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Welcome to the UK Steam Railtour page. This is an unofficial list of scheduled steam-hauled excursions over RailTrack lines during 1996. The information is updated regularly, and is provided in good faith, but is not guaranteed accurate! No responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. Always check with the rail tour operator for current information, as tours are often cancelled or amended at short notice. This is particularly important in hot dry weather, owing to the fire risk. The decision on operation of steam tours in these circumstances is usually taken four days prior to the tour. Any comments, corrections (or criticism) may be emailed to:

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The format of the information provided in the table is as follows: 
        Date, Tour name, 
              Tour operator, start and destination, coaching stock set
              Steam loco number, steam itinerary
              [Other notes]        
              

Thu 04-Jan-96 "Ocean Liner Express"
              STVL  Victoria-Staines-Southampton Docks (for Oriana)
              35028 Victoria-Southampton-Victoria

Sat 06-Jan-96

Sun 07-Jan-96

Sat 13-Jan-96

Sun 14-Jan-96 VSOE special
              VSOE  Victoria-Portsmouth  PULL
              35028 Victoria-Portsmouth-Victoria
              [Ran as scheduled]

Sat 20-Jan-96 "The Teign Valley Wanderer"
              PSTR  Stourbridge Jct-Newton Abbott  BN97
              7802  Stourbridge Jct-Newton Abbott
              [Ran as scheduled]

Sun 21-Jan-96

Wed 25-Jan-96 Test Run                                  CANCELLED
              TVGP  Westbury-Southampton                
              34027 Westbury-Southampton and return
              [Cancelled 34027 not available]

Sat 27-Jan-96 PATH  Crewe-Swansea                       CANCELLED
              34027 Bristol-Swansea-Bristol
              [Cancelled 34027 not available]

Sun 28-Jan-96

Sat 03-Feb-96 "The Lace Sheriff"
              PATH  Didcot-Crewe  BN91    
              60009 Worcester-Stourbridge-Bescot-Nuneaton-
              Nottingham-Crewe
              [Ran as scheduled]

Sun 04-Feb-96

Sat 10-Feb-96 "The Ynys Mon Express"                    CANCELLED
              PATH Trowbridge-Holyhead
              60009 Crewe-Holyhead and return
              [Cancelled - Engineering works - rescheduled 10 May]

Sun 11-Feb-96 "The Southern Vanguard"
              LSWR  Portsmouth Harbour-Clapham Jct BN91    
              828   Portsmouth-Cosham-Clapham Jct
              [Ran as scheduled]

Sat 17-Feb-96 "The Mayflower"
              PSTR  Paddington-Plymouth  BN91
              5029  Westbury-Newton Abbott
              5029+7802 Newton Abbott-Plymouth
              [SOLD OUT - Ran as scheduled]

Sun 18-Feb-96 Unnamed                                   CANCELLED
              TVGP  Paddington-Bristol-Waterloo           
              34027 Bristol-Waterloo
              [Cancelled 34027 not available]

Sat 24-Feb-96 "The Great West Turn"
              PATH  Wolverhampton-Plymouth  BN91
              5029+7802 Plymouth-Newton Abbott
              5029  Newton Abbott-Westbury
              [Ran as scheduled]

Sun 25-Feb-96

Sat 02-Mar-96 "The Western Star"
              HERT  Paddington-Minehead
              70000 Paddington-Minehead-Bishops Lydeard
              [SOLD OUT - Ran as scheduled]

Sun 03-Mar-96 VSOE Special Excursion
              VSOE  Victoria-Portsmouth  PULL
              35028 Victoria-Portsmouth-Victoria

Sat 09-Mar-96 "The Royal Borderer"
              PMRT  Peterborough-Carlisle
              46203 Nottingham-Derby-Crewe-Blackburn-Carlisle
              [Ran as scheduled]

Sat 10-Mar-96

Sat 16-Mar-96 "The Dart-Exe Cursion"
              PATH  Ealing Broadway-Totnes-Worcester
              7802  Totnes-Worcester
              [Ran as scheduled]

Sat 16-Mar-96 "The Cumbrian Mountain Express"
              PMRT  Euston-Carlisle
              46203 Carlisle-Blackburn-Crewe

Sun 17-Mar-96

Fri 22-Mar-96 VSOE Luncheon Train
              VSOE  Victoria-Guildford  PULL
              35028 Victoria-redhill-Guildford-Victoria

Sat 23-Mar-96 "The Broadsman"
              BLSY  Finsbury Park-Norwich
              70000 Finsbury Park-Norwich and return
              [Ran as scheduled]

Sat 23-Mar-96 "The Cumbrian Mountain Express"
              PATH  Didcot-Carlisle BN91
              60009 Crewe-Ais Gill-Carlisle
              [46203 ran in lieu of 60009]

Sun 24-Mar-96

Fri 29-Mar-96 "The Grand National Express"              CANCELLED
              DAYO  Euston-Liverpool  RIV
              71000 Euston-Liverpool
              [Cancelled]

Sat 30-Mar-96 "The Cumbrian Mountain Express"
              PSTR  Northampton-Carlisle  BN91
              60009 Carlisle-Blackburn-Crewe
              [46203 replaced 60009[

Sat 30-Mar-96 "The Trans Pennine Express"
              ELRY  Bolton-Scarborough  BN97
              46229 Bolton-Scarborough-York
              [Ran as scheduled]

Sun 31-Mar-96 LSWR  Alton-Guildford/Ascot shuttles      CANCELLED
              30053 Alton-Guildford/Ascot-Alton
              [Cancelled 30053 not available]

Sat 06-Apr-96 LSWR  Kensington Olympia-Didcot  BN97     CANCELLED
              34027 Olympia-Redhill-Didcot

Sat 06-Apr-96 "The Tawe-Taw Tourer"
              PATH  Crewe-Swansea  BN91
              34027 Bristol-Swansea-Bristol
              [Ran 34027 failed with hotbox at Bridgend]

Sun 07-Apr-96 LSWR  Clapham Jct circulars BN97          CANCELLED
              30053 Clapham Jct-Clapham Jct
              [Cancelled 30053 not available]

Mon 08-Apr-96 LSWR  Salisbury-Gillingham BN97           CANCELLED
              30053 Salisbury-Gillingham shuttles 
              [Cancelled 30053 not available]

Tue 09-Apr-96 "The Cumbrian Mountain Express"
              PMRT  Euston-Carlisle  BN91
              46203 Crewe-Blackburn-Carlisle
              [Ran as scheduled]

Sat 13-Apr-96 "The Citadel Express"
              PMRT  St Albans-Crewe                  
              Diesel Carlisle-Ais Gill-Blackburn-Crewe
              [Diesel now replaces 46203]

Sun 14-Apr-96 "The Ocean Liner Express"
              VSOE  Victoria-Southampton Docks  PULL
              35028 Victoria-Southampton Docks

Fri 19-Apr-96 VSOE Luncheon Special
              VSOE  Victoria-Guildford
              35028 Victoria-Redhill-Guildford-Victoria
              [Ran as scheduled - 35028 numbered 35017]

Sat 20-Apr-96 "The Ynys Mon Express"                    CANCELLED
              PMRT  Hitchin-Holyhead  BN91
              46203 Crewe-Holyhead-Crewe 
              [Cancelled - 46203 unavailable]

Sun 21-Apr-96 

Sat 27-Apr-96 "The West Mercian Express"
              PSTR  Paddington-Crewe  BN91
              60009 Didcot-Severn Tunnel-Newport-Hereford-Crewe 
              [60009 now replaces 70000]

Sun 28-Apr-96 "The Golden Arrow"
              VSOE  Victoria-Folkestone  PULL
              35028 Victoria-Folkestone
              [Ran as scheduled - 35028 renumbered 35017]

Sat 04-May-96 "The Cumbrian Mountain Express"
              PSTR  Euston-Carlisle  BN91
              60009 Crewe-Ais Gill-Carlisle
              [60009 replaced 70000 - Diesel pilot from Garsdale]

Sun 05-May-96 "The Ynys Mon Express"                    CANCELLED
              PMRT  Euston-Holyhead BN91
              46203 Crewe-Holyhead-Crewe 
              [Cancelled - 46203 unavailable]

Mon 06-May-96 "The Cumbrian Mountain Express"           CANCELLED
              PMRT  Didcot-Carlisle                     
              46203 Crewe-Ais Gill-Carlisle
              [Cancelled - 46203 unavailable]

Sat 11-May-96 "Bert Hooker memorial - Train 1"          CANCELLED
              LSWR  Waterloo-Weymouth  RIV+OLN  
              34027 Waterloo-Yeovil  
              35028 Yeovil-Weymouth
              34027+35028 Weymouth-Southampton-Clapham Jct 
              [Cancelled 34027 not available - rescheduled 12-Oct]

Sat 11-May-96 "Bert Hooker memorial - Train 2"          CANCELLED
              PATH  Crewe-Weymouth  BN91  
              35028 Didcot-Westbury-Yeovil  
              34207 Yeovil-Weymouth
              34027+35028 Weymouth-Yeovil 
              [Cancelled 34027 not available - rescheduled 12 October]

Sat 11-May-96 Unnamed                                   CANCELLED
              FSCL  Bradford-Carlisle  BN97
              60009 Bradford-Ais Gill-Carlisle-Ais Gill-Bradford
              [60009 now replaces 46203]
              [Cancelled: fire risk]

Sun 12-May-96 Private charter                           CANCELLED
              ----  Keighley-Carlisle   
              46203 Keighley-Carlisle-Keithley
              [Cancelled - 46203 unavailable]

Sat 18-May-96 "Cumbrian Mountain Express"               CANCELLED
              PSTR  Northampton-Carlisle  BN91 
              60009 Carlisle-Ais Gill-Crewe
              [60009 now replaces 46203]
              [Cancelled: fire risk]

Sat 18-May-96 "Steam on the Met" 
              LULD  Watford-Amersham
              7325/9466/75014 Watford-Amersham shuttles
              [Ran as scheduled]

Sun 19-May-96 "Steam on the Met" 
              LULD  Watford-Amersham
              7325/9466/75014 Watford-Amersham shuttles
              [Ran as scheduled]

Sun 19-May-96 "The Golden Arrow"
              VSOE  Victoria-folkestone  PULL
              35028 Victoria-Folkestone

Sat 25-May-96 "Ynys Mon Express"
              PATH  Trowbridge-Holyhead  BN91 
              46203 Crewe-Holyhead-Crewe
              [Ran as scheduled 70000 replaced 46203]

Sat 25-May-96 "The Golden Arrow"
              GDWD  Victoria-Dover  PULL
              35028 Victoria-Canterbury-Dover and return 

Sat 25-May-96 "The Maritime Historian"
              828R  Eastleigh-Bristol  BN97
              828   Eastleigh-Southampton-Salisbury-Bristol and return
              [Ran as scheduled]

Sat 25-May-96 "Steam on the Met" 
              LULD  Watford-Amersham
              7325/9466/75014 Watford-Amersham shuttles
              [Ran as scheduled]

Sun 26-May-96 "Steam on the Met" 
              LULD  Watford-Amersham
              7325/9466/75014 Watford-Amersham shuttles
              [Ran as scheduled]

Mon 27-May-96 "Steam on the Met"
              LULD  Watford-Amersham
              7325/9466/75014 Watford-Amersham shuttles
              [Ran as scheduled]

Mon 27-May-96 "The Shap and Back"                       CANCELLED
              PSTR  Euston-Carlisle  BN91
              70000 Crewe-Shap-Carlisle-Shap-Crewe
              [60009 designated stand-by]
              [Cancelled: fire risk]

Mon 27-May-96 "The York Flyer"                          CANCELLED
              PMRT Peterborough-York
              46203 Bradford-York-Sheffield-Derby-Nottingham
              [Cancelled]>/i>

Wed 29-May-96 VSOE Special
              VSOE  Victoria-Portsmouth  PULL
              35028/34027 Victoria-Portsmouth-Victoria

Sat 01-Jun-96 The Clog and Knocker
              PSTR  Kings Cross-Sheffield  BN91
              70000 Crewe-Sheffield-Nottingham-Grantham-Peterborough
              [Ran part diesel piloted due to fire risk]

Sat 01-Jun-96 "The Royal Scot"                         CANCELLED
              DAYO  Euston-Carlisle  RIV
              71000 Crewe-Carlisle-Preston
              [Cancelled]

Sat 01-Jun-96 "The Midland Scot"
              WCRC  Carnforth-Carlisle  VIPS
              48151 Carnforth-Carlisle-Carnforth
              [Ran as scheduled]

Sun 02-Jun-96 

Fri 07-Jun-96 "The Guildford Circular"              DIESEL HAULED
              VSOE  Victoria-Folkestone  PULL
              35028 Victoria-Folkestone-Victoria
              [Ran diesel hauled due to fire risk]

Sat 08-Jun-96 "The York Royale"
              PATH  Swansea-York  BN91
              46229 York-Sheffield-Derby-Chesterfield-Stoke-Crewe
              [Ran as scheduled]

Sat 08-Jun-96 "The Derbyshire Dragon"                   CANCELLED
              PKRL  Matlock-Llandudno  BN97
              60009 Derby-Crewe-Llandudno and return
              [Cancelled insufficient bookings]

Sun 09-Jun-96 "The Golden Arrow" VSOE
              VSOE  Victoria-Folkestone  PULL
              35028 Victoria-Folkestone
              [Ran as scheduled]
Sat 15-Jun-96 "The Deer Stalker"                        CANCELLED
              WCRC  Carnforth-Fort Wulliam (one way)
              44767 and 75014 Carnforth-Fort William
              [Cancelled due to fire risk]

Sat 15-Jun-96 Ipswich-Bury St Edmunds shuttles
              GEAT  Ipswich-Bury St Edmunds  BN97
              70000/69621 Ipswich-Bury St Edmunds and return
              [Ran behind 70000 only]

Sun 16-Jun-96 Ipswich-Bury St Edmunds shuttles
              GEAT  Ipswich-Bury St Edmunds  BN97
              70000/69621 Ipswich-Bury St Edmunds and return
              [Ran behind 70000 only]

Sun 16-Jun-96 "The Ynys Mon Express"
              PSTR  Euston-Holyhead  BN91
              46229 Crewe-Holyhead-Crewe
              [Ran steam hauled to Llandudno only] 

Sun 16-Jun-96 "The Golden Arrow" VSOE                  DIESEL HAULED
              VSOE  Victoria-Folkestone  PULL
              35028/34027 Victoria-Folkestone-Victoria
              [Ran diesel hauled due to fire risk]

Sat 22-Jun-96 "The Midsummer Cumbrian Mountain Express" CANCELLED
              HERT  Euston-Carlisle  BN91
              46229 Crewe-Blackburn-Ais Gill-Carlisle
              [Cancelled inadequate fire risk notice by Railtrack"

Sun 23-Jun-96 

 24-28 Jun-96 "The Jacobite"
              WCRC  Fort William-Mallaig
              44767/75014  Fort William-Mallaig-Fort William

Sat 29-Jun-96 "Royal Scot"                             CANCELLED
              DAYO  Euston-Carlisle  SRPS
              71000 Crewe-Lancaster-Carlisle-Lancaster-Preston
              [Insufficient bookings - to be rescheduled]

Sun 30-Jun-96 

 01-05 Jul-96 "The Jacobite"
              WCRC  Fort William-Mallaig
              44767/75014  Fort William-Mallaig-Fort William
              [Ran as scheduled]

Sat 06-Jul-96 "The Caley Sou'Wester"
              PATH  Birmingham-Glasgow  BN97
              46229 Carlisle-Beattock-Glasgow-Carlisle
              [Ran as scheduled]

Sat 06-Jul-96 "Blue Devonian"                           CANCELLED
              DAYO  Woking-Exeter  SRPS
              60007 Woking-Exeter-Westbury-Reading-Guildford
              [Cancelled: fire risk]

Sun 07-Jul-96 

 08-12 Jul-96 "The Jacobite" 
              WCRC  Fort William-Mallaig
              44767/75014  Fort William-Mallaig-Fort William
              [Ran as scheduled]

Fri 12-Jul-96 "The Midland Scot"
              WCRC  Carnforth-Carlisle  VIPS
              48151 Carnforth-Carlisle-Carnforth
              [Ran as scheduled]

Sat 13-Jul-96 "Ynys Mon express"                        CANCELLED
              PSTR  Euston-Holyhead  BN91
              60009 Stafford-Holyhead-Crewe
              [Cancelled: fire risk]

Sat 13-Jul-96 "Blue Wayfarer"                           CANCELLED
              DAYO  Twickenham-Portsmouth  SRPS
              60007 Clapham-Portsmouth-Clapham
              [Cancelled: fire risk]

Sun 14-Jul-96 

 15-19 Jul-96 "The Jacobite"
              WCRC  Fort William-Mallaig 
              44767/75014  Fort William-Mallaig-Fort William
              [Ran as scheduled]

Wed 17-Jul-96 Private Charter
              ----  Victoria-Portsmouth
              35028  Victoria-Portsmouth and return

Sat 20-Jul-96 "Cumbrian Mountain Express"           DIESEL HAULED
              PATH  Salisbury-Carlisle  BN91
              46229 Carlisle-Ais Gill-Blackburn-Crewe
              [Ran behind Class 46 Ixion due to fire risk]

Sat 20-Jul-96 "Blue Venturer"                           CANCELLED
              DAYO  Woking-Nottingham  SRPS
              60007 Woking-Bletchley-Bedford-Nottingham
              [Cancelled: Gauging problem]

Sun 21-Jul-96 

 22-26 Jul-96 "The Jacobite" 
              WCRC  Fort William-Mallaig
              44767/75014  Fort William-Mallaig-Fort William
              [Ran as scheduled]

Sat 27-Jul-96 "Kent and E Sussex Venturer"              CANCELLED
              PATH  Cardiff-Hastings  BN91
              828   Kensington-Redhill-Ashford-Hastings and return
              [828 replaces 30777]
              [Cancelled - fire risk]

Sat 27-Jul-96 "The Caledonian"                          CANCELLED
              DAYO  Euston-Carlisle  SRPS    
              46229 Crewe-Beattock-Carlisle-Crewe
              [Cancelled -  fire risk - Rescheduled to 19-Oct]

Sun 28-Jul-96 Unnamed                                   CANCELLED
              828R  Littlehampton-Victoria  RIV          
              828   Littlehampton-Arundel-Horsham-Victoria and return
              [Cancelled]

 28-31 Jul-96 "The Jacobite" 
              WCRC  Fort William-Mallaig
              44767/75014  Fort William-Mallaig-Fort William

 01-02 Aug-96 "The Jacobite"
              WCRC  Fort William-Mallaig 
              44767/75014  Fort William-Mallaig-Fort William

Thu 01-Aug-96 "Granada Express"                     DIESEL HAULED
              DAYO  Nottingham-Rochdale
              60007 Nottingham-Rochdale-Nottingham
              [Diesel hauled - fire risk]

Sat 03-Aug-96 No name                                   DELETED ?
              SRPR  Edinburgh-Blackburn  SRPS
              46229 Carlisle-Ais Gill-Blackburn-Lancaster-Carlisle
              [Check with operator]

Sat 03-Aug-96 "Cumbrian Mountain Express"               CANCELLED 
              PATH  Reading-Carlisle  BN91
              60009 Crewe-Blackburn-AisGill-Carlisle
              [Cancelled - fire risk]

Sat 03-Aug-96 "Lincoln 150"                             CANCELLED
              DAYO  Nottingham-Lincoln (am)    
              60007 Nottingham-Lincoln-Nottingham
              [Cancelled - fire risk]

Sat 03-Aug-96 "Lincoln 150"                             CANCELLED 
              DAYO  Nottingham-Lincoln  (pm)   
              60007 Nottingham-Lincoln-Nottingham
              [Cancelled - fire risk]

Sun 04-Aug-96 Unnamed                                   CANCELLED
              LSWR  Paddington-Exeter  BN91              
              71000 Westbury-Salisbury-Exeter-Taunton-Westbury-Didcot
              [Cancelled - replaced by The Interloper]

Sun 04-Aug-96 "The Interloper"                          CANCELLED
              LSWR  Ealing Broadway-Exeter  BN91 
              5029  Westbury-Salisbury-Exeter-Taunton-Westbury
              [Cancelled - fire risk]

 04-09 Aug-96 "The Jacobite"
              WCRC  Fort William-Mallaig
              44767/75014  Fort William-Mallaig-Fort William

Sat 10-Aug-96 

Sun 11-Aug-96 Unnamed                                   CANCELLED
              LSWR  Waterloo-Weymouth   BN91
              30777 Waterloo-Eastleigh  
              828   Eastleigh-Weymouth
              30777+828 Weymouth-Eastleigh-Woking
              [Cancelled - 30777 unavailable]

Sun 11-Aug-96 "The Strong Countryman"                   CANCELLED
              LSWR  East Croydon-Salisbury  BN97  
              34027 East Croydon-Southampton- Salisbury and return
              [Cancelled - fire risk]

 11-16 Aug-96 "The Jacobite"
              WCRC  Fort William-Mallaig 
              44767/75014  Fort William-Mallaig-Fort William

Fri 16-Aug-96 "The Merchant Venturer"                   CANCELLED
              HERT  Kensington Olympia-Crewe  BN97                   
              35028 Kensington-Oxford-Kidderminster-Bescot-Crewe
              [Cancelled - fire risk]

Sat 17-Aug-96 Unnamed                                     DELETED
              HERT  Euston-Chester  BN97                   
              71000 Euston-Crewe-Chester

Sat 17-Aug-96 "The Cumbrian Mountain Express"  
              PSTR  Watford-Carlisle  BN91 
              60009 Carlisle-Ais Gill-Blackburn-Crewe-Stafford
              [Ran as scheduled]

Sun 18-Aug-96 

 18-23 Aug-96 "The Jacobite"  
              WCRC  Fort William-Mallaig
              44767/75014  Fort William-Mallaig-Fort William

Mon 19-Aug-96 "The Merchant of Mercia"                  CANCELLED
              LSWR  Crewe-Kensington  BN91 
              35028 Crewe-Newport-Bristol-Bath-Reading-Kensington
              [Cancelled - fire risk]

Sat 24-Aug-96 Unnamed                                     DELETED
              LSWR  Paddington-Weymouth  BN91 
              5029  Paddington-Westbury-Weymouth-Westbury-Paddington
              [To be run in 1997]

Sat 24 Aug-96 Unnamed                                     DELETED
              HERC  Cambridge-Worcester  BN97              
              60009 Worcester-Peterborough

Sat 24-Aug-96 "Ocean Liner Express" 
              VSOE  Victoria-Southampton Docks  PULL
              35028/34027 Victoria-Folkestone

Sat 24-Aug-96 Brentford shuttles                        CANCELLED 
              ----  Southall-Brentford  RIV
              1450  Southall-Brentford-Southall

Sun 25-Aug-96 Brentford shuttles                        CANCELLED 
              ----  Southall-Brentford  RIV
              1450  Southall-Brentford-Southall

Sun 25-Aug-96 "The Golden Arrow"
              VSOE  Victoria-Tonbride-Folkestone  PULL
              35028/34027 Victoria-Folkestone
              [Diesel replaces steam]

 25-30 Aug-96 "The Jacobite"
              WCRC  Fort William-Mallaig
              44767/75014  Fort William-Mallaig-Fort William

Mon 26-Aug-96 "The Central Welshman"                    CANCELLED
              PATH  Paddington-Carmarthen  BN97
              2968  Crewe-Llandrindod Wells-Carmarthen 
              [Cancelled - fire risk]

Sat 31-Aug-96 Unnamed                                     DELETED
              PATH  Swansea-Fishguard  BN97
              2968  Swansea-Carmarthen-Fishguard-Swansea

Sat 31-Aug-96 Unnamed                                     DELETED
              PMRT  Nottingham-Carlisle  BN91
              46203 Crewe-Blackburn-Ais Gill-Carlisle

Sat 31-Aug-96 "The Severn Valley Explorer" 
              LSWR  Havant-Stourbridge Jct  BN91
              5029  Westbury-Seven Tunnel-Hereford-Stourbridge Jct
              [Ran as scheduled - Class 37 pilot from Hereford]

Sun 01-Sep-96 

Sun 01-Sep-96 "The Golden Arrow" VSOE
               VSOE  Victoria-Folkestone  PULL
               35028 Victoria-Canterbury-Folkestone-Victoria
               [Diesel replaces steam]

 01-06 Sep-96 "The Jacobite"
               WCRC  Fort William-Mallaig 
               44767/75014  Fort William-Mallaig-Fort William

Fri 06-Sep-96 "Blackpool Fairs Express"
               DAYO  Edinburgh-Blackpool
               44767 Edinburgh-Shap-Blackpool

Sat 07-Sep-96 

Sun 08-Sep-96 

 09-13 Sep-96 "The Jacobite"
               WCRC  Fort William-Mallaig
               75014 Fort William-Mallaig-Fort William

Sat 14-Sep-96 "The Midland Welshman"
               PSTR  Watford-Crewe-Carmarthen  BN97
               2968  Carmarthen-Llandrindod Wells-Shrewsbury-Crewe
               [Cancelled - fire risk]

Sun 15-Sep-96 "The Golden Arrow" VSOE
               VSOE  Victoria-Folkstone  PULL 
               35028/34027 Victoria-Folkstone
                [Diesel replaces steam]

 16-20 Sep-96 "The Jacobite"
               WCRC  Fort William-Mallaig
               75014 Fort William-Mallaig-Fort William

Sat 21-Sep-96 "The Royal Return" Test Train             CANCELLED
               PSTR  Paddington-Worcester  BN96 (air braked)
               6024  Banbury-Birmingham SH-Gloucester-Worcester
               [Cancelled - fire risk]

Sat 21-Sep-96 "Gauge O Guild Anniversary Tour"
               G0GD  Carnforth-York
               48151 Carnfrth-Blackburn-Normanton-York and return

Sun 22-Sep-96 

Sat 28-Sep-96 "untitled"                                CANCELLED
               LSWR  Clapham Jct-Portsmouth  BN91
               34027 Clapham-Horsham-Portsmouth and return
                [Cancelled]

Sat 28-Sep-96 "The Royal Scot"                          CANCELLED
               DAYO  Euston-Carlisle
               71000 Crewe-Lancaster-Carlisle-Preston
               [Cancelled - fire risk]

Sat 28-Sep-96 "The Golden Arrow" VSOE
               GDWD  Victoria-Folkstone  PULL
               35028 Victoria-Folkstone and return

Sun 29-Sep-96 "The Golden Arrow"
               VSOE  Victoria-Folkstone  PULL
               35028/34027 Victoria-Tonbridge-Folkstone and return

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Wed 02-Oct-96 "The 25th Anniversary Limited"
               PSTR  Birmingham-Bristol
               6024  Hereford-Newport-Bristol-Didcot-Birmingham

Sat 05-Oct-96 "The Cities United Express"
               PATH  Birmingham-Paddington  BN91
               6024  BirminghamSH-High Wycombe-Paddington-Didcot

Sat 05-Oct-96 "?"
               HERC  Kings Lynn-York
               60009 Peterborough-Nottingham-York and rtn

Sun 06-Oct-96 "The Golden Arrow" VSOE
               VSOE  Victoria-Folkstone  PULL
               35028 Victoria-Folkstone and return

Sat 12-Oct-96 "Bert Hooker Memorial - Train 1"
               LSWR  Waterloo-Weymouth  RIV/OLN
               34027 Waterloo-Yeovil
               35028 Yeovil-Weymouth
               34027+35028 Weymouth-Southampton-Clapham Jct 

Sat 12-Oct-96 "Bert Hooker memorial - Train 2"
               PATH  Crewe-Weymouth  BN91
               35028 Didcot-Reading-Westbury-Yeovil
               34207 Yeovil-Weymouth
               34027+35028 Weymouth-Yeovil

Sat 12-Oct-96 "?"
               PSTR  Watford Jct-Bristol
               46229 Shrewsbury-Hereford-Bristol-Shrewsbury

Sun 13-Oct-96 

Wed 16-Oct-96 "VSOE Special"
               VSOE  Victoria-Portsmouth  PULL
               34027 Victoria-Portsmouth and return

Sat 19-Oct-96 "The Exe-Servern Limited"
               PSTR  Birmingham-Westbury  BN97
               5029+7325  Birmingham-Didcot-Swindon-Westbury-Exeter

Sat 19-Oct-96 "The Caledonian" 
               DAYO  Euston-Carlisle  SRPS
               46229 Crewe-Beattock-Carlisle-Crewe

Sat 19-Oct-96 "Kent and E Sussex Venturer" 
               PATH  Cardiff-Hastings BN91
               828   Olympia-Redhill-Ashford-Hastings-Olympia

Sun 20-Oct-96 "?"
               VSOE  Victoria-Canterbury  PULL
               34027 Victoria-Canterbury-Victoria

Sat 26-Oct-96 "Ocean Liner Express"
               VSOE  Victoria-Southampton Docks  PULL
               35028/34027 Victoria-Southampton Docks

Sun 27-Oct-96 

Sat 02-Nov-96 "?" 
               DAYO  Watford Jct-Guildford
               46229 Crewe-Hereford-Reading-Guildford

Sun 03-Nov-96 

Sat 09-Nov-96 "The Flying Dutchman"
               PSTR  Paddington-Plymouth
               6024  Paddington to Newton Abbott
               6024+7325 Newton Abbot to Plymouth
               [This train is nearly SOLD out]

Sat 09-Nov-96 "The Test and Thames"
               LSWR  Southampton-London
               828   Southampton-Reading-Clapham/Waterloo-Soton

Sat 09-Nov-96 "The North Downs Rambler"
               LSWR  Clapham Jct-Dorking and return
               828   Clapham-Guildford-Dorking-Redhill-Clapham

Sun 10-Nov-96 

Sat 16-Nov-96 "The White Rose"
               HERC  Kings Cross-Nottingham-York  BN97
               60009 Peterborough-Grantham-Sheffield-York and return 

Sat 16-Nov-96 "?"
               DAYO  Guildford-Exeter
               46229 Guildford-Reading-Exeter-Guildford

Sun 17-Nov-96 "The Golden Arrow" VSOE
               VSOE  Victoria-Folkestone  PULL
               35028/34027 Victoria-Folkestone

Fri 22-Nov-96 "VSOE Special"
               VSOE  Victoria-Portsmouth  PULL
               35028/34027 Victoria-Portsmouth and return

Sat 23-Nov-96 "?"
               PATH Swindon-Nottingham
               60009 Peterboro-Sleaford-Nottingham-Worcester

Sun 24-Nov-96 

Wed 27-Nov-96 "?"
               VSOE Victoria-Portsmouth PULL
               34027 Victoria-Portsmouth

Sat 30-Nov-96 "The Devonian"
               PSTR  Watford-Plymouth
               6024+7325 Plymouth-Bristol-Worcester

Sat 30-Nov-96 "The Arkle Express/Wiltshire Rambler"
               LSWR  Paddington-Salisbury
               5029  Paddington-Newbury Racecourse-Salisbury and return

Sat 01-Dec-96 "The Great Western Enterprise"
               LSWR  Ealing Broadway-Frome (one way only)
               5029  Ealing Broadway-Didcot-Frome

Sat 07-Dec-96 "?"
               PATH  Stafford-Lincoln
               2968  Dorridge-Lincoln

Sun 08-Dec-96 

Sat 14-Dec-96 

Sun 15-Dec-96 "Ocean Liner Express"
               VSOE  Victoria-Southampton Docks  PULL
               35028/34027 Victoria-Southampton Docks

Sat 21-Dec-96 

Sun 22-Dec-96 

Mon 23-Dec-96 "VSOE Luncheon Express"
               VSOE  Victoria-Redhill-Guildford-Victoria  PULL
               35028/34027 Victoria-Guildford-Victoria

Fri 27-Dec-96 "?"
               PATH  Bristol-Birmingham  PM80
               6024  Worcester-Hereford-Pontypool-Gloucester-Didcot 

Sat 28-Dec-96 "The Bristolian"
               HERC  Paddington-Bristol  BN91
               6024  Paddington-Bristol and return

Sun 29-Dec-96 


Locomotives

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Dates in brackets refer to expiry of the seven year main-line boiler
certificate. Note that locomotives are also required to have a six
monthly main-line operating certificate (indicated by ok/no).

 1450 GWR 14xx class 0-4-2T                         (no Oct-02)
 5029 GWR 4073 class 4-6-0  Nunney Castle           (ok Feb-97)
 6024 GWR 60xx class 4-6-0  King Edward I           (no Apr-03)
 7325 GWR 43xx class 2-6-0                          (ok date ?)
 7802 GWR 78xx class 4-6-0  Bradley Manor           (ok date ?)
 9466 GWR 94xx class 0-6-0T                         (ok date ?)

  828 SR  N15  class 4-6-0                          (ok date ?)
30053 SR  M7   class 0-4-4T                         (no date ?)  
30777 SR  KA   class 4-6-0  Sir Lamiel              (no 16-Oct-96) 
34027 SR  WC   class 4-6-2  Tawe Valley             (ok ? Nov-02)
35028 SR  MN   class 4-6-2  Clan Line               (ok date ?)

 2968 LMS 4MT  class 2-6-0                          (no date ?)
44767 LMS 5MT  class 4-6-0  George Stephenson       (ok date ?)
46203 LMS 8P   class 4-6-2  Princess Margaret Rose  (no 02-Mar-97)
46229 LMS 8P   class 4-6-2  Duchess of Hamilton     (ok 05-Dec-96)
48151 LMS 8F   class 2-8-0                          (ok date ?)

60007 LNE A4   class 4-6-2  Sir Nigel Gresley       (ok date ?)
60009 LNE A4   class 4-6-2  Union of South Africa   (ok 10-Dec-96)
65032 LNE A2   class 4-6-2  Blue Peter              (no Oct-98 ?)
69621 GE  N7   class 0-6-2T                         (no date ?)

70000 BR  7P   class 4-6-2  Britannia               (ok 14-Nov-97)
71000 BR  8P   class 4-6-2  Duke of Gloucester      (ok 03-Oct-96)
75014 BR  4MT  class 4-6-0                          (ok date ?) 

Several other locomotives still have current seven year main-line 
boiler certificates but do not have current six month main-line 
operating certificates, sn have no planned main-line work during 
1996 Many of these engines are currently in service on preserved 
lines, including:

80058 BR  4MT  class 2-6-4T
45321 LMS 3MT  class 2-6-0
7752  GWR 57xx class 0-6-0PT

Coaching Stock sets

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BN91 Waterman Railways: BR Mark 1 set (crimson and cream livery) BN96 Waterman Railways: BR Mark 1 set (rasberry and ripple) (airbrk) BN97 Waterman Railways: BR Mark 1 set (maroon livery) SRPS SRPS: BR Mark 1 set (maroon livery) RIV Riviera Trains: BR Mark 1 set (chocolate and cream livery) OLN ?: BR Mark 1 set (green livery) PULL VSOE: Pullman set (air brake only) VIPS: WCRC/Railfilms: BR Mark 1 VIP set PM80: ?


Tour operators

PSTR: Past Time Railtours, 116 Trent Valley Road, Lichfield, Staffs, WS13 6EU Tel: 01543-411971 LSWR: LSW Railtours (Bookings to Past Time Railtours) From May enquiries to Cranmore Railway Company (LSW), Cranmore Station, Shepton Mallett BA4 4QP Tel: 01749-880417 PATH: Pathfinder Tours, Stag House, Gydynap Lane, Inchbrook, Woodchester, Glos GL5 5EZ Tel: 01453-835414 PMRT: Princess Margaret Rose Tours, PO Box 6203, Lichfield, Staffs Tel: 01543-411971 HERT: Hertfordshire Railtours, 28 Chestnut Walk, Welwyn, Herts AL6 0SD Tel: 01438-715050 Fax: 01438-714502 VSOE: Venice Simplon Orient Express Tel: 0171-8055100 828R: 828 Railtours Tel: 01963-363203 (01794-323043) DAYO: Days Out Tel:0115-941 9330 GDWD: Goodwood Travel, St Andrews House, Station Rd, East Canterbury CT1 2RB Tel: 01227-764949 ELRY: East Lancs Railway. Locomotive Works, Baron St, Bury BL9 0TY Tel: 0161-763 4340 LULD: London Underground Ltd, Harrow-on-the-Hill Station, Lowlands Road, Harrow, Middx HA1 1BB SRPS: SRPS Railtours, 22 Durham Road South, Edinburgh EH15 3PD Tel: 0176 8341664 01383-822944 BLSY: Britannia Locomotive Society GEAT: Great Eastern Trains PKRL: Peak Rail TVGP: Tawe Valley Locomotive Group WCRC: West Coast Railway Co Ltd Tel: 01397-703791 HERC: Hercules Steam Affairs Ltd, Tel: 01553-828107


NEWS

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[31-Aug-96] The LSWR Severn Valley Explorer ran as scheduled on 30 August, with 5029 Nunney Castle running early to Hereford. However a damaged firebox brick arch necessitated the addition of a Class 37 diesel pilot from Hereford to Kidderminster, which was reached only a few minutes behind schedule. The Severn Valley based LMS Mogul 2968 completed a successful test run to Gloucester also on 30 August, and is now expected to move to Carmarthen for the 14 September Midamd Welshman service to Shrewsbury.

[Aug-96] The long famine in main-line steam operation (outside Scotland) caused by the hot weather and consequent fire risk appears to be ending. LSWR RailTours have confirmed that the The Severn Valley Explorer behind 5029 Nunney Castle on Sat 31 August will definitely run. (Provisional timings). The Cumbrian Mountain Express southbound behind 60007 on the 13th was the only other service to run in August.

[Jul-96] 1450 is due to undergo a loaded test run for main-line certification on the Great Central line later in the summer. It is then expected to operate shuttle services over the Southall-Brentford branch later in the year.

[Jul-96] 60532 Blue Peter was due to be recertified for main line running later in the year, following completion of repairs. However there is now some doubt whether it will return to main-line operation.

[Jul-96] 6024 King Edward I is nearing the end of an overhaul at a private site in Oxfordshire. It is due to be recertificated for main line duties in September prior to its test run on 21 September. On return to the main line, it's height will be reduced by nearly 5 inches to 13ft 1in to give it a wider route availability, although it will still be barred from some routes due to the width over the cylinders. It will also be fitted with air brakes (like 35028 and 34027), and a new ashpan watering system to reduce the lineside fire risk. A new water tank vehicle is being built on a redundant bogie container flat with bodywork disguised to look like a BR Mark 1 coach. This will provide a 240 mile range without the need to stop for water.

[Jun-96] 30777 Sir Lamiel was withdrawn from main line service with boiler problems in June, and will miss all four of the main line tours it was scheduled to operate prior to expiry of its seven year boiler certificate on 16 October 1996. Its 27 July booking will be taken over by no 828, while the remaining services on 11 August and 28 September will be hauled by 34027. Sir Lamiel is expected to operate on the Great Central Railway for at least the next 12 months.

[May-96] 34027 Tawe Valley is currently under repair at Didcot, following its failure on 9 April with hot axle boxes. It is unlikely to take up any further main-line duties until July. The Bert Hooker Memorial trains scheduled for 11 May have been postponed to October.

[Apr-96] 46203 Princess Margaret Rose was withdrawn from main line service prior its scheduled run on 13 April. 60009 will substitute on some duties in April and May.

[Apr-96] 70000 Britannia was temporarily withdrawn from main line service following its run on 23 March. It underwent a boiler re-tube at Didcot. 60009 substituted on some booked duties. Britannia returned to service on the Ipswich-Bury St Edmunds shuttles in June.

[Jan-96] 34027 Tawe Valley's loaded test run in January and the subsequent Bristol-Swansea tour were both cancelled at short notice following confusion over certification of the new air-brake system. The loaded test will now take place on the East Somerset Railway, while the Swansea trip has been rescheduled for 6 April.

[Jan-96] 30053 was unexpectedly withdrawn from main-line service on 22 January for major boiler repairs. Its scheduled main-line trips in April have been cancelled.

[Jan-96] 34027 Tawe Valley completed a major overhaul at Grosmont on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway in Dec 95, and was moved by road to Cranmore on the East Somerset Railway on 6 January. The loaded test train for main line certification is scheduled for 25 January. 34027 has now been fitted with air brakes, and is due to share operation of the VSOE air braked Pullman train with 35028 Clan Line this season.


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