27th October 1979

M. & G.N.J.R.S.
North East Explorer

Loco Used 47538

Route : 1Z73 throughout

Loco Route
47538 London St Pancras - (via MML) - Trent - Pye Bridge Jn - Chesterfield - (2) Sheffield - Rotherham - Normanton - (2) Church Fenton - York - (via ECML) - Newcastle
47538 Newcastle - (reverse of outward route) - Church Fenton (2) - Pontefract Baghill - Sheffield (2) - (reverse of outward route) - London St Pancras

Notes :
(1) In Newcastle there was an option to visit the new T&W Metro (yet to open to the public). A ride was made on the Metro Test Track in unit 4002 (two return journeys). A road coach trip of the area was made, viewing works at Byker station, Ouseburn Viaduct and Metro Tyne Bridge.
(2) Alan Osborn comments: I didn't made a note in my records but I am wondering why I have only actual timings in the Sheffield area which makes me suggest this might have been a Diversion off the the booked route. Confirmation anyone please (this may be confirmed on the outward as the train was close to time before Sheffield but 30 minutes down by Church Fenton)?

Source : Alan Osborn (on the train throughout)

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Alan Osborn)

Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual
St Pancras 07.55d 07.58   22.44a 22.41
Finchley Road 08/02 08/05   ? ?
Hendon 08/05 08/10   22/31 22/25
St Albans 08.17a ~ 08.18d 08.22 ~ 08.23   22.15a ~ 22.16d 22.13 ~ 22.14
Luton 08.30a ~ 08.31d 08.34 ~ 08.35   22.03a ~ 22.04d 22.01 ~ 22.02
Kempston Road Jn 08/51 08/53   ? ?
Bedford 08.54a ~ 08.56d 08.55 ~ 08.58   21.40a ~ 21.41d 21.37 ~ 21.39
Bedford North Jn 08/57 08/59   ? ?
Sharnbrook 09/05 09/06   ? ?
Wellingborough 09.13a ~ 09.15d 09.15 ~ 09.17   21.18a ~ 21.20d 21.20 ~ 21.22
Kettering 09.24a ~ 09.26d 09.25 ~ 09.27   21.08a ~ 21.10d 21.10 ~ 21.12
Market Harborough 09/38 09/40   20/56 20/59
Wigston North Jn 09/54 09/51   ? ?
Leicester 09.58a ~ 10.00d 10.02 ~ 10.04   20.36a ~ 20.38d 20.41 ~ 20.43
Loughborough 10/13 10/18   ? ?
Trent Jn 10/20 10/25   20/15 20/20
Pye Bridge Jn 10/38 10/39   ? ?
Chesterfield 10/48 10/51   19/47 19/56
Sheffield ? 11c30 ~ 11c32   ? 19c27 ~ 19c30
Rotherham ? 11/40   - -
Church Fenton 11/54 12/25   18/34 ?
York 12.10a ~ 12.12d 12.40 ~ 12.44   18.16a ~ 18.18d 18.29 ~ 18.31
Thirsk 12/31 13/03   17/56 18/05
Northallerton 12/36 13/08   17/50 17/59
Darlington 12/49 13/24   17/36 17/48
Newcastle 13.25a 14.03   17.05d 17.11


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