1st June 1968

British Rail (Scottish Region)
Grand Rail Tour No. 5

Locos Used D257, D1773, E26052, 44884 & 70013 'Oliver Cromwell'

Route : 1Z95 throughout

Loco(s) Route
D1773 Edinburgh Waverley - Haymarket - Midcalder Jn - Carstairs South Jn - Beattock - Carlisle - Carnforth
70013 (1) Carnforth - Lancaster - Preston - Chorley - Bolton - Manchester Victoria (1) - Ancoats Jn - Guide Bridge
E26052 Guide Bridge - Valehouse - Dunford Bridge - Sheffield Victoria
E26052 Sheffield Victoria - Valehouse - Guide Bridge
70013 Guide Bridge - Ancoats Jn - Manchester Victoria - Bolton - Darwen - Blackburn - Clitheroe - Hellifield
D1773 Hellifield - Settle Jn - (via S&C) - Petterill Bridge Jn - Carlisle - Gretna Jn - Dumfries - Kilmarnock - Barrhead - High Street Jn - Springburn - Lenzie - Larbert - Stirling
D257 Stirling - Alloa - Dunfermline Lower - Inverkeithing - Haymarket - Edinburgh Waverley

Notes :
(1) 44884 was provided as banker out of Manchester Victoria.
(2) Tickets were 70/- adult & 35/- child (under 14).
(3) Alasdair Renfrew comments: On the return leg of this trip, D1773 was driven hard from Carlisle, including taking the curve at Auchinleck at a fast rate, and reached Stirling 1 minute late, by my watch.  After D257 took over, the train was held after Alloa because, so we were informed, at least one signal box which should have been manned was switched out and we had to wait for long sections to clear - hence 23 mins late at Dunfermline


Loco swap at Hellifield; 70013 off for D1773 on (photo: Trevor Ermel)

Sources : David Hills, Rob Wells & Trevor Ermel

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Rob Wells & John Robin)

Location Booked Actual
Edinburgh Waverley 07.55d 07.55
Haymarket ??.??a ~ 07.59d ??.?? ~ 08.00
Midcalder Jn 08/15 08/13
Strawfrank Jn 08/35 08/33
Summit 09/00 08/59
Lockerbie 09/20 09/20
Gretna Jn 09/34 09/33
Carlisle 09.42 ~ 09.48 09.41 ~ 09.48
Penrith 10/11 10/13
Shap Summit 10/31 10/25
Carnforth 10L59 ~ 11L09 10.56 ~ 11.09
Lancaster 11/16 11/20
Preston 11/43 11/38
Chorley 11/56 11/54
Bolton 12/12 12/07
Manchester Victoria 12.28 ~ 12.36 12.23 ~ 12.36
Ancoats Jn 12/49 12/42
Guide Bridge 12L59 ~ 13L05 13.01 ~ 13.14
Valehouse 13/19 13/32
Dunford Bridge 13/30 13/42
Sheffield Victoria 13.50 ~ 14.00 14.05 ~ 14.16
Dunford Bridge 14/25 14/41
Valehouse 14/34 14/52
Guide Bridge 14L46 ~ 14L53 14.52 ~ 15.03
Ancoats Jn 15/03 (15/15)
Manchester Victoria 15.16 ~ 15.17 15.27 ~ 15.27
Bolton East Jn 15.34 ~ 15.40 15.46 ~ 15.52
Darwen 16/00 16/14
Blackburn 16/06 16/20
Clitheroe 16/23 16/35
Hellifield 16L45 ~ 16L53 16.55 ~ 17.10
Blea Moor 17/18 17/27
Ais Gill 17/29 17/38
Appleby 17/44 17/55
Carlisle 18.12 ~ 18.14 18.24 ~ 18.26
Gretna Jn 18/24 18/35
Annan 18/32 18/43
Dumfries 18/47 18/57
Thornhill 19/01 19/10
Mauchline 19/31 19/41
Kilmarnock 19/40 19/49
Barrhead 19/58 20/06
High Street Jn 20.11 ~ 20.13 20.17 ~ 20.18
Springburn 20.21 ~ 20.23 20.26 ~ 20.27
Lenzie 20/31 20/33
Stirling 20L55 ~ 21L15 20.55 ~ 21.15
Alloa 21/28 21/29
Dunfermline Lower 21.53 ~ 21.55 22.09 ~ 22.18
Inverkeithing 22.01 ~ 22.02 22.24 ~ 22.25
Haymarket 22.18a ~ ??.??d 22.40 ~ 22.41
Edinburgh Waverley 22.22a 22.44


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