28th May 1977

British Rail / Stephenson Locomotive Society
(Day Excursion)

Locos Used 40131, 85020 & 87029
Stock Used load 11 (10x BR Mark 2a/b + 1x Mark 1 RBR)

Route : 1Z82 throughout

Loco Route
87029 London Euston - (via WCML, Weedon & Trent Valley) - (2) Stafford - Norton Bridge - (2) Stone - Stoke-on-Trent - Kidsgrove - Macclesfield - Cheadle Hulme - Stockport
40131 Stockport - Heaton Norris Jn - Denton - ??? - Stalybridge - Diggle - Huddersfield - Thornhill - Wakefield Kirkgate - Normanton - Castleford - Sherburn-in-Elmet - Colton Jn - York
40131 York - (reverse of outward route) - Cheadle Hulme - Wilmslow - Crewe
85020 Crewe - (via WCML, Trent Valley (3) (4) & Weedon) - London Euston

Notes :
(1) Run by British Rail in association with the Stephenson Locomotive Society to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the preservation of L.B.S.C. 0-4-2 214 'Gladstone' which was on display in the yard of the National Railway Museum. It was hoped to have electric locomotive 87001 'Stephenson' to haul the special train as far as Stockport but this did not happen.
(2) Booked route was direct from Colwich to Stone.
(3) Booked route was Stafford - Bushbury Jn - Bescot - Aston - Stechford - Coventry - Rugby.
(4) Train over-ran the stop at Rugby and had to set-back to the platform.

Source : Bruce Nathan (joined/left the train at Watford Junction)

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Bruce Nathan)

Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual
Euston 08.15d ?   22.48a ?
Willesden Junction 08/26 ?   22/41 ?
Watford Junction 08/31 ??.?? ~ 08.32   22.27a ~ 22.28d 22.57 ~ ??.??
Hemel Hempstead ? ?   ? 22.46 ~ 22.50
Tring 08/43 08/43   22/17 22/41
Bletchley 08/54 08/53   22/06 22/31
Hanslope 09/01 09/01   21/56 ?
Weedon 09/10 09/09   21/47 22/15
Rugby 09.23a ~ 09.24d 09.22 ~ 09.24   21/34 21.49 ~ 22.06
Nuneaton 09/35 09/35   DIV ?
Tamworth 09/44 09/47   DIV ?
Lichfield TV 09/48 09/50   DIV ?
Armitage 09/52 09/53   DIV ?
Colwich 09/58 09/57   DIV ?
Coventry   21/22 DIV
Stechford   21/12 DIV
Aston   21/06 DIV
Perry Bar   21/03 DIV
Bescot   20/58 DIV
Bushbury Jn   20/48 DIV
Stafford DIV 10.06 ~ 10.07
[Centre Road]
  20/37 20/48
Norton Bridge DIV ?   20/34 20/45
Madeley   20/26 20/36
Crewe   20/18 20L10 ~ 10L29
Wilmslow   19/53 19/51
Stoke-on-Trent 10/14 10/27  
Macclesfield 10/33 10/45  
Stockport 10L48a ~ 10L59d 10.58 ~ 11.07   19L35a ~ 19L45d 19.38 ~ 19.42
Diggle Jn 11/30 11/37   19/07 19/15
Marsden 11/36 11/42   19/02 19/10
Huddersfield 11/48 11/50   18/49 18/54
Heaton Lodge Jn 11/55 11/56   18/42 18/48
Thornhill LNW Jn 11/59 11/59   18/38 18/45
Midland Jn 12/02 ?   18/35 ?
Horbury Jn 12/08 12/04   18/30 18/38
Wakefield Kirkgate 12c12 ~ 12c14 12.11 ~ 12.12   18c24 ~ 18c26 18.33 ~ 18.33
Normanton 12/22 12/19   18/16 18/25
Altofts Jn 12/24 12/20   18/14 18/24
Burton Salmon 12/32 12/30   18/06 18/12
Church Fenton 12/38 12/37   18/00 18/06
York 12.53a 12.49   17.47d 17.48


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