27th August 2018

Branch Line Society
The Marching Crompton

Locos Used 33029 & 33207 'Jim Martin'
Stock Used 5419+5278+99318+4942+99680+99327+99712+99122

Route :
1Z33 : Crewe to Carmarthen
1Z34 : Carmarthen to Crewe

Locos Route
33029 + 33207 Crewe - Nantwich - Wem - Shrewsbury - English Bridge Jn - Craven Arms - Leominster - Hereford - Abergavenny - Maindee North Jn - Maindee West Jn - Newport - Cardiff Central - Penarth North Curve Jn - Ninian Park - Leckwith North Jn - Pontyclun - Bridgend - Port Talbot Parkway - Court Sart Jn - Dynevor Jn - Felin Fran - Morlais Jn - Llandeilo Jn - Llanelli - Pembrey & Bury Port - Ferryside - Carmarthen
33207 + 33029 Carmarthen - Ferryside - Pembrey & Bury Port - Llanelli - Duffryn West - Cockett West - Swansea Loop West Jn - Landore Jn - Neath - Port Talbot Parkway - Margam Yard Jn - Bridgend - Pontyclun - Cardiff Central - (reverse of outward route) - Crewe

Notes :
(1) John Clifford's comments: When this tour was first advertised the train was going only as far as Llanelli, with an option of visiting the Llanelli & Mynydd Railway. This option remained with the tour train continuing to Carmarthen. The outward journey ran without problems. In fact, there was enough slack in the timings for us to run early at times and reach Carmarthen 13 minutes early. We were booked to cover the down goods loop at Llandeilo Jn but did not do so as the loop had been put out of use for some time. On the return the up goods loop at Llandeilo Jn was also out of use, so we didn’t cover it. Likewise the up through siding at Briton Ferry Yard was not covered. Consequently we ran early again and were held at Margam Moors Jn to let the 15.29 Swansea - Paddington (slightly early) go ahead and the 10.41 Holyhead - Llanelli (10 minutes late) cross our path. It was then on to Pencoed Loop for a lengthy wait for other trains to pass us. These were the 16.05 Swansea - Paddington which was 8 minutes late and the 15.03 Carmarthen - Manchester Piccadilly which was 20 minutes late.  At Cardiff we were booked to use platform 0. Whilst I understand that this had been authorised the train was routed into platform 1 as there were concerns over the use of platform 0 by our long train. Once we set off we made up time by not stopping in Panteg loop. At Pontrilas the box was not manned so we could not go via the loop and carried on. This meant that there was a long wait in Woofferton loop so that we could follow the 15.10 Milford Haven - Manchester Piccadilly. At Shrewsbury there was a booked stop on the down main line and we followed the 16.45 Llanelli - Chester form there back to Crewe.

Source : John Clifford (on the tour throughout)

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from John Clifford)

Location Booked Actual Booked Actual
Crewe 06.25d [P12] 06.25 [P12]   21.05a [P12] 21.08 [P12]
Crewe Down Loop - -   21.02 ~ 21.03 21.02˝ ~ 21.05
Crewe Gresty Lane 06/30 06/28   20/59 20.59 ~ 20.59
Gresty Green West Jn - -   20/52 [DT Sdg] 20/56 [DT Sdg]
Nantwich 06/35 06/32 [P2]   20/48 20/50 [P1]
Wrenbury 06/40 06/36 [P2]   20/46 20/46 [P1]
Prees 06/51 06/44 [P2]   20/36 20/37 [P1]
Wem 06/57 06/46˝ [P2]   20/30 20/34
Harlescott LC 07/05 06/54   20/24 20/25
Sig.SC8316 - 06.56 ~ 07.01   - -
Shrewsbury Crewe Bank 07.09 ~ 07.15 [UGL] 07.06 ~ 07.07 [UGL]   - -
Sig.CJ9 - 07.09 ~ 07.15   - -
Shrewsbury 07.21a ~ 07.24d [P7] 07.20˝ ~  07.23 [P7]   20.05 ~ 20.18 [DM] 20.06 ~ 20.19 [DM]
English Bridge Jn 07/26 07/25   20/03 20/04˝
Sutton Bridge Jn 07/28 07/26˝   20/02 20/03
Dorrington SB 07/35 07/32˝   19/57 19/57
Church Stretton 07.44a ~ 07.47d 07.40 ~ 07.45˝   19.48a ~ 19.50d 19.49 ~ 19.50
Marsh Brook LC 07/52 07/49   19/44 19/45
Craven Arms Loop 07.58 ~ 08.?? [DGL] 07.56 ~ 08.10 [DGL]   - -
Craven Arms 08.12a ~ 08.14d 08.13 ~ 08.14 [P2]   19.36a ~ 19.38d [P1] 19.38 ~ 19.39 [P1]
Bromfield 08/22 08/23˝   19/31 19/31˝
Woofferton 08/28 08/31˝   19.06 ~ 19.24 [UGL] 18.48 ~ 19.23˝ [UGL]
Leominster 08/36 08/37˝ [P2]   18.57a ~ 18.59d 18.36 ~ 18.37˝ [P1]
Moreton-on-Lugg 08/43 08/44   18/48 18/28
Shelwick Jn 08/46 08/46   18/45 18/25˝
Hereford 08.49a ~ 09.08d [P1] 08.52˝ ~ 09.08 [P1]   18.41 ~ 18.42 [UR] 18/22 [UR]
Tram Inn 09/17 09/15˝   18/31 18/15
Pontrilas 09/22 09/20   18.23 ~ 18.24 [UGL] 18/10 [ML]
Abergavenny Sig.38 - -   18/14 18/03
Abergavenny 09/33 09/29 [P2]   18/08 17/59 [P1]
Little Mill Jn 09/40 09/35   18/01 17/52˝
Panteg 09.45 ~  09.46 [DGL] 09/43 [DGL]   17.40 ~ 17.52 [UGL] 17/48 [UGL]
Maindee North Jn 10/00 09/52   17/28 17/37˝
Maindee West Jn 10/04 [RL] 09/53 [RL]   17/24 17/36
Newport 10/06 [DR] 09/54 [DR]   17/22 [UR] 17/35 [UR]
Gaer Jn 10/08 [ML] 09.57 ~ 10.02˝ [ML]   17/20 17/33 [UR]
Ebbw Jn 10/10 [DR] 10/06 [DR]   17/18 [UR] 17/32 [UR]
Marshfield 10/16 10/11 [DR]   17/14 17/28 [UM]
Long Dyke Jn 10/29 [E] 10/20 [E]   17/06 [UM] 17/22 [UM]
Cardiff Central 10.31a ~ 10.33d [P3] [DR] 10.23 ~ 10.32˝ [P3] [DR]   17.01a ~ 17.04d [P0] [D] 17.17˝ ~ 17.20 [P1] [D]
Radyr Branch Jn 10/35 10/34˝   - -
Penarth North Curve Jn 10/36 10/35˝   - -
Ninian Park 10/37 [P1] 10/36 [P1]   - -
Leckwith North Jn 10/38 10/37   16/56 [A] 17/13˝ [A]
Miskin 10.46 ~ 11.02 [DGL] 10/49 [DGL]   16.45 ~ 16.46 [UGL] 17/04 [UGL]
Pontyclun 11/06 10/52 [P1]   16/42 17/00 [P2]
Pencoed - -   16.24 ~ 16.33 [UPL] 16.19 ~ 16.52 [UPL]
Tremains 11.18 ~ 11.19 [DPL] 11.02 ~ 11.12 [DPL]   - -
Bridgend 11/22 [P1] 11/15 [P1]   16/17 [P2] 16/11˝ [P2]
Stormy 11.28 ~ 11.29 [DGL] 11/22 [DGL]   16.09 ~ 16.10 [UGL] 16.06 ~ 16.06 [UGL]
Margam Moors Jn 11/37 11/26˝ [DM]   16/00 15.31˝ ~ 15.56 [UM]
Margam Abbey Works East - -   15/57 15/29˝ [Up Bch]
Margam Yard Jn - -   15/50 [OVE] 15/26 [OVE]
Margam Sig.PT127 - -   15.48 ~ 15.48 15/23
Port Talbot Parkway 11/44 [DR] 11/33 [DR]   15/42 [UR/GL] 15/19 [UR]
Court Sart Jn 11/50 11/39˝   - -
Dynevor Jn 11/52 11/42   - -
Felin Fran 11/58 11/46   - -
Morlais Jn 12/18 11/58   - -
Britton Ferry Yard - -   15.24 ~ 15.33 [UT Sdg] DIV
Neath - -   15/16 15/10˝ [P2] [ML]
Landore Jn - -   15/08 15/02
Swansea Loop West Jn - -   15/06 15/01
Cockett West - -   15/01 14/55˝
Duffryn West - -   14/55 14/52
Llandeilo Jn 12.23 ~ 12.24 [DGL] 12.03˝ ~ 12.17˝ [ML]   14.51 ~ 14.52 [UGL] 14/50 [ML]
Llanelli 12.30 ~ 12.35 [DPL] 12.23 ~ 12.34 [P1]   14.40 ~ 14.45 [UPL] 14.37˝ ~ 14.46˝ [P2]
Pembrey & Bury Port 12/42 12/38 [P2]   14/35 14/32 [P1]
Kidwelly 12/49 12/42˝ [P2]   14/28 14/28 [P1]
Ferryside 12/56 12/46 [P2]   14/22 14/24 [P1]
Carmarthen Jn 13/07 12/54˝   14/13 14/14
Carmarthen 13.10a [P2] 12.57 [P2]   14.10d [P2] 14.11 [P2]


Associated E.C.S. Workings

26/08/18 : 5Z33 : (33029 + 33207) : Carnforth to Crewe
27/08/18 : 5Z34 : (33207 + 33029) : Crewe to Carnforth

Location Booked (out) Booked (rtn)
Carnforth Steamtown 14.55d 01.00a
Carnforth H.S. 15.05 ~ 15.10 00.45 ~ 00.50
Carnforth 15.15 ~ 16.35 23.20 ~ 00.42
Carnforth North Jn 16/37 23/19
Morecambe South Jn 16/42 23/14
Lancaster 16/44 23/12
Garstang & Catteral 16/55 23/02
Preston 17.07 ~ 17.21 22.51 ~ 22.52
Ribble Jn ? 22/48
Skew Bridge Jn - 22/45
Farington Curve Jn ? 22/44
Farington Jn 17/27 ?
Euxton Jn 17/31 22/38
Balshaw Lane 17/33 22/35
Wigan North Western 17/40 22/25
Wigan South Jn 17/40˝ 22/24
Springs Branch Jn 17/41 22/17
Golborne Jn 17/48 22/12
Winwick Jn 17/50 22/02
Dallam Jn 17/52 21/55
Warrington Bank Quay 17/53 21/53
Acton Grange Jn 17/55 21/48
Weaver Jn 18/00 21/44
Acton Bridge 18/03 21/41
Hartford Jn 18/05 21/39
Winsford 18/10 21/35
Crewe Coal Yard 18/21 21/29
Crewe 18.25 ~ 18.31 21.25d [P12]
Crewe Down Refuge Siding 18.34 ~ 06.00 -
Crewe 06.03a [P12] -


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