16th July 1967

Railway Correspondance and Travel Society (West Riding Branch)
'A4' to Glasgow

Loco Used class 20 D8??? & 60019 'Bittern'

Route : 1Z44 throughout

Loco Route
60019 Leeds City - Skipton - Settle Jn - (via S&C) - Petteril Bridge Jn - Carlisle - Beattock (2) - Carstairs - Glasgow Central
60019 Glasgow Central - Shields Jn - Paisley Gilmour Street - Dalry Jn - Kilmarnock - Dumfries - Carlisle - (reverse of outward route) - Leeds City

Notes :
(1) Despite what appeared to be a straightforward tour over familiar territory, this trip was beset by numerous difficulties not the least of which was the many engineers occupations of the line on this Sunday trip. The delays started right from the beginning with the buffet car staff and their supplies trapped in the elevator at Leeds. The run over Ais Gill was taken in fine style with no interruptions. A Type 1 diesel (class 20) assisted the train over Beattock, not helped by wrong line running north from Beattock station to Greskine. Good work on the return over the GSW route was spoiled by a dead stand near Carlisle for over twenty minutes. A spirited ascent of the Eden Valley seemed in the making when the brakes came on and an inspection of the engine took place at Culgaith. The crew had heard a distinct and ominous bang, the passengers thoughts turned to a late Sunday night rescue from the proverbial middle of nowhere. The crew's investigation revealed nothing obvious, but the pace of the A4 was toned down for the remainder of the journey, although time was gradually gained over the remaining miles. Max Birchenough adds: Despite the hitches, it was, I remember, a cracking run. 60019 cleared Blea Moor at about 60 on the outward run, touching 86 on the way down from Ais Gill, and reaching 82 along the Nith Valley on the way home. I also remember a beautiful cascade of sparks from the chimney as we left Skipton in the dark, on the last lap - who needs fireworks?!
(2) Assisted by D8??? 'over Beattock (summit)'.

Source : David Hills

Photo Review


60019 waiting to leave Leeds for Glasgow (photo: Max Birchenough)


Another view of 60019 waiting to leave Leeds for Glasgow
(photo: 2016 - Peter Brumby / 53A Models of Hull)


60019 at Carlisle (photo: 2016 - Peter Brumby / 53A Models of Hull)


60019 at Beattock (photo: 2016 - Peter Brumby / 53A Models of Hull)


60019 at Polmadie (photo: 2016 - Peter Brumby / 53A Models of Hull)


From The John Debens Ticket Collection.


Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Terry Jackson & David Murray)

M.C Location Booked Actual
0.00 Leeds City 09.40d 09.50
10.56 Shipley Leeds Jn 09/56 10/06
16.79 Keighley 10/16 10/28
25.00 Snaygill 10/24 ?
26.14 Skipton 10.26a ~ 10.28d ??.?? ~ 10.47
36.15 Hellifield 10w42 ~ 10w48 11.03 ~ ??.??
39.35 Settle Jn 10/52 ?
53.35 Blea Moor 11/14 11/26
64.50 Ais Gill 11/27 ?
82.15 Appleby West 11/44 11/46
112.08 Petteril Bridge Jn 12/15 ?
113.00 Carlisle 12w17 ~ 12w27 12.18 ~ ??.??
113.59 Carlisle No.3 12/29 [GL] ?
121.48 Gretna Jn 12/54 13/21
138.53 Beattock 13.29a ~ 13.51d 13.29 ~ 14.00
???.?? Greskine 14.15a ~ 14.17d 14.15 ~ ??.??
162.49 Beattock Summit 14/36 ?
179.65 Symington 14/55 ?
186.38 Carstairs 15/02 15/02
188.58 Lanark Jn 15/05 ?
???.?? Craigenhill 15.09a ~ 15.17d ?
197.01 Law Jn 15/31 ?
202.32 Motherwell 15/39 ?
206.63 Uddingston 15/44 ?
208.51 Newton 15/47 ?
212.09 Rutherglen 15/50 ?
214.21 Eglington Street 15/54 ?
215.21
0.00
Glasgow Central 15.57a ~ 17.32d 15.57 ~ 17.40
1.51 Shields Jn 17/36 ?
6.16 Arkleston Jn 17/41 ?
7.24 Paisley Gilmour Street 17/43 17/51
9.24 Elderslie 17/46 17/55
16.08 Lochside 17/53 18/04
23.07 Dalry Jn 18/01 18/12
33.27 Kilmarnock 18/17 18/28
42.59 Mauchline 18/33 18/41
54.40 New Cumnock 18/48 18/52
65.23 Sanquhar 19/00 19/04
77.18 Thornhill 19/12 19/16
91.33 Dumfries 19/26 19/30
106.70 Annan 19/44 19/45
115.60 Gretna Jn 19/55 [GL] ?
123.49 Carlisle No.3 20/15 20/15
124.28 Carlisle 20w17 ~ 20w25 20.41 ~ ??.??
125.20 Petteril Bridge Jn 20/27 ?
155.13 Appleby West 21/06 21/06
172.58 Ais Gill 21/34 ?
183.73 Blea Moor 21/46 22/08
197.73 Settle Jn 21/59 22/21
201.13 Hellifield 22w02 ~ 22w07 10/24
211.14 Skipton 22.18a ~ 22.20d 10.35 ~ 10.42
212.28 Snaygill 22/22 ?
220.29 Keighley 22/30 22/54
226.52 Shipley Leeds Jn 22/37 23/02
237.28 Leeds City 22.52a ?

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