11th March 1972

L.C.G.B. / G.W.S.
The Churchward Rail Tour

Locos Used 1022 'Western Sentinel', 1509 (or 1715?), 6884, 6889 & 6890
Stock Used Booked to have been: load 10 ~ TSO+RU+FO+6xTSO+BSK

Route :

Loco(s) Route
1022 (1) London Paddington - Swindon - Bath Spa - North Somerset Jn - Dr Days Jn - Stapleton Road - Pilning - Severn Tunnel Junction - Newport - Cardiff Central
6890 Cardiff Central - Caerphilly (2)
6890 Caerphilly - Cardiff Central
6884 + 6889 (3) Cardiff Central - Barry - Aberthaw - Bridgend - Port Talbot - Court Sart Jn - Jersey Marine North Jn - Morlais Jn East - Hendy Jn - Pantyffynnon - Llandrindod Wells - Craven Arms - Abbey Foregate
xxxx (4) Abbey Foregate - Birmingham New Street - Tyseley - Banbury - Didcot - London Paddington

Notes :
(1) Mark Alden has this leg as having been hauled by 1022 'Western Sentinel' (though it was booked for a class 47) however Alan Osborn has in his records that the train was hauled to Cardiff by 1664 'George Jackson Churchward' (the loco which the organisers had requested) - confirmation someone please.
(2) Buses to Caerphilly loco works (Aber Jn - site of the GWS depot). Steam loco 5322 in steam giving brake van rides.
(3) Believed to have been 6884 + 6889 (Alan Osborn had it as 6890 + ????) - confirmation someone please?
(4) Mark Alden supplied 1715 as the loco on the last leg, Alan Osborn however has it recorded as 1509 - confirmation someone please?
(5) Mark Alden comments: Fare - 3, weather - heavy snow. Train booked single 37 via Central Wales but on the previous Saturday a special worked by 6885 (ex-works) tried to take 11 coaches over Central Wales line and failed at Sugar Loaf  summit tunnel causing a 2 hour delay throwing services into chaos and for that trip Paddington was eventually reached at 02.15!!!


From The John Debens Ticket Collection.

Sources : Mark Alden & Alan Osborn

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Mark Alden & Alan Osborn)

M.C Location Booked Actual
0.00 Paddington 08.45d 08.45
9.06 Southall 08/56 08/54
18.36 Slough 09/03 09/02
24.10 Maidenhead 09/07 09/06
31.01 Twyford 09/12 09/10
35.78 Reading 09.17a ~ 09.19d 09.15 ~ 09.19
53.10 Didcot 09/37 09/34
77.23 Swindon 09.57a ~ 09.59d 09.52 ~ 09.55
83.07 Wootton Bassett Jn 10/06 10/03
93.76 Chippenham 10/13 10/10
106.71 Bath Spa 10/23 10/21
118.68 Stapleton Road 10/43 10/38
122.02 Filton Jn 10/47 10/43
126.61 Pilning 10/53 10/48
132.68 Severn Tunnel West 10/58 10/54
143.41 Newport 11/11 11/05
155.22 Cardiff General 11L26 ~ 11L39 11.29 ~ 11.40
155.70 Cardiff Queen Street 11/42 11/43
162.76 Caerphilly 11.59a ~ 13.18d 11.59 ~ 13.18
170.02 Cardiff Queen Street 13/33 13/31
170.50 Cardiff General 13L35 ~ 13L38 13.34 ~ 13.49
173.18 Cogan 13/47 13/56
179.02 Barry 13/59 14/09
198.09 Bridgend 14/37 14/48
210.19 Port Talbot 14.50a ~ 14.52d 15.00 ~ 15.02
214.12 Court Sart Jn 14/58 15/09
226.79 Hendy Jn 15/23 15/31
232.30 Pantyfynnon 15/32 15/40
240.21 Llandeilo 15/55 15/56
251.33 Llandovery 16/17 16/16
262.63 Llanwrtyd Wells 16.42 ~ 16.51 16.36 ~ 17.20
279.06 Llandrindod Wells 1718 17/48
310.77 Craven Arms 18/09 18/30
318.19 Church Stretton 18/17 18/39
330.77 Abbey Foregate Curve 18L35 ~ 18L58 18.53 ~ 19.19
341.51 Wellington 19/12 19/31
360.46 Wolverhampton HL 19.43a ~ 19.44d 19.56 ~ 20.02
373.40 Birmingham New Street 20.03a ~ 20.08d 20.20 ~ 20.24
377.40 Tyseley 20/20 20/36
384.50 Knowle 20/27 20/43
397.39 Leamington Spa 20/47 20/55
417.29 Banbury 21.08 ~ 21.10 21.14 ~ 21.16
440.05 Oxford 21/35 21/42
449.51 Didcot North Jn 21/43 21/52
467.37 Reading 22.00a ~ 22.03d 22.10 ~ 22.12
472.34 Twyford 22/10 22/34
479.16 Maidenhead 22/15 22/45
484.79 Slough 22/19 22/49
494.29 Southall 22/25 22/59
503.35 Paddington 22.40a 23.16

As originally supplied:

Location Booked Actual
Paddington 08.45d ?
Cardiff Central ??.??a ~ 11.45d ?
Caerphilly ??.??a ~ 13.17d ?
Abbey Foregate ??.??a ~ 19.30d ?
Paddington 23.00a 23.38


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