16th April 1977
Thompson B1 Locomotive
The Dinting-York Express
|47049||London St Pancras - Leicester - Derby - Totley East - Edale - Chinley North Jn - New Mills - Woodley - Godley Jn - Dinting - Woodhead - Penistone - Sheffield Victoria - Shepcote Lane - Tinsley West - Wath Road - Moorthorpe - Church Fenton - York|
|47049||York - Pontefract Baghill - Wath Road - Rotherham Masboro - Beighton Jn - Chesterfield - Toton - Leicester - London St Pancras|
The tour's expectations went out of the window on getting the handout as we left Luton. "the advertised class 76's cannot be authorised for passenger traffic due union blacking". So forget the traction bonanza and enjoy mileage behind the dull 47049. Rare curves meant we avoided Guide Bridge so the first 76 was viewed on Ditton bound BOC tanks on Dinting Flyover.
An hour's stop at Dinting saw a visit to the steam centre saw kettles of varying wattages brewing up. At Woodhead West we were checked for a tour participant who had missed the train at Dinting, being rescued by a fast car. The modern, lit Woodhead tunnel impressed us all but less so that the advertised Penistone - Wath section had been deleted from the itinery because it closes on a Saturday at 1300.
At York 40019 was amongst the quality power on passenger services whilst we again had 47049 to return us South.
From Bob Mitchell's ticket collection.
Source : Nick Ross (joined/left train at Luton)
Timings (Booked Only)
(from Greg Beecroft)
|Location||Booked (out)||Booked (rtn)|
|St Albans||08.28a ~ 08.29d||22.00a ~ 22.02d|
|Harpenden||08.35a ~ 08.36d||21.54a ~ 21.56d|
|Luton||08.42a ~ 08.43d||21.44a ~ 21.46d|
|Wigston North Jn||09/44||20/37|
|Leicester||09.48a ~ 09.50d||20.29a ~ 20.31d|
|Syston South Jn||09/57||20/24|
|Sheet Stores Jn||10/10|
|London Road Jn||10/28|
|Clay Cross South Jn||10/49|
|Totley Tunnel East||11/05|
|Chinley North Jn||11/33|
|New Mills South Jn||11/39|
|Dinting||12.00a ~ 12.40d|
|Sheffield Victoria No.4||13/27|
|Shepcote Lane||13.35a ~ 13.37d|
|Wath Road Jn||13/49|
|York||14.40a ~ 18.15d|
|Wath Road Jn||19/04|
|Masborough South||19.12a ~ 19.14d|
|Clay Cross Jn||19/46|
|Pye Bridge Jn||19/56|
Timings continue in first table.
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