10th October 2015

Branch Line Society / Great Western Railway
First Devon & Exeter Explorer

HST Used 43187 & 43188
Stock Used 44040+42301+42299+42351+42579+42300+40715+41146

Route :
1Z66 : London Paddington to Buckfastleigh
1Z67 : Buckfastleigh to Heathfield
1Z68 : Heathfield to Buckfastleigh
1Z69 : Buckfastleigh to Heathfield
1Z70 : Heathfield to London Paddington

HST Route
43188 + 43187 London Paddington - Southall - Slough - Maidenhead - Twyford - Reading - Didcot Parkway - Swindon - Wootton Bassett Jn - Chippenham - Bathampton Jn - Bath Spa - North Somerset Jn - Bristol Temple Meads - Yatton - Worle Jn - Uphill Jn - Bridgwater - Taunton - Exeter St Davids - Dawlish - Newton Abbot - Totnes
43187 + 43188 Totnes - Staverton Bridge - Buckfastleigh
43188 + 43187 Buckfastleigh - Staverton Bridge - Totnes
43187 + 43188 Totnes - Newton Abbot - Heathfield E.C.C.
43188 + 43187 Heathfield E.C.C. - Newton Abbot - Totnes
43187 + 43188 Totnes - Staverton Bridge - Buckfastleigh
43188 + 43187 Buckfastleigh - Staverton Bridge - Totnes
43187 + 43188 Totnes - Newton Abbot - Heathfield E.C.C.
43188 + 43187 Heathfield E.C.C. - Newton Abbot
43187 + 43188 Newton Abbot - (reverse of outward route) - London Paddington

Notes :
(1) A joint venture between the Great Western Railway and Branch Line Society, with proceeds going to the First Devon & Exeter Prostate Cancer Fund.
(2) The HST used for this tour was the first to be repainted in the new G.W.R. dark green livery.
(3) G.W.R. 0-6-0PT 6412 was in use on the South Devon Railway.


43187 arrives at Buckfastleigh on 1Z68 (photo: Neil Greenwood)

Source : Neil Greenwood (on the tour from/to Reading)

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Neil Greenwood & Realtime Trains)

Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual
London Paddington 07.15d [P3] 07.15   20.39a [P2] 20.40
Ladbroke Grove 07/18 [DM] 07/17   20/34 [UM] 20/37
Acton West 07/21 [DM] 07/21   20/31 [UM] 20/31
Southall 07/23 [P1] [DM] 07/23   20/29 [P2] [UM] 20/28
Heathrow Airport Jn 07/24 [DM] 07/25   20/28 [UM] 20/26
Slough 07/28 [P2] [DM] 07/28   20/22 [P3] [UM] 20/19
Maidenhead 07/31 [P1] [DM] 07/31   20/19 [P2] [UM] 20/16
Twyford 07/34 [P1] [DM] 07/34   20/15 [P2] [UM] 20/14
Kennet Bridge Jn 07/38 [DM] 07/36   20/12 [UM] 20/09
Reading 07.40a ~ 07.42d [P9] 07.39 ~ 07.41   20.07a ~ 20.10d [P10] 20.05 ~ 20.08
Reading High Level Jn 07/44 [DM] 07/43   20/06 20/04
Goring & Streatley 07/48 [P1] [DM] 07/48   20/00 [P2] [UM] 19/59
Didcot Parkway 07.54a ~ 07.56d [P1] 07.54 ~ 07.56   19.51a ~ 19.53d [P2] [UM] 19.51 ~ 19.53
Wantage Road 08/03 08/02   19/46 19/46
Challow 08/05 08/03   19/44 19/44
Uffington 08/06 08/05   19/43 19/43
Swindon 08.13a ~ 08.15d [P4] 08.13 ~ 08.15   19.33a ~ 19.35d [P3] 19.32 ~ 19.35
Wootton Bassett Jn 08/21 08/20   19/27 19/26
Chippenham 08/26 [P1] 08/26   19/21 [P2] 19/20
Thingley East Jn 08/27 08/27   19/20 19/20
Thingley Jn 08/27 08/27   19/20 19/19
Bathampton Jn 08/34 08/31   19/15 19/15
Bath Spa 08/36 [P1] 08/34   19/12 [P2] 19/11
North Somerset Jn 08/46 08/45   19/04 19/03
Bristol East Jn 08/47 [DM] 08/46   19/03 [UM] 19/01
Bristol Temple Meads 08.49a ~ 08.52d [P6] 08.48 ~ 08.52   18.50a ~ 19.02d [P15] 18.45 ~ 19.00
Bristol West Jn 08/53 08/53   18/48 [UM] 18/44
Parson Street 08/54 08/55   18/41 [P2] 18/41
Yatton 09/01 09/02   18/28 18/27
Worle Jn 09/05 09/04   18/22 18/22
Uphill Jn 09/07 09/06   18/20 18/19
Bridgwater 09/15 09/14   18/12 18/12
Cogload Jn 09/20 09/18   18/08 18/07
Taunton 09.24a ~ 09.26d [P2] 09.23 ~ 09.25   18.02a ~ 18.04d [P4] 18.01 ~ 18.03
Norton Fitzwarren 09/28 09/27   17/59 17/59
Whiteball 09/34 09/33   17/53 17/54
Tiverton Parkway 09/37 [P1] 09/35   17/51 [P2] 17/51
Tiverton Loop 09/38 09/36   17/50 17/50
Cowley Bridge Jn 09/47 09/47   17/41 17/41
Exeter St Davids 09.50a ~ 09.54d [P6] 09.50 ~ 09.57   17.36a ~ 17.38d [P5] 17.35 ~ 17.39
Dawlish Warren 10/03 [DT] 10/06   17/26 [UT] 17/26
Dawlish 10/05 10/08   17/25 17/24
Teignmouth 10/08 10/11   17/22 17/21
Newton Abbot 10/12 [P1] 10/19   17.07a ~ 17.17d [P3] 17.07 ~ 17.16

 

Location Booked Actual
Newton Abbot West Jn 10/13 10/23
Dainton Tunnel 10/17 10/27
Totnes 10.35a ~ 10.43d [P2] 10.46 ~ 10.54
Staverton Bridge ? ?
Buckfastleigh 11.15a ~ 11.25d ? ~ ?
Staverton Bridge ? ?
Totnes 11.57a ~ 12.04d [P2] 12.18 ~ 12.21
Dainton Tunnel 12/10 12/27
Newton Abbot West Jn 12/14 12/34
Newton Abbot 12.15a ~ 12.19d [P3] 12.35 ~ 12.39
Heathfield E.C.C. 12.44a ~ 12.55d ? ~ ?
Newton Abbot 13.20a ~ 13.28d [P3] 13.19 ~ 13.23
Newton Abbot West Jn 13/29 13/26
Dainton Tunnel 13/34 13/30
Totnes 13.55a ~ 14.05d [P2] 13.54 ~ 14.05
Staverton Bridge ? ?
Buckfastleigh 14.47a ~ 15.02d ? ~ ?
Staverton Bridge ? ?
Totnes 15.36a ~ 15.43d [P2] 15.36 ~ 15.39
Dainton Tunnel 15/49 15/45
Newton Abbot West Jn 15/53 15/49
Newton Abbot 15.54a ~ 15.57d [P3] 15.50 ~ 15.57
Heathfield E.C.C. 16.22a ~ 16.42d ? ~ ?
Newton Abbot 17.07a [P3] 17.07

Timings continue in first table.

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