24th November 1979

Thompson B1 Locomotive Society
Gricers Heaven

Locos Used 25056, 25070, 25198 (1), 25242, 40188, 76027, 76028, 81016 & 85033

Route :

Loco(s) Route
81016 London Euston - Birmingham New Street - Soho South Jn - Perry Barr North Jn - Bescot - Portobello Jn - Wolverhampton - Crewe (1) - Weaver Jn - Liverpool Lime Street
40188 (2) Liverpool Lime Street - Rainhill (2) - Earlestown - Eccles - (2) Manchester Victoria
25242 Manchester Victoria - Ashton Moss North Jn - Ashton Moss South Jn - Crwothorn Jn - Guide Bridge
76027 + 76028 Guide Bridge - Woodhead - Penistone - Deepcar - Darnall - Rotherwood Yard (3)
76028 + 76027 Rotherwood Yard - (reverse of outward route) - Guide Bridge - Ashbury's Yard (4)
25070 + 25056 Ashbury's Yard - Philips Park No.2 Jn - Philips Park No.1 Jn - Manchester Victoria - Bolton - Chorley (5) - Preston
85033 Preston - Crewe - Wolverhampton - Dudley Port - Soho South Jn - Birmingham New Street - London Euston

Notes :
(1) Advertised to traverse the Crewe Independent Lines, but went through the station.
(2) Assisted from rear by 25198 on 2 coach parcels train from Rainhill to Manchester Victoria following vacuum failure.
(3) Train should have gone in to Tinsley, with a class 13 down to Rotherwood then different 76's back, but was running late due to (2) and had to get back over Woodhead before the evening shut down of the line, so train simply taken in to Rotherwood, run round and straight back.
(4) Loco change point originally given as
Ashton Jn (Guide Bridge).
(5) Craig Simmons comments: we ground to a halt for 45mins due to the vacuum failure rearing its head again, but this time it was resolved without the aid of an assisting loco. During the protracted wait, whist the train stood pretty much in the middle of nowhere, and with it totally dark outside, one bloke finally snapped and said “that’s it, I’ve had enough” and with that he flung open a door, dropped down to the ballast, and despite the protestations of some of the organisers from the train, vaulted the lineside fence and strode manfully off over a muddy field towards a dimly lit and distant road – how we all cheered, and even more so as the train jolted off only 5mins after his hissy fit and we left him mouthing un-pleasantries in our direction as we vanished in to the darkness).

Sources : Craig Simmons (Joined/left the train at Birmingham New Street)
& Kevin Driscoll

Photo Review

81016 at Liverpool Lime Street (photo: ? [used without permission]).

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Andy Beaton's ticket for the tour.

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