4th August 1968

Locomotive Club of Great Britain
The Farewell to Steam Rail Tour

Locos Used D63, D416, E3064, 44781, 45025, 45390, 48773 & 70013 'Oliver Cromwell'
Stock Used Booked load 12 LMSR/BR mix (BSK, 4x SO (and/or SK), RB, 5x SO (and/or SK), BSK
rearmost on departing St Pancras were: 4943+4933+4995+34483

Route : 1Z74 throughout

Loco(s) Route
D63 London St Pancras – (via MML) – Trent – Trowell Jn – Pye Bridge Jn – Clay Cross South Jn – Chesterfield – Dore South Jn – Dore West Jn – Edale – Chinley – New Mills South Jn – Romiley – Hyde Jn – Guide Bridge – Ashton Moss South Jn – Droylsden – Miles Platting – Manchester Victoria
70013 + 44781 (1) Manchester Victoria - Bolton - Blackburn
48773 + 44781 Blackburn – Clitheroe – Hellifield – Settle Jn – Clapham – Carnforth
45390 + 45025 Carnforth – Clapham – Settle Jn – Hellifield – Clitheroe – Blackburn – Lostock Hall Jn
D416 Lostock Hall Jn – (via WCML) – Crewe
E3064 Crewe - (via WCML, Trent Valley & Weedon) - London Euston

Notes :
(1) This tour was perhaps unique in sharing motive power with another being run on the same day. After detaching from this tour at Blackburn, 70013 ran light engine to Lostock Hall to await the arrival of the RCTS tour.
(2) Like the unfortunate RCTS tour on the same day, this tour ended up running fairly late. Jim Arkell comments: There was single line working somewhere around New Mills/Chinley (between ??? & Romiley according to Dick Franklin) and we had to reverse and run wrong line which caused the first serious delay in the trains' schedule. I didn't keep very good track of the progress of the train timing wise, as you can see by the lack of entries. I was more concerned with taking photos and tape recording the steam section. I do remember that we waited at Manchester Victoria quite a while for the changeover to 70013/44781 during which time the BR special with 45305 ran in on the opposite side to pick up its passengers. We then got held up at Bolton whilst an SLS tour (I think) passed on the avoiding line. At Blackburn 45407 was waiting, un-cleaned, apparently for the RCTS tour, although that wasn't obvious at the time. The turnaround at Carnforth would have been quick, but we had to wait for passengers who'd run across to the shed. There was a photo stop in the station at Clapham after a great climb up the bank, and then we got held up outside Hellifield for a few minutes. I remember hearing whistles in the distance and later found out that the RCTS tour had been occupying Hellifield station. By the time we got back to Blackburn there was a carnival atmosphere and both crews were downing pints which were brought up the platform by other rail staff. Perhaps I shouldn't mention that, but it stuck in my memory quite vividly. Back at Lostock Hall Jn when we changed engines there were two other fives off other tours waiting to go on the shed 44871 & 44894, and 70013 was also there.

Sources : Leonard Rogers, Graham Stacey, Jim Arkell & Dick Franklin

Photo Review


70013 and 44871 waiting to take the train over at Manchester Victoria (as
seen from the passing R.C.T.S. farewell tour) (photo: Bruce Nathan)


The wreath is removed from 48773 at Carnforth (photo: Jim Arkell)


45390 & 45025 pause at Clapham for a photo stop (photo: Jim Arkell)

 
From The John Debens Ticket Collection.


Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Jim Arkell & Dick Franklin)

n.b. actual times were originally supplied by Jim Arkell - a subsequent more detailed set from Dick Franklin were consistently (with some exceptions) 3-5 minutes later than Jim's suggesting one (or both?) watches were 'out' to the actual time. Due to the relatively significant difference I have uploaded both sets...if anyone can provide a third opinion then I may subsequently combine them into a single set based on later opinion as to which were most accurate.

M.C Location Booked Actual (J.Arkell) Actual (D.Franklin)
0.00 St Pancras 08.30d 08.30 08.33
3.44 Finchley Road 08/36 08/37 ?
6.78 Hendon 08/40 08/40 08/44
19.71 St Albans City 08.52a ~ 08.53d 08.51 ~ 08.53 08.55 ~ 08.56
? Harpenden ? ? [SL]
30.20 Luton 09/08 09/08 09/11
49.68 Bedford Midland 09.33a ~ 09.34d 09.29 ~ 09.31 09.33 ~ 09.35 [FL]
65.08 Wellingborough 09/57 09/56 10/01
72.05 Kettering 10/09 10/08 10/12
78.42 Desborough North 10/18 10/23 10/28
82.78 Market Harborough 10/22 10/30 10/34
89.01 Kibworth 10/28 ? 10/39
95.75 Wigston North Jn 10/34 ? 10/46
99.09 Leicester London Road 10c37 ~ 10c39 10.47 ~ 10.49 10.51 ~ 10.52
104.00 Syston South Jn 10/45 10/58 11/02
111.49 Loughborough Midland 10/52 ? 11/08
119.25 Trent Jn 10/58 ? 11/17
125.00 Trowell Jn 11/06 ? ?
133.65 Pye Bridge Jn 11/19 ? 11/37
139.01 Morton Sidings 11/30 11/41 11/44
141.78 Clay Cross South Jn 11/34 ? 11/48
146.16 Chesterfield 11/42 11/52 11/55
154.16 Dore & Totley West Jn 11/54 ? 12/08
160.50 Hathersage 12/02 12/15 12/18
169.01 Edale 12/12 ? 12/27
173.73 Chinley North Jn 12/20 [SL] ? ?
174.74 Chinley 12/22 12/35 ??.?? ~ 12.50
177.52 New Mills South Jn 12/26 ? ?
183.65 Romiley 12/40 13/06 13/10
184.82 Woodley 12/43 ? 13/13
187.48 Hyde Jn 12/48 ? 13/18
188.25 Guide Bridge East Jn 12/51 [GL] ? 13/20
188.67 Guide Bridge 12/55 ? 13/22
188.76 Stockport Jn 12/56 ? 13/22
189.47 Crowthorn Jn 12/58 ? ?
190.22 Ashton Moss South 13/00 ? 13/27
190.44 Ashton Moss North 13/05 ? 13/29
191.42 Droylsden 13/08 ? ?
194.59 Miles Platting 13/14 [FL] ? 13/41
196.17 Manchester Victoria 13L19a ~ 13L30d ? 13.44 ~ 14.17
196.49 Deal Street 13/32 ? ?
197.26 Windsor Bridge No.1 13/33 ? ?
198.02 Windsor Bridge No.3 13/35 ? 14/20
200.73 Clifton Jn 13/39 ? 14/24
206.67 Bolton 13/54 ? 14.32 ~ 14.41
213.51 Walton's Sidings 14/10 ? 14/55
216.44 Darwen 14/15 ? 14/59
220.57 Blackburn 14L22 ~ 14L32 ? 15.08 ~ 15.34
221.22 Daisyfield Jn 14/34 ? ?
231.42 Clitheroe 14/52 ? ?
245.02 Hellifield 15/12 ? 16/20
248.22 Settle Jn 15/17 ? 16/26
255.60 Clapham 15/29 ? 16/35
263.18 Wennington 15/40 ? 16/45
272.42 Carnforth East Jn 15/54 ? 16/58
272.66 Carnforth 15L56a ~ 16L28d ? 16.59 ~ 17.20
273.10 Carnforth East Jn 16/30 ? ?
282.34 Wennington 16/44 ? 17/43
289.72 Clapham 16p57a ~ 17p08d ? 17.58 ~ 18.12
297.30 Settle Jn 17/18 ? 18/25
300.50 Hellifield 17/23 ? 18/36
314.10 Clitheroe 17/43 ? ?
324.30 Daisyfield Jn 18/01 ? ?
324.75 Blackburn 18/03 ? 19.32 ~ 19.41
333.07 Bamber Bridge 18/16 ? 19/54
333.77 Lostock Hall Jn 18L18 ~ 18L28 [GL] ? ?
334.60 Farington Jn 18/34 ? 20.03 ~ 20.19
337.48 Euxton Jn 18/40 ? 20/25
343.74 Standish Jn 18/47 ? 20/34
347.20 Wigan North Western 18/50 ? 20/40
348.49 Springs Branch Jn 18/52 ? 20/42
355.41 Winwick Jn 18/57 ? 20/52
359.00 Warrington Bank Quay 19/03 ? 21.01 ~ 21.03
361.01 Acton Grange Jn 19/06 ? ?
366.49 Weaver Jn 19/24 ? 21/30
374.27 Winsford Jn 19/31 ? ?
379.76 Coppenhall Jn 19/36 ? ?
383.10 Crewe 19L42a ~ 19L52d ??.?? ~ 21.51 21.49 ~ 21.56
391.16 Madeley 20/00 ? ?
402.16 Norton Bridge 20/07 ? ?
407.47 Stafford 20/11 ? 22/16
411.45 Milford & Brocton 20/14 ? ?
413.79 Colwich 20/16 ? ?
420.12 Armitage 20/21 ? ?
424.70 Lichfield TV 20/24 ? ?
431.10 Tamworth LL 20/28 ? 22/33
444.02 Nuneaton TV 20/37 ? 22/41
458.48 Rugby Midland 20/50 22/48 ?
471.35 Weedon 21/00 ? ?
478.25 Blisworth 21/05 ? ?
481.20 Roade 21/07 ? ?
494.39 Bletchley 21/17 23/15 23/21
509.38 Tring 21/28 ? 23/36
523.57 Watford Junction 21.40a ~ 21.41d ? 23.52 ~ 23.54
535.61 Willesden Junction 21/52 ? 00/04
541.11 Euston 21.59a ? 00.13


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