York Yuletide Express : Norwich - York

Discussion in 'Allocations, Diagrams & Timetables' started by Mechy, 23 Oct 2011.

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  1. Mechy

    Mechy Member

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    Hi All. Looks like the Steam ban on the ECML is set to continue over the winter period. I am booked for a trip on the York Yuletide Express charter on 15/12/11 behind Bittern from Norwich to York and it is now showing as being booked via one hell of a diversion!

    It was going Norwich - Ely - Peterborough - York but now is showing as travelling via Norwich - Ely - Peterborough - Lincoln - Gainsborough - Doncaster - Church Fenton - York.

    Must admit I'm pretty disappointed :( was looking forward for some serious steam action up the ECML! Wonder how much longer this diversion will take.
     
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  3. scoope

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    Would have thought an extra 20 mins for the diversion
     
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    Overall, it's only around 15-20 miles further as a journey, so should not be too bad.
     
  5. theblackwatch

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    I think it'll be a lot longer than that - there are engineering works taking place this coming weekend, the 18.30 ex King's Cross is diverted via this route and takes 2 hours 22 minutes to get from Peterborough to Doncaster rather than the usual booked 52 minutes.
     
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    But that takes account of the lower line speeds on the diversion, compared with 125mph-capable traction on the ECML. Having said that, 20 minutes probably is a bit optimistic. I would guess + 30 mins for running via Lincoln and maybe another 10 for leaving the ECML at Shaftholme.
     
  7. YorkshireBear

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    yeah but steam cant run 125mph on ECML anyway so its not losing anywhere near as much.



    Probably quite a scenic route to be fair!
     
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    Thanks guys. I suppose I shouldn't moan, the extra distance gives me more time behind Bittern and as you mention it is quite scenic at the Northern end! :). I'm still very much looking forward to it.
     
  9. YorkshireBear

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    Yeah i would look at it that way. You could bomb down the ECML any day this will be going over some fo the lesser used lines of yorkshire :)
     
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