12th September 1959

Stephenson Locomotive Society (Midland Area)
West Midlands Rail Tour

DMU Used 3-car Swindon cross-country set

Route :

DMU Route
as listed Stourbridge Junction - Wombourn - Oxley North Jn - Madeley Jn - Lightmoor Jn - Much Wenlock - Longville
as listed Longville - Much Wenlock - Lightmoor Jn - Ketley Jn - Wellington
as listed Wellington - Coalport East
as listed Coalport East - Wellington - Abbey Foregate Loop - Coleham - Minsterley
as listed Minsterley - Coleham
as listed Coleham - Buildwas - Coalport - Bridgnorth - Bewdley - Hartlebury
as listed Hartlebury - Kidderminster - Stourbridge Junction

Notes :
(1) Originally advertised for steam haulage the DMU was substituted to improve timings. A late application was made to run between Bewdley and Hartlebury; had arrival back into Stourbridge Junction been after 21.57 then the train would have run through to Birmingham Snow Hill but from the actual timings below this did not need to happen. The 1959 SLS journal reported the substitution of steam was to have been with a 6-car cross-country set.
(2) Passengers from Birmingham travelled to the tour using the 12:15 or 12:45 Birmingham Snow Hill to Stourbridge Junction service train. On returning to Stourbridge Junction passengers were to connect onto the 20:57 service for stations to Birmingham Snow Hill or the 21:00 service train to Dudley and Wolverhampton LL.

Sources : Bob Taylor, Andrew Fairholm & Ian Clark (SLS)

Photo Review


The train, paused at Longville (photo: Robert Darlaston)


Coalport; about to return to Wellington (photo: Robert Darlaston)


...and seen again at Minsterley station (photo: Robert Darlaston)


(From Andrew Fairholm's ticket collection)


Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Robert Darlaston courtesy of Ian Clark (SLS)

Location Booked Actual
Stourbridge Junction 13.13d 13.14
Wombourn 13/45 13/35
Oxley North Jn 13/58 13.44 ~ 13.47
Madeley Jn 14/13 14/01
Lightmoor Jn 14/20 14/12
Much Wenlock 14/37 15/32
Longville 14.58 ~ 15.08 14.55 ~ 15.09
Much Wenlock 15/28 15/27
Lightmoor Jn 15/47 15/42
Ketley Jn 16.04 ~ 16.07 15/55
Wellington 16.10 ~ 16.12 16.00 ~ ??.??
Coalport East 16.42 ~ 16.52 16.42 ~ 16.53
Wellington 17/23 17/20
Abbey Foregate Loop 17.35 ~ 17.37 ?
Coleham 17/40 17/35
Minsterley 18.03 ~ 18.13 17.55 ~ 18.13
Coleham 18.37 ~ 18.39 18.37 ~ 18.41
Buildwas 19/04 19/03
Coalport 19/12 19/11
Bridgnorth 19/23 19/24
Bewdley 19/50 19/49
Hartlebury 20.03 ~ 20.17 20.02 ~ ??.??
Kidderminster 20.24 ~ 20.26 ?
Stourbridge Junction 20.38a 20.35


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