9th June 2019

Branch Line Society
The Sunday Yicker

Locos Used 31128 'Charybdis' & 37668
Stock Used 99680+4854+5035+4905

Route : 
1Z28 : Crewe to Ashton-in-Makerfield
1Z29 : Ashton-in-Makerfield to Crewe

Loco(s) Route
37668 (1) Crewe - Crewe Shunt Neck (approx ˝ way)
31128 (2) Crewe Shunt Neck - Crewe
37668 (1) Crewe - Up/Dn Potteries Loop Line - Alsager - Kidsgrove - Stoke-on-Trent - Stone Jn (Up Main S.E. of Meaford Crossing approx 27m20ch)
31128 (2) Stone Jn - Sideway (DPL) - Stoke-on-Trent - Kidsgrove - Alsager (Up & Down Loop) - Up/Dn Potteries Loop Line - Crewe - Crewe C.E.T. Siding
37668 (1) Crewe C.E.T. Siding - Crewe
31128 (2) Crewe - Sandbach - Middlewich - Northwich South Jn - Northwich West Jn - Greenbank - Hartford C.L. Jn - Hartford Jn - Acton Bridge - Weaver Jn - Acton Grange Jn - Warrington Bank Quay - Dallam Jn - Warrington Royal Mail Terminal (Bay Platform 3)
37668 (1) Warrington Royal Mail Terminal (Bay Platform 3) - Dallam Freight Depot
31128 (2) Dallam Freight Depot - Warrington Royal Mail Terminal (Through Platforms) - Winwick Jn - Golborne Jn - Bamfurlong Jn - Springs Branch
37668 (1) Springs Branch - Wigan L.I.P. (Bickershaw Headshunt)
31128 (2) Wigan L.I.P. (Bickershaw Headshunt) - Springs Branch
37668 (1) Springs Branch - Bamfurlong Jn - Haydock Branch Jn - Ashton-in-Makerfield (Haydock Branch Headshunt) (4)
31128 (2) Ashton-in-Makerfield - Haydock Branch Jn - Bamfurlong Jn - Ince Moss Curve - St Helens Central - Huyton - Roby - Edge Hill - Liverpool Lime Street
37668 (1) Liverpool Lime Street - Edge Hill - Wavertree Jn - Liverpool South Parkway - Hunts Cross West Jn - Hunts Cross
31128 (2) Hunts Cross - Hunts Cross West Jn - Liverpool South Parkway - Wavertree Jn - Edge Hill - Liverpool Lime Street
37668 (1) Liverpool Lime Street - Edge Hill - Wavertree Jn - Liverpool South Parkway - Allerton East Jn - Garston Jn - Garston Church Road
31128 (2) Garston Church Road - Garston Jn - Speke Jn - Ditton Reception Sidings - Runcorn - Weaver Jn - Acton Bridge - Hartford Jn - Winsford - Crewe

Notes : 
(1) 31128 on rear.
(2) 37668 on rear.
(3) Raising money for Rethink Mental Illness.
(4) Ashton-in-Makerfield : The plan was to reverse on the Haydock Branch and enter the Hanson 'Kelbit' Sidings, but there were no staff available to clamp the points.
(5) John Clifford's comments: When this tour was first advertised the locos were to be 31128 and a 'Crompton'. However the 'Crompton' was not available so a class 37 was substituted. The name of the tour comes from the fact that a resident of Haydock are known is known as a 'Yicker'. The tour ran roughly to time (or early). We didn’t go into platform 2 at Crewe as there was a unit berthed there.

Sources : Alan Sheppard & John Clifford (both on the tour throughout)

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Alan Sheppard & John Clifford)

M.C Location Booked Actual
0.00 Crewe 09.32d [P1] 09.32 [P1]
0.64 Crewe South Jn 09.36 ~ 09.40 [Shunt Neck] 09.35 ~ 09.36˝ [Shunt Neck]
1.48 Crewe 09.44 ~ 09.50 [P2] 09.39˝ ~ 09.46˝ [P1]
1.78 Crewe South Jn ? [Up/Dn Pott.Loop]
2.51 North Stafford Jn 09/54 09/49˝
5.36 Barthomley Jn 09/58 09/54
7.70 Alsager 10/01 [P2] 09/56 [P2]
10.18 Kidsgrove 10/04 [P3] 10.01 ~ 10.01˝ [P3]
16.36 Stoke-on-Trent 10.17a ~ 10.20d [P1] 10.10 ~ 10.20˝ [P1]
16.74 Stoke Jn 10/22 10/22
23.38 Stone [Sig.SOT505] 10.31 ~ 10.44 [UM-DM] 10.32 ~ 10.43˝ [Meaford Crossing UM]
29.34 Sideway Loop 10.55 ~ 10.56 [DPL] 10/55 [DPL]
? Stoke Jn 10/58 10/58
? Stoke-on-Trent 10/59 [P2] 11/01 [P2]
30.57 Stoke-on-Trent North 11/00 [UGL] 11/02 [UGL]
31.26 Cliffe Vale Jn ? [UGL-DGL] 11/05˝ [DGL]
32.21 Grange Jn 11*07 ~ 11*12 11/10˝
36.50 Kidsgrove 11/22 [P4] 11/18˝ [P4]
38.42 Alsager [U&D Goods Loop] 11.28 ~ 11.29 [UDG] 11/26 [UDG]
39.03 Alsager 11/31 [P2] 11/27 [P2]
? Barthomley Jn 11/34 11/33
? North Stafford Jn 11/37 11/36˝ [Up/Dn Pott Main]
44.75 Crewe South Jn ? 11/38
45.25 Crewe 11*40 ~ 11*43 [P1] 11/39˝ [P1]
45.38 Crewe C.E.T. Sidings 11.45 ~ 12.01 [EMU Stabling Sdg] 11.43 ~ 12.00 [EMU Stabling Sdg]
45.51 Crewe 12.03 ~ 12.12 [P1] 12.01˝ ~ 12.15 [P1]
46.44 Crewe Sydney Bridge 12/15 [FL] 12/18˝ [FL]
50.18 Sandbach 12/23 [P3] 12/25 [P3]
53.73 Middlewich 12/37 12/36 [DL]
58.64 Northwich South Jn 12/54 12/53
59.11 Northwich West Jn 12/56 12/55
60.45 Greenbank 13/00 12/59 [P2]
61.28 Hartford C.L. Jn 13/02 13/01 [Up Branch]
62.13 Hartford Jn 13*06 ~ 13*11 [SL] 13.07 ~ 13.09˝
63.75 Acton Bridge 13/14 [DF] 13/11 [P3]
66.27 Weaver Jn 13/16 [DF] 13/13˝
71.57 Acton Grange Jn 13/20 [DF] 13/19 [ML]
73.55 Warrington Bank Quay 13*23 ~ 13*40 [P4] [DF] 13.23 ~ 13.37 [P4] [DF]
74.61 Dallam Jn 13/43 13/40
75.34 Warrington Royal Mail Terminal 13.46 ~ 13.52 [P3] 13.43 ~ 13.46 [P3]
75.72 Dallam Freight Depot 13.57 ~ 14.03 [Sdg.1] 13.49˝ ~ 13.51˝ [Sdg.1]
76.30 Warrington Royal Mail Terminal 14.08 ~ 14.08 [P1-P2] [US] 13/54˝ [P1-P2] [US]
78.39 Winwick Jn 14/13 [DF] 13/59 [DF]
80.66 Golborne Jn 14/17 [DS] 14/03 [DS]
84.39 Bamfurlong Jn 14/22 [DG] 14/10 [DG]
85.48 Springs Branch [Sig.WN53] 14.25 ~ 14.30 14.15 ~ 14.25 [UG]
86.18 Wigan L.I.P. 14.40 ~ 14.50 [Bick H.S.1] 14.30 ~ 14.37˝ [Bick H.S.1]
86.55 Springs Branch [Sig.WN53] 15.00 ~ 15.05 [UG] 14.41 ~ 14.46 [UG]
? Bamfurlong Jn 15/10 [US] 14/50 [US]
89.35 Haydock Branch Jn 15/13 14/55
90.08 Ashton-in-Makerfield 15.25 ~ 15.45 15.04˝ ~ 15.19 [Headshunt EoL]
90.61 Haydock Branch Jn 15/55 [DS] 15.22 ~ 15.30˝ [DS]
92.62 Bamfurlong Jn 15/58 [DG] 15/37
93.42 Ince Moss Jn 16/01 15.41 ~ 15.43
100.36 St Helens Central 16/12 [P2] 16/00 [P2]
106.09 Huyton 16/22 [P2] [SL] 16/10 [P2] [SL]
106.50 Roby 16/25 [P2] 16/14 [P2]
109.10 Olive Mount Jn 16/28 16/19
109.66 Bootle Branch Jn 16/30 16/21
? Edge Hill SB 16/32 [FL] 16.23 ~ 16.29 [DCM-UDF-DDF]
110.33 Edge Hill 16/33 [P4] [FL] 16/30˝ [P4]
110.55 Overbury Street ? 16.32˝ ~ 16.34 [DDF-UDF-DCMS]
111.06 Crown Street Jn 16/37 [US] 16/36 [DCMS-UCMS]
? Sig.LL5071 - 16.37 ~ 16.39
111.64 Liverpool Lime Street 16.40a ~ 16.59d [P1] [US] 16.41˝ ~ 16.57 [P1]
? Crown Street Jn 17/02 [SL] 16/59 [SL]
? Edge Hill West Jn ? 17/01 [UCMS-DCMS]
? Edge Hill 17/04 [P2] [FL] 17/03 [P2] [FL]
113.41 Edge Hill SB 17/05 [FL] 17/04 [DCMS-UDF]
114.36 Wavertree Jn 17/07 [FL] 17/06
117.39 Liverpool South Parkway 17/11 [P1] 17/10 [P1]
add Hunts Cross West Jn 17/13 [UDE] 17.12 ~ 17.14 [UDE]
add Hunts Cross 17.16 ~ 17.23 [P3] [UDE] 17.18 ~ 17.22 [P3] [UDE]
add Hunts Cross West Jn 17/26 17/25
add Liverpool South Parkway 17/28 [P2] [FL] 17/27˝ [P2] [FL]
add Wavertree Jn 17/33 [FL] 17/32˝
add Edge Hill SB 17/35 [FL] 17/35
add Edge Hill 17/36 [P4] [FL] 17/36 [P4]
add Overbury Street ? ? [DDF-UDF-DCMS]
add Crown Street Jn 17/40 [US] 17.37˝ ~ 17.43 [DCMS-UCMS]
add Liverpool Lime Street 17.43a ~ 17.59d [P1] [US] 17.45 ~ 17.58 [P1]
add Crown Street Jn 18/02 [SL] 18/02 [SL]
add Edge Hill West Jn ? ? [UCMS-DCMS]
add Edge Hill 18/03˝ [P2] [FL] 18/04 [P2] [FL]
add Edge Hill SB 18/04 [FL] 18/05 [DCMS-UDF]
add Wavertree Jn 18/06 [SL] 18/07 [UDF-UDS]
add Allerton West Jn ? [UDS-DDS] ? [UDS-DDS]
117.39 Liverpool South Parkway 18/11 [P4] 18/13 [P4] [DS]
117.56 Allerton East Jn ? 18/14 [Up/Dn Garston Chord]
118.04 Garston Jn 18/14 18/16
118.12 Garston Church Road 18.18 ~ 18.25 [Dep Line] 18.17 ~ 18.22 [Garston Dep]
118.20 Garston Jn ? [Garston Through Sdg] 18/25 [Up Garston Through Sdg]
119.13 Speke Jn 18/35 [SL] 18.28 ~ 18.29 [SL]
122.63 Ditton West Jn 18/41 [SL] 18/38
123.06 Ditton Reception Sidings 18*43 ~ 18*48 [Recp 2] 18.39˝ ~ 18.49˝ [Recp 2]
123.18 Ditton East Jn 18/50 18/50˝
125.45 Runcorn 18/54 [P1] 18/56 [P1]
126.61 Halton Jn 18/55 18/58
131.15 Weaver Jn 19/03 [UF] 19/06
133.47 Acton Bridge 19/06 [US] 19/11 [P1] [US]
135.29 Hartford Jn 19*11 ~ 19*13 [UF] 19.16 ~ 19.18 [UF]
140.77 Winsford 19/18 [UF] 19/24 [P1] [UF]
147.17 Crewe Coal Yard 19/27 [UF] 19/32˝ [UF]
148.02 Crewe 19.29a [P12] 19.35˝ [P12]

Mileages taken from tour brochure.

Associated E.C.S & Light Engine Workings

08/06/19 :
5Z27 : (37668 + tour stock) : Carnforth to Crewe Down Refuge Siding

Location Booked
Carnforth Steamtown 17.35d
Carnforth H.S. 17.45 ~ 17.55
Carnforth 18*00 ~ 18*03
Carnforth North Jn 18/05
Morecambe South Jn 18/11
Lancaster 18/13
Garstang & Catteral 18/25
Fylde Jn 18/35
Preston 18*37 ~ 18*40 [GL]
Ribble Jn 18/42
Euxton Jn 18/48
Balshaw Lane 18/50
Wigan North Western 18/57
Wigan South Jn 18/57˝
Springs Branch Jn 18/58
Golborne Jn 19/02
Winwick Jn 19/04
Dallam Jn 19/06
Warrington Bank Quay 19/07
Acton Grange Jn 19/09
Weaver Jn 19/14
Acton Bridge 19/17
Hartford Jn 19/19
Winsford 19/24
Crewe Coal Yard 19/33
Crewe 19*37 ~ 19*47 [P12]
Crewe Down Refuge Siding 19.50a

0Z87 : (31128) : Burton Wetmore Sidings to Crewe Down Refuge Siding

Location Booked
Burton Wetmore Sidings 17.52d
Wetmore Jn 18.00 ~ 18.06
Burton-on-Trent 18/12
Leicester Jn 18/13
Wichnor Jn 18/19
Alrewas 18/22
Trent Valley Jn 18/32
Lichfield Trent Valley 18/37
Lichfield North Jn 18/39
Rugeley North Jn 18/47
Colwich 18/54
Stafford 19.01 ~ 19.06
Searchlight Lane Jn 19/13
Madeley 19/24
Basford Hall Jn 19/34
Crewe 19.37 ~ 20.04 [UDL]
Crewe Down Refuge Siding 20.07a

09/06/19 :
5Z28 : (31128 with 37668 on rear) : Crewe Down Refuge Siding to Crewe Coal Yard
5Z28 : (37668 with 31128 on rear) : Crewe Coal Yard to Crewe

Location Booked Actual
Crewe Down Refuge Siding 08.54d ?
Crewe 08*57 ~ 09*02 [P6] 08.49 ~ 08.55 [P6]
Crewe Coal Yard [Sig.CE582] 09.06 ~ 09.17 [FL] 08.59˝ ~ 09.12
Crewe 09.21a [P1] 09.14˝ [P1]

5Z29 : (37668 + tour stock) : Crewe to Carnforth

Location Booked
Crewe 19.44d [P12]
Crewe Coal Yard 19/46
Winsford 19/54
Hartford Jn 19/59
Acton Bridge 20/01
Weaver Jn 20/03
Acton Grange Jn 20/07
Warrington Bank Quay 20/09
Dallam Jn 20/10
Winwick Jn 20/12
Golborne Jn 20/15
Springs Branch Jn 20/22
Wigan South Jn 20/24
Wigan North Western 20*26 ~ 20*42 [P6]
Balshaw Lane 20/50
Euxton Jn 20/52
Farrington Curve Jn 20/55
Ribble Jn 20/57
Preston 21*00 ~ 21*08 [P1]
Fylde Jn 21/10
Garstang & Catteral 21/18
Lancaster 21/35
Morecambe South Jn 21/37
Carnforth North Jn 21/42
Carnforth 21/43
Carnforth H.S. 21.45 ~ 21.55
Carnforth Steamtown 22.05a


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