31st May 1958

Stephenson Locomotive Society (Midland Area)
North Staffs Rail Tour (Part 2)

Locos Used at least 42378, 42482 & 42939
Stock Used LMS corridor stock

Route : reporting number W725 (throughout?)

Loco(s) Route
42482 Birmingham New Street - ??? - Stafford - Newport - Hadley Jn - Stafford Jn - Wellington - Market Drayton Jn - Peplow - Market Drayton - Silverdale Jn - Pipe Gate - Keele - Silverdale - Newcastle - Hartshill - Newcastle Jn - Stoke-on-Trent
42939 Stoke-on-Trent - Newcastle Jn - Etruria - ??? - Tunstall - Newchapel & Goldenhill - Kidsgrove Liverpool Road
42939 (1) Kidsgrove Liverpool Road - Newchapel & Goldenhill - Tunstall - Longport Jn (2)
42939 Longport Jn - Chatterley - Kidsgrove Central - Lawton Jn - Hassell Green - Sandbach - Middlewich - Northwich Sandbach Jn - Hartford Jn CLC - Hartford Jn LNW - Acton Bridge
42939 Acton Bridge - Hartford Jn LNW - Winsford - Crewe
42939 Crewe - Radway Green & Barthomley - Alsager East Jn
42939 Alsager East Jn - Jamage Jn - Leycett - Keele - Silverdale - Newcastle - Hartshill - Newcastle Jn - Stoke-on-Trent
42482 Stoke-on-Trent - Trentham Jn - Trentham Gardens
42482 Trentham Gardens - Trentham Jn
42482 Trentham Jn - Stone - Norton Bridge - Stafford - Wolverhampton - ??? - Birmingham New Street

Notes :
(1) Banked from Kidsgrove Liverpool Road to ??? by 42378.(2) Train was booked to reverse at Longport.
(2) Train was booked to reverse at Longport.
(3) Route confirmation required. Peter Darke has photographs in his collection showing 42482 at Stafford & Market Drayton, and 42939 at Kidsgrove (London Road). Andrew Fairholm has tracked down photographs of 42482 at Market Drayton, 42378 at Kidsgrove Liverpool Road, 42939 at Kidsgrove Liverpool Road and Acton Bridge and finally, 42482 again at Trentham Gardens.
(4) Train arrived back into Birmingham New Street some 100mins late, an hour of the delay being incurred between Stafford and Birmingham in the evening resulting in many tour participants being stranded having missed last trains home. Due to concerns over the ability of the LMR to operate charters effectively, the SLS decided to cancel all future tours on the LMR until such assurances were received that passengers would not in future be stranded in the event of delays. Tours to Derby, Horwich and Crewe were cancelled on the 15th and 22nd June, but then the train on the 22nd resurrected as a test of assurances received from the LMR. Passengers booked on the 15th June tour were able simply to turn up for the 22nd June train and exchange tickets on the train, else return them for a refund if they chose otherwise.

Sources : Andrew Fairholm, Brian Halford, Peter Darke & Ian Clark (SLS)

Photo Review


From Andrew Fairholms ticket collection.


From The John Debens Ticket Collection.


Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Ian Clark (SLS))

Location Booked Actual
Birmingham 13.15d 13.15
Stafford 13.57a ~ 14.05d 13.57 ~ 14.04
Wellington 14.46 ~ 14.47 14.33 ~ 14.39
Market Drayton 15w15 ~ 15w21 15.12 ~ 15.22
Silverdale Jn 15/22 15/24
Pipe Gate 15/32 15/33
Silverdale 15/45 15/46
Newcastle 15/50 15/51
Hartshill 15/52 ?
Stoke-on-Trent 15.56 ~ 16.04 15.55 ~ 16.03
Etruria 16/07 16/06
Tunstall 16/14 16/15
Newchapel & Goldenhill 16/17 ?
Kidsgrove Liverpool Road 16w21 ~ 16w30 16.31 ~ 16.33
Newchapel & Goldenhill 16/35 16/39
Tunstall Jn 16/39 16/43
Pinnox Jn 16/41 14/44
Longport Jn 16/44 16.47 ~ 16.57
Longport 16.45 ~ 16.53 DIV
Kidsgrove Central 16/58 17/04
Lawton Jn 17/01 17/06
Hassell Green 17/10 17.14 ~ 17.20
Elton Crossing 17/21 17/28
Sandbach 17/23 17.30 ~ 17.31
Northwich Sandbach Jn 17.39 ~ 17.45 17.54 ~ 17.55
Hartford Jn CL 17/51 18/02
Hartford Jn LNW 17/53 18/19
Acton Bridge 17.57 ~ 18.11 18.25 ~ 18.43
Winsford Jn 18/19 18/52
Coppenhall Jn 18/27 18/59
Crewe 18L33 ~ 18L38 19.04 ~ 19.07
Alsager East Jn 18.49 ~ 18.57 19.20 ~ 19.46
Leycett 19/15 19/59
Silverdale 19/21 20/05
Newcastle 19/26 20/10
Hartshill 19/28 20/12
Stoke-on-Trent 19w31 ~ 19w36 20.18 ~ 20.25
Trentham Jn 19/41 ?
Trentham Gardens 19.46 ~ 19.54 ??.?? ~ 20.45
Trentham Jn 20.00 ~ 20.08 ??.?? ~ 20.58
Stone 20/14 21.04 ~ 21.07
Norton Bridge 20/20 21/12
Stafford 20.28a ~ 20.34d ?
Wolverhampton 20.57a ~ 20.59d ?
Birmingham 21.25a ?


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