25th April 2015

Pathfinder Tours
The Devon Explorer

Locos Used 37059 & 37605
Stock Used 4927+5341+5366+5292+1832+3120+3069+3123+1691+3068+3097+35469

Route :
1Z74 : Crewe to Meldon Quarry
1Z75 : Meldon Quarry to Crewe

Locos Route
37605 + 37059 Crewe - Madeley - Norton Bridge - Stafford - Bushbury Jn - Portobello Jn - Bescot Stadium - Perry Barr North Jn - Perry Barr West Jn - Soho East Jn - Soho South Jn - Birmingham New Street - Proof House Jn - St Andrews Jn - Bordesley Jn - Lifford East Jn - Kings Norton - Longbridge - [via Goods Lines] - Cofton Jn - Barnt Green - Stoke Works Jn - Droitwich Spa - Worcester Shrub Hill - Norton Jn - Abbotswood Jn - Cheltenham Spa - [via Lansdown GL] - Barnwood Jn - Gloucester Yard Jn - Standish Jn - Yate - Westerleigh Jn - Bristol Parkway - (1) Filton West Jn - Avonmouth - Narroways Hill Jn - Dr Days Jn - Bristol Temple Meads [Up Through Line in Down direction] - (1) Bristol West Jn - Worle Jn - Uphill Jn - Bridgwater - Cogload Jn - Taunton - [via U&D Relief Line & Fairwater GL] - Cowley Bridge Jn - Exeter St Davids
37059 + 37605 Exeter St Davids - Cowley Bridge Jn - Crediton - Okehampton - Meldon Quarry
37605 + 37059 Meldon Quarry - Okehampton - Crediton - Cowley Bridge Jn - Exeter St Davids - Exeter Central - Honiton - Yeovil Junction - Yeovil Pen Mill - Castle Cary - Westbury - Trowbridge - Bathampton Jn - Bath Spa - North Somerset Jn - Dr Days Jn - Narroways Hill Jn - Filton Abbey Wood - Bristol Parkway - (reverse of outward route) - Kings Norton - Selly Oak - Birmingham New Street - Proof House Jn - Aston - Perry Barr North Jn - (reverse of outward route) - Crewe

Notes:
(1) Booked route was: Bristol Parkway - Filton Abbey Wood - Dr Days Jn - North Somerset Jn - (via St Philips Marsh) - Bristol West Jn. Peter Finan comments: On the Thursday prior to the tour customers were notified that due to heightened safety awareness by First Great Western who own the infrastructure & tracks between North Somerset Jn & Bristol West Jn that this was to be omitted from the itinerary; Network Rail in their infinite wisdom having allowed 37 minutes to cover the 1 mile 8 chains between these two points decided to soak up the slack by diverting the tour on the outward leg via Filton West Jn, Avonmouth, Clifton Down & Bristol Temple Meads (Up Through line in the Down direction),
(2) Optional road coach tour was available from Tiverton Parkway. At Okehampton there was an optional trip to Meldon Quarry using RDB975046 ('Laboratory Coach 11') & DMSO 61743 (ex-4CEP EMU 1589); propelled to Meldon Quarry & hauled back by D4167 (08937).

Sources : Peter Finan (joined/left the train at Tame Bridge Parkway) & John Clifford (joined/left the train at Birmingham New Street)

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

Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual
Crewe 05.58d [P12] 05.58   23.39a [P12] 23.39
Basford Hall Jn 06/03 [US] 06/01   23/35 23/34
Madeley 06/08 [US] 06/08   23/29 [DF] 23/28
Norton Bridge 06/19 [US] 06/17   23/20 [DF] 23/19
Stafford 06.26a ~ 06.29d [P4] [US] 06.22 ~ 06.30   23.12a ~ 23.14d [P5] [DF] 23.11 ~ 23.13
Trent Valley Jn 06/30 06/31   23/10 [DS] 23/10
Bushbury Jn 06/46 06/45   22/55 22/58
Portobello Jn 06/51 06/49   22/50 22/50
Darlaston Jn 06/53 06/52   22/47 22/47
Bescot Stadium 06/55 06/54   22/45 22/45
Tame Bridge Parkway 06.58a ~ 07.01d 06.56 ~ 07.01   22.39a ~ 22.42d 22.41 ~ 22.41
Perry Barr North Jn 07/07 07/06   22/34 22/37
Perry Barr West Jn 07/09 07/07   - -
Soho East Jn 07/17 07/12   - -
Soho South Jn 07/18 07/17   - -
Perry Barr South Jn - -   22/33 ?
Aston - -   22/29 [P1] 22/34
Proof House Jn - -   22/26 22/30
Birmingham New Street 07.22a ~ 07.25d [P6] [WL] 07.23 ~ 07.25 [P6]   22.21a ~ 22.24d [P8] [WL] 22.25 ~ 22.28 [P8]
Proof House Jn 07/28 07/28   - -
St Andrews Jn 07/31 07/31   - -
Bordesley Jn 07/32 07/32   - -
Lifford East Jn 07/39 07/39   - -
Selly Oak - -   22/12 22/17 [P1]
Kings Norton 07/41 [SL] 07/41 [P4] [SL]   22/08 22/14
Longbridge 07/49 [P2] 07/49 [P2]   22/05 [FL] 22/12 [FL]
Cofton Jn 07*53 ~ 08*09 [GL] 07.53 ~ 08.10 [GL]   - -
Barnt Green 08.15a ~ 08.18d  08.14 ~ 08.19 [P2]   21.57a ~ 22.01d [ML] 22.06 ~ 22.08 [P1] [ML]
Bromsgrove 08/24 08/23 [P2]   21/49 21/57 [P1]
Stoke Works Jn 08/27 08/27   21/46 21/54
Droitwich Spa 08/32 08/33   21/39 21/47
Tunnel Jn 08/40 08/40   21/34 21/39
Worcester Shrub Hill 08.42a ~ 08.50d [P2] 08.42 ~ 08.50 [P2]   21.25a ~ 21.32d [P1] 21.34 ~ 21.37 [P1]
Norton Jn 08/55 08/56   21/20 21/24
Abbotswood Jn 08/59 08.57 ~ 08.59   21/18 21/22
Ashchurch for Tewkesbury 09/08 [P2] 09/10 [P2]   21/08 [P1] 21/12 [P1]
Cheltenham Spa 09.16a ~ 09.19d [P1] 09.20 ~ 09.22 [P1]   20.57a ~ 21.00d [P2] 21.00 ~ 21.04 [P2]
Lansdown Loop 09*23 ~ 09*30 [DGL] 09.25 ~ 09.32 [DGL]   - -
Barnwood Jn 09/37 09/38   20/50 20/54
Gloucester Yard Jn 09/38 09/39   20/49 20/53
Standish Jn 09/44 09/46   20/43 20/47
Cam & Dursley 09.49a ~ 09.52d [P2] 09.52 ~ 09.54 [P2]   20/38 20/40
Charfield 10/00 10/02 [ML]   20/32 20/35
Yate 10/06 10/08 [P2]   20/26 20/29
Westerleigh Jn 10/10 10/10   20/24 20/27
Bristol Parkway 10.17a ~ 10.20d [P2] 10.19 ~ 10.21 [P2]   20.16a ~ 20.18d [P3] 20.16 ~ 20.20 [P3]

 

Location Booked Actual
Filton Abbey Wood 10/23 [P1] DIV
Filton West Jn DIV 10/24
Hallen Marsh Jn DIV 10/32
St Andrews Jn DIV 10/39
Avonmouth DIV 10/40 [P2]
Avonmouth Dock LC DIV 10.43 ~ 10.59
Clifton Down DIV 11/09 [P2]
Narroways Hill Jn 10/28 11/14
Dr Day's Jn 10/31 11/17 [RL]
North Somerset Jn 10/40 DIV
St Philips Marsh H.S.T. Depot 10.50 ~ 11.05 DIV
Bristol East Jn DIV 11/18
Bristol Temple Meads DIV 11/19 [UTL-UM]
Bristol West Jn 11/17 11/20 [DM]
Parson Street 11/18 11/22
Yatton 11/29 11/31
Worle Jn 11/34 11/34
Uphill Jn 11/46 11.37 ~ 11.43
Bridgwater 11/58 11/56 [P1]
Cogload Jn 12/03 12/01
Taunton 12/07 [P2] [UDR] 12/08 [P2] [UDR]
Fairwater Yard 12.12 ~ 12.16 12.14 ~ 12.19
Norton Fitzwarren 12/23 12/20
Whiteball 12/31 12/31
Tiverton Parkway 12.34 ~ 12.37 [P1] 12.35 ~ 12.36 [P1]
Tiverton Loop  12/39 12/39
Cowley Bridge Jn 12/49 12/49
Exeter St Davids 12.51a ~ 13.11d [P4] 12.52 ~ 13.19 [P6]
Riverside Yard 13.15 ~ 13.15 13/25 [DG REC]
Cowley Bridge Jn 13/19 13/29
Crediton 13.27 ~ 13.30 [P2] 13.37 ~ 13.38 [P2]
Okehampton 13.55a ~ 14.50d  14.09 ~ 14.57 [P3]
Meldon Quarry 15.00a ~ 15.20d 15.08 ~ 16.02
Okehampton 15.40a ~ 15.50d 16.09 ~ 16.14 [P3]
Crediton 16.15 ~ 16.20 [P1] 16.40 ~ 16.43 [P1]
Cowley Bridge Jn 16/30 16/50
Riverside Yard 16.34 ~ 16.49 DIV
Exeter St Davids 16/52 [P1] 16/54 [P1]
Exeter Central 16/55 [P3] 16/57 [P3]
Exmouth Jn 16/57 16/59
Pinhoe 16/59 17/01 [P1]
Honiton 17.13 ~ 17.16 [P2] 17.17 ~ 17.17 [P2]
Axminster West Jn 17/25 [UM] 17/27 [UM]
Axminster 17/27 [P2] 17/29 [P2]
Axminster East Jn 17/29 17/31
Chard Jn 17.34 ~ 17.58 17.38 ~ 17.57 [Loop]
Yeovil Junction 18.15 ~ 18.20 [P1] 18/16 [P1]
Yeovil Pen Mill 18.25 ~ 18.35 [P1] 18.25 ~ 18.34 [P1]
Castle Cary 18/58 [P3] 18.53 ~ 18.56 [P3]
East Somerset Jn 19/06 19/08
Blatchbridge Jn 19/09 19/12
Clink Road Jn 19/11 19/13
Fairwood Jn 19/15 19/17
Westbury 19/18 [P3] 19.21 ~ 19.27 [P3]
Trowbridge 19/28 19/35
Bradford Jn 19/32 19/39
Bathampton Jn 19/46 19/52
Bath Spa 19/51 [P1] 19/55 [P1]
North Somerset Jn  20/05 20/06
Dr Day's Jn 20/07 20/08
Narroways Hill Jn 20/09 20/10
Filton Abbey Wood 20/12 [P2] 20/14 [P2]

Timings continue in first table.

Associated E.C.S. & Light Engine Workings

0Z74? (37605 + 37059) : Gresty Bridge to Crewe H.S.

Location Booked
Gresty Bridge 03.15d
Gresty Lane Western Sidings 1 03.18 ~ 03.21
Gresty Lane 03.24 ~ 03.27
Crewe H.S. 03.31a

5Z74? : (37605 + 37059) : Crewe H.S. to Crewe
5Z75? : (37605 + 37059) : Crewe to Crewe H.S.

Location Booked (out)   Booked (rtn)
Crewe H.S. 04.32d   00.35a
Gresty Lane Sig.GL37 04.33 ~ 04.34   -
Gresty Lane 04/37   00/30
Gresty Green Up Loop 04.41 ~ 05.01   00.06 ~ 00.26
Gresty Lane 05/05   00/02
Crewe South Jn 05/07   ?
Crewe 05.09a [P12]   23.59d [P12]


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