9th May 1959

Ian Allan (Trains Illustrated)
The Potteries Express

Locos Used (1) 6008 'King James II', 42346, 42398, 42922, 44856 & 46154 'The Hussar'
Stock Used [1] : 9 coaches including Devon Belle observation car & 9268
[2] : [1] + a GUV (2)

Route : X04V throughout

Loco(s) Stock Route
46154 [1] London Paddington - Old Oak Common West Jn - Greenford East Loop Jn - Greenford South Loop Jn - Acton Main Line - Brent Jn No.2 - (via MML) - Trent - Sheet Stores Jn - Chaddesden South Jn - Derby Midland
42922 [1] Derby Midland - Stenson Jn - Tutbury - Uttoxeter east Jn - Cocester - Leek - Macclesfield Hibel Road
42346 + 42398 [2] Macclesfield Hibel Road - North Rode - Congleton Upper Jn
42346 + 42398 [2] set-back to down line at Congleton Upper Jn
42346 + 42398 [2] Congleton Upper Jn - Milton Jn - Stoke-on-Trent
44856 [1] Stoke-on-Trent - Stone - Norton Bridge - Stafford - Bushbury Jn - Cannock Road Jn - Wolverhampton (Low Level)
6008 [1] Wolverhampton (Low Level) - Handsworth Jn - Birmingham Snow Hill - Tyseley - Knowle & Dorridge - Hatton - Leamington Spa - Banbury - Aynho Jn - Princes Risborough - High Wycombe - Northolt East Jn - Greenford - Old Oak Common West Jn - London Paddington

Notes :
(1) Bruce Nathan comments: The itinerary stated motive power Derby to Stoke would be Class 2P 4-4-0 and 4F 0-6-0 but instead we had 6P5F 2-6-0 Derby to Macclesfield and two 4MT 2-6-4 tanks Macclesfield to Stoke.
(2) A GUV was added between Macclesfield and Stoke when the observation car was at the front of the train in order to avoid possible damage to the observation car windows by coal dropping from the engine’s bunker.

Sources : Andrew Fairholm, John Debens, Bruce Nathan & John Basinger

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Bruce Nathan)

Miles Location Booked Actual
0 Paddington 09.20d 09.20
3 Old Oak Common West 09/27 09/29
7 Greenford East Loop 09/34 09/35
7 Greenford South Loop 09/36 09/36
11 Acton Main Line 09c49 ~ 09c59 09.46 ~ 09.52
12 Acton Wells Jn 10/04 09/56
16 Brent Jn No.2 10c18 ~ 10c33 10.08 ~ 10.24
? Welsh Harp Jn ? 10.27 ~ 10.39
60 Bedford 11/25 11/25
82 Kettering 11/49 11/52
109 Leicester London Road 12/23 12/25
130 Sheet Stores Jn 12/48 12/53
137 Chaddesden South Jn 13/00 13/05
139 Derby Midland 13L05 ~ 13L15 13.09 ~ 13.20
144 Stenson Jn ? 13/29
150 Tutbury 13/32 13/38
158 Uttoxeter East Jn 13c43 ~ 13c45 13.51 ~ 13.52
162 Rocester 13/55 14/00
177 Leek 14.20 ~ 14.45 14.26 ~ 14.45
179 Rudyard Lake 14.50 ~ 15.45 14.51 ~ 15.44
186 North Rode 15/59 16/01
191
0
Macclesfield Hibel Road 16L08 ~ 16L21 16.12 ~ 16.21
4 North Rode 16/32 16/32
7 Congleton Upper Jn 16.37 ~ 16.45 16.37 ~ 16.45
15 Ford Green 17/08 17/14
16 Milton Jn 17/14 17/16
20
0
Stoke-on-Trent 17L26 ~ 17L36 17.28 ~ 17.40
7 Stone 17/50 17/55
10 Norton Bridge 18/03 18/03
16 Stafford 18/13 18/12
21 Penkridge Goods 18/22 18/21
30 Bushbury Jn 18c34 ~ 18c36 18.31 ~ 18.32
30 Cannock Road Jn 18c41 ~ 18c43 18/39
31 Wolverhampton LL 18L48 ~ 18L57 18.42 ~ 18.53
40 Handsworth Jn 19/11 19/11
43 Birmingham Snow Hill 19/17 19.18 ~ 19.19
47 Tyseley 19/22 19/27
54 Knowle & Dorridge 19/29 19/35
60 Hatton 19/34 19/44
67 Leamington Spa 19/41 19/49
86 Banbury 20/04 20/10
92 Aynho Jn 20/09 20/15
97 Ardley 20/14 20/20
110 Ashenden Jn 20/25 20/34
119 Princes Risborough 20/36 20/43
127 High Wycombe 20/46 20/52
144 Northolt East Jn 21/02 21/07
146 Greenford 21/04 21/10
151 Old Oak Common West 21/08 21/15
154 Paddington 21.15a 21.21


Photo Review


46154 waits to start the day at London Paddington (photo: Bruce Nathan)


42922 is seen during a pause at Leek (photo: Bruce Nathan)


The observation car (photo: Bruce Nathan)


From Andrew Fairholms ticket collection


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