22nd August 2015

Virgin Trains / Direct Rail Services / Railway Magazine
The Bournemouth Flyer

Locos Used 37401 'Mary Queen of Scots', 37405 & 57307 'Lady Penelope'
Stock Used 5964+5921+5961+6158+6042+80042+3356+3330+3384+3348+17159

Route : 
1Z37 : Chester to Bournemouth
1Z39 : Bournemouth to Chester

Loco(s) Route
37401 + 37405 (1) Chester - Crewe - Madeley - Norton Bridge - Stafford - Bushbury Jn - Portobello Jn - Darlaston Jn - Bescot Stadium - Tame Bridge Parkway - Perry Barr North Jn - Perry Barr South Jn - Aston - Stechford - Birmingham International - Coventry - Kenilworth - Leamington Spa - Banbury - Oxford - Didcot Parkway - Reading West Jn - Oxford Road Jn - Bramley - Basingstoke - Worting Jn - Winchester - Eastleigh - St Denys - Southampton Central - Redbridge - Brockenhurst - Bournemouth
37401 + 37405 (1) Bournemouth - (reverse of outward route) - Bescot Stadium - Walsall - Cannock (4) - Rugeley - Stafford - Norton Bridge - Madeley - Crewe - Chester

Notes : 
(1) 57307 on rear. 
(2) 37405 replaced unavailable 37025. 
(3) Off tour option; visit to Bournemouth Air Show.
(4) The return leg was diverted via Cannock, due to a fatality near Penkridge.


37401+37405 on the return leg at Crewe (photo: Joe Loughlin)

Sources : Joe Loughlin (on the tour from/to Crewe) & Al Wallace (on the tour from/to Birmingham International)

Timings (Booked & actual)
(from Realtime Trains)

Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual
Chester 06.17d [P7] 06.17 22.55a [P3] 23.00
Beeston Castle & Taporley SB 06/29 06/29 22/44 22/45
Crewe Steel Works 06/37 06/36 22/36 22/37
Crewe 06.42a ~ 06.46d [P12] 06.40 ~ 06.46 22.23a ~ 22.29d [P6] 22.27 ~ 22.34
Basford Hall Jn 06/51 06/50 22/18 ?
Madeley 06/56 06/56 22/12 22/17
Norton Bridge 07/09 07/05 22/02 22/08
Stafford 07.15a ~ 07.21d [P1] 07.10 ~ 07.21 21.50a ~ 21.53d [P3] 21.59 ~ 22.02
Trent Valley Jn 07/23 07/22 21/48 ?
Rugeley - -   DIV ?
Cannock - -   DIV ?
Walsall - -   DIV ?
Bushbury Jn 07/38 07/36 21/34 DIV
Portobello Jn 07/43 07/40 21/28 DIV
Darlaston Jn 07/47 07/43 21/25 DIV
Bescot Stadium 07/54 07/45 21/23 21/23
Tame Bridge Parkway 07.57a ~ 08.00d 07.47 ~ 07.59 21.16a ~ 21.19d 21.19 ~ 21.19
Perry Barr North Jn 08/05 08/03 21/11 21/15
Perry Barr South Jn 08/05 ? 21/10 ?
Aston 08/08 08/07 21/06  21/12
Stechford 08/18 08/15 21/02 21/07
Birmingham International 08.23a ~ 08.26d [P5] 08.24 ~ 08.29 20.51a ~ 20.54d [P2] 20.57 ~ 21.00
Coventry 08/37 [P2] 08/42 20/41 [P3] 20/45
Gibbet Hill Jn 08/42 08/53 20/37 20/41
Kenilworth 08*46 ~ 08*51 08/56? 20*16 ~ 20*32 20.18 ~ 20.38
Milverton Jn 08/57 09/00 20/07 20/09
Leamington Spa 09/05 [UM] 09/03 20/05 [DM] 20/08
Fenny Compton 09/17 09/14 19/54 19/57
Banbury 09/29 [P3] 09/21 19/47 [P2] 19/48
Aynho Jn 09/39 09/25 19/43 19/43
Heyford 09/46 09/30 19/38 19/38
Wolvercote Jn 09/53 09/37 19/31 19/30
Oxford 09/55 [UM] 09/41 19/28 [DM] 19/26
Oxford [U&DPL] 09*59 ~ 10*05 09.42 ~ 10.20 - -
Kennington Jn 10/08 10/23 19/25 19/17
Didcot North Jn 10/17 10/32 19/17 19/10
Didcot Parkway 10/22 [P4] 10/35 19.14 ~ 19.15 [P3] 18.53 ~ 19.08
Didcot East Jn 10/24 [UR] 10/36 19/13 18/51
Goring & Streatley 10/31 [P4] 10/46 19/00 [P3] 18/44
Reading West Jn 10/54 10/59 18/50 18/38
Oxford Road Jn 11/01 11/01 18/43 18/36
Southcote Jn 11/02 11/02 18/42 18/34
Bramley 11/13 11/11 18/32 18/27
Basingstoke 11/21 [P2] [DF] ? 18/24 [P4] 18/22
Worting Jn 11/26 ? 18/21 [US] 18/19
Wallers Ash Loop 11/37 ? 17*59 ~ 18*08 [UPL] 17.50 ~ 18.09
Winchester 11/43 [P2] ? 17/51 [P1] 17/44
Shawford Jn 11/46 [DF] ? 17/48 17/42
Eastleigh 11.54 ~ 11.56 [P2] ? 17.35 ~ 17.38 [P1] 17.35 ~ 17.36
St Denys 12/02 [P2] 12/08 17/29 [P1] 17/28
Northam Jn 12/04 [DF] 12/09 17/26 [UF] 17/26
Southampton Central 12/06 [P3] [DS] 12/15 17/24 [UF] [P1] 17/24
Redbridge 12/10 [P2] 12/20 17/19 [P1] 17/19
Brockenhurst 12/23 [P3] 12/30 17/10 [P2] 17/09
Bournemouth 12.48a [P3] 12.53 [P3] 16.52d [P3] 16.53 [P4]


Associated E.C.S. Workings

5Z38 : (57307 with 37405 + 37401 on rear) : Bournemouth to Allbrook Jn
5Z38 : (37401 + 37405 with 57307 on rear) : Allbrook Jn to Eastleigh
5Z39 : (57307 with 37405 + 37401 on rear) : Eastleigh to Poole
5Z39 : (37401 + 37405 with 57307 on rear) : Poole to Bournemouth

Location Booked (out) Booked (rtn)
Bournemouth 12.53d [P3] 16.47a [P3]
Branksome - 16/38
Poole - 16.19a ~ 16.31d
Branksome - 16/13
Bournemouth - 16/08
Brockenhurst 13/09 15/44
Redbridge 13/18 15/30
Southampton Central 13/22 15/27
Northam Jn 13/24 15/24
St Denys 13/26 15/22
Southampton Airport Parkway 13/29 ?
Eastleigh 13/32 15/16
Allbrook Jn 13.35a ~ 13.44d -
Eastleigh Sig.E230 - 15.07a ~ 15.15d
Eastleigh 13.50 ~ 13.52 15.05 ~ 15.06
Eastleigh Arlington 14.02a 14.44d


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