17th March 1979

R.P.P.R.
The County Durham Crusader (relief)

Loco Used 40030
Stock Used booked for load 11 including RB & TSO E4715

Route : 1G50 throughout

Loco Route
40030 London King's Cross - (via 'old' ECML route) - York (1)
40030 York - (via 'old' ECML route) - London King's Cross

Notes :
(1) Tour was abandoned at York due to heavy snow in the North-East, with passengers reported to have returned home on service trains (although for those who stuck it out at York it has now been confirmed that the train did return south in it's booked path). Was booked for a class 40 to York and back , two different class 37's for the remainder of the day both running single headed, with a class 08 to pull the stock forward to Consett. The tour was re-run on 19th May. The tour timing sheet carried the note: 'As most of you know the loss of the Tursdale Jn to Washington line has been substituted by Washington to Pelaw, and a journey over both Tyne bridges twice, thereby covering all six spurs south of the River Tyne'.
(2) Steven Knight comments: The train DID return to London in its originally booked path. Me and my mate hung around a freezing York station for 8 hours (well we did go to the NRM as well) as we had not enough money to use a service train home AND we wanted more of the 40 haulage!


40030 at Doncaster, heading north (photo: Kevin Law)

Sources : Nigel Rollings (joined the train at Peterborough, returned on a service train with 40078),
Steven Blyth (on the train throughout) & Colin Marsden

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Nigel Rollings & Steven Blyth)

Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual
Kings Cross 08.30d 08.31   21.57a 22/09
Finsbury Park 08/36 08/37   21/51 22/04
Harringay 08/38 08/38   21/50 22/03
Hornsey 08/39 08/39   21/49 22/03
Wood Green 08/40 08/40   21/48 22/02
New Southgate 08/42 08/42   21/47 22/01
Oakleigh Park 08/44 08/44   21/45 22/00
New Barnet 08/45 08/45   21/44 21/59
Hadley Wood 08/46 08/46   21/43 21/58
Potters Bar 08/48 08/49   21/41 21/57
Brookmans Park 08/49 08/50   21/40 21/55
Hatfield 08/51 08/53   21/38 21/53
Welwyn Garden City 08/53 08/55   21/36 21/51
Welwyn North 08/54 08/56   21/35 21/49
Woolmer Green ? ?   21/34 ?
Knebworth 08/57 08/59   21/33 21/46
Stevenage ??.??a ~ 09.01d 09.02 ~ 09.02   21.28a ~ ??.??d 21.41 ~ 21.42
Hitchin 09/07 09/08   21/21 21/36
Biggleswade 09/13 09/15   21/16 21/28
Sandy 09/16 09/17   21/08 21/26
St Neots 09/20 09/22   21/06 21/19
Huntingdon 09/27 09/27   20/56 21/09
Peterborough ??.??a ~ 09.43d 09.43 ~ 09.45   20.39a ~ ??.??d 20.47 ~ 20.52
Tallington 09/53 09/55   20/29 ?
Stoke 10/07 ?   20/18 ?
Grantham 10/11 10/15   20/08 20.02 ~ 20.08
Barkston South Jn 10/14 ?   20/04 ?
Newark Northgate 10.29a ~ 10.29d 10.29 ~ 10.36   19.46a ~ 19.52d 19/45
Retford 10/47 10.56a ~ 11.03   19/29 19/31
Doncaster 11/10 11.22a ~ 11.43d   19/12 19/14
Shaftholme Jn 11/15 ?   19/08 ?
Selby 11/28 12/04   18/55 18/56
York 11L45a ~ 11L51d 12.22 ~ CANX   18L30a ~ 18L36d 18.39d
Thirsk 12/15 CANX   18/08 CANX
Northallerton   18/02 CANX
Boroughbridge Road 12/23 CANX  
Eaglescliffe 12/43 CANX   17/44 CANX
Stockton 12/48 CANX   17/37 CANX
Hartlepool   17/19 CANX
Easington   17/08 CANX
Sunderland   16/54 CANX
Pelaw   16/39 CANX
Stillington 12/58 CANX  
Ferryhill 13/08 CANX  
Durham 13/17 CANX  
Gateshead East   16/32 CANX
Gateshead West 13/33 CANX  
Newcastle 13L35a ~ 13L45d CANX   16p20a ~ 16p30d CANX
King Edward Bridge Jn 13/47 CANX   16/18 CANX
Low Fell Jn 13/49 CANX  
Ouston Jn 13/55 CANX  
Pelaw   16/08 CANX
Washington   15/57 CANX
South Pelaw 13/57 CANX   15/49 CANX
Annfield 14/19 CANX   15/36 CANX
Carr House 14/28 CANX   15/28 CANX
Consett North 14p32a CANX   15p32d CANX


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