6th March 1993

Hertfordshire Rail Tours
The Tubular Belle
(125 Special No.98)

HST Used 43043+41077+40746+41078+41046+40753+42151+42152+42153+44051+43073

Route : 1T36 throughout

HST Used Route
as listed London St Pancras - (via MML) - Leicester
as listed Leicester - Hinckley - Nuneaton - (via WCML) - Crewe - Chester - Rhyl - Llandudno Junction
as listed Llandudno Junction - Llanwrst North - Blaenau Ffestiniog
as listed Blaenau Ffestiniog - Llanwrst North - Llandudno Junction
as listed Llandudno Junction - Bangor - Holyhead
as listed Holyhead - Bangor - Llandudno Junction
as listed Llandudno Junction - Llandudno
as listed Llandudno - Llandudno Junction - (reverse of outward route) - Leicester
as listed Leicester - (via MML) - London St Pancras

Source : Nigel Benning (joined/left train at Wellingborough)

Tour Review
(by Nigel Benning)

As I needed the North Wales Line out to Holyhead and the Blaenau Ffestiniog and Llandudno branches, I opted for this tour on a 125. It cleared a few miles in the Bakers Bible, but later trips to Holyhead by 37's and a Deltic have provided greater pleasure.

I joined the tour from my former home station of Wellingborough at the very sociable hour of 8:45. Not a lot can be said about the tour as it ran more or less to time during the day and nothing untoward happened (as far as I can remember). I believe that this was the first time however that a 125 had been to Blaenau Ffestiniog, and on arrival the train posed alongside a steam locomotive from the Ffestiniog Railway. My arrival back at Wellingborough was again at a sociable hour, at 20:24

Nigel Benning

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Nigel Benning)

M.C Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual M.C
0.00 St Pancras 07.45d ?   21.29a ? 630.22
4.00 West Hampstead 07/50 ?   21/18 ? 626.22
6.79 Hendon 07/52 ?   21/15 ? 623.23
19.71 St Albans 08.00a ~ 08.02d ?   21.03a ~ 21.05d ? 610.31
30.19 Luton 08.11a ~ 08.13d ?   20.52a ~ 20.54d ? 600.03
40.24 Flitwick 08/20 ?   20/44 ? 589.78
49.65 Bedford 08.27a ~ 08.29d ?   20.36a ~ 20.38d ? 580.37
56.45 Sharnbrook 08/34 ?   20/34 ? 573.57
65.11 Wellingborough 08.40a ~ 08.42d ??.?? ~ 08.45   20.23a ~ 20.25d 20.24 ~ ??.?? 565.11
72.01 Kettering 08/48 ?   20/17 ? 558.21
82.74 Market Harborough 08/55 ?   20/10 ? 547.28
95.71 Wigston North Jn 09/04 ?   20/02 ? 534.31
99.07 Leicester 09.07a ~ 09.12d 09.10 ~ 09.18   19.47a ~ 19.58d 19.49 ~ 19.56 531.15
102.23 Wigston North Jn 09/16 ?   19/42 ? 527.79
113.54 Hinckley 09/26 ?   19/29 ? 516.48
117.73 Nuneaton 09.32a ~ 09.34d 09.48 ~ 09.50   19.21a ~ 19.23d 19.25 ~ 19.29 512.29
130.75 Tamworth 09/46 ?   19/12 ? 499.27
137.06 Lichfield TV 09/50 ?   19/09 ? 493.16
142.14 Armitage 09/53 ?   19/06 ? 488.08
147.71 Colwich Jn 09/56 ?   19/02 ? 482.31
154.26 Stafford 10/00 ?   18/58 ? 475.76
159.55 Norton Bridge 10/03 ?   18/55 ? 470.47
170.57 Madeley Jn 10/10 ?   18/48 ? 459.45
178.63 Crewe 10c20 ~ 10c22 10.37 ~ 10.43   18c38 ~ 18c41 18.38 ~ 18.42 451.39
180.24 Steelworks Jn 10/25 ?   18/32 ? 449.78
189.43 Beeston Castle 10/32 ?   18/25 ? 440.59
199.73 Chester 10/42 11/03   18/15 18/19 430.29
201.64 Saltney Jn 10/45 ?   18/09 ? 428.38
209.61 Rockcliffe Hall 10/51 ?   18/02 ? 420.41
216.59 Holywell Jn 10/57 ?   17/57 ? 413.43
229.71 Rhyl 11/14 ?   17/45 ? 400.31
240.28 Colwyn Bay 11/29 ?   17/36 ? 389.74
244.38 Llandudno Junction 11.34a ~ 11.44d 11.42 ~ 11.45   17.21a ~ 17.31d 17.32 ~ 17.33 385.64

 

M.C Location Booked Actual
255.46 Llanwrst North 12x04 ~ 12x45 12.06 ~ 12.50
272.00 Blaenau Ffestiniog 13.20a ~ 13.40d 13.28 ~ 13.41
288.34 Llanwrst North 14/10 ?
299.42 Llandudno Junction 14.30 ~ 14.45 14.34 ~ 14.37
304.50 Penmaenmawr 14/52 ?
314.58 Bangor 15/02 ?
316.49 Menai Bridge East 15/05 ?
318.16 Llanfairpwll (etc) 15/07 ?
321.02 Gaerwen Jn 15/10 ?
335.74 Valley 15/23 ?
339.39 Holyhead 15.33a ~ 16.03d 15.26 ~ 16.11
343.04 Valley 16/08 ?
357.76 Gaerwen Jn 16/21 ?
360.62 Llanfairpwll (etc) 16/24 ?
362.29 Menai Bridge East 16/26 ?
364.20 Bangor 16/29 ?
374.28 Penmaenmawr 16/39 ?
379.36 Llandudno Junction 16.45 ~ 16.55 17.01 ~ 17.06
380.58 Deganwy 16/58 ?
382.50 Llandudno 17.03a ~ 17.13d 17.16 ~ 17.22
384.42 Deganwy 17/17 ?

Timings continue in first table.

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