24th August 2007

Past Time Rail
The Holiday Express

Locos Used steam : 6024 'King Edward I' & 34067 'Tangmere'
Stock Used 35318+21245+3144+3141+3146+4998+1813+4949+5008+4986+5023+35333

Route:
1Z27 : Bristol Temple Meads to Par
1Z28 : Par to Bristol Temple Meads

Loco(s) Route
6024+34067 Bristol Temple Meads - (via Weston-super-Mare avoiding line) - Bridgwater - Taunton - (via Tiverton Loop) - Exeter St Davids - Newton Abbot - Totnes - Plymouth - Liskeard - Par
34067+6024 Par - (reverse of outward route) - Bristol Temple Meads

Notes :
(1) The headboard carried said "The Eden Limited". On one side of the "The", was "6024 King Edward I", & on the other side, "34067 Tangmere", both in smaller print.

Source : John Clifford (on the train throughout)

Tour Review
(by John Clifford)

This tour had to be done. The use of 2 big engines double heading over the Devon banks & one of them a Bulleid was too good to miss (a total of 15P power at the sharp end).

On the day we made a slightly late start from Bristol but were soon going along in fine style. A signal stop between Highbridge & Bridgwater made us later still but not by much. After picking up at Taunton we were sent along the down & up relief to allow the Voyager on 07.05 Leeds - Plymouth to pass. The stop at Exeter was extended to let another Voyager pass (06.19 Newcastle - Paignton). This latter train should have passed us while we were stopped in the loop at Dawlish Warren but, since it had gone, we omitted the stop & made up some time. Despite a signal check at Totnes we made up more time & would have arrived in Plymouth early had we not been stopped in Mutley tunnel. The speeds over the banks can only be described as "surreal".

The return from Par was delayed. The announcement over the PA was that not enough time had been allowed for servicing & shunting the stock. We should have been in front of the 16.44 Penzance - Exeter (17.47 off Par) but we were held to let it go & to get far enough ahead so that it did not delay us. After a rapid start we suddenly came to a halt on the climb to Teverrin Tunnel, possibly due to a TPWS fault, but then got going again in fine style. Luckily for us the 17.35 Penzance - Paddington was late (19.35 ex Plymouth) was late so we got away from Plymouth at 19.40. Another fast run saw us in Exeter in just over an hour but the problem with coal, which has been evident on other trips this year, forced an extended stop at Exeter while the King's fire was cleaned. The only other event worthy of note on the return was that we started away from Taunton, stopped & set back before getting away again.

All in all, a superb day out. Certainly this was "something different".

John Clifford

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from John Clifford)

Location
Booked
Actual
 
Booked
Actual
Bristol Temple Meads
09.17d
09.21
 
22.40a
23.08
Bristol West Jn
09/19
09/23
 
22/37
23/04
Parson Street
?
?
 
22/34
23/00
Worle Jn
09/33
09/38
 
22/15
22/46
Uphill Jn
09/36
09/40
 
22/10
22/43
Highbridge & Burnham
09/42
09/46
 
22/00
22/37
Bridgwater
09/48
09/58
 
21/52
22/32
Cogload Jn
09/55
10/04
 
21/46
22/26
Taunton
10.01a ~ 10.04d
10.11 ~ 10.13
 
21.34a ~ 21.40d
22.13a ~ 22.20d
Tiverton Parkway
10/20
10/34
 
21/18
21/55
Tiverton Loops
10w24 ~ 11w14
10.39 ~ 11.25
 
21/16
21/53
Cowley Bridge Jn
11/30
11/43
 
21/03
21/37
Exeter St Davids
11.33a ~ 11.36d
11.46 ~ 11.56
 
20w27 ~ 21w00
20.42 ~ 21.34
Dawlish Warren
11*48 ~ 11*58
12/07
 
20/14
20/28
Newton Abbot
12/12
12/17
 
20/01
20/18
Totnes
12/31
12/29
 
19/46
20/08
Ivybridge
12/46
12/44
 
19/31
19/56
Hemerdon
12/51
12/49
 
19/22
19/51
Lipson Jn
12/57
12/54
 
19/10
19/45
Plymouth
13w00 ~ 13w50
13.00 ~ 13.50
 
18w20 ~ 19w05
19.07 ~ 19.40
St. Budeaux Jn
14/00
13/56
 
18/12
18/59
Saltash
14/06
14/00
 
18/08
18/56
St Germans
14/12
14/06
 
18/00
18/48
Liskeard
14/22
14/17
 
17/50
18/38
St Pinnock Viaduct East
14/30
14/22
 
17/45
18/31
Largin
14/31
14/23
 
17/42
18/30
Lostwithiel
14/39
14/32
 
17/32
18/19
Par
14.46a
14.42
 
17.25d
18.05


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