21st May 1955

Gloucester Railway Society
Cromford and High Peak Tour

Locos Used at least 40416, 43618, 58850 & 58856
Stock Used [1] : 4x corridor coaches
[2] : ???

Route : M990 (throughout?)

Loco(s) Route
????? 09.00d Gloucester - Cheltenham Lansdown - Evesham - Camp Hill - Saltley (10.20d) - Derby - (via Wirksworth, Cromford & High Peak) - Buxton
????? Buxton - Ashbourne - Uttoxeter - Tutbury - Burton-on-Trent - Saltley (20.30a) - (?reverse of outward route?) - Gloucester (21.55a)

Notes :
(1) Route & loco confirmation required - above is from pre-tour advertising. 58850 + 58856 known to have traversed the Cromford & High Peak line. SLS members were invited to travel on this train.
(2) Photographic evidence confirms 40416 (tender-first) at East Wirksworth on 4x corridor coaches and 43618 on same stock at Middleton Top (but more likely to have been Friden). Tony Robinson adds: I recently purchased a photo of 43618 on this tour, reporting No M990, at Harpur Hill on the Cromford and High Peak Line. The train is halted at a wired off establishment with army style huts, probably Air Ministry No.26 MU (Maintenance Unit) with some standard gauge vans visible.  26MU closed around 1961. The train has 3 BR Mark 1 coaches, one with a brake section and one elderly clerestorey coach.

Sources : John Clifford, Ian Clark (SLS), Andrew Fairholm, John Debens & Tony Robinson

Photo Review

From The John Debens Ticket Collection.

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