10th September 1961

Stephenson Locomotive Society (Midland Area)
Farewell to the M. & S.W.J. Rly Rail Tour

Loco Used at least 7808 'Cookham Manor'
Stock Used 7x mark 1's

Route : 1X06 throughout

Loco Route

Birmingham Snow Hill - ??? - Stratford-upon-Avon - Honeybourne East Jn - Honeybourne West Jn - Broadway - Toddington - Winchcombe - Cheltenham Malvern Road - Andoversford - Cirencester - Cricklade - Rushley Platt - Swindon Town (2) - Marlborough - Savernake - Grafton South Jn - Ludgershall - Red Post Jn - Andover Junction

7808 (3)

Andover Junction - Red Post Jn - Ludgershall


Ludgershall - (reverse of outward route) - Swindon Town - Rushley Platt Jn - Swindon Works Siding

???? (4) ?Swindon Works Siding - Rushley Platt Jn - ??? Jn?

??? Jn - Rushley Platt - (reverse of outward route) - Cheltenham Malvern Road - (?reverse of outward route?) - Birmingham Snow Hill

Notes :
(1) This was stated to be the last passenger train in each direction over the northern half of the MSWJ. Fares from Leamington Spa (General) were believed to be using a connecting service (confirmation required).
(2) For optional extended visit to Swindon Works, rejoining the train upon its return through Swindon (which itself allowed 55mins for a brief works visit).
(3) Running tender-first.
(4) An SLS report on this tour suggests other motive power took the train back from the Swindon Works Siding (to ???); 'Preceded by 'Cookham Manor', which had gone on ahead to avoid running round at Rushley Platt, we completed the Northern part of our journey with stops at South Cerney and Cirencester...'

Sources : John Clifford, Andrew Fairholm, Bob Taylor, Trevor Machell & Ian Clark (SLS)

Photo Review

Photostop at Cricklade on the outward leg (photo: Robert Darlaston)

On arrival at Andover Junction (photo: Robert Darlaston)

Photostop at South Cerney on the return leg (photo: Robert Darlaston)

Passing through the remote station of Foss Cross (photo: Robert Darlaston)

From Andrew Fairholms ticket collection.

Timings (Advertised Only)
(from Trevor Machell & Ian Clark (SLS))

Location Advertised
Birmingham Snow Hill 09.40d
Stratford-upon-Avon 10.23d
Cheltenham Malvern Road 11.05d
Andover Junction 14.50
Swindon Works 17.20d
Birmingham Snow Hill 20.55a

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