2nd & 3rd June 1962

R.C.T.S. / Stephenson Locomotive Society
The Aberdeen Flyer Rail Tour

Locos Used GNSR 49 'Gordon Highlander', 46200 'Princess Royal', 46201 'Princess Elizabeth', 60004 'William Whitelaw', 60022 'Mallard' & 65345
Stock Used [1]: 8x coaches
[2]: 7x coaches (same rake as [1] except the Kitchen Car)
[3]: 5x corridor coaches
[4]: rake [2] + 4x sleeping cars
[5]: rake [4] + 1924-built gas-lit Kitchen Car + 2x 2nd class open coaches

Route :
1F78 : Kings Cross to Aberdeen
Reporting Code 291 : Waterloo Goods to Aberdeen
1X76 : Aberdeen to London Euston

Date Loco(s) Stock Route
02/06 60022 [1] (1) London Kings Cross - York - Selby - Newcastle - Edinburgh Waverley
02/06 60004 [2] Edinburgh Waverley - Dundee Tay Bridge - Aberdeen
02/06 GNSR 49 [3] Waterloo Goods - Kittybrewster - Dyce - Inverurie [Works Siding]
02/06 GNSR 49 (2) [3] Inverurie [Works Siding] - Old Meldrum
02/06 65345 (3) [3] Old Meldrum - Inverurie
02/06 65345 [3] Inverurie - Dyce - Kittybrewster - Aberdeen
02/06-03/06 46201 [4] Aberdeen - Kinnaber Jn - Bridge of Dun - Forfar - Perth - Glenboig - Coatbridge - Motherwell - (via WCML) - Carlisle
03/06 46200 [4] Carlisle - (via WCML) - Crewe
03/06 46200 [5] Crewe - (via WCML) - London Euston

Notes :
(1) Was to have been the last steam-hauled Kings Cross to Edinburgh non-stop with a crew change via the corridor tender. Sadly, in the event a preceding freight developed a hot box near Chathill, Northumberland, delaying the special and so the non-stop run was not achieved. In the event 4472 completed a non-stop
Kings Cross to Edinburgh run in May 1968.
(2) 65345 on rear.
(3) GNSR 49 on rear.

Sources : Terry Jackson, David Whittaker, Ian Clark (SLS)
& 'Vintage Railtours (RCTS - 1954-1969)' (by Gavin Morrison, published by Silver Link Publishing)

Photo Review


46200 passing through Roade, en-route to Euston (photo: Steve Randall)

From The John Debens Ticket Collection.


Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Terry Jackson & Ian Clark (SLS))

Location Booked Actual
Kings Cross 08.00d 08.00
Potters Bar 08/16 ?
Hatfield 08/21 ?
Hitchin 08/53 ?
Sandy 08/42 ?
Huntingdon North 08/58 ?
Peterborough North 09/13 ?
Essendine 09/25 ?
Grantham 09/38 ?
Barkston South Jn 09/44 ?
Newark North Gate 09/52 ?
Retford 10/08 ?
Doncaster 10/36 ?
Shaftholme Jn 10/31 ?
Selby 10/44 ?
York 10/59 ?
Thirsk 11/19 ?
Northallerton 11/25 ?
Darlington 11/40 ?
Ferryhill 11/53 ?
Durham 12/02 ?
Newcastle Central 12/17 ?
Morpeth 12/36 ?
Alnmouth 12/53 ?
Belford 13/08 ?
Berwick-upon-Tweed 13/24 (13/44)
Marshall Meadows 13/26 ?
Reston Jn 13/36 ?
Grantshouse 13/42 ?
Dunbar 13/53 ?
Drem Jn 14/03 ?
Monktonhall Jn 14/14 ?
Portobello 14/19 ?
Edinburgh Waverley 14.25a ~ 14.56d 14.42 ~ 14.56
Haymarket 14/59 ?
Dalmeny 15/10 ?
Forth Bridge North 'Box 15/13 ?
Inverkeithing 15/17 ?
Burntisland 15/28 ?
Kirkaldy 15/36 ?
Thornton Jn 15/46 ?
Ladybank 15/58 ?
Leuchars Jn 16/12 ?
Tay Bridge South 16/20 ?
Dundee Tay Bridge 16.27a ~ 16.32d ?
Camperdown Jn 16/35 ?
Broughty Jn 16/41 ?
Arbroath 16/55 ?
Usan 'Box 17/11 ?
Montrose 17/16 ?
Kinnaber Jn 17/22 ?
Laurencekirk 17/31 ?
Stonehaven 17/46 ?
Aberdeen 18.08a 18.03
Waterloo Goods 20.00d 20.00
Old Meldrum 21.00a ~ 21.35d ?
Aberdeen 22.30a ~ 23.00d ?
Stonehaven 23/25 ?
Laurencekirk 23/43 ?
Kinnaber Jn 23/52 ?
Bridge of Dun 23/57 ?
Forfar 00/16 ??w?? ~ ??w??
Alyth Jn 00/29 ?
Coupar Angus 00/33 ?
Stanley Jn 00/41 ?
Perth 00.51a ~ 01.00d ?
Hilton Jn 01/05 ?
Gleneagles 01/24 ?
Dunblane 01/39 ?
Stirling 01/45 ??w?? ~ ??w??
Alloa Jn 01/54 ?
Larbert 01/57 ?
Greenhill 02/03 ?
Garnqueen North Jn 02/15 ?
Coatbridge Central 02/18 ?
Mossend 02/23 ?
Motherwell 02/27 ?
Law Jn 02/38 ?
Lanark Jn 02/50 ?
Carstairs 02/54 ?
Symington 03/03 ?
Beattock Summit 03/23 ??w?? ~ ??w??
Beattock 03/34 ?
Lockerbie 03/48 ?
Gretna Jn 04/05 ?
Carlisle 04.16a ~ 04.26d (05.16) ~ ??.??
Penrith 04/56 ?
Shap Summit 05/21 ?
Tebay 05/27 ?
Oxenholme 05/39 ?
Carnforth 05/51 ?
Lancaster 05/57 ?
Preston 06/19 ?
Euxton Jn 06/27 ?
Wigan 06/39 ?
Warrington 06/52 ?
Weaver Jn 07/01 ?
Coppenhall Jn 07/15 ?
Crewe 07.20a ~ 07.30d 09.04 ~ ??.??
Whitmore 07/49 ?
Norton Bridge 07/57 ?
Stafford 08/03 ?
Milford & Brocton 08/08 ?
Lichfield 08/21 ?
Tamworth 08/27 ?
Nuneaton 08/46 ?
Rugby 09/07 ?
Weedon 09/30 ?
Roade 09/45 ?
Bletchley 10/06 ?
Watford Junction 10.50a ~ 11.00d ?
Willesden Junction 11/17 ?
Euston 11.27a 14.23


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