13th January 1979

D.A.A. + D.E.G.
The North-West Rambler No.2

Locos Used 25040, 25069, 40108 & 85033
DMU's Used 51674+59733+59676+51981 & 51676+59738+59668+51661

Route : 1L00 throughout

Loco(s) Route
DMU (1) London Marylebone  - High Wycombe
25040 + 25069 High Wycombe - Banbury - Solihull - Birmingham New Street - Soho East Jn - Bescot - Bescot Curve Jn - Wednesbury - Tipton Curve Jn - Bloomfield Jn - Wolverhampton - Stafford - Basford Hall Jn - Basford Hall Sorting Sidings North
40108 Basford Hall Sorting Sidings North - Sydney Bridge Jn - Sandbach - Sandbach West Jn - Mouldsworth - Mickle Trafford - Dee Marsh Jn
40108 Dee Marsh Jn - Penyffordd - Wrexham General
40108 Wrexham General - Windmill Lane Jn - Rock Ferry
40108 Rock Ferry - Hooton - West Cheshire Jn - Mouldsworth - Northwich (2)
40108 Northwich - Hartford LNW Jn - Weaver Jn - (2) Runcorn - (2) Ditton Jn
85033 Ditton Jn - Runcorn - Weaver Jn - Winsford - Crewe - Madeley - Norton Bridge - Stafford - Lichfield Trent Valley - Nuneaton - Rugby - (?via Weedon?) - Bletchley - Watford Junction - London Euston

Notes:
(1) The tour train did not start at Marylebone as planned.....due to the very cold weather the stock was late coming down from ?Oxley? so a special DMU was ran from Marylebone to High Wycombe to connect with the empty stock and to avoid an even later departure.
(2) Andy Pullar comments : Owing to the late running caused by the weather the train was turned on the triangle at Northwich rather than the loco running around in the station. The scheduled route to Ditton Jn via Warrington, Golborne Jn, St Helens Shaw St, Sutton Oak and Widnes was also omitted in favour of the direct route through Runcorn as a consequence of the late running.

Sources : Paul Griffin (joined at Birmingham, left at Crewe), David Harlott
Andy Pullar & Alan Osborn

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Paul Griffin, Alan Osborn, Ian Umpleby & Brian Ovington)

Location Booked Actual
Marylebone 08.15d ?
Neasden South Jn 08/22 ?
Northolt Jn 08/30 ?
High Wycombe 08.54a ~ 09.04d ??.?? ~ 09.27
Princes Risborough 09/21 ?
Bicester 09/38 09/54
Aynho Jn 09/47 10/04
Banbury 09.52a ~ 09.54d 10.10 ~ 10.12
Leamington Spa 10/14 10/33
Hatton 10/24 10/40
Dorridge 10/36 10/46
Tyseley 10/51 10/51
Bordesley Jn 10/54 10/54
St Andrews Jn 10/55 10/55
Proof House Jn 11/00 10.58 ~ 11.03
Birmingham New Street 11.02a ~ 11.05d 11.08 ~ 11.22
Soho South Jn 11/11 11/29?
Soho East Jn 11/12 11/30
Perry Barr West Jn 11/18 11/32
Perry Barr North Jn 11/19 11/33?
Bescot 11/25 11/45
Bescot Curve Jn 11/32 11/48
Wednesbury 11/36 11/53
Tipton Curve Jn 11/46 12/06
Bloomfield Jn 11/48 12/07
Wolverhampton 11/54 12.15 ~12.16
Stafford 12/11 12.32 ~ 12.33
Norton Bridge 12/16 12/40
Madeley 12/25 12/50
Basford Hall Jn 12/33 12/57
Basford Hall Sorting Sidings North 12L36 ~ 12L46 12.58 ~ 13.12
Sydney Bridge 12/55 [FL] 13/18
Sandbach 13/02 13/25
Middlewich 13t09 ~ 13t10 13/32
Sandbach West Jn 13/18 13.44 ~13.46
Mouldsworth 13p35a ~ 13p52d 14/04
Mickle Trafford 14/02 14/11
Dee Marsh Jn 14.45 ~ 15.35 14.50 ~ 15.03
Penyffordd 15/50 15p25a ~ 15p39d
Wrexham Exchange 16/05 15/57
Wrexham North 16/06 ?
Wrexham General 16.11a ~ 16.21d 15.58 ~ 16.10
Rossett 16/28 16/18
Chester No.6 SB 16/40 16/26
Chester No.5 SB 16/43 16/27
Hooton 16/55 16/47
Rock Ferry 17.05a ~ 17.40d 16.57 ~ 17.44
Hooton 17/50 17/52
West Cheshire Jn 18/03 18.05 ~ 18.06
Mouldsworth 18/15 18/16
Northwich 18.29a ~ 18.36d 18.46 (d?)
Northwich Sandbach Jn DIV ?
Northwich South Jn DIV ?
Northwich West Jn ? ??.?? ~ 19.25
Greenbank 18/51 19/31
Hartford CL Jn 18/53 19/35
Hartford LNW Jn 18/56 19/36
Weaver Jn 19/02 DIV
Acton Grange Jn 19/06 DIV
Warrington 19/08 DIV
Winwick Jn 19/12 DIV
Bamfurlong Jn 19/19 GL DIV
Ince Moss Jn 19/25 DIV
St Helens Shaw Street 19/38 DIV
Sutton Oak Jn 19t42 ~ 19t43 DIV
Widnes No.1 19t53 ~ 19t54 DIV
Ditton Jn 20L01 ~ 20L13 19.51 ~ 20.18
Halton Jn 20/18 ?
Weaver Jn 20/22 20/28
Winsford 20/28 ?
Coppenhall Jn 20/34 ?
Crewe 20.38a ~ 20.40d 20.52 ~ 20.54
Madeley 20/49 21/03
Norton Bridge 20/58 21/13
Stafford 21/03 21/19
Whitehouse Jn 21/07 ?
Colwich 21/09 ?
Armitage 21/13 ?
Lichfield TV 21/16 ?
Tamworth 21/20 ?
Nuneaton 21.31a ~ 21.33d 21.47 ~ 21.48
Rugby 21/48 22/01
Weedon 21/57 ?
Hanslope 22/07 22/19
Bletchley 22/14 22/25
Leighton Buzzard 22/24 22/30
Watford Junction 22/34 22/48
Willesden Junction 22/46 ?
Euston 22.53a 23.03


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