31st March 1979
Wirral Railway Circle
The Wirral Wealdsman Tour
|Locos Used||40106, 73104, 73127 & 84002|
|40106||07.40d Liverpool Lime Street - Edge Hill East Jn - Allerton - Speke Jn - Widnes - Warrington Central - Irlam - Manchester Oxford Road - Manchester Piccadilly - Slade Lane Jn - Stockport - Cheadle Hulme - Wilmslow - Sandbach - Crewe|
|84002||Crewe - Norton Bridge - Stafford - Bushbury Jn - Wolverhampton - Birmingham New Street - Proof House Jn - Birmingham International - Coventry - ??? - Mitre Bridge Jn|
|73104 + 73127||Mitre Bridge Jn - Kensington (Olympia) - Latchmere Jn - Longhedge Jn - Factory Jn - Wandsworth Road - Brixton - Sydenham Hill - Beckenham Junction - Shortlands - St Mary Cray Jn - Swanley - Shoreham - Bat & Ball - Sevenoaks - Tonbridge - Ashford|
|73104 + 73127||Ashford - Sevenoaks - Orpington - Petts Wood Jn - Bickley Jn - Beckenham Hill - Nunhead - Denmark Hill - Brixton Jn - Factory Jn - Longhedge Jn - Latchmere Jn - Kensington Jn - Mitre Bridge Jn|
|84002||Mitre Bridge Jn - (?reverse of outward route?) - Rugtby - (via WCML, Trent Valley) - Crewe - ??? - Liverpool Lime Street|
(1) Route confirmation required - above SR routing is per the tour brochure. With regards to routing on the LMR the brochure stated 'passengers will be well acquainted with the ex-Cheshire Lines Committee route to Manchester and the electrified ex-London and North Western route to London'. Adrian Bullock adds: I recall that on the return, due to late running, the tour was diverted up the Trent valley with passengers for Birmingham, including myself, getting off at Rugby to catch a BR service train for which our tour tickets were valid (87014 according to my records).
(2) Richard Boyd comments: Not quite sure what happened on the return but I had 84002 from Willesden to Crewe, for a couple of electrics back to Manchester.
From Bob Mitchell's Ticket Collection.
Sources : John Clifford, Adrian Bullock, Bob Mitchell &
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