26th March 1966

Railway Correspondence and Travel Society
Eight Counties Rail Tour

Locos Used D5016, E26000 'Tommy', E3093, 45596 'Bahamas', 48467 & 61302
Stock Used 6 coaches (booked to be formed: BSK, 2x TSO, Cafe Car, TSO, BSK)

Route : 1X76 throughout

Loco Route
D5016 Northampton Castle - Kelmarsh - Clipston & Oxendon - Market Harborough - Kibworth - Leicester
48467 Leicester - Syston - Loughborough - Trent - Beeston - Nottingham Midland - London Road Jn - Netherfield & Colwick
61302 Netherfield & Colwick - Nottingham London Road HL - Nottingham Victoria - Bagthorpe Jn - Bulwell Jn - Bestwood Jn - Hucknall Town - Linby - Annesley South Jn - Annesley North Jn - Sutton-in-Ashfield - Skegby - Pleasley East - Shirebrook South - Shirebrook North - Clown South - Killamarsh Jn - Beighton Jn - Treeton Jn - Rotherham Masborough - Aldwarke Jn - Wath Central Jn - Wath Exchange Sidings
E26000 Wath Exchange Sidings - Adlam Jn - Worsborough - Penistone - Woodhead - Hadfield - Dinting - Godley Jn
45596 Godley Jn - Woodley Jn - Bredbury Jn - Stockport Tiviot Dale - Cheadle Jn - Northenden - Baguley - Skelton Jn - Deansgate Jn - Altrincham - Knutsford - Northwich - Middlewich - Sandbach - Crewe
E3093 Crewe - (via WCML) - Rugby - Northampton

Notes :
(1) This six coach train, which featured three of the new XP64 coaches covered many lines that were no longer used by passengers services. This was the last revenue earning trip for 61302, being withdrawn the next Monday.
(2) John A. Thickitt comments: At the time, I made a note in my diary which reminds me the tour was advertised as having Crab, Jubilee & Black Five haulage.
(3) Bruce Nathan comments: Rotherham Masborough and Northwich stops were omitted but we had short signal stops soon after both of these before Aldwarke Junction and at Middlewich. There were delays approaching Crewe, which we left on slow line to allow the ‘Red Rose’ to pass, crossing over to fast line at Basford Hall. There was then some fast running until checked before Stafford. Between Stafford and Rugby we had more fast running, averaging 80mph over this section with maxima in the high 90s.

Sources : David Hills & John Debens

Photo Review


61302 speeds past Beighton (photo: John A. Thickitt)


From The John Debens Ticket Collection.


Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from John Debens & Bruce Nathan)

M.C Location Booked Actual
0.00 Northampton Castle 10.20d 10.20
13.10 Kelmarsh ? ?
14.28 Clipston & Oxendon ? ?
17.64 Market Harborough 11/00 10/51
21.16 East Langton ? ?
23.64 Kibworth ? ?
24.50 Kibworth North Box Summit ? ?
26.42 Great Glen ? ?
30.21 Wigston Magna ? ?
30.62 Wigston Magna North Jn Up ? ?
32.64 Knighton North Jn Down ? ?
33.76 Leicester Midland 11.20 ~ 11.30 11.17 ~ 11.29
34.57 Humberstone Road ? ?
38.53 Syston ? ?
41.36 Sileby ? ?
43.61 Barrow-on-Soar & Quorn ? ?
46.36 Loughborough Midland 11/46 11/44
51.18 Kegworth ? ?
54.55 Trent 11/56 11/53
55.21 Long Eaton ? ?
56.63 Attenborough ? ?
58.12 Beeston ? ?
60.58 Mansfield Jn ? ?
61.38 Nottingham Midland 12.06 ~ 12.10 12.05 ~ 12.32
61.58 London Road Jn ? ?
62.22 Trent Lane Jn ? ?
64.24 Netherfield & Colwick 12.17 ~ 12.27 12.41 ~ 12.47
67.10 Nottingham London Road HL ? ?
67.36 Weekday Cross Jn ? ?
67.70 Nottingham Victoria 12/35 12/57
69.37 New Basford ? ?
70.01 Bagthorpe Jn ? ?
71.13 Bulwell Common ? ?
71.18 Bullwell North Jn ? ?
72.21 Bestwood Jn ? ?
72.57 Bestwood Colliery ? ?
74.06 Hucknall Town ? ?
75.21 Linby ? ?
77.13 Annesley South Jn ? ?
77.51 Annesley North Jn ? ?
78.52 Kirkby South Jn ? ?
81.30 Sutton-in-Ashfield ? ?
82.46 Skegby ? ?
84.70 Pleasley East ? ?
87.08 Shirebrook South ? ?
88.24 Shirebrook North 13.35 ~ 13.50 13.43 ~ 13.54
93.47 Clowne South 14/03 14/09
97.55 Spinkhill ? ?
99.58 Killamarsh Jn 14/16 14/21
102.43 Beighton Jn 14/21 14/23
105.62 Treeton Jn ? ?
110.61 Rotherham Masborough South Sidings ? ?
111.58 Rotherham Masborough South Jn 14/35 [SL] 14/40
112.14 Rotherham Masborough 14.38 ~ 14.48 14/43
113.27 Parkgate Jn ? ?
114.12 Parkgate & Rawmarsh ? ?
114.54 Aldwarke Crossings 14/56 [ML] 14/51
117.53 Mexborough No.3 South 15/03 15/00
118.42 Mexborough No.1 West 15/05 15/02
119.36 Wath Jn 15/07 15/07
119.70 Wath Central ? ?
120.60 Wath Exchange Sidings 15L10 ~ 15L25 15.15 ~ 15.24
121.41 Elsecar Jn 15/31 ?
123.44 Adlam Jn 15/34 15/32
124.27 Wombwell Main Jn 15/34 ?
? Lewden Crossing Box ? ?
? Worsborough Dale Crossing Box (down) ? ?
? Glosshouse Crossing Box (up) ? ?
? Worsborough Bridge Crossing (down) ? ?
? Kendal Green Crossing Box (down) ? ?
? Stratford Crossing Box (up) ? ?
128.68 Wentworth Jn Box (down) ? ?
131.29 West Silkstone Jn Box (up) 15/48 15/57
? Oxspring Jn Box (up) ? ?
132.50 Barnsley Jn Box (up) 15/51 16/02
133.24 Penistone 15/53 16/03
? Hazelhead ? ?
139.26 Dunford Bridge 16/01 16/13
142.44 Woodhead 16/05 16/16
144.37 Crowden ? ?
146.28 Torside 16/11 16/19
152.62 Hadfield ? ?
153.47 Dinting ? ?
? Broadbottom for Mottram ? ?
157.17 Godley Jn 16.22 ~ 16.28 16.30 ~ 16.37
? Apethorne Jn ? ?
159.55 Woodley Jn 16/35 16/44
160.65 Bredbury Jn 16/38 16/46
161.07 Brinnington Jn ? ?
162.59 Stockport Tiviot Dale 16/42 16/50
164.00 Heaton Mersey East Jn 16/44 16/52
164.47 Cheadle Jn ? ?
165.29 Cheadle ? ?
166.72 Northenden 16/50 16/57
169.12 Baguley ? ?
170.22 Skelton Jn 16/57 17/04
170.49 Deansgate Jn 17/00 17/05
171.38 Altrincham ? ?
173.61 Ashley ? ?
175.49 Mobberley ? ?
178.17 Knutsford 17/11 17/20
180.74 Plumbley ? ?
182.72 Lostock Gralham ? ?
184.24 Northwich 17.20 ~ 17.22 17/30
? Billinge Green Halt ? ?
189.48 Middlewich 17/31 17.40 ~ 17.41
? Gledford Bridge halt ? ?
193.24 Sandbach 17/38 17/48
197.06 Sydney Bridge 17/48 17.56 ~ 17.58
197.72 Crewe 17.50 ~ 18.01 18.00 ~ 18.13
205.78 Madeley ? ?
216.78 Norton Bridge ? ?
222.29 Stafford 18/20 18/39
226.27 Milford & Brocton ? ?
229.61 Colwich ? ?
231.50 Rugeley TV ? ?
239.52 Lichfield TV 18/33 18/52
245.72 Tamworth LL ? ?
249.33 Polesworth ? ?
253.48 Atherstone ? ?
258.64 Nuneaton TV 18/48 19/05
264.62 Shilton Up Siding GF ? ?
279.30 Rugby Midland 19/02 19/17
282.59 Long Buckby 19/12 19/27
292.33 Northampton Castle 19.23a 19.37


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