14th April 1984

Lea Valley Railway Club
The Ffestiniog Orbital

Locos Used 40122, 85010, 85031 & steam: 10 'Merddin Emrys'
Stock Used Used mainline: 35300+7060+18999+18828+18903+1675+19020+18796+18803+7154+35478
on FR: 23+20+17+117+118+106+101+121+116+103+120+100
DMU Used 53910+59130+53857+53323+59129+53307

Route :
Loco hauled train : 1T12 throughout
DMU : 1T13 throughout

both circuits:

Loco Route
85031

London Euston - (via WCML, Weedon) - Rugby - Coventry - Birmingham International - Stetchford - Aston - Perry Barr North Jn - Bescot - Portobello Jn - Wolverhampton

'clockwise circuit':

Traction Route
DMU as listed

Wolverhampton - Wellington - Abbey Foregate Jn - Sutton Bridge Jn - Welshpool - Machynlleth - Dovey Junction - Towyn - Barmouth - Harlech - Porthmadog - Pwllheli

DMU as listed

Pwllheli - Porthmadog

10 Porthmadog - Blaenau Ffestiniog
40122 Blaenau Ffestiniog - Llanrwst - Llandudno Junction
40122 Llandudno Junction - Rhyl - Chester - Crewe - Madeley - Norton Bridge - Stafford
85010 Stafford - Wolverhampton

'anti-clockwise circuit':

Traction Route
85031

Wolverhampton - Stafford

40122 Stafford - Norton Bridge - Madeley - Basford Hall Jn - Crewe Sorting Sidings North - Crewe Steelworks - Chester - Rhyl - Llandudno Junction
40122 Llandudno Junction - Llanrwst - Blaenau Ffestiniog
10 Blaenau Ffestiniog - Porthmadog
DMU as listed Porthmadog - Pwllheli
DMU as listed Pwllheli - Porthmadog - Harlech - Barmouth - Towyn - Dovey Junction - Machynlleth - Welshpool - Sutton Bridge Jn - Abbey Foregate Jn - Wellington - Wolverhampton

both circuits:

Loco Route
85010 Wolverhampton - Portobello Jn - Bescot - Perry Barr North Jn - Aston - Stechford - Birmingham International - Coventry - Rugby - (via WCML, Weedon) - London Euston

Notes :
(1) Half the participants (including Martin Pettit & LASERman) took the clockwise circuit (ticket C); the other half went anti-clockwise (ticket A). Harry Harper confirms the use of 40122 and FR 10 and route for those portions of the journey.

Sources : Martin Pettit (joined/left the train at Watford Junction) & Harry Harper

Photo Review


40122 at Blaenau Ffestiniog (photo: Michael Croxford)


53307 leads the DMU set at Harlech (photo: Michael Croxford)


Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from LASERman)

Loco-hauled sections

Location

Booked

Actual

 

Booked

Actual

London Euston

07.14d

07.14 [P11 / FL]

 

23.02

22.59 [P15]

Willesden West London Jn

07/21

07/21

 

22/54

22/51

Watford Junction

07.30a ~ 07.31d

07.31 ~ 07.33

 

22.40a ~ 22.41d

22.37 ~ 22.39

Tring

07/41

07/45

 

22/30

?

Bletchley

07/51

07/55

 

22/19

?

Hanslope Jn

07/57

08/01

 

22/09

?

Weedon

08/06

?

 

22/00

22/00

Rugby

08.18a ~ 08.20d

08.20 ~ 08.21

 

21.48a ~ 21.49d

21.50 ~ 21.51

Coventry

08/30

08/34

 

21/38

21/40

Stechford

08/54

08/46

 

21/24

21/28

Aston

09/00

08/53

 

21/18

?

Perry Barr North Jn

09/05

08/56

 

21/13

21/20

Bescot

09/10

09/02

 

21/08

21/14

Portobello Jn

09/14

09/07

 

21/01

?

Wolverhampton

09.20a ~ 09.24d

09.36 ~ 09.38

 

20.52a ~ 20.55d

21.03 ~ 21.04

Stafford

09L42a ~ 10L04d

??.?? ~ ??.??

 

20L20a ~ 20L35d

20.38 ~ 20.48

Norton Bridge

10/11

?

 

20/14

20/29

Madeley

10/20

?

 

20/04

20/20

Basford Hall Jn

10/26

?

 

Crewe Sorting Sidings North

10c31 ~ 10c33

??.?? ~ ??.??

 

Crewe

 

19c52 ~ 19c54

19.55 ~ 20.09

Crewe Steelworks

10/46

?

 

19/49

19/50

Chester

11/11

?

 

19.14a ~ 19.24

19.10 ~ 19.21

Mold Jn

11/17

?

 

19/01

19/05

Holywell Jn

11/28

?

 

18/50

18/53

Rhyl

11/39

?

 

18/39

18/37

Colwyn Bay

11/51

?

 

?

?

Llandudno Junction

11.56a ~ 12.15d

??.?? ~ ??.??

 

18.04a ~ 18.24d

18.05 ~ 18.21

Llanrwst

12/35

?

 

17/45

17.46 ~ 17.47

Blaenau Ffestiniog

13.10a

??.??

 

17.10d

17.15

DMU sections

Location

Booked

Actual

 

Booked

Actual

Wolverhampton

09.28d

09.42

 

20.38a

?

Cosford

09/38

09/51

 

20/25

?

Wellington

09/48

10/05

 

20/15

?

Abbey Foregate Curve

10c03 ~ 10c05

10.16 ~ 10.18

 

19c58 ~ 20c03

??.?? ~ ??.??

Sutton Bridge Jn

10/07

10/20

 

19/55

?

Westbury

10/21

10/34

 

19/38

?

Welshpool

10/32

10/45

 

19/26

?

Newtown

10/49

11/02

 

19/10

?

Caersws

10/57

11/09

 

19/03

?

Talerddig

11x07 ~ 11x09

11.20 ~ 11.21

 

18/53

?

Machynlleth

11/29

11.37 ~ 11.39

 

18x16 ~ 18x29

??.?? ~ ??.??

Dovey Jn

11/36

11/45

 

18/10

?

Tywyn

11/55

12/00

 

17/51

?

Barmouth

12/19

12/20

 

17x18 ~ 17x26

??.?? ~ ??.??

Harlech

12p37a ~ 13p02d

12.37 ~ 13.06

 

16p36a ~ 17p01d

??.?? ~ ??.??

Porthmadog

13/17

13/19

 

16x16 ~ 16x18

??.?? ~ ??.??

Pwllheli

13.40a ~ 13.45d

13.37 ~ 13.47

 

15.50a ~ 15.55d

??.?? ~ ??.??

Porthmadog

14.05a

14.08

 

15.30d

?

FR sections

Location

Booked

Actual

 

Booked

Actual

Porthmadog

15.00d

15.01

 

14.45a

?

Boston Lodge

15.??a ~ 15.??d

15.?? ~ 15.06

 

??.?? ~ ??.??

?

Minfford

15.??a ~ 15.09d

15.?? ~ 15.11

 

??.?? ~ ??.??

?

Penrhyn

15.??a ~ 15.15d

?

 

??.?? ~ ??.??

?

Tan-y-Bwlch

15.??a ~ 15.35d

15.?? ~ 15.45

 

??.?? ~ ??.??

?

Ddaullt

?

?

 

?

?

Tan-y-Grisiau

15.??a ~ 15.53d

?

 

??.?? ~ ??.??

?

Blaenau Ffestiniog

16.05a

16.18

 

13.40d

?


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