18th August 1991

Pathfinder Tours
The Strider

Locos Used 47462, 47973, 56022 & 56025

Route : 1Z36 throughout

Loco(s) Route
47973 Manchester Piccadilly - Slade Lane Jn - Stockport - Cheadle Hulme - Macclesfield - Kidsgrove - Stoke-on-Trent - Stone - Colwich Jn - (via WCML) - Nuneaton
56022 + 56025 Nuneaton - (via WCML, Weedon) - Denbigh Hall South Jn - (via Bletchley flyover) - Winslow - Claydon LNE Jn - Bicester Town - Oxford - Kennington Jn - Morris Cowley Branch
56025 + 56022 Morris Cowley Branch - Kennington Jn - Hinksey Yard
56022 + 56025 Hinksey Yard - Didcot North Jn - Foxhall Jn - Didcot Power Station loop Dust & Ash Disposal Loop (outer loop, clockwise) - Didcot Parkway - Reading - maidenhead - Slough - Hanwell - Drayton Green Jn - Greenford South Jn - Greenford East Jn - Old Oak Common West Jn - London Paddington (1)
56022 + 56025 London Paddington - Old Oak Common West Jn - Greenford East Jn - Greenford South Jn - Drayton Green Jn - West Ealing Jn - Acton Main Line - Acton Wells Jn - Acton Canal Wharf Jn - Dudding Hill Jn - Brent Curve Jn - (via MML, Silkstream Jn) - Wigston South Jn - Hinckley - Nuneaton
47462 Nuneaton - (reverse of outward route) - Colwich Jn - Stafford - Norton Bridge - Stone - (reverse of outward route) - Manchester Piccadilly

Notes :
(1)
The tour was a means of getting people to the Old Oak Common open day. The two 56's on this tour were a late substitute for another pair which failed (unknown - anybody able to confirm identities?). As a result the tour departed late from Nuneaton. Additional information; After arrival at Paddington, the stock was used for a Paddington - Didcot Power Station Loop - Paddington mini-tour with 56034 for haulage, called 'The Didcot Lupin', organised by Hertfordshire Rail Tours. Also separately running were several circular Paddington - Greenford - Ealing - Paddington trains using 59005 and 60047 top & tail, with the leading engine alternating on successive runs. These specials ran under the name 'The Greenford Grinder'.


56022+56025 at Paddington (photo: John Cassey)

Sources : Gary Blyth (joined/left train at Nuneaton), Richard Rooker, Glenn Ford
& John Cassey (joined/left the train at Tamworth)

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from John Cassey)

M.C Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual M.C
0.00 Manchester Piccadilly 06.28d ?   22.42a ? 90.30
2.25 Slade Lane Jn 06/32 ?   22/38 ? 88.05
5.15 Heaton Norris Jn 06/35 ?   22/35 ? 85.15
5.70 Stockport 06.37a ~ 06.39d ?   22.32a ~ 22.33d ? 84.40
6.12 Edgeley Jn 06/40 ?   22/29 ? 84.18
8.11 Cheadle Hulme 06/42 ?   22/25 ? 82.19
17.67 Macclesfield 06.54a ~ 06.56d ?   22.09a ~ 22.11d ? 72.43
25.59 Congleton 07/05 ?   22/01 ? 64.51
31.33 Kidsgrove 07/09 ?   21/56 ? 58.77
? Etruria ? ?   21/51 ? 53.62
37.64 Stoke-on-Trent 07.17a ~ 07.19d ?   21.47a ~ 21.49d ? 52.46
44.64 Stone 07/29 ?  
- Norton Bridge   21/30 ? 41.62
- Stafford   21.24a ~ 21.26d ? 36.33
56.45 Colwich Jn 07/40 ?   21/19 ? 29.78
? Armitage 07/44 ?   21/14 ? ?
67.30 Lichfield TV 07/48 ?   21/11 ? 19.13
73.41 Tamworth LL 07.53a ~ 07.55d ??.?? ~ 07.57   20.57a ~ 21.02d 21.52 ~ ??.?? 13.02
86.43
0.00
Nuneaton 08L14 ~ 08L34 08.14 ~ 08.52   20L28 ~ 20L45 21.28 ~ 21.38 0.00
121.45

 

M.C Location Booked Actual
14.50 Rugby 08c49 ~ 08c52 09.09 ~ 09.11
? Weedon 09/02 09/24
40.43 Hanslope Jn 09/20 09/35
49.38 Denbigh Hall South Jn 09/29 09/47
? Bletchley (foot of flyover) 09c34 ~ 09c36 09.50 ~ 09.56
64.22 Claydon LNE Jn 10/03 10/28
70.77 Bicester London Road L.C. 10*16 ~ 10*23 10.44 ~ 10.47
81.55 Oxford North Jn 10/46 11/10
82.59 Oxford 10.48a ~ 10.50d 11.14 ~ 11.15
85.19 Kennington Jn 10t57 ~ 10t58 11.22 ~ 11.23
87.72 Morris Cowley 11.08 ~ 11.23 11.38 ~ 12.06
90.45 Kennington Jn 11t33 ~ 11t34 12.22 ~ 12.24
91.59 Hinksey Sidings 11.38 ~ 11.53 12.31 ~ 12.55
100.07 Didcot North Jn 12/05 13/10
100.61 Foxhall Jn 12c07 ~ 12c09 13.12 ~ 13.14
? Didcot Power Station 12/19 13/32
102.53 Foxhall Jn 12c29 ~ 12c31 13/43
103.18 Didcot Parkway 12*34 ~ 12*38 13.47 ~ 13.48
118.53 Scours Lane Jn 12/59 14/10
120.30 Reading Goods Lines 13/04 14/15
125.27 Twyford 13/08 14/23
132.09 maidenhead 13/14 14/28
137.72 Slough 13/19 14/33
147.16 Southall 13/27 14/40
148.74 Hanwell 13/30 14/43
149.34 Drayton Green 13/31 14/45
150.72 Greenford South Jn 13/37 14/51
151.17 Greenford East Jn 13/38 14/52
155.12 Old Oak Common West 13/43 15/00
158.32
0.00
Paddington [P9] 13.48a ~ 17.50d 15.05 ~ 18.28
3.20 Old Oak Common West 17/55 18/33
7.15 Greenford East Jn 18/01 18/39
7.40 Greenford South Jn 18/03 18/41
8.78 Drayton Green 18/08 18/46
9.49 West Ealing 18/09 18/47
10.34 Ealing Broadway 18c11 ~ 18c13 18.49 ~ 18.53
11.69 Acton Main Line 18/16 18/56
12.41 Acton Wells Jn 18/21 18/59
15.38 Dudding Hill Jn 18/28 19/07
16.42 Brent Curve Jn 18c33 ~ 18c44 19/09
17.37 Hendon 18/46 19/13
30.29 St Albans 18/57 19/27
40.57 Luton 19/02 19.36 ~ 19.37
50.62 Flitwick 19/09 19/46
60.36 Bedford North Jn 19/15 20/06
67.03 Sharnbrook 19/20 20/18
75.49 Wellingborough 19p25a ~ 19p35d 20.27 ~ 20.29
? Harrowden Jn 19/42 20/34
82.39 Kettering 19/47 20/38
93.32 Market Harborough 19/57 20/46
105.79 Wigston South Jn 20/07 20/59
120.48 Nuneaton Midland Jn 20/23 21/25

Timings continue in first table.

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