31st March - 2nd April 1978

R.P.P.R.
The Skye Train

Locos Used 25046, 27002, 47120, 47439, 50048, 85023 & 86253

Route :

Loco(s) Route
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

Notes :
(1) 27002 suffered a traction motor fire at MP28 (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)

Location Booked
Paddington 21.10d
Birmingham New Street 23.43d
Fort William 09.50d
Mallaig 12.25d
Fort William 17.15d
Birmingham New Street 03.42d


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