25th September 1955

Ian Allan (Trains Illustrated Excursion)
High Peak Express

Locos Used 40927, 41077, 41167, 43268, 46100 'Royal Scot', 58850 & 58860
Stock Used [1] : 11x ex-LMS coaches
[2] : 4x open wagons & 3 brake vans
[3] : 4x open wagons & 3 brake vans
[4] : 5x ex-LMS coaches

Route :
M792 : London St Pancras to Buxton Midland
???? :
Middleton Top to Friden
W560 : Friden to Buxton Midland
?M792? : Buxton Midland to London St Pancras

Traction Stock Route
46100 [1] London St Pancras - (via MML) - Trent - Sheet Stores Jn - Derby Midland
40927 + 41077 [1] Derby Midland - Ambergate - Whatstandwell (1) - Rowsley - Millers Dale - Buxton Midland
bus - Whatstandwell - Cromwell Wharf
walk - Cromwell Wharf - Sheep Pasture - Middleton Top
58860 + 58850 (2) [2] then [3] Middleton Top - Hopton Top
58860 + 58850 [2] + [3] Hopton Top - Friden
43268 [4] Friden - Buxton Midland
40927 + 41167 [1] Buxton Midland - (reverse of outward route) - Derby Midland
46100 [1] Derby Midland - (reverse of outward route) - London St Pancras

Notes :
(1) Passengers either alighted at
Whatstandwell for the Cromford & High Peak Railway visit else stayed on the train to Buxton.
(2) 58860 & 58850 took half the train from Middleton Top to Hopton Top then returned to pick up the other half. The two halves were then combined for the journey to Friden.

Sources : John Debens, Andrew Fairholm, Paul Harrison & Bruce Nathan

Photo Review


46100 at London St Pancras (photo: Bruce Nathan)


58850 & 58860 at Middleton Top (photo: Bruce Nathan)


43268 at Friden (photo: Bruce Nathan)


From The John Debens Ticket Collection.


Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Paul Harrison & Bruce Nathan)

Miles Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual Miles
0 St Pancras 09.40d 09.39   20.41a 21.13 165
? Islip Street Jn 09/44 ? [SL]   ? ? ?
? Carlton Road Jn 09/47 ? [GL]   ? ? [FL] ?
4 West Hampstead 09/54 09/51   20/28 20/57 161
? Welsh Harp Jn 09/58 09/56 [FL]   ? ? ?
12 Elstree 10/07 10/08   ? ? 152
20 St Albans City 10/16 10/18   20/13 20/38 145
30 Luton 10/26 10/31   20/03 20/28 135
49 Bedford Midland 10/43 10/47   19/43 20/07 115
56 Sharnbrook Jn 10/52 10/54 [GL]   19/36 19/59 108
62 Irchester Jn 11/02 11/03   19/24 19/48 [GL] 102
65 Wellingborough 11/04 11/06   19/22 19/44 [SL] 100
- Neilsons Sidings - -   19/19 19/37 [GL] 99
70 Kettering Jn 11/22 11/14   ? ? ?
72 Kettering 11/25 11/17 [FL]   19/13 19/29 93
83 Market Harborough 11/38 11/31   19/01 19/18 82
99 Leicester 11/55 11/52   18/42 18/59 66
114 Loughborough 12/08 12/05   18/27 18/46 55
119 Sheet Stores Jn 12/15 12/15   18/19 18/37 45
128 Derby Midland 12L30 ~ 12L35 12.33 ~ 12.42   18L03 ~ 18L08 18.14 ~ 18.23 36
138 Ambergate 12/50 12/58   17/51 18/02 26
140 Whatstandwell 12.55a ~ 13.00d 13.01 ~ ??.??   ? ? ?
150 Rowsley 13/21 ?   17/39 17/42 15
159 Millers Dale 13/36 ?   17/29 17/29 5
161 Buxton Jn 13/39 ?   17/27 17/26 4
165 Buxton Midland 13.46a ?   17.20d 17.20 0


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