20th September 1953

Alan Pegler
Plant Centenarian

Locos Used 251, 990 'Henry Oakley' & 60014 'Silver Link'
Stock Used 11 coaches including 16615E

Route :

Loco(s) Route
990 + 251 London Kings Cross - (via ECML) - Doncaster
60014 Doncaster - (via ECML) - London Kings Cross

Notes :
(1) This tour was run in celebration of Doncaster Works centenary, 1853 - 1953. Bill Hoole was the driver on 251 and Ted Hailstone the driver on 990. The minimum speed on Stoke Bank was 48mph. Ted Hailstone was the driver on 60014 (his regular A4) and the train ran non-stop in 147mins 7secs inclusive of three PW slacks. Maximum speed 96mph on Stoke Bank.

Sources : David Hills, David Whittaker & Bruce Nathan

Photo Review


990 & 251 wait to leave Kings Cross (photo: Bruce Nathan)


990 & 251 pause at Peterborough (photo: The John Debens Collection)


From The John Debens Ticket Collection


Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Bruce Nathan)

Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual
Kings Cross 10.40d 10.40   18.15a 18.13
Greenwood SB 10/59 10/58   ? ?
Potters Bar ? ?   18/00 17/58
Hatfield 11/10 11/10   17/54 17/52
Knebworth ? ?   17/47 17/46
Hitchin 11/28 11/28   17/41 17/40
Huntingdon 12/01 11/59   17/18 17/17
Peterborough 12.24a ~ 12.30d 12.20 ~ 12.30   16/57 16/58
Grantham 13/07 13/04   16/33 16/36
Barkston South Jn 13/11 13/09   16/29 16/32
Newark Northgate 13/21 13/20   16/20 16/23
Retford 13/42 13/41   16/04 16/06
Doncaster 14.04a 14.01   15.45d 15.46


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