3rd November 1973
Farewell to the Lambourn Valley Railway
|DMU's Used||sets L470 + ???? + L472 (11-car) (3)|
Route : (4 round trips)
|as listed||Newbury - Welford Park MoD|
|as listed||Welford Park MoD - (?reverse of outward route?) - Newbury|
(1) One run carried headcode 2Z70. It was reported that 1,997 tickets were sold for these last runs over the branch. Mark Harrington comments: The last passenger trains ran to Lambourn on 4th Jan 1960. The line was later cut back to Welford Park MOD. US Forces ran their own trains from around 1969 until 1973 when replaced by road traffic. The branch was lifted in 1976.
(2) Brian Halford comments: I was on the 11.45 train which ran OK but due to poor condition of the track it ran at about 5 mph on the whole length of branch. The statisticians can calculate the average speed with the mileage against the 45mins schedule!
(3) John Broderick lists the DMU used on the 15.45 (actual time) departure as:
Source : Mark Harrington (from contemporary sources)
|From The John Debens Ticket Collection.||From Andy Fairholms ticket collection.|
|Brown ticket scan required....|
Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from John Broderick & Brian Halford)
|Location||Booked (out)||Booked (rtn)||Booked (out)||Booked (rtn)||Booked (out)||Booked (rtn)||Booked||Actual||Booked||Actual|
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