25th April 1954

Ian Allan
Somerset & Dorset Special
(Trains Excursion)

Locos Used 30932 'Blundells', 40601 & 40698
Stock Used 8x ex-SR carriages

Route :

Loco(s) Route
30932 London Waterloo - Bournemouth Central
30932 + 40601 Bournemouth Central (?) - (via S & D line) - Bath Green Park
40698 + 40601 Bath Green Park - Templecombe
30932 Templecombe - London Waterloo

Notes :
(1) Route & loco confirmation required.
(2) Tony Davies comments:
Full details of this tour, including a log prepared by the late R.A.H. Weight, can be found in Trains Illustrated for June 1954. The original proposal had been for a T9 4‑4‑0 to pilot from Bournemouth, but tablet-catching apparatus could not be fitted to any available T9. 30932 was turned at Bath (ref. photograph (pp.74/5) in "Footplate over the Mendips" by Peter Smith [Oxford Publishing Co.,1978]) and obviously also at Evercreech Junction.

Sources : John Clifford & Tony Davies (compiled from contemporary sources)

Photo Review

The train caught on camera at Radstock (photo: Mike Morant Collection)

...and at Evercreech Junction (photo: The Bob Mitchell Collection)

From The John Debens Ticket Collection.

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