29th November 2008
The Cathedrals Express
|Locos Used||47245, 47760 & steam: 34067 'Tangmere'|
|Stock Used||5236+5237+1961+5249+99371+9392+13440+5216+5222+1840+5200+35518 (1)|
1Z45 : Paddington to Chester
1Z47 : Chester to Paddington
|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|
(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 The '50' was not available & 60009 had been temporarily withdrawn from main line running after some problems so the tour ran as shown.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
47760 (leading) & 47245 (trailing) passing Canley (photo: Neil Treadwell)
Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from John Clifford)
|Greenford South Jn||09/05||09/04||21/31||22/18|
|Greenford West Jn||09/06||09/05||21/29||22.15 ~ 22.15½|
|Beaconsfield||09.25a ~ 09.27d||09.25 ~ 09.27||20.57a ~ 20.59d||21.50 ~ 21.53|
|Bicester North||10/05||10/09½||20w04 ~ 20w22||20.50½ ~ 21.09|
|Banbury||10.21a ~ 10.23d||10.27½ ~ 10.30||19.42a ~ 19.44d||20.26½ ~ 20.29|
|Leamington Spa||10/41||10/49||19/16||19.45 ~ 19.55|
|Milverton Jn||10/43||10.51 ~ 10.54||19/12||19/40½|
|Gibbet Hill Jn||10/50||11/01||19/05||19/33|
|Birmingham International||11/08||11.24 ~ 11.25½||18w21 ~ 18w46||18.44 ~ 19.12|
|Perry Barr North Jn||11/31||11/48||18/04½||18/13½|
|Rickerscote||?||?||17.25½ ~ 17.32½||17.30½ ~ 17.33|
|Stafford||12/13½||12/15||17/22½||17.20½ ~ 17.24|
|Basford Hall Jn||12/35||12/34||16/52||16/52|
|Crewe||12/41||12.40 ~ 12.42||16/46||16.44½ ~ 16.46|
|Crewe Steel Works||12/46½||12/46||16/40||16/39½|
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