2nd April 2009

Steam Dreams
The
Cathedrals Express

Locos Used 47245 & steam: 70013 'Oliver Cromwell'
Stock Used 17019+5216+5200+5171+1840+13440+9104+99371+5249+1961+5237+5236

Route.
1Z71 : London Victoria to Bristol Temple Meads
1Z73 : Bristol Temple Meads to London Victoria

Loco(s) Route
70013 (1) London Victoria - Stewarts Lane Jn - Longhedge Jn - Clapham Junction - Barnes - Brentford - Hounslow - Feltham - Staines - Virginia Water - Ascot - Wokingham - Earley - Reading - Didcot Parkway - Swindon - Chippenham - Bathampton Jn - Bath Spa - North Somerset Jn - Bristol Temple Meads
70013 Bristol Temple Meads - (reverse of outward route) - Bathampton Jn - Trowbridge - Heywood Road Jn - Newbury - Southcote Jn - Reading - (reverse of outward route) - Feltham Jn - Twickenham - Richmond - Barnes - (reverse of outward route) - London Victoria

Notes :
(1) Banked by 47245 from Victoria to Grosvenor Bridge.
(2) John Clifford comments: The tour ran roughly to time on the outward journey. On the return we were held at Heywood Road Junc to let a late running HST to come off the avoiding line. Then a stone train was allowed out of Woodborough loop & this checked us. However, some good running saw us back just 2mins late.

Sources : Nick Kearns & John Clifford

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Nick Kearns & John Clifford)

Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual
Victoria 09.42d 09.42   21.38a 21.40
Grosvenor Bridge Jn 09/45 09.46 ~ 09.49   21/35 21/36
Stewarts Lane Jn 09/48 09/52   21/32 21.33 ~ 21.33
Longhedge Jn 10/00 09/54   21/30 21/32
Clapham Junction 10.05a ~ 10.08d 10.04 ~ 10.08   21.23a ~ 21.25d 21.25 ~ 21.28
Barnes 10/17 10/18   21/15 21/20
Brentford 10/28 10/29  
Hounslow 10/39 10/38  
Richmond   21/09 21/15
St Margarets   21/05 ?
Twickenham   21/02 21/12
Twickenham Jn   21/02 ?
Feltham Jn 10/50 10.42 ~ 10.48   20/59 21/08
Feltham 10/52 10/53   20/57 21/06
Staines 11.00a ~ 11.03d 10.59 ~ 11.03   20.46a ~ 20.49d 20.56 ~ 21.00
Virginia Water 11/11 11/12   20/31 20/48
Ascot 11w22 ~ 11w38 11.22 ~ 11.38   20.18a ~ 20.21d 20.37 ~ 20.41
Wokingham 11/50 11/50   20/04 20/15
Earley 11/55 11/55   19/58 20/08
Reading Spur Jn 11/58 11/58   19/55 20/05
Reading New Jn 12/00 12.00 ~ 12.03   19/54 20/04
Reading 12.02 ~ 12.04 12.08 ~ 12.10   19.50a ~ 19.52d 19.59 ~ 20.01
Reading West Jn 12/07 12/12  
Didcot East Jn 12/22 12/26  
Didcot Parkway 12/23 12/29  
Foxhall Jn 12/28 12/31  
Wantage Road 12/37 12/41  
Challow 12w42 ~ 12w53 12.48 ~ 12.57  
Uffington 12/58 13/02  
Swindon 13/12 13/12  
Wootton Bassett Jn 13/19 13/17  
Chippenham 13/30 13/26  
Thingley East Jn 13/32 13/27  
Thingley Jn 13/33 13/27  
Southcote Jn   19/46 19/53
Theale Loop   19w16 ~ 19w38 19.35 ~ 19.37
Newbury   18/58 19/13
Bedwyn   18/41 18/51
Woodborough   18/23 18/33
Lavington   18/15 18/25
Heywood Road Jn   18/07 18.01 ~ 18.13
Hawkeridge Jn   17/55 17/59
Bradford Jn   17/48 17/51
Bathampton Jn 13/43 13/35   17/36 17/39
Bath Spa 13.46a ~ 13.49d 13.41 ~ 13.45   17.30a ~ 17.32d 17.31 ~ 17.34
North Somerset Jn 14/03 13/58   17/13 17/14
Bristol East Jn ? 14/00   17/12 17/13
Bristol Temple Meads 14.05a 14.01   17.10d 17.11


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