9th March 2013

UK Railtours
The Amman Valley Ranger

Locos Used 66016 & 66181
Stock Used 6310+3122+3147+1651+3069+3066+3123+3119+1832+5292+5322+4959

Route :
1Z64 : London Paddington to Uskmouth
1Z65 : Uskmouth to Gwaun-cae-Gurwen
1Z66 : Gwaun-cae-Gurwen to London Paddington

Loco(s) Route
66181 (2) London Paddington - Southall - Slough - Maidenhead - Twyford - Reading - Didcot Parkway - Swindon - Wootton Bassett Jn - Westerleigh Jn - Bristol Parkway - Severn Tunnel Junction - Newport
66016 (3) Newport - Uskmouth Power Station [NR Limit]
66181 (2) Uskmouth Power Station [NR Limit] - Newport - Cardiff Central - Pontyclun - Bridgend - Port Talbot Parkway - Court Sart Jn - Dynevor Jn - Felin Fran - Grovesend Colliery Loop Jn - Hendy Jn - Pantyffynnon - Gwaun-cae-Gurwen (4)
66016 (3) Gwaun-cae-Gurwen - Pantyffynnon - Hendy Jn - Grovesend Colliery Loop Jn - Felin Fran - Dynevor Jn - Briton Ferry Flying Loop Jn - Port Talbot Parkway - Bridgend - Pontyclun - Leckwith North Jn - Ninian Park - Penarth Curve North Jn - Radyr Branch Jn - Cardiff Central - Newport - Severn Tunnel Junction - Filton Abbey Wood - Dr Day's Jn - North Somerset Jn - Bath Spa - Chippenham - Wootton Bassett Jn - Swindon - (reverse of outward route) - London Paddington

Notes :
(1) Tour postponed from 03/11/2012 due to unavailable DBS train crew.
(2) 66016 on rear.
(3) 66181 on rear.
(4) At Gwaun-cae-Gurwen the tour ran via the line shown as 'Walters' on Quail Maps. The front of the train stopped at the points at the far end of the run-round loop.
(5) The return route was originally advertised as from Bridgend to Cardiff Central via Aberthaw and Barry however this was changed due to a late engineering blockade to go via Pontyclun, Leckwith North Jn, Leckwith South Jn, Ninian Park, the Treherbert Reversible Line and Cardiff Radyr Branch Jn to Cardiff Central.

Sources : Nick Bartlett, Martin Diamond & Mark Herriott (all on the tour from/to Reading), Nicholas Braddick & Stuart Hicks

Photo Review


66181 & 66016 at Newport on the outward leg (photo: Nick Bartlett)


Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Nick Bartlett & Mark Herriott)

M.C Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual M.C
0.00 London Paddington 07.50d [P9] 07.50   21.18a [P9] 21.26 431.25
1.68 Ladbroke Grove 07/55 [DR] 07/54   21/12 [UR] 21/22 429.32
? Acton West 07/59 [DR] 07/57   21/08 [UR] 21/10 ?
9.01 Southall 08/04 [DR] 08/02   21/01 [UR] 21/05 422.24
11.20 Airport Jn 08/07 [DR] 08/07   20/58 [UR] 21/03 420.05
18.31 Slough 08.17a ~ 08.20d [P4] 08.17 ~ 08.20   20.48a ~ 20.50d [P5] 20.51 ~ 20.55 412.74
? Slough West ? ?   20/47 [UM-UR] ? ?
24.14 Maidenhead 08/29 [P3] 08/30   20/42 [P2] 20/44 407.11
30.76 Twyford 08/37 [P3] 08/38   20/37 [UM] 20/39 400.29
35.73 Reading 08.46a ~ 08.48d [P10] [DM] 08.45 ~ 08.48 [P10] [DM]   20.29a ~ 20.31d [P8] [UM] 20.29 ~ 20.33 [P8] [UM] 395.32
? Reading West Jn 08/50 [DM] 08/51 [DM]   20/26 [UM] 20/27 [UM] ?
53.05 Didcot Parkway 09/04 [P1] 09/04 [P1]   20/13 [P2] [UM] 20/13 [P2] [UM] 378.20
60.17 Wantage Road 09/10 [DR] 09/11 [DR]   20/06 [UM] 20/08 [UM] 371.08
63.75 Challow 09*15 ~ 09*31 [DR] 09.15 ~ 09.31 [DR]   20/03 [UM] 20/04 [UM] 367.30
? Uffington 09/36 09/35   20/01 20/02 364.71
77.18 Swindon 09.47a ~ 09.49d [P4] 09.44 ~ 09.48 [P4]   19.48a ~ 19.50d [P3] 19C50 ~ 19C52 [UG] [P3] 354.07

 

M.C Location Booked Actual
83.02 Wootton Bassett Jn 09/56 09/55
94.05 Hullavington 10/05 10/04
107.07 Westerleigh Jn 10/16 10/15
111.57 Bristol Parkway 10/20 [P2] 10/18 [P2]
112.79 Patchway 10/22 [P2] 10/20 [P2]
116.45 Pilning 10/25 [P2] 10/23 [P2]
118.09 Severn Tunnel East 10/26 10/25
122.31 Severn Tunnel West 10/30 10/28
123.41 Severn Tunnel Junction 10/32 [P3] [DR] 10/29 [P3] [DR]
? Llanwern West Jn 10/43 [DR] 10/40 [DR]
? Maindee West Jn 10/47 [DR] 10/44
133.30 Newport 10.49a ~ 11.16d [P1] 10.47 ~ 11.17 [P1]
133.64 Maindee West Jn 11/18 [UR] 11/18 [UR]
? Maindee East Jn 11/19 11/19
134.78 East Usk Jn 11t24 ~ 11t25 11.25 ~ 11.29 [No.1 Reception]
137.72 Uskmouth Power Station 11.45a ~ 12.05d 11.43 ~ 12.03 [NR Limit]
140.66 East Usk Jn 12t23 ~ 12t25 12.18 ~ 12.21 [No.1 Reception]
? Maindee East Jn 12/29 [DR] 12/29 [DR]
142.00 Maindee West Jn 12/30 12/30
142.34 Newport 12/32 [DR] 12/30 [DR]
143.71 Ebbw Jn 12/35 [DR] 12/34 [DR]
147.44 Marshfield 12/42 [DR] 12/37 [DR]
154.15 Cardiff Central 12*52 ~ 12*54 [DR-DM] 12.54 ~ 12.55 [DR-DM]
165.24 Pontyclun 13/06 13/07
174.29 Bridgend 13/15 [P1] 13/16 [P1]
178.49 Stormy 13/20 13/20
? Margam Moors Jn 13/25 13/23
186.43 Port Talbot Parkway 13C30 ~ 13C31 13/27
190.41 Court Sart Jn 13/37 13/32
191.50 Dynevor Jn 13/40 13/33
194.67 Felin Fran 13/46 13/39
201.76 Grovesend Colliery Loop Jn 14/00 13/54
203.13 Hendy Jn 14/05 13.56 ~ 14.02
208.47 Pantyffynnon 14t14 ~ 14t15 14.14 ~ 14.15
215.05 Gwaun-cae-Gurwen 14.55a ~ 15.20d 14.59 ~ 15.17
221.43 Pantyffynnon 16t00 ~ 16t01 16.02 ~ 16.03
226.77 Hendy Jn 16/11 16/13
228.14 Grovesend Colliery Loop Jn 16/12 16/16
235.23 Felin Fran 16/30 16/28
238.40 Dynevor Jn 16/41 16/32
239.49 Briton Ferry Up Flying Loop Jn 16/43 16/35
241.48 Baglan 16.47 ~ 16.59 16/38
243.47 Port Talbot Parkway 17C02a ~ 17C04d 16C42 ~ 17C00 [P2]
? Margam Moors Jn 17/07 17/05
? Stormy 17/10 17/09
255.61 Bridgend 17/14 [P2] 17/12 [P2]
? Pontyclun 17/22 17/20
274.51 Leckwith North Jn 17/34 17/31
275.03 Ninian Park 17/40 17/41
275.19 Penarth Curve North Jn 17/41 17/42
275.41 Radyr Branch Jn 17/42 [RL] 17/44 [Up Barry Relief]
276.02 Cardiff Central 17*46 ~ 17*49 [UM-UR] 17/49 [UM-UR]
282.52 Marshfield 18/03 [UR] 17/59 [UR]
286.25 Ebbw Jn 18/10 [UR] 18/04 [UR]
? Gaer Jn 18/12 18/06 [UR-DM]
287.62 Newport 18.15a ~ 18.20d [UR] [P1] 18.14 ~ 18.17 [DM] [P2]
? Maindee West Jn 18/23 [UR] 18/19
? Llanwern West Jn 18/27 [UR] 18/23 [UR]
297.51 Severn Tunnel Junction 18/42 [UR] [P4] 18/34 [UR] [P4]
298.61 Severn Tunnel West 18/43 18/35
303.03 Severn Tunnel East 18/48 18/39
304.47 Pilning 18/50 [P1] 18/40 [P1]
308.13 Patchway 18/55 [P1] 18/45 [P1]
309.40 Filton Abbey Wood 19/01 [P1] 18.49 ~ 19.01 [P1]
312.07 Narroways Hill Jn 19/04 19/05
313.37 Dr Day's Jn 19/07 19/08
313.60 North Somerset Jn 19/09 19/12
324.39 Bath Spa 19/19 [P2] 19/22 [P2]
326.55 Bathampton Jn 19/22 19/26
335.20 Thingley East Jn 19/29 19/33
337.34 Chippenham 19/31 [P2] 19/35 [P2]
348.23 Wootton Bassett Jn 19/41 19/43

Timings continue in first table.

Associated E.C.S. Moves

5Z64 : (66016 with 66181 on rear) : Eastleigh T&RSMD to London Paddington
5Z66 : (66181 with 66016 on rear) : London Paddington to Eastleigh T&RSMD

Location Booked (out) Booked (rtn)
Eastleigh T&RSMD 04.15d 23.55a
Eastleigh 04/25 23.32 ~ 23.45
Winchester 04.34 ~ 04.36 23.14 ~ 23.15
Worting Jn 04/52 22/59
Basingstoke 04/57 22/55
Reading 05/19 22/34
Twyford 05/24 22/17
Maidenhead 05/31 22/11
Slough 05/39 22/05
Southall 05/57 21/52
Hanwell Bridge 06.00 ~ 06.50 [UGL] -
Acton Main Line 06C57 ~ 06C59 21C44 ~ 21C45
London Paddington 07.06a [P9] 21.36d [P9]


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