Railtour Archive 2005
Gloucester - Cam and Dursley - Bristol TM - Weston-Super-Mare -
Taunton - Plymouth - Par
D1015 returned to mainline action following Transmission Repairs to work a Gloucester to Par edenex run by Past-Time Rail. Despite the train being delayed on the outward journey at Weston-Super-Mare due to TPWS Problems, D1015 performed faultlessly and Maybach sounds were once again heard in Devon and Cornwall.
D1015 ran wearing 'Sir Misha Black' Western Locomotive Designer Nameplates for this trip.
Victoria - Clapham Junc - Barnes - Twickenham - Wokingham
Reading - Newbury - Westbury - Castle Cary - Taunton
Return via Acton Main line and Kensington Olympia
A VSOE Charter, run from Victoria to Paignton and return to Celebrate the career of Bernard Staite who has been involved with Railway Charter Operations since the 1970's. D1015 Worked the Train to Taunton where Steam Locomotives 6024 and 7082 took it forward to Paignton.
Ealing Broadway - Slough - Reading - Swindon - Westbury - Frome - Taunton - Plymouth - Liskeard - Lostwithiel -
Fowey - Lostwithiel - Par - Luxulyan - Bugle - Newquay
66248 to Plymouth
Despite reports of a China Clay Freight train coming off the rails at St Blazey a couple of weeks previous to this tour, and potentially jeopardising it Network Rail did their bit and got the line re-opened and passed for the trip. On the outward journey we suffered a TPWS Fault at Dawlish Warren and a pathing stop was taken at Totnes. D1015 works a Pathfinder Tours Charter from Ealing Broadway visiting Carne Point and Newquay reliving the Western China Clay Railtour from 1976. John Vaughan who ran RPPR all those years ago was also present on the tour and the Original Headboard from the China Clay tour was used on D1015 was a prize in the DTG Raffle.
After about an hour and a half fuel break at Plymouth, 66248 was used as assistant engine for the run to Carne Point and Newquay, from Fowey D1015 then took the train to Newquay taking the equivalent of load 17 (700 Tons) over Luxulyan Bank from a 5 mph start to 14 mph working flat out for 25 minutes!!
Paddington - Reading - Swindon - Trowbridge - Westbury - Castle Cary - Exeter - Paignton - Kingswear - Exeter - Taunton - Bristol TM - Bristol Parkway - Swindon - Reading - Paddington
On the run down we were diverted onto the fast line at Slough then after Sonning put back on the slow line, we remained on the slow line until Didcot to let a HST pass, making us arrive at Westbury 15 minutes late however D1015 soon made up time taking speeds up to 90 mph several times and averaged 87.8 mph between Castle Cary and Taunton, the climb to Whiteball Summit was acheived at a minimum of 58mph, we approached Exeter running 6 minutes early! a superb run along the seawall and we were quickly into Paignton and after a few minutes set off to Kingswear arriving 2 minutes early.
London Euston to Exeter St Davids via Willesden West London Junction, Acton Wells Junction, Reading and down the Berks and Hants line. First visit of a 1000 to Euston!
Exeter St Davids to Llandrindod wells via Weston Super Mare, Bristol Temple Meads, Cheltenham Spa, Birmingham New Street, Bescot, Wolverhampton, Telford, Llandrindod Wells and return.
D1015 Suffered a defective Turbocharger whilst climbing the Lickey Incline and 37427 was added as insurance from Bescot to Llandrindod Wells and back to Newport where the 37 was detached with Western Champion continuing alone to Exeter.
Exeter St Davids - Honiton - Salisbury - Basingstoke - Woking - Staines - Twickenham - Clapham Jcn - Victoria.
Paddington - Slough - Reading - Westbury - Exeter - Plymouth - Penzance and return
Unfortunately this tour saw D1015 suffer a re-occurence of problems with a cracked turbo base on the 'A' engine on the down working in the Whiteball area, although the remainder of the journey was completed on one engine. A selection of photos from the day follows, click on a thumbnail to enter the tour gallery.
Bristol TM - Weston-Super-Mare - Taunton - Exeter - Paignton - Kingswear and return
D1015 worked a Past Time Rail charter for the second time in 2005 to Kingswear to celebrate the Kingswear Regatta in Devon. Click on a thumbnail to enter the tour gallery.
Bristol TM - Cheltenham - Birmingham NS - Stafford - Crewe - Via WCML
Preston - Hellifield - Settle Jn - Carlisle and Return
D1015 broke new ground for the class again, the first Western to visit Carlisle going via the Lickey, Shap and the Settle & Carlisle. Click on a thumbnail to enter the tour gallery.
Paddington - Reading - Swindon - Bristol Parkway - Cardiff
Swansea - Fishguard Harbour and return
Another return for a 'Thousand' to an old haunt, D1015 visits Fishguard Harbour, this was the first trip since D1041 Western Prince worked the last passenger turn there in September 1976!
1Z52 West Ruslip - High Wycombe - Coventry - Birmingham Intl
Leicester - Toton - Chesterfield - Swinton - Church Fenton
York - Harrogate - Leeds - York and Return
D1015 visited York and Leeds reliving "The Western Finale" Railtour hauled by D1023 Westen Fusilier in February 1977. Refuelling took place at at Leeds Neville Hill, the first visit of a Wizzo since D1013 'Western Ranger' worked a Swansea to Leeds service train throughout in January 1977. Unfortunately due to a refuelling farce (both the loco and generator car) and a problem coupling the generator coach to the standard class end of the stock, the departure from York on the return was seriously delayed.
Weston Super Mare - Bristol Temple Meads - Trowbridge - Westbury
Castle Cary - Taunton - Bishops Lydeard - Minehead
The final tour of a very busy 2005 schedule saw D1015 visit the West Somerset Railway, this also being the last Railtour for 'Champion' in Golden Ochre livery.