20th September 1992

Pathfinder Tours
The Tees-Side Tornado

Locos Used 37225, 37262, 37511, 37513, 37515 & 37516

Route : 1Z36 throughout

Locos Route
37225 + 37262 Salisbury - Westbury - Bath Spa - Bristol Temple Meads
37225 + 37262 Bristol Temple Meads - Bristol Parkway - Cheltenham Spa - Worcester Shrub Hill - Kidderminster - Droitwich Spa - Stourbridge Junction - Galton Jn - Soho South Jn - Birmingham New Street - Proof House Jn - Aston - Four Oaks - Lichfield City - Wichnor Jn - Burton on Trent - Derby - Chesterfield - Beighton Jn - Woodhouse Jn - Nunnery Main Line Jn - Sheffield
37515 + 37516 Sheffield - Holmes Jn - Masborough Jn - Aldwarke Jn - Thrybergh Jn - Mexborough Jn - Hexthorpe Jn - (via Doncaster 2 way goods line) - Temple Hirst Jn (1) - Hambleton South Jn - (1) Hambleton North Jn - York - Thirsk - Longlands Jn - Boroughbridge Road Jn - Eaglescliffe - Thornaby (2)
37511 + 37513 (3) Thornaby - Eaglescliffe - Northallerton - Thirsk - York Yard South - Colton Jn - Church Fenton - Milford Jn - Pontefract Baghill - Moorthorpe - Swinton - Sheffield
37225 + 37262 Sheffield - Chesterfield - Derby - Burton on Trent - Wichnor Jn (4) - Tamworth HL - Water Orton - St Andrews Jn - (3) Proof House Jn - Birmingham New Street - Selly Oak - Barnt Green - Stoke Works Jn - Worcester Shrub Hill - Cheltenham Spa - Bristol Parkway - Dr Days Jn - Bath Spa - Westbury - Salisbury

Notes :
(1) Booked route was:
Temple Hirst Jn - Selby Canal Jn - Selby West Jn - Hambleton East Jn - Hambleton North Jn, train was diverted due to lack of signalman.
(2) For visit to depot open day.
(3) Departure re-timed to 18:00 due to late arrival.
(4) Booked route was: Wichnor Jn - Lichfield TV Jn - Lichfield City - Four Oaks - Aston - Proof House Jn, train was diverted due to engineering works.

Sources : various including Simon Bennett

Tour Review
 (by Nigel Benning)

This tour was run to coincide with the Open Day at Thornaby Depot. It was an early (ish!) start but a handy starting point for me. The day didn't get off to a good start however, as the lack of a guard resulted in a 36 minute late departure. By Bristol we were an hour late (RST) and by the time we changed locos at Sheffield we were nearly two hours late. A diversion was made to the booked route via Selby Canal and West junctions as apparently there was no signalman (maybe because it was a Sunday) and we took the mainline instead.

Arrival at Thornaby was 83 minutes late and as a result our departure time was put back 40 minutes to give everyone enough time to visit the Open Day. We departed just after 18:00 and we remained 40 minutes down as we left Sheffield. Between Derby and Birmingham we were due to travel via Lichfield City, Four Oaks and Aston, but engineering works meant we went via Tamworth instead. This meant we were only 15 minutes late by Birmingham New Street and this is more or less how it remained for the rest of the tour, with Salisbury being reached at 01:15 on the Monday morning, just 10 minutes late on the original schedule.

It had been a long day, but just consider all that Tractor haulage with six different locos as well. Excellent.

Note: I don't think we were the only tour having problems that day. Hertfordshire Rail Tours ran a tour from London to Thornaby with a dining option. But the wrong stock was sent out which didn't have a kitchen car! I think an attempt was made to get the correct stock available for the return journey.

Nigel Benning

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Nigel Benning)

M.C Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual M.C
0.00 Salisbury 06.10d 06.46   01.05a 01.15 219.24
1.74 Wilton Jn 06/15 ?   01/02 ? 217.30
19.70 Warminster 06/33 ?   00/44 ? 199.34
24.43 Westbury 06.38a ~ 06.40d ??.?? ~ 07.28   00.29a ~ 00.31d 00.44 ~ 00.45 194.61
29.67 Bradford Jn 06/48 ?   00/21 ? 189.37
39.09 Bathampton Jn 06/59 ?   00/10 ? 180.15
41.25 Bath Spa 07.03a ~ 07.05d ??.?? ~ 07.49   00.04a ~ 00.06d 00.20 ~ 00.21 177.79
52.00 North Somerset Jn 07/21 ?   23/53 ? 167.20
52.36 Bristol East Jn 07/22 ?  
52.60 Bristol Temple Meads 07.23a ~ 07.38d 08.05 ~ 08.36  
53.26 Dr Days Jn 07/40 ?   ? ? ?
- Lawrence Hill ? ?   23c48 ~ 23c50 23.52 ~ 23.58 166.46
54.23 Stapleton Road 07/41 ?   ? ? ?
57.23 Filton Jn 07/44 ?   23/43 ? 163.62
58.42 Bristol Parkway 07.46a ~ 07.48d 08.45 ~ 08.56   23.39a ~ 23.41d 23.42 ~ 23.44 162.43
63.12 Westerleigh Jn 07/54 ?   23*28 ~ 23*33 ? 157.73
71.25 Charfield 08/03 ?   23/19 ? 149.60
84.50 Standish Jn 08/14 ?   23/05 ? 136.35
90.60 Gloucester Yard Jn 08/19 ?   22/58 ? 130.25
91.47 Barnwood Jn 08/20 ?   ? ? ?
97.14 Cheltenham Spa 08.26a ~ 08.28d ??.?? ~ 09.36   22.49a ~ 22.51d 23.01 ~ 23.05 123.75
115.12 Abbotswood Jn 08/45 ?   22/30 ? 105.77
118.79 Worcester Shrub Hill 08.50a ~ 08.52d ??.?? ~ 10.07   22.22a ~ 22.24d 22.36 ~ 22.38 102.10
124.58 Droitwich Spa 09/00 ?   22/14 ? 96.31
130.40 Hartlebury 09/10 ?  
134.14 Kidderminster 09/14 ?  
140.73 Stourbridge Junction 09/21 ?  
149.17 Galton Jn 09/25 ?  
150.75 Soho South Jn 09/27 ?  
- Stoke Works Jn   22/08 ? 92.16
- Bromsgrove   22/06 ? 90.03
- Barnt Green   22/03 ? 86.40
- Kings Norton   21/55 ? 81.32
- Selly Oak   21/50 ? 79.18
152.76 Birmingham New Street 09.31a ~ 09.33d 10.50 ~ 10.52   21.39a ~ 21.41d 21.54 ~ 21.57 75.67
153.32 Proof House Jn 09/35 ?   21/37 ? 75.11
155.52 Aston 09/41 ?   21/30 DIV 73.11
161.78 Four Oaks 09/51 ?   21/13 DIV 66.65
169.24 Lichfield City 10/02 11/47   21/02 DIV 59.39
170.58 Lichfield TV Jn 10/06 11/56   20/58 DIV 58.05
175.68 Wichnor Jn 10/15 ?   21/02 ? 52.75
181.31 Burton-on-Trent 10/21 ?   20/46 ? 47.32
186.48 Stenson Jn 10/26 ?   20/41 ? 41.15
191.32 Derby 10.31a ~ 10.33d 12.22 ~ 12.25   20.33a ~ 20.35d 21.10 ~ 21.13 36.31
201.25 Ambergate Jn 10/43 ?   20/20 ? 26.38
211.17 Clay Cross South Jn 10/51 ?   20/12 ? 16.30
215.27 Chesterfield 10/57 ?   20/06 ? 12.20

 

M.C Location Booked Actual
224.55 Beighton Jn 11/09 ?
226.09 Woodhouse Jn 11/11 ?
230.36 Woodburn Jn 11/17 ?
231.33 Nunnery Main Line Jn 11/20 ?
231.70
0.00
Sheffield 11L22a ~ 11L42d 13.15 ~ 13.34
0.37 Nunnery Main Line Jn 11/44 ?
3.12 Wincobank Jn 11/46 ?
5.37 Holmes Jn 11/48 ?
8.49 Aldwarke Jn 11/54 ?
9.16 Thrybergh Jn ? ?
9.73 Kilnhurst ? ?
11.40 Mexborough Jn 12/07 13/50
16.52 Hexthorpe Jn 12/17 ?
18.53 Doncaster (2 way goods) 12/23 ?
22.72 Shaftholme Jn 12/27 ?
31.72 Temple Hirst Jn 12/33 ?
36.35 Selby Canal Jn 12/41 DIV
36.67 Selby West Jn 12/43 DIV
39.65 Hambleton East Jn 12/47 DIV
40.21 Hambleton North Jn 12/50 ?
48.25 Colton Jn 13/00 ?
53.66 York 13p05a ~ 13p35d 14.28 ~ 14.30
55.37 Skelton Jn 13/38 ?
63.26 Tollerton Jn 13/45 ?
76.02 Thirsk 13/54 ?
82.57 Longlands Jn 14/00 ?
83.48 Boroughbridge Road Jn 14/01 ?
98.28 Eaglescliffe 14/15 ?
? Stockton Cut Jn 14/17 ?
100.41 Bowesfield Jn 14/19 ?
101.28
0.00
Thornaby 14.21a ~ 17.20d 15.26 ~ 18.03
0.67 Bowesfield Jn 17/22 ?
? Stockton Cut Jn 17/24 ?
3.00 Eaglescliffe 17/26 ?
17.51 Northallerton 17/46 ?
25.31 Thirsk 17/52 ?
38.07 Tollerton Jn 18/01 ?
44.36 Skelton Bridge Jn 18/09 ?
47.17 York Yard South 19c19 ~ 18c26 ??.?? ~ 18.54
52.51 Colton Jn 18/36 ?
57.68 Church Fenton 18/40 ?
62.17 Milford Jn 18/44 ?
68.30 Pontefract Baghill 18/52 ?
75.28 Moorthorpe 19/00 ?
83.19 Swinton 19/08 ?
85.30 Aldwarke Jn 19/11 ?
87.32 Holmes Jn 19/15 ?
89.23 Wincobank Jn 19/20 ?
91.78 Nunnery Main Line Jn 19/22 ?
92.35
0.00
Sheffield 19L24a ~ 19L52d 19.55 ~ 20.32
3.70 Dore Station Jn 19/57 ?

Timings continue in first table.

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