29th November 2008

Steam Dreams
The C
athedrals Express

Locos Used 47245, 47760 & steam: 34067 'Tangmere'
Stock Used 5236+5237+1961+5249+99371+9392+13440+5216+5222+1840+5200+35518 (1)

Route:
1Z45 : Paddington to Chester
1Z47 : Chester to Paddington

Loco(s) Route
47760 (2) London Paddington - Acton West - West Ealing - Greenford South Jn - Greenford West Jn - South Ruislip - West Ruislip - Beaconsfield - High Wycombe - Princes Risborough - Aynho Jn - Banbury - Leamington Spa - Kenilworth - Coventry - Birmingham International - Stechford - Aston - Perry Barr North Jn - Bescot Stadium - Darlaston Jn - Portobello Jn - Bushbury Jn - Stafford - Norton Bridge - Madeley - Crewe - Beeston Castle - Chester
34067 Chester - (reverse of outward route) - London Paddington

Notes :
(1) 35518 was only in the consist when 34067 was on the train.
(2) 47245 on rear.
(3) John Clifford comments: This tour was originally advertised as being a class 50 out & 60009 'Union of South Africa' back. The '50' was not available & 60009 had been temporarily withdrawn from main line running after some problems so the tour ran as shown. On the day the tour left Paddington & arrived at Chester on time although we were behind at one stage. 47245 had brought the stock into Paddington & came with us 'dead' as there was no driver to take it back to Southall. The return journey started of well enough but the old problem of poor coal caused problems. We passed Stechford late & were then held by signals outside Birmingham International before we could get into platform 1 for water. Departure from there was 26 late & our slow progress meant that we were held on the through line at Leamington to let a Voyager & a Chiltern train pass. Progress continued to be slow with an eventual arrival in Paddington 48mins late.

Source : John Clifford

Photo Review


47760 (leading) & 47245 (trailing) passing Canley (photo: Neil Treadwell)


Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from John Clifford)

Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual
Paddington 08.48d 08.48   21.58a 22.46
Ladbroke Grove 08/51 08/52   21/55 22/35
Acton West 08/54 08/55   21/50 22/29
West Ealing 08/58 08/58   21/47 22/26
Drayton Green 09/01 08/59   21/44 22/24
Greenford South Jn 09/05 09/04   21/31 22/18
Greenford West Jn 09/06 09/05   21/29 22.15 ~ 22.15
South Ruislip 09/11 09/10   21/16 22/08
West Ruislip 09/14 09/13   21/13 22/05
Gerrards Cross 09/20 09/18   21/06 21/59
Beaconsfield 09.25a ~ 09.27d 09.25 ~ 09.27   20.57a ~ 20.59d 21.50 ~ 21.53
High Wycombe 09/34 09/38   20/51 21/43
Saunderton 09/40 09/44   20/46 21/37
Princes Risborough 09/45 09/48   20/42 21/32
Bicester North 10/05 10/09   20w04 ~ 20w22 20.50 ~ 21.09
Aynho Jn 10/16 10/21   19/51 20/37
Banbury 10.21a ~ 10.23d 10.27 ~ 10.30   19.42a ~ 19.44d 20.26 ~ 20.29
Fenny Compton 10/32 10/40   19/29 20/15
Leamington Spa 10/41 10/49   19/16 19.45 ~ 19.55
Milverton Jn 10/43 10.51 ~ 10.54   19/12 19/40
Kenilworth 10/48 10/59   19/07 19/36
Gibbet Hill Jn 10/50 11/01   19/05 19/33
Coventry 10/55 11/06   18/59 19/28
Birmingham International 11/08 11.24 ~ 11.25   18w21 ~ 18w46 18.44 ~ 19.12
Stechford 11/14 11/37   18/12 18/25
Aston 11/26 11/44   18/07 18/18
Perry Barr North Jn 11/31 11/48   18/04 18/13
Bescot Stadium 11/35 11/54   17/48 18/05
Darlaston Jn 11/36 11/56   17/56 18/02
Portobello Jn 11/39 11/59   17/53 17/58
Bushbury Jn 11/55 12/02   17/48 17/53
Rickerscote ? ?   17.25 ~ 17.32 17.30 ~ 17.33
Stafford 12/13 12/15   17/22 17.20 ~ 17.24
Norton Bridge 12/18 12/20   17/16 17/12
Madeley 12/27 12/28   17/01 17/01
Basford Hall Jn 12/35 12/34   16/52 16/52
Crewe 12/41 12.40 ~ 12.42   16/46 16.44 ~ 16.46
Crewe Steel Works 12/46 12/46   16/40 16/39
Beeston Castle 12/55 12/55   16/29 16/29
Chester 13.06a 13.06   16.12d 16.15


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