Published: 6th May 2015
Charity Railtours is promoting two special Class 37 hauled trains, the first on May 9 and second on May 10.
The ‘The Four Triangles’ is the first train which leaves Crewe at 4am and travels via the West Coast main Line calling at Stafford, Milton Keynes and Watford Junction. The train then runs to Hackney Wick and Stratford before heading to Colchester, Ipswich, Bury St. Edmunds, Ely and into Eccles Road Johnston Logistics Warehouse Terminal. This is thought to be only the second passenger train to visit this terminal and will be a big attraction for passengers.
Other sections of rare track is the triangle at Norwich and then on to Trimley and Felixstowe North. Then it’s on to IPSWICH and the north section of the triangle at Manningtree. The train ends up at Euston at 10pm.
Charity Railtours says that this will be the very first passenger train to visit Felixstowe North container terminal and that the only train to get to the Johnston Logistics terminal at Eccles Road was a specially provided DMU in the 1980s carrying the Minister Of Transport for the opening of the facility.
Dennis Barnes of Charity Railtours expressed his sincere thanks to both Johnston Logistics and Hutchison Ports for their most generous permission in allowing our train to run on their infrastructure and to Network Rail for waiving the track access charge during our time in East Anglia.
The train’s name comes from the routing covering all three sides of all four triangular junctions on the Great Eastern Mainline at Stratford, Norwich, Ipswich and Manningtree. The train will convey refreshments, hot meals and some real ales should be available during the trip.
Intending passengers should note that the train does not return to Crewe until the following day. Tickets for the one-way trip from Euston to Crewe must be booked from Charity Railtours and after the two trains have run, all profits will be donated to The Adventist Development & Relief Agency (ADRA).
This departs Euston at 12 noon and calls at Watford Junction, Milton keynes, Rugby, Birmingham International and Stafford. The trains will be hauled by 2 DRS Class 37 locomotives with a shunt release locomotive from time to time.
Charity Railtours ran another special train on August 10 2013, ‘The Great Eastern Freighter’ which raised £8000 for Alzheimers.
‘The Four Triangles’ will benefit ADRA-UK which is part of a worldwide network of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency. Assisting people in Africa, Asia, the UK, and elsewhere we help those in need whatever their ethnicity or their beliefs.
ADRA-UK believes in a world without poverty and by working in over 120 difference countries we hope to achieve that. By giving those people, who are often living on the edge of existence resources, skills and opportunities to meet their basic needs we believe we can transform their lives.
There will be on-board raffles with various prizes to help boost the profits. These include a unique set of photographs taken under the West Coast Main Line at Wolverton showing a DRS Class 37 and the rarely seen track layout.