28th July 1991

Pathfinder Tours
The Vulcan Valley Venturer

Locos Used 20078, 20106, 20113, 20163, 37138 & 37201

Route : 1Z81 throughout

Loco(s) Route
20106 + 20113 Liverpool Lime Street - Huyton - St Helens Junctionn - Earlstown West Jn - Winwick Jn - Warrington Bank Quay - (via WCML) - Stafford - Wolverhampton - Portobello Jn - Bescot Stadium - Aston - Birmingham New Street - Soho North Jn - Galton Jn - Stourbridge Junction - Kidderminster - Worcester Shrub Hill - Abbotswood Jn - Cheltenham Spa - Charfield - Bristol Parkway - Pilning - Severn Tunnel Jn - Newport - Cardiff Central
37201 Cardiff Central - Barry - Aberthaw - Bridgend - Tondu - Llynfi Jn
37138 (1) Llynfi Jn - Tondu - Margam Abbey Works East
37138 (2) Margam Abbey Works East - Port Talbot Parkway - Court Sart Jn - Dynevor Jn - Jersey Marine Jn South - Swansea Burrows Sidings
20106 + 20113 (3) Swansea Burrows Sidings - Jersey Marine Jn South - Neath N & B Jn - Onllwyn (4)
37138 (2) Onllwyn - Neath N & B Jn - Jersey Marine Jn South -Swansea Burrows Sidings
37138 Swansea Burrows Sidings - Jersey Marine Jn South - Dynevor Jn - Briton Ferry UFL Jn - Port Talbot Parkway - Bridgend - Cardiff Central - Newport - Severn Tunnel Junction - Chepstow - Gloucester - Barnwood Jn - Cheltenham Spa - Abbotswood Jn - Stoke Works Jn - Barnt Green - Kings Norton - Camp Hill - St Andrews Jn - Birmingham New Street
20078 + 20163 Birmingham New Street - Dudley Port - Wolverhampton - (reverse of outward route) - Liverpool Lime Street

Notes :
(1)
37201 on rear.
(2) 20106 + 20113 on rear.
(3) 37138 on rear.
(4) Both 20's failed at Onllwyn - this makes the TRUST "RT Time" departure of 16.29 potentially suspect (though as the 37 was leading, maybe not!). Subsequent delays described were 18mins at Newport for brakes and 22mins at
Birmingham New Street for "XC swap".


20106 & 20116 at Cardiff Central (photo: Derek Thompson)

Sources : Simon Bennett & Derek Thompson

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Derek Thompson)

Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual
Liverpool Lime Street 06.28d 06.30   23.21a 01.21
Warrington Bank Quay 06.52a ~ 06.53d 07.06 ~ 07.09   22.45a ~ 22.47d 00.50 ~ 00.53
Crewe 07.17a ~ 07.20d 07.36 ~ 07.39   22.25a ~ 22.27d 00.19 ~ 00.24
Norton Bridge 07/40 08/01   22/05 23/57
Stafford 07.45a ~ 07.47d 08.07 ~ 08.09   21.56a ~ 21.59d 23.49 ~ 23.52
Bushbury Jn 08/02 ?   21/44 ?
Wolverhampton 08.06a ~ 08.08d 08.26 ~ 08.28   21.38a ~ 21.40d 23.29 ~ 23.32
Aston 08/25 ?  
Birmingham New Street 08.30a ~ 08.33d 08.52 ~ 08.55   21.15a ~ 21.20d 22.42 ~ 23.08
Barnt Green   20/54 ?
Stourbridge Junction 08/59 ?  
Kidderminster 09/07 ?  
Hartlebury 09/12 09/30  
Droitwich Spa 09/18 ?  
Cheltenham Spa 09.59a ~ 10.01d 10.13 ~ 10.15   20.12a ~ 20.14d 21.47 ~ 21.49
Gloucester   20/04 21/37
Gloucester Yard Jn 10/12 ?  
Bristol Parkway 10.52a ~ 10.54d 11.08 ~ 11.10  
Newport ? ?   19.00 ~ 19.02 20.25 ~ 20.45
Cardiff Central 11L43a ~ 12L15d 11.55 ~ 12.19   ? ?

 

Location Booked Actual
Bridgend 12.58 ~ 13.00 13.08 ~ 13.09
Tondu 13.09 ~ 13.10 ?
Lynfi Jn ? ?
Tondu 13.50 ~ 13.51 ?
Port Talbot Parkway 14.49 ~ 14.59 ?
Onllywyn 16.24a ~ 16.29d 16.28 ~ 16.29 (4)

Timings continue in first table.

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