PF The Class 20 Farewell 18/1/2020

Iskra

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Just posting this here as it seems quite a special tour, so it may be of interest.

It should involve 6 DRS loco's in one day including classes 68, 2x57 and 3x class 20's on the mainline in their twilight. It also takes in some fairly pleasant lines including Sheffield-York (I assume via Pontefract), the Harrogate Loop, the Penistone line and Derby-Crewe.

https://www.pathfindertours.co.uk/events/the-drs-class-20-farewell/

I've booked on.
 
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I see, are the diesels sometimes attached at rear simply for shunting/insurance purposes then?
Tours using Riviera stock with an engine on the back tend to be those with many reversals or shunting needed. They have a number of generator vans available.
 

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I wouldn't expect it to be Top and tail from York - that would require a double run-round at Leeds/Neville Hill. There's no real reason to send a 68 across from Crewe (or wherever) just to sit on the back.
 

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Will you be on this tour Kite? It's not too far for you to travel?
The timings mean it would be a couple overnight stays in the Birmingham area (so add on ~ £50), plus I tend to do long tours involving dreadful Mk1 coaches in 1st class due to the rubbish bench seating found in standard class (give me a seat on a 376 or 700!). So that ramps the cost up, no interesting required track being covered plus as it will be January it will be dark around half four so a lot of the trip will be spent in darkness (assuming it departs Leeds around 3pm, probably be dark by the time it reaches Sheffield.
 

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The timings mean it would be a couple overnight stays in the Birmingham area (so add on ~ £50), plus I tend to do long tours involving dreadful Mk1 coaches in 1st class due to the rubbish bench seating found in standard class (give me a seat on a 376 or 700!). So that ramps the cost up, no interesting required track being covered plus as it will be January it will be dark around half four so a lot of the trip will be spent in darkness (assuming it departs Leeds around 3pm, probably be dark by the time it reaches Sheffield.
You’ll probably note @Iskra that that wasn’t exactly a no... :lol:
 

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The timings mean it would be a couple overnight stays in the Birmingham area (so add on ~ £50), plus I tend to do long tours involving dreadful Mk1 coaches in 1st class due to the rubbish bench seating found in standard class (give me a seat on a 376 or 700!). So that ramps the cost up, no interesting required track being covered plus as it will be January it will be dark around half four so a lot of the trip will be spent in darkness (assuming it departs Leeds around 3pm, probably be dark by the time it reaches Sheffield.
A very logical assessment, it’s going to be a long, costly day for me too. The stops aren’t well located for Sheffield so I’ll be driving to Bromsgrove and back on the day. I agree about the bench seats, so I’ve gone 1st class for the same reason. But, as a part-time enthusiast I’m very likely to get winning locomotives as well as a little winning track Derby-Crewe. Then the thought of a trio of ever-dwindling choppers over the Harrogate loop, Morley Tunnel and the Penistone Line sold it to me. Daylight is nice, but less important to me when it’s something thrashy and interesting up front. Not many tours have interested me recently, so I’ve jumped on the first semi-decent one.
 

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Hopefully it will be a nice drive to Bromsgrove early January morning, not too cold or wet. Hopefully first class will be located behind the 20s and not at the back in front of a noisy Genny Van!

I will most likely get the winning locos, I've not had a 57/0 so chances are both of those would be needed, as long with the 20s. 68 would be a maybe as I still need some of them.
 

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Hopefully it will be a nice drive to Bromsgrove early January morning, not too cold or wet. Hopefully first class will be located behind the 20s and not at the back in front of a noisy Genny Van!

I will most likely get the winning locos, I've not had a 57/0 so chances are both of those would be needed, as long with the 20s. 68 would be a maybe as I still need some of them.
Yeah, it’s only a couple of hours, easy roads and it should be quiet enough. Just as long as it doesn’t snow!

I’m the same with the loco’s only the 68 could disappoint but in this day and age I’ll happily take the other 4/5 winning loco’s.
 

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