21st February 1976

British Rail
(Merrymaker Excursion)

Locos Used 47182 & 86035

Route : 1L02 throughout

Loco Route
86035 London Euston - Watford Junction - Bletchley - Weedon - Rugby - Coventry - Stechford - Aston - Perry Barr North Jn - Bescot - Portobello Jn - Wolverhampton
47182 Wolverhampton - Wellington - Shrewsbury - Gobowen - Wrexham General - Chester
47182 Chester - (reverse of outward route) - Wolverhampton
86035 Wolverhampton - (reverse of outward route) - Rugby - Northampton - Bletchley - Watford Junction - London Euston

Notes :
(1) This Merrymaker included a block-booking made by the LCGB to get them to and from their tour "The Cheshire Wanderer". The tour participants were picked up at Wolverhampton and dropped at Wrexham General on the outward then at Chester on the return, travelling back as far as Wolverhampton. Alan Osborn has this listed as "Merrymaker no.18".

Sources : Kevin Driscoll, John Broderick & Alan Osborn

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Kevin Driscoll, John Broderick & Alan Osborn)

M.C Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual M.C
0.00 Euston 08.35d 08.35   22.16a 22.32 199.53
5.22 Willesden Junction 08/42 08/43   22/09 ? 194.31
8.03 Wembley Central 08.45a ~ 08.46d 08.48 ~ 08.50   22.00a ~ 22.02d 22.19 ~ 22.21 191.50
11.31 Harrow & Wealdstone 08.50a ~ 08.51d 08.55 ~ 08.56   21.54a ~ 21.56d 22.11 ~ 22.13 188.22
17.34 Watford Junction 08.58a ~ 08.59d 09.04 ~ 09.05   21.45a ~ 21.47d 22.00 ~ 22.02 182.19
31.53 Tring 09/12 09/21   21/33 21/45 168.00
46.52 Bletchley 09.25a ~ 09.26d 09.34 ~ 09.35   21.16a ~ 21.18d 20.28 ~ 20.30 153.01
56.45 Hanslope Jn 09/38 09/46   21/07 21/19 143.08
69.57 Weedon 09/48 09/54  
- Northampton   20/58 21/08 131.68
- Long Buckby   20/50 20/58 124.16
82.43 Rugby 09/59 10/03   20/42 20/48 114.64
94.00 Coventry 10/10 10/11   20/30 20/36 103.27
109.26 Stechford 10/32 10/27   20/18 20/24 88.01
112.22 Aston 10/40 10/32   20/11 20/18 85.05
114.44 Perry Barr North Jn 10/46 10/34   20/08 20/15 82.63
119.00 Bescot 10/52 11/01   20/04 20/09 78.27
123.19 Portobello Jn 10/57 11/07   19/59 ? 74.08
125.21 Wolverhampton 11L03a ~ 11L15d 11.12 ~ 11.27   19L44a ~ 19L54d 19.44 ~ 19.56 72.06
134.41 Cosford 11/26 11/38   19/26 19/34 62.66
144.69 Wellington 11/37 11/48   19/12 19/14 52.38
155.11 Shrewsbury 11.51a ~ 11.53d 11.59 ~ 12.01   18.57a ~ 18.59d 18.59 ~ 19.01 42.16
173.01 Gobowen 12/16 12/22   18/38 18/39 24.26
180.25 Ruabon 12/24 12/32   18/30 18/32 17.02
185.18 Wrexham General 12.30a ~ ??.??d 12.38 ~ ??.??   18.20a ~ 18.22d 18.23 ~ 18.25 12.09
? Rossett ? ?   18/12 ? 7.36
197.27 Chester ??.??a ?   18.00d 18.06 0.00


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