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« Reply #435 on: February 16, 2020, 02:22:13 PM »
Okay Cameron at rail advent has kindly posted a video . It records 60009 Watch : 'Streamlined Steam Loco's Final Run on the ECML. ' . A stabled 6233 can clearly be seen at the NYMR. Various locations are usef in this 3 mins clip. Worth a look at her run south on the White Rose With a Pullman coach ( 6 ) in a fine video of 60009 with 11 coaches trailing 715 tonnes plus that diesel on the rear.
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« Reply #436 on: February 16, 2020, 05:43:35 PM »
Sat. 29 Feb. The Cotton Mills Express. Railway touring company . Likely to be 46100. 1Z10 0808 Lancaster, 0838 Preston  0845 Euxton, 9am Wigan North Western  1000 Eccles ( crew change and water ), 1017 Manchester Victoria, 1030 Stalybridge, 1124 Huddersfield, 1140 Brighouse, 1208 Hebden Bridge, 1228 Copy Pit, 1259 Blackburn. Leaves there as 1Z11 at 1410, Lostock 1425, Farington 1430  Bolton 1457, Manchester 1517, Guide Bridge 1538, Stalybridge 1558,huddersfield 1624, Gebden 1710, Rochdale 1730, Manchester third time at 1829, bolton, Wigan 1915  euston 1927, preston 1950

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« Reply #437 on: February 17, 2020, 09:32:34 AM »
Two steam trains in one day! Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express and Cotton Mills Express. Sadly if the latter is 46100 I won't be bothering with either as I have plenty films of Jubs and the Scot.

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« Reply #438 on: February 17, 2020, 09:39:12 AM »
Saturday 29th February 2020

The Cotton Mill Express (Railway Touring Company)

Steam TBA Lancaster (pu) - Preston (pu) - Wigan North Western (pu) - Manchester Victoria (pu) - Stalybridge - Standedge - Huddersfield - Brighouse - Calder Valley Line - Todmorden - Copy Pit - Accrington - Blackburn - Chorley - Bolton - Manchester Victoria - Huddersfield - Brighouse - Calder Valley Line - Todmorden - Rochdale - Manchester Victoria - 

   
Timings for Lancaster-Manchester-Blackburn: https://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/U52084/2020-02-29/detailed

Blackburn-Manchester-Huddersfield-Manchester-Lancaster.  https://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/U52086/2020-02-29/detailed

https://www.railwaytouring.net/the-cotton-mill-express

railway herald suggests nothing word has it Locomotive Services suggests 0therwise 46100, 70000 or 34046 - I will update as and when

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« Reply #439 on: February 17, 2020, 09:41:49 AM »
The Yorkshireman (Railway Touring Company)

60009 Ealing Broadway (pu) - St. Albans (pu) - Luton (pu) - Bedford (pu) - Kettering (pu) - Melton Mowbray (pu) - York
 
46233 York (pu) - Chesterfield - Erewash Valley Line - Melton Mowbray (sd) - Kettering (sd) - Bedford (sd) - Luton (sd) - St. Albans (sd) - Ealing Broadway
   

Timings for Ealing Broadway-York:

https://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/U54908/2020-03-07/detailed
 
York-Ealing Broadway :

https://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/U54912/2020-03-07/detailed


https://www.railwaytouring.net/the-yorkshireman-1


Our train will be hauled between London and York by A4 Pacific steam locomotive No.60009 Union of South Africa.








Our train leaves London Ealing Broadway at around 06:25 hauled by Union of South Africa and travels around West London through Acton Wells and and Neasden South Junction.
At Dudding Hill Junction we take the Brent curve and join the Midland Main Line (MML) near Cricklewood. We head north and stop at St. Albans, Luton, Bedford and Kettering, to pick up further passengers.




We leave the MML after Kettering and take the former Midland Railway Nottingham direct line. We pass through Corby Station, opened in 2009 to replace the original which was closed in 1966. We climb to the famous Harringworth Viaduct, the longest masonry viaduct in Britain. From the end of the viaduct there is a long, stiff climb up to Wing Tunnel and then it is downhill to Manton Junction, and through Rutland’s county town of Oakham.




We stop to pick up passengers at Melton Mowbray before we continue to Syston Junction and take the sharp right curve to join the MML from Leicester. We pass through Loughborough and join the Erewash Valley Line at Trent Junction. Our final boarding point for passengers is at Alfreton. After Chesterfield we take the ‘old road’ to Rotherham and continue through Conisbrough to Doncaster. Here we join the East Coast Main Line and can expect a fast run to York



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« Reply #440 on: February 17, 2020, 09:42:29 AM »
Just realised I can't do the 29th anyway as I'll be taking pics at the Preston Show :D

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« Reply #441 on: February 17, 2020, 09:43:50 AM »
here is the link :

https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/02/watch-streamlined-steam-locomotives-final-run-on-the-east-coast-mainline.html


Cameron at rail advent has kindly posted a video . It records 60009 Watch : 'Streamlined Steam Loco's Final Run on the ECML. ' . A stabled 6233 can clearly be seen at the NYMR. Various locations are usef in this 3 mins clip. Worth a look at her run south on the White Rose With a Pullman coach ( 6 ) in a fine video of 60009 with 11 coaches trailing 715 tonnes plus that diesel on the rear.

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« Reply #442 on: February 17, 2020, 09:48:12 AM »
Saturday 21 march

The Cheshireman (Railway Touring Company)


6233 London Euston (pu) - Watford Junction (pu) - Milton Keynes Central (pu) - Northampton (pu) - Rugby (pu) - Nuneaton (pu) - Crewe - Chester
& return


https://www.railwaytouring.net/the-cheshireman-1




This tour offers a unique opportunity to travel by a special charter train to the historic city of Chester. The train will be steam-hauled throughout from London Euston to Chester by a Princess Coronation Class Pacific No. 6233 Duchess of Sutherland. We will follow the route of the famous express such as the Royal Scot along the West Coast Main Line (WCML) to Crewe and then onwards to Chester. We can expect some spirited running down the WCML to Crewe. Be sure to book early to join us on this historic occasion.








The Cheshireman will leave London Euston at around 07:00 steam hauled behind Duchess of Sutherland. Initially on departure we shall hear our locomotive working hard on the climb up Camden Bank. We continue through Watford Tunnel into rural Hertfordshire. We stop to pick up further passengers at the 1960s ‘new town’ of Milton Keynes (where passengers from Watford Junction join by service train). At Hanslope Junction, we leave the West Coast Main Line (WCML) and take the Northampton loop line where we stop again for passengers.

We continue northwards and pass the Daventry Railfreight Terminal (DIRFT) before rejoining the WCML at Rugby, a further pick up stop, and the birthplace of rugby football and the jet engine. We then follow the Trent Valley Line to Nuneaton, our final stop to pick up passengers. We pass through Lichfield, notable for its three-spired medieval cathedral, and soon after Rugeley is Shugborough Tunnel. This has ornamental grand entrances, the result of conditions required by the Earl of Lichfield for building the line across his estate. We continue northwards through Stafford to the famous railway junction town of Crewe where we take the North Wales Coast Line to Chester.

There will be around four hours to explore the Roman city of Chester, one of the most visited places in the UK. Chester lies on the River Dee, close to the border with Wales, and is one of the best preserved walled cities in Britain. The city contains a number of medieval buildings and is famous for its 14th Century ‘Rows’, the first floor level galleried walkways connecting shops and cafes. Other places of interest include the Castle, the Cathedral, and the picturesque racecourse which is located between the city walls and the River Dee.


Our special train, hauled on the return journey by our steam locomotive Duchess of Sutherland, leaves Chester late afternoon for the return journey to London Euston

 Station 
 Outward 
 Return 

 London Euston 
 06:32 
 21:49 

 Watford Junction 
 06:39* 
 21:24 

 Milton Keynes 
 07:43 
 20:26 

 Northampton 
 08:05 
 20:03 

 Rugby 
 08:56 
 19:32 

 Nuneaton 
 09:23 
 18:41 

 Chester 
 12:04 
 16:12


Time to aim for Crewe / Chester

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« Reply #443 on: February 17, 2020, 10:02:47 AM »
Cheers for the latest one. WCML runs at the bottom of my parents road. I'll see if I can get over there for that one.
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« Reply #444 on: February 18, 2020, 03:59:01 PM »
your welcome mike @emjaybee.


@Newportnobby ,. stuff to look out for :


The Fellsman
(Operating on 27th May 2020 by Saphos Trains) 46100

Welsh Marches Express
(Operating on 6th June 2020 by Saphos Trains)
34046 Crewe - Whitchurch (pu) - Shrewsbury (pu) - Hereford - Cardiff Central
Cardiff Central (pu) - Hereford - Shrewsbury (sd) - Whitchurch (sd) - Crewe


Sunday 22nd March 2020

Pennine Peaks & Valleys Mothers Day Explorer (Saphos Trains)

34046 or 46100 or 70000 Liverpool Lime Street - Huyton (pu) - St. Helens central (pu) - Wigan North Western (pu) - Preston - Lancaster - Carnforth - Wennington - Settle Junction - Hellifield - Clitheroe - Blackburn - Wigan North Western (sd) - St. Helens Central (sd) - Huyton (sd) - Liverpool Lime Street


Saturday 28th March 2020 The Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express (Railway Touring Company)
35018 or 45690 or 45699 Carnforth - Shap - Carlisle
35018 or 45690 or 45699 Carlisle - S&C - Hellifield - Blackburn - Preston



@Pobda KEEP AN EYE ON THIS

Saturday 4th April 2020


The Fen & Fells Flyer (A1 Steam Locomotive Trust) 
60163 York - Darlington - Durham - Hexham - Carlisle
60163 Carlisle - S&C - Hellifield - Skipton - Leeds - Doncaster


The Pennine Blackpool Express (Railway Touring Company) Saturday 4th April 2020   Steam TBA Carnforth - Bentham - Hellifield - Clitheroe - Blackburn - Preston - Blackpool North



Saturday 18th April 2020 Steam TBA Carnforh - Shap - Carlisle
Steam TBA Carlisle - S&C - Hellifield - Blackburn (set down for Preston) - Farington Junction. WORD has it in London MID HANTS are hoping mainline certified GREEN painted Mk1a may be part of the consist



7029 Clun Castle will haul a Vintage Trains 
7029 Hellifeld - S&C - Appleby (sd) - Carlisle
7029 Carlisle - Appleby (pu) - S&C - HellifieldVintage Trains (Tyseley)
Present No. Other Number/Name Type Livery Stored
99349 (349) CAR No 349 Pullman SP Pullman Umber/Cream   
99353 (353) CAR No 353 Pullman SP Pullman Umber/Cream   
99361 (311) EAGLE Pullman FK Pullman Umber/Cream Tyseley
3351   Mk2 FO  Chocolate/Cream Tyseley
5157   Mk2 TSO Chocolate/Cream   
5177   Mk2 TSO Chocolate/Cream   
5191   Mk2 TSO Chocolate/Cream   
5198   Mk2 TSO Chocolate/Cream   
5212   Mk2 TSO Chocolate/Cream   
9101   Mk2 BFK Chocolate/Cream   
35470   Mk1 BSK Chocolate/Cream

Pullman stock in the rake

 @chrism : Tuesday 21st April 2020


Great Britain 2020: Day 5 (Railway Touring Company)
6201 Stirling - Cumbernauld - Carstairs - Beattock - Carlisle
45690 Carlisle - Cumbrian Coast Line - Grange-over-Sands


and :

Saturday 2nd May 2020


Cumbrian Explorer (A1 Steam Locomotive Trust)
60163 Darlington North Road (pu) - Darlington (pu) - Thirsk (pu) - York (pu) - Leeds (pu) - Skipton (pu) - S&C - Carlisle 
60163 Carlisle (pu) - Cumbrian Coast Line - Ulverston - Carnforth



return



Thursday 7th May 2020


VE Day Celebrations (Day 1) (Arena Travel)
6201 Preston (pu) - Warrington Bank Quay (pu) - Crewe (pu) - London Euston

VE Day Celebrations (Day 3) (Arena Travel)
6201 London Euston (pu) - Crewe (sd) - Warrington Bank Quay (sd) - Preston (sd).   https://www.arenatravel.com/rail-holidays/ve-day


I will update as and when I have timings

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« Reply #445 on: February 18, 2020, 04:36:04 PM »
Thanks for the heads up, I should be around on the 4th. I'll have to have a look at the timings.

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« Reply #446 on: February 18, 2020, 04:38:12 PM »
The A1 trust website and railwayherald/ railtours pages should and tend to be updated 36 hours prior to a tour start time / date.

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« Reply #447 on: February 20, 2020, 02:36:38 PM »
news in ....



The North Yorkshire Moors Railway has announced that Black 5 No 44806 has its future secured thanks to a new agreement between the railway and Peter Best.

LMS Stanier Class 5 No. 44806 was one of the last locomotives to be withdrawn from service, hauling trains up until 1968, when BR retired all steam locomotives from the mainline.

Under the new agreement, ownership of the locomotive has been transferred to Mr Best, who is starting the overhaul of the engine immediately. The work includes boiler work, which will mean the locomotive will have a new boiler certificate, something it needs before it hauls trains once again.


Once the overhaul is complete, 44806 will then haul trains once again as part of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway’s hired fleet.


a few photos :


https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2020/02/new-owner-for-black-5-steam-locomotive-44806.html




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« Reply #448 on: February 20, 2020, 02:49:21 PM »
28 march 2020


Forgotten Tracks: The Aberthaw Farewell (UK Railtours) an unusual tour ....

To be confirmed London Victoria (pu) - Kensington Olympia - Slough (pu) - Reading (pu) - Didcot Parkway - Swindon - Wootton Bassett Junction - Bristol Parkway - Newport - Cardiff Central - Bridgend - Vale of Glamorgan Line - Aberthaw Sidings - Aberthaw Power Station - Cardiff Central (break) - Newport - Bristol Parkway - Wootton Bassett Junction - Swindon - Didcot Parkway - Reading (sd) - Slough (sd) - Kensington Olympia - Clapham Junction (sd) - Streatham South Junction - Wimbledon - London Victoria


https://www.ukrailtours.com/product/the-aberthaw-farewell/


With very grateful thanks to RWE Generation we are delighted to announce a new Forgotten Tracks excursion. This trip provides the final opportunity to visit Aberthaw Power Station and acknowledge the great contribution the power station has made to Wales and our United Kingdom for nearly 50 years.  The power station has already ceased generation and will close permanently just three days after this special charter train departs.   The Aberthaw Power Station loop, which we shall traverse in full, is at the end of its own short branch line.  The line has only seen passenger trains on very rare occasions over the last 50 years which just goes to underline what a rare privilege RWE Generation have afforded us with this visit.

Very much enjoying a Welsh theme, this charter train will also run via the scenic Vale of Glamorgan railway with views across the Bristol Channel and our mid-afternoon break of around an hour will be taken in the capital city of Cardiff.

With this being a Forgotten Tracks trip our route between the two capital cities will see our train venture onto rail lines that require Goods Lines Authority on numerous occasions.  After what is sure to be a fascinating day out we are scheduled to arrive back at our first set down station just as the sun is setting, but for those who wish to stay on-board, the interesting routing continues all the way back to London.

Please be aware that there are special security restrictions in place for Aberthaw.  Full names of all passengers travelling must be submitted with your booking and we request all passengers to carry a valid form of identification on the day (for example passport or photo driving licence).  A number of RWE Generation security staff may travel with us on the day.

Bookings for this charter will close on Friday 15th March 2020.

Our route is expected to be:

London Victoria p/u – Kensington Olympia – Slough p/u – Reading p/u – Didcot Parkway – Swindon – Wootton Bassett Junction – Bristol Parkway – Newport – Cardiff Central – Bridgend – the Vale of Glamorgan railway – Aberthaw Sidings – Aberthaw Power Station – Cardiff Central (break) – Newport – Bristol Parkway – Wootton Bassett Junction – Swindon – Didcot Parkway – Reading s/d – Slough s/d – Kensington Olympia – Clapham Junction s/d – Streatham South Junction –  Wimbledon – London Victoria s/d



Station

Depart

Arrive


London Victoria 07.50 21.00
Clapham Junction N/A 20.05
Slough 08.45 19.05
Reading 09.20 18.30



FREIGHT FANS .... slow running ....

The Tinsley Tugger


Saturday 16 May 2020

We are delighted to offer our customers this classic Forgotten Tracks trip to industrial South Yorkshire.  With the long daylight hours afforded by early summer, we have taken the opportunity to cover a myriad of non-passenger lines in the area.

https://www.ukrailtours.com/product/the-tinsley-tugger-2/


We start the day by racing along the East Coast Main Line behind a diesel locomotive designed for 125mph running.  In the sizeable marshalling yards south of Doncaster our exploration of the non-passenger network begins in earnest but first we must swap our traction and so powerful freight locomotives, designed for strength rather than speed, will take over the reins.  Avoiding Doncaster station by using the freight only curve we will then head towards Sheffield and the once extremely impressive Tinsley Yard.  We will cover both the North and South access curves here and we hope to run over one piece of very rare track if time and the operational conditions on the day allow it.  After Tinsley we make our way over the border into Derbyshire and on to Chesterfield, of twisted spire fame, for a late lunch time leg-stretch break of around an hour.  Once back on-board we return to South Yorkshire and complete what we believe is the first passenger train visit to Rotherham Steel Terminal.   Following a very detailed and sure to be fascinating exploration of numerous non-passenger lines, we head south passing through the huge Toton Yard complex before commencing a lovely early summer’s evening run through rural Lincolnshire before arriving back in the Doncaster area.  Here our freight locomotives will hand the reins back to an express passenger example, ready to return us home at high speed under fading light.

Our route is expected to be:

Finsbury Park p/u – Stevenage p/u – Peterborough p/u – Newark North Gate p/u – Doncaster Decoy Down side – Bridge Street Curve – Hexthorpe Goods – Mexborough – Roundwood Chord – Rotherham Central – Tinsley Yard (rev) – Woodburn Junction (rev) – Beighton Junction – Chesterfield (break) – Beighton Junction – Rotherham Steel Terminal (rev) – Beighton Junction – Chesterfield – Toton Yard – Nottingham – Newark Castle – Lincoln – Doncaster Decoy Up side (rev) – Newark North Gate s/d – Peterborough s/d – Stevenage s/d – Finsbury Park s/d

A number of Goods Loops are expected to be covered during the day.

The traction for this special charter train is also of interest because we expect to use all three of the different classes of diesel locomotive in the DB Cargo fleet:  A Class 67 on the high speed ECML sections, a Class 60 as the main tour locomotive and a Class 66 to aid with the reversals


London Finsbury Park 07.00 22.00
Stevenage 07.30 21.25
Peterborough 08.15 20.45
Newark Northgate 09.00 19.45




@njee20 , nick if know any other freight enthusiasts who may want to kop rare wagons, stuff they rarely see


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« Reply #449 on: February 20, 2020, 02:52:46 PM »
Wednesday 3rd June 2020


The Cambrian Coast Express (Pathfinder Tours)

DBS Class 67 Bristol Temple Meads (pu) - Bristol Parkway (pu) - Cam & Dursley (pu) - Cheltenham Spa (pu) - Worcester Parkway (pu) - Bromsgrove (pu) - Birmingham New Street (pu) - Wolverhampton (pu) - Telford Central (pu) - Shrewsbury


NR Class 97/3 (Pair) Shrewsbury - Machynlleth - Barmouth - Porthmadog - Pwllheli - Pwllheli (pu) - Porthmadog - Barmouth - Machynlleth - Shrewsbury
 
DBS Class 67 Shrewsbury - Telford Central (sd) - Wolverhampton (sd) - Birmingham New Street (sd) - Bromsgrove (sd) - Worcester Parkway (sd) - Cheltenham Spa (sd) - Cam & Dursley (sd) - Bristol Parkway (sd) - Bristol Temple Meads

 

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