The Railtour Files - 1973

Date Railtour Operator Headcode Tour name Traction Timings
29/12/73 BR ? (Football Special) class 47 Yes
08/12/73 WRC 1L03 Cambrian Coast Express 5054 & 5076 -
01/12/73 BR (SR) ? (Christmas Shopping Trip) class 33 & class 45 -
25/11/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) 1819, E3056 & E3182 Yes
25/11/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) EMU -
24/11/73 DAA 1Z76
(SR 54)
Keighley Limited 1963, 6562 & 6563 & steam: 1931 (Swedish?) & 41241 Yes
24/11/73 BR 1Z44 (Day Excursion) 1619 & 5837 -
24/11/73 RCTS 1Z68 Bristol Avon No.2 DMU Yes
18/11/73 PRC ? Didcot Railtour DMU Yes
17/11/73 BLS 1G15 Tyke Railtour DMU Yes
10/11/73 BR 1Z73 London Branch Lines Tour DMU Yes
10/11/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) class 45 & class 47 -
03/11/73 BR at least 2Z70 Farewell to the Lambourn Valley Railway DMU Yes
03/11/73 BR ? (Merrymaker Excursion) ? Yes
03/11/73 ?BR? ? (Mystery Excursion) 214 & 1614 -
27/10/73 BR 1Z94 (Day Excursion) 1623 & DMU -
27/10/73 LNER ? Lakesider ? -
27/10/73 BR ? (Football Special) Did it run? -
20/10/73 LNER ? Torbay Express at least 6508, 6539 & steam: 4588 & 7827 Yes
20/10/73 BR ? Saturday Spree 1052 & 1615 Yes
20/10/73 BR (ER) ? (Happy Wanderer Excursion) Class 47(s) Yes
20/10/73 WRC ? Summers Ore BSC 26 -
20/10/73 BR 1G54 (throughout?) (Football Special) at least 6961 -
20/10/73 WRC ? Cambrian Coast Express No.4 5054 & 5076 -
20/10/73 ??? 1Z17 ??? at least 136 -
20/10/73 ??? 1Z24 ??? at least 1560 -
20/10/73 ??? 1Z25 ??? at least 1945 -
20/10/73 BR 1Z94 Torbay Explorer at least 1629 -
14/10/73 LT ? Rover Tube Tour Tube Stock Yes
13/10/73 M&GNJRS ? ??? ? -
13/10/73 BR ? Blackpool Illuminations ? -
13/10/73 BR 1Z94 (Merrymaker Excursion) 1754 Yes
13/10/73 BR ? (Football Special) 1778 Yes
13/10/73 BR 1F49 (Day Excursion) at least 1977 -
13/10/73 BR 1F50 (Day Excursion) at least 1772 -
13/10/73 BR 1F51 (Day Excursion) at least 1624 -
13/10/73 ??? ? ??? at least 1874 -
07/10/73 ??? ? ??? ? -
07/10/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) at least 1938 -
06/10/73 TRPS 1L06 Cambrian Hat-Trick (AGM Special) 321 & 86203 Yes
06/10/73 BR 1Z25 (Western Venturer) 1624, 7676 & 7677 Yes
06/10/73 LNER ? Tynesider ? -
30/09/73 F&W ? Torbay Express class 47 -
30/09/73 ??? ? Cider Express at least steam: 4472 -
30/09/73 BR ? (Merrymaker Excursion) DMU Yes
29/09/73 BRTA ? ??? 6533 & 6555 Yes
29/09/73 BR ? (Holiday Preview Special) 1109 Yes
29/09/73 BR ? (Stevenage New Station Opening Special) ? -
29/09/73 ??? 1Z23 ??? at least 1863 -
29/09/73 ??? 1G14 ??? at least 1100 -
29/09/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) ? -
22/09-23/09/73 BR 1Z32 (Merrymaker Excursion) 1963 Yes
22/09/73 BLS ? Hants Branches Railtour DEMU Yes
22/09/73 BR (WR) 1Z14 Hymek Swansong 7001 & 7028 Yes
22/09/73 6000LA 1Z73 Atlantic Venturers Express / 1973 Return to Steam Railtour 1005 & steam: 4472 & 6000 Yes
22/09/73 SRPS ? (Bute and Loch Fyne) DMU -
22/09/73 ??? 1F54 ??? 1635 & 1998 Yes
22/09/73 BR ? (Merrymaker Excursion) 58 & 92 -
21/09-23/09/73 WRC ? Hebridean Express No.3 at least 5113 & 5129 -
16/09/73 BR ? (Selhurst Depot Open Day Shuttles) DEMU -
16/09/73 LNER ? Keighley Flyer Did it run? -
15/09/73 BR ? (Mystery Excursion) 49 -
15/09/73 BR ? Grand Tour No. 17 ? Yes
15/09/73 ??? 1Z32 (Blackpool Illuminations Special) at least 5611 & 5624 -
09/09/73 BR (WR) ? (Day Excursion) 1931 -
09/09/73 BR ? (Reddish Depot Open Day Shuttles) EMU -
09/09/73 ??? 1Z08 (Day Excursion) 1644 Yes
09/09/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) at least 1950 -
05/09/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) at least 1918 -
08/09/73 BR (ScR) ? Scottish Steam Special No.3 5015, 5307 & steam: 60009 Yes
08/09/73 SRPS ? ??? ? -
08/09/73 BR ? (Merrymaker Excursion) 1855 Yes
08/09/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) at least 1772 -
07/09-09/09/73 WRC 1Z12 King of Oban at least 5231, 5370, 5380 & 7568 -
06/09/73 ??? 1G08 ??? at least 6901 -
05/09/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) at least 1708 -
05/09/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) EMU -
04/09/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) EMU -
02/09/73 BR (WR) ? (Day Excursion) 1679 -
02/09/73 BR ? Central Wales Land Cruise 1680, 1938 & 6888 Yes
02/09/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) EMU -
01/09/73 BR ? Double Diamond Special ? -
01/09/73 SLS/MLS ? Manchester - Hull and Humber Cruise 6834, 76011, E26040 & steam: 5690 -
31/08/73 BR ? Double Diamond Special ? -
29/08/73 BR (WR) ? (Day Excursion - Seaside Suntan Special) 1723 Yes
27/08/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) at least 1704 -
26/08/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) at least 1667 -
25/08/73 BLS ? S&D Railtour DMU Yes
25/08/73 LCGB ? North York Moors 313 & steam: 29 -
23/08/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) at least 1675 -
23/08/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) EMU -
20/08/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) at least 1638 -
19/08/73 LNER ? Hereford Flyer 1873, E3086 & E3126 -
19/08/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) 25 & 5342 Yes
19/08/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) at least 1543 -
17/08/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) at least 1540 -
14/08/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) at least 1540 -
12/08/73 BR ? (Merrymaker Special) 1825 & 6754 -
12/08/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) at least: 1655 -
12/08/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) at least: 1720 -
11/08/73 WRC ? Liverpool Docker MD&HB 42 -
07/08/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) at least 1699 -
05/08/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) at least 1755 -
04/08/73 SRPS ? West Highland Express ? -
03/08/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) at least 1627 -
01/08/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) at least: 287 & 1616 Yes
30/07/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) at least 1596 -
29/07/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) 279 Yes
22/07/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) 1623 -
22/07/73 BR ? (Merrymaker Excursion) 6583 & E3xxx Yes
22/07/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) at least 1609 -
22/07/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) at least 1912 -
22/07/73 EMTA ? ??? ? Did it run?
21/07/73 ??? 1Z73 ??? at least 5584 -
21/07/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) at least 1906 -
19/07/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) at least 1731 -
19/07/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) at least 1725 -
18/07/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) at least 1725 -
15/07/73 BR 1Z74/1Z73 (Merrymaker Excursion) 1532, 5133, 5190, 5506, 5507, 7611, 7633, E3081 & E3096 -
15/07/73 ??? ? ?Marlow Donkey Centenary? at least steam: 6998 -
15/07/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) EMU -
15/07/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) at least 1903 -
15/07/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) at least 1827 -
08/07/73 BR ? (Mystery Excursion) 1109 Yes
08/07/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) at least 1670 & 6511 -
07/07/73 BLS ? South Wales Wanderer DMU Yes
05/07/73 ??? ? ??? 1869, 7528 & 7617 -
01/07/73 LCGB 1Z77 & 1Z78 Gresley Commemorative Rail Tours 1707, 1814, 1904, E3146, E3169, E3187, E3194, E3196, E3197 & steam: 4498 & 4771 Yes
01/07/73 IoMR ? Operating Centenary Special Train ? -
30/06/73 JC ? Scottish Steam Special No.2 ? Yes
30/06/73 STRPS ? Tynedalesman DMU -
27/06/73 ??? 1Z68 (School Special) at least 5162 & 5237 -
26/06/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) EMU -
26/06/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) at least 1739 -
24/06/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) ? -
24/06/73 ??? 1Z70 ??? at least 5231 & 5269 -
24/06/73 GWS ? Great Western Returns at least 151 & steam: 60000 & 6998 -
23/06/73 RCTS 1Z18 Gwent Railtour DMU Yes
23/06/73 SRPS ? Lochalsh Express 5323, 5331, 5357 -
22/06/73 ??? 1Z09 ??? at least 1699 -
21/06/73 Olivetti 1Z32 (Private Charter) 1571 -
17/06/73 MLST 1Z74 Welsh Dragon Rail Tour 1623, 1694, 6888 & steam: 822 Yes
17/06/73 BLS ? ??? at least steam: 5596 & 60019 -
17/06/73 ??? ? ??? at least: 212 -
16/06/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) at least 6503 -
16/06/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) at least 1962 -
14/06/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) at least 1654 -
10/06/73 LCGB ? Steam Tour To Stratford Steam : 4771 Yes
10/06/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) DMU -
10/06/73 F&W [1] 1Z54 Snowdonian 1644, 5079 & 5087 -
10/06/73 BR ? (Mystery Excursion) ? -
09/06/73 BR at least 1G06 & 1G07 (Merrymaker Excursion) 3130, 5628, 6738, 6782 & 6825 -
09/06/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) DMU -
03/06/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) 1588 -
03/06/73 ??? ? ??? at least 1575 -
03/06/73 ??? 1Z28 ??? at least 1729 -
02/06/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) 1936 -
02/06/73 BR 1Z35 (Happy Wanderer to Morecambe) 1578 Yes
02/06/73 BR ? (Tyseley Depot Open Day Shuttles) steam : 60007 & 60800 -
??/06/73 BR ? (Merrymaker Excursion) 47xxx & steam: 3442 -
31/05/73 SRPS ? ??? DMU -
29/05/73 ??? 1Z12 ??? 1622 -
28/05/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) 16 & 25 Yes
27/05/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) at least 1713 -
27/05/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) at least 1606 -
27/05/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) at least 1921 -
27/05/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) at least 1561 -
27/05/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) at least 1687 -
26/05/73 BR ? (Mystery Excursion) 1531 Yes
26/05/73 LNER ? Lakesider 212, E3140 & E3160 Yes
26/05/73 SLS/SRA ? Buchan and Mearns Railtour DMU Yes
26/05/73 BRS ? (Lowca Light Railway) 2x USC 0-4-0 (diesel shunters) -
26/05/73 ??? 1Z72 ??? at least 1706 -
26/05/73 ??? 1Z76 ??? at least 1598 & 5530 -
19/05/73 ??? 1Z72 ??? at least 1770 -
19/05/73 ??? 1Z73 ??? at least 5604 -
19/05/73 ??? 1F50 ??? 258 & 1568 -
19/05/73 WRC 1Z80 Royal Giants at least 1752 & steam: 6000 & 92203 Yes
19/05/73 ??? 1L05 ??? 5204, 5221 & E???? -
19/05/73 BR ? Grand Tour No. ?16? ? Did it run?
15/05/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) at least 1647 -
13/05/73 BR ? (Eastleigh Depot/Works Open Day Shuttles) 6535 -
13/05/73 BR (SR) ? (Eastleigh Depot/Works Open Day Special) EMU -
13/05/73 BR 2Z10 & 2Z11 (Eastleigh Depot/Works Open Day Steam Specials) steam: 92203 Yes
13/05/73 LCGB/SGST ? (7752 on the Main Line) steam: 7752 -
13/05/73 LT ? Metro Tube Tour 1938 stock Yes
13/05/73 RIS ? (Ride the Honeybourne Trail) DMU? Did it run?
12/05-13/05/73 BR/PRC 1Z54 ??? 1038 'Western Sovereign', 1646, 5092 & 5142 Yes
12/05/73 ??? ? Flower Festival Express 1707 & 1746 -
12/05/73 RCTS 1Z44 Bristol Avon Express DMU Yes
12/05/73 BR ? (Merrymaker Excursion) ? -
06/05/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) 1714 Yes
06/05/73 M&GNJRS ? ??? Did it run? -
05/05/73 BR ? Last Blue Pullman Blue Pullman set Yes
05/05/73 R&ER ? Cumbrian Coast Express at least 419, 449, E3196 & steam: 'River Mite', 'River Irt', 44871 & 45407 Yes
05/05/73 BR ? (Special Excursion) 91 -
05/05/73 JC / SRPS ? Scottish Steam No.1 at least steam: 60009 -
04/05-06/05/73 BR (LMR) ? (Weekend Excursion) Class 47 & AC Electric -
28/04/73 BR ? (Mystery Excursion) 280 -
28/04/73 BR 1G06 (Day Excursion) 65 & 1773 -
28/04/73 ??? 1Z96 ??? 1569, 1864, 1920, 6586 & E6038 -
28/04/73 ??? 1Z97 ??? at least 1100 -
28/04/73 ??? 1Z98 ??? at least 1872 -
28/04/73 DFRPS ? Llynvi & Ogmore DMU & steam: 9642 Yes
28/04/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) at least 1673 -
27/04-29/04/73 WRC 1Z37 & 1Z38 Grand Scottish Circular Tour
(2 trains, Hebridean & Jacobite)
292, 1845, 1847, 1848, 5020, 5119, 5125, 5126, 5130, 5263, 5335, 5338, 5365, 5379, 5395, 5396 & 8041 Yes
23/04/73 BR ? (Merrymaker Excursion) 271 & 364 -
23/04/73 BR ? (Mystery Excursion) ? -
23/04/73 AEE ? Lifeline Final at least 263 -
22/04/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) 6532 & 6550 -
22/04/73 BR ? (Mystery Excursion) 131 -
22/04/73 BR 1Z17 (Day Excursion) at least: 127 -
22/04/73 ??? ? ??? 264 -
22/04/73 CoYDoT ? City of York Festival of Steam DMU Yes
21/04/73 CoYDoT ? City of York Festival of Steam 281 & steam: 4498 & 60019 Yes
21/04/73 BR ? (Explore Britain By Train) E3185 ? -
21/04/73 BR 1Z02 (Day Excursion) EMU -
14/04/73 BR 1Z15 (Day Excursion) at least 1052 -
14/04/73 BR 1Z20 (Day Excursion) at least 6594 & 6555 -
14/04/73 BR 1Z68 (Day Excursion) at least 1958 -
14/04/73 BR 1Z76 (Day Excursion) at least 1712 -
14/04/73 BR 1Z77 (Football Special) at least 1634 -
14/04/73 BR 1Z96 (Day Excursion) 1047, 1619 & 1681 -
14/04/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) at least 1711 -
07/04/73 ??? ? (Day Excursion) 12 ? -
07/04/73 SRA ? Speyside Express DMU -
07/04/73 BR ? Saturday Spree ? -
07/04/73 WRC 1L26 Cambrian Coast Express No.3 320 & steam: 6 -
07/04/73 M&GNJRS ? ??? DMU -
07/04/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) at least 1860 -
06/04-08/04/73 RCTS ? Skye Sleeper Special 210, 368, 1111, 5130, 5332 & 5334 -
31/03/73 BR ? (Mystery Excursion) at least 1745 & 1949 Yes
31/03/73 ??? 1Z74 ??? 1873 Yes
31/03/73 ??? ??? ??? at least 1854 -
31/03/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) at least 1548 -
24/03/73 BLS ? South Durham No.2 DMU Yes
24/03/73 BR 1Z50 (Day Excursion) 1721 -
24/03/73 BR 1Z94 (Holiday Preview Special) 1505 & 6595 Yes
24/03/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) at least 1916 -
17/03/73 BR ? (Football Special) at least 1664 & 1859 -
17/03/73 BR ? (Football Special) 43 Yes
14/03/73 BR 1L01 (Ideal Homes Excursion) at least: 218 & 233 -
13/03/73 BR 1L00 (Ideal Homes Excursion) at least: 218 -
10/03/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) 1656 -
03/03/73 BR (LMR) 1T41 (Day Excursion) at least 1874 -
03/03/73 LNER 1Z77 Welshman 1071, class 47 ????, 1836, 6876, 6889, 7586, 7665 & 45001 Yes
03/03/73 BR 1Z81 to 1Z89 (Football Specials) ? -
03/03/73 BR 1Z95 (Day Excursion) 1998 -
03/03/73 ??? 1Z96 ??? at least 1669 -
03/03/73 ??? ? ??? at least 1720 -
24/02/73 BR ? (Football Specials) - 2 trains at least 1541 & 1642 -
24/02/73 ??? ? ??? at least 1685 -
20/02/73 BR 1L00 (RAF Leave Special) DMU -
20/02/73 BR 1L01 (RAF Leave Special) at least 1955 -
17/02/73 WRC 1L01 Merseyside Express at least 214 -
17/02/73 BR 1L03 (Day Excursion) at least 209 -
13/02/73 BR ? (Football Specials) - 2 trains at least 1616 & 1840 -
09/02/73 BR ? (Football Special) at least 212 -
09/02/73 BR ? (Day Excursion) at least 1956 -
04/02/73 BR ? (Last Train Winchester to Alton Return) 6511 & 4TC EMU Yes
??/02/73 & ??04/02/73 BR ? (Blackpool to Torquay Weekender) at least 1634 Yes
03/02/73 LCGB ? Hampshire Ferret 2180, 2197 & 6511 Yes
03/02 & 04/02/73 BR at least 1Z86 (Rugby Special) at least 1645, 1920 or 1924 -
03/02 & 04/02/73 BR at least 1Z89 (Rugby Special) at least 1645, 1920 or 1924 -
03/02 & 04/02/73 BR at least 1Z88 (Rugby Special) at least 1645, 1920 or 1924 -
02/02 & 04/02/73 BR at least 1Z84 (Rugby Special) at least 1610 -
02/02 & 04/02/73 BR at least 1Z87 (Rugby Special) at least 1723 -
01/02 & 04/02/73 BR at least 1Z85 (Rugby Special) at least 1732 -
01/02 & 04/02/73 BR at least 1Z81 (Rugby Special) at least 1677 -
01/02 & 04/02/73 BR at least 1Z82 (Rugby Special) at least 1588 -
01/02 & 04/02/73 BR at least 1Z80 (Rugby Special) at least 1613 -
01/02 & 04/02/73 BR at least 1Z83 (Rugby Special) at least 1685 -
01/02 & 04/02/73 BR at least 1Z78 (Rugby Special) CANCELLED -
31/01 & 04/02/73 BR at least 1Z79 (Rugby Special) at least 1657 -
20/01/73 BR 1Z68 (Merrymaker Excursion) 165 & 169 Yes
20/01/73 ??? ? (Day Excursion) DEMU -
13/01/73 BR ? (Football Special) 1505 Yes
13/01/73 BR 1Z40 & 1Z43 (Football Specials) - 2 trains at least 1631 & 1697 -
13/01/73 BR 1Z54 (Day Excursion) at least 1907 -
13/01/73 BR 1Z75 (Mystery Excursion) 1659 & E3166 Yes
06/01/73 LCGB ? Derwent Valley Railtour DVLR1, DVLR2, 244, 271 & 5844 Yes
06/01/73 BR 1L03 (Day Excursion) at least 5231 & 7572 -
06/01/73 BR 1L04 (Day Excursion) ? -

Unknown Date :

Date Railtour Operator Tour name Timings
summer Saturday BR (Awayday Excursion) -


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