16th July 1950

Great Northern Railway
Centenary Express

Loco Used 60113 'Great Northern'
Stock Used load 8 (6 Pullman coaches & 2 kitchen cars)

Route :

Loco Route
60113 London Kings Cross - (via ECML) - Peterborough - Spalding - Boston - Lincoln - Saxilby - Retford - (via ECML) - Shaftholme Jn - Knottingley - Burton Salmon - Church Fenton - York
60113 York - Selby - (?via ECML?) - London Kings Cross

Notes :
(1) Tour was organised by a Mr George Lake. On the return leg it is reported that the train ran through a set of level crossing gates near Selby. Some passengers salvaged pieces of the splintered gates and at the booked stop at Peterborough the driver was asked to autograph the pieces.
(2) 60113 carried a very large headboard, the diameter of the smokebox, with an image of Edmund Denison the driving force behind the creation of the Great Northern Railway.

Sources : David Whittaker & John Debens

Photo Review


60113 at York (photo: by J.C.Flemons, The John Debens Collection)


From The John Debens Ticket Collection.


Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from John Debens)

Miles Location Booked Actual   Booked (rtn)
0.0 Kings Cross 08.55d 08.55   21.55a
2.5 Finsbury Park 09/02 09/02   ?
5.0 Wood Green ? 09/05   ?
6.4 New Southgate ? 09/08   ?
9.2 New Barnet 09.14a ~ 09.16d 09.12 ~ 09.15   21.30a ~ ??.??d
10.6 Hadley Wood ? 09/19   ?
12.7 Potters Bar ? 09/22   ?
17.7 Hatfoeld (No.3 SB) 09/29 09/28   ?
20.3 Welwyn Garden City ? 09/31   ?
22.0 Welwyn North ? 09/34   ?
23.5 Woolmer Green SB ? 09/35   ?
25.0 Knebworth ? 09/37   ?
28.6 Stevenage ? 09/41   ?
31.9 Hitchin 09/44 09/44   ?
35.7 Three Counties ? 09/48   ?
37.0 Arlesley ? 09/51 [SL]   ?
41.1 Biggleswade ? 09/58   ?
44.1 Sandy ? 10/04 [FL]   ?
47.5 Tempsford ? 10/09   ?
51.7 St Neots ? 10/12   ?
56.0 Offord ? 10/16   ?
58.9 Huntingdon 10/06 10/18   ?
63.5 Abbots Ripton ? 10/22   ?
69.4 Holme ? 10/26   ?
72.6 Yaxley ? 10/29   ?
76.4 Peterborough 10.28 ~ 10.33 10.33 ~ 10.41   20.03a ~ ??.??d
88.0 Littleworth ? 10/58   ?
92.8 Spalding 10/55 11.05   ?
100.8 Algarkirk ? 11/13   ?
107.5 Boston 11/13 11/20   ?
125.0 Woodhall Jn (Kirkstead) ? 11/42   ?
143.0 Lincoln 12.01a ~ 12.06d 12.06 ~ 12.12   ?
149.0 Saxilby ? 12/23   ?
154.5 Cottam ? 12/30   ?
159.5 Clarborough Tunnel (exit) 12/31 12/38   ?
162.4 Retford 12/42 12/45   ?
167.7 Ranskill ? 12/53   ?
171.5 Bawtry ? 12/58   ?
176.4 Rossington ? 13/03   ?
179.9 Doncaster 13/14 13/10   ?
184.1 Shaftholme Jn SB 13/20 13/15   ?
194.5 Knottingley 13/35 13/30   ?
197.4 Burton Salmon 13/44 13/38   ?
203.7 Church Fenton 13/52 13/47   ?
212.8 Chaloner's Whin Jn ? 14/00   ?
214.8 York 14.07a 14.04   17.32d


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