20th October 2001

Pathfinder Tours
The
Merchant Venturer

Locos Used 47798 & steam: 5051 'Earl Bathurst'

Route :
1Z53 : Crewe to Bristol Temple Meads
1Z54 : Bristol Temple Meads to Crewe

Loco Route
47798 Crewe Madeley Norton Bridge Stafford Wolverhampton - Dudley Port Soho South Jn Birmingham New Street Proof House Jn St Andrews Jn Bordesley Jn Tyseley Solihull Dorridge Leamington Spa Banbury Oxford Didcot North Jn Foxhall Jn Swindon Down Goods Loop
5051 Swindon Down Goods Loop Wootton Bassett Jn Westerleigh Jn Bristol Parkway Filton Jn Stapleton Road Bristol Temple Meads
5051 Bristol Temple Meads North Somerset Jn Bath Spa Trowbridge Heywood Road Jn Newbury - Southcote Jn (via Reading West Curve) Didcot Parkway
47798 Didcot Parkway Didcot North Jn (reverse of outward route) Crewe

Notes :
(1) Train delayed just south of Leamington Spa on the outward leg by about 40 minutes due to a tree on the line.
(2) Gordon Jakes comments: A day plagued by signal checks and incidents outside the control of anyone on the train meant that 5051 was only able to show her paces in fits and starts. A cruise of Bristol Docks was available during the layover in Bristol.

Source : Gordon Jakes (joined/left the train at Stafford)

Photo Review
(all photos: Gordon Jakes)


5051 on arrival at Bristol Temple Meads.


5051 pulls into Temple Meads with the stock for the return journey.


Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Gordon Jakes)

M.C Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual M.C
0.00 Crewe 05.55d ?   22.40a ? 129.50
1.64 Basford Hall Jn 06/00 ?   22/36 ? 127.66
8.06 Madeley 06/08 ?   22/29 ? 121.44
19.08 Norton Bridge 06/16 ?   22/17 ? 110.42
24.37 Stafford 06.22a ~ 06.25d ??.?? ~ 06.26   22.07a ~ 22.10d 22.05 ~ ??.?? 105.13
38.14 Bushbury Jn 06/39 06/44   21/56 ? 91.36
39.25 Wolverhampton North Jn 06/41 ?   21/54 ? 90.25
39.68 Wolverhampton 06.43a ~ 06.45d 06.53 ~ 06.56   21.48a ~ 21.51d 21.46 ~ 21.49 89.62
45.28 Dudley Port 06/52 ?   21/40 ? 84.22
48.73 Galton Jn 06/56 07/07   21/37 ? 80.57
50.51 Soho South Jn 07/00 ?   21/35 ? 78.79
52.52 Birmingham New Street 07.04a ~ 07.10d 07.18 ~ 07.21   21.27a ~ 21.30d 21.25 ~ 21.30 76.78
53.26 Proof House Jn 07/15 ?   21/24 ? 76.24
54.23 St Andrews Jn 07/18 07/26   21/21 21/19 75.27
54.49 Bordesley Jn 07/19 ?   21/18 ? 75.01
56.01 Small Heath South Jn 07/22 07/30   21/16 ? 73.49
56.55 Tyseley 07/24 ?   21/15 ? 72.75
60.35 Solihull ? ?   ? ? 69.15
63.65 Dorridge 07.31a ~ 07.33d 07.39 ~ 07.40 [P3]   21.02a ~ 21.04d 20.58 ~ 20.59 65.65
70.46 Hatton 07/40 07/47   20/55 ? 59.04
76.35 Leamington Spa 07.43a ~ 07.56d 07.59 ~ 08.02   20.45a ~ 20.47d 20.41 ~ 20.42 53.15
87.64 Fenny Compton 08/08 08/55   20/35 ? 41.66
96.44 Banbury 08.16a ~ 08.18d 09.02 ~ 09.04   20.17a ~ 20.27d 20.20 ~ 20.21 33.06
101.48 Aynho Jn 08/24 09/09   20/12 ? 28.02
107.39 Heyford 08/30 ?   20/07 ? 22.11
116.28 Wolvercot Jn 08/37 09/20   20/00 ? 13.22
119.19 Oxford 08.40a ~ 08.43d 09.28 ~ 09.30   19.54a ~ 19.56d 19.58 ~ 20.00 10.31
128.66 Didcot North Jn 08/54 09/40   19/43 ? 0.64

 

M.C Location Booked Actual
129.40 Foxhall Jn 08c58 ~ 09c01 ?
139.65 Challow 09/13 ?
142.24 Uffington 09/15 ?
153.08
0.00
Swindon DGL 09L26 ~ 10L02 10.10 ~ 10.44
? Swindon ? 10/49
5.64 Wootton Bassett Jn 10/12 10/58
16.67 Hullavington 10/23 ?
29.69 Westerleigh Jn 10/36 11/25
34.39 Bristol Parkway 10/41 11/35
35.58 Filton Jn 10/43 ?
38.58 Stapleton Road 10/45 ?
39.55 Dr Days Jn 10/51 11/46
39.77 Bristol East Jn 10/58 ?
40.21
0.00
Bristol Temple Meads 11.02a ~ 15.46d 11.50 ~ 15.51
0.24 Bristol East Jn 15/48 ?
0.60 North Somerset Jn 15/49 ?
11.35 Bath Spa 16/02 16/08
13.51 Bathampton Jn 16/07 16/18
22.73 Bradford Jn 16/18 ?
27.52 Hawkeridge Jn 16/27 16/46
28.39 Heywood Road Jn 16/30 ?
44.11 Woodborough Loop 16w51 ~ 17w18 17.10 ~ 17.29
56.45 Bedwyn 17/33 ?
69.68 Newbury 17.48 ~ 18.06 17.58 ~ 18.06
85.12 Southcote Jn 18/26 18/27
85.79 Oxford Road Jn 18/30 ?
86.78 Reading West Jn 18/37 18/35
102.12
0.00
Didcot Parkway 18L58 ~ 19L40 18.59 ~ 19.45

Timings continue in first table.

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