Excursion Details

The Blue Boys Ribble Rouser

10/02/2018

Images courtesy of Martin Loader.

Saturday 10th February, 2018

 

REMEMBER THE LEGENDARY ‘SPIN & WIN’ RAILTOURS OF THE ‘80s’ AND ‘90s’? THIS ONE OFF RE-LIVES THOSE HEADY DAYS WITH A SPECIAL ITINERARY AND THE HELP OF D.R.S.!

 

Doesn’t time fly! Believe it or not it will be nearly 22 years ago that Pathfinder Tours ran the ground breaking ‘Cumbrian Coaster’ charter train featuring a youthful Direct Rail Services (D.R.S.) providing its locomotives for the first time, when 20301 + 20302 + 20303 headed our excursion around the Cumbrian Coast.

 

D.R.S. now have an expanded multi class locomotive fleet to haul their varied portfolio of traffic so, why not team up to showcase the capabilities of D.R.S. with this multi-traction railtour, a sort of retro ‘Spin & Win’.

 

The day starts with a pair of classic class 37s bringing our mark I train set up from the south coast to Nuneaton via the pick up stations. Then a new class 88 electro-diesel heads Nuneaton to Crewe via Stoke to then give way to a class 57/0 and 66 top ‘n’ tail combination, to take us on a circular journey to Preston and a journey along the Docks branchline to the Ribble Railway headquarters for an afternoon visit. Late afternoon will see our train back in the Crewe area for our next locomotive change, when a class 88 and 68 combination will treat us to a 100mph sprint southbound down the west coast main line to Nuneaton, from where the class 37 pairing will return the excursion back to Eastleigh via the outward routing.

 

The routing north of Nuneaton, as submitted to Network Rail, is: Nuneaton - Rugeley - Stone - Stoke - Crewe (rev) - Gresty Green (rev) - via Down Manchester Independent - Wilmslow - Styal Line - Manchester Piccadilly - Salford Crescent - Bolton - Darwen - Blackburn Up & Down Goods (rev)  - Farrington Curve Jn - Up & Down Goods - Preston Docks branch/Ribble Railway (rev/break) - Up & Down Goods - Wigan North Western - via Up Goods - Winwick Jn - Dallam Royal Mail - Warrington Bank Quay - Crewe Coal Yard - via Up Liverpool Independent - Gresty Green (rev) - Gresty Chord - Basford Hall Yard - Stafford - Nuneaton.

 

The on board catering will include a full buffet service with the Gricers Grill and real ales.

 

MOTIVE POWER IS EXPECTED TO FEATURE D.R.S. CLASS 37, 57/0, 66, 68 AND 88 DIESEL/ELECTRO-DIESEL LOCOMOTIVES.

 

 

Estimated Timings    
Joining Stations

Depart

Return

Eastleigh 0530 2355
Basingstoke 0605 2320
Didcot Parkway 0650 2235
Banbury
0730 2155
Leamington Spa 0755 2130
Coventry 0820 2105
Nuneaton 0910 2020

 

 

Fares
Adult Junior Party of 4  
Standard Class £105.00 £55.00
£400.00 FULLY BOOKED

First Class

£149.00 £109.00 £576.00  

 

Private 'Table for Two' seats are available at a supplement of £30 per person in First Class.

 

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Updated 15/01/18

 

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