30th June 1991

Pathfinder Tours
The Roarer Requiem

Locos Used 37888, 37892, 85101 & 85105

Route : 1Z36 throughout

Loco(s) Route
85101 Manchester Piccadilly - Stockport - Wilmslow - Crewe - Madeley - Norton Bridge - Stafford - Bushbury Jn - Perry Barr North Jn - (3) - Birmingham New Street - (4) - Stechford - Birmingham International - Coventry - Rugby - Weedon - Bletchley - Watford Junction - Willesden (5)
37888 (1) Willesden - Gospel Oak - Camden Road - Dalston Western Jn - Lea Jn - Stratford
85101 Stratford - Forest Gate Jn - (via Barking Flyover) - Upminster - Basildon - Pitsea - Shoeburyness
37892 (1) Shoeburyness - Pitsea - Tilbury - Forest Gate Jn - Barking - Stratford - London Liverpool Street
85101 (2) London Liverpool Street - Stratford - Gidea Park - Shenfield - Colchester - Colchester St Botolphs
37892 (1) Colchester St Botolphs - Thorpe-le-Soken - Walton-on-Naze
85101 Walton-on-Naze - Thorpe-le-Soken - Colchester - Gidea Park - Stratford - Dalston Western Jn - Camden Road - Primrose Hill - Willesden (5)
85105 Willesden - (reverse of outward route) - Stechford - Proof House Jn - Birmingham New Street - ??? - Bushbury Jn - (reverse of outward route) - Manchester Piccadilly

Notes :
(1) 85101 dead in tow.
(2) 37892 dead in tow.
(3) Booked route was:
Bushbury Jn - Perry Barr North Jn - Aston - Proof House Jn - Birmingham New Street however TRUST timings seem to suggest the train did not go this way (Perry Barr North Jn - Soho South Jn - Birmingham New Street?), probably to catch back some of the late running however a 24 minute delay at New Street was put down to "guard" (a lack of?).
(4) Booked route appears to have been Birmingham New Street - Soho South Jn - Perry Barr South Jn - Aston - Stechford but TRUST timings seem to suggest the train in fact went direct: Birmingham New Street - Proof House Jn - Adderley Park - Stechford.
(5) Precise location for loco change requires confirming - timing sheet gave it as Willesden FLT in both directions.

Sources : Nick Ross (left train at Birmingham New Street) & Derek Thompson

Photo Review


37892 at Colchester St Botolphs (?) (photo: Nick Blyth)


85105 departing Watford Junction (photo: Nick Blyth)


Tour Review
(by Nick Ross)

In what seems the far-off days when a Saturday night overnight service was provided on the WCML complete with the luxury of a seat, the Northbound "splitter" steadily loaded with enthusiasts heading for an early Sunday morning Manchester start.

85018 did the ECS in from Longsight and 85101 complete with her old number E3061 plus 006 in stencils on the cabside backed on as the farewell tour's power. For a class one magazine dubbed as "BR's most unloved class" there was a real sense of irony as the crowds gathered to photograph 85101 complete with headboard proudly proclaiming "30 years of service".

As we headed South, news of an Up Sleeper derailment between Coventry and Rugby filtered through. After an understandable long delay at New St we were routed "wrong line" past wrecked catenary and derailed Motorail vans which had originated from Carlisle. After this 85101 stormed South and after a drag across the North London lines behind 37888 we reached the rare class 85 haunt of Shoeburyness. 37892 returned us to Liverpool St with 85101 ""dead" on the back. With her reverser switch on she proceeded to roar all the way. A top and tail outing on t he GE followed with photo-stops at outrageous roarer locations followed. Liverpool St, Walton and Colchester St Botolph's being first and last "roarer" photting venues for most.


85101 at Walton-on-Naze (photo: Derek Thompson)

Once back at Brent Sdgs 85101 was detached, roaring past the tour along the equally doomed "engine line" before the rarer 85105 backed on for the final leg of the tour. With the evening sun providing a fitting sunset she put in a last bout of 100 mph running before the last ever arrival for the class on a passenger train at Birmingham New Street and Manhester Piccadilly.

Nick Ross

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Derek Thompson)

Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual
Manchester Piccadilly 06.25d 06.51   23.00a 23.58
Stockport 06.33a ~ 06.35d 07.00 ~ 07.04   22.50a ~ 22.51d 23.47 ~ 23.51
Wilmslow 06/41 ?   22/31 ?
Crewe 07.00a ~ 07.03d 07.30 ~ 07.32   22.09a ~ 22.11d 23.19 ~ 23.22
Norton Bridge 07/19 07/50   21/49 22/59
Stafford 07.24a ~ 07.26d 07.55 ~ 07.57   21.42a ~ 21.44d 22.50 ~ 22.53
Bushbury Jn 07/39 08/10   21/25 22/36
Aston 07/56 DIV?  
Birmingham New Street 08.02a ~ 08.05d 08.27 ~ 08.54   20.54a ~ 20.58d 22.08 ~ 22.11
Aston 08/19 DIV?  
Stechford 08/24 ?   20/43 ?
Coventry 08.35a ~ 08.36d ?   20.24a ~ 20.26d ?
Rugby 08/45 10/40   20/12 21/27
Weedon 08/53 10/52   19/52 21/18
Hanslope Jn 09/11 11/03   19/44 21/09
Bletchley 09/17 11/12   19/36 21/00
Tring 09/37 11/25   19/30 20/49
Watford Junction 09.56a ~ 09.57d 11.37 ~ 11.40   19.19a ~ 19.20d 20.36 ~ 20.38
Harrow & Wealdstone 10/02 11/46   19/15 20/31
Willesden FLT 10L07 ~ 10L17 11.55 ~ 11.59   18L45 ~ 18L55 20.00 ~ 20.18
Camden Road 10/31 ?   18/32 19/41
Stratford 10L47 ~ 10L57 12.36 ~ 12.44   18.12 ~ 18.14 19.07 ~ 19.15

 

Location Booked Actual
Forest Gate Jn 11/01 12/47
Shoeburyness 11.54a ~ 12.20d ?
Forest Gate Jn 13.15 ~ 13.15 14/54
Stratford 13.19 ~ 13.21 ?
Liverpool Street 13.30a ~ 13.43d 15.12 ~ 15.23
Stratford 13/50 15/33
Gidea Park 14/01 15/43
Shenfield 14/10 15/50
Chelmsford 14/20 ?
Witham 14/30 ?
Colchester 14/51 ?
St Botolph 15.00 ~ 15.18 ?
Walton-on-Naze 16.06a ~ 16.18d 17.20 ~ 17.40
Colchester 16.48 ~ 17.04 18.10 ~ 18.20
Witham 17.18 ~ 17.27 ?
Chelmsford 17/37 ?
Shenfield 17/48 18/50
Gidea Park 17/55 18/56
Forest Gate Jn 18/07 ?

Timings continue in first table.

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