2nd May 1998

Mercia Charters Limited
The Chameleon Rose

Locos Used 37220, 37274, 47226, 47338, 47365 & 56060
Stock Used 3115+3148+1674+4949+4998+4977+4939+4956+17015+5005+4938+4999

Route :
1Z57 : Watford Junction Peterborough
1Z37 : Peterborough Peterborough
1Z57 : Peterborough Watford Junction

Loco(s) Route
47226 + 47338 Watford Junction - Milton Keynes - Northampton - Coventry - Nuneaton
56060 Nuneaton - Leicester - Loughborough - Nottingham - Barkston East Jn - Sleaford - Spalding - Peterborough
37274 + 37220 Peterborough - Grantham - Newark - Lincoln Central (Up Through) - Ruskington - Sleaford Avoider (2) - Spalding - Peterborough
37220 + 37274 (1) Peterborough - Leicester - Nuneaton
47365 Nuneaton - Coventry - Northampton - Milton Keynes - Watford Junction

Notes :
(1) Was to have been 56060 back but the grid had failed.
(2) The Sleaford Avoider had been requested and hoped for, but the ticket letter stated that the line was deemed unfit for the passage of a passenger train. It was done anyway :-)

Sources : Denzil Morgan, Ian Jessop, Mark Hare, Alan Sheppard &
Janet Cottrell (joined/left the train at Milton Keynes Central)

Timings (Booked and Actual)
(From Alan Sheppard & Janet Cottrell)

M.C
Location Booked Actual
0.00
Watford Junction 06.46d ?
14.18
Tring 07/00 ?
20.61
Ledburn Jn 07/05 ?
27.11
Bletchley 07/12 ?
30.26
Milton Keynes Central 07.15a ~ 07.17d ??.?? ~ 08.14
39.12
Hanslope Jn 07/25 ?
48.33
Northampton 07.35a ~ 07.37d 08.33 ~ 08.35
58.02
Long Buckby 07/48 08/44
67.32
Rugby 07.57a ~ 07.59d 08.53 ~ 08.55
79.01
Coventry [P3] 08.12a ~ 08.14d 09.06 ~ 09.08
?
Bedworth 08/30 09/17
89.16
0.00
Nuneaton [P2] 08L36a ~ 08L57d 09.24 ~ 09.43
4.19
Hinckley 09/03 09/52
15.50
Wigston North Jn 09/15 10/04
18.57
Leicester [P2] 09/19 10/09
23.52
Syston South Jn 09/26 10/14
23.79
Sileby Jn 09/29 10/16
31.20
Loughborough 09/32 10/19
38.70
Trent Jn 09/37 10/26
39.56
Trent 09/40 10/27
45.38
Mansfield Jn 09/52 10/33
46.20
Nottingham [P1] 09/56 10.35 ~ 10.39
49.15
Netherfield Jn 10/02 10/45
54.55
Bingham 10/10 10/54
60.16
Bottesford West Jn 10/16 11/00
65.24
Allington Jn 10/23 11/07
69.31
Barkston East Jn 10/31 11/16
79.74
Sleaford [P1] 10/52 11/31
81.08
Sleaford South Jn 10/55 11/33
98.75
Spalding (sd) 11.19a ~ 11.21d 11.58 ~ 12.03
112.29
Werrington Jn 11/42 12/21
115.34
Peterborough [P5] 11.53a ~ ECS 12.26a
0.00
Peterborough [P4] ECS ~ 14.14d (14.07) ~ 14.15
8.35
Tallington 14/27 14/24
23.59
Stoke Jn 14/31 14/34
29.09
Grantham 14/45 14/39
33.27
Barkston South Jn* 14/54 14/42
43.59
Newark Northgate [P3] 15/03 14/52
44.34
Newark Crossing East Jn 15/05 14/54
59.04
Boultham Jn 15/27 15/12
59.32
West Holmes Jn 15/28 15/13
60.20
Lincoln Central (Up Through) 15/33 15/16
60.42
Pelham Street Jn 15/34 15/17
69.58
Metheringham 15/44 15/28
76.76
Ruskington 15/52 15/37
79.13
Sleaford North Jn 15/56 15/40
81.41
Sleaford 16/00 DIV
82.55
Sleaford South Jn 16/03 15/43
100.42
Spalding (pu) 16.25a ~ 16.27d 16.07 ~ 16.28
113.76
Werrington Jn 16/48 16/45
117.01
0.00
Peterborough [P3]** 16L53a ~ 17L12d 16.51 ~ 17.33
5.42
Helpston Jn 17/17 17/43
12.22
Stamford 17/24 17/49
15.73
Ketton Signalbox 17/29 ?
22.33
Manton Jn 17/38 17/57
25.71
Oakham 17/43 18/00
37.32
Melton Mowbray 17/53 18/08
47.14
Syston East Jn 18/05 18/15
52.32
Leicester [P3] 18/12 18/21
55.39
Wigston North Jn 18/17 18/26
60.70
Hinckley 18/30 18.37 ~ 18.46
71.09
0.00
Nuneaton [P2] 18L35a ~ 18L51d 19.01 ~ 19.16
?
Bedworth 18/51 19/22
10.15
Coventry [P1] 19.09a ~ 19.11d 19.33 ~ 19.36
21.64
Rugby 19.23a ~ 19.25d 19.48 ~ 19.50
31.14
Long Buckby 19/36 20/00
41.63
Northampton 19.45a ~ 19.50d 20.11 ~ 20.14
51.04
Hanslope Jn 20/01 20/27
57.70
Milton Keynes Central 20.06a ~ 20.08 20.33 ~ ??.??
61.05
Bletchley 20/15 ?
69.35
Ledburn Jn 20/22 ?
74.78
Tring 20/27 ?
89.14
Watford Junction 20.38a ?

Notes on timing sheet.
(*) Barkston South Jn was shown as Barkston East Jn in timing sheet.
(**) 17.12 departure from Peterborough was re-timed to 17.05d, but due to loco failure, the train left late anyway.

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