1st December 2007
The Cathedrals Express
|Locos Used||50049 'Defiance' & steam: 60009 'Union of South Africa'|
1Z69 : London Victoria to Bristol Temple Meads
1Z96 : Bristol Temple Meads to London Victoria
|60009 (1)||London Victoria - Stewarts Lane - Clapham Junction - Hounslow - Staines - Ascot - Wokingham - Reading - Newbury - Heywood Road Jn - Hawkeridge Jn - Trowbridge - Bath Spa - Bristol Temple Meads|
|60009||Bristol Temple Meads - Bath Spa - Chippenham - Swindon - Didcot - Reading - (reverse of outward route) - London Victoria|
(1) Banked by 50049 between Victoria & Grosvenor Bridge.
(2) The water stop at Newbury Racecourse was changed to Newbury due to a race meeting taking place.
Sources : John Clifford
(from John Clifford)
This was a straightforward trip to Bristol & back on which we kept roughly to time all day. On the outward journey the timing to Reading was generous so we arrived at Staines & Ascot early. The engine had difficulty keeping its feet leaving Ascot so we lost a bit of time to Reading but this was made up afterwards. The water stop was changed from Newbury Racecourse to Newbury as there was racing at Newbury.
The stock was late arriving back in Bristol so we had a late start. Some energetic running produced an early arrival at the Wantage Road water stop. We left there early but were stopped outside Didcot for 11 mins. Otherwise there was the usual slow run back from Reading but we did get in a few minutes early.
Timings (Booked and Actual)
(from John Clifford)
|Battersea Pier Jn||09/58||09/58||22/16||22/09|
|Clapham Junction||10.11a ~ 10.14d||10.11 ~ 10.13||22.00a ~ 22.03d||22.00 ~ 22.01|
|Staines||11.02a ~ 11.06d||10.57 ~ 11.06||21.10a ~ 21.12d||21.13 ~ 21.17|
|Ascot||11.31a ~ 11.33d||11.27 ~ 11.33||20.49a ~ 20.51d||20.51 ~ 20.53|
|Reading Spur Jn||11/57||12/00||20/25||20/26|
|Reading New Jn||11/59||12/02||20/18||20/24|
|Reading||12.01a ~ 12.03d||12.08 ~ 12.11||20.12a ~ 20.16d||20.19 ~ 20.21|
|Newbury Racecourse||12w29 ~ 12w46||12/33|
|Newbury||12/49||12w35 ~ 12w49|
|Heywood Road Jn||13/33||13/33|
|Reading West Jn||20/09||20/15|
|Wantage Road||19w09 ~ 19w45||19.07 ~ 19.31|
|Swindon||18/45||18.40 ~ 18.46|
|Bath Spa||14.08a ~ 14.12d||14.11 ~ 14.20||17.53a ~ 17.57d||18.05 ~ 18.08|
|North Somerset Jn||14/26||14/34||17/38||17/52|
|Bristol East Jn||?||14/36||?||17/51|
|Bristol Temple Meads||14.29a||14.38||17.35d||17.49|
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