Northwest Rambler No 3.

 

DAA (“Daft as Arseholes”) Tours                                                                          

Saturday March 10th 1984

 

Ching £14-95

 

Power Route

85039  Euston-Watford-Weedon-Rugby-Coventry

31273} Coventry-New St-Bescot-Stafford-Stoke

31187}

25059} Stoke-Leek Brook Jn-Stoke

25218}

31273} Stoke-Macclesfield-Stockport

31187}

45104  Stockport-Hazel Grove-Buxton-Hazel Grove-Stockport

40082  Stockport-Heaton Norris Jn-Ashton Moss jn-Park (fail)

40155} Park-Ashbuys

40082(d)}                                           

40155  Ashburys-New Mills-Edale-Chesterfield-Derby-Water Orton-New St

86254  New St-Coventry-Weedon-Euston

 

            A right time 0755 departure saw us settling into our 9 coach compo consist with 85039 in scream mode once past Willesden. 85039 lived up to her "Concorde" nickname by holding speeds well in excess of 100 mph from Tring Summit to Hanslope, apart from the 90 mph totter through Linslade tunnel. Once at Hanslope our driver eased off yet we were still 5 early through Rugby.

            At Coventry the train filled and our speeds dropped as goyle power in 31273/31187 took us North. Personal jubilation followed at Stoke as 25218 and 25059 backed on. 25059 was my 100th rat for haulage so I was well happy. The rats took an unfamiliar left turn for a trundle to Leek Brook Jn of sand train fame. Here we all leapt off for a half hour photo stop whilst the rats ran round. In open the semi moorland here we could wander to scenic heights to phot our rodents.

            The rats returned us to Stoke, for the goyles onward to Stockport. Here 45104 was onward power to Buxton and back. A photo stop at Chapel-le-Frith on the outward run was spoilt by grey skies. Once back at Stockport hordes of 40 bashers gathered as the rare 40082 replaced the EH peak. A thick black clag hinted all was not well up front and after passing 40063 on chemical tanks near Ashton Moss 40082 finally failed at Park. The whole train was now leaning out of the window in and the atmosphere tensed a bit as rumours of a 47/4, or even the peak 45104 again, to the rescue circulated. Newton Heath, to their credit, kicked out a sound rescue engine  in 40155 which took the tour and dead 40082 to Ashburys where 40082 was detached.

            Timekeeping by now was also out of the window as we left Ashburys 100 mins down and with a long lost path more time was lost as 40155 slogged over through the Hope valley and back to New St.      

The last tour power in 86254 forward from New St dissapointed us, 85039 no doubt being borrowed for higher priority duties. I leapt at Watford, the tour now 120 down as a virtually empty train headed back to Euston. A cracking tour  with that superb atmosphere and occasional unpredictability that came with DAA tours, them were days!

 

North West Rambler Phot spot..

Pls click on the text for a full size image

 

 

25218 and 25059 and tour participants at Leek Brook Jn prior to running round on this long closed branch that once carried much sand traffic.

 

 

Neil Evans view of the “large” 40082 prior to taking the tour forward from Stockport

 

 

Every picture tells a story! 40155 piloting failed 40082 in the Park Area. Our next visit to this area was 20 odd years later for a 40145 tour out of Vic. We had a long nervy check at Park of all places!!

 

 

 

Roarer Speed Log

85039 1Z15 Euston-Buxton DAA charter, 9 vb 100384

 

 

 

0              Euston                                  0755                                                       0756.03 +1           …..

1                                                                                                                                              0758.37 23

3`                                                                                                                                            0801.03 50

4                                                                                                                                              0801.52 73

5              Willesden                                            0802                                                       0803.12 +1           40

6.25                                                                                                                                        0805.19 35

7.25                                                                                                                                        0806.07 75

8                                                                                                                                              0806.47 90

9                                                                                                                                              0807.21 95

13                                                                                                                                           0810                       90

15.5                                                                                                                                        0811.42 88

16.5                                                                                                                                        0812.03 83

17                                                                                                                                           0812.57 75

17.5        Watford Jn          0812       0813                                       0814.05 0814.46                +2/1       50

17.75                                                                                                                                     0815.48 26

18.25                                                                                                                                     0816.27 46

18.75                                                                                                                                     0816.40 74

20                                                                                                                                           0817.50 90

21                                                                                                                                           0818.32 90

22                                                                                                                                           0819.12 95

23                                                                                                                                           0819.50 93

24           Hemel                                                                                                                   0820.28 97

25                                                                                                                                           0821.05 100

26                                                                                                                                           0821.42 100

27                                                                                                                                           0822.23 88

28           Berko                                                                                                                    0823.02 92

30                                                                                                                                           0824.20 98

31           Tring                                                      0824.5                                                   0824.58 94

33                                                                                                                                           0826.11 100

35                                                                                                                                           0827.20 100

36                                                                                                                                           0827.53 102

37                                                                                                                                           0828.28 102

38                                                                                                                                           0829.03 102

39                                                                                                                                           0829.38 102

40           Leighton                                                                                                              0830.15 97

41                                                                                                                                           0830.55 90

42                                                                                                                                           0831.32 97

43                                                                                                                                           0832.09 97

44.25                                                                                                                                     0832.55`               97

45                                                                                                                                           0833.21 103

46           Bletchley                                             0835                                                       0833.57 – 1          100

47                                                                                                                                           0834.32 102

48                                                                                                                                           0835.06 105

49           Milton Keynes                                                                                                   0835.50 105

50                                                                                                                                           0836.15 102

51                                                                                                                                           0836.50 102

52.25     Wolverton                                                                                                          0837.50 100

53                                                                                                                                           0838.02 100

54                                                                                                                                           0838.37 102

55                                                                                                                                           0839.12 102

56           Hanslope                                             0842                                                       0839.47   -2          102

57                                                                                                                                           0840.23 100

58                                                                                                                                           0840.58 102

59                                                                                                                                           0841.35 97

60                                                                                                                                           0842.12 97

61                                                                                                                                           0842.29 97

62                                                                                                                                           0843.24 102

63                                                                                                                                           0844.01 97

64                                                                                                                                           0844.43 85

66                                                                                                                                           0846.01 94

67                                                                                                                                           0846.39 94

68                                                                                                                                           0847.16 97

69                                                                                                                                           0847.58 85

70           Weedon                                              0851                                                       0848.44    -3         78

Then eased….                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

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