22nd September 1979

R.C.T.S. (West Midlands Branch)
The Cottam Railtour

DMU's Used 50005+56030, 50011+56044 & 51288+56446

Route : 1G66 throughout

DMU Route
as listed (1) Lincoln Central - Gainsborough Lea Road - Retford LL (1)
as listed Retford LL - Whisker Hill Jn (2)
as listed Whisker Hill Jn - Retford LL - Cottam Power Station (BR Limit) (3)
as listed Cottam Power Station (BR Limit) - Retford LL - Worksop - Sheffield
as listed Sheffield - Rotherham Masborough - Mexborough - Doncaster
as listed Doncaster - via West Slow lines - Decoy South Jn - Loversall Carr Jn - Retford HL - Newark Northgate
as listed Newark Northgate - Lincoln St Marks

Notes :
(1) The tour train ran coupled to the rear of the 09:35 service train between Lincoln Central and Retford.
(2) The London party's train, (08:55 KX), was delayed at Peterborough when it's loco, (47541), failed. It reached Retford 70 minutes late, behind 31219. In the meantime, the tour was put into the refuge siding West of Retford LL.
(3) Off old passenger alignment, to signal before overbridge.
(4) Requested only 2x2-car, and 11:17 Retford to Sheffield was cancelled due to stock shortage! (an operating misunderstanding?).

Sources : Greg Beecroft, Kevin Driscoll, Ian Umpleby & Stuart Mackay

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Greg Beecroft, Kevin Driscoll & Ian Umpleby)

Miles Location Booked Actual
0.00 Lincoln Central 09.35d 09.35
? Gainsborough Lea Road ??.??a ~ 09.57d ??.?? ~ 10.02
25.10 Retford Low Level 10.14a 10.20 ~ 10.30
25.46 Whisker Hill Jn DIV (2) 10.31 ~ 10.40
25.82 Retford Low Level 10.37d 10.43 ~ 11.36
? Clarborough Jn 10/43 11/44
32.05 Cottam PS 10.48 ~ 11.18 11.59 ~ 12.20
? Clarborough Jn 11/24 12.34 ~ 12.38
? Retford LL 11/30 12.46 ~ 12.47
? Worksop 11/41 12/58
? Woodhouse Jn 11/57 13/12
? Woodburn Jn 12/03 13/19
? Nunnery Main Line Jn 12/05 ?
61.92 Sheffield 12.08a ~ 12.15d 13.23 ~ 13.29
? Wincobank Station Jn 12/19 ?
? Rotherham Masborough 12/23 13/35
70.10 Aldwarke Jn 12/26 13/40
? Mexborough 12/32 13/37
? Denaby Crossing 12/34 ?
? Hexthorpe Jn 12/40 13/55
80.60 Doncaster 12.43a ~ 12.49d 14.01 ~ 14.08
84.53 Loversall Carr Jn 12/58 14/19
98.18 Retford High Level 13.13a ~ 13.15d 14.34 ~ ??.??
116.94 Newark Northgate 13.36a ~ 13.42d ?
132.71 Lincoln St Marks 14.06a 16.06


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