13th August 2016

Railway Touring Company
The West Somerset Steam Express

Locos Used 47580 'County of Essex' & steam: 45699 'Galatea' & 53808
Stock Used (2) (80217)+99128+99712+99122+99121+99350+5222+1860+5032+4940+99304

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

Loco(s) Route
45699 (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 Bishops Lydeard - Crowcombe Heathfield - Williton - Blue Anchor - Minehead
53808? Minehead - (reverse of outward route) - Bishops Lydeard
47580 Bishops Lydeard - (reverse of outward route) - Blatchbridge Jn - Clink Road Jn - Fairwood Jn - Heywood Road Jn - (reverse of outward route) - London Paddington

Notes : 
(1) 47580 on rear.
(2) 80217 was only in the consist when 45699 was on the train.
(3) 53808 carried the 'Severn Coast Express' headboard.
(4) This tour was originally advertised to be steam hauled throughout. The return timings were revised for diesel loco haulage.
(5) Guy Vincent comments: 45699 is thought to have made one previous appearance
at Westbury. In 1965 it was moved from Eastleigh depot, where it had been stored in December 1964, via Salisbury, Westbury and Bath to Woodhams Bros, Barry for scrap!

Source : Guy Vincent

Photo Review


45699 arrives at Westbury, with the outward leg (photo: Guy Vincent)


47580 on the rear of the tour at Frome (photo: Guy Vincent)


Timings (Booked & actual)
(from Realtime Trains)

Location Booked Actual   Revised Actual
London Paddington 08.06d [P10] 08.06 22.03a [P1] 22.08
Ladbroke Grove 08/12 [RL] 08/09 21/58 [RL]  22/05
Acton West 08/16 [DR] 08/14 21/55 [UR] 22/02
West Ealing 08/19 ? 21/53 22/01
Southall 08/24 [DR] 08/22 21/51 [UR] 21/58
Heathrow Airport Jn 08/30 [DR] 08/27 21/49 [UR] 21/52
Slough 08.37a ~ 08.39d [P4] [DR] 08.36 ~ 08.38 21.38a ~ 21.41d [P5] [UR] 21.39 ~ 21.42
Slough West 08/40 ? 21/36 [UM-UR] ?
Maidenhead 08/45 [P3] [DR] 08/46 21/30 [P2] [UM] 21/33
Twyford 08/52 [P3] 08/59 [P3] 21/24 [P2] 21/29
Kennet Bridge Jn 08/59 [DR] 09/04 21/20 [UM] 21/23
Reading 09.03a ~ 09.16d [P12] [WL] 09.07 ~ 09.16 21.15a ~ 21.18d [P11] 21.18 ~ 21.22
Oxford Road Jn 09/21 09/19 21/11 [UFM] 21/16
Southcote Jn 09/23 09/21 21/10 21/14
Theale 09w33 ~ 10w02 [GL] ? 21/07 ?
Newbury 10.19a ~ 10.22d [P1] 10.17 ~ 10.22 20.53a ~ 20.56d [P2] 20.58 ~ 21.01
Bedwyn 10/38 [P1] 10/44 20/42 [P2] 20/47
Woodborough 10/51 10/55 20/29 20/33
Lavington 11/01 11/03 20/21 20/26
Heywood Road Jn 11/10 11/12 20/16 20/21
Westbury ? 11/18 [P2] - -
Fairwood Jn 11/23 11/20 20/14 20/18
Clink Road Jn 11/29 11/28 20/11 20/15
Frome 11w32a ~ 11w44d 11.30 ~ 11.45 - -
Blatchbridge Jn 11/47 11/48 20/09 20/14
East Somerset Jn 11/52 11/53 20/05 20/11
Castle Cary 12/01 [P2] 12/02 19/57 [P1] 20/04
Somerton GF 12/12 12/09 19/49 19/56
Athelney LC 12/21 12/18 19/43 19/49
Cogload Jn 12/25 12/21 19/40 19/43
Taunton 12.33a ~ 12.36d [P2] [DR] 12.27 ~ 12.32 [P2] [DR] 19.32a ~ 19.34d [P2] 19.26 ~ 19.35 [P2]
Norton Fitzwarren 12/40 12/37 19/25 [DR] ?
Bishops Lydeard 12L50a ~ 13L20d 12L46 ~ 13L20 [P2] 18L35a ~ 19L05d 18L35 ~ 19L05
Crowcombe Heathfield 13.33 ~ 13.35 ? 18/12 ?
Williton 13.55 ~ 14.05 ? 17/55 ?
Blue Anchor 14/23 ? 17.28 ~ 17.35 ?
Dunster ? ? ? ?
Minehead 14.40a [P1] ? 17.15d [P1] ?


Associated E.C.S. Workings

5Z45 : (45699 with 47580 on rear) : Southall to Greenford East Jn
5Z45 : (47580 with 45699 on rear) : Greenford East Jn to London Paddington

Location Booked
Southall Depot 06.30d
Southall Yard 06.40 ~ 06.50
Southall East Jn 06/51
Hanwell 06/53
Drayton Green 07/05
Greenford South Jn 07/13
Greenford East Jn 07.16 ~ 07.26
Greenford South Jn 07/29
Drayton Green 07/36
West Ealing 07/39
Acton West 07/41
Ladbroke Grove 07/47
London Paddington 07.53a [P10]

5Z69 : (45699 with 80217) : Bishops Lydeard to Southall

Location Revised
Bishops Lydeard 14.40d
Norton Fitzwarren 14/55
Taunton 14.59 ~ 15.10
Cogload Jn 15/17
Bridgwater 15/25
Uphill Jn 15/41
Worle Jn 15/46
Parson Street 16/10
Bristol West Jn 16/12
Bristol Temple Meads 16.14 ~ 16.15
Bristol East Jn 16/17
North Somerset Jn 16/18
Bath Spa 16/30
Bathampton Jn 16/33
Thingley East Jn 16/42
Chippenham 16/44
Wootton Bassett Jn 16/55
Swindon 17/01
Uffington 17/12
Challow 17/15
Wantage Road 17w20 ~ 17w44
Didcot Parkway 17/55
Goring & Streatley 18/07
Reading West Jn 18/18
Reading 18.21 ~ 18.23
Kennet Bridge Jn 18/27
Twyford 18/31
Maidenhead 18/38
Slough 18/49
Heathrow Airport Jn 19/04
Hayes & Harlington Loop 19*10 ~ 19*25
Southall West Jn 19/26
Southall Yard 19.27 ~ 19.37
Southall Depot 19.47a

5Z48 : (????? with 47580 on rear?) : London Paddington to Southall

Location Revised
London Paddington 22.29d [P1]
Ladbroke Grove 22/32
Acton West 22/36
West Ealing ?
Southall East Jn 22/40
Southall Yard 22.43 ~ 22.53
Southall Depot 23.03a


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