3rd September 1966

L.C.G.B.
The Great Central Rail Tour

Locos Used E26021, 35030 'Elder Dempster Lines', 61131 & 61173
Stock Used booked for load 10, formed of BR standard coaches thus; BSK, 3x SO, RB, 4x SO, BSK
'train set 404'

Route :

Loco(s) Route
35030 London Waterloo - Clapham Junction - Barnes - New Kew Jn - Acton Wells Jn - Neasden Jn - Neasden South Jn (1) - Harrow-on-the-Hill - Rickmansworth - Amersham - Aylesbury - Woodford Halse - Rugby Central - Lutterworth - Leicester Central - Loughborough Central - Nottingham Victoria
61173 + 61131 Nottingham Victoria - Kirkby South Jn - Heath - Staveley Central - Woodhouse East Jn - Darnall - Attercliffe Jn - Shepcote Lane Jn - Rotherham Central - Mexborough No.3 - Wath Central - Elsecar Jn
E26021 Elsecar Jn - Aldam Jn - Wombewell Main Jn - West Silkstone Jn - Barnsley Jn - Penistone
E26021 Penistone - Sheffield Victoria
61173 + 61131 Sheffield Victoria - Woodhouse East Jn - Killamarsh Jn - Clowne South - Langwith Jn - Clipstone West Jn - Mansfield Central - Kirkby South Jn - Annesley North Jn - Bestwood Jn - Bagthorpe Jn - Nottingham Victoria
35030 Nottingham Victoria - (reverse of outward route) - Grendon Underwood Jn - Ashendon Jn - Princes Risborough - High Wycombe - West Ruislip - Neasden South Jn - London Marylebone

Notes :
(1) Tour set-back to crossover to main line.
(2) Dave Smit comments: The tour was booked to stop at High Wycombe to set down on the return journey. The signalman routed the train through on the main line, and passengers leaving the train climbed down onto the track and then onto the platform. I had decided not to detrain as there was no way that I would ever be able to travel behind steam from High Wycombe to London again!

Sources : Terry Jackson, The Bluebell Railway Museum & John Debens

Photo Review


61173 & 61131 at Sheffield Victoria (photo: Alan Sainty Collection)


E26021 at Penistone (photo: Alan Sainty Collection)


35030 at Nottingham Victoria (photo:
Graham T V Stacey - courtesy of www.30937.co.uk)


From The John Debens Ticket Collection.
(originally supplied by Andrew Fairholm)


Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from The Bluebell Railway Museum)

M.C Location Booked Actual
0.00 Waterloo 09.00d [WTL]] 09.00
2.50 Queens Road ? [WTL] 09/05
3.71 Clapham Junction 09/08 09/08
7.04 Barnes 09/15 09/13
9.42 New Kew Jn 09/22 09/20
10.01 Kew East Jn 09*25 ~ 09*32 09/21
10.57 South Acton Jn 09/35 09/23
12.46 Acton Wells Jn 09/40 09/26
14.42 Neasden Jn 09/46 09/30
14.71 Neasden South Jn 09*48 ~ 09*58 09.32 ~ 09.56
18.69 Harrow-on-the-Hill 10.04a ~ 10.06d 10.03 ~ 10.06
25.58 Watford South Jn 10/14 10/16
26.66 Rickmansworth 10/16 10/18
31.18 Chalfont 10/24 10/27
33.22 Amersham 10/27 10/31
38.36 Great Missenden 10/32 10/37
47.44 Aylesbury 10w42a ~ 10w47d 10.49 ~ 10.56
56.40 Grendon Underwood Jn 10/57 11/08
76.78 Culworth Jn 11/15 11/26
78.59 Woodford Halse 11/19 11/27
92.71 Rugby Central 11/35 11/42
99.54 Lutterworth 11/45 11/49
112.61 Leicester Central 11/58 12/04
122.52 Loughborough Central 12p10a ~ 12p20d 12.17 ~ 12.26
136.16 Nottingham Victoria 12L40 ~ 12L50 12.44 ~ 13.08
138.27 Bagthorpe Jn 12/54 13/13
146.79 Kirkby South Jn 13/10 13/34
156.53 Heath 13/26 13/52
162.15 Staveley Central 13p36a ~ 13p46d 14.04 ~ 14.13
168.70 Woodhouse East Jn 13/57 14/27
172.24 Darnall 14/04 14/34
173.12 Attercliffe Jn 14/06 14/36
174.23 Shepcote Lane Jn 14c09 ~ 14c11 17.39 ~ 14.43
177.37 Rotherham Central 14/18 14/50
182.78 Mexborough No.3 14/26 15/04
184.73 Wath Central 14/33 15/10
186.30 Elsecar Jn 14L37 ~ 14L48 15.16 ~ 15.29
188.33 Aldam Jn 14/54 15/37
189.07 Wombwell Main Jn 14/57 15/40
193.41 Wentworth Jn 15/08 15/57
196.18 West Silkstone Jn 15/14 16/04
197.39 Barnsley Jn 15/18 16/08
198.13 Penistone 15.20 ~ 15.35 16.11 ~ 16.24
211.13 Sheffield Victoria 15L50 ~ 16L05 16.43 ~ 16.51
216.41 Woodhouse East Jn 16/15 17/01
220.57 Killamarsh Jn 16/20 17/05
226.68 Clowne South 16/33 17/19
232.16 Langwith Jn 16c46 ~ 16c47 17.29 ~ 17.31
237.35 Clipstone West Jn 16/55 17/42
243.03 Mansfield Central 17/12 17/54
248.40 Kirkby South Jn 17/35 18/07
249.52 Annesley North Jn 17/38 18/10
255.02 Bestwood Jn 17/56 18/21
256.10 Bulwell Common 18/00 18/23
257.22 Bagthorpe Jn 18/04 18/25
259.33 Nottingham Victoria 18L10 ~ 18L20 18.31 ~ 18.44
272.77 Loughborough Central 18/38 19/03
282.68 Leicester Central 18/50 19/14
295.75 Lutterworth 19/09 19/32
302.58 Rugby Central 19/17 19/39
316.70 Woodford Halse 19/35 19/54
318.51 Culworth Jn 19/39 19/56
339.09 Grendon Underwood Jn 20/00 20/17
345.06 Ashendon Jn 20/08 20/24
354.52 Princes Risborough 20/20 20/33
362.46 High Wycombe 20w33a ~ 20w38d 20.44 ~ 20.54
377.03 West Ruislip 20.58a ~ 21.00d 21.12 ~ 21.13
379.05 Northolt East Jn 21/04 21/17
385.29 Neasden South Jn 21/12 21/29
390.42 Marylebone 21.20a 21.37


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