6th May 1956

R.C.T.S. (East Midlands Branch)
The East Midlander No.2 Rail Tour

Locos Used 40454 & 40489

Route : Reporting Code M965 (throughout?)

Loco(s) Route

Nottingham Midland - Castle Donnington - (via Camp Hill) - Bromsgrove - Worcester Shrub Hill - Norton Jn - Cheltenham Spa Lansdown

40454 + 40489 Cheltenham Spa Lansdown - Lansdown Jn - Gloucester Loop Jn - Andoversford - Cirencester Watermoor - Cricklade - Rushley Platt
????? Rushley Platt - ?Swindon Works?
?40454? ?Swindon Works? - Oxford - Bletchley - Blisworth - Northampton Bridge Street - Wellingborough - Kettering - Nottingham Midland

    Notes :
(1) Route confirmation required. This was a tour for a works visit at Swindon. Two photographs seen by the Webmaster show 'the stock of this train being transferred from Swindon station to the works' (hauled by 40454 on its own) possibly suggesting passengers left the train at the station but rejoined it in the works? It is likely that 40454 returned the train to Nottingham but confirmation of this is required.

Sources : John Clifford, David Davis, Mike Barnsley, Chris Harley & John Debens

Photo Review

From The John Debens Ticket Collection.

Who says railtour seminar photos are new? Only the clothes are different!
(photo: Frank Stevenson/The John Debens Collection)

40454 captured on film on this tour (photo: Adrian Vaughan collection)

40489 & 40454 at Cirencester (photo: P.H.English/The John Debens Collection)

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