16th March 1985

Severnside Tours
The Rylstone Rambler

Locos Used 25044, 25060, 31248, 31433, 31461, 37186 & 37187

Route :

Loco(s) Route
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

Notes:
(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.

Sources :
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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