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Unusual routes noted in the timetable from 11 December 2016 - 20 May 2017

This page covers the scheduled trains in the timetable that use sections of line that either have a very low service level or are difficult to find.
Engineering diversions are highlighted in yellow. Note that these 'scheduled' works may be modified or even cancelled on a week-by-week basis especially the first or last week. Increasingly much work is not shown in the GBTT and this is despite being shown in ROTR. Work shown in ROTR usually but not always takes place.
The weekly diversions are posted out to members of the GENSHEET email list and the latest posting to the list can be downloaded here

All comments and corrections welcome to the list or alternatively
For lines noted as please send reports or confirmation of any trains using the line sections noted by email or to the list if you are a member of it.
Where platform use determines the route, both the NR 'planajourney' and advanced options on opendata websites give platforming information. The live departure boards for some stations also include platforms.
The two opendata websites of OpenTrainTimes (referred to as OTT below) or Realtimetrains (referred to as RTT below) will show the route taken by individual trains. They also show any alterations from the planned route, indicated by a timing being VAR or STP not WTT and depending upon the 'clues' one site or the other will perform better. It is also possible to enter a train identifier in the advanced searches, these are given where useful.

Rare track used by regular trains in 2016 for reference. Update pending.

Table and days Observation from timetable Suggested implication
1 SAT SUN LTS line trains to/from Liverpool Street to serve Stratford shopping centres Use Forest Gate - Barking line and Barking flyover.
See also table 62 entry below
6, 11 None. However the 1706 M-F Southminster - London is overtaken by the 1751 from Shenfield (1652 from Ipswich), it is currently planned to use Ilford up flyover avoider. Ilford up flyover is used by a small number of fast trains heading to very high number platforms. As usual, no use of the down side loop.

There are no booked services via the down avoider although the Christmas-New Year engineering work has caused planned use
10 The first (SAT & SUN) and last (all days) trains are through to/from Colchester Use connection at Marks Tey
11 & 14 From Harwich PQ at 0750 & 2138 M-S, 0830 & 2110 SUN.
From Ipswich at 0659 M-S, 2101 M-S; 0751 & 2036 SUN
The through trains from Cambridge are obvious on Table14, but the others are from Ipswich or Lowestoft.
Use Manningtree North Curve.
17 & 49 1554 Sun Norwich - Peterborough (to Manchester) not calling Ely. Use Ely West Curve
18 M-S The 5 trains a day with a 30 minute journey time are not obvious among the trains that are via Sheffield. Example 1154 Lincoln - Doncaster, obviously out of the hourly service pattern and with operator code EM Direct between Gainsborough & Doncaster
19 Trains not calling Grantham
M-S 0955 Nottm - Skegness
1730 & 2102 Skegness - Nottingham
Note SAT service is not as GBTT, and only 1730 Skegness - Derby avoids Grantham. Also SUN Nottingham - Skegness and 1140 SAT, 1227 SUN Skegness - Nottingham in peak season
Use Allington W - N line.
22 Through trains via Stratford to/from Stansted/Hertford
Liverpool St depart 0552 M-F, 0521/0551/0621 SAT
2215 M-S Bishops Stortford
Only these trains will complete the route to Stratford Centre Jn E, all others reverse in P12, good for the # but not the route.
24 Trains from Moorgate not calling Harringey. Check OTT or RTT for trains at Finsbury Park in the evening peak for trains show as line SL2
Example 1648 from Moorgate
Use of down slow no.2 line Finsbury Park - Alexandra Palace.
24 Trains to Moorgate not calling Harringey. Check OTT or RTT for trains at Finsbury Park in the morning peak, trains show as line SL2
Example 0700 Stevenage - Hertford - Moorgate
Use of new up slow no.2 line Alexandra Palace - Finsbury Park.
25 Hitchin route options towards Cambridge
Check RTT, trains not via the flyover do not have line DCF noted at Hitchin. eg 1714 Kings Cross - Ely
A small number of trains still use the flat crossing in the evening peaks, usually due to a slow Peterborough train coinciding with them.
26 Doncaster south approaches, noted from platform 4 or above at Doncaster, or search trains passing Doncaster Decoy South Jn
0752 Bradford - Kings Cross
Train use Loversall Carr line and flyover
26 Doncaster south approaches, noted as trains overtaken, or search trains passing Doncaster Decoy South Jn
1108 M-F Kings Cross - York
Train uses spur line and Loversall Carr
Liable to train timings on the day, is often overtaken in platform at Retford by 1127 London - Sunderland instead.
26 0655 SAT Skipton - London not calling Wakefield
Also SAT & SUN diversions in August
Use of Hambleton South - West Jns
26 Late Doncaster - Leeds trains with delays and/or missing Wakefield stop
2330 M-F, 2235 SUN London - Leeds, details
Intended to be via Askern - Knottingley - Wakefield Calder Bridge Jn - Altofts
Liable to variation depending on engineering work locations
26 2200 M-F and SUN London - Newcastle, delay Doncaster - York, details
Planned to run Askern - Knottingley - Church Fenton
Likely to vary week-to-week depending on engineering work locations
Planned work is showing up in early April diverting GC / HT via this route, EC preferring to go via Leeds
29, 51 Trains not calling Rotherham Central These normally use the main line via Masborough station site, exceptions are a few XC for route knowledge purposes
1746 Southampton - York via Tinsley lines
Search RTT for location BRGLJN
29 No delay apparent in the public timetable, but the following trains will be noted with times at Thrybergh Jn:
  • 0540 M-S Doncaster - Manchester Airport
  • 0504 M-S Cleethorpes - Manchester Airport
  • 0725 M-F Newcastle - 0851 Doncaster - Reading/Southampton
  • 1041 M-S Sheffield - Bridlington
  • 1511 M-S Bridlington - Sheffield
  • 1855 M-S Manchester Airport - Cleethorpes
  • 1745 M-S Reading - 2053 Sheffield - Newcastle
  • 2057 M-S Hull - Sheffield
  • 1746 M-F Southampton - 2154 Sheffield - York
  • 2047 M-F Manchester Airport - Cleethorpes
Planned to run via Thrybergh Jn not Swinton
Search RTT for location Thrybergh Jn
26, 29 Doncaster - Selby and London - Hull trains Use old main line Temple Hirst - Selby. All others are via Goole.
30 SAT Trains to Cleethorpes via Kirton Lindsey on Saturdays 3 trains a week using Gainsborough - Barnetby.
30 M-S 0703 and 2245 ex Retford and corresponding arrivals. Small extended timing to/from Worksop or check for use of Retford platform 2 Trains run to Retford HL station from Sheffield using connecting line
31, 32 2315 Mon-Thu Sheffield - Leeds not calling Fitzwilliam
GC 0755/0805 SUN Bradford - London
Runs Hare Park - Wakefield Kirkgate
31, 32, 51 2315 FRI Sheffield - Leeds not calling between Moorthorpe & Leeds Runs Hare Park - Wakefield Calder Bridge Jn - Turner Lane Jn and Altofts curve (Altofts Jn - Methley Jn)
32 GC services calling Doncaster and Pontefract Monkhill Via Askern (normal route)
32, 41 GC services not calling Pontefract Monkhill do not appear in table 32 but are in table 41
From London at 1952 M-F, 1048 & 1548 SAT, and all trains on SUN
Via Hare Park
32 Knottingley - Goole Limited service, 3 trains total M-S
33, 51 Table 33 local trains Limited services using Moorthorpe - Pontefract Baghill - Sherburn S Jn
Search RTT for locationMilford Jn
Planned work is showing up in early April diverting XC via this route
33 York - Selby route choice All trains calling Sherburn in Elmet must run via Sherburn Jn - Gascoigne Wood Jn
Any not calling Sherburn in Elmet are normally via Hambleton North and ECML, eg 1019 M-F York - Hull.
Check by searching for calling points of Selby and either Hambleton North or Sherburn in Elmet on RTT.
34 Fast services between Leeds and Wakefield Kirkgate, eg 1117 M-F Nottingham - Leeds Altofts curve
Manchester - Leeds trains taking ~35 minutes Huddersfield - Leeds
2230 Liverpool - York
Via Wakefield Kirkgate and Altofts
40, 51 Leeds - York trains taking ~40 minutes
Various overnight York - Manchester services, eg 2230 York - Manchester, also 0620 SAT York - Plymouth and 1525 SAT Plymouth - 2119 Leeds - York
Via Castleford - Milford Jn
Search RTT for location Milford Jn
(42, 94) 97
0809 Blackpool - Hellifield, 1030 Hellifield - Preston, 1319 Preston - Hellifield, 1435 Hellifield - Preston. These only show as footnoted trains in table 97, despite there being lines in table 42 for them. Services Hellifield - Clitheroe - Blackburn.
44 Trains not via Middlesbrough
GC services London - Sunderland
1205 & 1800 SUN Hartlepool - Darlington
1105 & 1715 SUN Darlington - Hartlepool
Use Stockton Cut Jn - Hartburn Jn.
26, 48 Workings from the south/west into Newcastle via High level Bridge.
All trains to platform 1, example 0708 Glasgow - Newcastle (1107)
Also a number of trains to/from Newcastle (mostly from Carlisle) to through platforms, example 1332 Carlisle - Newcastle, 1935 Newcastle - Birmingham, 1125 Plymouth - Dundee
Trains via Gateshead
Check passenger trains on RTT via Gateshead
44 Working from the east into Newcastle via King Edward Bridge.
SAT 1926 Nunthorpe - Newcastle
Train via Gateshead (Park Lane - Greensfield - KEB East - KEB north jns)
Check passenger trains on RTT via Gateshead
Also weekend ECML diversions in January.
49 Nottingham - Peterborough trains calling Melton Mowbray etc not Grantham
0456 & 0610 M-F (0505 & 0610 SAT) ex Nottingham
2131 M-F ex Peterborough
Use of Syston N curve.
53 Corby - Derby trains not calling Leicester
0926 M-F Corby - Derby, 1636 M-F Derby - Corby - London
Use of Syston N curve.
53 Trains overtaken near Wellingborough, use Wellingborough P3 and show slow lines
0736 M-F Derby - London, 1636 Derby - Corby - London
Run via Wymington tunnel. Route also used occasionally late at night.
53 0600 M-F Melton Mowbray - St Pancras, 1800 return
0926 Corby - Derby, 1636 Derby - Corby - London
Run over Corby - Manton Jn. Route also used occasionally late at night.
53 Trains between Derby - Chesterfield with delays
0556 SAT Derby - Newcastle, 2320 SAT & 2236 SUN Sheffield - Derby.
Trains via Toton.
53, 34 Trains between Nottingham and Alfreton taking ~35 minutes not 25
From Nottingham at 2114 M-F, 2043 SAT, 1012, 1512 & 2133 SUN
0603 M-F, 0554 SAT Sheffield - Nottingham
Via Attenborough and Toton.
The 2137 M-F Liverpool - 2337 Sheffield - Nottingham is also planned via this route but has enough time, and omitted stops, to go via Derby or Radford depending on engineering work.
51, 53 Trains between Sheffield and Chesterfield with delays
  • 0521 M-S Nottingham - Liverpool
  • 0627 M-S Derby - Sheffield
  • 0711 SAT Nottingham - Leeds
  • 2015 SUN Nottingham - Sheffield
  • 2047 M-F Nottingham - Sheffield
  • 0554 SAT Sheffield - Nottingham
  • 0601 M-F Sheffield - Reading
  • 1700 M-F Glasgow - 2200 Sheffield - Birmingham
  • 2321 M-F Sheffield - Derby
  • 2137 M-F Liverpool - 2337 Sheffield - Nottingham
Trains using the line via Barrow Hill & Beighton
Search RTT for location Barrow Hill Jn
57 Trains between Birmingham and Derby with delays:
  • 1746 M-F Southampton - 2030 Birmingham - York
  • 2139 M-F Nottingham - Birmingham
  • 2203 M-F Birmingham - Nottingham
Trains requiring to be overtaken between Derby and Birmingham may use this route with late running.
Trains likely to use the line Kingsbury - Whitacre Jns.
Search RTT for location Whitacre and look for trains to Derby or beyond
Operation has been unreliable,
57 Trains between Birmingham and Derby with delays ~20 minutes:
  • 1935 M-F Newcastle - 2202 Derby - Birmingham
  • 1746 SAT Southampton - 2030 Birmingham - York
Trains via Lichfield.
Search RTT for location Alrewas
51, 57 Birmingham - Kings Norton routeing.
No time penalty occurs so these are not detectable in public times.
Many XC services in the Manchester to Bristol pattern run via Camp Hill to leave New Street eastwards, plus a small number of other services.
See PSUL for a full list check RTT Lifford East Jn
59, 62 Trains at Willesden Jn low level (P1 or P2)
0558 M-F, 0557 SAT, 0900 SUN ex Willesden
2345 M-S, 2305 Stratford - Willesden, also 0759 Woodgrange Park - Willesden Jn
To/From Low Level via Kensal Rise chord.
Note that the low level station is now shown separately.
62 Start and end of service trains are listed at P7/P8 not P1
Departures at 0633M-S, 0648 M-S, 0853, 0908 & 0923 SUN
Arrivals at 2224/2226 & 0012 M-S and 2214 SUN / 0012 MON
See also table 1 trains to/from Liverpool St
Use of flyover Barking Tilbury Line W Jn - Barking Station Jn.
71, 116, 51 XC services at xx33 from Birmingham, xx45 from Reading do not call at Coventry Via Solihull and use Small Heath Jn - Bordesley Jn - St Andrews Jn - Grand Jnc route.
51, 57 Trains taking 1 hour Cheltenham - Birmingham or not calling Bromsgrove.
  • 0500 M-S Birmingham - Cardiff
  • 2014 Paignton - 2200 Bristol - Birmingham
  • 2150 M-F Cardiff - Birmingham
Planned via Kidderminster and using Galton - Smethwick Jns but may be unreliable due to late night engineering work. Check schedules near the intended date of travel on OTT/RTT.
Check for XC operated trains with passing times at Kidderminster on RTT
51, 57 Other train taking 1 hour Cheltenham - Birmingham.
  • 0537 M-S Birmingham - Cardiff
Non-stop via Worcester and Bromsgrove, not Kidderminster. As above, often diverted.
68, 116 2145 M-F Reading - Birmingham long time Birmingham Int - New Street Via Stechford - Aston - Soho
68, 70, 75 Route taken Birmingham - Wolverhampton / Walsall.
Certain trains may be noted from timings to be delayed or overtaken, so implying the use of different routes. Birmingham - Wolverhampton times of 25 to 35 minutes as opposed to the normal 17 are indicitive of unusual routes, but may also arise from large recovery allowances.
T70 Most fast trains Birmingham New Street -> Tame Bridge (to Rugeley) Soho - Perry Barr - Bescot. Inward trains now via Aston
2252 Birmingham - Holyhead TUE & THU
1921 Holyhead - 2218 Shrewsbury - 2255 Wolverhampton - Birmingham (34 and overtaken) MON, WED, FRI
2335 Birmingham - Shrewsbury (30 and overtaken) TUE & THU
Wolverhampton - Bescot - Aston - New St
1803 & 2003 Euston - Wolverhampton (27 and overtaken)
2255 Birmingham - Holyhead MON, WED, FRI
1921 Holyhead - 2218 Shrewsbury - 2255 Wolverhampton - Birmingham (34 and overtaken) TUE & THU
2332 Birmingham - Shrewsbury (30 and overtaken) MON, WED & FRI
Soho - Bescot - Wolverhampton
2230 Euston - Wolverhampton
2330 Euston - Wolverhampton
Timetabled via Soho - Perry Barr - Bescot but often diverted via any route, cancelled beyond Birmingham, or diverted via Stafford.
Usually noted in 'WEEKEND'
70 0638 SAT Walsall - Wolverhampton runs direct Use of Pleck - Darlaston Jns, a one-a-week closure avoidance train.
71 xx03 departures from Stratford on Avon call Dorridge, and reverse services Use of Hatton North curve
See table 115 for Hatton south curve used by trains to Leamington / London
78A 0922 FRI Stockport to Stalybridge Only train using Stockport - Guide Bridge.
79 M-F Morning peak trains (0648 - 0829) are Manchester - Hadfield - Glossop - Manchester
M-F Evening peak trains (1630 - 1844) are Manchester - Glossop - Hadfield - Manchester
2327 M-S Manchester - Hadfield
Use of Dinting triangle avoiding Glossop.
In the autumn, the service is usually more extensive
81 Some services Chester - Warrington run via the low level lines due to conflicting with Crewe - Warrington main line trains. As this often depends on the timekeeping of both services the use of this line is unpredictable. From Warrington to Chester it can at least be discerned from the signalling.
See PSUL for booked services or check RTT for Walton Old Jn.
Use low level line Warrington Bank Quay - Acton Grange Jn
65, 82 Few trains run to Wigan NW from the Ince line, eg 2135 M-F, 1638 SAT from Manchester Victoria and 0722, 1725 from Wigan NW. Use connections to Wigan NW from Wallgate line
65 TPX services from Manchester to Scotland / Windermere call Wigan not Bolton Via Parkside, likely to be temporary until the Bolton route is electrified
84 Manchester - Crewe trains not calling Stockport or Manchester Airport
  • 2230 MON-THU Birmingham - Manchester (FRI is non-stop via Stockport)
  • 0511 MON-THU Manchester - Bournemouth (FRI is non-stop via Stockport)
  • 1940 Euston - Manchester
  • 0828, 0928, 1121 SUN Crewe - Manchester
Heald Green direct line. Late evening trains are unreliable and are frequently diverted via Stockport.
Conversley, the 2200 Euston - Manchester is also often diverted via Styal. Individual trains can be checked for the date of travel at OTT
90 Trains between Wigan and Liverpool calling at Newton le Willows
0644 Wigan - Liverpool
Use of Golborne Jn - Lowton Jn - Newton le Willows Jn
36, 98 Trains to Heysham as timetabled, 1 M-S Use Bare Lane - Morecambe Platform 2 - Heysham
36, 82, 98 Morecambe - Leeds trains not calling Lancaster
0545 Lancaster - Windermere
1619 M-F Morecambe - Leeds
1427 SUN Lancaster - 1446 Morecambe - Leeds
Via Hest Bank curve.
101 First/last trains at Wrexham May use connecting line as stock travels to/from Chester, but empty shunts are timetabled.
109 Ellesmere Port - Helsby / Warrington trains Ellesmere Port - Helsby is a rare route in its own right with 4 trains each way, but only 3 trains to Warrington or beyond run past Helsby through the junction. eg 1604 Ellesmere Port - Warrington
116 2145 M-F Reading - Birmingham delayed Reading - Oxford and overtaken Timings have a reversal at Foxhall Jn so uses Didcot West curve.
123/135 1706 Paddington - Pewsey - Trowbridge (1902) - Bristol. Uses Hawkeridge curve avoiding Westbury
128 Some Cardiff - Bridgend delayed:
  • 1930 M-F Manchester - 2315 Cardiff - Carmarthen timings
  • 2245 FRI London - 0055 Cardiff - Swansea timings
  • 0357 TU-F Swansea - London timings
  • 0556 M-F Shrewsbury - 1006 Swansea - Cardiff
  • 1745 SAT Cheltenham - 1915 Cardiff - Maesteg

Trains Cardiff-Swansea calling Ninian Park (M-F)
  • 0535, 0553, 0642 from Cardiff
  • 2130, 2138, 2227, 2138 SAT from Bridgend
Check RTT for location Leckwith N Jn
Leckwith connection west of Cardiff. Historically this has been unreliable in regard of the route knowledge services and trains may go main line unless calling Ninian Park (see footnotes), also worth checking for alterations.
128 0357 Swansea - London shows line OVE at Margam
Use of OVE line
128 1745 M-F Cheltenham - 1910 Cardiff - Maesteg delayed Cardiff - Pontyclun Just sits in Cardiff and departs 'late' by public timings at 1914
128 Trains not calling Swansea
  • 1040 M-F Newport - Fishguard (D)
  • 1059/1100 SAT Cardiff - Fishguard (L)
  • 1830 M-TH Manchester - 2209 Cardiff - Carmarthen (D)
  • 1630 SAT Manchester - 2004 Cardiff - Milford Haven (D)
  • 1205 SUN Cardiff - Milford Haven (D)
  • 0503 M-S Carmarthen - Manchester (D)
  • 1329 M-F Fishguard - Cardiff (D)
  • 1330 SAT Fishguard - Cardiff (L)
Use Swansea District (D) or via Landore (L).
In practice trains may use either route, in particular the weekday Cardiff - Fishguard often using Landore, but these are the planned routes. Individual trains can be checked for the date of travel at OTT
Also often used for overnight diversions of trains such as 2315 Cardiff - Carmarthen
128 Trains not calling Carmarthen:
1040 M-S Newport - Fishguard
Uses Carmarthen avoiding line
132 1553 M-F Bristol Parkway - Bath Use Dr Days curve avoiding Bristol. Route often used for diverted late night trains in the week.
140 4 trains call Coombe each day Only these, and probably only when passengers are present, run to Coombe platform. Otherwise reverse Coombe Jn
148 XC Trains to/from Guildford using main line platforms (7-10) at Reading
XC services are 0632 M-F, 0643 SAT arrivals from Guildford.
M-F local train is the 2034 arrival, although others may be diverted to main line platforms.
These will use the older link between GW and SR at Reading. Use to search trains at Reading that also call Guildford
148 Trains to/from Guildford using relief line platforms (11-15) at Reading, XC services or to/from carriage sidings
XC services are 1821 M-F, 1823 SAT, 2214 SUN from Reading, 1245 SUN arrival from Guildford
M-F local trains are departures up to the 0634, with arrivals at 2032, 2057, 2304, 0001 and 0039.
SAT local trains are departures up to the 0634 and the 2334, with one arrival at 0701.
SUN arrivals 0939, and all from 2136
These will use the newly reopened diveunder between GW and SR at Reading. Use to search trains at Reading that also call Guildford. Unusual platforms at Reading are then apparent.
149, 155 2252 M-S Waterloo - Staines - Woking, 0527 M-S Woking - Staines
SUN service hourly Woking - Staines - Waterloo
Use Addlestone - Byfleet. Also a common weekend diversion.
Shepperton - Richmond services
ex Shepperton: 0523 0700 0730 0800
ex Waterloo: 1743 1813 1843
Strawberry Hill curve
Also used for diversions.
152, 155, 158 Trains with a delay and/or use Staines side platforms at Clapham but run via Wimbledon
The following trains are planned via this route:
  • 2312 Waterloo - Basingstoke
  • 2254 M-Th Basingstoke - Waterloo
  • 0042 M-F Waterloo - Strawberry Hill
  • 0454 M-S Basingstoke - London
Apart from the 0454 M-S Basingstoke - London, these are often revised and run main line. To allow the short route without waiting time, the public time is short.
Note the 0425 Guildford - Waterloo has a delay is for a call at Wimbledon depot. In some weeks a few other late/early services may be diverted, check on Journeyplanners for platform at Clapham Jn or on RTT for SW trains at East Putney
Use of Point Pleasant Jn - East Putney LUL - Wimbledon main line
Also sees occasional weekend diversionary use.
156, 186 Services starting / terminating at Portsmouth & Southsea, approx 1 per hour each route. Portsmouth & Southsea low level platforms
176 Routes taken by trains from Clapham Junction to the Willesden area and on to Watford
Southern trains, operator [TL], between East Croydon, Clapham Jn and Watford Use Falcon Jn - Clapham Jn Pl 16/17 (Victoria side) - Latchmere Jn., very likely to use diveunder at West London Jn
Clapham Jn - Stratford via Willesden trains, operator [LO] Run from the Staines lines side of Clapham Junction (Plat 1).
0720 Horsham - Victoria timings Routed as via Streatham fast spur and also shown at Clapham Jn in P12 (fast lines) not P14 (slow lines).
Use can also be forced by engineering work closing the slow lines
195, 196, 200, 212 Victoria - Denmark Hill - Peckham Rye route choices, Denmark Hill P3 / P4
Main use is for trains that do not stop but are routed via Catford
Details in PSUL or check trains to/from Victoria using platforms 3 or 4 at Denmark Hill
Example train 1708 Dartford - Victoria calling Denmark Hill P3, xx34 Victoria - Dover services
These trains are routed Brixton Jn - Canterbury Road Jn - Cambria Jn (trains normally use Crofton Road J-South London line-Voltaire Road Jn).
195, 196, 200 Victoria SE approach routes.
Victoria - Factory Jn via Stewarts Lane low level.
Examples 0834 Victoria - Dover, 1625 Orpington - Victoria
Search RTT for passenger services at location Stewarts Lane Jn
This route forms an extra line due to there only being 3 tracks at high level into Victoria , mostly used inbound.
195, 212 Shortlands Junction routes
Example trains via Catford and using P1 / P2 at Bromley South
0719 Blackfriars - Maidstone, 1604 Victoria - Gillingham, 0952 Dover - Victoria
Check platform use & line codes at Shortlands on OTT or RTT
Stopping trains are on the southernmost lines (P1/P2 at Shortlands and Bromley South) so using the newer diveunder line, although this is designated 'FL'.
The 'flat' route is only used by fast trains that are routed via Catford, although these are more common than in the past.
195, 204 Trains to/from Orpington platform 1 via Bromley South. 0534 Orpington - Blackfriars, 1940 Victoria - Orpington
Also route knowledge trains via New Beckenham. 0015 Charing Cross - Tunbridge, 0450 Tonbridge - Charing Cross
Likely to use Bickley - Petts Wood fast curve, line coded DFV and UFV on data sites OTT and RTT
200 New Cross - Lewisham route
eg 1054 Gillingham - 1156 Lewisham - Charing Cross. All day use M-S with 4 trains / hour via Lewisham Vale Jn
Search RTT for passenger services at locationLewisham Vale Jn to/from Charing Cross
Use of Lewisham Vale Jn - Tanners Hill Jn., now normal for Charing Cross services while Cannon St services use slow lines and stop at New Cross or St Johns.
Trains calling at both Slade Green and Barnehurst.
eg 1154 Cannon St - Barnehurst - Slade Green, 1247 Slade Green - Barnehurst - Cannon St
Half hourly MON - SAT, no trains Sunday.
Use of Slade Green curve
Also used for occasional diversions
Trains calling at both Slade Green and Crayford
eg 0940 Cannon St - 1018 Crayford - 1025 Slade Green and 1225 Slade Green - 1237 Crayford - Cannon St
Half hourly MON - SAT, no trains Sunday.
Use of curve Crayford A Jn - Crayford B Jn
Hayes - London services not calling Lewisham
Half hourly M-S for virtually all Charing Cross services. eg 1117 Charing Cross - Hayes
Routes show up on all data feed sites
Use Ladywell spur (Ladywell Jn - Parks Bridge Jn)
0015 Charing Cross - Tonbridge, 0452 Tonbridge - Charing Cross New Beckenham - Beckenham Junction
Also used for occasional diversions, most often of Hastings services
Trains calling at both Sandwich and Minster
0742, 0805 ex Ramsgate, 1340, 1410 ex London all M-F
Minster south-west curve
Also used for occasional diversions of Dover trains to Minster when there are buses Minster - Ramsgate
212 M-F rush hour services from Faversham/Gillingham to Cannon St via Swanley
0643 Dumpton Park, 0703 Broadstairs - Cannon StUp direction use of Chiselhurst reversible spur (line code RVL)
0554 Gillingham, 0607 Faversham, 0624 Broadstairs, 0719 Ramsgate - Cannon StUse Chiselhurst up spur, not the reversible spur (Line code CL)
All down services use reversible line.
The fairly common diversion of T207 Charing Cross - Kent services via Maidstone East may use either line in the up direction.
Direct services to/from Sheerness from the west
  • 0456 Gillingham - Sheerness
  • 1703 Victoria - Sheerness
  • 1822 Victoria - Sheerness
  • 0622 Sheerness - Victoria
  • 0700 Sheerness - Victoria
Sittingbourne west curve
224 M-F 0600 Motherwell - Edinburgh, 1722 Edinburgh - Motherwell Use of Mossend S to E jns
225 M-F 0736 Carstairs - Dalmuir, 1700 Anderston - Carstairs
0422 M-F Glasgow - Manchester Airport, 0428 Glasgow - London, 0426 SAT Glasgow - London
Use of Holytown - Wishaw
51, 65, 225 Main line trains between Carlisle or Edinburgh and Glasgow may use alternative routes around Motherwell for either pathing or route knowledge reasons. These are not readily noted from the timetable and Planned routes can be determined via OTT
Trains via Cathcart circle (Kings Park), use Newton connection.
0426 SAT Glasgow - London
Via Kings Park, also then Holytown
Trains via Bellshill & Motherwell.
M_F 0735 Newcastle - Glasgow, SUN 1023 Edinburgh - Glasgow
This route also has normal suburban T226 services
Trains via Bellshill and Wishaw, avoiding Motherwell.
0422 MON - FRI Glasgow - Manchester Airport
0426 SAT Glasgow - London
0428 MON-FRI Glasgow - London
26, 225 Cross Country trains Glasgow - Edinburgh via Shotts.
2105 SAT Glasgow - Edinburgh
Train via Shotts
227, 404 Fort William sleeper service Via Queen St low level and Bathgate at present, so no services over Cowlairs or Sighthill curves until the diversions and summer Edinburgh service restarts.
230, 242 M-F 0713 Kirkcaldy - Glasgow & 1734 Glasgow - Markinch. Use Winchburgh jn - Dalmeny
229 M-F 0845 & 1447 Inverness - Glasgow, delay Stirling - Glasgow Via Cumbernauld. Although an unusual route overall, all the track is used by other regular services.
239 M-F 1713 Kyle - Inverness - Elgin, unusually long time into Inverness Use Inverness Rose Street curve travelling between Beauly and Inverness
229, 242 0615, 2243 Perth - Edinburgh, 0556 M-F, 0620 M-S Markinch - Edinburgh
1125 M-F Plymouth - 2014 Edinburgh - Dundee
2148 Edinburgh - Perth
2319 Edinburgh - Perth
Some not shown well in pdf timetables.
Use Thornton N to W jn
LUL Several services at the start or end of the day.
Use of Rickmansworth curve
Sheffield Tram Several services at the start or end of the day.
Use of curve to avoid city centre

As can be seen a number of AXC trains cover standard diversionary routes as well as rare track for 'route knowledge' purposes. Trains shown as 'Planned via' are those often re-diverted due to weeknight engineering work.
0556 SAT Derby - NewcastleToton
1125 M-F Plymouth - DundeeNewcastle High level bridge, Dunfermline and Thornton W - N
0828 M-F Penzance - GlasgowWishaw - Motherwell - Bellshill
2100 SAT Glasgow - EdinburghShotts(M-F there is an ECS via Shotts)
0500 MON THU Manchester - BournemouthStyal
2228 M-F Birmingham - Stoke - ManchesterPlanned via Crewe - Styal
1525 SAT Plymouth - 1903 Birmingham - YorkLeeds - Castleford - Milford
1823 SUN Plymouth - 2322 Sheffield - Leeds Planned via Hare Park - Altofts
1741 Reading - 2050 Sheffield - NewcastleThrybergh and Rotherham Central
1746 M-F Southampton - 2148 Sheffield - YorkWhitacre, Tinsley and Thrybergh
0725 M-F Newcastle - SouthamptonThrybergh
1652 M-F Glasgow - 2200 Sheffield - BirminghamBeighton and Toton
1935 M-F Newcastle - BirminghamNewcastle High level Bridge and Lichfield
0601 M-F Sheffield - ReadingBeighton
1747 SAT Southampton - YorkLichfield
2146 M-F Reading - BirminghamFoxhall, Stechford - Aston & Soho
2014 M-F Paignton - BirminghamWorcester & Kidderminster

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GENSHEET Timetable 2017 10 December 2016  All images © M.W.Wilson