12th October 1963

L.C.G.B.
The Thames, Avon and Severn Rail Tour

Locos Used 2246, 6368, 7005, LSWR 120 (30120), 31790, 45552, 82023 & 92223
Stock Used Booked for load 11 (at least SR set 237 + Bullied-design kitchen buffet car)
formed: BSK (3949S)+SO+SO+RKB+SO+SO+SO+SO+SO+SO+BSK

Route :

Loco(s) Route
120 + 31790 (2) London Waterloo - Clapham Junction - Point Pleasant Jn - (2) - East Putney - Wimbledon - Weybridge - (via Virginia Water west curve) - Ascot - Wokingham - Reading General - (via Didcot avoiding line) - Oxford - Wolvercot Jn - Heyford - Aynho Jn - Banbury - Banbury Jn - Culworth Jn - Woodford Halse
6368 + 2246 Woodford Halse - Woodford Jn - Byfield - Fenny Compton - Stratford-on-Avon Old Town - Long Marston - Honeybourne - Pershore - Worcester Shrub Hill
45552 Worcester Shrub Hill - Droitwich Spa - Bromsgrove
45552 (1) Bromsgrove - Blackwell
45552 Blackwell - Kings Norton - Camp Hill - St Andrews Jn - Grand Jn - Birmingham New Street - New Street Jn - Selly Oak - Kings Norton - Bromsgrove - Dunhampstead - Abbotswood Jn - Ashchurch - Cheltenham Spa Lansdown Road
7005 Cheltenham Spa Lansdown Road - Lansdown Road Jn -Engine Shed Jn - Gloucester South Jn - Standish Jn - Kemble - Swindon - London Paddington

Notes :
(1) 92223 banking on rear.
(2) Terry Jackson comments: The train stalled on the climb from Point Pleasant Jn to East Putney. Although I wasn't aware of it at the time, I have since been told that 82023 was summoned to provide a shove up the rear to get it restarted. Webmaster comment: the use of 82023 assisting between Point Pleasant Jn & East Putney has subsequently been confirmed by Graham Stacey.
(3) Due to having a total of 505 paid-passengers the train was increased from the advertised 8 coaches to 11 coaches. Timings between Weybridge and Didcot North Jn were revised very late due to the need for double-heading and the fact the water tower at Reading was no longer in use. The revised times were provided in a sheet handed out on the day.

Sources : Terry Jackson (on the train throughout), John Broderick, The Bluebell Railway Museum & John Debens

Photo Review


From Andrew Fairholm's ticket collection.


6368 & 2246 are seen on the Stratford-upon-Avon 'new loop' which linked
the SMJ to the GW. (photo: Terry Dorrity)


Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Terry Jackson, John Broderick & The Bluebell Railway Museum)

M.C Location Booked {original} Actual
0.00 Waterloo 09.02d [WL] 09.02
2.50 Queens Road 09/07 09/08
3.71 Clapham Junction 09/09 09/10
5.06 Point Pleasant Jn 09/13 09/12
5.57 East Putney 09/15 [TL] 09/40
8.43 Wimbledon 09/21 09/48
14.52 Hampton Court Jn 09/30 09/52
20.35 Weybridge {09/39} 09/49 10/06
21.19 Addlestone Jn {09/41} ? 10/08
26.04 Virginia Water west curve {09/50} ? 10/16
31.49 Ascot {10/00} 09w59 ~ 10w03 ??.?? ~ 10.37
39.18 Wokingham {10/11} 10/15 10/51
45.60 Reading New Jn {10w22 ~ 10w27} 10/26 ?
46.55 Reading General {10.31a ~ 10.33d [P4]}
10w30 ~ 10w35
11.07 ~ 11.15
52.20 Pangbourne {10p41a ~ 10p51d}
10p43a ~ 10p53d
11/32
63.45 Didcot East Jn {11/07} 11/09 11/51
64.51 Didcot North Jn {11/09} 11/11 11/53
74.17 Oxford 11*24 ~ 11*26 [TL] ??.?? ~ 12.04
85.78 Heyford 11/44 ?
91.68 Aynho Jn 11/51 ?
96.73 Banbury 11*57 ~ 12*00 ?
98.06 Banbury Jn 12/03 ?
108.04 Woodford 12L30a ~ 12L40d ?
116.46 Fenny Compton 13/10 ?
120.01 Burton Dassett 13/18 ?
122.76 Kineton 13/25 ?
126.77 Ettington 13/34 ?
131.32 Clifford Sidings 13/45 14/20
131.60 Stratford-on-Avon (Old Town) 13p48a ~ 13p57d 14.23 ~ 14.31
132.09 Stratford-on-Avon (Racecourse Jn) 13/59 14/33
139.45 Honeybourne East Loop 14/09 14/45
140.52 Honeybourne 14/12 14/47
145.45 Evesham 14/19 14/53
159.30 Worcester Shrub Hill 14L42a ~ 14L52d 15.15 ~ 15.33
164.79 Droitwich Spa 15/03 15/44
169.23 Stoek Works Jn 15/11 15/53
171.33 Bromsgrove 15p15a ~ 15p25d 16.03 ~ 16.10
173.49 Blackwell 15/33 16/20
174.77 Barnt Green 15/36 16/23
179.74 King's Norton 15/43 16/29
184.31 Camp Hill 15w50 ~ 15w55 16.37 ~ 16.44
185.41 St Andrews Jn 15/59 16/49
186.26 Grand Jn 16/01 16/51
187.08 Birmingham New Street 16/04 16/55
188.22 Church Road Jn 16/10 17/01
192.54 King's Norton 16/16 17/09
197.51 Barnt Green 16/23 17/16
198.79 Blackwell 16/25 17/18
201.15 Bromsgrove 16/30 17/22
207.75 Dunhampstead 16/38 ?
214.45 Abbotswood Jn 16/45 ?
225.21 Ashchurch 16/57 ?
232.40 Cheltenham Spa 17L07a ~ 17L17d 17.53 ~ 18.06
232.64 Lansdown Jn 17/18 ?
238.36 Engine Shed Jn 17/27 ?
239.51 Gloucester South Jn 17/30 ?
245.75 Standish Jn 17/41 18/29
250.41 Stroud 17p48a ~ 17p58d 18/35
261.54 Kemble 18/16 19/04
275.30 Swindon 18/31 19/26
286.11 Uffington 18/44 ?
296.12 Steventon 18/53 ?
299.44 Didcot 18/57 19/51
316.56 Reading General 19/17 20/14
328.35 Maidenhead 19/30 20/28
334.18 Slough 19/36 20/33
343.48 Southall 19/46 21/08
352.54 Paddington 20.00a 21.34


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