25th March 2000

Hertfordshire Rail Tours
The Mendip Merchant
(Steamy Encounters Series)

Locos Used Diesel : 47742 & 66177 & steam: 35028 'Clan Line'

Route :
1Z82 : London Victoria to Cranmore
1Z28 : Cranmore to London Victoria

Loco(s) Route
35028 (1)

London Victoria - Stewarts Lane Jn - Longhedge Jn - Clapham Junction - Barnes - Brentford - Hounslow - Staines - Addlestone Jn - Byfleet & New Haw - Woking - Salisbury - Westbury

47742 (2) Westbury - (via Frome avoiding line) - East Somerset Jn (3) - Cranmore (4)
35028 (5)

Cranmore - East Somerset Jn

35028

East Somerset Jn - (via Frome & Westbury avoiding lines) - Bedwyn - Southcote Jn - Reading - Wokingham - Ascot - Staines - (reverse of outward route) - London Victoria

Notes :
(1) Banked by 66177 from London Victoria to Grosvenor Bridge.
(2) 35028 on rear.
(3) John Broderick's noted the train was banked by 35028 at/near East Somerset Jn.
(4) The ESR planned to run two special trains during the tour visit; the expected train formation was using GWR 0-6-2T 5637 on load five. One round trip was included in the ticket price and passengers were requested to 'spread themselves between the two trips'. Photographic evidence confirms the use of 5637.
(5) 47742 on rear.

John Broderick's photos taken on this date are available in this Flickr album.

Sources : John Broderick (joined/left the train at Staines) & Malc Thompson

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from John Broderick)

M.C Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual M.C
0.00 Victoria 08.43d ?   21.39a ? 252.73
0.73 Grosvenor Bridge Jn 08/46 ?   21/36 ? 252.00
1.36 Stewarts Lane Jn 08/48 ?   21/33 ? 251.37
1.66 Longhedge Jn 08/50 ?   21/30 ? 251.07
2.74 Clapham Junction 09/01 ?   21/27 ? 249.79
6.07 Barnes 09/07 ?   21/22 ? 246.66
9.52 Brentford 09/13 ?   21/16 ? 243.21
12.40 Hounslow 09/16 ?   21/12 ? 240.33
13.38 Feltham Jn 09/21 ?   21/10 ? 239.35
19.05 Staines 09.29a ~ 09.31d ??.?? ~ 09.34   21.00a ~ 21.02d 21.00 ~ ??.?? 233.68
23.18 Virginia Water 09/40 09/43   20/49 20/52 229.55

 

M.C Location Booked Actual
28.09 Addlestone Jn 09/47 09/54
29.09 Byfleet & New Haw 09/50 09/56
33.04 Woking 09/56 10/02
38.25 Pirbright Jn 10/01 ?
41.74 Farnborough Main 10/05 10/12
45.15 Fleet 10/09 10/16
56.38 Basingstoke 10/29 10/31
58.78 Worting Jn 10/36 10/37
74.76 Andover 10/59 10/57
91.13 Tunnel Jn 11/15 ?
92.20 Salisbury 11w20a ~ 11w55d 11.22 ~ 11.55
94.14 Wilton Jn 11/59 12/01
112.10 Warminster 12/19 12/21
116.63 Westbury 12L30 ~ 13L06 12.30 ~ 13.03
[not platformed]
118.17 Fairwood Jn 13/10 13/06
121.39 Clink Road Jn 13/15 13/11
123.41 Blatchbridge Jn 13/18 13/15
127.51 East Somerset Jn 13/26 13/23
131.17 Merehead Quarry Jn 13/38 ?
132.24 White's Crossing 13t46 ~ 13t50 ?
133.24 Cranmore 14.00a ~ 17.15d 13.59 ~ 17.27
134.24 White's Crossing 17t27 ~ 17t35 ?
135.31 Merehead Quarry Jn 17/40 ?
138.77 East Somerset Jn 17L50 ~ 18L00 18.00 ~ 18.05
143.07 Blatchbridge Jn 18/10 18/11
145.09 Clink Road Jn 18/12 18/14
148.30 Fairwood Jn 18/17 18/18
150.67 Heywood Road Jn 18/20 18/20
157.26 Lavington 18/26 ?
166.39 Woodborough 18/35 ?
179.03 Bedwyn 18/46 18/46
192.26 Newbury 18/58 18/57
204.10 Theale UL 19w14 ~ 20w00 19.14 ~ 19.59
207.50 Southcote Jn 20/07 20/10
209.34 Reading 20/19 20/16
209.72 New Jn 20/21 ?
210.31 Spur Jn 20/22 20/20
212.26 Earley 20/25 20/26
216.19 Wokingham 20/32 20/34
223.71 Ascot 20/42 20/45

Timings continue in first table.

ESR Special trains;

  Trip 1   Trip 2
Miles Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual
0 Cranmore 15.15d ?   15.45d 15.46
2 Mendip Vale ??.?? ~ ??.?? ?   ??.?? ~ ??.?? 15.59 ~ 16.09
5 Cranmore 15.38a ?   (16.08a) 16.16


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