13th September 1931

(Half-Day Excursion)

Loco(s) Used at least: Midland 3F 0-6-0 no. 3822 & Fowler 4F 4167

Route :

Loco(s) Route
3822 Northampton Castle - Duston North Jn - Duston West Jn - Blisworth (1)
3822 (2) Blisworth - Tiffield - Towcester - Greens Norton Jn - Blakesley - Woodford West Jn - Byfield - Fenny Compton - Kineton - Stratford-upon-Avon - Bidford-upon-Avon - Broom Junction
4167 Broom Junction - Harvington - Evesham - Ashchurch - Cheltenham Spa - Gloucester - Bristol Temple Meads - Weston-super-Mare

Notes :
(1) It is reported "on reaching Blisworth a lengthy manoeuvre entailed various shunting movements to get the train across the line onto the Stratford-upon-Avon & Midland Junction railway. The engine then had to be turned on the turntable and reconnected before setting off..."
(2) 4F 4122 may have banked the train from Blisworth towards Tiffield.
(3) Route & loco confirmation required (e.g. did 4167 work through to Weston-super-Mare or was there another loco change?). It is believed the return journey was by service trains?

The advertising leaflet carries an LMS caution: "Passengers holding day or half-day excursion tickets by special trains are not allowed to take any luggage except small handbags, luncheon baskets, or other small articles intended for the passenger's use during the day."

Source : Gary Thornton (from contemporary sources)

Timings (Booked Only)

Location Booked (out) Booked (rtn)
Northampton (Castle) 10.00d ?
Blisworth 10.20d ?
Towcester 10.30d ?
Blakesley 10.40d ?
Byfield 10.50d ?
Fenny Compton 11.05d ?
Kineton 11.20d ?
Stratford-upon-Avon 11.35d ?
Bidford-upon-Avon 11.45d ?
Broom Junction 11.50d ?
Evesham 12.10d ?
Cheltenham Spa 12.39a 22.45d
Gloucester 12.51a 22.25d
Bristol Temple Meads 13.51a 21.30d
Weston-super-Mare (rtn from: Locking Road) 14.26a 20.55d

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