20th February 2016

Pathfinder Tours
The Fifty-Niner

Locos Used 08652, 59001 'Yeoman Endeavour', 59002 'Alan J Day' & 59202 'Alan Meddows Taylor'
Stock Used 4927+4991+4949+4998+4946+1813+1671+3149+3121+3097+3123+3068+35469

Route :
1Z58 : Banbury to Merehead Quarry
1Z59 : Merehead Quarry to Banbury

Loco(s) Route
59202 Banbury - Leamington Spa - Coventry - Birmingham International - Stechford - Birmingham New Street - Selly Oak - Kings Norton - Barnt Green - Bromsgrove - Abbotswood Jn - Ashchurch for Tewkesbury - Cheltenham Spa - Barnwood Jn - Gloucester Yard Jn - Yate - Westerleigh Jn - Bristol Parkway - Filton Abbey Wood - Dr Day's Jn - Bristol Temple Meads
59001 Bristol Temple Meads - North Somerset Jn - Bath Spa - Bathampton Jn - Trowbridge - Westbury [Down Reception Line]
59001 (1) Westbury [Down Reception Line] - Fairwood Jn - Clink Road Jn - Frome North Jn - Whatley Quarry [Arrival Line]
08652 (3) Whatley Quarry [Arrival Line] - Whatley Quarry [approximately to Road Bridge]
59002 (2) Whatley Quarry - Frome North Jn
59001 (1) Frome North Jn - Frome - Blatchbridge Jn - East Somerset Jn - Merehead Quarry Jn - Whites Crossing Siding
59002 (2) Whites Crossing Siding - Merehead Quarry [Line 5]
59001 (1) Merehead Quarry [Line 5] - Whites Crossing Siding
59002 (2) Whites Crossing Siding - Merehead Quarry Jn
59001 (1) Merehead Quarry Jn - Merehead Quarry [Line 1]
59002 Merehead Quarry [Line 1] - Merehead Quarry Jn - East Somerset Jn - Blatchbridge Jn - Clink Road Jn - Fairwood Jn - Westbury [Up Reception Line] - Trowbridge - Bradford Jn - Bathampton Jn - Bath Spa - North Somerset Jn - Bristol Temple Meads
59202 Bristol Temple Meads - (reverse of outward route) - Banbury

Notes :
(1) 59002 on rear.

(2) 59001 on rear.

(3) 08652 piloting 59001 with 59002 on rear, from Whatley Quarry Arrival Line to Road Bridge.
(4) This tour celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the Class 59s.

Source : Nick Bartlett (on the tour from/to Bristol Temple Meads)

Photo Review


59202 on arrival at Bristol Temple Meads (photo: Nick Bartlett)


59001 heading through Bradford-on-Avon (photo: Guy Vincent)


59002 tailing at Whatley branch at Spring Gardens (photo: Guy Vincent)


Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Nick Bartlett, Graham Morris & Realtime Trains)

M.C Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual M.C
0.00 Banbury 06.40d [P2] 06.40   22.40a [P3] 22.42 138.30
8.60 Fenny Compton 06/49 06/49   22/32 22/31 129.50
19.71 Leamington Spa 06.59a ~ 07.02d [P2] 07.00 ~ 07.03   22.16a ~ 22.19d [P3] 22.15 ~ 22.19 118.39
20.70 Milverton Jn 07/05 07/06   22/12 22/12 117.40
25.10 Kenilworth 07*14 ~ 07*32 07/11?   22/07 22/08 113.20
? Gibbet Hill Jn 07/36 07/13   22/05 22/06 ?
29.49 Coventry 07.40a ~ 07.42d [P4] 07.34 ~ 07.42   21.57a ~ 21.59d [P2] 21.57 ~ 22.02 108.67
40.19 Birmingham International 07.53a ~ 07.58d [P3] 07.54 ~ 07.59   21.33a ~ 21.44d [P5] 21.33 ~ 21.44 98.11
44.52 Stechford 08/05 08/05   21/25 21/25 93.58
47.63 Proof House Jn 08/10 [WL] 08/14   21/19 [WL] 21/21 90.47
48.37 Birmingham New Street 08.13a ~ 08.18d [P5] 08.18 ~ 08.21   21.09a ~ 21.16d [P6] 21.09 ~ 21.17 89.73
51.61 Selly Oak 08/27 08/30   21/02 21/00 84.49
53.76 Kings Norton 08/31 [FL] 08/33   20/58 [P1] 20/53 84.34
56.29 Longbridge 08/34 08/35   20/55 [FL] 20/49 82.01
59.04 Barnt Green 08/37 08/38   20/52 [ML] 20/46 79.26
60.29 Blackwell 08*41 ~ 08*49 [DGL] 08.41 ~ 08.50   20/50 20/45 ?
62.47 Bromsgrove 08/53 08/55   20/47 20/42 75.63
64.60 Stoke Works Jn 08/55 08/56   20/45 20/41 73.50
75.77 Abbotswood Jn 09*06 ~ 09*12 [DGL] 09.16 ~ 09.17   20/36 20/31 62.33
86.53 Ashchurch for Tewkesbury 09/23 [P2] 09/27   20/27 [P1] 20/23 51.57
- Cheltenham Spa [High Street Loop] - -   20*11 ~ 20*18 [UGL] 20.08 ~ 20.17 ?
93.75 Cheltenham Spa 09.30a ~ 09.33d [P1] 09.33 ~ 09.36   20.04a ~ 20.07d [P2] 20.04 ~ 20.07 44.35
99.38 Barnwood Jn 09/40 09/41   19/56 19/56 38.72
- Gloucester Sig.G339 - -   19*49 ~ 19*54 ? 38.51
100.25 Gloucester Yard Jn 09/41 09/42   19/46 19/53 38.05
105.29 Haresfield Loop 09*48 ~ 09*48 [DGL] ?   - - -
106.36 Standish Jn 09/51 09/51   19/40 19/42 31.74
119.39 Charfield 10/02 10/02   19/29 19/31 18.71
126.27 Yate 10/08 10/09   19/23 19/26 12.03
127.73 Westerleigh Jn 10/11 10/12   19/20 19/24 10.37
132.43 Bristol Parkway 10.17a ~ 10.20d [P2] 10.17 ~ 10.20   19.01a ~ 19.13d [P4] 19.02 ~ 19.12 5.67
134.02 Filton Abbey Wood 10/23 [P1] 10/23   18/57 [P2] 18/59 4.28
136.29 Narroways Hill Jn 10/28 10/29   18/53 18/56 2.01
137.57 Dr Day's Jn 10/31 [RL] 10/32   18/51 18/52 0.53
? Bristol East Jn 10/32 [UDR] 10/34   18/50 [RL] 18/49 ?
138.30
0.00
Bristol Temple Meads 10L34a ~ 11L10d [P4] 10.35 ~ 11L11 [P4]   18L11a ~ 18L48d [UDR] [P4] 18L14 ~ 18.48 [UDR] [P4] 0.00
43.67
? Bristol East Jn 11/12 [UM] 11/12 [UM]   18/09 [DM] 18/13 [DM] ?
0.65 North Somerset Jn 11/13 11/13   18/08 18/12 43.02
- Bath Goods Loop - -   17.53 ~ 17.53 [DGL] 17/58 [DGL] ?
11.40 Bath Spa 11/26 [P2] 11/26 [P2]   17/51 [P1] 17/55 [P1] 32.27
13.66 Bathampton Jn 11*30 ~ 11*30 [UPL] 11/34 [UPL]   17/47 17/51 30.01
22.78 Bradford Jn 11/44 11/45   17/33 17/37 20.69
? Trowbridge 11/46 11/46 [P2]   17/31 17/35 [P1] ?
? Hawkeridge Jn 11/53 11/52   17/26 17/30 ?
28.22 Westbury 11L56a ~ 12L15d [DR] 11L54 ~ 12L12 [DR]   17.23 ~ 17.23 [UR] 17.26 ~ 17.27 [UR] 15.45

 

M.C Location Booked Actual
29.56 Fairwood Jn 12/18 12/17
33.02 Clink Road Jn 12/24 12/24 [Up Frome]
33.57 Frome North Jn 12/26 12/28 [UGL]
38.15
0.00
Whatley Quarry 12.43a ~ 13.25d 12.45 ~ 13.09 [Arrival Line]
4.38
0.00
Frome North Jn 13.44 ~ 14.04  13.40 ~ 13.42 [Down Frome]
0.64 Frome 14/05 13/44
1.72 Blatchbridge Jn 14/07 13/46
6.13 East Somerset Jn 14/13 [UGL] 13/52 [Up Westbury]
9.52 Merehead Quarry Jn 14.22 ~ 14.23 14/05
11.20
0.00
Whites Crossing Siding 14.29 ~ 14.44 14.11 ~ 14.20
1.38
0.00
Merehead Quarry 14.50a ~ 15.10d 14.31 ~ 14.52 [Line 5]
1.38
0.00
Whites Crossing Siding 15.16 ~ 15.31 14.58 ~ ?
1.48
0.00
Merehead Quarry Jn 15.40 ~ 15.55 ? ~ 15.10
1.27
0.00
Merehead Quarry 16.05a ~ 16.50d 15.22 ~ 16.50 [Line 1]
1.12 Merehead Quarry Jn 16/57 16/56
4.51 East Somerset Jn 17/05 [UGL] 17/09 [UGL]
8.72 Blatchbridge Jn 17/11 17/15
10.65 Clink Road Jn 17/13 17/17
14.11 Fairwood Jn 17/17 17/22

Timings continue in first table.

Associated E.C.S. & Light Engine Moves

5Z58 : (59202 + tour stock) : Eastleigh T&RSMD to Banbury
5Z60 : (59202 + tour stock) : Banbury to Eastleigh T&RSMD

Location Booked (out) Booked (rtn)
Eastleigh T&RSMD 04.00d 00.35a
Eastleigh South Jn - 00/26
Eastleigh 04/10 00/24
Winchester 04/18 00/15
Worting Jn 04/33 00/01
Basingstoke 04/35 23/55
Bramley 04/42 23/47
Southcote Jn 04/51 23/38
Oxford Road Jn 04/53 23/36
Reading West Jn 04/55 23/35
Goring & Streatley 05/03 23/27
Didcot East Jn 05/12 23/20
Didcot North Jn 05/13 23/19
Kennington Jn 05/20 23/09
Oxford 05/23 23/07
Wolvercote Jn 05/26 23/04
Heyford 05/34 22/57
Aynho Jn 05/39 22/52
Banbury 05.47a [P2] 22.45d [P3]

0Z58 : (59001) : Merehead to Bristol Temple Meads

Location Booked
Merehead Quarry 08.30d
Whites Crossing Siding 08.36 ~ 08.40
Merehead Quarry Jn 08/49
East Somerset Jn 08/58
Blatchbridge Jn 09/04
Clink Road Jn 09/07
Fairwood Jn 09/12
Westbury 09/14
Bradford Jn 09/25
Bathampton Jn 09/39
Bath Spa 09/43
North Somerset Jn 10/04
Bristol East Jn 10/07
Bristol Temple Meads 10.08 ~ 10.13
Bristol Barton Hill 10.18 ~ 10.40
Bristol Temple Meads 10.45a

0Z61 : (59002) : Merehead to Westbury

Location Booked
Bristol Temple Meads 18.30d [P4]
Bristol West Jn 18.32 ~ 18.37
Bristol Temple Meads 18.39 ~ 18.53
Bristol East Jn 18/54
North Somerset Jn 18/55
Bath Spa 19/12
Bathampton Jn 19/17
Bradford Jn 19/33
Westbury 19.45a [DR]


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