24th - 26th June 1966

Warwickshire Railway Society
The Aberdonian Rail Tour

Locos Used 4472 'Flying Scotsman', 35026, 45104, 45581, 60024, 60813, 64570, 64618 & 92113 (3)
Stock Used 10 coaches (mix of BR & Bullied stock)

Route :
1X20 : Waterloo to ?Edinburgh Waverley?
1X50 : ?Edinburgh Waverley? to ???
???? : ??? to ???

Dates(s) Loco(s) Route
24/06-25/06 35026 London Waterloo - Clapham Junction - Barnes - Kew Bridge - Neasden Jn - Northolt Jn - High Wycombe - Aynho Jn - Banbury - Leamington Spa - hatton - Solihull - Tyseley - Birmingham Snow Hill
25/06 35026 Birmingham Snow Hill - Wolverhampton LL - Wellington - Market Drayton - Nantwich - Crewe - Stockport Edgeley (1) - Reddish South - Denton - Miles Platting - Manchester Victoria
25/06 45581 Manchester Victoria - Bolton
25/06 45104 + 45581 Bolton - Blackburn
25/06 45581 Blackburn - Hellifield
25/06 4472 Hellifield - Settle - Ais Gill - Carlisle - Riccarton Junction - Hawick - Galashiels - Millerhill - Edinburgh Waverley
25/06 64570 + 64618 Edinburgh Waverley - Haymarket - Polmont - Larbert - Alloa - Dunfermline Upper - Cowdenbeath - Thornton Junction - Leven - Anstruther (2)
25/06 64570 + 64618 Anstruther - Leven - Thornton Junction
25/06 60813 Thornton Junction - Leuchars Junction - Dundee Tay Bridge - Arbroath - Montrose - Stonehaven - Aberdeen
25/06-26/06 60024 Aberdeen - Stonehaven - Forfar - Perth - Glenfarg - Cowdenbeath - Dunfermline Lower - Inverkeithing - Dalmeny - Haymarket - Edinburgh Waverley
26/06 4472 Edinburgh Waverley - (via ECML) - Newcastle Central - Pelaw - Fence Houses - Ferryhill - Stockton - Eaglescliffe - Northallerton - York - Church Fenton - Knottingley - Askern - Doncaster
26/06 35026 Doncaster - Newark Northgate - Bottesford - Colwick - Nottingham Midland - Trent - Spondon - Chaddesden - Derby Midland - Burton-on-Trent - Lichfield TV - Walsall - Wednesbury Town - Dudley
26/06 92113 + 35026 Dudley - Old Hill - Smethwick West - Handsworth Jn - Birmingham Snow Hill
26/06 35026 Birmingham Snow Hill - (reverse of outward route) - London Waterloo

Notes :
(1) There was a suggestion that 45581 worked the train from Stockport Edgeley however this has been discounted based on filmed evidence. Gordon lacy comments: 35026 came of the train at Stockport Edgeley and dropped onto the shed adjacent to the station (we were told that the projected water stop at Ash Bridge wasn't available). 35026 returned to the train, after watering, some 20-25 minutes later & continued to Manchester Victoria.
(2) Was booked to run to Crail but reversed at Anstruther to regain lost time (this statement is disputed by Gordon Lacy however who comments that Crail and the ECML sections between Newcastle & Northallerton and York & Doncaster were 'knocked out' after the itinerary was published and the timing sheet was altered to suit).
(3) This loco was originally reported as 92213 (in error?) but later corrected to 92113 (based on contemporary photographic evidence). Gordon Lacy comments: From the train, we read off the 9F as 92113, but were told subsequently it was 92213! Amazingly both locos were in the area at the time. Further confirmation the 9F was 92113 comes from Bill Brown - thanks Bill.
(4) The headcode started off as 1X20. The first evidence of a change was by (at?) Edinburgh Waverley prior to the run to Anstruther & Thornton Junction. Was the second headcode, 1X50, used for the remainder of the tour, or maybe just back to Edinburgh Waverley (in which case what was the headcode back to London...1X20 again?)

Sources : George Woods, Gordon Lacy, David Whittaker, Tony Brookes & Rick Brewer

Photo Review


45581 at Blackburn after 45104 had been taken
 off (photo: Gordon Lacy)


4472 prior to going on the train at Hellifield (photo: Gordon Lacy)


The train waits to leave Edinburgh (photo: Gordon Lacy)


64570 leads 64618 away from Alloa (photo: Alan Sainty Collection)


60813 prior to going on the train at Thornton Junction (photo: Gordon Lacy)


From The John Debens Ticket Collection.


Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Gordon Lacy)

Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual
Waterloo 22.30d 22.30   18.43a 20.25
Clapham Junction 22/37 22/40   18/36 ?
Barnes 22/45 22/46   18/30 ?
South Acton 22/58 ?   18/14 ?
Neasden Jn 23/08 23/10   18/02 ?
Northolt Jn 23/25 23/33   17/45 ?
High Wycombe 23.46a ~ 23.50d 00.02 ~ 00.11   17.23a ~ 17.25d ?
Princes Risborough 00/04 00/27   17/09 ?
Ashendon Jn 00/13 ?   16/48 ?
Aynho Jn 00/34 00/55   16/40 ?
Banbury 00w40 ~ 00w48 01.04 ~ 01.16   16w24 ~ 16w36 ?
Leamington Spa 01/10 01/45   15/53 ?
Hatton 01/18 01/54   15/44 ?
Tyseley 01/32 02/15   15/28 ?
Birmingham Snow Hill 01.38a ~ 01.42d 02.21 ~ 02.26   15.12a ~ 15.22d ??L?? ~ ??L??

 

Location Booked Actual
Wolverhampton LL 02w03 ~ 02w12 02.49 ~ 03.01
Wellington 02/38 03/31
Market Drayton 03w03 ~ 03w18 03.59 ~ 04.09
Nantwich 03/42 04/31
Crewe 03.48a ~ 03.53d 04.56 ~ 05.05
Sandbach 04/05 05/14
Stockport Edgeley 04/31 05w41 ~ ??w??
Ash Bridge 04w35 ~ 04w40 ?
Denton Jn ? ?
Droylesden 04/54 ?
Manchester Victoria 05L05 ~ 05L15 ??.?? ~ 06.45
Clifton Jn 05/24 06/56
Bolton 05L35 ~ 05L40 07.11 ~ 07.28
Blackburn 06L08 ~ 06L13 07.56 ~ 08.02
Clitheroe 06/31 ?
Hellifield 06L51 ~ 07L06 08.38 ~ 08.55
Settle Jn 07/11 ?
Settle ? 09/03
Blea Moor 07/36 ?
Ais Gill 07/50 09/38
Appleby West 08/08 09/58
Carlisle 08w49 ~ 09w05 10.30 ~ 10.40
Longtown Jn ? 10/55
Riddings Jn 09/27 ?
Newcastleton ? 11/14
Riccarton Junction 10/02 11/30
Whitrope Summit ? ?
Hawick 10w23 ~ 10w33 11.50 ~ 11.58
St Boswells 10/49 12/15
Galashiels 11/01 12/24
Heriot 11/24 12/47
Millerhill 11/43 ?
Edinburgh Waverley 11L53a ~ 13L20d 13.23 ~ 14.36
Bathgate Jn 13/33 ?
Winchburgh Jn 13/38 ?
Linlithgow ? 15/09
Polmont 13/48 15/18
Falkirk Grahamston 13/55 15/24
Larbert ? 15.30 ~ 15.32
Alloa Jn 14/05 ?
Alloa 14w24 ~ 14w32 15.53 ~ 16.04
Oakley 14/52 16/23
Dunfermline Upper 15.00 ~ 15.13 16.32 ~ 16.42
Cowdenbeath 15/28 16/53
Thornton Junction 15w49 ~ 16w00 17.15 ~ ??.??
Leven 16/13 ?
Anstruther 17.00a ~ 17.25d ?
Leven 18/11 ?
Thornton Junction 18L25 ~ 18L35 ??.?? ~ 19.33
Cupar 18p55a ~ 19p00d 20.19 ~ 20.21
Leuchars Junction 19/08 20/30
Dundee Tay Bridge 19w23 ~ 19w28 20.46 ~ 20.56
Arbroath 19/50 ?
Montrose 20/08 ?
Kinnaber Jn 20/13 ?
Stonehaven 20/40 ?
Aberdeen 21L02a ~ 23L30d 22.32  ~ 23.30
Stonehaven 23/55 23/58
Kinnaber Jn 00/25 00/22
Forfar 00/52 00/46
Alyth Junction 01/05 00/56
Stanley Jn 01/21 ?
Perth 01w31 ~ 01w55 01.17 ~ 01.55
Glenfarg ? 02/14
Kinross 02/25 02/23
Cowdenbeath 02/42 02/35
Dunfermline Lower 02/54 02/48
Dalmeny 03/08 03/01
Edinburgh Waverley 03L23 ~ 03L35 03.26 ~ 03.33
Longniddry ? 03/52
Dunbar 04/09 ?
Cockburnspath ? 04/12
Grantshouse 04/29 04/17
Reston ? 04/23
Berwick-upon-Tweed 04/47 ?
Alnmouth 05/19 ?
Morpeth 05/47 ?
Newcastle Central 06w01 ~ 06w08 05.58 ~ 06.03
Washington 06/24 ?
Leamside 06/38 ?
Ferryhill 06/50 ?
Stockton 07/17 ?
Eaglescliffe 07/22 ?
Northallerton 07/40 ?
Thirsk 07/48 ?
York 08w11 ~ 09w25 08.17 ~ 09.25
Church Fenton 09/43 09/41
Burton Salmon 09/51 ?
Ferrybridge 09/56 ?
Askern ? 10/09
Shaftholme Jn ? 10/13
Doncaster 10L23 ~ 10L30 10.21 ~ 10.57
Bawtry ? 11/13
Retford 10/57 11/23
Newark North Gate 11/13 11/40
Lowfield ? 11.50 ~ 11.59
Bottesford West Jn 11/45 12/20
Netherfield & Colwick 12/07 12.37 ~ 12.49
Nottingham Midland 12w15 ~ 12w20 13.00 ~ 13.10
Trent 12/32 13/23
Spondon 12p45a ~ 12p55d 13/35
Chaddesden ? ?
Derby Midland 13w05 ~ 13w10 13.48 ~ 14.00
Stenson Jn 13/19 ?
Burton-on-Trent 13/32 14.18 ~ ??.??
(water stop?)
Wichnor Jn 13/39 ?
Lichfield TV HL 13/51 ?
Walsall 14w14 ~ 14w20 ?
Dudley 14.38 ~ 14.40 ??L?? ~ ??L??
Old Hill 14/55 ?


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