26th May 1951

Stephenson Locomotive Society
South Staffs Rail Tour

Loco Used 41226
Stock Used rake [1]: ????
rake [2]: 4x Push-pull coaches (marshalled: 2 coaches +loco+ 2 coaches)

Route :

Loco Rake Route
41226? [1] Birmingham New Street - Aston Jn - Perry Barr North Jn - Bescot
41226 [2] Bescot - Darlaston Jn - Darlaston - (via South Staffs line) - Wednesbury
41226 [2] Wednesbury - Ocker Hill - Tipton Curve Jn - Bloomfield Jn - Coseley - Wolverhampton (High Level)
41226 [2] Wolverhampton (High Level) - Heath Town Jn - Willenhall (Stafford Street) - North Walsall Jn - Lichfield Road Jn - Aldridge Jn
41226 [2] Aldridge Jn - Walsall Wood - Brownhills (?Watling Street?)
41226 [2] Brownhills  (?Watling Street?) - Aldridge Jn - Sutton Park - Park Lane Jn - Water Orton - Saltley - Birmingham New Street

Notes :
(1) Originally booked for an ex-LNWR 2-4-2T but 41226 was substituted as the booked loco developed problems on the morning before the tour.
(2) From Birmingham New Street to Bescot the rake of stock used was simply described as 'an ordinary rake of stock'. Passengers swapped to the second rake (with the loco sandwiched in the middle) at Bescot. It is not clear if 41226 was the motive power between Birmingham New Street & Bescot, or indeed as has been suggested, the run from New Street was actually by service train? Ian Clark reports the train was increased from 3 to 4 coaches to meet demand.
(3) Tickets supplied by John Debens seem to confirm this train ran on 26th May (clipped ticket) but how does the specimen ticket also provided and dated 27th relate to this tour? Ian Clark confirms no repeat train ran on May 27th.

Sources : Howard Harrison & Bob Taylor (from contemporary sources) & Andrew Fairholm

Photo Review

The tour at Aldridge station (photo: The John Debens Collection)

From The John Debens Ticket Collection.

Timings (Booked Only)
Howard Harrison)

Location Booked
Birmingham New Street 15.00d
Aston Jn 15/06
Perry Barr North Jn 15/12
Bescot 15/18
Darlaston Jn 15/23
Wednesbury 15.33a ~ 15.36d
Tipton Curve Jn 15/43
Bloomfield Jn 15/45
Wolverhampton (High Level) 15.57a ~ 16.00d
Heath Town Jn 16/03
Willenhall (Stafford Street) 16/10
North Walsall Jn 16/16
Lichfield Road Jn 16/18
Aldridge Jn 16.23a ~ 17.00d
Brownhills 17.20a ~ 17.22d
Aldridge Jn 17.42a ~ 17.44d
Sutton Park 17/52
Park Lane Jn 18/04
Water Orton 18.12a ~ 18.17d
Saltley 18/36
Birmingham New Street 18.43a

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