Excursion Details

The Jolly Grid - NEW

16/12/2017

Image courtesy of Martin Loader.

Saturday 16th December, 2017

 

WITH CLASS 56 HAULAGE AS A CENTRAL FEATURE, TAKE A CIRCULAR JOURNEY TO MANY AN UNUSUAL LOCATION FOR OUR DECORATED SEASONAL PASSENGER EXCURSION.

 

Here is a traditional Christmas railtour, with lots of unusual routing during the course of a clockwise journey around central England. The motive power should be a DB Cargo class 66 for the Westbury to Birmingham and back ‘trunking’, then a Colas Rail class 56 as prime hauler for the rest of the day, with a little help from a DB Cargo class 60 between Trafford Park and Longsight.

 

On board there will be Gricers Grill hot food and a buffet service, a selection of real ales (and cider) and, of course, a sales stand and charity raffle. Christmas card handing out is optional!

 

With everyone aboard away from Birmingham, the proposed routing submitted to Network Rail is:

 
Aston - via Bescot Yard Up & Down Through Siding - Pleck Jn - Ryecroft Jn - Cannock - Rugeley Trent Valley - via Colwich cut off - Stone - Stoke-on-Trent - Harecastle Jn - via Down Goods to Grange Jn - Kidsgrove - Macclesfield - Cheadle Hulme - Adswood Road - via Stockport Down Goods - Longsight Down Goods - Mayfield Goods Loop - Manchester Piccadilly - Castlefield Jn - Trafford Park Container Terminal (reverse) - Castlefield Jn - Manchester Piccadilly - Longsight Up & Down Goods (reverse) - Manchester Piccadilly - Castlefield Jn - Ordsall Curve - Manchester Victoria - Phillips Park Jn’s - Ashburys - Romiley - New Mills South Jn Up Goods Loop - Chinley - Edale - Dore Curve - Chesterfield - Clay Cross - Up & Down Blackwell Slow - Codner Park Jn - Up & Down Erewash Slow - Toton North Jn - via Depot Arrival Line/Down Reception - Long Eaton Jn - Sheet Stores Jn - Stenson Jn - via Burton Down Goods to Branston Jn - Wichnor Jn - Elford Down Goods Loop - Water Orton - Landor St. Jn - via Camp Hill and Lifford Curve - Birmingham New St. and International.

 

 

Estimated Timings    
Joining Stations

Depart

Return

Westbury 0630 2340
Chippenham 0700 2310
Swindon 0720 2250
Oxford 0805 2205
Banbury
0830 2140
Leamington Spa 0850 2120
Coventry 0910 2100
Birmingham Int'nal 0950 2020

 

 

Fares
Adult Junior Party of 4  
Standard Class £98.00 £49.00
£372.00  

First Class

£139.00 £99.00 £536.00  

 

Private 'Table for Two' seats are available at a supplement of £28 per person in First Class.

 

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Updated 08/09/17

 

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