The Rhins & Machars Crompton Tour, May 17/18 2002

Friday 17/05/02

33108}            1Z33 1832 Crewe – Glasgow C Railtour              INT-Largs

33021}

Saturday 18/5/02

56106              1Z33 1832 Crewe – Glasgow C Railtour             Largs – SH

33108} 1Z33 1832 Crewe – Glasgow C Railtour SH-GC

33021}

After a interesting day on a WM scratchcard it was all aboard the Cromptons as they ran round at Birmingham Int’l departing 2148 an hour down with the “Rhins & Machars” Crompton with Fragonset’s 33108 and 33021 powering 13 coaches. We were lucky to be in a comfortable early Mk II  about 4 coaches back as we thrashed into the night!

A mini tour highlight came around 2am when 33108 and 33021 thrashed out of Dent on the S and C after a pick up beer stop here! I next stirred at Largs to enjoy some loadhaul grid thrash from 56106 on departure. Beyond Girvan i leant out for a sustained blast of grid thrash as we climbed into the wild Galloway country. This was a really atmosperhic part of the tour with the otherwise silent hills echoing the varied sounds of a hard working grid.

We were only booked at Stranraer Harbour for 5 minutes which meant photting the power wasnt easy but we were soon enjoying Crompton thrash through the Galloway wilds once again. After detaching 56106 in Falkland yard it was “Cromptons” to Glasgow Central for a welcome and needed 2 and a half hour break. The Central chippie and a few 303 moves followed    

303023            1122 Lanark – Milngavie                                                                GC-HY

303079}          1222 Milngavie – Motherwell                                                         HY-ML (via Bellshill)

303045}

303045}          1320 Motherwell – Milngavie                                                         ML-GC (via Bellshill)

303079}

33108}            1Z34 1445 Glasgow C – Crewe Railtour                                   GC-NS (via BS)

33021}

On return the Cromptons stormed down Beattock bank at impressive speeds, at Carlisle we all flailed at 55022 on another tour and then collectively withered some kettle tour at Carnforth. All too soon we were back in the Mdands and waving off the still loud Cromptons from New St as they returned the tour to Crewe. This had been a classic tour our respect for Cromptons and grids enhanced that bit more.

As listed below the return journey from New St to Leighton involved a kettlex, bus, 321 and a pair of 150’s!

 Itinerary part 1

 Itinerary Part 2

  Itinerary Part 3

 56106 heading for the Galloway hills beyond Girvan, 180502

56106 at the blocks at Stranraer Harbour

 33108 and 33021 after arrival at Glasgow Central blocks on 180502

Pre Tour Moves

17/05/02 Friday

321407            0744 Euston – Birmingham                                                LB-CO

86260              0840 Euston – Wolves                                                         CO-NS

47847              0932 Reading – Manchester                                                NS-WO

47843              1115 Manchester – Bristol                                                   WO-NS

87025              1315 Birmingham – Euston                                                  NS-CO

86424              1240 Euston – Wolves                                                          CO-NS

90006              1419 Wolves – Euston                                                          NS-INT

47828              1516 Bir Int’l – Manchester                                                  INT-WO

86240              1436 Manchester – Birmingham                                          WO-NS

86214              1614 Bir Int’l – Manchester                                                  NS-WO

86256              1536 Manchester – Birmingham                                           WO-NS

87025              1540 Euston – Wolves                                                            NS-WO

87025              1819 Wolves – Euston                                                            WO-CO

86424              1810 Euston – Wolves                                                            CO-INT

33108}            1Z33 1832 Crewe – Glasgow C Railtour                                INT-Largs

33021}

18/5/02 Sa

56106              1Z33 1832 Crewe – Glasgow C Railtour                             Largs – SH

33021}            1Z33 1832 Crewe – Glasgow C Railtour                                 SH-GC

33108}

303023            1122 Lanark – Milngavie                                                        GC-HY

303079}          1222 Milngavie – Motherwell                                               HY-ML (via Bellshill)

303045}

303045}          1320 Motherwell – Milngavie                                                ML-GC (via Bellshill)

303079}

33108}            1Z34 1445 Glasgow C – Crewe Railtour                                GC-NS (via BS)

33021}

47759              1605 Aberystwth – Northampton rtn Kettlex      NS-NO                                        

Bus                  2301 Northampton – M.Keynes RRS                                      NO-MK

321418            2250 Birmingham – Bletchley                                               MK-BY

19/5/02 Su

150130}          0013 Bletchley – Euston                                                         BY-LB

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