9th March 1985

F & W Railtours
The Lancashire Linx

Locos Used 20060, 20160, 25034, 25224, 31117, 31187, 31273 & 45069

Route : 1Z42 throughout

Loco(s) Route
31117 + 31187 (8) Plymouth - Totnes - Newton Abbot - Dawlish Warren - Exeter St Davids (1)
31273 + 31187 Exeter St Davids - Taunton - Bridgwater - Bristol Temple Meads - Stapleton Road - Filton Jn - Bristol Parkway - Westerleigh Jn - Yate - Standish Jn - Cheltenham Spa - Ashchurch - Stoke Works Jn - Barnt Green - Kings Norton - Bordesley Jn - St Andrews Jn - Proof House Jn - Birmingham New Street
45069 Birmingham New Street - (2) Proof House Jn - Grand Jn (2) - Landor Street Jn - Water Orton - (3) - Kingsbury Jn - Burton-on-Trent - Stenson Jn - Derby - Ambergate jn - Clay Cross South Jn - Chesterfield - Dronfield - Dore Station Jn - Sheffield - Wincobank Station Jn - Barnsley - Crigglestone Jn - Horbury Station Jn - Heaton Lodge Jn - Milner Royd Jn - Hall Royd Jn - Copy Pit - Gannow Jn - Lostock Hall Jn - Farington Jn - Wigan Springs Branch Down Goods
20060 + 20160 Wigan Springs Branch Down Goods - Wigan Wallgate - Southport
25034 + 25224 Southport - Springs Branch Jn - St Helens Shaw Street - Ravenhead Jn - Earlestown - Warrington - Crewe - Stafford - Bushbury Jn (6) - Bescot Stadium - Perry Barr North Jn - (6) Soho South Jn - Birmingham New Street
31187 + 31273 Birmingham New Street - Selly Oak - Kings Norton - (reverse of outward route) - Plymouth

Notes :
(1) 31117 swapped for 31273 at Exeter St Davids for reason(s) unkown.
(2) Originally shown as routed via Selly Oak and the Lifford curve to Landor Street Jn but Steve Atkinson says it did not go this way.
(3) Originally shown as via Whitacre Jn but Stephen Atkinson says it did not go this way and took the direct route instead.
(4) The tour was originally supposed to go to Colne which was accepted by the Midland region in principle but it was omitted due to pathing constraints.
(5) The tour advertised a class 40 between Birmingham and Wigan Springs Branch but the only class 40 available at that time was 40122 which was diagrammed to work another charter train that day. The class 45/0 was provided in it's place. The tour also advertised a class 25 to top and tail the class 40 on the Colne branch but this was dropped when the Colne branch was omitted from the itinerary.
(6) Booked route was: Bushbury Jn - Wolverhampton - Dudley Port - Galton Jn - Soho South Jn
(7) The tour price from Plymouth was 16.95 and 14.95 from Birmingham with free connecting trains from Weston-super-Mare (to get to Bristol TM), from Gloucester (to get to Cheltenham), and from Worcester Foregate Street (to get to Birmingham).  This also included the return workings.  The promotional brochure quoted a 'sorry note' that said that free connections were no longer available at Cardiff/Newport due to a recent Western Region policy decision.
(8) Originally uploaded as 31117 + 31273.


From Bob Mitchell's ticket collection.

Sources : Andy Dunnett (joined/left train at Taunton),
Stephen Atkinson (joined/left the tour at Birmingham New Street),
Andrew Young (joined at Plymouth, left at Cheltenham Spa on the return)
& MisterC (joined an Newton Abbot, left at Bristol Parkway)

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Stephen Atkinson & Mark Chaplin)

M.C Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual M.C
0.00 Plymouth 04.00d ?   22.15a ? 217.35
6.65 Hemerdon 04/10 ?   22/06 ? 210.50
16.15 Brent 04/20 ?   21/55 ? 201.20
23.12 Totnes 04.29a ~ 04.31d ?   21.43a ~ 21.44d ? 194.23
31.69 Newton Abbot 04.44a ~ 04.46d ?   21.28a ~ 21.30d ? 185.46
41.41 Dawlish Warren 04/57 ?   21/16 ? 175.74
52.03 Exeter St Davids 05.08a ~ 05.10d (approx. 40mins late)   20.57a ~ 21.06d ? 165.32
71.75 Whiteball SB 05/27 ?   20/39 ? 145.40
82.63 Taunton 05.38a ~ 05.40d ?   20.24a ~ 20.26d ? 134.52
94.28 Bridgwater 05/50 ?   20/14 ? 123.07
107.71 Uphill Jn 06/02 ?   20/04 ? 109.44
110.64 Worle Jn 06/04 ?   20/02 ? 106.51
127.39 Bristol Temple Meads 06.20a ~ 06.32d ?   19.43a ~ 19.46d ? 89.76
132.09 Filton Jn 06/40 ?   19/32 ? 85.26
133.28 Bristol Parkway 06.42a ~ 06.43d ?   19.28a ~ 19.30d (approx. 40mins late) 84.07
137.78 Westerleigh Jn 06/49 ?   19/22 ? 79.37
146.11 Charfield 06/56 ?   19/14 ? 71.24
159.36 Standish Jn 07/05 ?   19/04 ? 57.79
165.46 Gloucester Yard Jn 07/12 ?   18/59 ? 51.69
171.76 Cheltenham Spa 07.18a ~ 07.19d ?   18.46a ~ 18.48d ? 38.28
179.07 Ashchurch 07/27 ?   ? ? ?
201.11 Stoke Works Jn 07/43 ?   18/23 ? 16.24
203.24 Bromsgrove 07/45 ?   18.19a ~ 18.48d ? 38.28
205.77 Blackwell 07/50 ?   18/16 ? 11.38
206.67 Barnt Green 07/51 ?   18/15 ? 10.48
- Kings Norton Jn   18/09 ? 5.58
211.57 Kings Norton 08/02 ?  
216.54 Camp Hill 08/07 ?  
217.36 St Andrews Jn 08/17 ?  
218.33 Proof House Jn 08/20 ?  
- Church Road Jn   18/02 ? 1.37
219.07
0.00
Birmingham New Street 08L23a ~ 08L33d 09.45 ~ 10.02   17L41a ~ 17L55d (approx. 50mins late) 0.00
112.71

 

M.C Location Booked Actual
0.79 Grand Jn 08/34 ?
1.45 Landor Street Jn 08/37 ?
7.62 Water Orton East Jn 08/43 10/05
11.46 Kingsbury Jn 08/47 ?
17.27 Tamworth 08/51 ?
24.55 Wichnor Jn 08/57 ?
30.18 Burton-on-Trent 09/02 10/28
36.35 Stenson Jn 09/11 ?
41.19 Derby 09.20a ~ 09.21d 10.39 ~ 10.40
51.12 Ambergate Jn 09/32 ?
61.20 Clay Cross South Jn 09/46 ?
65.30 Chesterfield 09/50 ?
70.52 Dronfield 09/56 ?
73.30 Dore 09/59 ?
77.50 Sheffield 10c07 ~ 10c09 ?
80.70 Wincobank Station Jn 10/14 ?
83.34 Ecclesfield West 10/18 ?
93.51 Barnsley 10/31 11/57
100.64 Crigglestone Jn 10/49 ?
102.27 Horbury Station Jn 10/53 ?
103.56 Healey Mills 10/55 ?
106.45 Thornhill LNW Jn 11/00 ?
109.11 Heaton Lodge Jn 11/03 ?
122.70 Hebden Bridge 11/22 ?
126.59 Hall Royd Jn 11/26 ?
131.11 Copy Pit 11/36 ?
136.30 Gannow Jn 11/43 ?
137.03 Rose Grove 11/44 13/02
141.45 Accrington 11/50 ?
146.24 Daisyfield Jn 12/00 ?
146.71 Blackburn 12p02a ~ 12p22d ?
155.71 Lostock Hall Jn 12/32 ?
156.68 Farington Jn 12/38 ?
159.44 Euxton Jn 12/44 ?
169.18 Wigan North Western 12/53 ?
170.47
0.00
Springs Branch Jn 12L55 ~ 13.15 ?
1.15 Wigan Station Jn 13/17 ?
1.43 Wigan Wallgate 13/19 ?
11.20 Burscough Bridge 13/32 ?
17.53 Meols Cop 14/42 ?
18.66
0.00
Southport 13L46a ~ 14L36d (approx. 60mins late)
1.13 Meols Cop 14/42 ?
7.46 Burscough Bridge 14/51 ?
17.23 Wigan Wallgate 15/03 ?
18.66 Wigan Station Jn 15/06 ?
26.16 St Helens Shaw Street 15p18a ~ 15p33d 16/29
26.58 Ravenhead Jn 15/35 ?
27.62 Sutton Oak Jn 15/38 ?
28.17 St Helens Junction 15/40 ?
31.05 Earlestown West Jn 15/44 ?
31.25 Earlestown East Jn 15/45 ?
32.61 Winwick Jn 15/48 ?
35.74 Warrington Bank Quay 15/51 ?
43.58 Weaver Jn 16/05 ?
52.58 Winsford 16/11 ?
60.17 Crewe 16.24 ~ 16.26 ?
68.25 Madeley 16/40 ?
79.27 Norton Bridge 16/51 ?
84.56 Stafford 16/57 17/51
98.33 Bushbury Jn 17/14 ?
100.07 Wolverhampton 17/20 DIV
105.47 Dudley Port 17/28 DIV
109.12 Galton Jn 17/32 DIV
110.71 Soho South Jn 17/37 ?

Timings continued in first table.

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