clear the line & then reverse back to Hooton. At Hooton the rescue Units detached & headed back towards Liverpool to clear that line while the passengers boarded the Tour, grateful to be out of the cold & relieved that there was still to be a Tour. [The formation of the 18-coach train - 508143, 507001, 508111, 507032, 508117 & 508123. Although there had been an 18-coach train running at Kirkdale Depot, it is believed to be the first time on the Main Line].
(3) Tour was due to start from Hooton Bay P1, but due to the problems already mentioned above, this obviously could not happen.
(4) The original plan of running through the Carriage Washer line at Birkenhead North had to be dropped due to the track being out of use, so we ran along the Up & Down Through Siding which runs alongside the CW line where we could see the condition of it & yes it was definitely out of use.
(5) The original spec for the Tour had Birkdale Siding No.3 requested, to "complete" the triangle, but condition of track ruled this out, so Sidings No.1 & No.2, (which run parallel to the Main Line), were put in as an alternative, but just before we were due to cover them we learned that a problem with the hand points meant Siding No.2 couldn't be done.
(6) Hall Road Wall Siding was originally due to be covered on the way back South from Southport, (thus also covering the Hall Road Crossover in both directions), but planned work on the siding had not taken place so was deleted from the route. This loss was replaced with more time at Kirkdale Depot so a run inside the shed was requested & granted.

Source : Alan Sheppard

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from
Alan Sheppard, Colin Ward & Jim Sellens)

M.C

Location Booked Actual
0.00
Hooton 09.32d [P1] DIV
0.20
Hooton Sth Jn Sig.254 09.34 ~ 09.39 [Dn Chester] DIV
0.40
Hooton 09/41 [P3] 11.55 ~ 12.03d [P3]
1.20
Eastham Rake ? 12.05a ~ 12.07d
2.70
Bromborough Rake ? 12.10a ~ 12.11d
5.75
Rock Ferry 09/50 [P2] 12.16a ~ 12.16d
7.07
Birkenhead Central 09/57 [P1] 12.20 ~ 12.21
7.50
Hamilton Square 10/00 [P1] 12/23 [P1]
8.64
James Street 10.01a ~ 10.02d [P2] 12.26a ~ 12.32d [P2]
8.78
James Street Stabling Sdg 10.05 ~ 10.22 [Sdg] 12.35 ~ 12.37 [SDG]
9.12
James Street 10/24 [P2] 12.39 ~ 12.42 [P2]
10.27
Hamilton Square 10/28 [P3] 12.46 ~ 12.46 [P3]
12.34
Birkenhead North 10/36 [P3] 12/53 [P3]
13.34
Bidston 10/37 [P2] 12/55 [P2]
?
Sig.ML587 (Prospect Farm) ? 13.03 ~ 13.07
19.05
West Kirby Sdg.1 10.55 ~ 11.10 [Sdg1 / Dn Sdg] 13.16 ~ 13.17 [Sdg 1]
?
West Kirby Sig.597 11.12 ~ 11.22 13.20 ~ 13.21
19.17
West Kirby 11p24a ~ 11p45d [P1] 13.23a ~ 13.41d [P1]
24.68
Bidston 12/03 [P1] 13.49 ~ 13.49 [P1]
?
Bidston East Jn 12/03 [UF] 13/50
25.59
Birkenhead North E.M.U.D. 12.07 ~ 12.37 [No.7 Sdg] 13.56 ~ 14.04 [No.7 Sdg]
26.15
Bidston East Jn 12/40 [DF] 14/08
28.73
New Brighton Sdg.1 12.48 ~ 13.03 [Sdg1] 14.16 ~ 14.25 [Sdg 1]
?
New Brighton Sig.606/or/1653 13.05 ~ 13.15 14.28 ~ 14.28
29.27
New Brighton Sdg.2 13.17 ~ 13.28 [Sdg2] 14.30 ~ 14.35 [Sdg 2]
32.05
Bidston East Jn 13/36 14/41
32.50
Birkenhead North 13/38 [P1/UPL] 14/43 [P1]
34.57
Hamilton Square 13/44 [P1] 14/48
35.72
James Street 13/46 [P2] 14/51 [P2]
36.13
Paradise Jn Sig.ML44 ? 14.54 ~ 14.59
36.43
Liverpool Central (Northern) 14/01 [P2] 15/02 [P2]
36.53
Liverpool Central Rev Sdg 14.02 ~ 14.07 15.04 ~ 15.16
36.63
Liverpool Central (Northern) 14/08 [P2] 15.18a ~ 15.20d [P1]
37.31
Moorfields 14/09 [P2] 15/22 [P2]
38.73
Sandhills 14/13 [P2] 15/24 [P2]
39.28
Kirkdale C.S. 14.17 [NRRL] ~ 15/29 [CW Line]
39.59
Kirkdale Depot (NRRL) ? 15.31 ~ 15.34
?
Kirkdale Depot (Carriage Shed) ? 15.37 ~ 15.42 [No.25 Road]
39.73
Kirkdale C.S. ~ 14.52 15.46 ~ 15.50 (Depot Exit)
40.60
Walton Jn 14/57 15/54
42.29
Aintree ? [P2] 15/59 [P2]
42.35
Aintree Sig.1206 15.02 ~ 15.07 16.01 ~ 16.06
42.41
Aintree 15p08a ~ 15p23d [P1] 16.09a ~ 16.25d [P1]
?
Orrell Park 15/25 [P1] 16/27 [P1]
?
Walton (Merseyside) 15/26 [P1] 16/28 [P1]
?
Walton Jn 15/27 16/29
45.08
Kirkdale C.S. 15.32 ~ 15.36 [NRRL] 16/26 [NRRL]
?
Sandhills 15/38 [P1] 16/41 [P1]
46.08
Sandhills Rev Sdg 15.39 ~ 15.47 16.43 ~ 16.47
?
Sandhills 15/48 [P2] 16/49 [P2]
50.06
Waterloo (Merseyside) 15/55 [P2] 16/55 [P2]
52.00
Hall Road 15/58 [P2] 16/57 [P2]
56.00
Formby 16/03 [P2] 17/02 [P2]
62.08
Birkdale 16/10 [P2] 17/11 [P2]
63.21
Southport 16p14a ~ 16p45d [P2] 17.15a ~ 17.38d [P1]
63.43
Southport Sig.112 16.47 ~ 16.52 [UF] 17.40 ~ 17.41
63.65
Southport Wall Sdg 16.54 ~ 17.03 [Wall] 17.43 ~ 17.45 [Wall]
?
Southport Sig.112 17.05 ~ 17.11 [UF] 17.46 ~ 17.47
64.29
Southport 17.13a ~ 17.25d [P3] 17.48 ~ 17.49 [P2]
64.59
Southport C.H.S. 17.30 ~ 17.37 [Sdg 10] 17.53 ~ 17.53 [Sdg 10]
?
Southport C.H.S. (Exit Signal) ? 17.55 ~ 18.02
65.09
Southport 17.42a ~ 17.47d [P2] 18.04 ~ 18.04 [P3]
?
Southport Sig.112 17.49 ~ 17.54 [UF] 18.06 ~ 18.07
65.42
Birkdale Sidings 17.55 ~ 18.02 [Up Sdg1] 18.09 ~ 18.13 [Sdg 1]
?
Southport Sig.112 18.03 ~ 18.10 [UF] 18/14
?
Birkdale Sidings 18.11 ~ 18.16 [Up Sdg2] DIV
?
Birkdale 18/19 [P1] 18.17 ~ 18.17 [P1]
?
Formby 18/25 [P1] 18/25 [P1]
76.52
Hall Road 18/32 [P1] 18/29 [P1]
?
Waterloo (Merseyside) 18/35 [P1] 18/32 [P1]
?
Sandhills 18/41 [P1] 18/39 [P1]
?
Moorfields 18/44 [P1] 18/43 [P1]
84.43
Liverpool Central (Northern) 18/47 [P2] 18.45a ~ 18.47d [P2]
90.08
Liverpool South Parkway LL 19.02a ~ 19.07d [P5] 18.59a ~ 19.05d [P5]
95.53
Liverpool Central (Northern) 19.15a ~ 19.16d [P2] 19.15 ~ 19.15
?
Paradise Jn 19/18 19/18
96.16
James Street 19.23a ~ 19.24d [P2] 19.21a ~ 19.25d [P2]
?
Hamilton Square 19/26 [P2] 19/28 [P2]
?
Birkenhead Central 19/27 [P2] 19/29
99.05
Rock Ferry 19/32 [P2] 19/33 [P2]
104.40
Hooton 19.48a [P3] 19.47a [P3]


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