5th - 7th April 1985

F & W Railtours
The Eireann Counties Crusader 1

Locos Used

BR45144, 50016 & 50042
CIE058, 083, 126 & 129

Route :
UK: 1Z40 throughout
B200 : Dun Laoghaire to Cobh
B600 : Cobh to Dun Laoghaire

Date Loco(s) Route
05/04 50016 Plymouth – Totnes – Newton Abbot – Exeter St Davids – Taunton – Uphill Jn – Weston-super-Mare – Worle Jn – Bristol Temple Meads – Stapleton Road – Filton Jn – Bristol Parkway – Westerleigh Jn – Yate – Standish Jn – Gloucester Yard Jn – Gloucester
05/04 50016 Gloucester – Barnwood Jn – Cheltenham Spa – Abbotswood Jn – Worcester Shrub Hill – Droitwich Spa – Stoke Works Jn – Bromsgrove – Kings Norton – Selly Oak – Soho South Jn – Birmingham New Street
05/04-06/04 45144 Birmingham New Street – Soho South Jn – Dudley Port – Wolverhampton – Bushbury Jn – Stafford – Norton Bridge – Madeley – Basford Hall Jn – Crewe South Jn – Down Through No.1 (goods line) (1) – Crewe North Jn (Chester lines) – Chester – Rhyl – Llandudno Junction – Bangor – Holyhead
06/04 083 Dun Laoghaire – Dublin Connolly – Glasnevin Jn – Islandbridge Jn – Inchicore – Newbridge – Kildare – Cherryville Jn – Portarlington – Ballybrophy – Thurles – Limerick Junction – Mallow – Cork – Cobh
06/04 058 Cobh – Cork
06/04 126 + 129 Cork – Mallow – Limerick Junction
06/04 126 + 129 (3) Limerick Junction – Keanes Points
06/04 126 + 129 Keanes Points – Tipperary – Waterford
06/04 126 + 129 Waterford – Kilkenny
06/04 126 + 129 Kilkenny – Carlow – Cherryville Jn – (reverse of outward route) – Dun Laoghaire
07/04 45144 Holyhead – (reverse of outward route) – Chester Crewe Steelworks Jn – Sorting Sidings North Jn – Basford Hall Jn – (reverse of outward route) – Bushbury Jn – Bescot – Perry Barr North Jn – Aston – Proof House Jn – Birmingham New Street
07/04 50042 Birmingham New Street – (reverse of outward route) – Gloucester
07/04 50042 Gloucester – (reverse of outward route) – Exeter St Davids

Notes :
(1) Adrian Nicholls comments: Train 1Z40 Plymouth to Holyhead was show as stopping at Crewe 23c41 ~ 23c42 but this wasn't in a platform and was on the very unusual No.1 Down Through line. This line had no platform and was on the outside of the main train shed adjacent to the track into Crewe Diesel depot. The line started at Crewe South Junction and ran round the back of the station on the west side rejoining the Chester line beyond what used to be Crewe North Junction at the spot where the up Chester Independent line joined the Chester line from Salop Goods Jn. The route was lost completely just 3 months later with the Crewe remodelling blockade in June 1985.
(2) Holyhead – Dun Laoghaire ferry was ‘MV Columba’ both ways.
(3) Locos propelling.

Sources : Ian Monkton (joined/left train at Taunton), Paul Green & Adrian Nicholls

Photo Review


083 at Cobh Junction (photo: Adrian Nicholls)


129 + 126 at Cork (photo: Adrian Nicholls)


129 + 126 running round at Waterford Plunkett (photo: Adrian Nicholls)


Timings (Booked Only)
(from Adrian Nicholls)

M.C Location Booked (out) Booked (rtn) M.C
0.00 Plymouth 17.55d - -
6.65 Hemerdon 18/05 - -
16.15 Brent 18/15 - -
23.12 Totnes 18.23a ~ 18.24d - -
31.69 Newton Abbot 18.37a ~ 18.38d - -
41.41 Dawlish Warren 18/49 - -
52.03 Exeter St Davids 19.01a ~ 19.03d 08.25a 170.15
71.75 Whiteball 19/20 08/04 150.23
82.63 Taunton 19.29a ~ 19.31d 07.48a ~ 07.50d 139.55
94.28 Bridgwater 19/41 07/38 127.70
107.71 Uphill Jn 19/50 07/28 114.27
109.43 Weston-super-Mare 19.53a ~ 19.54d 07.23a ~ 07.24d 112.55
111.65 Worle Jn 19/58 07/18 110.33
128.40 Bristol Temple Meads 20.16a ~ 20.22d 06.51a ~ 06.57d 93.58
133.10 Filton Jn 20/29 06/41 89.08
134.29 Bristol Parkway 20.31a ~ 20.32d 06.38a ~ 06.39d 87.69
138.79 Westerleigh Jn 20/38 06/32 83.19
147.12 Charfield 20/45 06/23 75.06
160.37 Standish Jn 20/54 06/12 61.61
167.48 Gloucester 21.05a ~ 21.18d 05.48a ~ 06.03d 54.50
174.08 Cheltenham Spa 21.26a ~ 21.27d 05.36a ~ 05.37d 48.10
181.19 Ashchurch 21/35 ? ?
192.06 Abbotswood Jn 21/43 05/21 30.12
196.00 Worcester Shrub Hill 21.51a ~ 21.53d 05.12a ~ 05.14d 26.18
201.59 Droitwich Spa 22/00 ? ?
205.74 Stoke Works Jn 22/06 04/57 16.24
208.07 Bromsgrove 22/09 ? ?
210.60 Blackwell 22/14 ? ?
211.50 Barnt Green 22/16 04/51 10.48
216.40 Kings Norton 22/23 ?  
220.61 Church Road Jn 22/28 04/39 1.37
222.18
0.00
Birmingham New Street 22L32a ~ 22L42d 04L20a ~ 04L35d 0.00
160.58
- Aston - 04/13 158.02
- Bescot - 04/05 151.23
2.01 Soho South Jn 22/48 - -
3.59 Galton Jn 22/51 - -
7.24 Dudley Port 22/54 - -
12.64 Wolverhampton 23/02 - -
- Bushbury Jn ? 03/47 144.38
28.15 Stafford 23/17 03/34 130.61
33.44 Norton Bridge 23/21 ? ?
44.46 Madeley 23/30 ? ?
52.54 Crewe 23c41 ~ 23c42 - -
- Basford Hall S.S. - 03.09 ~ 03.11 107.64
? Steel Works Jn ? 02/56 106.11
73.62 Chester 00/09 02/35 86.42
90.48 Holywell Jn 00/29 ? ?
103.60 Rhyl 00/40 ? ?
118.12 Llandudno Junction 00/57 01/51 42.12
133.43 Bangor 01/17 01/37 26.61
139.61 Gaerwen 01/28 ? ?
158.24 Holyhead 01.49a ~ 03.15d 00.15a ~ 01.10d 0.00
0.00 Dun Laoghaire 06.45a ~ 09.37d 19.15a ~ 20.45d 237.20
6.00 Dunlin Pearse 07/47 19/05 231.20
7.00 Dublin Connolly 07.52a ~ 07.56d 18.54a ~ 19.00d 230.20
8.20 Glasnevin Jn 08/01 18/49 229.00
12.00 Islandbridge Jn 08/09 18/41 225.20
? Inchicore 08/13 18/37 ?
? Hazelhatch ? 18/32 ?
? Sallins 08/30 18/25 ?
36.60 Newbridge 08/37 18/18 200.60
41.20 Kildare 08/43 18/14 196.00
43.60 Cherryville Jn 08/45 18/11 193.40

 

M.C Location Booked
55.20 Portarlington 08/54
64.40 Portlaoise 09/03
80.20 Ballybrophy 09/19
92.20 Templemore 09/29
100.00 Thurles 09/36
? Goolds Cross 09/44
? Dundrum 09/48
120.40 Limerick Junction 09/56
142.60 Rathluirc 10/19
158.00 Mallow 10/31
? Rathduff 10/42
179.00 Cork 10.59 ~ 11.05
184.60 Cobh Jn 11p15a ~ 11p30d
190.60
0.00
Cobh 11L40a ~ 11L55d
6.00 Cobh Jn 12/05
11.60 Cork 12L16a ~ 12L31d
2.20 Kilbarry 12/38
? Rathduff 12/48
20.40 Killarney Jn 12/57
21.00 Mallow 12p59a ~ 13p40d
28.20 Buttevant 13/48
36.20 Rathluirc 13/55
58.40 Limerick Junction 14.18 ~ 14.30
59.20 Keanes Points 14/34
? Tipperary 14/40
753.40 Cahir 15/00
? Clonmell 15/18
? Carrick-on-Suir 15/38
114.40 Waterford Plunkett 16.00a ~ 16.20d
? Mullinavat 16/30
? Thomastown 16/46
145.20 Kilkenny 17.00a ~ 17.12d
? Muine Bheag 17/28
170.00 Carlow 17/41
? Athy 17/54

Timings continue in first table.

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