4th August 1968

Stephenson Locomotive Society (Midland Area)
Farewell to Steam No.2

Locos Used D294, 44874 & 45017 & E3116

Route : 1Z79 throughout
Train 'B' (lavender coloured tickets)

Loco(s) Route
E3116 Birmingham New Street - ??? - Stafford - Stockport
D294 Stockport – Droylesden – Manchester Victoria
44874 + 45017 Manchester Victoria – Diggle – Huddersfield – Sowerby Bridge – Copy Pit – Blackburn – (via Bolton avoiding line) – Wigan Wallgate – Kirkby – Bootle – Stanley – Rainhill – Barton Moss – Manchester Victoria – Droylesden – Stockport
E3116 Stockport – Stafford – ??? - Birmingham New Street

Notes :
(1) This was a duplicate of the SLS Farewell to Steam No.1 of the same day, such was the demand. Arrival back at Manchester was about 40mins late. This was a similar degree of lateness to the SLS tour No. 1 on that day and was probably not too bad when compared to the unfortunate LCGB and RCTS tours!
(2) Due to essential engineering works Wolverhampton passengers had to change onto/off the tour at Stafford using connecting service trains for these legs.

Sources : Gary Thornton, Leonard Rogers, Bob Bishop, Rob Wells & Martyn Brailsford

Photo Review


Bob Bishop provided this capture from cine film - he believes it is of this
tour at Manchester Victoria (from cine film taken by: John Simons)


From The John Debens Ticket Collection.


Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Alisdair Macdonald & Alasdair Renfrew courtesy of Ian Clark (SLS))

Location Booked Actual
Birmingham New Street 09.05d ?
[Wolverhampton HL] [09.02d] ?
Stafford 09.45a ~ 09.47d ?
Stoke-on-Trent 10/09 ?
Stockport Edgeley 10L46a ~ 11L06d ?
Manchester Victoria 11L28a ~ 11L48d ??.?? ~ 12.21
Stalybridge 12/09 12/59
Huddersfield 12/39 13w09 ~ 13w18
Hebden Bridge 13/06 13/51
Copy Pit 13/21 14/08
Burnley Rose Grove 13.32a ~ 14.02d 14.24 ~ 14.46
Blackburn 14.22a ~ 14.38d 15.04 ~ 15.25
Bolton (avoiding line) 15/03 15/55
Wigan Wallgate 15.24a ~ 15.39d 16.11 ~ 16.23
Sefton Jn 16/04 16/45
Olive Mount Jn 16/28 17/21
Rainhill 16.40a ~ 16.55d 17/31
Manchester Victoria 17.31a ~ 17.51d ?
Stockport 18.14a ~ 18.34d ?
Crewe 19.07a ~ 19.09d ??.?? ~ 19.43
Stafford 19.31a ~ 19.38d 20.03 ~ 20.07
[Wolverhampton] [19.56a] ?
Birmingham New Street 20.10a 20.45


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