Timings Now Available for BLS Gourock Growler Railtour
Timings are now live on Rail Record live train times, for the Gourock Growler Railtour. Branch Line Society tour runs on Saturday 27th April 2019. An extensive trip, the tour features DRS locomotives with coaching stock supplied by Scottish Railway Preservation Society (SRPS).
In summary, the tour features a DRS Class 88 from Crewe to Mossend Yard. Upon arrival at Mossend the Class 88 runs to the rear and 2 x DRS Class 37 attach to the front of the train. This forms the train back to Carlisle, where a Class 88 leads back to Carlisle and Wigan where the train later terminates at Crewe.
Confirmed Traction: 37038 and 37218 are the DRS 37s on this trip, 88 TBC
Consist is 9 Mark 1 Carriages. Paperwork also suggests a DRS class 68 will be assisting until the 37s join the train but we can’t be certain.
Train 5Z85 05:10 Crewe Holding Sidings to Crewe
Train 1Z85 06:06 Crewe to Mossend Up Yard
Train 1Z86 11:40 Mossend Up Yard to Gourock
Train 1Z87 14:50 Gourock to Carlisle
Train 1Z88 19:56 Carlisle to Crewe
Train 5Z88 23:25 Crewe to Crewe Holding Sidings
Branch Line Society’s approximate timings in summary which are very similar to the links above:
Crewe P12 PU 06.06 – Warrington Bank Quay PU 06.26 – Wigan North Western P1 PU 06.39 – Preston P3 PU 06.57 – Barton & Broughton Loop – Oxenholme Down Windermere – Shap Harrisons Siding Loop – Penrith P3 – Carlisle P4 PU 08.43 – Carlisle Network Yard – Quintinshill DPL – Beattock DPL – Abington DPL – Carstairs DPL – Law DPL – Mossend Up Yard – Sunnyside Jn – Shettleston DGL – Glasgow Queen Street Low Level – Anniesland – Springburn – Paisley Gilmour Street – Gourock (rev / break) – Paisley Gilmour Street – Shields Jn – Up and Dn Terminus (rev) – Brownhill UPL – Barassie DPL – Falkland Yard – Mauchline – Kirkconnel – Dumfries – Carlisle P1 SD 19.30 – Tebay Up & Dn Goods – Lancaster P3 SD – Preston P6 SD 21.15 – Wigan North Western P1 SD 21.55 – Warrington Bank Quay SD 22.08 – Crewe P12 SD 22.30
The charter will be raising money for Railway Benefit Fund and charities / local causes nominated by DRS. A Buffet Car will serve drinks and light refreshments to standard class passengers. A lunch break of one hour has been requested for Gourock.