5th October 1963

M. & G.N. Joint Railway Society
The Wandering 1500

Loco Used 61572
Stock Used eight coaches including buffet car

Route : 1X69 throughout

Loco Route
61572 London Broad Street - Dalston Jn - Canonbury Jn - Finsbury Park - Potters Bar - Hatfield - Hitchin - Bedford Midland
61572 Bedford Midland - Oakley Jn - Turvey - Olney - Hardingstone Jn - Nothampton Bridge Street - Northampton Castle
61572 Northampton Castle - Blisworth - Towcester - Byfield - Fenny Compton - Kineton - Ettington - Stratford-upon-Avon Old Town
61572 Stratford-upon-Avon Old Town - Stratford-on-Avon - Bearley West Jn - Hatton West Jn - Leamington Spa - Birdingbury - Rugby Midland
61572 Rugby Midland - Weedon - Bletchley - Watford Junction - Willesden (Mainline station) - Camden No.2 - Dalston Jn - London Broad Street

Note :
(1) B12/3 61572 had previously been withdrawn in September 1961 and stored at Devons Road shed. Much work had been done to bring the locomotive back to running order and it was reflected in the fact that, of the time lost on the railtour, little was attributable to the performance of the locomotive. The timings allowed for a non-stop run from Rugby to Broad Street but in the event stops were made at Bletchley and Watford Junction.

Sources : David Hills, Chris Harley & Terry Dorrity

Photo Review


61572 making a spirited departure from London Broad Street station
(photo: Philip Alexander)


61572 powers through Dalston (photo: The Mike Morant Collection)


61572 at Stratford-upon-Avon Old Station (SMJ) (photo: Terry Dorrity)


61572 at speed (photo: The Mike Morant Collection)


From The John Debens Ticket Collection.


Timings (Booked Only)
(from The Bluebell Railway Museum)

Miles Location Booked
0 Broad Street 09.20d
? Dalston Jn 09/26
5 Finsbury Park 09.35a ~ 09.41d
15 Potters Bar 10/01
20 Hatfield 10/07
35 Hitchin 10.34a ~ 10.36d
39 Henlow Camp 10/46
41 Shefford 10/58
44 Southill 11/06
? Bedford No.1 11/24
51 Bedford Midland 11.28a ~ 11.35d
? Oakley Jn 11/40
57 Turvey 11/53
61 Olney 12/05
? Hardingstone Jn 12/36
73 Northampton Castle 12p46a ~ 13p20d
78 Blisworth 13p35a ~ 13p50d
82 Towcester 14p04a ~ 14p16d
? Woodford West 14/47
84 Byfield 14p53a ~ 15p00d
91 Fenny Compton 15p22a ~ 15p27d
97 Kineton 15x47
101 Ettington 15p58a ~ 16p02d
? Clifford Sidings 16x14
? Stratford Old Town 16.16 ~ 16.21
? Stratford (Evesham Road Crossing) 16/24
106 Stratford-upon-Avon 16p26a ~ 16p30d
? Bearley West 16/37
? Hatton West 16/46
115 Hatton 16/48
122 Leamington Spa 16/54
? Leamington Spa South 16p56a ~ 17p03d
? Leamington (No.1 Exchange Sidings) 17.05 ~ 17.20
? Marton Jn 17/30
130 Birdingbury 17p40a ~ 17p46d
136 Rugby Midland 17.58 ~ 16.25
149 Weedon 18/42
156 Blisworth 18/49
159 Roade 18/52
172 Bletchley 19/05
187 Tring 19/23
201 Watford Junction 19/43
? Willesden No.7 18/02
? Camden No.2 18/12
221 Dalston Jn 18/24
223 Broad Street 18.30a


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