17th March 1963
|Locos Used||60022 'Mallard'|
|60022||Southampton - Salisbury - Bristol - Swindon - Westbury - Melksham - Southampton|
(1) Reported as 'the last run for 60022 'Mallard' before it was withdrawn for preservation' however this has been questioned by David Whittaker who comments: 60022's withdrawal date was 25/04/63 and on 15/04/63 I travelled behind 22 on an Edinburgh -K/X Easter Monday relief from Newcastle to York. Its last duty was, I believe, a Kings Cross - Doncaster parcels immediately prior to withdrawal, but it had been working regularly up to this point. This may instead have been its last railtour working prior to withdrawal?
(2) Route confirmation required. Some confusion exists in published records between this tour and the LCGB "West Countryman" tour of 24th February 1963 which also used 'Mallard'. The above is believed to be correct for the route and organiser of the tour that ran on this date, contrary to what other published records may suggest.
Sources : John Clifford & James Hyde (from contemporary sources)
& Chris Horsham
|From The John Debens Ticket Collection.|
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