9th June 1968

British Railways (L.M.R.)
Midland Line Centenary Special Railtour

Locos Used D138 & steam : 70013 'Oliver Cromwell'
Stock Used 12 coaches

Route : 1Z74 throughout

Loco Route
D138 London St Pancras - Bedford Midland Road - Wellingborough - Kettering - Market Harborough - Leicester - Loughborough - Derby Midland
70013

Derby Midland - Ambergate - Matlock - Millers Dale - Peak Forest - Chapel-en-le-Frith - Chinley - New Mills - Reddish - Manchester Victoria

70013 Manchester Victoria - Reddish - New Mills - Chinley - Edale - Hope - Dore South Jn - Chesterfield - Clay Cross - Nottingham Midland
?D138? Nottingham Midland - Trent - Loughborough - Leicester - Wellingborough - Bedford Midland Road - London St Pancras

Notes :
(1) Whilst at Manchester Victoria a short 'DMU tour' to Manchester Piccadilly & back took place. John Tuffs comments : 'Locomotive 70013 Oliver Cromwell was, I believe, to be the last steam locomotive that hauled a passenger train over the Derby to Manchester route as from 1 July 1968 the route beyond Matlock to Chinley North Junction closed to passenger services with the section as far as Topley Pike closing completely'.

Sources : George Woods, John Broderick & John Tuffs

Photo Review


70013 at Buxworth, near Chinley, on the return (photo: Richard Billinge)


From The John Debens Ticket Collection.


Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from George Woods & John Broderick)

Location Booked Actual
St Pancras 09.15d 09.15
Mill Hill ? 09/32
Elstree ? 09/36
Radlett ? 09/39
St Albans ? 09/42
Harpenden ? 09/48
Luton ? 09/55
Bedford Midland Road ??.?? ~ 10.10d 10.17 ~ 10.18
Wellingborough ? 10/42
Kettering ? 10/47
Market Harborough ? 10/57
Wigston South ? 11/07
Leicester ? 11/12
Loughborough ? 11/23
Derby Midland 11L48a ~ 12L07d 11.42 ~ 12.07
Ambergate ? 12/24
Cromford ? 12/31
Matlock ? 12/33
Monsal Dale ? 12/59
Millers Dale ? 13/04
Peak Forest ? 13/15
Chapel-en-le-Frith ? 13/20
Chinley ? 13/23
New Mills ? 13/29
Reddish ? 13/43
Bellvue ? 13/45
Manchester Victoria 14.02a ~ 16.10d 14.02 ~ 16.15
Bellvue ? 16/34
Reddish ? 16/36
New Mills ? 16/53
Chinley ? 17/01
Edale ? 17/10
Hope ? 17/15
Bamford ? 17/16
Dore South Jn ? 17/39
Chesterfield ? 17.52a ~ 18.03d
Clay Cross ? 18/13
Codnor Park ? 18/28
Nottingham Midland 18L33a ~ 18L43d 19.17 ~ 19.27
Trent ? 19/42
Loughborough ? 19/50
Leicester ? 20/01
Wigston ? 20/05
Market Harborough ? 20/16
Kettering ? 20/26
Wellingborough ? 20/37
Bedford Midland Road 20.16a ~ ??.??d 20.56 ~ 20.57
Luton ? 21/22
Harpenden ? 21/29
St Albans ? 21/36
Radlett ? 21/40
Elstree ? 21/42
Mill Hill ? 20/45
St Pancras 21.06a 21.55

DMU Tour :

Location Booked Actual
Manchester Victoria ? 14.33d
Manchester Piccadilly ? 15.01a ~ 15.35d
Manchester Victoria ? 15.53a


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