28th November 2009

Railway Touring Company
London Christmas Express

Locos Used 47786 'Roy Castle', 47851 & steam: 60007 'Sir Nigel Gresley'
Stock Used 13 coaches

Route :
1Z42 : Newcastle to Kings Cross
1Z44 : Kings Cross to Newcastle

Loco(s) Route
60007 Newcastle - (via ECML) - London Kings Cross
47851 (2) London Kings Cross - (3) Hornsey - Alexandra Palace
47786 + 47851 Alexandra Palace - (via ECML) - Peterborough

Notes :
(1) Headboard carried on 60007 was 'The Tynesider'.
(2) 47786 on rear.
(3) 47851 failed in Copenhagen Tunnel (unable to keep air pressure). After around an hour the train set-off again, only for 47851 to fail again at Hornsey. 47786 then ran-round the train (at Alexandra Palace) and took it to Peterborough (arriving around 22.30 after departing Kings Cross at 18.55) where the train was terminated as the line northwards was closed due to engineering works. Passengers returned home by road coach.

60007 passes Claypole, running 10mins late (photo: Gordon Lacy)

Sources : Gordon Lacy, Richard Barber, David White & James Jones

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