5th May 1973

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway Co. Ltd.
Cumbrian Coast Express

Locos Used at least 419, 449, E3196 & steam: 44871 & 45407
on R&ER at least 'River Mite' & 'River Irt'
Stock Used at least 11 Mark 1 and/or Mark 2

Route :

Loco(s) Route
E3196 London Euston - (via WCML, Weedon & Trent Valley) - Crewe
449 Crewe - (via WCML) - Carnforth
45407 + 44871 (2) Carnforth - Grange-over-Sands - (via Barrow avoiding line) - Foxfield - Ravenglass (3)
44871 + 45407 (2) Ravenglass - (reverse of outward route) - Carnforth
419 Carnforth - (via WCML) - Crewe
E???? Crewe - (via WCML, Trent Valley & Weedon) - London Euston

Notes :
(1) Believed to have been the first working of the 'Cumbrian Coast Express'.
(2) 44871 & 45407 worked tender-to-tender.
(3) Chris Totty comments: Three special steam hauled trains ran on the R&ER with the first leaving Ravenglass at 13:30. Each train stayed at Dalegarth for about 20 minutes with the first departure back to Ravenglass at 14:35 - at least one was hauled out from Ravenglass to Dalegarth by 'River Mite' and one returned hauled by 'River Irt'. Webmasters note: presumably there was a third loco involved, identity of this is required.

Sources : Chris Totty, Peter Robinson & Nigel Wassell

Timings (Booked Only)
(from Chris Totty)

M.C Location Booked (out) Booked (rtn) M.C
0.00 Euston 07.55d 22.37a 236.19
5.30 Willesden Junction 08/02 22/30 230.69
17.34 Watford Junction 08.10a ~ 08.11s 22.17a ~ 22.18d 218.65
31.53 Tring 08/22 22/07 204.46
46.52 Bletchley 08/32 21/57 189.47
56.45 Hanslope Jn 08/39 21/50 179.40
69.56 Weedon 08/48 21/41 166.43
82.43 Rugby 08/58 21/32 153.56
97.09 Nuneaton 09/09 21/19 139.10
110.01 Tamworth 09/17 21/10 126.08
116.21 Lichfield 09/21 21/06 119.78
120.79 Armitage 09/24 21/03 115.20
127.12 Colwich 09/28 20/59 109.07
129.46 Milford & Brocton 09/30 20/57 106.53
133.44 Stafford 09/36 20/54 102.55
138.75 Norton Bridge 09/40 20/50 97.24
149.75 Madeley 09/48 20/43 86.24
158.01 Crewe 09L56~ 10L05 20L25 ~ 20L35 78.18
161.20 Coppenhall Jn 10/10 20/21 75.02
165.38 Winsford Jn 10/15 20/10 70.64
174.25 Weaver Jn 10/20 20/04 61.77
180.13 Acton Grange Jn 10/24 19/59 56.09
182.14 Warrington Bank Quay 10/25 19/58 54.08
185.53 Winwick Jn 10/29 19/55 50.49
192.45 Springs Branch Jn 10/39 19/45 43.57
193.74 Wigan North Western 10/44 19/43 42.28
203.48 Euxton Jn 10/56 19/35 32.56
209.04 Preston 11/04 19/26 27.18
230.03 Lancaster 11/24 19/04 6.19
236.22
0.00
Carnforth 11L34 ~ 11L50 17.00a ~ 18.55d 0.00
50.10
9.12 Grange-over-Sands 12/04 16/46 40.78
18.79 Ulverston 12/19 16/32 31.11
24.09 Dalton Jn 12/26 16/23 26.01
25.15 Park South Jn 12/29 16/20 24.75
27.16 Askam 12/34 16/15 22.74
32.47 Foxfield 12/42 16/11 17.43
37.12 Millom 12/49 16/02 12.78
45.44 Bootle 13/02 15/48 4.46
50.10 Ravenglass 13.10a 15.40d 0.00

R&ER approximate timings

Location train 1 train 2 train 3
Ravenglass 13.30d 13.40d 13.50d
Dalegarth 14.10a ~ 14.35d 14.20a ~ 14.45d 14.30a ~ 14.55d
Ravenglass 15.15a 15.25a 15.35a


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