7th February 2015

Pathfinder Tours
The Buffer Puffer 12.0

Locos Used 20308 & 20309
Stock Used 4998+4946+4949+1813+3098+6310

Route :
1Z20 : Crewe to London Paddington
1Z21 : London Paddington to Windsor & Eton Riverside
1Z22 : Windsor & Eton Riverside to Chessington South
1Z24 : Chessington South to London Waterloo
1Z25 : London Waterloo to Hampton Court
1Z26 : Hampton Court to Shepperton
1Z27 : Shepperton to Crewe

Loco(s) Route
20308 (1) Crewe - (via WCML, Trent Valley & Weedon) - Wembley Central - Sudbury Jn - Wembley Yard South Jn - Willesden No.7 Jn - Acton Canal Wharf - Acton Wells Jn - Acton Main Line - Ealing Broadway - Drayton Green - Greenford South Jn - Greenford East Jn - Park Royal - Old Oak Common West Jn - Ladbroke Grove - London Paddington
20309 (2) London Paddington - Ladbroke Grove - Old Oak Common Reception Line - Park Royal - Greenford East Jn - Greenford South Jn - Drayton Green - Ealing Broadway - Acton Main Line - Acton Wells Jn - Willesden SW Sidings - Mitre Bridge Jn - North Pole Jn - Kensington Olympia - Latchford Jn - Clapham Junction - Barnes - Brentford - Hounslow - Feltham - Staines - Datchet - Windsor & Eton Riverside
20308 (1) Windsor & Eton Riverside - Datchet - Staines - Feltham - Twickenham - Richmond - Barnes - Clapham Junction - Longhedge Jn - Factory Jn - Voltaire Road Jn - Brixton - Herne Hill - Tulse Hill - St reatham - Wimbledon - Raynes Park - Motspur Park - Chessington South
20309 (2) Chessington South - Motspur Park - Raynes Park - Wimbledon - Clapham Junction - London Waterloo
20308 (1) London Waterloo - Clapham Junction - Wimbledon - New Malden - Surbiton - Thames Ditton - Hampton Court
20309 (2) Hampton Court - Thames Ditton - Surbiton - New Malden - Wimbledon
20308 (1) Wimbledon - Raynes Park - New Malden - Kingston - Teddington - Shacklegate Jn - Fulwell - Shepperton
20309 (2) Shepperton - Fulwell - Strawberry Hill - Twickenham
20308 (1) Twickenham - Whitton Jn - Hounslow - Brentford - Kew East Jn - South Acton Jn - Acton Wells Jn - Acton Canal Wharf - Willesden No.7 Jn - Wembley Yard South Jn - Sudbury Jn - Wembley Central - (via WCML & Weedon) - Rugby - Coventry - Bedworth - Nuneaton - Stafford - Crewe

Notes :
(1) 20309 on rear.
(2) 20308 on rear.
(3) John Clifford comments: When this tour was first advertised the route was: Crewe - Stafford - Nuneaton - Coventry - Banbury - High Wycombe - Greenford - Ealing Broadway - Down & Up Flyover - London Paddington (reverse) then as shown above to Hampton Court (reverse) - Surbiton - Wimbledon - Clapham Junction - London Waterloo (reverse) - Clapham Junction - Wimbledon - New Malden - Kingston - Fulwell - Shepperton (reverse) - Strawberry Hill - Twickenham - Barnes - Clapham Junction (reverse) - New Kew Jn - South Acton - Acton Wells Jn - Neasden Curve - South Ruislip - High Wycombe and as outward back to Crewe.  The tickets arrived showing that the reversal between Hampton Court and Shepperton would be at Wimbledon and that the train would reverse at Twickenham instead of Clapham Junction before returning to Crewe. Finally, since there was a landslip at Harbury Tunnel (blocking the line between Banbury and Leamington Spa) about a week before the running date, the tour had to be rerouted via the West Coast Main Line and become that shown above.
I left the tour at Twickenham but understand that there was a late arrival at Crewe caused by a fatality near Leighton Buzzard.

Sources : John Clifford (on the tour from London Paddington to Twickenham) & Stuart Hicks

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

Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual
Crewe 04.25d [P7] 04.29   21.53a [P6] 23.18
Basford Hall Jn 04/30 [UF] ?   21/48 23/14
Madeley 04/37 [UF] 04/43   21/42 [DF] 23/07
Norton Bridge 04/47 [UF] 04/55   21/31 [DF] 22/54
Stafford 04.55a ~ 04.58d [P1] [UF] 05.01 ~ 05.03   21.20a ~ 21.26d [P?] 22.44 ~ 22.47
Stafford No.4 Jn 04/58 ?   21/18 ?
Colwich Jn 05/04 [UF] 05/12   21/13 22/35
Rugeley North Jn 05/08 [UF] 05/15   21/09 DF] 22/32
Lichfield North Jn 05/15 [UF] 05/23   21/01 [DF] 22/24
Amington Jn 05/22 [UF] 05/30   20/53 [DS] 22/17
Nuneaton 05.32a ~ 05.35d [P4] [UF] 05.43 ~ 05.46   20.39a ~ 20.42d [P2] [DS] 22.01 ~ 22.03
Attleborough Jn 05/37 ?   - -
Brinklow 05/46 05/58   - -
Newbold Jn 05/50 06/01   - -
Chilvers Cotton Jn - -   20/36 [DB] 21/58
Bedworth - -   20/31 21/54
Hawkesbury Lane - -   20/29 21/52
Three Spires Jn - -   20/27 21/49
Coundon Road LC - -   20/24 21/46
Coventry - -   20.14a ~ 20.19d [P3] 21.38 ~ 21.42
Trent Valley Jn 05/51 06/02   20/03 [DCL] 21/25
Rugby 05.55a ~ 05.58d [P4] 06.04 ~ 06.07   19.51a ~ 20.01d [P2] 21.19 ~ 21.23
Hillmorton Jn 06/02 [UF] 06/09   19/49  21/15
Weedon 06/14 06/22   DIV ?
Daventry North Jn - -   19/46 DIV
Long Buckby - -   19/41 DIV
Northampton - -   19/30 [P2] DIV
Hanslope Jn 06/26 [US] 06/35   19/20 [DS] 20/47
Milton Keynes Central 06.35a ~ 06.38d [P1] [US] 06.42 ~ 06.45   19.11a ~ 19.13d [P3] [DS] 20.32 ~ 20.35
Bletchley 06/44 [P4] [US] 06/50   19/05 [P3] [DS] 20/27
Ledburn Jn 06/55 [US] 07/00   18/58 [DS] 20/10
Tring 07/02 [P5] [US] 07/07   18/53 [P3] [DS] 19.22 ~ ?
Bourne End Jn 07/08 [US] 07/12   18/44 [DS] 19/06
Watford Junction 07/21 [P9] [US] 07/20   18/32 [P8] [DS] 18/32
Harrow & Wealdstone 07/28 [US] 07/29   18/25 [P5] [DS] 18/24
Wembley Central 07.32 ~ 07.34  07.32 ~ 07.34   18.18 ~ 18.20 [P5] 18.16 ~ 18.18
Sudbury Jn 07/37 [UR] 07/36   18.14 [SL] 18/09
Wembley Yard South Jn 07/39 ?   18/10 ?
Willesden No.7 Jn 07/44 ?   18/06 [DR] ?
Acton Canal Wharf 07/48 07/43   17/59 ?
Acton Wells Jn 07/50 07/47   17/56 17/56

 

Location Booked Actual
Acton Main Line 07/55 [DR] 07/55
Acton West 07/57 [DR] 07/57
Ealing Broadway 07.58a ~ 08.00d [DR] 07/59?
West Ealing 08/04 ?
Drayton Green 08/06 ?
Greenford South Jn 08/12 ?
Greenford East Jn 08/14 ?
Park Royal 08/20 08/17
Old Oak Common West Jn 08/22 [RL] 08/19
Ladbroke Grove 08/27 [RL] 08/22
London Paddington 08.31a ~ 09.03d [P4] 08.28 ~ 09.03 [P4]
Ladbroke Grove 09/07 [ECL] 09/06 [ECL]
Old Oak Common East Jn 09/12 [RL1] 09/10 [RL1]
Old Oak Common Reception Line 09/13 09/11
Old Oak Common West Jn 09/14 09/12
Park Royal 09/17 09/14
Greenford East Jn 09/24 09/25
Greenford South Jn 09/26 09/26
Drayton Green 09/35 09/30 [P2]
West Ealing 09/37 [UR] 09/36 [P4] [UR]
Acton West 09/43 [GL] 09/39 [GL]
Acton Main Line 09/47 [GL] 09/42 [GL]
Acton Wells Jn 09/49 09/46
Willesden SW Sidings 09/52 [RVL] 09/47 [RVL]
Mitre Bridge Jn 09/56 09.49 ~ 09.50
North Pole Jn 09/58 09/53
Kensington Olympia 10/02 [P3] 09/59 [P3]
Latchmere Jn 10/08 10/08
Clapham Junction 10/10 [P5] [DF] 10/11 [P5] [DF]
Barnes 10/17 [P3] 10/17 [P3]
Brentford 10/27 10/26 [P2]
Hounslow 10/35 10/33 [P2]
Feltham Jn 10/40 10.36 ~ 10.37
Feltham 10/42 [P2] 10/41 [P2]
Staines [Down Goods Loop]  10*49 ~ 10*56 10.48 ~ 10.53
Staines 10.57a ~ 11.00d [P2] 10.55 ~ 11.00 [P2]
Datchet 11/07 11/09 [P2]
Windsor & Eton Riverside 11.11a ~ 11.16d [P2] 11.14 ~ 11.19 [P2]
Datchet 11/20 11/24 [P1]
Staines 11/26 [P1] 11/31 [P1]
Staines [Up Goods Loop] 11*28 ~ 11*43 11.33 ~ 11.40
Feltham 11/52 [P1] 11/49 [P1]
Feltham Jn 11/56 11/52
Whitton Jn 11/57 11/54
Twickenham Jn 12/01 [FL] 11/57 [FL]
Twickenham 12/01 [P4] 11/58 [P4] [FL]
St Margarets 12/03 12/03 [P2]
Richmond 12/07 [P2] 12/06 [P2]
Barnes 12/16 [P1] [US] 12/15 [P1] [US]
Clapham Junction 12/24 [P3] 12/24 [P3]
Longhedge Jn 12/28 12/27
Factory Jn 12/31 [RVL] 12/28 [RVL]
Voltaire Road Jn 12.32 ~ 12.34 12.31 ~ 12.33 [DCM] 
Brixton 12/36 12/38 [P2]
Herne Hill 12.37 ~ 12.38 [P3] 12/40 [P3]
Tulse Hill 12/43 [P4] 12/43 [P4]
Streatham 12/46 [P1] 12/46 [P1]
Streatham South Jn 12/48 12/48
Wimbledon 12/54 [P9] 12/54 [P9]
Wimbledon West Jn 12/58 [DS] 12.56 ~ 12.57 [DS]
Raynes Park 13/01 13/01 [P4]
Motspur Park 13/04 13/04 [P2]
Chessington South 13.14a ~ 13.17d 13.13 ~ 13.18
Motspur Park 13/34 13/34 [P1]
Raynes Park 13.38 ~ 13.45 [UF] 13.38 ~ 13.43 [P1] [UF]
Wimbledon 13/48 [P6] 13/46 [P6] [UF]
Clapham Junction 13/54 [P7] [UMF] 13/52 [P7] [UMF]
London Waterloo 14.02a ~ 14.47d [P15] [DMF] 14.04 ~ 14.50 [P15] [DMF]
Clapham Junction 14/54 [P9] [DF] 14/58 [P9] [DF]
Wimbledon 14/59 [P7] 15/02 [P7] [DF]
New Malden 15/01 [DS] 15/06 [P3] [DS]
Surbiton 15.05 ~ 15.10 [P3] 15/11 [P3]
Thames Ditton 15/14 15/15 [P2]
Hampton Court 15.22a ~ 15.44d [P2]  15.19 ~ 15.44 [P2]
Hampton Court Jn 15/50 [US] 15/48 [US]
Surbiton 15/53 [P1] [UF] 15/50 [P1] [UF]
New Malden 15/55 15/55 [P2] [UF]
Wimbledon West Jn 15/59 15/59
Wimbledon 16.01a ~ 16.13d [P9] 16.02 ~ 16.13 [P9]
Wimbledon West Jn 16/16 [DS] 16/16 [DS]
Raynes Park 16/19 16/19 [P3] [DS]
New Malden 16/21 16/22 [P4]
Kingston 16/32 [P2] 16/32 [P2]
Teddington 16/39 16/37 [P1]
Shacklegate Jn 16/41 16/39
Fulwell 16/43 16/41 [P2]
Shepperton 16.54a ~ 16.59d 16.50 ~ 16.59
Fulwell 17/12 17/09 [P1]
Strawberry Hill 17/14 [P2] 17/13 [P2]
Twickenham Jn 17/16 [SL] 17/16 [SL]
Twickenham 17.17a ~ 17.29d [P3] 17.17 ~ 17.26
Whitton Jn 17/35 17/31
Hounslow 17/38 17/34
Brentford 17/43 17/41
Kew East Jn 17/47 17/44
South Acton Jn 17/50 ?

Timings continue in first table.

Associated Light Engine  & E.C.S. Moves

0Z20? : (20308 & 20309) : Gresty Bridge to Crewe H.S.
0Z27? : (20308 & 20309) : Crewe H.S. to Gresty Bridge

Location Booked (out) Booked (rtn)
Gresty Bridge 02.31d 23.04a
Gresty Lane Western Sidings 1 02.32 ~ 02.35 22.59 ~ 23.02
Gresty Lane 02.38 ~ 02.41 22.54 ~ 22.57
Gresty Lane Sig.GL37 - 22.51 ~ 22.52 [GL]
Crewe H.S. 02.44a 22.50d

5Z20 : (20308 with 20309 on rear) : Crewe H.S. to Gresty Lane Up Loop
5Z20 : (20309 with 20308 on rear) : Gresty Lane Up Loop to Crewe
5Z27 : (20309 with 20308 on rear) : Crewe to Gresty Lane Up Loop
5Z27 : (20308 with 20309 on rear) : Gresty Lane Up Loop to Crewe H.S.

Location Booked (out) Booked (rtn)
Crewe H.S. 03.44d 22.24a
Gresty Lane Sig.GL37 03.45 ~ 03.46 [GL] -
Gresty Lane 03/49 22/18
Gresty Green Up Loop 03.53 ~ 03.57 22.09 ~ 22.14
Gresty Lane 04/02 22/05
Crewe 04.05a [P7] 22.02d [P6]


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