31st March - 2nd April 1978
The Skye Train
|Locos Used||25046, 27002, 47120, 47439, 50048, 85023 & 86253|
|50048||London Paddington - Reading - Solihull - Birmingham New Street|
|86253||Birmingham New Street - Duddeston - Bescot - Stafford - Crewe - Carlisle - Wishaw - Holytown - Mossend|
|25046 + 27002||Mossend - Gartsherrie South Jn - Gartcosh Jn - Sighthill Jn - Cowlairs Jn - Dumbarton Central - Ardlui (1) Crianlarich - Rannoch (1) - Fort William|
|25046 + 27002||Fort William - Glennfinnan - Mallaig|
|25046 + 27002||Mallaig - Glennfinnan - Fort William|
|25046 + 27002||Fort William - (reverse of outward route) - Mossend|
|85023||Mossend - Holytown - Wishaw - Carlisle - Crewe|
|47439||Crewe - Stafford - Rugeley - Cannock - Walsall - Birmingham New Street|
|47120 (2)||Birmingham New Street - Nuneaton - Rugby - Coventry - Reading - London Paddington|
(1) 27002 suffered a traction motor fire at MP28¾ (just after Ardlui), resulting in a 32 minute late arrival into Fort William. Original suggestions by some of a several-hour delay at Rannoch owing to the failure of 25046 seem unfounded. The train did stop at Rannoch in both directions, for photos.
(2) Also reported as 47120 & 47439 - confirmation anyone?
With regards to notes (1) & (2) Tony Willmore comments: this tour is in John Vaughan's Railtour Pictorial book. There is no mention of the traction motor fire, and no mention of 47439 and 47120 double heading. I am sure that John would have mentioned this in the text if it had happened.
Source : Alan Costello
(information taken from RPPR Railtour Pictorial Booklet),
David Farrow, Pete Wilcox (courtesy of Jonathan Wilcox) & Clive Barlow
Timings (Booked Only)
(from Clive Barlow)
|Birmingham New Street||23.43d|
|Birmingham New Street||03.42d|
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