22nd March 1980

Severnside Railtours
The Tyne-Tees Ltd

Locos Used 08217, 37114, 37180,  37207, 37210 & 40118

Route :

Loco Route
37180 Cardiff - Newport - Bristol Parkway - Gloucester
37180 Gloucester - Cheltenham - Bromsgrove - (1) - Birmingham New Street - Tamworth - Derby - Chesterfield - Sheffield - Rotherham - Pontefract - York
37114 York - Darlington - Tursdale Jn - Washington
37114  Washington - South Pelaw Jn - Consett steelworks
08217 head shunt at Consett steelworks
37114 Consett S. Pelaw Jn Low Fell Jn Bensham Curve Jn King Edward Bridge Jn Greensfield Jn Newcastle
40118 Newcastle King Edward Bridge High St. Jn- Heworth Pelaw Sunderland Hartlepool Thornaby Middlesbrough
40118 Middlesbrough Eaglescliffe Northallerton York
37180 York (return as outward) -Bromsgrove - Droitwich Spa Tunnel Jn Worcester Foregate Street Hereford Newport Cardiff

Notes :
(1) Banked up The Lickey by 37207 + 37210.

Ken Baldwin queried the tour organiser on this outing - he thought it was Severnside Railtours, not F & W as originally suggested. Ian Monkton confirms it was indeed Severnside Railtours that operated this tour.

A connecting DMU  (WR set B812) was also used from Newport Lydney Gloucester Bristol Parkway Bristol Temple Meads.

The train was diverted via Hereford because of engineering works, and the DMU provided for tour participants to return to their joining stations.

Source : Paul Bettany
Additional information provided by Ian Monkton (joined/left the train at Bristol Parkway)

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