10th April 1993

Pathfinder Tours
Weardale Explorer

Locos Used 37506 'British Steel Skinningrove', 37512 'Thornaby Demon', 47513 'Severn' & 47823

Route :

Loco(s) Route
47823 Bath Spa - North Somerset Jn - Dr Days Jn - Stapleton Road - Pilning - Severn Tunnel Junction - Newport
47823 Newport - Maindee North Jn - Abergavenny - Hereford - Craven Arms - Shrewsbury - Crewe
47513 Crewe - Stockport - Stalybridge - Huddersfield - Leeds - York - (via ECML) - Darlington
37506 + 37512 (1) Darlington - Stanhope - Eastgate (end-of-line)
47513 (2) Eastgate - Stanhope - Darlington - (via ECML) - York
47513 York - (reverse of outward route) - Crewe
47823 Crewe - (reverse of outward route) - Newport
47823 Newport - (reverse of outward route) - Bath Spa

Notes :
(1) 47513 on rear.
(2) 37506 & 37512 on the rear.
(3) Train was around 2 hours late arriving at Darlington on the outward leg; having been 30mins late at Crewe a further 90mins was lost at Stockport to remove the buffet car into sidings because one of the exterior doors had opened near Cheadle Hulme while the train was moving.
(4) This was the last special to traverse the Weardale line before it closed following the cessation of cement traffic from Eastgate.

Sources : Nick Bartlett & Duncan Jennings (joined/left the train at Darlington),
Adam Muriss (on the train throughout) & Gary Thornton

Timings (Booked Only)
(from Duncan Jennings & Adam Muriss)

M.C Location Booked (out) [actual] Booked (rtn) [actual]
0.00 Swindon 04.50d [04.55] 23.49a [02.00]
5.64 Wootton Bassett Jct 04/57 23/42
16.53 Chippenham 05.05a ~ 05.07d 23.27a ~ 23.29d
27.32 Bathampton Jct 05/17 23/16
29.48 Bath Spa 05.21a ~ 05.23d 23.10a ~ 23.12d
36.40 Keynsham 05.31a ~ 05.32d 23.01a ~ 23.02d
40.27 North Somerset Jct 05/38 22/56
40.50 Dr Days Jct 05/41 22/54
46.06 Patchway 05.50a ~ 05.52d 22.45a ~ 22.47d
49.52 Pilning 05/57 22/40
56.48 Severn Tunnel Jct 06c04 ~ 06c06 22c32 ~ 22c34
66.13 Maindee North Jct 06/18 22/22
75.27 Pontypool 06/30 22/11
84.51 Abergavenny 06.39a ~ 06.41d 22.00a ~ 22.02d
96.42 Pontrilas 06/54 21/48
102.19 Tram Inn 06/59 21/43
108.62 Hereford 07.06a ~ 07.08d 21.33a ~ 21.35d
110.29 Shelwick Jct 07/11 21/30
121.29 Leominster 07/21 21/20
132.23 Ludlow 07/29 21/08
139.68 Craven Arms 07/36 21/02
147.11 Church Stretton 07/44 20/55
158.77 Sutton Bridge Jct 07/57 20/40
159.61 Shrewsbury 08.00a ~ 08.02d 20.30a ~ 20.35d
161.69 Harlescott Crossing 08/06 20/25
178.63 Whitchurch 08/19 20/10
187.79 Nantwich 08/28 19/59
192.38
0.00
Crewe 08L37 ~ 08L52 19L33 ~ 19L53
4.50 Sandbach 09/00 19/24
14.17 Chelford Loop 09.09a ~ 09.15d  
18.65 Wilmslow 09/22 19/08
22.60 Cheadle Hulme 09/30 19/04
25.01 Stockport 09.36a ~ 09.39d 18.58a ~ 19.00d
29.66 Denton Jct 09/47 18/50
30.53 Guide Bridge 09/49 18/48
32.76 Stalybridge 09/56 18/40
43.78 Marsden 10/11 18/27
51.04 Huddersfield 10/19 18/19
56.75 Mirfield East Jct 10/27 18/09
65.31 Wakefield Kirkgate 10c39 ~ 10c41 17c50 ~ 17c52
68.35 Normanton 10/47 17/44
72.02 Castleford 10/53 17/38
77.74 Milford Jct 11/01 17/29
82.23 Church Fenton 11/08 17/23
87.40 Colton Jct 11/14 17/18
93.01
0.00
York 11.20a
11.50d
 
  York Yard   17/13
1.51 Skelton Jct 11/54 17/10
9.40 Tollerton 12/03 17/04
22.16 Thirsk 12/26 16/55
29.76 Northallerton 12/35 16/49
44.10 Darlington 12.50a ~ 12.53d 16.21a ~ 16.36d
49.72 Heighington 13/05 16/08
53.12 Shildon 13/12 16/00
56.11 Bishop Auckland 13/18 15/55
  Stanhope 13.53a ~ 13.55d 14.25a ~ 15.00d
75.34 Eastgate 14.05a 14.15d


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