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East Midlands Depot Tracker 02/03/2013

On the 2nd March 2013 the Society operated the next in a sequence of "Tracker" tours. The East Midlands Depot Tracker, comprising 2 Class 156 units from East Midlands Trains, departed from Crewe with a full complement of Society Members and a sizable number of Non –Members (some of whom have subsequently joined the Society). The full details of timings and the route covered are available on the Society Website but in brief the train completed all booked lines that were available on the day and actually managed to complete several lines at both Etches Park and Eastcroft Depots that had not been planned but which were added in at the last moment – this included the carriage washing plants at both depots and resulted in the train being fully externally cleaned on three occasions! The train ran to (or near) time for most of the day despite a couple of delays and returned to Crewe in the evening only a few minutes late. Finally it should be mentioned that the train crew provided by East Midlands Trains and the depot staff at both Eastcroft and Etches Park entered into the friendly spirit of the day and provided a very special day out by ensuring as much as possible in route mileage was covered. It remains for the Fixtures Secretary to publicly thank East midlands Trains, the Depot staff at Etches Park and Eastcroft and, last but certainly not least, the Fixtures team on board.

Derby Etches Park Track Traversed

Mileage
Start Point End Point Miles Chains
Crewe Platform 2  Chaddesden Curve  51 15
Chaddesden Curve  Etches Park Fuel North Headshunt 0 75
Etches Park Fuel North Headshunt Top Yard Neck 0 62
Top Yard Neck Etches Park Fuel South Headshunt 0 53
Etches Park Fuel South Headshunt St Mary's Junction 2 4
St Mary's Junction Nottingham Parcels Siding 17 70
Nottingham Parcels Siding Nottingham Down Middle 0 35
Nottingham Down Middle Eastcroft East Neck 0 42
Eastcroft East Neck Hammerhead Line 2 0 16
Hammerhead Line 2 Eastcroft East Neck 0 16
Eastcroft East Neck Eastcroft West Neck 0 24
Eastcroft West Neck Jarvis Road 9 0 14
Jarvis Road 9 Eastcroft West Neck 0 14
Eastcroft West Neck Jarvis Road 11 / 12 Points 0 11
Jarvis Road 11 / 12 Points Eastcroft West Neck 0 11
Eastcroft West Neck Jarvis Road 9 Gates 0 11
Jarvis Road 9 Gates Eastcroft West Neck 0 11
Eastcroft West Neck Eastcroft Depot Road 5 0 12
Eastcroft Depot Road 5 Toton Centre DHLG MP122 8 8
Toton Centre DHLG MP122 Derby DGL 11 25
Derby DGL Crewe Platform 2  50 59
TOTAL   146 28
Click here to download mileage table (Excel format)

Timings
DMU Used: 156401 & 156411
Route :
1Z81 : Crewe to Derby Etches Park
1Z82 : Derby Etches Park to Nottingham
1Z83 : Nottingham to Derby
1Z84 : Derby to Crewe
DMU(s)
Route
156411+156401 Crewe - Stoke-on-Trent - Blythe Bridge - Uttoxeter - North Stafford Jn - Sunny Hill - Melbourne Jn - Ramsline Halt - St Andrews No.1 Sdg - Derby - Chaddesden Curve
156401+156411 Chaddesden Curve - Derby - Derby Etches Park - Fuel Road 3 - Washer - L/H Headshunt
156411+156401 Derby Etches Park, L/H Headshunt - Internal Bypass - North Shed M2 Road - Pilot Siding - Top Yard Neck
156401+156411 Top Yard Neck - Derby Etches Park - Fuel Road 2 - Washer - R/H Headshunt
156411+156401 Derby Etches Park, R/H Headshunt - No.15 Sdg - King Points - Neutral Line (Connecting Line) - Derby - St Marys Jn
156401+156411 St Marys Jn - Derby - Spondon - Trent - Beeston - Nottingham - Nottingham Parcels Siding
156411+156401 Nottingham Parcels Siding - Nottingham (1)
156401+156411 Nottingham - Nottingham Eastcroft Depot - RR1 - Fuel Headshunt
156411+156401 Fuel Headshunt - RR2
156401+156411 RR2 - Fuel Headshunt
156411+156401 Fuel Headshunt - No.8 Fuel - Washer - West End Headshunt
156401+156411 West End Headshunt - Jarvis Road 9
156411+156401 Jarvis Road 9 - West End Headshunt
156401+156411 West End Headshunt - Jarvis Road 11 (2)
156411+156401 Jarvis Road 11 - West End Headshunt
156401+156411 West End Headshunt - Jarvis Road 9
156411+156401 Jarvis Road 9 - West End Headshunt
156401+156411 West End Headshunt - Road 5 (3)
156411 156411 Detached from 156401 for Fitters Attention (3)
156411 156411 Re-Attached to 156401 (3)
156411+156401 Nottingham Eastcroft Depot, Road 5 - Nottingham - Beeston - Attenborough Jn - Meadow Lane Jn - Toton Centre
156401+156411 Toton Centre - Trent - Spondon - Derby Way & Works Siding - Derby DGL
156411+156401 Derby DGL - Melbourne Jn - Sunny Hill - North Stafford Jn - Uttoxeter - Blythe Bridge - Stoke-on-Trent - Crewe

Notes : 
(1) 5Z83 ECS to Eastcroft Depot & Return to Nottingham, (to keep out of the way of a Skegness service), not run due to lateness. After traversal of Nottingham Parcels Siding, permission was gained, (at sig.TT254), to run into a middle road at Nottingham & then reverse straight into Eastcroft Depot as 1Z83.
(2) Stopped on points of Road 11 & Road 12, with the route set for Road 11.
(3) 156411 detached from 156401 for fitters attention.
(4) Timings issued two Weeks before tour, with no further update, so these were printed into tour brochures. However, on the Thursday evening before the tour, a "Final" set of timings were issued. Both sets are shown below.

Sources : Martyn Brailsford & Alan Sheppard

Timings (Booked & actual) (4)
(from Alan Sheppard & Colin Ward)

Location Original Booked Final Booked Actual   Original Booked Final Booked Actual
Crewe 09.21 [P2] 09.21 [P2] 09.22 [P2]   18.34a [P4] 18.35 [P2] 18.47 [P2]
Crewe Up & Dn Pottery Loop ? 09/26 09/24 [Up/Dn PotL]  
Crewe North Stafford Jn 09/24 09/27 09/25   18/31 18/31½ ?
Barthomley Jn 09/27 09/30 09/28½   18/28 18/28½ ?
Alsager 09/29½ 09/32½ 09/31 [P2]   18.25½ 18/26 18/39 [P1]
Alsager Up & Dn Goods Loop via UpDnG 09/37½ 09/32 [Up/Dn GL]  
Kidsgrove 09/39 09/44 09*38½ ~ 09*45   18/23 18/23½ 18/36
Bradwell Jn 09/43 [GL] 09/50½ [GL] 09/49½ [UGL]  
Longport Jn 09/46 09/51½ 09/51  
Grange Jn 09/48 [GL] 09*58 ~ 09*58½ [GL] 09/53½ [UGL]   18/16 18/16½ 18/30
Newcastle Jn (Staffs)   18/10 [GL] 18/09 [GL] 18/23 [DGL]
Stoke North Jn 10/05 [DnUpM] ?     ? ?  
Stoke-on-Trent 10.09a ~ 10.15d [P2] 10.09½a ~ 10.15½d [P2] 10.08 ~ 10.16½ [P2]   18.05a ~ 18.07d 18.04½a ~ 18.06½d 18.20 ~ 18.21 [P2]
Stoke Jn 10/17 10/17½ 10/18   18/02 18/01½ 18/18½
Longton 10/20½ 10/21 10/21½   17/42½ 17/47 18/14
Caverswall 10/24 10/24½ 10/25   17/40 17/44½ 18/11
Blythe Bridge 10/25 10/25½ 10/26   17/39 17/43½ 18/10
Uttoxeter Signal Box 10/35½ 10/36 10/35½   17/26½ 17/31 18/00
Uttoxeter 10.37a ~ 10.39d 10.37½a ~ 10.39½d 10.37 ~ 10.39 [P1]   17.23a ~ 17.25d 17.27½a ~ 17.29½d 17.57½ ~ 17.58½ [P2]
Tutbury & Hatton 10/47 10/47½ 10/46½   17/15½ 17/20 17/50
North Stafford Jn 11/03 11/03 10.53 ~ 10.57   17/10 17/14½ 17/44
Stenson Jn 11/03½ 11/03½ 10/58½   17/09 17/13½ 17/43
Sunny Hill 11/06½ [UGL] 11/07½ [GL] 11/02½ [UGL]   17/06 [DGL] 17/09 17.36 ~ 17.39 [DGL]
Melbourne Jn 11.08½ ~ 11.20 11.14½ ~ 11.22½ 11/04½   17/04 17/06 17/35
L.N.W. Jn Derby 11/22 11/24½ 11/07   17/01½ 17/03½ [GL] 17/33 [DnGW]

Location Original Booked Final Booked Actual
Ramsline Halt ? ? 11p08½a ~ 11p26½d
St Andrews No.1 Siding ? ? [No.1 Sdg] 11.28½ ~ 11.33 [X to UpMnW]
Derby St Andrews Economac 11.27 ~ 11.41 11.31½ ~ 11.41½ (Rev) DIV
St Andrews No.1 Siding (Rev) (Rev) DIV
Derby 11.45 ~ 11.53 [P3b] 11.45½ ~ 11.53½ [P4b] 11.35½ ~ 11.37 [P2a]
Derby Station North Jn 11/54 11/54½ 11/39 [DnGds]
Derby Chaddesden Curve 11.55 ~ 11.59 11.55½ ~ 11.59½ 11.43 ~ 11.51
Derby Station North Jn 12/00 [GL] 12/00½ [GL] 11/54½ [UpGds]
Derby 12/01 [TL] 12/06½ [TL] 11/55½ [Pilot Sdg]
Derby Etches Park Sidings 12.04a ~ 12.10½a ~ (Sig.478) - 11.57 ~ 12.02½
Fuel Road (F3) ? ? 12/05
Washer ? ? 12/10½
Headshunt (L/H on arrival) ? ? 12.13½ ~ 12.18½ (EoL)
Internal Bypass ? ? 12.23 ~ 12.27
North Shed ? ? 12.28½ ~ 12.34 [M2]
Sig. M2OB2 ? ? 12.37 ~ 12.57½
Pilot / Top Yard Neck ? ? 13.01 ~ 13.03 (2 coach lengths into Neck)
Derby Etches Park Sidings ? ? (Sig.478) - 13.05 ~ 13.06½
Fuel Road (F2) ? ? 13/09
Washer ? ? 13/12
Headshunt (R/H on arrival) ? ? 13.16 ~ 13.20
No.15 Road ? ? 13/21
Kings Points ? (Pilot Line) ? (Pilot Line) ??.?? ~ 13.26 (Neutral Line)
Derby Etches Park Sidings ~ 13/07 [TL] ~ 13.09 [TL] 13/26
Derby 13/10 [GL] 13/12 [GL] 13/28½ [DGL]
Derby Station North Jn 13/11 [GL] 13/13 [GL] 13/29
St Marys North Jn ? ? (DG > UM > DM > DG)
St Marys DGL 13.14 ~ 13.18 13.16 ~ 13.20 [GL] 13.33½ ~ 13.38
St Marys North Jn ? ? (DG > DM > UM > DG > UG)
Derby Station North Jn 13/21 [GL] 13/23 [GL] 13/42½
Derby 13/27 [CS1] 13/27 [CS1] 13/43½ [CS1]
Spondon 13/33 13/33 13/49 [P1]
Sheet Stores Jn 13/42 13/42 13/55
Trent East 13/44 [GL] 13/44 13/57 [DPL]
Meadow Lane LC 13/45 ? 13/58
Beeston South Jn 13/49 [GL] 13/51 [GL] 14.04 ~ 14.07½ [DGL]
Mansfield Jn 14/01 [SL] 14/01 [SL] 14/12½
Nottingham 14.03 ~ 14.03½ [P1b] 14.03 ~ 14.03½ [P1b] 14/14 [P1]
Nottingham East ? ? (Sig.TT272) - 14.16 ~ 14.22
Nottingham Parcels Siding 14.06 ~ 14.10 14.06 ~ 14.10 14.24½ ~ 14.26½ (EoL)
Parcels Siding Sig.TT254 ? ? 14.28 ~ 14.39
Nottingham 14.13a [P3c] ~ (14+22d ECS to Depot) 14.13a [P3] ~ (14+22d ECS to Depot) 14.41½ ~ 14.44½ [Dn Middle]
Nottingham (14+39a ECS from Depot) ~ 14.45d [P5b] (14+39a ECS from Depot) ~ 14.45d [P5b]
Nottingham Eastcroft Depot 14.48a ~ 14.48a ~ 14/46 ~
Fuel Headshunt (via Hammerhead 1) (via Hammerhead 1) 14.50½ ~ 15.00 (EoL)
Hammerhead 2 (Hammerhead 2) (Hammerhead 2) 15.03 ~ 15.05
Fuel Headshunt ? ? 15.07½ ~ 15.08 (EoL)
Washer ? (via No.8 Fuel Siding) 15/13½
West End Headshunt ? ? 15.15 ~ 15.16 (EoL)
Jarvis Jn ? ? 15.16½ ~ 15.19
Jarvis Road 9 ? ? 15.21½ ~ 15.24½ (EoL)
West End Headshunt ? ? 15.27 ~ 15.28
Jarvis Road 11 ? ? 15.30 ~ 15.34 (Rd11 / Rd12 Points, before Gate)
West End Headshunt ? ? 15.34½ ~ 15.41½
Jarvis Road 9 ? ? 15.43 ~ 15.57½ (Gate)
West End Headshunt ? ? 15.59 ~ 16.00½
Eastcroft Road 5 ? ? 16.01½ ~ 16.34½ (EoL) (3)
Nottingham Eastcroft Depot ~ 15.38d ~ 15.38d ~ 16/35
Nottingham 15.41 ~ 15.41½ [ML] 15.41 ~ 15.41½ [4 Mid] 16.36 ~ 16.39 [Up Middle]
Mansfield Jn 15/44 [GL] 15/44 [GL] 16/40 [UGL]
Beeston South Jn 15/54½ 15/54½ 16/45
Attenborough Jn 16/01 16/02 16/50
Meadow Lane Jn 16/03 [HLG] 16/04 [HLG] 16/52 [Dn HLG]
Toton Jn 16/04½ [HLG] 16/05½ 16/54 [DnHL - DG]
Toton Centre 16.08 ~ 16.12 [ML] 16.09 ~ 16.13 16.55½ ~ 16.58 [DnG] (REV) (DnG - UpHL - UpDn Ind)
Toton Jn 16/14 [ML] 16/18 17/01½ [UpGds]
Trent East 16/21 16/25 17/05
Sheet Stores Jn 16/24 16/29½ 17/07½
Spondon 16/31 16/36 17/13½
Derby Way & Works Sidings 16.36 ~ 16.38 16*42 ~ 16*44 17.16½ ~ 17.25 [Connecting Line]
Derby 16.41 ~ 16.56 [DGL] 16.50 ~ 16.58 [DGL] 17.27½ ~ 17.30

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