The Concrete Cow Tour, 21st January 2012
An enjoyable jaunt that started from Paddington, then down the Brentford and Colnbrook freight only branches, then the NLL to Acton Canal Wharf before descending into Wembley Yd. A totter to Tring (we were right behind an all stations) then a faster run through Leighton and Wolverton. A reversal here onto Wolverton's centre siding then down the "hole" onto the Incline siding/headshunt. A second reversal then "under the boards" to the tracks to the far left of the WCML past Tesco then kissing the buffers at the far North end of Haversham bank, close to the WCML beyond Wolverton station. Much interest from locals and photographers on this section.
A further reversal, a fast run to Northampton with a quick return then the highlight for many, climbing high onto Bletchley flyover and continuing west for 1m440 yards to the current blocks at Newton Longville. As the sun went down we returned across the flyover but turned right on the Fenny section of the flyover. Another reversal at Fenny, then a pathing.photo stop at Bletchley before a return to Euston.
Motive power was an unispiring 66085/213 in top and tail with a genny van (a former 1958 vintage pressed steel brake generator 6310 (ex 975325) converted in 1973 to supply three-phase supply to loco hauled mark 3 HST sets then again modified in 1999 to supply conventional electric supply to loco hauled coaching stock seemed noisier than the sheds...) plus 10 x mk i/ii.
The relief tour is running again on 2801, book it if ye can, you'll enjoy the day out
Tour Phot Spot
Andrew Chambers view of the tour about to climb out the incline to Northampton