30th January 1988

Pathfinder Tours
The Fellsman

Locos Used 50008, 50034 & 50036
Stock Used ?????

Route : 1Z26 throughout

Loco(s) Route
50008 + 50036 Taunton - Bridgwater - Weston-super-Mare - Bristol Temple Meads - Stapleton Road - Filton Jn - Bristol Parkway - Westerleigh Jn - Charfield - Standish Jn - Gloucester (1)
50034 + 50008 Gloucester - Cheltenham Spa - Abbotswood Jn - Norton Jn - Worcester Shrub Hill - Droitwich Spa - Stoke Works Jn - Bromsgrove - Barnt Green - Kings Norton - Selly Oak - Birmingham New Street - Proof House Jn - Aston - Perry Barr North Jn - Bescot - Bushbury Jn - Stafford - (via WCML) - Carlisle
50008 + 50034 Carlisle - Petteril Bridge Jn - (via S&C) - Settle Jn - Hellifield - Keighley - Shipley - Whitehall Jn - Engine Shed Jn - Normanton - Calder Bridge Jn - Hare Park Jn - Doncaster - Rotherham - Beighton Jn - Tapton Jn - Chesterfield - Clay Cross South Jn - Pye Bridge Jn - Toton Centre - Trent - Loughborough - Leicester - Hinckley - Midland Jn - Abbey Jn - Water Orton - Landor Street Jn - Proof House Jn - Birmingham New Street - (reverse of outward route) - Gloucester
50036 Gloucester - (reverse of outward route) - Taunton

Notes :
(1) 50036 declared a failure at Gloucester on the outward leg.


50008 & 50034 pass Ais Gill summit heading southwards.
(photo: Derek Thompson)

Sources : Jeff Booth (joined/left the train at Birmingham New Street), Derek Thompson, John Chalcroft & John Deeming

Tour Review
(by Keith Williams)

I treated myself to a first class seat on this tour as I was a 50 fan and they were travelling  over their old stomping ground double headed between Crewe and Carlisle as part of the tour. I joined and left the tour at Bristol Parkway both ways. I had left Swansea on the overnight Fishguard  boat train at 04.01  (HST) getting me to dark damp drizzly Bristol  Parkway at 05.31 so a very chilled 45 minute wait.  The train was down about 5 or 6 arriving, booked at 06.14  - 06.16, it arrived at 06.20 and departed at 06.21. At the front was 50 008 Thunder and 50 036 Victorious. Not sure if they had been put on at Bristol TM or had come all the way from Laira with the stock tour started at Taunton. I took my seat in a nicely warmed middle seat in the mark 2 first corridor.  Coach E no 13 Facing. I think but not certain the stock was from a Waterloo Exeter service. Arriving at Gloucester down 7 at 06.58 something was wrong. Booked for passenger pick up and a run round we remained there until 08.01 booked off at 07.08 so already a big delay. 50 036 was failed removed and replaced with 50 034 Furious in NSE livery the other two locos were in Large Logo livery.

I have some timings at the principle places along the route and timing were only as scientific as my trusty Casio digital watch so there may be errors but not huge ones. Birmingham NS 08.25 08.30 was 09.11-09.15 so about 45mins down that departure. Bescot 09.30 against  08.42 . Crewe centre road 10.14 against 09.36. Preston pu  10.52 &  10.58  against  10.28 and 10.30 -so down approx. 28 mins.

 At Carlisle a leg stretch and run round was facilitated at 12.09 12.35 against  11.56 12.20, so only down 15 leaving for the S & C southbound. Carlisle was cold, the weather not surprisingly  in January was cold wet and damp and with a bit of snow on the Fells, windows were wet both inside and outside the train. Also at Carlisle  86 401 in NSE colours happened to be at the south end of the station so a NSE 86 alongside a NSE 50 both under the wires  was an impressive line-up and great photo opportunity! Was this deliberate? Who knows!  Who cares it was great !!!! A photoshoot at Ribblehead viaduct was undertaken and the it weather was miserable. Timings here 13.44 14.00 actual was 14.00 to approx. 14.06 it was very short. Skipton  was passed at 14.38 down 8. Keighley 14.47 down 7.  We were almost  back on time at Engine Shed Jn a most 15.05- 15.07 was  15.06 & 15.11. Altofts was passed at 15.22 +3 ! and by Doncaster were +4 up 15.58 booked 15.54 actual and left at 16.00hrs on time.

 At Chesterfield was +9 16.38 booked at 16.47, at Loughborough up + 11mins 17.09 against 17.20. Leicester was dep early 17.25 17.26 against 17.32 17.35. Birmingham NS arrival at 18.29 booked 18.37 but held until our booked time 18.48.Run via Worcester on time but 5 down at Cheltenham and 3 down on dep form there. Left Glousester 1 minute down and 50 008 & 500.34 were replaced by 50.36 at the other end  for the final  runback  to the West Country. Arrival at Bristol Parkway was 1 min down 21.03 21.05 actual  21.04 & 21.04 ! My return train to Swansea was at 21.16 and my day ended at Swansea High St at 22.50


Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from John Chalcroft & Keith Williams)

M.C Location Booked Actual   Booked (rtn) Actual M.C
0.00 Taunton 05.00d ?   22.23a ? 45.67
5.03 Cogload Jn 05/05 ?   22/19 ? 40.64
11.45 Bridgwater 05/10 ?   22/13 ? 34.22
25.08 Uphill Jn 05/22 ?   22/01 ? 20.59
26.60 Weston-super-Mare 05.25a ~ 05.27d ?   21.56a ~ 21.58d ? 19.07
29.02 Worle Jn 05/31 ?   21/53 ? 16.65
45.67
0.00
Bristol Temple Meads 05L50a ~ 06L05d 05.50 ~ 06.11   21L20a ~ 21L35d ? 0.00
641.15
1.43 Stapleton Road 06/08 ?   21/14 ? 639.52
4.43 Filton Jn 06/12 ?   21/07 ? 636.52
5.62 Bristol Parkway 06.14a ~ 06.16d 06.20 ~ 06.21   21.03a ~ 21.05d 21.04 ~ 21.04 635.33
10.32 Westerleigh Jn 06/22 ?   20/57 ? 630.63
18.45 Charfield 06/29 ?   20/49 ? 622.50
31.70 Standish Jn 06/40 ?   20/39 ? 609.25
38.00 Gloucester Yard Jn 06/49 ?   20/33 ? 603.15
39.01 Gloucester 06.51a ~ 07.08d 06.58 ~ 08.01   20.16a ~ 20.31d 20.16 ~ 20.32 602.14
39.78 Barnwood Jn 07/10 ?   20/14 ? 601.17
45.41 Cheltenham Spa 07.17a ~ 07.19d ??.?? ~ 08.19   20.02a ~ 20.04d 20.07 ~ 20.07 595.54
63.39 Abbotswood Jn 07/35 ?   19/41 ? 577.56
67.26 Worcester Shrub Hill 07.41a ~ 07.43d ??.?? ~ 08.35   19.28a ~ 19.35d 19.35 ~ 19.35 573.69
67.73 Tunnel Jn 07/44 ?   19*24 ~ 19*27 19/31 573.22
73.05 Droitwich Spa 07/50 ?   19/18 ? 568.10
77.20 Stoke Works Jn 07/56 ?   19/12 ? 563.75
79.33 Bromsgrove 07/59 ?   19/07 ? 561.62
82.06 Blackwell Summit 08/06 ?   ? ? ?
82.76 Barnt Green 08/08 ?   19/04 ? 558.19
88.04 Kings Norton 08/16 ?   18/58 18/56 553.11
90.18 Selly Oak 08/19 ?   18/55 ? 550.77
93.49 Birmingham New Street 08.25a ~ 08.30d 09.11 ~ 09.15   18.37a ~ 18.48d 18.29 ~ 18.48 547.46
94.25 Proof House Jn 08/32 ?   18/34 ? 546.58

 

M.C Location Booked Actual
96.25 Aston 08/35 ?
98.47 Perry Barr North Jn 08/38 ?
103.04 Bescot 08/42 09/30
107.21 Portobello Jn 08/51 ?
109.69 Bushbury Jn 08/53 ?
123.46 Stafford 09.06a ~ 09.07d 09.53 ~ 09.55
128.75 Norton Bridge 09/13 ?
139.77 Madeley 09/22 ?
148.03 Crewe 09/36 10/19
148.61 Coal Yard Jn 09/38 ?
156.22 Winsford 09/45 ?
166.01 Weaver Down Jn 09/51 ?
171.05 Acton Grange Jn 09/55 ?
172.72 Warrington Bank Quay 09/56 10/30
176.28 Winwick Jn 09/59 ?
183.25 Springs Branch 10/05 ?
184.54 Wigan North Western 10/06 10/39
192.25 Balshaw Lane Jn 10/14 ?
194.28 Euxton Jn 10/22 ?
195.61 Preston 10c28 ~ 10c30 10.52 ~ 10.58
216.59 Lancaster 10/49 11/14
222.79 Carnforth 10/54 ?
235.79 Oxenholme 11/05 11/30
249.12 Tebay North 11/20 ?
268.11 Penrith 11/38 ?
286.00 Carlisle 11.56a ~ 12.20d 12.09 ~ 12.35
286.82 Petteril Bridge Jn 12/23 ?
316.72 Appleby 12/58 13/13
327.54 Kirkby Stephen 13/16 13/27
344.69 Blea Moor Tunnel South 13/41 ?
346.74 Ribblehead 13p44a ~ 14p00d 14.00 ~ 14.06
359.54 Settle Jn 14/12 14/20
362.79 Hellifield 14/15 ?
372.73 Skipton 14c30 ~ 14c32 14/38
382.08 Keighley 14/40 14/47
388.49 Guiseley Jn 14/49 ?
397.75 Wortley Jn 15/01 ?
398.40 Whitehall Jn 15/02 ?
398.72 Engine Shed Jn 15c05 ~ 15c07 [sig. L871] 15.06 ~ 15.11
408.12 Altofts Jn 15/25 15/22
409.36 Goose Hill Jn 15/27 ?
411.34 Turners Lane Jn 15/32 15/30
413.16 Crofton West Jn 15/37 ?
414.45 Hare Park Jn 15/40 ?
420.44 South Kirkby Jn 15/46 ?
425.53 Adwick Jn 15/52 ?
430.41 Doncaster 15c58 ~ 16c00 15.54 ~ 16.00
432.42 Hexthorpe Jn 16/05 ?
437.47 Mexborough 16/11 ?
440.73 Aldwarke Jn 16/18 16/15
443.39 Rotherham Masborough 16/23 16/19
449.71 Beighton Jn 16/33 ?
459.63 Chesterfield 16/47 16/38
463.73 Clay Cross South Jn 16/50 ?
? Morton 16/54 ?
472.14 Pye Bridge Jn 16/58 ?
? Trent 17/10 17/01
486.67 Trent South Jn 17/12 17/03
494.61 Loughborough 17/20 17/09
502.29 Syston South Jn 17/26 ?
507.70 Leicester 17.32a ~ 17.35d 17.25 ~ 17.26
511.06 Wigston North Jn 17/40 ?
525.59 Nuneaton Midland Jn 17/59 ?
527.31 Abbey Jn 18/02 ?
537.10 Whitacre Jn 18/19 ?
539.75 Water Orton 18/25 18/17
546.01 Landor Street Jn 18/33 18/25

Timings continue in first table.

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