10th March 1984
Northwest Rambler No.3
|Locos Used||25059, 25218, 31187, 31273, 40082, 40155, 45104, 85039 & 86254|
Route : 1Z15 throughout
|85039||London Euston - Watford Junction - Weedon - Rugby - Coventry|
|31187 + 31273||Coventry - Stechford - Proof House Jn - Birmingham New Street - Bescot - Stafford - Norton Bridge - Stone - Stoke-on-Trent|
|25059 + 25218||Stoke-on-Trent - Stoke Jn - Leek Brook Jn|
|25059 + 25218||Leek Brook Jn - Stoke Jn - Stoke-on-Trent|
|31273 + 31187||Stoke-on-Trent - Etruria - Kidsgrove - Macclesfield - Cheadle Hulme - Stockport|
|45104||Stockport - Hazel Grove - Disley - Furness Vale - Buxton|
|45104||Buxton - Furness Vale - Disley - Hazel Grove - Stockport|
|40082 (1)||Stockport - Heaton Norris Jn - Denton Jn - Ashton Moss Jn - Baguley Fold Jn - Park|
|40155 (2)||Park - Ashburys|
|40155||Ashburys - New Mills South Jn - Edale - Dronfield - Chesterfield - Ambergate Jn - Derby - Stenson Jn - Burton-on-Trent - Wichnor Jn - Water Orton - Landor Street Jn - Proof House Jn - Birmingham New Street|
|86254||Birmingham New Street - (reverse of outward route) - London Euston|
(1) 40082 failed at Park.
(2) Plus 40082 dead in tow.
Sources : Nick Ross & Kevin Driscoll
(from Nick Ross)
A right time 0755 departure saw us settling into our 9 coach compo consist with 85039 in scream mode once past Willesden. 85039 lived up to her "Concorde" nickname by holding speeds well in excess of 100 mph from Tring Summit to Hanslope, apart from the 90 mph totter through Linslade tunnel. Once at Hanslope our driver eased off yet we were still 5 early through Rugby.
At Coventry the train filled and our speeds dropped as goyle power in 31273/31187 took us North. Personal jubilation followed at Stoke as 25218 and 25059 backed on. 25059 was my 100th rat for haulage. The rats took an unfamiliar left turn for a trundle to Leek Brook Jn of sand train fame. Here we all leapt off for a half hour photo stop whilst the rats ran round. In open the semi moor land here we could wander to scenic heights to phot our rodents.
The rats returned us to Stoke, for the goyles onward to Stockport. Here 45104 was onward power to Buxton and back. A photo stop at Chapel-le-Frith on the outward run was spoilt by grey skies. Once back at Stockport hordes of 40 bashers gathered as the rare 40082 replaced the EH peak. A thick black clag hinted all was not well up front and after passing 40063 on chemical tanks near Ashton Moss 40082 finally failed at Park. The whole train was now leaning out of the window in and the atmosphere tensed a bit as rumours of a 47/4, or even the nasty nose (45104) again, to the rescue circulated. Newton Heath, to their credit, kicked out a sound rescue engine to their credit in 40155 which took the tour and dead 40082 to Ashburys where 40082 was detached.
Timekeeping by now was also out of the window as we left Ashburys 100 minutes down and with a long lost path more time was lost as 40155 slogged over through the Hope valley and back to New St. The last tour power in 86254 forward from New St disappointed us, 85039 no doubt being borrowed for higher priority duties. I leapt at Watford, the tour now 120 down as a virtually empty train headed back to Euston.
Timings (Booked Only)
(from Ian Umpleby)
|Location||Booked (out)||Booked (rtn)|
|Birmingham New Street||?||?|
|Stoke-on-Trent||11L00a ~ 11L10d|
|Leek Brook Jn||11.45 ~ 12.15|
|Stoke-on-Trent||12L55½ ~ 13L05|
|Stockport||13L41 ~ 13L45|
|Chapel-en-le-Frith||14p30a ~ 14p45d|
|Buxton||14.58a ~ 15.28d|
|Heaton Norris Jn||?|
|Ashton Moss North Jn||?|
|Baguley Fold Jn||?|
|New Mills South Jn||?|
|Dore South Jn||?|
|Clay Cross South Jn||?|
|Landor Street Jn||?|
Timings continue in first table.
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