12th March 1988

Pathfinder Tours
The Pennine Forty Farewell

Locos Used 40122, 47322, 47575, 50001, 50029 & 85008
Stock Used 5354+5386+5494+17058+1644+13488+5444+5360+5264+6609

Route : 1Z36 throughout

Loco(s) Route
50001

Taunton - Weston-super-Mare - Bristol Temple Meads - Stapleton Road - Bristol Parkway - Westerleigh Jn - Swindon - Didcot Parkway - Reading - Twyford - Slough - Acton Main Line - Acton Wells Jn - Acton Canal Wharf - Willesden No.7 - Willesden No.38 signal

50001

Willesden No.38 signal - London Euston

40122 (1) London Euston - (via WCML, Northampton, Trent Valley) - Colwich - Stone - Stoke-on-Trent
47322 (2) (1) Stoke-on-Trent - Stockport
40122 (1) Stockport - Denton - Ashton Moss North Jn - Baguley Fold Jn - Brewery Sidings Jn - Rochdale - Hall Royd Jn - Hebden Bridge - Mirfield - Wakefield Kirkgate - Altofts Jn - Methley Jn - Whitehall Jn - Dewsbury - Huddersfield - Stalybridge - Ashton Moss North Jn - Baguley Fold Jn - Manchester Victoria - Eccles - (3) Earlestown - Winwick Jn - (via WCML) - Crewe
85008 Crewe - Birmingham New Street
47575 Birmingham New Street - Gloucester
50029 Gloucester - Taunton

Notes :
(1) Plus 97252, providing power for the coaching stock only.
(2) Plus 40122 dead-in-tow.
(3) Booked route was via Liverpool Lime Street (reverse).
(4) Steve Clark comments : This was one of 40122's worst days as she was not only in grey undercoat but also in a bit of a state mechanically. Having staggered down the WCML we were forced to suffer 47332 when this was added to the front at Stoke. With the train seemingly days behind time the run into Liverpool Lime Street was abandoned and the train was turned back in the Manchester / Stockport area but at least we lost the duff as a result. At one point the train consisted of the blue 47, 40122 in grey, ETHEL 97252 in Inter City and the NSE coaching stock - all very colourful!!!
(5) Route confirmation required prior to Euston on the outward leg and after Crewe on the return.

Sources : Steve Clark (joined Euston/left Crewe), Kevin Gaylard, Chris Collins,
Harry Harper (joined at Euston) & David Ingham


Passing 40122 & 97252 at Queens Park on the way to Euston (photo: 'Bista')


40122 & 97252 passing Rochdale Signal Box (photo: David Ingham)


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