23rd May 1964

Stephenson Locomotive Society (Teeside Branch)
The South Durham Limited

Loco Used 43129
Stock Used 6x fitted Brake Vans

Route : at least 2Z20

Loco Route
43129 Darlington - North Road - Stooperdale Jn - Piercebridge - Forcett Jn - Eppleby - Forcett, Valley Jn (New Quarry Sidings)
43129 Forcett, Valley Jn  (New Quarry Sidings) - Eppleby - Forcett Jn - Piercebridge - Stooperdale Jn - Charity Jn - Shildon - Shildon North - Fieldon Bridge Jn - Spring Gardens Jn - Randolph Colliery Sidings
43129 (1) Randolph Colliery Sidings - Spring Gardens Jn - Fieldon Bridge SB - Shildon North
43129 Shildon North - Bishop Auckland - Etherley - Wear Valley Junction - Crook - Tow Law
43129 Tow Law - Crook - Wear Valley Junction - Etherley - Bishop Auckland - Coundon - Spennymoor - Ferryhill No.1
43129 (1) Ferryhill No.1 - Coxhoe West Hetton
43129 Coxhoe West Hetton - Ferryhill - Sedgefield - Stillington North Jn - Redmarshall South Jn - Bowesfield (Tees Bridge Sidings)
43129 Bowesfield (Tees Bridge Sidings) - Eaglescliffe - Oak Tree Jn - Fighting Cocks - Parkgate Jn - Darlington

Note :
(1) Loco propelling.
(2) Tony Davies adds: Leaving Darlington 8 minutes late, the engine ran tender-first to Forcett, Valley Junction (run round), so as to, later, tackle the stiff climb to Tow Law boilerfirst.  Water should have been taken at Wear Valley Junction, but, as none was available there, a quick top up was made at Bishop Auckland, outward.  At Tow Law the engine ran round and, after traversing the Spennymoor line, the engine then propelled the vans to Coxhoe West Hetton.  A disappointment on the run from Ferryhill to was the inability to enter the loop at Sedgefield so as to take water from the distinctive N.E. tank then at that location. At Tees Bridge sidings (at Bowesfield, between the former S&DR and the lines to Thornaby), the engine ran round, reversed to down passenger line and then forward to up goods line (Note the goods lines at Eaglescliffe were not realigned until the 1968/9 winter). About 16 minutes late away, 56mph was clocked after Urlay Nook before taking the former S&D line to Park Gate (East Curve) Junction, thence to Darlington Bank Top.  We were home early anyway!
(3) 43129 was photographed at Forcett Jn carrying headcode 2Z20 - was this headcode used throughout?


From The John Debens Ticket Collection.

Sources : David Whittaker, Tony Davies/Ian Clark (both: SLS) & Steve Armitage

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Tony Davies/Ian Clark (both: SLS))

Location Booked Actual
Darlington 09.52d [P5] 10.00
Piercebridge 10/09 ?
Forcett Jn 10/12 10.20 ~ ??.??
Eppleby Engine Shed 10/26 10.32 ~ ??.??
New Quarry Sidings 10.36 ~ 10.42 10.43 ~ 10.52
Forcett Jn 11/03 11.09 ~ ??.??
Piercebridge 11/08 ?
Stooperdale Jn 11/18 ?
Charity Jn 11/22 ?
Shildon 11/40 ?
Shildon North 11/46 ?
Spring Gardens Jn 11/56 ?
Randolph Colliery Sidings 12.01 ~ 12.05 12.03 ~ 12.09
Spring Gardens Jn 12/10 ?
Fieldon Bridge SB 12/22 ?
Shildon North 12.30 ~ 12.34 12.33 ~ ??.??
Bishop Auckland 12/48 12/37
Etherley 12/55 ?
Wear Valley 13w00 ~ 13w06 ?
Crook 13/16 ?
Tow Law 13.28a ~ 13.40d 13.08 ~ ??.??
Crook 13/56 ?
Bishop Auckland 14/14 ?
Spennymoor 13/30 ?
Ferryhill No.1 14.48 ~ 14.49 14/43
Coxhoe West Hetton 15.07 ~ 15.19 15.12 ~ 15.24
Ferryhill 15/32 ?
Sedgefield 15w42 ~ 15w48 15.52 ~ ??.??
Stillington North Jn 15/58 ?
Redmarshall South Jn 16/12 ?
Bowesfield (Tees Bridge Sidings) 16.26 ~ 16.38 14.28 ~ 14.54
Eaglescliffe 16/47 ?
Oak Tree Jn 17/02 ?
Fighting Cocks 17/05 ?
Lingfield Lane 17/11 ?
Parkgate Jn (East Curve) 17/20 ?
Darlington North 17/33 ?
Darlington 17.36a [P1] 17.22


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