1st April 1967

A4 Locomotive Society Ltd
The Inaugural Run of Sir Nigel Gresley

Loco Used 4498 'Sir Nigel Gresley'
Stock Used load 12

Route :

Loco Route
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

Notes:
(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

Photo Review


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)

Location Booked Actual
Crewe 10.50d 10.53
Coppenhall Jn 10/55 10/59
Winsford Jn 11/00 11/05
Weaver Jn 11/07 11/11
Acton Grange Jn 11/13 11/13
Warrington 11/15 11/15
Winwick Jn 11/19 11/19
Springs Branch Jn 11/31 11/26
Wigan North Western 11/33 11/28
Standish Jn 11/37 11/32
Euxton Jn 11/47 11/38
Preston 11/53 11/44
Garstang & C 12/03 12/01
Lancaster Castle 12/13 12/16
Carnforth 12/18 12/21
Oxenholme 12/33 12/35
Tebay 12/49 12/51
Shap Summit 12/59 12/58
Penrith 13/12 13/13
Plumpton 13/16 13/18
Carlisle 13.36a ~ 13.38d 13.35 ~ 13.39
Carlisle No.3 13/41 ?
Kingmoor SB 13.44 ~ 13.46 ?
Kingmoor Up Through Sidings 13.48a ~ 15.35d ??.?? ~ 15.36
Carlisle No.3 15/38 15/39
Carlisle 15.40a ~ 15.43d 15.42 ~ 15.46
Petteril Bridge Jn 15/45 15/49
Appleby West 16/23 16/23
Ais Gill 16/51 16/57
Blea Moor 17/03 17/10
Settle Jn 17/17 17/23
Hellifield 17/21 17/26
Clitheroe 17/38 17/53
Blackburn 17c59 ~ 18c01 18.24 ~ 18.51
Cherry Tree 18/05 18/55
Bamber Bridge Jn 18/14 19/04
Lostock Hall Jn 18/16 [GL] 19/06
Farington Jn 18c22 ~ 18c24 19.09 ~ 19.11
Euxton Jn 18/30 [FL] 19/18
Standish Jn 18/37 19/27
Wigan North Western 18/41 19/31
Springs Branch Jn 18/42 19/34
Winwick Jn 18/49 19/39
Warrington Bank Quay 18/52 19/45
Acton Grange Jn 18/54 ?
Weaver Jn 19/03 19/52
Winsford Jn 19/09 ?
Coppenhall Jn 19/16 ?
Crewe 19.21a 20.10

Passing Point Performance
(from
 David Whittaker)

Location Scheduled (mins) Actual (mins.secs)
Crewe 0 0.00
Preston 63 51.05
Lancaster 83 83.23
Carnforth 88 89.09
Tebay 119 118.20
Shap Summit 129 125.16
Penrith 142 139.56
Carlisle (net 141 mins) 166
0
162.29
0.00
Appleby 40 37.49
Ais Gill 68 70.58
Blea Moor 80 83.45
Settle Jn 94 95.43
Hellifield (stop) 98 101.04


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