4th October 1969

Wirral Railway Circle
The Cheshire Sheaf

DMU Used 2-car hybrid Birmingham RCW/Derby set

Route : 1L18 throughout

DMU Route
as listed Chester Northgate - Chester East Jn - Mickle Trafford East - Helsby
as listed Helsby - West Cheshire Jn
as listed West Cheshire Jn - Mouldsworth - Delamere - Winsford Jn - Cuddington - Hartford CLC Jn - Northwich West Jn - Northwich South Jn - Middlewich - Sandbach - Sydney Bridge Jn - Salop Goods Jn - Basford Hall Jn - Madeley - Norton Bridge - Stafford - Colwich - Rugeley
as listed Rugeley - Colwich - Stoke-on-Trent - Kidsgrove - Alsager - Crewe North
as listed Crewe North - Salop Goods Jn - Gresty Lane No.1
as listed Gresty Lane No.1 - Salop Goods Jn - Crewe Coal Yard
as listed Crewe Coal Yard - Salop Goods Jn
as listed Salop Goods Jn - Crewe North - nantwich - Tattenhall Jn - Chester General - Chester No.5
as listed Chester No.5 - Chester No.6
as listed Chester No.6 - Chester No.4 - Chester General - Mickle Trafford CLC
as listed Mickle Trafford CLC - Chester East Jn - Chester Northgate

Notes :
(1) This was the last day of passenger services at Chester Northgate.
(2) Traction & route confirmation required (above route is from booked timings).
Chris Magner comments: When we reversed at Helsby we covered the Helsby 'Field line' to West Cheshire Jn - this was an on-the-day add on! [Webmasters note: with the 'direct curve' to Mouldsworth having closed in 1947 reversal at West Cheshire Jn woudl have been the only way to gain the route to Mouldsworth]


From Andrew Fairholm's Ticket Collection.

Sources : Chris Magner (tour organiser), Jeremy Hartill & Andrew Fairholm

Timings (Booked Only)
(from Jeremy Hartill)

Location Booked
Chester Northgate 10.40d
Mickle Trafford CLC 10/46
Helsby 10.54 ~ 11.00
West Cheshire Jn 11.05 ~ 11.10
Mouldsworth 11.0 ~ 11.22
Delamere 11/22
Middlewich 11/55
Sandbach 12/04
Sydney Bridge 12/10 [IL]
Basford Hall 12/18 [SL]
Madeley 12/28
Norton Bridge 12/39
Stafford 12/51
Milford 12/57
Colwich 13/02
Rugeley 13.08 ~ 13.15
Colwich 13/20
Stone 13/32
Stoke-on-Trent 13/45
Kidsgrove 14/00
Alsager 14/05
Crewe 14/15
Steel Works Jn 14.20 ~ 14.24
Crewe North 14/28 [IL]
Salop Goods Jn 14/32
Gresty Lane No.1 14.37 ~ 14.45
Basford Hall 14.55 ~ 15.00
Salop Goods Jn 15/06
Crewe Coal Yard 15.15 ~ 15.20
Salop Goods Jn 15.30 ~ 15.35
Crewe North 15/41
Tattenhall Jn 15/59
Chester No.5 16.07 ~ 16.10
Chester No.6 16.12 ~ 16.15
Chester No.4 16.17 ~ 16.25
Mickle Trafford 16.35 ~ 16.36
Chester Northgate 16.44a


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