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UK Main Line Steam Tours 1997

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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 1997. 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:

steamtours at uksteam.info
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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]        
              

Wed 01-Jan-97 "The First Foot Forth"
              SRPS  Edinburgh-Forth Bridge circular
              44767 Edinburgh-Forth Bridge-Edinburgh

Sat 04-Jan-97 "Cumbrian Mountain Express"
              PSTR  Watford-Carlisle  BN91
              42968 Carlisle-AisGill-Crewe
              [Ran as scheduled]

Mon 06-Jan-97 VSOE Special
              VSOE  Victoria-Guildford  PULL
              35028 Victoria-Redhill-Guildford-Victoria
              [Ran as scheduled]

Sat 11-Jan-97 "The Taffy Apple"
              PSTR  Northampton-Swansea
              7325+2968 Worcester-Hereford-Swansea-Gloucester-Worcester
              [Ran as scheduled]

Sat 11-Jan-97 "The Southern Wanderer"                 CANCELLED
              LSWR  Alton-Kensington
              31625 Alton-Ascot-South Acton-Kensington
                    -Clapham-Woking-Alton
              [Cancelled 31625 unavailable]

Sun 12-Jan-97 VSOE Special
              VSOE  Victoria-Portsmouth  PULL
              35028 Victoria-Portsmouth-Victoria
              [Ran as scheduled]

Sat 18-Jan-97 "The Bristolian
              STAF  Paddington-Bristol
              6024  Paddington-Swindon-Bristol-Paddington
              [6024 failed at Bristol with burst air brake pipe, 
                  return diesel hauled]

Sat 18-Jan-97 "The Treacle Eater
              LSWR  Paddington-Yeovil
              35028 Paddington-Newbury-Yeovil
                    -Basingstoke-Reading-Paddington
              [Ran as scheduled]

Sat 18-Jan-97 "The Thames Clyde Express
              DAYO  Hertford-Carlisle
              60532 Skipton-AisGill-Carlisle-Shap-Crewe

Sun 25-Jan-97 VSOE Special
              VSOE  Victoria-Canterbury  PULL
              34027 Victoria-Canterbury-Victoria
              [Ran as scheduled]

Sat 25-Jan-97 "The Lowlander"
              DAYO  Crewe-Edinburgh
              44767 Edinburgh-Shap-Preston

Sat 01-Feb-97 "Thames Clyde Express"
              DAYO Hertford-Carlisle
              60532 Skipton-AisGill-Carlisle-Shap-Crewe
              [60532 failed prior to start - Train diesel hauled]

Sun 02-Feb-97 VSOE Special
              VSOE  Victoria-Portsmouth  PULL
              34027 Victoria-Portsmouth-Victoria
              [Ran as scheduled]

Sat 08-Feb-97 "Blue Yorkshireman"                     CANCELLED
              DAYO  Cambridge-Leeds
              60007 Cambridge-York-Leeds-Healey Mills
              [Cancelled insufficient bookings]

Sat 15-Feb-97 VSOE Special
              VSOE  Victoria-Guildford  PULL
              35028 Victoria-Guildford-Victoria

Sat 15-Feb-97 "The Bristolian"
              STAF  Paddington-Newbury-Bath-Bristol  BN91
              6024  Paddington-Westbury-Paddington
              [34027 replaced 6024]

Sat 15-Feb-97 "The Irish Mail"                        CANCELLED
              DAYO  Crewe-Holyhead
              60532 Crewe-Holyhead-Crewe
              [Cancelled insufficient bookings]

Sun 16-Feb-97 "Much Ado About Steam"
              PSTR  Paddington-Didcot-Stratford  BN91
              6024  Paddington-Didcot-Stratford-Didcot
              [34027 replaced 6024]

Sat 22-Feb-97 "The Welsh Marches Express"             CANCELLED
              PSTR  Euston-Crewe  BN97
              2968  Worcester-Gloucester-Newport-Shrewsbury-Crewe
              [Cancelled insufficient bookings]

Sat 22-Feb-97 "The Solent Venturer"                   CANCELLED
              DAYO  Woking-Guildford
              31625 Woking-Eastleigh-Havant-Guildford
              [Cancelled insufficient bookings]

Sat 01-Mar-97 "Cumbrian Nountain Express"
              PSTR  Kings Cross-Carlisle  BN91
              70000 Crewe-Blackburn-AisGill-Carlisle
              [70000 failed at Hellifield]

Sat 01-Mar-97 "Solent Venturer"                       CANCELLED
              DAYO  Woking-Guildford           
              31625 Woking-Eastleigh-Havant-Guildford
              [Cancelled insufficient bookings]

Sat 01-Mar-97 "The Mid Day Scot"                      POSTPONED
              DAYO  Crewe-Shap-Carlisle           
              60007 Crewe-Carlisle-Crewe
              [Postponed - low bookings]

Sun 02-Mar-97 "Cotton Weaver"
              DAYO  Watford-Castleton
              44767 Castleton-Blackburn-Wakefield-Sheffield-Castleton

Sun 02-Mar-97 VSOE Special
              VSOE  Victoria-Portsmouth
              35028 Victoria-Portsmouth-Victoria

Sat 08-Mar-97 "The Mogul Mountaineer"
              PSTR  Euston-York BN97
              2968  Crewe-Blackburn-Copy Pit-Wakefield-York

Sat 08-Mar-97 "The Three Peaks Express"
              WCRC  Carnforth-Carlisle CSO
              60007 Carnforth-Shap-Carlisle-Ais Gill-Preston-Carnforth

Wed 12-Mar-97 VSOE Special
              VSOE  Victoria-Bath  PULL
              34027 Victoria-Didcot-Bath 
                          and Salisbury-Staines-Victoria
              [Ran as scheduled]

Sat 15-Mar-97 "The Quantock Ranger"
              PATH  Ealing Broadway-Minehead
              6024  Didcot-Newbury-Taunton-Minehead-Bishops Lydeard
              3205/7820 pilot B/Lydeard-Minehead-B/Lydeard (on WSR)
              [Ran as scheduled - 7029 used as pilot on WSR]

Sat 15-Mar-97 "The Mid Day Scot"                      CANCELLED
              DAYO  Crewe-Carlisle
              60007 Crewe-Shap-Carlisle-Shap-Crewe
              [Cancelled insufficient bookings]

Sat 22-Mar-97 "The Ayr Raider"
              PATH  Birmingham NS-Ayr  BN97
              70000 Carlisle-Beattock-Ayr-Kilmarnock-Carlisle
              [60532 replaced 70000]

Sat 29-Mar-97 "The Overlander"
              STAF  Cleethorpes-Chester BN91
              70000 Cleethropes-Chester-Crewe
              [60532 replaced 70000]

Sat 29-Mar-97 "The Midlander"                         CANCELLED
              DAYO  Euston-Peterborough RIV
              60532 Crewe-Nuneaton-Peterborough-Gramtham-Stoke-Crewe
              [Cancelled insufficient bookings]

Sat 30-Mar-97 "The Hop Picker"                        CANCELLED
              LSWR  Victoria-Canterbury
              828   Victoria-Maidstone-Canterbury
                     -Dover-Ashford-Victoria
              [Cancelled insufficient bookings]

Fri 04-Apr-97 "VSOE Special"
              VSOE  Victoria-Guildford  PULL
              35028 Victoria-Redhill-Guildford-Staines-Victoria

Sat 05-Apr-97 "The King of the Banks" (FULLY BOOKED)
              PFDR  Birmingham Int-Plymouth BN97
              6024 Taunton-Plymouth-Taunton (unassisted)
              [Ran as scheduled]

Sat 05-Apr-97 "The Blue Venturer"                     CANCELLED
              LSWR  Watford Jct-Crewe-Hereford-Guildford  BN91
              60007 Crewe-Hereford-Severn Tunnel-Reading-Guildford
              [Cancelled insufficient bookings]

Sun 06-Apr-97 "The Wiltshire Wanderer"
              LSWR  Clapham Jct-Eastleigh   BN91
              828   Clapham Jct-Reading-Westbury-Salisbury-Eastleigh

Wed 09-Apr-97 VSOE Special
              VSOE  Victoria-Bath  PULL
              35028 Victoria-Didcot-Bath 
                          and Salisbury-Staines-Victoria
              [Ran as scheduled]

Sat 12-Apr-97 "The Jorvik Flyer"                      CANCELLED
              PSTR  Ealing Broadway-York BN97
              2968 York-Sheffield-Derby-Dorridge
              [Cancelled insufficient bookings]

Sat 12-Apr-97 "The Cumbrian"                          CANCELLED
              DAYO  Crewe-Newcastle
              44767 Preston-Shap-Carlisle-Newcastle
              [Cancelled insufficient bookings]

Sun 13-Apr-97

Sat 19-Apr-97 "The Midlander"
              DAYO  Watford-Peterborough  WCRC
              60532 Crewe-Leicester-Peterborough
                      -Grantham-Nottingham-Crewe

Sun 20-Apr-97 "The Cotswold Circular"                 CANCELLED
              PSTR  Paddington-Stourbridge Jct
              6024  Bristol-Badminton-Didcot
              7802+7325 Stourbridge Jct-Bristol
              [Cancelled by Railtrack - fire risk]

Sun 20-Apr-97 "VSOE Special"                          CANCELLED
              VSOE  Victoria-Staines-Guildford-Portsmouth
              34027 Victoria-Portsmouth-Victoria
              [Cancelled by Railtrack - fire risk]

Sat 26-Apr-97 "The Golden Arrow"
              VSOE  Victoria-Canterbury
              34027 Victoria-Canterbury-Victoria
              [Diesel hauled - fire risk]

Sat 26-Apr-97 "The Meldon Meanderer"                  CANCELLED
              DAYO  Crewe-Newton Abbot
              7802+7325 Bristol-Exeter(rev)-Meldon Quarry(rev)
                        -Newton Abbot
              [Cancelled by Railtrack - fire risk]

Sat 26-Apr-97 "The Severn Venturer"                   CANCELLED
              DAYO  Guildford-Bristol
              31625 Guildford-bristol-Guildford
              [Cancelled by Railtrack - fire risk]

Sun 27-Apr-97

Sat 03-May-97 "The Waverley"                          CANCELLED
              DAYO  Watford-Edinburgh
              60532 Crewe-Shap-Edinburgh
              [Cancelled by Railtrack - fire risk]

Sat 03-May-97 "The Limited"
              PSTR  Paddington-Newquay  (one way - returns Mon 05-May)
              6024  Paddington-Swindon-Westbury-Newton Abbot                       
              6024+7802/7325 Newton-Abbot-Plymouth
              7802+7325 Plymouth-Newquay
              [Ran diesel hauled due to fire risk]

Sun 04-May-97 "The Alpine Express"                    CANCELLED
              LSWR  Victoria-Arlesford(MHR)                     
              34027 Victoria-Redhill-Guildford
                      -Arlesford-Woking-Victoria
              31625 pilot Alton-Alresford
              [Cancelled by Railtrack - fire risk]

Mon 05-May-97 "The Limited"
              PSTR  Penzance-Paddington  (one way)
              7802+7325 Penzance-Plymouth                       
              6024+7802/7325 Plymouth-Newton Abbot
              6024  Newton Abbot-Paddington
              [Ran diesel hauled due to fire risk] 

Wed 07-May-97 VSOE Special
              VSOE  Victoria-Bath  PULL
              35028/34027 Victoria-Didcot-Bath 
                          and Salisbury-Staines-Victoria

Sat 10-May-97 "Cumbrian Mountain Express"
              PATH  Reading-Carlisle            
              48151 Crewe-AisGill-Carlisle
              [48151 replaced 70000]

Sat 10-May-97 "The Blue Devonian"                     CANCELLED
              DAYO  Wimbledon-Exeter-Guildford          
              60007 Wimbledon-Basingstoke-Yeovil-Exeter-
                    Bristol-Reading-Guildford
              [Insufficient bookings]

Sat 10-May-97 "The Golden Arrow"
              VSOE  Victoria-Canterbury
              35028/34027 Victria-Canterbury-Victoria
              [Ran behind 34027]

Sun 11-May-97 "The Drummond Forays"                   CANCELLED
              LSWR  Alton-Camberley-Ascot (2 trips)                     
              30053 Alton-Ascot
              [30053 unavailable]

Sun 11-May-97 "The Drummond Forays"                   CANCELLED
              LSWR  Alton-Basingstoke-Eastleigh                    
              30053 Alton-Eastleigh
              [30052 unavailable]

Sun 11-May-97 VIP Special
              ----  Victoria-Staines-Eastleigh                    
              35028/34027 Victoria-Eastleigh
              [Ran behind 35028]

Thu 15-May-97 VSOE Special
              VSOE  Victoria-Portsmouth  PULL
              35028/34027 Victoria-Portsmouth-Victoria

Sat 17-May-97 "The Wanderers Return"
              PSTR  Northampton-Paignton BN97                     
              7802+7325 Paignton-Bristol-Worcester
              [Ran as scheduled 6024 replaced 7802+7325]

Sat 17-May-97 "The Waterloo Sunset"
              LSWR  Waterloo-Poole                     
              35028+34027 Waterloo-Andover-Eastleigh
              35028/34027 Eastleigh-Poole
              34027/35028 Poole-Eastleigh
              34027+35028 Eastleigh-Winchester-Waterloo
              [Ran as scheduled]

Sat 17-May-97 "The Derian Horse Express"
              WCRC  Carnforth-Carlisle            
              48151 Carnforth-Preston-AisGill-Carlisle and return

Sat 17-May-97 "The Thames Clyde Express"              CANCELLED
              DAYO  York-Glasgow                 
              44767 Newcastle-Carlisle-Beattock-Glasgow
              [Insufficient bookings]

Sun 18-May-97 "The Brighton Breezy"
              LSWR  Clapham Jct-Reading-Eastleigh-Brighton RIV                     
              828   Clapham Jct-Reading-Eastleigh-Brighton and return

Sun 18-May-97 "The White Rose"                        CANCELLED
              DAYO  York-Reading                     
              60007 Reading-Banbury-Derby-Leeds-York
              [Insufficient bookings]

Fri 23-May-97 VSOE Special
              VSOE  Victoria-Guildford
              35028/34027 Victoria-Redhill-Guildford-Woking-Victoria
              [Ran behind 35028]

Sat 24-May-97 "Cumbrian Nountain Express"
              PATH  Salisbury-Carlisle  BN91
              48151 Carlisle-AisGill-Crewe
              [Ran as scheduled. 48151 replaced 70000]

Sat 24-May-97 "The Flying Scotsman"                   CANCELLED
              DAYO  Hertford-Edinburgh  BN91
              60532 Edinburgh-Newcastle-York
              [Cancelled insufficient bookings]

Sun 25-May-97 "The Nadder Valley Rambler"             CANCELLED
              LSWR  Salisbury-Gillingham and return (3 trips)
              30053 Salisbury-Gillingham
              [30053 unavailable]

Mon 26-May-97 "The Maunsell Marauder"                 CANCELLED
              DAYO  Clapham Jct-Yeovil-Guildford (one way)
              31625 Clapham-Yeovil Jct-Basingstoke-Reading-Guildford
              [Insufficient bookings]

Sat 31-May-97 "The Britannic"                         CANCELLED
              PATH   Cardiff-Peterborough  BN91                       
              70000  Crewe-Nottingham-Spalding-Sleaford-Peterborough

Sat 31-May-97 "The Berks 'n Barks"                    CANCELLED
              PATH   Crewe-Cranmore  BN91                       
              6024   Didcot-Newbury-Cranmore-Westbury-Swindon-Didcot

Sat 31-May-97 "Hellifield Awakener"                            
              WCRC   Lancaster-Sellifield  [Revised itinerary]               
              48151  Carnforth-Sellafield-Carnforth
              [Ran as scheduled]

Sat 31-May-97 "The Golden Arrow"
              GDWD  Victoria-Canterbury  PULL
              35028 Victoria-Canterbury
                    -Dover-Ashford-Tonbridge-Victoria
              [Ran diesel/electric hauled due to fire risk]

Note: A three month ban by Railtrack on all mainline steam tours (other than Fort William-Mallaig) comes into effect on Sun 01-Jun-97 owing to the fire risk.
 16-20 Jun-97 "The Jacobite"
              WCRC   Fort William-Mallaig                       
              44767/75014 Fort William-Mallaig

 22-27 Jun-97 "The Jacobite"
              WCRC   Fort William-Mallaig                       
              44767/75014 Fort William-Mallaig

 29-30 Jun-97 "The Jacobite"
              WCRC   Fort William-Mallaig                       
              44767/75014 Fort William-Mallaig

 01-04 Jul-97 "The Jacobite"
              WCRC   Fort William-Mallaig                       
              44767/75014 Fort William-Mallaig

 06-11 Jul-97 "The Jacobite"
              WCRC   Fort William-Mallaig                       
              44767  Fort William-Mallaig

 13-18 Jul-97 "The Jacobite"
              WCRC   Fort William-Mallaig                       
              75014  Fort William-Mallaig

 20-25 Jul-97 "The Jacobite"
              WCRC   Fort William-Mallaig                       
              75014  Fort William-Mallaig

 27-31 Jul-97 "The Jacobite"
              WCRC   Fort William-Mallaig                       
              44767  Fort William-Mallaig

 03-08 Aug-97 "The Jacobite"
              WCRC   Fort William-Mallaig                       
              44767  Fort William-Mallaig

 10-15 Aug-97 "The Jacobite"
              WCRC   Fort William-Mallaig                       
              75014  Fort William-Mallaig

 17-22 Aug-97 "The Jacobite"
              WCRC   Fort William-Mallaig                       
              44767  Fort William-Mallaig

 24-29 Aug-97 "The Jacobite"
              WCRC   Fort William-Mallaig                       
              44767  Fort William-Mallaig

    31 Aug-97 "The Jacobite"
              WCRC   Fort William-Mallaig                       
              44767  Fort William-Mallaig

Note: The three month ban by Railtrack on all mainline steam tours (other than Fort William-Mallaig) is due to end at the beginning of September.
 01-05 Sep-97 "The Jacobite"
              WCRC   Fort William-Mallaig                       
              44767  Fort William-Mallaig

Sat 06-Sep-97 "Carlisle 150 Special" 
              WCRC   Carnforth-Carlisle
              48151  Carnforth-Hellifield-Carlisle

 07-12 Sep-97 "The Jacobite"
              WCRC   Fort William-Mallaig                       
              75014  Fort William-Mallaig

Sat 13-Sep-97 "The Severn Venturer" 
              DAYO  Waterloo-Bristol-Waterloo-Ascot
              31625 Waterloo-Reading-Westbury-Bristol
                      -Newbury-Ealing-Kensington
                    and Waterloo-Ascot
              [Ran as scheduled]

Sat 13-Sep-97 "The Welsh Dragon"               POSTPONED to 18 Oct 
              PSTR  Euston-Shrewsbury  BN91
              2968  Newport-Llandrindod-Shrewsbury
              [80079+46521 may replace 2968]

Sat 13-Sep-97 "The North Briton"
              NELP  Leeds-Carlisle  WCRC
              60532 Middlesborough-Newcastle-Carlisle-Preston

Sun 14-Sep-97 "The Ynys Mon Express"           POSTPONED to 19 Oct 
              PSTR  Euston-Holyhead  BN91
              2968  Crewe-Holyhead-Crewe
              [80079+46521 may replace 2968]

 14-16 Sep-97 "The Jacobite"
              WCRC   Fort William-Mallaig                       
              75014  Fort William-Mallaig

 17-19 Sep-97 "The Jacobite"
              WCRC   Fort William-Mallaig                       
              44767  Fort William-Mallaig

Fri 19-Sep-97 VSOE Special
              VSOE  Victoria-Guildford
              35028/34027 Victoria-Redhill-Guildford-Woking-Victoria

Sat 20-Sep-97 "The Southern Valley Wanderer"          CANCELLED 
              PSTR  Paddington-Kidderminster  BN91
              828   Didcot-Kemble-Kidderminster-Evesham-Didcot
              [Cancelled following Southall accident]

 21-26 Sep-97 "The Jacobite"
              WCRC   Fort William-Mallaig                       
              44767  Fort William-Mallaig

Sat 27-Sep-97 "The Carmarthen King"                   [Times]
              PATH  Paddington-Carmarthen  BN94
              6024  Gloucester-Worcester-Hereford-Newport-Carmarthen
              [6024 failed at Hereford with seized air brake pump]

Sat 27-Sep-97 "The Golden Arrow" 
              GDWD  Victoria-Canterbury  PULL
              35028 Victoria-Canterbury
                    -Dover-Ashford-Tonbridge-Victoria
              [Ran as scheduled]

Sat 27-Sep-97 "The Deerstalker"                       [Times]
              WCRC  Fort WIlliam-Edinburgh
              44767 Fort William-Edinburgh

Sat 27-Sep-97 "Atlantic Coast Express"                CANCELLED
              LSWR  Waterloo-Paignton (one way) BN91
              34027 Waterloo-Salisbury-Meldon-Exeter

Sun 28-Sep-97 "Atlantic Coast Express"                CANCELLED
              LSWR  Paignton-Waterloo (one way) BN91
              34027 Paignton-Barnstaple
                    and Exeter-Castle Cary-Reading-Guildford-Clapham

Sun 28-Sep-97 "The Capital Express"
              DAYO  Hull-Kings Cross
              60007 Hull-Doncaster-Kings Cross

Fri 03-Oct-97 VSOE Special
              VSOE  Victoria-Guildford
              35028/34027 Victoria-Redhill-Guildford-Woking-Victoria

Fri 03-Oct-97 "?"
              828R  Eastleigh-Yeovil Jct (one way)
              828   Eastleigh-Yeovil Jct
              [Ran as scheduled]

Sat 04-Oct-97 "The Golden Arrow"
              VSOE  Victoria-Canterbury
              35028/34027 Victoria-Canterbury-Victoria

Sat 04-Oct-97 "?"                                     CANCELLED
              LSWR  Waterloo-Exeter-Clapham Jct RIV
              tba   Waterloo-Salisbury-Yeovil Jct-Exeter
                      -Castle Cary-Reading

Sat 04-Oct-97 Yeovil-Castle Cary Shuttle
              tba   Yeovil Jct-Castle Cary shuttles (6)
              30053 + 828 Yeovil Jct-Castle Cary-Yeovil Jct 
              [Ran as scheduled]

Sat 04-Oct-97 "?"
              WCRC  Edinburgh-Inverness
              75014 Edinburgh-Perth-Inverness
              [Ran as scheduled]

Sat 04-Oct-97 "Flying Scotsman"
              DAYO  Kings Cross-Edinburgh (one way) 
              60007 Kings Cross-York-Edinburgh
              [Rans as scheduled]

Sun 05-Oct-97 "Flying Scotsman"
              DAYO  Edinburgh-Kings Cross (one way)
              60007 Edinburgh-Carlisle-Leeds-York
              [Ran as scheduled]

Sun 05-Oct-97 Yeovil-Castle Cary Shuttle
              tba   Yeovil Jct-Castle Cary shuttles (4)
              30053 + 828 Yeovil Jct-Castle Cary-Yeovil Jct
              [Ran as scheduled]

Sun 05-Oct-97 "?"
              828R  Yeovil Jct-Eastleigh (one way)
              828   Yeovil Jct-Eastleigh
              [Ran as scheduled]

Sun 05-Oct-97 "The Cambrian Coast Flyer"        (Revised itinerary) 
              PSTR  Euston-Towyn  BN91
              80079 Shrewsbury-Towyn-Shrewsbury
              [Ran as scheduled]

Sun 05-Oct-97 "" 
              WCRC  Inverness-Kyle of Lochalsh
              75014 Inverness-Kyle-Inverness
              [Ran as scheduled]

Sat 11-Oct-97 "The Royal Welshman"   [Times]
              PSTR  Paddington-Swansea  BN94
              6024  Swansea-Severn Tunnel-Badminton-Paddington
              [Ran as scheduled]

Sat 11-Oct-97 ""
              WCRC  Inverness-Kyle of Lochalsh
              75014 Inverness-Kyle and return

Sat 11-Oct-97 "The Shakespearean"
              STAF  Cleethorpes-Stratford-upon-Avon  BN91
              60007 Cleethorpes-Nottingham-Stratford

Sat 11-Oct-97 "The Blackpool Lights"
              DAYO  Peterborough-Blackpool
              44767 Crewe-Blackpool-Crewe

Sun 12-Oct-97 "The Southern Phoenix"                 CANCELLED
              DAYO  Waterloo-Cosham
              34067 Waterloo-Chichester-Cosham-Hove-Waterloo

Sun 12-Oct-97 ""
              WCRC  Inverness-Perth-Edinburgh
              75014 Inverness-Edinburgh

Sat 18-Oct-97 "The Shakespearean"
              STAF  Cleethorpes-Stratford-upon-Avon
              60007 Cleethorpes-Nottingham-Stratford

Sat 18-Oct-97 "The Welsh Dragon" 
              PSTR  Euston-Shrewsbury  BN91
              2968  Newport-Llandrindod-Shrewsbury
              [Ran as scheduled  2968 worked Port Talbot-Shrewsbury]

Sat 18-Oct-97 "The Central Wales Adventurer"     POSTPONED to 3 Jan
              PATH  Newport-Shrewsbury  BN91
              2968  Shrewsbury-Llandrindod-Llanelli-Port Talbot
                         -Cardiff-Gloucester

Sat 18-Oct-97 Lydney Shuttle                        CANCELLED
              PATH  Gloucester-Sharpness/Lydney shuttles RIV
              1450  Gloucester-Sharpness/Lydney

Sun 19-Oct-97 Lydney Shuttle                        CANCELLED
              PATH  Gloucester-Sharpness/Lydney shuttles RIV
              1450  Gloucester-Sharpness/Lydney

Sun 19-Oct-97 VSOE Special
              VSOE  Victoria-Southampton (QE2)
              35028 Victoria-Southampton-Victoria

Sun 19-Oct-97 "The Ynys Mon Express" 
              PSTR  Euston-Holyhead  BN91
              2968  Crewe-Holyhead-Crewe

Sun 25-Oct-97 "The Julian Riddick Memorial" 
              DAYO  Hertford-Carlisle
              60007 York-Newcastle-Carlisle-Skipton

Sat 25-Oct-97 "The Meldon Meanderer"  [Times]
              PATH  Crewe-Meldon Quarry
              7802+7325 Bristol-Exeter-Meldon-Exeter-Newton Abbot 
              [Ran as scheduled  2968 replaced 7802]

Sat 25-Oct-97 "The Ioniser"                          CANCELLED
              LSWR  Waterloo-Plymouth (one way)
              35028 Waterloo-Salisbury-Yeovil Jct
                          -Castle Cary-Exeter-Plymouth 

Sun 26-Oct-97 "The Ioniser"                          CANCELLED
              LSWR  Plymouth-Waterloo (one way)
              35028 Plymouth-Exeter-Newbury-Reading 

Thu 30-Oct-97 Private charter
              PATH  Paddington-Bristol BN91 or BN96
              6024  Didcot-Bristol-Didcot

Sat 01-Nov-97 to be confirmed
              DAYO  Market Harborough-Blackpool
              44767 Crewe-Blackpool-Crewe

Sat 01-Nov-97 to be confirmed                        CANCELLED
              STAF  Kings Cross-Norwich
              34027 Finsbury Park-Ely-Norwich-Peterborugh

Sat 01-Nov-97 "?"
              TVRC  Victoria-Southampton
              34027 Victoria-Horsham-Southampton-Salisbury-Victoria

Sun 02-Nov-97 VSOE Special
              VSOE  Victoria-Portsmouth  PULL
              34027 Victoria-Portsmouth-Victoria

Sun 02-Nov-97 "The Irish Mail"
              NLPG  Euston-Holyhead  BN91
              60532 Crewe-Holyhead-Crewe
              [Ran as scheduled]

Wed 05-Nov-97 VSOE Special
              VSOE  Victoria-Bath  PULL
              35028 Victoria-Bath and Salisbury-Victoria

Sat 08-Nov-97 "The Pilgrims Progress"
              PSTR  Paddington-Plymouth
              2968+7325  Exeter-Plymouth-Exeter-Bristol
              [Ran as scheduled - 2968 replaces 7802]

Sat 08-Nov-97 "The Thames-Avon Express"              CANCELLED
              DAYO  Nottingham-Carlisle
              60800  Hartlepool-Sunderland-Carlisle-Durham-York

Sat 15-Nov-97 "The Hardy Flyer"
              PSTR  Wolverhampton-Weymouth BN91
              2968+7325  Bristol-Yeovil and Weymouth-Bristol
              [2968 replaces 7802]
              [Ran as scheduled]

Sat 15-Nov-97 "The Red Dragon"                       POSTPONED
              STAF  Paddington-Cardiff  RIV
              6024  Didcot-Cardiff-Paddington

Fri 21-Nov-97 VSOE Special
              VSOE  Victoria-Guildford
              35028(/34027) Victoria-Redhill-Guildford-Woking-Victoria

Sat 22-Nov-97 "The Pines Express"
              DAYO  Guildford-Crewe
              31625 Guildford-Didcot-Tyseley
              44767 Crewe-Tyseley
              31625+44767 Tyseley-Guildford
              [Ran as scheduled]

Sat 22-Nov-97 "The Lickey Incliner"  [Times]
              PATH  Finsbury Park-Gloucester BN91
              7802+7325 Bristol-Bromsgrove-Stourbridge-Gloucester
              [Ran as scheduled]

Sat 29-Nov-97 "The Arkle"                           POSTPONED 
              STAF  Paddington-Newbury-Bath-Bristol RIV
              6024  Paddington-Bristol-Paddington

Sat 29-Nov-97 "The Shap Attack"
              PATH  Cardiff-Carlisle BN91
              60532 Crewe-Shap-Carlisle-Shap-Crewe

Sat 06-Dec-97 "The Bristolian" 
              STAF  Paddington-Didcot-Bath-Bristol RIV
              6024  Paddington-Bristol-Paddington
              [Ran as scheduled]

Sat 06-Dec-97 "?"                                   CANCELLED
              DAYO  Victoria-Dover
              34067 Victoria-Margate-Dover-Victoria

Sat 06-Dec-97 "Cumbrian Mountain Express"
              PSTR  Euston-Carlisle  BN91
              60532 Crewe-Ais Gill-Carlisle

Sat 06-Dec-97 "The Citadel"
              PSTR  Stevenage-Newcastle RPOI
              60007 York-Newcastle-Carlisle-York

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Tue 09-Dec-97 VSOE Special
              VSOE  Victoria-Guildford
              35028/34027 Victoria-Guildford-Victoria

Fri 12-Dec-97 "The Festive Cracker"
              WCRC  Carnforth-Hellifield
              60007 Carnforth-Hellifield

Sat 13-Dec-97 ""
              DAYO  Victoria-Hastings
              44767 Victoria-Paddock Wood-Hastings-Redhill-Victoria

Sat 13-Dec-97 "The Chester Chuffer"
              PSTR  Euston-Chester  BN91
              2968  Bescot-Chester-Shrewsbury-Bescot

Sat 13-Dec-97 "Santa Special Weekend"                CANCELLED
              PSTR  Cardiff-Valleys
              46521 Cardiff-Valleys-Cardiff

Sun 14-Dec-97 "Santa Special Weekend"                CANCELLED
              PSTR  Cardiff-Valleys
              46521 Cardiff-Valleys-Cardiff

Sat 20-Dec-97 "Christmas Cumbrian Mountain Express"
              PSTR  Kings Cross-Carlisle BN91
              60532 Carlisle-Skipton
              [60532 failed prior to run]

Tue 23-Dec-97 VSOE Special
              VSOE  Victoria-Guildford
              35028/34027 Victoria-Guildford-Victoria

Sat 27-Dec-97 "The Sarum and Solent"
              PATH  Worcester-Southampton
              828   Westbury-Southampton-Salisbury

Sun 28-Dec-97 "LMS Sunset"
              DAYO  Euston-Coventry-Leamington-H.Wycombe-Clapham Jct
              44767 Euston-Cobevntry-Clapham Jct

Wed 31-Dec-97 VSOE Special
              GDWD  Victoria-Dover                       
              35028/34027 Victoria-Canterbury-Dover-Victoria

1998 Programme


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           (no 30-May-97)
 6024 GWR 60xx class 4-6-0  King Edward I           (ok 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                         (no date ?)

  828 SR  S15  class 4-6-0                          (ok date ?)
30053 SR  M7   class 0-4-4T                         (no date ?)   
31625 SR  U    class 2-6-0                          (ok date ?) 
34027 SR  WC   class 4-6-2  Taw Valley              (ok Nov-02 ?)
34067 SR  BB   class 4-6-2  Tangmere                (no)
35028 SR  MN   class 4-6-2  Clan Line               (ok date ?)

 2968 LMS 4MT  class 2-6-0                          (ok date ?)
44767 LMS 5MT  class 4-6-0  George Stephenson       (ok date ?)
46521 LMS 3MT  class 2-6-0  Blossom                  (ok ?)
48151 LMS 8F   class 2-8-0                          (ok date ?)

60007 LNE A4   class 4-6-2  Sir Nigel Gresley       (ok date ?)
60532 LNE A2   class 4-6-2  Blue Peter              (ok Oct-98 ?)
60800 LNE V2   class 2-6-2                          (no)
69621 GE  N7   class 0-6-2T                         (no date ?)

70000 BR  7P   class 4-6-2  Britannia               (no 14-Nov-97)
75014 BR  4MT  class 4-6-0                          (ok date ?) 
80079 BR  4MT  class 2-6-4T                         (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, and have no planned main-line work during 
1997. Many of these engines are currently in service on preserved 
lines, including:


7752  GWR 57xx class 0-6-0PT

Coaching Stock sets

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BN91 Rail Charter Services: BR Mark 1 set (crimson and cream livery) (dualbrk) BN94 Rail Charter Services: BR Mark 1 set (rasberry ripple) (airbrk) BN96 Rail Charter Services: BR Mark 1 set (rasberry ripple/green) (airbrk) BN97 Rail Charter Services: BR Mark 1 set (maroon livery) (vacbrk) SRPS SRPS: BR Mark 1 set (maroon livery) RIV Riviera Trains: BR Mark 1 set (chocolate and cream livery) (dualbrk) OLN ?: BR Mark 1 set (green livery) PULL VSOE: Pullman set (air brake only) VIPS: WCRC/Railfilms: BR Mark 1 VIP set PM80: ? RPOI: Mid-Hants Railway BR Mark 1 Set (green)


Tour operators

PSTR: Past Time Railtours, 116 Trent Valley Road, Lichfield, Staffs, WS13 6EU Tel: 01543-411971 (0900-1900) Fax: 01543-417531 LSWR: LSW Railtours, c/o Cranmore Station, Shepton Mallett BA4 4QP Tel: 01749-880782 (1000-1500 Mon-Fri) PATH: Pathfinder Tours, Stag House, Gydynap Lane, Inchbrook, Woodchester, Glos GL5 5EZ Tel: 01453-835414 Fax: 01453-836538 PMRT: Princess Margaret Rose Tours, PO Box 6203, Lichfield, Staffs Tel: 01543-411971 HERT: Hertfordshire Railtours, PO Box 125, Knebworth, Herts SG3 6UA Tel: 01438-812125 Fax: 01438-812122 VSOE: Venice Simplon Orient Express Tel: 0171-805 5100 828R: 828 Railtours Tel: 01963-363203 (01794-323043) DAYO: Days Out, Premier House, 15 Wheeler Gate, Nottingham NG1 2NN Tel: 0115-941 9330 0r 0115 948 4525 DLRT: Daylight Limited Rail Tours Tel: 01962-733810 Fax: 01962-735448 GDWD: Goodwood Travel, St Andrews House, Station Rd, East Canterbury CT1 2RB Tel: 01227-76336 Fax: 01227-762417 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: Taw Valley Locomotive Group, 38 Mason Road Squires Meadow, Ilkeston, Derbyshire DE7 9JP, Tel:0115-9440613 WCRC: West Coast Railway Co Ltd Tel: 01397-703791 (Jacobite) Tel: 01524-732100 (other trains) STAF: Steamy Affairs, 18 Popes Lane, Terrington St Clement Norfolk PE34 4NT Tel: 01553-828107 (0900-2000) CHES: Cheshire Railtours, Golsoncott Cottage, Rodhuish, Minehead TA24 6QZ Tel 01984-640005 NLPG: NELPG Railtours, 57 Millview Drive, Tynemouth, Tyne & Wear NE30 2D2


NEWS

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[Jun-97] The planned debut into main line service of Battle of Britain Class 34067 Tangmere originally scehduled for 12 October is now likely to be postponed until March 1998 as progress on restoration of the lcomotive is behind schedule. It is intended that this loco will be fitted with air brakes for use on main line trains.

[Jun-97] LSW Railtours has announced its withdrawal from the main-line steam railtour business. The costs and frustrations in running steam railtours is the reason. Tours announced for 4 October and 25/26 October will run, but all other tours have been cancelled. [Addendum: Both the 4 Oct and 25/26 Oct tours have now also been cancelled]

[Apr-97] Cylinder repairs to 6024 King Edward I have been successfully completed and the engine resumed its main line duties with the "Quantock Ranger" from Didcot to Minehead on 15 March. It completed a very successful outing on Sat 5 April when it hauled a packed eight coach load from Taunton to Plymouth and back unassisted in both directions over the fearsome South Devon Banks. The tour featured both impressive hill climbing and fast running. Excellent hill climbing (28mph at Hemerdon and 42mph at Dainton Summit) led to a 14 minute early arrival at Aller Junction on the return trip. The ascent of Rattery westbound was made from a standing start following a signal stop at Totnes.

[Mar-97] SR U class 2-6-0 no 31625 successfully completed a mainline test run on 20 February. It's first mainline run is now expected to be the LSW Railtours "Severn Venturer" on 26 April.

[Feb-97] BR 70000 Britannia was failed with leaking tubes on its tour on 1 February, and has been withdrawn from main line operations. Its place on some duties will be taken over by 60532 Blue Peter.

[Feb-97] The owners of 71000 Duke of Gloucester and 60009 Union of South Africa have abandoned plans to seek immediate extensions of their recently expired seven year boiler certificates. Both locomotives will be subjected to the originally planned overhauls.

[Feb-97] LNER Pacific 60532 Blue Peter failed with a bent combination lever at Skipton prior to the start of the 1 Feb tour. Its place was taken by a diesel. 60532 was fully repaired however within 24 hours.

[Feb-97] Inspection of 6024 King Edward I at Didcot has revealed cracks in 3 of the four cylinders, and will require the fitting of new liners to both outside cylinders. As a result its duties on 15 and 16 February will be taken over by 34027 Taw Valley.

[Jan-97] SR U class 2-6-0 no 31625 was due to undertake a mainline test run on 7 January from Alton to Kensington Olympia and return, prior to its inaugural mainline tour on 11 January. However reports indicate that it was undergoing emergency boiler repairs on 4 January and it now seems unlikely to run on either date.

[Jan-97] 34027 Taw Valley has been moved by road to the Great Central Railway for repairs to its middle cylinder at Loughborough. It will then undergo extended test running on the GCR, prior to returning to Southall for mainline running.


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