Rail 150 Cavalcade 1975

Haulage Highlights – top page

For the Rail 150 Cavalcade on 31st August 1975, seventeen locomotive hauled excursion trains were run to/from Darlington. Passengers being transferred to/from Shildon on a DMU shuttle service.

Information about the trains was included in the November 1975 ‘The Railway Observer’ and can also be viewed at Rail 150 Cavalcade Specials. This includes details of the locomotive hauled relief that ran to Kings Cross from Darlington.

Forty-Five years on a couple of queries have arisen with regard to the locomotives used. If you can help in resolving these please contact Peter Hall

(1) – A captioned photograph of the train from Chesterfield (1G32) quotes the locomotive as 47283 not 47284, the number though is not visible in the photograph.

(2) – The editor of this page recorded 46009 passing through Dore in the early evening, possibly on 1E57 16.00 Cardiff-Newcastle-upon-Tyne. This train was due at Darlington at 21.54 so is it possible that the locomotive on the train to Plymouth (1Z74) was mistakenly recorded as 46009 when it was actually something else?

Also, a 1G43 16.48? Shildon? to York (Darlington 17.03) relief formed of a ten-car DMU? is understood to have run. Clarification would be welcomed.

In addition the following trains were provided for VIP’s.

Reporting NumberOutwardStock stabled atReturnFormation
1G1010.40 Teesside Airport – HeighingtonBishop Auckland16.45 Heighington – Teesside Airport2 Car Refurbished DMU E5xxxx+E5xxxx (1)
1Z0111.15 York – HeighingtonDarlington Up Sidings—————–Wickham Saloon DB975005+DB975006
1G11————————(2)15.52 Heighington – YorkPrototype HST 252001

(1) – Can anyone provide the numbers?

(2) – Final Cavalcade participant

Rail 150 Sunday Excursions – September 1975

As part of the Rail 150 Celebrations steam hauled excursion trains were run from various parts of the country on Sundays in September 1975, with steam haulage between Sheffield and Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Known details are given below. Please contact Peter Hall if you can provide any additional details.

Sunday 7th September

1G.. xx.xx Newcastle-upon-Tyne – York / xx.xx York – Newcastle-upon-Tyne

(o) 4498 SIR NIGEL GRESLEY ~ Newcastle-upon-Tyne – York

(r) 4498 SIR NIGEL GRESLEY ~ York – Ferryhill, 37094 ~ Ferryhill – Newcastle-upon-Tyne

The planned train from Glasgow with steam haulage by 60009 UNION OF SOUTH AFRICA between Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Sheffield was cancelled. In its place a Newcastle-upon-Tyne to York train was operated with 4498 SIR NIGEL GRESLEY. However, on the return journey it was failed at Ferryhill with a hotbox.

Sunday 14th September

1Z54 xx.xx Bristol Temple Meads – Newcastle-upon-Tyne / xx.xx Newcastle-upon-Tyne – Bristol Temple Meads

(o) D1013 WESTERN RANGER ~ Bristol Temple Meads – Birmingham New Street, 46054 ~ Birmingham New Street – Sheffield, 4472 FLYING SCOTSMAN ~ Sheffield – Newcastle-upon-Tyne

(r) 4472 FLYING SCOTSMAN ~ Newcastle-upon-Tyne – York, 4771 GREEN ARROW ~ York – Sheffield, 45042 ~Sheffield – Birmingham New Street, D1013 WESTERN RANGER ~ Birmingham New Street – Bristol Temple Meads

There was great expectation that the diesel leg of this train would feature a “Western” throughout. As it was, D1013 WESTERN RANGER was only used to and from Birmingham. However, D1013 WESTERN RANGER did subsequently make it to Sheffield, and beyond, on a passenger train, seventeen months later. On 20th January 1977 D1013 WESTERN RANGER headed 1E54 07.30 Swansea-Leeds throughout, returning on 1V94 14.43 Leeds-Plymouth.

Sunday 21st September

1Z40 08.40 Liverpool Lime Street -Newcastle-upon-Tyne / 17.35 Newcastle-upon-Tyne – Liverpool Lime Street

(o) 40019 CARONIA ~ Liverpool Lime Street – Sheffield, 4771 GREEN ARROW ~ Sheffield – York, 1306 MAYFLOWER + 4472 FLYING SCOTSMAN ~ York – Newcastle-upon-Tyne

(r) 1306 MAYFLOWER + 4472 FLYING SCOTSMAN ~ Newcastle-upon-Tyne – York, 4472 FLYING SCOTSMAN ~ York – Sheffield, 40019 CARONIA ~ Sheffield – Liverpool Lime Street

Sunday 28th September

1Z71 06.50 St.Pancras – Newcastle-upon-Tyne / 17.20 Newcastle-upon-Tyne – St.Pancras

(o) 45037 ~ St.Pancras – Sheffield, 4498 SIR NIGEL GRESLEY ~ Sheffield – York, 4472 FLYING SCOTSMAN ~ York – Newcastle-upon-Tyne

(r) 4472 FLYING SCOTSMAN ~ Newcastle-upon-Tyne – Sheffield, 45037 ~ Sheffield – St.Pancras