23rd October 2019

UK Railtours
Gerry's 313 Farewell Tour

EMUs Used 313134 'City of London' & 313064 (formed: 62562+71246+62626, 62592+71276+62656)

Route : 
2R82 : London Kings Cross to Royston
2B83 : Royston to Hertford North
2J86 : Hertford North to Moorgate
2W87 : Moorgate to Hornsey Down Reversing Sidings
2W88 : Hornsey Down Reversing Sidings to London Kings Cross

EMUs Route
313134+313064 London Kings Cross - Finsbury Park - Alexandra Palace - Potters Bar - Welwyn Garden City - Stevenage - Hitchin - Letchworth - Royston
313064 +313134 Royston - Letchworth - Hitchin - Stevenage - Langley Jn - Hertford North - Gordon Hill - Alexandra Place - Finsbury Park - Drayton Park - Moorgate
313134+313064 Moorgate - Drayton Park - Finsbury Park - Hornsey Down Reversing Sidings
313064+313134 Hornsey Down Reversing Sidings - Finsbury Park - London Kings Cross

Notes
(1) John Clifford's comments: This was the last run in passenger service for the Class 313s operating on the Great Northern Line (the last run in ordinary passenger service having been on 1st October 2019). These two units were put aside for the tour. It was also a farewell to Gerry McFadden, GTR's Engineering Director who was leaving the company. On the day we set off slightly late and from Finsbury Park we found ourselves behind the 09.50 Moorgate - Welwyn Garden City, which we followed slowly including a signal stop before Oakleigh Park. At Hitchin we stopped to let the 10.42 Kings Cross - Kings Lynn precede us. Then, instead of going over the flyover, we went over the flat crossing only to be stopped at Hitchin East Jn so that the 10.21 Kings Cross - Letchworth could go ahead. The reason for this soon became evident. We were due to cover Letchworth Arrival and Departure Line, but didn't do it. It seems that, despite the timings showing that it was to be covered, permission was refused. Furthermore we were told that there was no one available to clip the points. We arrived at Royston early and returned behind the 11.24 Cambridge - Brighton, then reached Hertford North for a break. It was hoped that we would cover the sidings here but, again permission was refused. At Hertford North there was an announcement that we were the last 313 train there. We set off behind the 13.10 Watton-at-Stone - Moorgate for a further slow run. As booked we covered Reception Line No.1 at Hornsey Depot, then followed the 13.39 Welwyn Garden City - Moorgate from Finsbury Park with a couple of signal stops. The final leg was out to Hornsey Reversing Sidings, over the flyover and into Kings Cross which was achieved without problems. So the reign of 313s on the Great Northern came to an end. The two units were towed away about a month later for scrap.
(2) Coach 62656 in unit 313064 was specially vinyled into Network SouthEast livery for this tour.

Sources : John Clifford & David Lodwick (both on the tour throughout)

Photo Review


313064 at Kings Cross (photo: David Lodwick)


313134 at Welwyn Garden City (photo: David Lodwick)


Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from John Clifford & David Lodwick)

M.C Location Booked Actual
0.00 London Kings Cross 10.00d [P9] [D] 10.02 [P9] [D]
0.57 Belle Isle 10/02 [DS] 10/05 [DS]
1.44 Holloway South Jn 10/04 10/06 [DS]
2.41 Finsbury Park 10/06 [P7] 10/08 [P7] [SL1]
4.78 Alexandra Palace 10.13 ~ 10.16 [P3] [DS] 10/13 [P3] [DS]
- Sig.K501 - 10.20 ~ 10.21
12.57 Potters Bar 10/32 [P4] 10/29 [P4] [DS]
20.25 Welwyn Garden City 10.42a ~ 10.50d [P3] 10.42 ~ 10.50 [P3] [DS]
21.19 Digswell Jn 10/52 10/52
23.68 Woolmer Green Jn 10/54 [DS] 10/54 [DS]
27.45 Stevenage 10/57 [P4] 10/57 [P4] [DS]
31.74 Hitchin 11/01 [P2] [DCF] 11.02 ~ 11.05 [P2] [DCMB]
34.50 Letchworth 11.06 ~ 11.06 11/18 [P2]
35.11 Letchworth Arr/Dep Line 11.08 ~ 11.16 [L1] DIV
35.41 Letchworth Sidings Reception 11.23 ~ 11.23 DIV
44.72 Royston 11.34a ~ 11.42d [P2] 11.29 ~ 11.42 [P2]
55.14 Letchworth 11/54 11/54 [P1]
57.70 Hitchin 11/59 [P1] [US] 11.59 ~ 11.59 [P1] [US]
62.19 Stevenage 12/05 [P1] 12.05 ~ 12.05 [P1]
63.19 Langley Jn 12/07 12/07
63.77 Langley South Jn 12/09 12/08
65.00 Bragbury Jn 12/11 12/09
67.30 Watton-at-Stone 12.15 ~ 12.16 12/13 [P1]
69.78 Molewood Jn 12/19 12/15
71.52 Hertford North 12.22a [P1] ~ 13.21d [P2] 12.20 [P1] ~ 13.21 [P2]
? Cuffley 13.32 ~ 13.32 13/29 [P1]
82.03 Gordon Hill 13.36 ~ 13.38 [P2] 13/32 [P2]
? Enfield Chase 13.40 ~ 13.40 13/35 [P1]
86.74 Alexandra Palace 13.49a ~ 13.55d [P1] 13.48 ~ 13.55 [P1] [SL2]
87.34 Hornsey EMUD Sig.HY176 14.02 ~ 14.12 [SL2] 13.58 ~ 14.11 [L1] [SL2]
89.31 Finsbury Park 14/18 [P1] 14/19 [P1]
90.15 Drayton Park 14.20 ~ 14.21 14.21 ~ 14.22 [P1]
? Essex Road ? 14.25 ~ 14.26
- Moorgate Sig.K?? - 14.30 ~ 14.31
92.71 Moorgate 14.31a ~ 14.37d [P9] 14.33 ~ 14.38 [P9]
95.47 Drayton Park 14.46 ~ 14.47 14.45 ~ 14.46 [P2]
96.37 Finsbury Park 14.49 ~ 14.49 [P8] [SL2] 14/48 [P8] [SL2]
97.76 Hornsey Down Reversing Sidings 14.54a ~ 15.12d 14.53 ~ 15.09 [Line 2]
? Harringay West 15/16 [SL2] 15/14 [SL2]
99.35 Finsbury Park 15/19 [P1] 15/16 [P1] [SL2]
100.32 Holloway South Jn 15/21 [US] 15/18 [US]
102.19 Belle Isle 15/24 [C] 15.20 ~ 15.22 [C]
103.76 London Kings Cross 15.26a [P11] 15.25 [P11]

Mileages taken from tour brochure. However these included Hertford North C.S.

Associated E.C.S. Workings

5R81 : (313064 + 313134) : Hornsey Depot to London Kings Cross

Location Booked
Hornsey Depot 09.32d
Finsbury Park 09/36
Holloway South Jn 09/38
Belle Isle 09/41
London Kings Cross 09.43a [P9]

5B84 : (313064 + 313134) : Hertford North to Hertford North Sidings
5J85 : (313134 + 313064) : Hertford North Sidings to Hertford North

Location Booked (out) Actual   Booked (rtn) Actual
Hertford North 12.33d [P1] 12.35 [P1]   13.10a [P2] 13.08 [P2]
Hertford North C.S. 12.35a     13.08d  

5E89 : (313134 + 313064) : London Kings Cross to Hornsey Down Reversing Sidings
5E89 : (313064 + 313134) : Hornsey Down Reversing Sidings to Hornsey Up Reversing Sidings
5E89 : (313134 + 313064) : Hornsey Up Reversing Sidings to Hornsey Depot

Location Booked
London Kings Cross 15.36d [P11]
Belle Isle 15/38
Holloway South Jn 15/40
Finsbury Park 15/44
Hornsey Down Reversing Sidings 15.48 ~ 15.54
Hornsey Up Reversing Sidings 15.58 ~ 16.04
Hornsey Depot 16.06a


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