16th March 1985
The Rylstone Rambler
|Locos Used||25044, 25060, 31248, 31433, 31461, 37186 & 37187|
|37186 + 37187||Swansea - Cardiff Central - Newport - Severn Tunnel Junction - Filton Jn - (2) - Bristol Parkway - Westerleigh Jn - Birmingham New Street - Burton-on-Trent -Stenson Jn - Toton|
|25044 + 25060||Toton - Shirebrook - Worksop - Tinsley - Crofton East - Wakefield Kirkgate - Healey Mills|
|31433 + 31461||Healey Mills - Altofts Jn - Engine Shed Jn - Skipton|
|31248||Skipton - Rylstone|
|31433 + 31461||Rylstone - Skipton - Hellifield - Blackburn - Copy Pit - Hebden Bridge - Thornhill Jn - Healey Mills|
|25060 + 25044||Healey Mills - Wakefield Kirkgate - Knottingley - Askern - Doncaster - Rotherham - Sheffield - Derby|
|37186 + 37187||Derby - Birmingham New Street - Cheltenham Spa - Barnwood Jn - (2) - Gloucester - Chepstow - Severn Tunnel Junction - Newport - Cardiff Central - Swansea|
(1) A subdued atmosphere remained on this tour due in part to the common power allocated. It was rumoured that the driver that was to take the tour up the branch rejected the allocated rat in favour of 31248. It thrashed well on the long climb along the scenic Rylstone branch before stopping at the work’s gates in the middle of nowhere before the EH pair returned us to Skipton. On the return run the rats exceeded 92 mph on the Sheffield-Derby section for the fastest run of the day.
(2) Originally uploaded with reversals at Bristol Temple Meads each way, MisterC has it noted the train ran via Bristol Parkway on the outward and Gloucester on the return.
From Bob Mitchell's ticket collection.
Nick Ross (joined/left train at Birmingham New Street),
Darren Tecklenberg (joined/left train at Cardiff Central)
& MisterC (joined/left the train at Newport)
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