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BLS - The Summer Syphons 4 Days Railtours - Friday 2nd to Mon 5th July 2021

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Good afternoon, I would like if anyone got full confirmed timings for BLS - The Summer Syphons 4 Days Railtours - Friday 2nd to Mon 5th July 2021 from York?
 
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Good afternoon, I would like if anyone got full confirmed timings for BLS - The Summer Syphons 4 Days Railtours - Friday 2nd to Mon 5th July 2021 from York?
The times are on the fixtures page of the Branch line website
 

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Saturday:


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Monday:



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Saturday:


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37419 in trouble on this, been taken off at Kirkby Thore. 2 66 s attached at Carlisle as well as 37423 already being on it!
 

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37419 in trouble on this, been taken off at Kirkby Thore. 2 66 s attached at Carlisle as well as 37423 already being on it!
It’ll be interesting to see what happens for the rest of it in regards to what traction they provide.

I was looking forward to double 37s on the part I’m booked on (Monday) but maybe not anymore!
 

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Guessing it’s been looped at Blea Moor to allow the passenger trains to pass it.
 

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It went in at Blea Moor due to further problems. Looks to be moving again now.
 

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It went in at Blea Moor due to further problems. Looks to be moving again now.
...and to let the service trains get past. 2H93 1450 Carlisle to Leeds terminated 108 minutes late at Skipton with 2H95 1618 Carlisle to Leeds 24 minutes late behind.
 

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Hi all, long time no see.

Just seen this pass Bingley, rather unexpectedly so thought I would have a look on here to see what was going on. Some nice bonuses for the passengers on this.

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Looks like they’ve lost a locomotive in Wakefield Kirkgate GL:

That was 37423 being dropped off. We are now making our way into Wakefield Europort.

Edit: we reversed in the reception line and are heading back out, as there is a freight which needs to leave first. Don't think we will have time to go all the way in, sadly.
 

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It went in at Blea Moor due to further problems. Looks to be moving again now.
Train was actually booked into Blea Moor loop (as you would expect with the Branch Line Society :smile:). Once we'd gone in there, it was wasn't a surprise when the delayed service trains went first.
 

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The 66s had been on the train since Edinburgh and were booked to remain attached all day (just as well in the circumstances!)
Ah cheers

More issues this morning driver didnt have route knowledge around Worksop route..you’d have thought they may have known that before leaving Doncaster…so it had to go back from Retford to Doncaster to reach Sheffield
 
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Ah cheers

More issues this morning driver didnt have route knowledge around Worksop route..you’d have thought they may have known that before leaving Doncaster…so it had to go back from Retford to Doncaster to reach Sheffield


They did, but meant it still covered Ranskill Loop presumably ?
 

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Presumably that's why then, and not an act of incompetence as was made out by the poster
 

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Presumably that's why then, and not an act of incompetence as was made out by the poster
I would have thought that the crossover covered by the reversal at Thrumpton West Junction was also quite desirable.
 

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Is the goal here just to run over bits of the network that never normally see passenger trains?
At the very basic level, yes to be able to 'colour in' parts of the railway network that can't be covered with service trains at either a high level (routes into freight terminals) or a more detailed level (crossovers and loops not normally available). At the most detailed level, even directionality of the use of a piece of track comes into consideration.
 

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Is the goal here just to run over bits of the network that never normally see passenger trains?

Colloquially known as red-penning. That’s why it’ll sometimes go into loops even when it doesn’t need to.
 

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At the very basic level, yes to be able to 'colour in' parts of the railway network that can't be covered with service trains at either a high level (routes into freight terminals) or a more detailed level (crossovers and loops not normally available). At the most detailed level, even directionality of the use of a piece of track comes into consideration.
Thanks for the explanation! I'm booked onto an SRPS tour in August partly because it goes along the north Forth coast through Culross and the like. I didn't realise there was potentially more 'sport' to this sort of thing.
 

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Apparently an issue with the ECS in Holgate this morning..so late start..certainly covering some interesting routes this tour..marathon 4 dayer. Congrats to the BLS.
 

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Does anyone know why today’s leg no longer includes Tunstead or the reversal into Earles Sidings.
 

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Does anyone know why today’s leg no longer includes Tunstead or the reversal into Earles Sidings.
It was posted elsewhere that the site owner couldn't accommodate the tour due to an increase in workload and train movements.
 
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Just in case anyone was heading to Brighouse to see the charter, the photo stop has been caped and the train will now run direct from HUD to the guide bridge area then continue as planned.
this should make back the hour late start time
 

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Just passed through Ashton-Under-Lyne. Looks to be going round the freight/ECS-only chord to Ashburys, then onto Rose Hill Marple.
 
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