1st April 1967
A4 Locomotive Society Ltd
The Inaugural Run of Sir Nigel Gresley
|Loco Used||4498 'Sir Nigel Gresley'|
|Stock Used||load 12|
|4498||Crewe - (via WCML) - Carlisle - Carlisle No.3 - Kingmoor SB|
|4498 (2)||Kingmoor SB - Kingmoor Up Through Sidings (3)|
|4498||Kingmoor Up Through Sidings - Carlisle No.3 - Carlisle - (via S&C) - Settle Jn - Hellifield - Cliteroe - Blackburn - Cherry Tree - Lostock Hall Jn - Farington Jn - (via WCML) - Crewe|
(1) This was 4498's first mainline outing in preservation, the northbound run to Carlisle was non-stop. There was initially some doubt over whether this ran on Saturday 1st April of Sunday 2nd April however David Whittaker confirms it was definitely the Saturday and this is backed up by the tour itinerary which was dated 1st April. David Whittaker also comments: the loss of time over the Settle & Carlisle on this run was due to a) very difficult conditions with sleet and snow showers on the climb to Ais Gill and 4498 slipping frequently with around 450 tons. I remember her slipping a few times as she passed me near Kirkby Stephen and b) very restrained running down from Blea Moor to Settle Jn.
(2) Propelling move.
(3) For visit to Kingmoor Shed.
Sources : various including Mike Morant, David
Whittaker & Geoff Monks
4498 at Acton Grange Jn (photo: the Bob Mitchell collection)
4498 is seen passing Grayrigg (photo: Mike Morant)
From the Andrew Fairholm ticket collection.
Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Geoff Monks)
|Acton Grange Jn||11/13||11/13½|
|Springs Branch Jn||11/31||11/26½|
|Wigan North Western||11/33||11/28|
|Garstang & C||12/03||12/01½|
|Carlisle||13.36a ~ 13.38d||13.35 ~ 13.39½|
|Kingmoor SB||13.44 ~ 13.46||?|
|Kingmoor Up Through Sidings||13.48a ~ 15.35d||??.?? ~ 15.36|
|Carlisle||15.40a ~ 15.43d||15.42 ~ 15.46½|
|Petteril Bridge Jn||15/45||15/49|
|Blackburn||17c59 ~ 18c01||18.24 ~ 18.51|
|Bamber Bridge Jn||18/14||19/04|
|Lostock Hall Jn||18/16 [GL]||19/06|
|Farington Jn||18c22 ~ 18c24||19.09 ~ 19.11½|
|Euxton Jn||18/30 [FL]||19/18|
|Wigan North Western||18/41||19/31|
|Springs Branch Jn||18/42½||19/34|
|Warrington Bank Quay||18/52||19/45½|
|Acton Grange Jn||18/54||?|
Passing Point Performance
(from David Whittaker)
|Location||Scheduled (mins)||Actual (mins.secs)|
|Carlisle (net 141 mins)||166
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