7th May 1966

Ian Allan
(Paddington to Penzance Non-Stop and Penzance to Waterloo)

Locos Used D823 'Hermes' & D1010 'Western Campaigner'
Stock Used load 6

Route :

Loco Route
D1010 London Paddington - Slough - Reading - Southcote Jn - (via Berks & Hants) - Cogload Jn - Taunton - Exeter St Davids - Newton Abbot - Plymouth - Par - Penzance
D1010 Penzance - Par - Plymouth
D823 Plymouth - St Budeaux - Bere Ferrers - Bere Alston - Tavistock North - Lydford - Okehampton - Crediton - Exeter St Davids - Exeter Central - Honiton - Salisbury - Basingstoke - Fleet - Woking - Weybridge - Surbiton - Wimbledon - Clapham Junction - Vauxhall - London Waterloo

Notes :
(1) Originally uploaded as having run on 7th June 1966 in error.
(2) Gordon Jakes comments: the outward journey was non stop albeit a very slow crawl was required approaching the Royal Albert Bridge due to a late running up train. The non-stop run Paddington to Penzance was achieved in 5hours 13 minutes. The return journey achieved a non-stop journey from Plymouth to Waterloo albeit with a short signal stop at Keyham. The time between Plymouth and Waterloo was recorded (by me) as 3 hours 53 minutes which beat the Ocean Liner Express of 1904 (see below) by just under 10 minutes!
(3) During the time at Penzance a special helicopter charter was available which provided about 90minutes on St Marys in the Scilly Isles.
(4)
The following is quoted from the train handout:
“ It is just two years ago on the corresponding Saturday of 1964, that the epic ‘Great Western’ ran from Paddington to Plymouth and back. It was recognized at the time that this would really be the swan song of steam, and so it proved to be. Nothing of comparable performance could be or has been, attempted since.
Whether we like it or not, the age of the electric and the diesel is upon us and we felt sure that a special could be run, utilizing modern power, which would in some measure compensate for what we have lost with the passing of steam.
Penzance non-stop was, in fact, contemplated by the Great Western between the wars, when it was planned to put water troughs west of Plymouth, but this never materialized and today’s is the first non-stop run ever attempted by any train over this entire route. The point-to-point timings promise some stimulating running over all sections, particularly the 98 minutes from Penzance to Plymouth. Between Plymouth and Waterloo, the fastest time ever recorded appears to have been 4 hours 3minutes 11seconds, by an Ocean Liner Special on April 23rd 1904, with stops at Exeter and Templecombe. No non-stop run has ever been made between Plymouth and Waterloo due to lack of water facilities in former days.”

Source : Gordon Jakes

Photo Review


D1010 waits to leave Paddington (photo: Gordon Jakes)


D1010 waits to leave Penzance on the return leg (photo: Gordon Jakes)


D823 at Plymouth after taking over from D1010 (photo: Gordon Jakes)


From The John Debens Ticket Collection.


Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Gordon Jakes)

M.C Location Booked Actual Speed (mph)
0.00 Paddington 07.35d 07/35 [P4]  
1.20 Westbourne Park ? 07/38  
5.60 Ealing Broadway ? 07/42 80
9.10 Southall 07/45 07/45 85
13.20 West Drayton ? 07/47 90 constant
18.40 Slough 07/51 07/51 83; 90; 90
24.20 Maidenhead 07/55 07/55 85; 90; 85
31.00 Twyford 08/00 07/59 90; brakes at mp33
36.00 Reading General 08/04 08/03  
37.70 Southcote Jn ? 08/06 69; 75
41.25 Theale ? 08/09 81; 75
44.65 Aldermaston ? 08/12 75
46.60 Midgham ? 08/13 72
49.45 Thatcham ? 08/16 80
53.10 Newbury 08/18 08/18 85; 80
58.40 Kintbury ? 08/22 75 → 66
61.45 Hungerford ? 08/25 78; 81 → 69
66.30 Bedwyn 08/29 08/29 69; 72; 65
70.10 Severnake ? 08/32 78; 78; 90; 90; 90
75.30 Pewsey ? 08/36 90 constant; 85
81.10 Patney ? 08/40 81; brake → 45
86.70 Lavington 08/44 08/45 81; 90
94.45 Heywood Road Jn 08/49 08/51  
97.00 Fairwood Jn 08/51 08/52 90
100.20 Clink Road Jn 08/53 08/55 90
102.25 Blatchbridge Jn 08/55 08/56 78; 85; 90
106.30 Witham ? 08/59 90 brake → 72
111.55 Bruton ? 09/03 brake → 60
115.10 Castle Cary 09/05 09/06 72; 81; 88
120.05 Keinton Madeville ? 09/10 90
122.15 Charlton Mackrell ? 09/11 90; 85
125.45 Somerton ? 09/14 90
130.65 Curry Rivel Jn ? ? brake → 75
134.60 Athelney ? 09/20 80; 85
138.00 Cogload Jn ? 09/23 85
140.25 Creech Jn ? 09/24 80; 80
142.60 Taunton 09/24 09/27  
144.55 Norton Fitzwarren ? 09/29 72; 75
149.70 Wellington ? 09/33 78 → 68
153.50 Whiteball ? 09/37 90 brake → 30
158.55 Tiverton Junction ? 09/43 75; 80; 90
160.70 Cullompton ? 09/45 brake → 66; 75
170.10 Stoke Canon ? 09/51 brake hard PSR
173.40 Exeter St Davids 09/51 09/56 81; 90; 95
178.25 Exminster ? 10/00 70
182.00 Starcross ? 10/03 64
184.05 Dawlish Warren 10/03 10/05 brake → 53
188.45 Teignmouth ? 10/11 62; 66; 69; ease
193.55 Newton Abbot 10/16 10/17  
194.65 Aller Jn 10/17 10/18  
197.50 Dainton ? ?  
202.30 Totnes 10/29 10/28 53; 42; 56
207.00 Rattery ? ?  
209.20 Brent 10/38 10/36 50 constant; 56
211.35 Wrangaton ? ? 56
214.60 Ivybridge ? 10/4 56; 52; 60; 64
218.70 Hemerdon 10/49 10/45 72; 85 - brake hard
221.40 Plympton ? ?  
224.05 Lipson Jn ? 10/54  
225.45 Plymouth 11/01 10/55 slow PSR
226.65 Devonport Albert Road ? 10/58  
227.05 Dockyard Halt ? ? 30
227.65 Keyham ? 11/00  
228.45 St Budeaux ? 11/01 slow
? Royal Albert Bridge ? 11/03  
229.65 Saltash 11/11 11/04 62
234.65 St Germans 11/18 11/10 53; 57
240.05 Menheniot ? 11/17 48
243.25 Liskeard 11/27 11/20 40
246.45 Doublebois ? 11/25 40; 47; 33
252.45 Bodmin Road 11/38 11/34 38; 42
255.65 Lostwithiel 11/43 11/39  
260.25 Par 11/47 11/46  
265.00 St Austell 11/52 11/52  
271.50 Grampound Road ? 12/06 60; 55; 64
279.25 Truro 12/11 12/13 50
284.25 Chacewater ? 12/21  
286.05 Scorrier ? 12/23 56
288.25 Redruth 12/25 12/25 43
291.65 Cambourne 12/30 12/30 52
294.05 Gwinear Road ? 12/34 56
297.65 Hayle ? 12/38  
299.25 St Erth 12/38 12/40 60; 70
303.05 Marazion ? 12/44  
305.05
0.00
Penzance 12.50a ~ 16.00d 12.48 ~ 16.00  
2.00 Marazion ? 16/04  
5.60 St Erth 16/06 16/08 48
7.20 Hayle 16/08 16/10  
10.60 Gwinear Road ? 16/14  
13.20 Cambourne 16/15 16/17  
16.60 Redruth 16/19 16/21 54
19.00 Scorrier ? 16/24  
20.60 Chacewater ? 16/26  
25.60 Truro 16/29 16/31  
33.40 Grampound Road ? 16/40 62
40.20 St Austell 16/45 16/47  
44.60 Par 16/50 16/52  
49.20 Lostwithiel 16/55 16/57  
52.40 Bodmin Road ? 17/01  
58.40 Doublebois ? 17/08  
61.60 Liskeard 17/12 17/12  
65.00 Menheniot 17/15 17/15  
70.20 St Germans ? 17/20  
75.20 Saltash 17/28 17/28  
77.20 Keyham ? 17/32  
78.20 Devonport Albert Road ? 17/33  
79.40 Plymouth 17.38 ~ 17.49 17.36 ~ 17.49 [P8]  
80.60 Devonport Albert Road 17/52 17/53  
81.00 Dockyard Halt ? ?  
81.60 Keyham ? ? signal stop
83.20 St Budeaux ? 17/58  
87.40 Bere Ferrers ? 18/03  
89.40 Bere Alston 18/08 18/06  
96.60 Tavistock North 18/18 18/14  
101.60 Brentor ? 18/21  
103.20 Lydford 18/27 18/23  
106.40 Bridestowe ? 18/27  
113.00 Okehampton 18/44 18/39  
116.60 Sampford Courtenay ? 18/43 70; 75
119.40 North Tawton 18/50 18/45 75
122.60 Bow ? 18/48  
127.40 Yeoford 19/02 18/54  
131.20 Crediton 19/05 18/58  
133.6 Newton St Cyres 19/11 19/01  
138.00 Exeter St Davids 19/17 19/11  
138.60 Exeter Central 19/18 19/12  
139.20 St James Park Halt ? 19/13  
140.40 Pinhoe ? 19/17 64; 69
142.40 Broad Clyst ? 19/18  
146.20 Whimple ? 19/21  
150.20 Sidmouth Junction 19/30 19/25  
154.40 Honiton ? 19/30 70; 75; 79
161.40 Seaton Junction 19/40 19/36 75
164.60 Axminster 19/43 19/39 75; 80; 80
169.60 Chard Junction ? 19/43 80 constant
177.60 Crewekerne ? 19/49 80; 85
186.40 Yeovil Junction 19/59 19/56 80; 85; 85
191.00 Sherbourne 20/03 19/59 85
195.00 Milborne Pot halt ? 20/02  
197.20 Templecombe 20/07 20/04 90; 85; 90
204.00 Gillingham ? 20/10  
208.00 Semley ? 20/14 75
213.00 Tisbury ? 20/19  
217.40 Dinton ? 20/22 90 constant
223.20 Wilton South 20/32 20/27 90
225.60 Salisbury 20/36 20/32  
231.20 Porton ? 20/37  
231.60 Idmiston Halt ? 20/37 90
236.60 Grateley ? 20/41 100 constant; 85
243.00 Andover Junction ? 20/45  
248.20 Hurstbourne ? 20/49  
250.20 Whitchurch North ? 20/51  
253.60 Overton ? 20/54 80; 85
261.40 Basingstoke ? 20/59  
267.00 Hook ? 21/05  
269.20 Winchfield ? 21/06  
272.60 Fleet ? 21/09  
276.00 Farnborough ? 21/11  
281.20 Brookwood ? 21/15  
285.00 Woking ? 21/17  
287.40 West Byfleet ? 21/19  
290.20 Weybridge ? 21/21  
292.20 Walton-on-Thames ? 21/23  
293.20 Hersham ? 21/26  
294.60 Esher ? 21/27  
297.20 Surbiton ? 21/29  
299.40 New Malden ? 21/31  
300.40 Raynes Park ? 21/32  
302.00 Wimbledon ? 21/33  
303.60 Earlsfield ? ?  
305.20 Clapham Junction 21/49 21/36  
308.00 Vauxhall ? 21/40  
309.20 Waterloo 21.56a 21.42  


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