16th July 2016

Railway Touring Company
The West Somerset Steam Express

Locos Used 37706 & steam: 46115 'Scots Guardsman' & 53808
Stock Used (2) (80217)+99304+5032+1860+99350+99121+99122+99712+99128+99127

Route : 
1Z46 : London Paddington to Minehead
1Z48 : Minehead to London Paddington

Loco(s) Route
46115 (1) London Paddington - Southall - Slough - Maidenhead - Reading - Southcote Jn - Newbury - Heywood Road Jn - Westbury - Fairwood Jn - Clink Road Jn - Frome - Blatchbridge Jn - Castle Cary - Cogload Jn - Taunton - Norton Fitzwarren - Bishops Lydeard
53808 (1) Bishops Lydeard - Crowcombe Heathfield - Williton - Blue Anchor - Minehead
53808 (1) Minehead - (reverse of outward route) - Bishops Lydeard
46115 (1) Bishops Lydeard - (reverse of outward route) - Blatchbridge Jn - Clink Road Jn - Fairwood Jn - Heywood Road Jn - (reverse of outward route) - London Paddington

Notes : 
(1) 37706 on rear.
(2) 80217 was only in the consist when 46115 was on the train.
(3) 53808 carried the 'Somerset Coast Express' headboard.

Source : Guy Vincent

Photo Review


46115 arrives at Westbury, with the outward leg of the tour (photo: Guy Vincent)


37706 on the rear of the tour at Westbury (photo: Guy Vincent)


Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Realtime Trains)

Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual
London Paddington 08.06d [P10] 08.07 23.10a [P8] 23.14 [P8]
Ladbroke Grove 08/12 [RL] 08/10 23/04 [RL]  23/10
Acton West 08/16 [DR] 08/15 22/57 [UR] ?
West Ealing 08/18 [DR] ? 22/55 [UR] 23/03
Southall 08/22 [DR] 08/22 [DR] 22/52 [UR] 23/00
Heathrow Airport Jn 08/28 [DR] 08/27 22/49 [UR] 22/57
Slough 08.35a ~ 08.38d [P4] [DR] 08.37 ~ 08.40 22.37a ~ 22.41d [P5] [UR] 22.42 ~ 22.45 [P5]
Maidenhead 08/44 [P3] [DR] 08/48 22/30 [P4] [UR] 22/34
Twyford 08/51 [P3] 08/54 22/23 [P4] 22/29
Kennet Bridge Jn 08/57 [DR] 08/58 22/19 [RL] 22/22
Reading 09.01a ~ 09.16d [P12] [WL] 09.01 ~ 09.17 [P12] 22.13a ~ 22.16d [P12] 22.17 ~ 22.20
Oxford Road Jn 09/21 09/20 22/09 [DFR] 22/14
Southcote Jn 09/23 09/23 22/06 22/12
Theale 09w33 ~ 10w02 [GL] ? 22/02 ?
Newbury 10.19a ~ 10.22d [P1] 10.18 ~ 10.21 [P1] 21.40a ~ 21.48d [P2] 21.46 ~ 21.52 [P2]
Bedwyn 10/38 [P1] 10/44 21/28 [P2] 21/33
Woodborough 10/51 10/58 20w58 ~ 21w13 [UGL] 20.58 ~ 21.17 [UGL]
Lavington 11/01 11/06 20/46 20/46
Heywood Road Jn 11/10 11/13 20/38 20/40
Westbury 11.13a ~ 11.17d [P1] 11.23 ~ 11.28 [P1] - -
Fairwood Jn 11/23 11/32 20/34 20/36
Clink Road Jn 11/29 11/39 20/25 20/18
Frome 11w32a ~ 11w44d 11.42 ~ 12.00 - -
Blatchbridge Jn 11/47 12/03 20/23 20/17
East Somerset Jn 11/52 12/08 20/18 20/13
Castle Cary 12/01 [P2] 12/18 20/09 [P1] 20/05
Somerton GF 12/12 12/25 19/57 19/53
Athelney LC 12/21 12/34 19/46 19/45
Cogload Jn 12/25 12/37 19/42 19/42
Taunton 12.33a ~ 12.36d [P2] [DR] 12.42 ~ 12.47 19.31a ~ 19.35d [P2] 19.27 ~ 19.28 [P2]
Norton Fitzwarren 12/40 12/52 19/25 [DR] ?
Bishops Lydeard 12L50a ~ 13L20d 13.02 ~ 13.28 [P2] 18L35a ~ 19L05d 18.34 ~ 19.03 [P2]
Crowcombe Heathfield 13.33 ~ 13.35 ? 18/12 ?
Williton 13.55 ~ 14.05 ? 17/55 ?
Blue Anchor 14/23 ? 17.29 ~ 17.35 ?
Dunster ? ? ? ?
Minehead 14.40a [P1] ? 17.15d [P1] ?


Associated E.C.S. Workings

5Z45 : (37706 with 46115 on rear) : Southall to London Paddington
5Z48 : (37706? with 46115 on rear) : London Paddington to Southall

Location Booked (out) Booked (rtn)
Southall Depot 07.15d 00.09a
Southall Yard 07.25 ~ 07.35 23.54 ~ 23.59
Southall East Jn 07/36 23/53
West Ealing 07/39 23/49
Acton West 07/41 23/46
Ladbroke Grove 07/47 23/41
London Paddington 07.53a [P10] 23.36d [P8]


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