Anatomy of a Charter Trip


Sid and Ethel (members of the general public) could be forgiven for thinking that a day trip from London Euston to Holyhead hauled partly by 86259 (for speed) and partly by 60103 (for steam heritage) would take place on just one day and involve just those two locomotives. Not so!

The trip was organized by West Coast Railways and their requisition bid for track access paths is represented on an adjacent page. It shows that four, or possibly five, locomotives would be involved, one a 25kV overhead electric (86259), one Steam engine (60103) and two or three diesel locos. One diesel would assist 60103 "Flying Scotsman" and the other(s) would deal with 86259 "Les Ross/Peter Pan" while track movements would be taking place over three consecutive days - the day before, the day after and the trip day itself.

A map, colour-coded to approximately match the locomotives' paint-jobs(!), shows the various lines used across about half of the UK's land area and another shows the North Wales line and its stations where 60103 "Flying Scotsman" hauled the lucky trippers in 12 packed (on the outbound trip) carriages.

Rail routes used.
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Map of North Wales line.
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