13th October 1963

R.C.T.S. (East Midlands Branch)
The East Midlander No. 6 Rail Tour

Revised tour date - originally scheduled to run on 8th September 1963 but changed due 'entirely to last-minute amendments made by British Rail' to the tour schedule.

Locos Used 42896 & 44774
Stock Used eight coaches including buffet car

Route : 1X52 throughout

Loco(s) Route
42896 Nottingham Midland - Beeston - Trent - Sawley Jn - Spondon Jn - (via Chaddesden Curve) - Derby Midland - Stenson Jn - Burton-on-Trent - Wichnor Jn - Lichfield TV Jn - Lichfield TV HL
42896 (2) Lichfield TV HL - Lichfield TV Jn
42896 Lichfield TV Jn - (via spur to WCML) - Rugeley - Stafford - Norton Bridge - Madeley - Crewe - Crewe Works
44774 (3) Crewe Works - Crewe
42896 Crewe - (via WCML) - Winwick Jn - Earlestown - St Helens - Rainford Jn - (via Pemberton Loop) - Hindley - Crow Nest Jn - Horwich - Horwich Works
42896 Horwich - Bolton Trinity Street - Bury Knowsley Street - Castleton North Jn - Rochdale - Todmorden - Sowerby Bridge - Halifax - Low Moor - Cleckheaton - Heckmondwike - Thornhill Jn - Royston Jn - Cudworth - Rotherham Masborough - Beighton Jn - Chesterfield Midland - Ambergate North Jn - (via station avoiding line) - Ambergate South Jn - Derby Midland - London Road Jn - Sawley Jn - Trent - Beeston - Nottingham Midland

Note :
(1) This tour provided a novel way to visit the Workshops at Crewe & Horwich. Despite a 276 mile journey the return to Nottingham was reached four minutes early, where it was discovered that the main lubricating oil pipe on the locomotive had fractured and had ignited!
(30 Loco propelling. Train was booked to take the curve directly from Lichfield TV Jn to the WCML however it ran to Lichfield TV HL station to pick up passengers before setting back to the junction and carrying on the booked route.
(3) 42896 on rear?

Sources : David Hills, John Debens & Ben Darby

Photo Review


42896 at Beeston (photo: J.F.Henton/The John Debens Collection)


42896 at Crewe (photo: P.Wells/The John Debens Collection)


From The John Debens Ticket Collection.


Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from John Debens & Ben Darby)

M.C Location Booked Actual
0.00 Nottingham Midland 08.25d 08.25
3.26 Beeston 08.32a ~ 08.33d 08.33 ~ 08.34
6.63 Trent 08/39 08/41
7.69 Sawley Jn 08/42 08/44
13.79 Spondon Jn 08/49 08/52
14.51 Chaddeston South Jn 08/52 08/54
16.11 Derby Midland 08.57a ~ 09.05d 09.00 ~ 09.04
20.76 Stenson Jn 09/13 09/13
27.11 Burton-on-Trent 09/20
??.??a ~ 09.20d
09.20 ~ 09.24
27.44 Leicester Jn 09.22 ~ 09.24 09/26
32.29 Wichnor Jn 09/32 09/32
43.14 Lichfield TV Jn 09/44 ?
? Lichfield TV HL DIV 09.42 ~ 10.11
43.14 Lichfield TV Jn 09/44 10.14 ~ 10.15
51.16 Rugeley TV 09/56 10/27
60.37 Stafford 10/11 10.37 ~ 10.38
84.77 Crewe 10.42 ~ 10.50 11.22 ~ 11.36
? Crewe Stone Yard Bank 10.57a ~ 13.00d 11.44 ~ 13.01
? Crewe 13.07 ~ 13.15 13.11 ~ 13.22
93.59 Winsford Jn 13/27 13/34
101.24 Weaver Jn 13/34 13/43
109.13 Warrington Bank Quay 13/43 14.06 ~ 14.07
112.50 Winwick Jn 13/48 14/14
114.70 Earlestown 13/51 14/17
117.06 St Helens Junction 13/55 14/23
119.12 St Helens Shaw Street 14/00 14/29
124.53 Rainford Jn 14.23 ~ 14.25 14/44
129.75 Pemberton Jn 14/33 14/54
via Westwood Park
132.71 Hindley No.3 14/38 ?
134.29 Crow Nest Jn 14/41 15/06
137.50 Horwick Fork Jn 14/47 15.14 ~ 15.14
138.71 Horwich 14.52a ~ 16.45d 15.19 ~ 16.46
140.12 Horwick Fork Jn 16/50 16/52
146.33 Bolton Trinity Street 16/59 17.02 ~ 17.04
152.19 Bury Knowsley Street 17/12 17/17
156.78 Castleton North Jn 17/24 17/28
157.30 Castleton East Jn 17/25 17/29
159.15 Rochdale 17/28 17/32
167.76 Todmorden 17/39 17/47
177.34 Sowerby Bridge 17.51 ~ 17.59 18.03 ~ 18.04
181.06 Halifax 18/06 18/13
185.75 Low Moor No.1 18/13 18/23
186.23 Low Moor No.5 18/14 18/24
190.76 Heckmondwike Jn 18/24 18/33
193.24 Thornhill Jn 18/30 18/39
194.43 Thornhill Midland Jn 18/34 18/41
202.56 Royston Jn 18/53 19/01
205.76 Cudworth 18.59 ~ 19.07 19.09 ~ 19.14
213.11 Wath Road Jn 19/27 19/25
219.04 Rotherham Masborough 19.40 ~ 19.42 19.35 ~ 19.38
225.36 Beighton Jn 19/57 19/49
234.63 Chesterfield Midland 20/12 20/03
248.29 Ambergate North Jn 20/33 [AL] 20/33
248.75 Ambergate South Jn 20/40 20.35 ~ 20.38
258.74 Derby Midland 20.53a ~ 20.57d 20.51 ~ 20.55
259.07 London Road Jn 20/58 20/55
267.03 Sawley Jn 21/09 21/05
268.09 Trent 21/12 21/08
271.46 Beeston 21.17a ~ 21.18d 21.14 ~ 21.14
275.72 Nottingham Midland 21.25a 21.21


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