24th March 2019

Branch Line Society
The Ruby Vampire - The Second Bite

Locos Used D6515 'Lt Jenny Lewis RN' & 33029
Stock Used 4905+4994+99327+99723

Route :
1Z86 : Crewe to West Kirby
1Z87 : West Kirby to Southport
1Z88 : Southport to Crewe

Loco(s) Route
33029 (1) Crewe - Chester - Saltney Jn - Wrexham General - Croes Newydd North Fork
D6515 (2) Croes Newydd North Fork - Wrexham General
33029 (1) Wrexham General - Croes Newydd North Fork
D6515 (2) Croes Newydd North Fork - Wrexham General - Penyffordd - Dee Marsh Jn - Bidston - Birkenhead North Depot
33029 (1) Birkenhead North Depot - Bidston - West Kirby
D6515 (2) West Kirby - Bidston - Bidston Sidings
33029 (1) Bidston Sidings - Dee Marsh Jn - Penyffordd - Wrexham General - Croes Newydd North Fork
D6515 (2) Croes Newydd North Fork - Wrexham General - Saltney Jn - Chester South Jn - Chester North Jn - Hooton - Rock Ferry
33029 (1) Rock Ferry - Hooton - Chester - Mickle Trafford - Helsby - Frodsham Jn - Runcorn East - Acton Grange Jn - Walton Old Jn - Warrington Bank Quay - Winwick Jn - Golborne Jn - Bamfurlong Jn - Wigan Station Jn - Wigan Wallgate - Parbold - Burscough Bridge - Southport
D6515 (2) Southport - Birkdale - Formby - Hall Road - Waterloo - Bootle Jn - Edge Lane Jn - Olive Mount Jn - Huyton - St Helens Central - Ince Moss Jn - Bamfurlong Jn - Golborne Jn - Winwick Jn - Warrington Bank Quay - Weaver Jn - Winsford - Crewe - Crewe [Up & Down Potteries Loop]
33029 (1) Crewe [Up & Down Potteries Loop] - Crewe

Notes :
(1) D6515 on rear.
(2) 33029 on rear.
(3) John Clifford's comments: This tour was a rerun of the 4th November 2018 tour, which was derailed in Dee Marsh Sidings. It was a charity tour to raise money for Merseyside and Chester Blood Bikes. They transport various items on behalf of the local N.H.S. by motor cycle. This tour used part of the stock from the previous day's 'Marching Crompton II'. The tour started almost on time, but was stopped outside Chester to let the 09.39 Chester - Crewe depart, even though we were due through Chester first. Much time was allowed in the Wrexham area, so we were able to make the lost time. Having got to Bidston East Jn we were held to let the 11.01 West Kirby - West Kirby via Liverpool go ahead. After the journey into Birkenhead Depot, the 11.01 was followed to West Kirby, having done its circuit of Liverpool. We stopped outside Wrexham to let the 13.57 Wrexham Central - Bidston come off the single line. Off the Chester Curve we had to wait for the 14.30 Chester - Chester via Liverpool precede. At Warrington Bank Quay we covered Platform 4 instead of the slow line (possible due to a signalling error). There was a wait outside Wigan Wallgate to let a set of E.C.S. shunt. During the break at Southport I discovered that the shop on the station does not sell tea, calamity! The schedule onwards was again slack, so we waited at Bamfurlong Jn for the 16.51 Edinburgh Waverley - Birmingham New Street to go ahead. Then at Weaver Jn the 19.47 Liverpool Lime Street - London Euston passed.

Source : John Clifford (on the tour throughout)

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from John Clifford)

Location Booked Actual
Crewe 09.05d [P12] 09.06 [P12]
Crewe Steel Works 09/08 09/09
Beeston Castle & Tarporley SB 09/17 09/17
Chester East Jn ? 09.26 ~ 09.44
Chester 09.30 ~ 09.35 [REC] [DM] 09.48 ~ 09.51 [REC2] [US]
Chester South Jn 09/38 09/54 [DF]
Saltney Jn 09/40 09/56
Rossett Jn 09/47 10/01
Wrexham General 09.54 ~ 09.57 [P1] 10.07 ~ 10.10 [P1]
Croes Newydd North Fork 10.01 ~ 10.06 [UGL] 10.12 ~ 10.14 [UGL]
Wrexham General 10.10 ~ 10.16 [UB1] 10.16 ~ 10.20 [UB1]
Croes Newydd North Fork 10.20 ~ 10.30 [UGL] 10.22 ~ 10.26 [UGL]
Wrexham General 10/34 [P3] 10/28 [P3]
Penyffordd 10/49 10/40 [P1]
Dee Marsh Jn 11/01 10/50
Bidston Dee Jn ? 11.11 ~ 11.17
Bidston 11.23 ~ 11.25 [P1] 11.20 ~ 11.22 [P1]
Bidston East Jn 11/27 11/25 [U&D Thro Sdg]
Birkenhead North Depot 11.30 ~ 11.51 11.31 ~ 11.37 [L6]
Bidston East Jn 11/55 11.43 ~ 11.50
Bidston 11/57 [P2] 11.55 ~ 11.55 [P2]
Sig.ML587 ? 12.01 ~ 12.02
West Kirby 12.12 ~ 12.26 [P2] 12.10 ~ 12.25 [P1]
Bidston 12/40 [P1] 12/36 [P1]
Bidston Sidings 12.42 ~ 12.53 12.38 ~ 12.52
Bidston 12/55 [P2] 12/54 [P2]
Dee Marsh Jn 13/19 13/11
Penyffordd 13/32 13/26 [P2]
Wrexham Exchange Jn ? 13.37 ~ 13.40
Wrexham General 13/45 [P3] 13/42 [P3]
Croes Newydd North Fork 13.47 ~ 14.02 [UGL] 13.44 ~ 13.54 [UGL]
?? ? 13.55 ~ 13.57
Wrexham General 14/05 [P2] 13/58 [P2]
Rossett Jn 14/12 14/04
Saltney Jn 14/19 14/10
Roodee Jn 14/21 [SL] 14/12 [SL]
Chester South Jn 14/23 14/14
Chester North Jn 14.25 ~ 14.36 14/15 [DGL]
Sig.CR411 ? 14.18 ~ 14.37
Hooton 14/50 [P2] 14/51 [P2]
Rock Ferry 15.03 ~ 15.07 [P2] 15.04 ~ 15.09 [P2]
Hooton North Jn ? 15.17 ~ 15.18
Hooton 15/18 [P3] 15/20 [P3]
Sig.HN215 ? 15.22 ~ 15.23
Chester North Jn 15/34 15.31 ~ 15.34
Chester 15.36 ~ 15.50 [P3] 15.37 ~ 15.51 [P3]
Mickle Trafford 15/56 15/56
Helsby 16/00 [P2] 16/00 [P2]
Frodsham Jn 16/06 16/04
Runcorn East 16/08 [P2] 16/06 [P2]
Acton Grange Jn 16/12 [OL] 16/09 [OL]
Walton Old Jn 16/14 16/11
Warrington Bank Quay 16/20 [SL] [SL] 16/13 [P4] [SL]
Winwick Jn 16/26 [FL] 16/20 [FL]
Golborne Jn 16/29 [SL] 16/25 [SL]
Bamfurlong Jn 16/34 [GL] 16/31 [GL]
Springs Branch Jn 16/37 16/34 [GL]
Wigan South Jn 16/46 [UPL] 16/36 [UPL]
Wigan Station Jn 16/47 16/38
Sig.WW101 ? 16.39 ~ 16.41
Wigan Wallgate 16/49 16/42 [P1]
Parbold 16/58 16/50 [P2]
Burscough Bridge 17/02 16/53 [P1]
Southport 17.15a ~ 18.20d [P3] 17.05 ~ 18.20 [P3]
Birkdale 18/24 [P1] 18/25 [P1]
Formby 18/31 [P1] 18/34 [P1]
Hall Road 18/40 [P1] 18/38 [P1]
Waterloo 18/46 [P1] 18/41 [P1]
Bootle Jn 18/54 18/48
Edge Lane Jn 19/08 19/01
Olive Mount Jn 19/10 19/03
Roby 19/14 [SL] 19/07 [P4] [SL]
Huyton 19/15 19/08 [P4]
St Helens Central 19/23 [P1] 19/16 [P1]
Ince Moss Jn 19/35 [GL] 19/27 [GL]
Bamfurlong Jn 19/38 [FL] 19.32 ~ 19.35 [FL]
Golborne Jn 19/47 19/41
Winwick Jn 19/50 19/43 [FL]
Dallam Jn 19/53 19/45 [FL]
Warrington Bank Quay 19.55 ~ 19.58 [P2] [OL] 19.47 ~ 19.49 [P2] [OL]
Walton Old Jn 20/02 19/54
Acton Grange Jn 20/04 [FL] 19/56 [FL]
Weaver Jn 20/12 20.08 ~ 20.10
Acton Bridge 20/15 20/14 [P2] [FL]
Hartford Jn 20/17 20/15
Winsford 20/23 20/19 [P1] [FL]
Crewe Coal Yard 20/32 20/30 [SL]
Crewe 20.34 ~ 20.37 [P1] 20.33 ~ 20.36 [P1]
Crewe [U&D Potteries Loop] 20.40 ~ 20.54 20.39 ~ 20.55
Crewe 20.57a [P12] 20.58 [P12]


Associated E.C.S. Workings

5Z86 : (33029 with D6515 on rear) : Crewe Down Refuge Siding to Crewe

Location Booked
Crewe Down Refuge Siding 08.50d
Crewe 08.52a [P11]

0Z87? : (D6515 with 33029 on rear?) : Crewe to Crewe Down Refuge Siding

Location Booked
Crewe 21.16d [P12]
Crewe Down Refuge Siding 21.18a

5Z87 : (33029 with D6515 on rear?) : Crewe Down Refuge Siding to Crewe

Location Booked
Crewe Down Refuge Siding 21.31d
Crewe 21.33a [UDL]

5Z88 : (33029 with D6515 on rear?) : Crewe to Carnforth

Location Booked
Crewe 22.15d [UDL]
Crewe Coal Yard 22/18
Winsford 22/29
Hartford Jn 22/33
Acton Bridge 22/35
Weaver Jn 22/37
Acton Grange Jn 22/41
Warrington Bank Quay 22/43
Dallam Jn 22/44
Winwick Jn 22/46
Golborne Jn 22/48
Springs Branch Jn 22/57
Wigan South Jn 22/58
Wigan North Western 22/59
Balshaw Lane 23/08
Euxton Jn 23/12
Preston 23/21
Garstang & Catteral 23/30
Lancaster 23/40
Morecambe South Jn 23/42
Carnforth North Jn 23/47
Carnforth 23.48 ~ 01.17
Carnforth H.S. 01.20 ~ 01.30
Carnforth Steamtown 01.40a


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