18th August 1991

Pathfinder Tours
The Strider

Locos Used 47462, 47973, 56022 & 56025

Route :
1Z36 :
06.28 Manchester Piccadilly to London Paddington
1Z?? : 17.50 London Paddington to Manchester Piccadilly

Loco(s) Route
47973 Manchester Piccadilly - Stoke - Stafford - Nuneaton
56022 + 56025 Nuneaton - Rugby - Milton Keynes - Denbigh Hall South Jn - Winslow - Claydon LNE Jn - Bicester Town - Oxford - Morris Cowley Branch
56025 + 56022 Morris Cowley Branch - Hinksey Yard - Didcot North Jn - Foxhall Jn - Didcot Power Station loop Dust & Ash Disposal Loop (outer loop, clockwise) - Didcot Parkway - Reading - Ealing Broadway - London Paddington (1)
56022 + 56025 17.50 London Paddington - Greenford loop - Acton Main Line - Acton Wells Jn - Acton Canal Wharf Jn - Dudding Hill Jn - Silkstream Jn - Elstree - Luton - Kettering - Wigston South Jn - Hinckley - Nuneaton
47462 Nuneaton - (return as outward) - Manchester Piccadilly

Notes :
(1)
The tour was a means of getting people to the Old Oak Common open day. The two 56's on this tour were a late substitute for another pair which failed (unknown - anybody able to confirm identities?). As a result the tour departed late from Nuneaton.

Additional information;
After arrival at Paddington, the stock was used for a Paddington - Didcot Power Station Loop - Paddington mini-tour with 56034 for haulage, called "The Didcot Lupin", organised by Hertfordshire Rail Tours. Also separately running were several circular Paddington - Greenford - Ealing - Paddington trains using 59005 and 60047 top & tail, with the leading engine alternating on successive runs. These specials ran under the name "The Greenford Grinder".

Sources : Gary Blyth (joined/left train at Nuneaton), Richard Rooker & Glenn Ford

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