21st March 1987

Branch Line Society
The Thames and Trent Railtour

DMU Used 51651+54495+54259+51878+54222+51654

Route :

DMU Route
as listed London Marylebone Amersham Aylesbury Swanbourne (via Bletchley Flyover) Milton Keynes Central (1) Weedon Rugby Coventry Stechford Aston Four Oaks Lichfield City Branston Jn Birmingham Curve Jn Mantle Lane - Coalville Jn Coalfields Farm Opencast Loading Site (2)
as listed Coalfields Farm Opencast Loading Site Coalville Jn Mantle Lane
as listed Mantle Lane Coalville Jn Knighton South Jn Leicester Loughborough Trent South Jn HL Goods Meadow Lane Jn Toton Centre
as listed Toton Centre Meadow Lane Jn Beeston  - Nottingham Rectory Jn Cotgrave Colliery (3)
as listed Cotgrave Colliery Rectory Jn Nottingham Sheet Stores Jn Castle Donington Burton on Trent Whitacre Jn Water Orton
as listed Water Orton Whitacre Jn Nuneaton Station Hinckley Glen Parva Jn Market Harborough Kettering Sharnbrook Bedford Midland Luton London St Pancras

Notes :
(1) Tour tickets were valid on the 08.15 Euston-Manchester, to Milton Keynes Central.
(2) Close to overhead bunker.
(3) About 1 coach length short of stop board, prior to foot crossing at end of single line.
(4) It is noted that the ticket scan below is dated 28th March - was this tour moved to one week earlier for some reason, or did it actually run on the 28th?


From Bob Mitchell's ticket collection.

Sources : Andy Pullar, Howard Harrison & Kevin Driscoll

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Howard Harrison & Kevin Driscoll)

M.C Location Booked Actual
0.00 Marylebone 07.00d ?
37.74 Aylesbury 07.54a ~ 07.56d ?
65.33 Milton Keynes Central 09.13a ~ 09.15d ?
110.60 Coventry 10.05a ~ 10.07d ?
125.75 Stechford 10.32a ~ 10.33d ??.?? ~ 10.33
148.33 Wichnor Jn 11/15 ?
152.24 Branston Jn 11/20 ?
? Birmingham Curve Jn 11/20 11/25
? Mantle Lane 11/53 11.57a ~ 11.59d
167.30 Coalville Jn 11/56 12/03
168.12 Coalfields Farm 12.01a ~ 12.11d 12.08 ~ 12.15
169.66 Mantle Lane 12.19a ~ 12.24d 12.25 ~ 12.29
171.48 Bardon Hill 12/30 ?
184.79 Saffron Lane 12/52 ?
185.26 Knighton South Jn 12.56a ~ 13.01d 12.59 ~ 13.04
186.68 Leicester 13/06 13.07a ~ 13.08d
191.59 Syston South Jn 13/12 ?
199.03 Loughborough 13/19 13/20
205.63 Ratcliffe 13/25 ?
209.37 Toton Centre 13.35a ~ 13.44d 13.36 ~ 13.41
210.66 Meadow Lane Jn 13/48 ?
216.31 Mansfield Jn 13/56 ?
217.13 Nottingham 13.58a ~ 14.30d 14.00 ~ 14.30
219.33 Netherfield 14/34 ?
221.55 Rectory Jn 14/39 14/38
222.47 Cotgrave 14.50a ~ 15.00d 14.45 ~ 14.52
223.39 Rectory Jn 15/17 ?
225.61 Netherfield 15/23 ?
228.01 Nottingham 15/28 15.07a ~ 15.14d
228.63 Mansfield Jn 15/30 ?
235.26 Trent Jn 15/39 ?
235.63 Sheet Stores Jn 15/41 ?
247.48 Stenson Jn 15/58 ?
253.69 Burton-on-Trent 16/04 15/47
259.08 Wichnor Jn 16/09 ?
266.60 Tamworth HL 16/16 ?
272.43 Kingsbury Jn 16/21 ?
275.01 Whitacre Jn 16/27 ?
277.67 Water Orton 16.35a ~ 16.10d 16.20 ~ ??.??
290.35 Abbey Jn 17/01 ?
291.44 Nuneaton 17.04a ~ 17.06d ?
303.12 Narborough 17/20 ?
306.52 Wigston South Jn 17/27 ?
308.23 Kilby Bridge Jn 17*32a ~ 17*41d 17.12 ~ 17.41
319.10 Market Harborough 17/53 ?
330.12 Kettering 18.04a ~ 18.06d ?
337.01 Wellingborough 18/12 ?
352.24 Bedford 18.27a ~ 18.32d ?
352.76 Bedford South Jn 18/34 ?
361.66 Flitwick Jn 18/45 ?
371.72 Luton 18/54 ?
382.13 At Albans 19/09 ?
402.11 St Pancras 19.29a ?


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