Gricers and the more adventurous tour enthusiasts may like to know that the former BLS tour is now going ahead independently and more or less as planned, provisional times below, full details attached.
Note the official tour starts at Motherwell, but as the Riviera stock is coming from Crewe the positioning moves are available for those wishing to join the tour from further south. Haulage will be Class 66 T&T.
00:01 Crewe (pu) Chelford Down Passenger Loop Styal Heald Green South Junction / North Junction Longsight Down Goods Loop 01:00 Manchester Piccadilly (pu) Burnden Down Passenger Loop Bolton 02:00 Preston (pu) Barton & Broughton Down Passenger Loop Oubeck Down Goods Loop Lancaster Down Main Carnforth Up and Down Goods Loop No.2 Oxenhome Down Goods Loop Grayrigg Down Passenger Loop Tebay Up and Down Goods Loop Harrisons Down Goods Loop Penrith Down Slow / Platform 3 04:30 Carlisle (arr) - break 05:00 Carlisle (pu) Quintishill Down Passenger Loop Beattock South Down Passenger Loop Beattock Summitt Down Passenger Loop Abington Down Passenger Loop Carstairs Down Passenger Loop Law Junction Down Passenger Loop Shieldmuir Royal Mail Terminal 07:20 Motherwell (pu) 07:35 Cumbernauld (pu) 07:50 Larbert (pu) 08:00 Stirling (pu) 08:30 Perth (pu) Dundee West Yard East Reception Line (rev) Dundee West Reception (rev) Dundee Down Through Line Laurencekirk Down Refuge Siding Craiginches Down Goods Loop Aberdeen (short break) Kittybrewster (rev) Waterloo Goods (rev) Aberdeen Harbour Board New Sidings Dyce Raith's Farm DBS Freight Terminal No.4 Road (rev) Raith's Farm DBS Freight Terminal North Arrival/Departures Line Keith Loop Elgin Passenger (rev) Elgin Goods East Long Headshunt (former Craigellachie line) (rev) Elgin Passenger (rev) Keith Branch Platform Raith's Farm Rounding Line Aberdeen (short stop) Craiginches Up Loop No.1 Montrose No.1 Through Sidings Dundee Up Through Line 20:50 Perth (sd) 21:30 Sirling (sd) 21:40 Larbert (sd) 21:50 Cumbernauld (sd) 22:10 Motherwell (sd) Wishaw Law Junction Up Branch Passenger Loop 23:45 Carlisle (sd) 01:30 Preston (sd) 02:30 Manchester Piccadilly (sd) 03:20 Crewe (sd)
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