Bletchley stone Part 2 1990 onwards
With the Peak Forest - Bletchley stone now using RMC JGA bogie hoppers, the flow went from 2 x 37 power to under "Railfreight Construction",
then class 60's under Transrail, to eventual EWS operation from 1995. The traffic has survived to date and is now under the "DB Cargo"
brand. Long may it continue!
60's remained the staple power until 2007/8 when class 66's began to work some Bletchley turns. The train has gone from a late afternoon arrival from the North to
an early morning arrival at Bletchley. Likewise early evening departures are now mid morning. Now long established is that the up loaded train from Peak Forest
is routed via Chinley, Guide Bridge, Denton, Stockport, Crewe, Nuneaton, Rugby and Northampton. The return empties usually go via Millbrook, Bedford, Market
Harbrough, Leicester, Toton, Dore, Edale, Chinley to Peak Forest.
The Trains - 1996
6B10 - TWThO+ - 0957 Peak Forest - Bletchley via Chinley, Guide Br, Denton, Stockport, Crewe, Stafford, Nuneaton, Northampton
6B10 - SO 0212 Peak Forest - Bletchley via Chinley, Guide Br, Denton, Stockport, Crewe, Stafford, Nuneaton, Northampton
6H55 - TWThO+ - 1846 Bletchley - Peak Forest via Fenny Stratford, Bedford, Market Harborough, Toton, Edale, Chinley
6H55 - SO 1039 - Bletchley - Peak Forest via Fenny Stratford, Bedford, Market Harborough, Toton, Edale, Chinley
+ Operated subject to demand, rarely all 3 days.
2006 Saturday stone variety
There was much interest locally in the Bletchley stone locally around this time as it was a regular runner, used the Bletchley - Bedford branch and produced class 60's
which were otherwise fairly uncommon on the branch and WCML. The Saturday stone in 2006 produced at least the following...
60002, 60010, 60015, 60019, 60022, 60024, 60026, 60035, 60039, 60041, 60046, 60051, 60059, 60060, 60061, 60063, 60069, 60072, 60078, 60082, 60093, 60094, 60097 and
60500. "TC" comments that it must be possible that all the 60 fleet has featured on the "Bletchley stone". More to follow on this, contributions welcome! ...
The Trains - 2016
6B10 - WThSO+- 2343 (TWFO) Peak Forest - Bletchley via Chinley, Guide Br, Denton, Stockport, Crewe, Stafford, Nuneaton, Northampton or Weedon
6H11 - WThSO+ - 0957 Bletchley - Peak Forest via Fenny Stratford, Bedford, Market Harborough, Toton, Edale, Chinley
+ Operated subject to demand, rarely all days
Bletchley stone phot spot
which was routed via the WCML on May 12th 1990.
in June 94
March 13th 2004. Water tanks front the bogie hopper consist and "Ronnie" 57304 is thunderbird in the former "bay" platform too.
This the trains third appearance at Oakley in 3 days as on May 28th the loaded Bletchley stone had got to Bedford but due no driver available to
take it down the branch, 60059 returned North to Leicester with the loaded train before returning as seen here on May 30th.
Bedford - Bletchley branch n a warm April 7th 2011.. 60's were uncommon on the Bletchley branch by 2011
More Bletchley stone phots and gen to follow. Thanks to "AC" and "TC" with their help with this article.