14th December 1985
The Christmas Cracker
|Locos Used||37129, 40122 & 47527|
Route : 1Z26 throughout
|40122||Preston- Wigan North Western - Bolton - Manchester Victoria - Ashton Moss North Jn - Stockport - Crewe - Stafford - Bushbury Jn - Perry Barr North Jn - Soho South Jn - Birmingham New Street - Dorridge - Leamington Spa - Banbury - High Wycombe - Greenford - Park Royal - London Paddington|
|40122||London Paddington - Reading - Didcot East Jn - (via station avoiding line) - Didcot North Jn - Oxford - Wolvercot Jn - Evesham - Norton Jn - Worcester Shrub Hill - Droitwich Spa - Stoke Works Jn - Bromsgrove - (1) - Barnt Green - King's Norton - Camp Hill - Proof House Jn - Birmingham New Street - Oldbury - Wolverhampton - Stafford - Crewe|
|47527||Crewe - Stockport - Ashton Moss North Jn - Bolton - Wigan North Western - Preston|
(1) banked up 'the Lickey' by 37129.
Harry Harper comments: One coach which was block-booked carried window stickers 'The Greenford Escort'. Certain participants found themselves station announcers for both the tour & ordinary service trains prior to the departure from Paddington where the dot matrix information display wished us a good thrash up the Lickey & advertised that we were an 'Inter City 122' service.
40122 at Banbury (photo: Paul Gleave)
Sources : Jake Atkinson & Harry Harper
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