31st July 1993

Hertfordshire Rail Tours
The Cumbrian Coastliner

Locos Used 37358, 37381 & 86258
Stock Used 4925+4949+4939+4956+1853+17151+17165+4938+4998+5027+4986+4959

Route : 1Z09 throughout

Loco(s) Route
86258 London Euston - Watford Junction - Tring - Bletchley - Hanslope Jn - Northampton - Rugby - Nuneaton - Tamworth Low Level - Lichfield Trent Valley - Stafford - Crewe - Winsford Signal Box - Weaver Jn - Acton Grange Jn - Warrington Bank Quay - Wigan North Western - Euxton Jn - Preston
37358 + 37381 Preston - Lancaster - Morecambe South Jn - Carnforth North Jn - Carnforth - Arnside - Plumpton Jn - Dalton Jn - Park South Jn - Askam - Foxfield - Millom - Bootle - Sellafield - Corkickle - Whitehaven - Workington - Aspatria - Wigton - Currock Jn - Bog Jn - Petteril Bridge Jn - Armathwaite - Appleby - Kirkby Stephen - Blea Moor - Settle Jn - Hellifield - Skipton - Engine Shed Jn - Normanton - Healey Mills - Diggle - Stockport - Wilmslow - Sandbach - Crewe
86258 Crewe - Norton Bridge - Stafford - Lichfield Trent Valley - Tamworth Low Level - Nuneaton - Rugby - Northampton - Milton Keynes - Tring - Watford Junction - London Euston

Notes :
This was the first passenger carrying train of BR loco-hauled stock to run right round the Cumbrian Coast. Due to a structural problem with a bridge at Horrocksford the return route had to be altered between Hellifield and Crewe. The tour brochure carried the following statement;

STRUCTURAL FAULT IN BRIDGE AT HORROCKSFORD
As you may have heard on our recorded telephone announcement, the discovery of a serious structural problem in a bridge at Horrocksford in the last few days has meant that all locomotives have been banned from the Hellifield to Blackburn line until further notice. This train will now be diverted between Hellifield and Crewe, via Skipton (station stop), Leeds Engine Shed Junction, Normanton, Healey Mills, Diggle, Stockport (station stop at approximately 19.20) and Wilmslow. The train will not therefore call at Preston on the return journey. Charter tickets will be honoured by scheduled services between Stockport and Preston via Manchester. The Cumbrian Mountain Express steam special (which precedes us over the S&C) has been retimed and this has removed the need for our pathing stop at Appleby (which was not an advertised stop in our publicity in any event). This should enable us to be at Hellifield about 40 minutes EARLIER than shown on the timings sheet, but the lengthy diversion will consume all this and more. Consequently our set down times between Crewe and Euston are expected to be between 30 and 40 minutes LATER than shown. We apologise for the slightly later return times, but we hope you enjoy the extended tour which has resulted. Although it is not confirmed, the indications are that the Hellifield to Blackburn line will be restored to normal use in October. The cost of repairs is in excess of 100,000. (As somebody is bound to ask, the alternative of returning via Wennington was examined, but the layout at Hellifield does not allow a run-round move with a passenger train and there is no available path on the 24-mile block section west of Settle Junction to Carnforth.)

Source : Alan Costello & Alan Sheppard

Timing's (Booked & Actual)
(from Ian Dobson & Alan Sheppard)

M.C Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual M.C
0.00 London Euston 07.20d ?   21.56a ? 666.72
5.65 Willesden WL Jn 07/26 ?   ? ? ?
11.30 Harrow & Wealdstone 07/30 ?   21/44 ? 655.42
17.35 Watford Junction 07.35a ~ 07.37d ?   21.25a ~ 21.27d ? 649.37
31.53 Tring 07/47 ?   21/16 ? 635.19
38.16 Ledburn Jn 07/51 ?   21/12 ? 628.56
46.46 Bletchley 07/56 ?   21/06 ? 620.26
49.65 Milton Keynes Central 07.59a ~ 08.01d ?   21.01a ~ 21.02d ? 617.07
56.47 Hanslope Jn 08/07 ?   20/56 ? 610.25
65.68 Northampton 08/21 ?  
  Weedon   20/48 ? 597.16
75.37 Long Buckby 08/29 ?  
84.67 Rugby 08/39     20/40 ? 584.32
99.37 Nuneaton 08.50a ~ 08.52d     20.25a ~ 20.27d   569.62
112.39 Tamworth LL 09/02     20/16   556.60
118.50 Lichfield TV 09/06     20/12   550.49
129.35 Colwich Jn 09/12     20/05   539.64
135.70 Stafford 09/17     20/01   533.29
141.19 Norton Bridge 09/21     19/57   528.00
152.21 Madeley 09/28     19/51   516.78
160.27 Crewe 09.39a ~ 09.40d 09.35 ~ 09.40   19.42a ~ 19.43d 19.54 ~ ??.?? 508.72
167.68 Winsford S.B. 09/49 ?   19/31 DIV 501.31
177.47 Weaver Jn 09/53 ?   19/26 DIV 491.52
182.51 Acton Grange Jn 09/57 ?   19/22 DIV 486.48
184.38 Warrington Bank Quay 09/58 09/59   19/20 DIV 484.61
187.74 Winwick Jn 10/01 ?   19/18 DIV 481.25
194.69 Springs Branch Jn 10/06 10/07   19/13 DIV 474.30
196.18 Wigan North Western 10/08 10/09   19/12 DIV 473.01
205.72 Euxton Jn 10/20 10/20   19/06 DIV 463.27
211.28 Preston 10L25a ~ 10L36d 10.32 ~ 10.47   18L50a ~ 19L01d DIV 457.71

 

M.C Location Booked Actual
232.26 Lancaster 10/55 ?
234.18 Morecambe South Jn 10/57 ?
238.34 Carnforth North Jn 11/00 ?
238.46 Carnforth 11*01a ~ 11*06d 11.13 ~ 11.15
244.44 Arnside 11/24 ?
255.70 Plumpton Jn 11/41 ?
262.53 Dalton Jn 11/49 11/50
263.49 Park South Jn 12/19 11/52
265.56 Askam 12/22 11/55
271.13 Foxfield 12/30 12/03
275.60 Millom 12/36 ?
278.65 Silecroft 12/39 12/13
284.10 Bootle 12/44 12/19
290.51 Drigg 12/52 12/27
294.49 Sellafield 13/00 12p34a ~ 12p54d
300.75 St. Bees 13/10 13/05
304.13 Corkickle No.1 S.B. 13/16 13/11
304.51 Corkickle 13/18 ?
305.39 Whitehaven 13*27a ~ 13*37d 13.15 ~ 13.37
306.71 Parton 13/45 13/40
308.13 Parton North Jn 13/51 13.42a ~ 13.44d
312.19 Workington 13/59 13.57a ~ 14.02d
317.56 Maryport 14/06 14/14
325.28 Aspatria 14.18a ~ 14.37d 14p25a ~ 14p39d
333.55 Wigton 14/48 14/48
344.29 Currock Jn 15/02 15/02
344.73 Bog Jn 15/05 15/05
345.37 Petteril Bridge Jn 15/08 15/08
354.33 Armathwaite 15/20 15/20
359.79 Lazonby & Kirkoswald 15/26 15/24
364.26 Langwathby 15/31 15/29
375.27 Appleby 15.44a ~ 16.30d
(amended to 15/43)
15/42
386.09 Kirkby Stephen 16/45 (15/57) 15/53
404.10 Blea Moor 17/09 (16/19) 16/11
418.09 Settle Jn 17/27 (16/36) 16/30
421.34 Hellifield 17/31 (16/40) 16/34
434.62 Clitheroe 18/04 DIV
445.13 Daisyfield Jn 18/22 DIV
445.60 Blackburn 18c24a ~ 18c26d DIV
454.60 Lostock Hall Jn 18/36 DIV
456.22 Farington Curve Jn 18/41 DIV

Diverted timings

Location Booked Actual
Skipton 16.52a ~ 16.54d 16.49 ~ 16.53
Whitehall Jn 17/29 17/29
Engine Shed Jn 17.31a ~ 17.36d 17.30 ~ 17.34
Altofts 17/49 17/47
Wakefield Kirkgate 17/56 17/53
Huddersfield ? 18/15
Stalybridge 18/57 19/01
Guide Bridge 19/07 19/06
Denton 19/09 19/09
Stockport 19.19a ~ 19.21d 19.16 ~ 19.18
Sandbach 19/52 ?

Timings continue in first table.

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