9th July 2016

Retro Railtours
The Retro Canterbury Belle

Locos Used 68005 'Defiant' & 68018 'Vigilant'
Stock Used 6042+5998+5985+1200+3345+3325+3397+3390+80042+3364+3356+35469

Route :
1Z68 : Leeds to Canterbury West
1Z70 : Canterbury West to Leeds

Loco(s) Route
68005 (1) Leeds - Morley - Dewsbury - Mirfield East Jn - Heaton Lodge Jn - Huddersfield - Marsden - Stalybridge - Guide Bridge - Denton - Reddish South - Heaton Norris Jn - Stockport - Cheadle Hulme - Wilmslow - Sandbach - Crewe - (via WCML, Trent Valley & Northampton) - Wembley Central - Sudbury Jn - Wembley Yard South Jn - Willesden No.7 Jn - Acton Canal Wharf - Acton Wells Jn - Kew East Jn - New Kew Jn - Barnes - Clapham Junction - Longhedge Jn - Factory Jn - Voltaire Road Jn - Denmark Hill - Nunhead - Bellingham - Catford - Shortlands Jn - Bromley South - Bickley Jn - Petts Wood Jn - Orpington - Sevenoaks - Tonbridge - Paddock Wood - Headcorn - Ashford International - Wye - Canterbury West
68005 (1) Canterbury West (3) - Minster - Ramsgate - Broadstairs - Margate (3)
68018 (2) (3) Margate - Broadstairs - Ramsgate - Minster - (3) Canterbury West
68018 (2) Canterbury West - Wye - Ashford International - Charing - Maidstone East - Otford Jn - Swanley - Bickley Jn - (reverse of outward route) - Wembley Central - (via WCML, Weedon & Trent Valley) - Crewe - (reverse of outward route) - Leeds

Notes :
(1) 68018 on rear.
(2) 68005 on rear.
(3) E.C.S. move, made available for passenger use (timings given below in E.C.S. section).
(4) Route confirmation of outward leg after Hillmorton Jn is required - above is from booked timings.

Source : Chris Bracey

Photo Review


68005 arrives at Clapham Junction on the outward leg of the tour (photo: Mark V. Pike)


68018 on the rear of the tour at Clapham Junction (photo: Mark V. Pike)


Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Realtime Trains)

Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual
Leeds 05.53d [P11] 05.53   23.27a [P11] 23.23
Leeds West Jn 05/54 [E] ?   23/25 [E] ?
Whitehall Jn 05/55 [F] 05/55   23/25 [E] 23/20
Morley 06/01 06/00   23/20 23/15
Dewsbury 06/05 06/06   23/16 23/09
Thornhill L.N.W. Jn 06/07 06/07   23/13 ?
Mirfield East Jn 06/08 06/08   23/12 23/07
Heaton Lodge Jn 06/10 06/09   23/10 23/05
Huddersfield 06.16a ~ 06.20d [P1] 06.16 ~ 06.20   23.01a ~ 23.04d [P8] 22.55 ~ 23.00
Marsden 06/30 [P2] 06/33   22/53 [P1] 22/46
Diggle Jn 06/35 06/37   22/49 22/41
Greenfield 06/37 06/39   22/46 22/39
Stalybridge 06.43a ~ 06.46d [P1] 06.45 ~ 06.47   22.36a ~ 22.39d [P4] 22.29 ~ 22.33
Guide Bridge 06/51 [P1] 06/53   22/30 [P1] 22/24
Denton Jn 06/53 06/55   22*20 ~ 22*28 22/21
Denton Station Jn 06/55 ?   22/18 ?
Reddish South 06.59a ~ 07.02d ?   22.11a ~ 22.15d 22.11 ~ 22.15
Ash Bridge Jn 07/07 07/05   22/08 22/10
Heaton Norris Jn 07/09 [US] 07/07   22/07 22/07
Stockport 07.11a ~ 07.13d [P1] 07.09 ~ 07.13   22.02a ~ 22.05d [P3] 22.01 ~ 22.05
Edgeley Jn No.1 07/14 07/15   22/00 21/58
Adswood Road Jn 07/15 07/17   21/58 [DF] 21/56
Cheadle Hulme 07/16 [P2] 07/18   21/57 [P1] 21/56
Wilmslow 07/20 [P4] 07/23   21/53 [P3] 21/53
Alderley Edge 07/21 07/26   21/51 21/52
Sandbach 07/31 [P1] [FL] 07/39   21/41 [P2] 21/44
Sydney Bridge Jn 07/36 07/43   21/36 [FL] 21/40
Crewe 07.39a ~ 07.43d [P5] [US] 07.47 ~ 07.50   21.30a ~ 21.34d [P1] 21.34 ~ 21.38
Basford Hall Jn 07/47 07/54   21/15 21/11
Madeley 07/52 [US] 07/59   21/09 [DS] 21/07
Searchlight Lane Jn - -   21/01 21/00
Norton Bridge 08/01 [US] 08/08   - -
Stafford 08.06a ~ 08.08d [P4] [US] 08.13 ~ 08.16   20.52a ~ 20.56d [P3] [DS] 20.49 ~ 20.54
Trent Valley Jn 08/09 08/18   20/51 ?
Whitehouse Jn 08/14 [US-UF] 08/24   20/49 ?
Colwich 08/17 [UF] 08/27   20/45 [DF] 20/41
Rugeley North Jn 08/19 [UF] 08/29   20/39 [DS] 20/33
Lichfield North Jn 08/25 [UF] 08/34   20/33 [DS] 20/26
Amington Jn 08/30 [UF] 08/40   20/27 [DS] 20/20
Nuneaton 08/40 [P4] [UF] 08/52   20/16 [P2] [DS] 20/10
Attleborough Jn 08/42 ?   20/14 [DF-DS] 20/08
Brinklow 08/46 09/01   20/09 [DF] 20/04
Newbold Jn 08/49 [US] 09/04   20/06 20/01
Trent Valley Jn 08/50 [US] 09/07   20/05 [DF] 20/00
Rugby 08/51 [P6] 09/11   20/04 [DF] 20/00
Hillmorton Jn 08/53 09/16   20/03 19/58
Daventry North Jn 08/56 ?   - -
Long Buckby 09/02 ?   - -
Northampton 09/13 [UM] ?   - -
Weedon - -   19/54 19/50
Hanslope Jn 09/22 [US] ?   19/44 [DS-DF] 19/41
Milton Keynes Central 09/28 [P1] [US] ?   19/38 [P3] [DS] 19/33
Bletchley 09/31 [P4] [US] ? [P4]   19/33 [P3] [DS] 19/29
Ledburn Jn 09/42 [US] ?   19/26 [DS] 19/22
Tring 09/48 [P5] [US] ?   19/20 [P3] [DS] 19/18
Bourne End Jn 09/53 [US] ?   19/11 [DS] 19/10
Watford Junction 10/03 [P9] [US] ?   19/02 [P8] [DS] 18/58
Harrow & Wealdstone 10/08 [US] ?   18/56 [DS] 18/54
Wembley Central 10.12a ~ 10.15d [P6] ?   18.48a ~ 18.51d [P5] 18.47 ~ 18.50
Sudbury Jn 10/18 [UR] ?   18/45 [DS] 18/45
Wembley Yard South Jn 10/19 ?   18/44 ?
Willesden No.7 Jn 10/21 ?   18/41 [DR] ?
Acton Canal Wharf 10/23 ?   18/39 ?
Acton Wells Jn 10/25 ?   18/37 18/36
South Acton Jn 10/29 ?   18/33 ?
Kew East Jn 10/32 ?   18/31 18/29
New Kew Jn 10/35 ?   18/29 18/28
Barnes 10/41 [P1] [US] ?   18/22 [P3] 18/22
Clapham Junction 10.46a ~ 10.50d [P3] ? [P3]   18.12a ~ 18.15d [P5] [DF] 18.12 ~ 18.13 [P5]
Longhedge Jn 10/53 ?   18/08 ?
Factory Jn 10/55 [RVL] ?   18/04 ?
Voltaire Road Jn 10/56 [AL] ?   18/03 18/05
Denmark Hill 11/00 [P2] ?   17/59 [P1] 18/01
Crofton Road Jn 11/01 ?   17/58 [AL] 18/01
Nunhead 11/03 [P2] ?   17/56 [P1] 17/58
Catford 11/07 ?   17/51 ?
Bellingham 11/08 ?   17/49 17/47
Shortlands Jn 11/13 [DF] ?   17/46 17/44
Bromley South 11/16 ?   17/41 17/36
Bickley Jn 11/21 [DFV] ?   17/35 17/33
Petts Wood Jn 11/23 [DF] ?   - -
Orpington 11/26 [P3] ?   - -
Sevenoaks 11/36 [P3] ?   - -
Tonbridge 11/45 [DF] ?   - -
Paddock Wood 11/50 [DM] ?   - -
Headcorn 12/00 [DM] ?   - -
St Mary Cray Jn - -   17/33 [US] 17/33
Swanley - -   17/23 [P1] [UF] 17/29
Otford Jn - -   17/14 17/20
Maidstone East - -   16/57 [P1] 17/02
Charing - -   16/42 ?
Ashford International 12/12 [DM] ?   16/34 [P5] 16/41
Wye 12/20 ?   16/28 ?
Canterbury West 12.32a [P2] ?   16.17d [P1] 16.23


Associated E.C.S Workings

5Z68? : (68005 with 68018 on rear) : Canterbury West to Margate
5Z69? : (68018 with 68005 on rear) : Margate to Canterbury West
(these E.C.S. workings were made available for passenger use)

Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual
Canterbury West 12.38d [P2]     16.09a [P1]  
Minster 12/53     15/55  
Minster East Jn 12/54     15/53  
Ramsgate 12.59 ~ 13.07     15/48  
Broadstairs 13/11     15/44  
Margate 13/15     -  
Margate Sig.EK5105 13.17 ~ 13.25     -  
Margate 13.27a [P1] [P3]   15.40d [P1] [P1]


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