27th October 1990

Pathfinder Tours
The Rylstone Cowboy

Locos Used 25322, 31294, 31327, 47478, 47826 & 47840

Route :

Loco(s) Route
47826 Swindon - Bath - Bristol Temple Meads - Bristol Parkway - Worcester - Stourbridge Junction - Dudley Port - Walsall - Stafford - Stoke-on-Trent - Stockport
25322 Stockport - Guide Bridge - Stalybridge - Huddersfield - Mirfield - Wakefield Kirkgate - Whitehall Jn - Shipley - Skipton (avoiding line)
31294 + 31327 Skipton (avoiding line) - Rylstone
25322 Rylstone - Skipton - Hellifield - Carnforth - Morecambe
47478 Morecambe - Heysham
25322 Heysham - Morecambe
47478 Morecambe - Lancaster - Preston
47840 Preston - Crewe - Birmingham New Street - Bromsgrove - Worcester Shrub Hill - Bristol Parkway - Bristol Temple Meads - Bath - Swindon

Notes :
(1) Nick Ross comments: Joining the train at the booked pick up stop of Stockport was a total farce. The train was routed onto the rare through tracks on the far side of the station presumably to stop a mass bail to phot Tamworth Castle as she replaced 47826 here. So after much flapping about an authorised ballast leap was allowed for 50 or so of us and our first main line rat mileage for some time followed.                 Tight timings, the Stockport farce, greasy rail and a titanic struggle to restart the train from the slimy depths of Rylstone works saw us approaching 3 hours down. This enforced a Morecambe bail for us London lads but that Sulzer sound at proper speeds on a proper railway was 'hell'.
(2) Paul Grenfell comments: The train made an unscheduled stop at Lancaster to collect Pathfinder staff who had been left behind at Heysham!

Sources : Nick Ross (joined train at Stockport, left at Morecambe),
Melvin Teale & Paul Grenfell

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