Pathfinder Railtours

A guide to all of their charter train services.

October 2016

Oct 8. 66 x 2 (DBc). ‘Tees and Durham Freighter’. Willington-Derby-Chesterfield-Sheffield-Doncaster-York-Yarm- Thornaby East Jn - via Tees Down Goods -Middlesbrough Goods Yard-Grangetown Jn - Tees Dock-Wilton Branch-Thornaby East Jn-Norton-on-Tees South & East Jns-Seaton Carew-Hartlepool-Sunderland Docks Branch-Seaham Harbour Branch-York-Willington.

September 2016

Sept 17. D1015. ‘The Cornishman’. Tame Bridge Parkway- Birmingham New St. Stourbridge Junction-Kidderminster-Droitwich-Worcester SH-Cheltenham-Can & Dursley-Bristol TM and PKWY-Truro-St Ives-Penzance and return.

Sept 24. 66 X 2 (DBC). ‘The Ouse N'Orwell’. Crewe-Stafford-Wolverhampton- Birmingham New St.-Nuneaton-Leicester-Peterborough-Middleton Towers-Ipswich Griffin Wharf-Bacon Factory Curve and return.

Sept 30. 2X37 (DRS). ‘The Autumn West Highlander’. Exeter-Taunton-Weston SM-Bristol TM & PKWY-Cheltenham-Worcester SH-Kidderminster-Wolverhampton-Shrewsbury-Chester-Fort William.

August 2016

Aug 20. 2 X 20 (GBRF). ‘Puffer Buffer 13’. Eastleigh-Lymington Pier-Eastleigh-Waterloo-Linford Street flyover-Lewisham-Sheerness-Ramsgate-Ashford-Hastings-Eastbourne-Lewes-Brighton-Littlehampton-Bognor Regis-Havant-Fareham-Eastleigh-Waterloo.

Aug 20. 68 (DRS). ‘The Northumbrian Explorer’. Gloucester-Worcester-Droitwich-Kidderminster-Birmingham NS-Tamworth-Derby-Durham-Newcastle-Morpeth-Alnmouth- and return.

July 2016

July 9. 66 (GBRF). ‘The West Somerset Rambler’. Cardiff Central-Newport-Chepstow-Lydney-Gloucester-Cam & Dursley-Bristol Parkway & Temple Meads-Minehead and return.

July 16. 68 (DRS). ‘The Lakeland Explorer,. Taunton-Weston-super-Mare-Bristol Temple Meads-Bristol Parkway-Cam & Dursley-Cheltenham Spa-Worcester Shrub Hill-Kidderminster-Stourbridge Junction-Oxenholme-Penrith and return

July 23. 2 X 37 (DRS). ‘The Cheshire Cat’. Eastleigh-Winchester-Basingstoke-Reading West-Didcot Parkway-Swindon-Kemble -Stroud- Cheltenham Spa Crewe-Stockport and return.

June 2016

June 11. 50 X 2 (Boden). ‘The Purbeck & Bomo Explorer’. Derby-East Midlands Parkway-Loughborough-Leicester-Nuneaton-Coleshill Parkway-Dorridge-Leamington-Banbury-Bournemouth-Swanage and return.

June 18. 67/55009. ‘The Deltic Borderer II’. Derby-Duffield-Belper-Chesterfiled-Dronfield-Sheffield-Doncaster-York-Newcastle-Tweedbank and return. Deltic York-Tweedbank and Edinburgh-York.

June 25. 66 (DB). ‘The Mazey Day Cornishman’. Eastleigh-Romsey-Salisbury-Warminster-Westbury-Trowbridge-Bradford on Avon-Bath-Bristol TM-St Erth-Penzance and return.

May 2016

May 7. 1015. ‘The Western Challenger’. Paddington-Plymouth-Oakhampton-Salisbury-Basingstoke-Waterloo.

May 14. 66 (GBRF). ‘The Yorkshire Dales Explorer’. Salisbury-Warminster-Westbury-Trowbridge-Bath-Filton-Cwmbran-Abergavenny-Hereford-Hellifield-Skipton-Leeds and return.

May 28. 46100. ‘The Ynys-Mon Express’. Swindon-Kemble-Stroud-Cheltenham-Bromsgrove-Birmingham NS.-Tame Bridge Parkway-Stafford-Crewe and return by diesel. Steam Crewe-Bangor-Holyhead and return.

April 2016

April 9. 67/55009. ‘The Deltic Borderer ‘. Derby-Long Eaton-Alfreton-Chesterfield-Sheffield-Swinton-Church Fenton-York-Edinburgh-Tweedbank and return.

April 10. 1015. ‘The Maybach Yorky’. Derby-Chesterfield-York and return.

April 22. 67. ‘The Spring West Highlander’. Eastleigh-Salisbury-Westbury-Chippeham-Swindon-Oxford-Banbury-Leamington-Coventry-Nuneaton-Stafford-Crewe-Fort William. (Returns April 25).

April 23. 67. ‘The Spring West Highlander’. Fort William-Mallaig and return.

April 24. 67. ‘The Spring West Highlander’. Fort William-Oban and return.

March 2016

March 26. 66+60. ‘The Generating Finale’. Eastleigh-Basingstoke-Didcot-Banbury-Dorridge-Burton-Sheffield and return via Toton-Eggborough and Ferrybridge Power Stations.

January 2016

Jan 2. 60/08/66. ‘The Mini Tug’. Bristol Temple Meads-Cam & Dursley-Cheltenham-Worcester-Kidderminster-Stourbridge Jcn.-Birmingham New Street-Cowley and return.

Jan 30. 2 X 60. ‘The Mersey Weaver’. Derby Burton-on-Trent Tamworth High Level Birmingham New St. Tame Bridge Parkway-Stafford-Crewe-Ellesmere Port-Manisty Wharf and return.

September 2015

Sept 18. 66. ‘The Border Reiver’. Eastleigh-Basingstoke-Tilehurst-Didcot-Oxford-Banbury-Leamington Spa-Coventry-Nuneaton-Carlisle-Tweedbank-Edinburgh and return.

Sept 25. TBC. ‘The Autumn Chieftain’. Exeter-Taunton-Weston Super Mare-Bristol TM-& Parkway-Cheltenham-Worcester SH-Kidderminster-Birmingham NS-Wolverhampton-Shrewsbury-Chester-Inverness.


Sept 26. TBC. Inverness-Kyle of Lochalsh and return

Sept 27. TBC. Inverness-Thurso-Wick and return.

Sept 28. TBC. Inverness-Exeter as outward on Sept 25.

August 2015

Aug 28. 2 X 20 (DRS). ‘The Torbay Flyer’. Nuneaton-Bedworth-Coventry-Leamington Spa-Banbury-Oxford-Swindon-Bristol Parkway-Kingswear and return.

July 2015

July 4. D9009. ‘The Torbay and Dart Flyer’. Derby-East Midlands Parkway-Loughborough-Leicester-Nuneaton-Coleshill Parkway-Birmingham New Street-Barnt Green-Cheltenham-Paignton and return.

July 8. 2 X 20 (DRS). ‘The Norfolk Explorer’. Bristol PKY-Cam & Dursley-Cheltenham- Worcester SH-Droitwich-Barnt Green-Coleshill Parkway-Nuneaton-Wymondham-Dereham-Hoe and return.

July 18. 68. ‘The Lakes and Borderer Explorer’. Newport-Bristol PKY-Swindon-Oxford-Banbury-Leamington-Coventry-Bedworth-Nuneaton-Oxemholme-Penrith-Carlisle and return.

June 2015

June 6. 66+60. ‘The Don and Went’. Bristol Parkway-Cheltenham Spa-Barnt Green-Birmingham New St.-Burton-on-Trent-Derby-Chesterfield-Deepcar-Ferrybridge and return.

June 20. 66. ‘The Heart of Wales Rambler’. Exeter St. Davids-Tiverton Parkway-Taunton-Bridgwater-Highbridge-Weston-super-Mare-Worle-Yatton-Nailsea-Bristol Temple Meads-Ludlow-Sugar Loaf and return.

June 27. 66. ‘Mazey Day Cornishman’. Tame Bridge Parkway-Birmingham New Street-Stourbridge Jcn.-Kidderminster-Worcester SH.-Cheltenham-Bristol PKY & TM-St Erth-Penzance and return.

May 2015

May 4. 66 (DBs). ‘Buxton & Cheshire Explorer’. Basingstoke-Didcot Parkway-Kemble-Stonehouse-Cheltenham-Worcester SH-Buxton and return.

May 16. 57/3 (DRS). ‘The Heart of Wales Explorer’. Tame Bridge Parkway-Rowley Regis-Kidderminster-Worcester SH-Cheltenham-Carmarthen and return via Sugar Loaf.

May 25. 67. ‘The Celebration Express’. Salisbury-Warminster-Westbury-Trowbridge- Bradford-on-Avon-Bath-Bristol Parkway-Cam & Dursley-Cheltenham-Chester-Liverpool and return.

May 30. 60163. ‘The Cumbrian Fells Express’. Bristol Parkway-Cam & Dursley- Cheltenham-Barnt Green-Birmingham New St.-Wolverhampton-Stafford-Crewe-Carlisle and return. (Steam Crewe-Carlisle and return).

April 2015

April 3. 2 x 37 (DRS). ‘Easter Chieftain’. Salisbury-Westbury-Chippenham-Swindon-Oxford-Banbury-Leamington-Coventry-Nuneaton-Stafford-Crewe-Preston-Inverness.

April 4. 2 x 37 (DRS). ‘Easter Chieftain’. Inverness-Kyle and return.

April 5. 2 x 37 (DRS). ‘Easter Chieftain’. Inverness-Wick and return.

April 6. 2 x 37 (DRS). ‘Easter Chieftain’. Inverness-Salisbury as outward on April 3

April 12. 2 x Class 20 + Class 37 (DRS). ‘Dimple Darley and Dale’. Crewe - Stafford – Walsall and return via Rugeley - Cannock - Walsall - Dudley Run Round Siding (reverse) - Walsall - Sutton Park - Castle Bromwich Jn - via Down Derby Goods - Landor St. Jn - Camp Hill line - Kings Norton - via Down Slow and Goods to Cofton - Barnt Green - Bromsgrove (reverse). Bromsgrove-Barnt Green-Kings Norton-Selly Oak-Birmingham New St.-Aston-Lichfield City-Wichnor Jn.-Barton South to North Jns.-Central Rivers Depot-Burton Up Goods-Up Goods to Melbourne Jn.-Peartree-Derby Up Goods West/Down Goods-St. Marys South Jn Down Reception/Goods-Ambergate DPL-Matlock-Darley Dale-Rowsley South- Ambergate UPL-Little Eaton Jn.- Derby-Sunny Hill Down Goods-Clay Mills Jn.- Down Goods to Branston Jn.-Elford Goods Loop-Kingsbury Jn-Water Orton West Jn.-Sutton Park- Walsall-Stafford-Crewe.

April 18. 67. ‘York & North Eastern Explorer’. Westbury-Trowbridge-Bradford-on-Avon-Bath-Bristol Parkway-Cam & Dursley-Cheltenham-Barnt Green-York-Darlington-Durham-Newcastle and return.

April 25. 2 X 37 (DRS). ‘The Devon Explorer’. Crewe-Stafford-Tame Bridge Parkway- Birmingham New St.-Barnt Green-Cheltenham Spa-Cam & Dursley-Bristol Parkway-Tiverton-Exeter-Okehampton and return.

March 2015

March 6. 2 X 37 (DRS). ‘Sabrina's Tea Train’. Crewe-Stafford-Ironbridge circular evening train.

March 6. 2 X 37 (DRS). ‘White Rose Kipper’. Crewe-Stockport-Ilkley-Glossop-Hadfield-Bradford-Leeds circular overnight train.

March 7. 2 X 37 (DRS). ‘The Lancs Links’. Crewe-Stockport-Manchester Piccy-Liverpool Lime Street via Dean Lane Goods (Newton Heath)-Preston Up & Down Goods Loop and Ribble Branch (to Network Rail limit)-Ormskirk and Haydock Branches-Ince Moss and Olive Mount Chords-The Bootle Branch and Liverpool Docks access line.

March 21. 2 X 37 (DRS). ‘The Cumbrian Docker’. Birmingham International-Birmingham New St.- Sandwell & Dudley-Wolverhampton-Stafford-Crewe-Warrington Bank Quay-Preston-Barrow Docks-Workington Docks-Carlisle and return via Shap.

February 2015

Feb 7. 2 X 20 (DRS). ‘The Puffer Buffer 12’. Crewe-Stafford-Nuneaton-Coventry-Banbury-and return via southern suburban branchlines.

Feb 13. 67/47. ‘Six Nations Welsh Rugby Supporters Train 2015’. Carmarthen- Llanelli-Neath-Bridgend-Cardiff-Newport-Cwmbran-Pontypool-Abergavenny-Shrewsbury-Crewe- Edinburgh-Motherwell. (Returns on February 16).

January 2015

Jan 3. 60/66. ‘The Tugging Shedmaster’. Stafford-Tame Bridge Parkway-Birmingham New Street-Crewe-Nuneaton via non passenger lines around the midlands and northwest via Toton-Chester and Crewe.

Jan 17. 66+59/2. ‘The Mendip Mariner’. Eastleigh-Salisbury-Westbury-Filton Abbey Wood- Oldfield Park Down Goods Loop-Bristol East Down Goods Loop-Filton West Jn.-Hallen March Jn-Avonmouth Docks-Severn Beach-Westbury Down Reception Line-Whatley Quarry Branch and return to Crewe.

December 2014

Dec 6. 68. ‘The Yuletide Yorkshire Explorer’. Newport-Bristol Parkway-Cam & Dursley-Cheltenham Spa-Barnt Green-Birmingham New St.-Wolverhampton-Stafford-Crewe-Keighey-Skipton and return

Dec 13. 1015. ‘The Canterbury Champion’. Tame Bridge Parkway- Birmingham New St.-Solihull-Leamington Spa-Banbury-Oxford-Didcot-Reading-Canterbury West and return.

November 2014

Nov 29. 5029. ‘The Marches Castle’. Eastleigh-Southampton Central-Romsey-Salisbury-Warminster-Westbury-Trowbridge-Bradford-on-Avon-Bath Spa-Bristol TM-Ludlow-Shrewsbury and return. Diesel hauled Eastleigh to Bristol and return.

Nov 29. 2 X 37 (DRS). ‘The Festive Portsmouth Explorer’. Stafford-Tame Bridge Parkway -Stourbridge Junction-Kidderminster-Worcester Shrub Hill-Cheltenham Spa-Stonehouse-Stroud-Portsmouth Harbour and return.

October 2014

Oct 9. 2 X 47 (Riviera) & 2 X 73 (GBRF). ‘The Blue Belle’. Crewe-Stafford-Wolverhampton- Birmingham NS & Int.-Coventry-Northampton-Milton Keynes-Sheffield Park and return.

Oct 11. 2 X 20 (DRS). The Heart of Wales Explorer’. Derby-East Midlands Parkway-Loughborough-Leicester-Narborough-Nuneaton-Coleshill Parkway-Birmingham New St.-Llandrindod Wells and return.

September 2014

Sept 6. 2 X 20 (DRS). ‘The Trent Almighty’. Crewe-Stafford-Wolverhampton-Birmingham New Street-Tamworth-Burton-Derby-Chesterfield-Sheffield-Barton on Humber-Cleethorpes and return.

Sept 20. ‘The Cornish Explorer’. 67 (1015 from Westbury). Eastleigh-Basingstoke-Tilehurst-Didcot-Swindon-Chippenham-Trowbridge-Westbury-Taunton-Plymouth-Liskeard-Bodmin Parkway-Par-Parkandillack Branch Line and return.

Sept 27. 67/34046. ‘The Canterbury Belle’. Bristol Temple Meads-Keynsham-Bath-Chippenham-Swindon-Didcot-Reading-Bracknell-Staines-Canterbury West and return. (Steam Willesden area to Canterbury and return).

June 2014

June 7. 67. ‘The Shrewsbury and Chester Explorer’. Eastleigh-Southampton-Romsey-Salisbury-Warminster-Westbury-Trowbridge-Bath-Filton Abbey Wood-Shrewsbury-Gobowen-Chester and return.

June 13. 2X37 (DRS). ‘The Purbeck Explorer’. Stafford-Tame Bridge Parkway-Stourbridge Junction-Kidderminster-Worcester Shrub Hill-Cheltenham-Cam & Dursley-Bristol-Bournemouth-Corfe Castle-Swanage and return.

June 21. 67 & 70. ‘The Scenic Settler’. Eastleigh-Basingstoke-Didcot Parkway-Oxford-Banbury-Leamington Spa-Coventry-Birmingham Intl.-Tame Bridge Parkway-Stafford-Crewe-Carlisle and return via Ais Gill.

June 28. 1015. ‘The Mazey Day Cornishman’. Tame Bridge Parkway-Rowley Regis-Stourbridge Junction-Kidderminster-Worcester Shrub Hill-Cheltenham Spa-Cam & Dursley-Bristol Parkway & Temple Meads-St Erth-Penzance and return.

May 2014

May 9. 5029. ‘The Anniversary Ltd’. Stafford-Tame Bridge Parkway-Stourbridge Jcn-Kidderminster-Worcester Shrub Hill-Cheltenham-Cam & Dursley-Bristol Parkway-Bath-Westbury and return by diesel and steam Westbury-Plymouth-Bristol.

May 10. 2 x 47 (DRS). ‘The York, Moors & Scarborough Explorer’. Hereford –Leominster-Ludlow-Cravern Arms-Shrewsbury-Gobowen-Chirk- Wrexham General-Chester-York-Scarborough and return.

May 10. 2 x 37 (DRS). ‘40 Tracks for Carlisle charity charter’. Carlisle-Kingmoor Jcn-Kingmoor Down Arrival & Departure-Carlisle Warehousing-Stainton Jn (reverse)-Mossband Jcn-Longtown Siding N.R. limit- Caldew Jcn-Carlisle station-London Road- Upperby Through Siding-Penrith-Shap-Tebay-Bog Jn-Currock Jn-Carlisle station.

May 17. 2 x 47 (DRS). ‘The Spring Scenic Settler’. Swindon-Kemble-Stroud-Stonehouse-Cheltenham-Ashchurch-Worcester SH-Droitwich-Kidderminster-Stourbridge Jcn-Carlisle and return.

May 24. 2 x 20 + 37 (DRS). ‘The Topper Chopper’. Crewe to Crewe via northwest freight lines routed via Sandbach-Middlewich-Knutsford-Stockport-Denton-Ashton Moss North Jcn-Brewery Curve-Rochdale-Todmorden Curve-Copy Pit-Accrington-Blackburn-Clitheroe-Horrocksford Exchange Sidings-Darwen-Bolton-Wigan-Rainford-Kirkby-Newton-le-Willows-Earlstown Curve-Dallam Royal Mail terminal-Crewe.

May 26. 67/D1015. ‘The Southern Mule’. Crewe-Stafford-Tame Bridge Parkway-Birmingham Int.-Coventry-Leamington-Banbury-Oxford-Didcot-Swindon-Salisbury-Exeter and return.

May 31. 2 x 47 (DRS). ‘The Northumbrian Explorer’. Shrewsbury-Wellington-Telford-Codsall-Wolverhampton-Birmingham New St.-Coleshill Parkway-Nuneaton-Newcastle-Alnmouth and return.

April 2014

Apr 21. 2 x 37 (DRS). ‘The Heart of Wales Meanderer’. Eastleigh-Romsey-Salisbury-Warminster-Westbury-Trowbridge-Bath Spa-Filton Abbey Wood-Llandrindod Wells and return.

February 2014

February 8. 2 x 20 (DRS). ‘Buffer Puffer 11.1’. Crewe-Stafford-Tamworth-Rugby-Milton Keynes-Wembley Central-Clapham Jcn. Via non passenger lines in south London to Epsom-London Bridge-Victoria and return

Feb 21. 2 x 37 (DRS). ‘The Curried Goyt’. Crewe-Warrington-Manchester Victoria-Rose Hill-Stockport-Crewe.

Feb 22. 2 x 37 (DRS). ‘The Red Rose Kipper’. Crewe-Preston overnight circular tour visiting Windermere, Blackpool South, Colne, Didsbury, Manchester Airport and Sandbach branch lines.

Feb 22. 2 x 37 (DRS). ‘The Clay Box’. Crewe-Shrewsbury-Wolverhampton-Tame Bridge Parkway-Rugby-Daventry International Railfreight Terminal-Rugby-Stoke-Cliffe Vale Clay Terminal-Middlewich-Crewe

November 2013

November 30. 47 (DRS). ‘The Festive Festival Express’. Whitchurch-Shrewsbury-Craven Arms-Ludlow-Leominster-Hereford-Abergavenny-Cwmbran-Filton Abbey Wood-Portsmouth Harbour and return.

August 2013

Aug 17. 67. ‘The Lakes and Borders Explorer’. Newport-Bristol Pky-Cam& Dursley-Cheltenham-Worcester SH-Droitwich-Kidderminster-Stourbridge Jcn-Carlisle and return.

Aug 25. 2 x 60. ‘The Taffy Tug’. Bristol TM-Ebbw Vale Parkway- Machen-Penarth-

Cwmbargoed-Coryton and return.

Aug 30. 2 x 20 (DRS). ‘The Torbay Flyer’. Crewe-Whichurch-Shresbury-Craven Arms-Ludlow-Leominster-Hereford-Abergavenny-Cwmbran-Bristol TM-Kingswear and return.

Aug 30. 60019 ‘The Tyne-Tees Streak’. York-Newcastle-York Diesel hauled between Bristol TM and Parkway-Cam & Dursley-Cheltenham-Barnt Green-Tamworth-Derby-York and return. (Redated from July due to fire risk).

Aug 31. 60019. ‘The Capital Streak’. Kings Cross-York by class 90 electric locomotive and returns with steam. (Redated from July due to fire risk).


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