30th June - 2nd July 1978
Bournemouth & District Rail Travel
The Highland Explorer
|Locos Used||at least 33032, 45062 & 47482|
|DMU Used||???? (same set used both ways)|
|30/06-01/07||class 33||Poole - Branksome - Bournemouth - Brockenhurst - Southampton Central - Eastleigh - Winchester - Basingstoke - Southcote Jn - Reading West Jn - ??? - Oxford - Solihull - Birmingham New Street|
|30/06-01/07||class 47||(1) Birmingham New Street - Proof House Jn - Aston - Perry Barr South Jn - Soho South Jn - (1) Birmingham New Street - Proof House Jn - Landor Street Jn - ??? - Tamworth - Burton-on-Trent - Derby - Ambergate Jn - Clay Cross South Jn - Chesterfield - Sheffield - Church Fenton - York|
|30/06-01/07||47482||York - (via ECML) - Edinburgh Waverley - Stirling - Perth|
|01/07||DMU as listed (2)||Perth - Aviemore - Inverness|
|01/07||DMU as listed (2)||Inverness - Aviemore - Perth|
|01/07-02/07||47482||21.30d Perth - (reverse of outward route) - Clay Cross South Jn - Pye Bridge Jn - Toton Centre - Trent - (via MML) - Leicester|
|01/07-02/07||45062||Leicester - (via MML) - Brent Jn|
|01/07-02/07||33032||Brent Jn - ??? - Poole|
(1) The driver was routed via Litchfield which he did not sign, so the train ran round in a circle then went as booked past Saltley.
(2) Chris Bracey comments: As only a small number of the passengers actually wanted to go to Inverness a DMU was used so that those who did go could have the rare chance to see the line from the front of the train.
01/07: 47482 in the dark at Stirling on the return leg (photo: Alan Courtney)
Source : Chris Bracey
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