23rd April 1977

The Railway Correspondence and Travel Society
The Wessex Venturer

Locos Used 07001, 33118 & 74004
Stock Used 4TC sets & RMB formed; 405+1872+430 (4)

Route :

Loco Route
74004 (1) London Waterloo - Clapham Junction - Earlsfield - Wimbledon - Surbiton - Woking - Basingstoke - Winchester City - Eastleigh - Northam Jn - Southampton Ocean Liner Terminal - Berths 38/39
07001 Southampton Docks Berths 38/39 - Empress Yard
07001 Empress Yard  - Berths 26/27
07001 Berths 26/27 - Dock Gates no. 5 - no. 7 - no. 8 - West Yard 8 Road
33118 (1) West Yard 8 Road - Millbrook Dock Exit - Southampton Central - Eastleigh - Romsey - Dean - Salisbury - Gillingham - Yeovil Junction
33118 Yeovil Junction - Yeovil Pen Mill - Castle Cary - Witham
33118 (1) Witham - Merehead South Jn - Merehead Quarry (2)
33118 Merehead Quarry - Merehead South Jn
33118 (1) Merehead South Jn - Cranmore
33118 Cranmore - Witham - Frome - Frome North Box
33118 (1) Frome North Box - Mells Road
33118 Mells Road - Frome North Box - Clink Road Jn - Westbury - Trowbridge - Thingley Jn
33118 (1) Thingley Jn - Trowbridge - Westbury (3)
33118 Westbury - Newbury - Reading General - Wokingham - Ascot - Staines Central - Richmond - Clapham Jn - London Waterloo

Notes :
(1) Loco propelling.
(2) The final version of the tour guide had the train running direct from Witham to Cranmore without going into Merehead, although, as can be seen, it did go there.
(3) Booked route was via Hawkeridge  direct to Fairwood Jn.
(4) Set 430 was originally uploaded as 433 however a very detailed log of the trip seen by the Webmaster lists the second 4TC set as 430 and this has since been confirmed by Tim Wallis.

Sources : John Clifford (on the train throughout) & John Debens

Photo Review


From The John Debens Ticket Collection.


Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from John Clifford)

Location Booked Actual
Waterloo 09.16d 09.16
Clapham Junction 09/22 09/23
Hampton Court Jn 09/32 09/33
Woking Jn 09/41 09/41
Worting Jn 10/01 10/01
Winchester City 10/13 10/13
Eastleigh 10/18 10/18
St Denys 10.24a ~ 10.25d 10.23 ~ 10.25
Northam Jn 10/27 10/28
Canute Road Jn 10/31 10/34
Southampton Docks Berths 38/39 10.37a ~ 10.45d 10.41 ~ 10.53
Empress Yard 10.55a ~ 11.10d 10.59 ~ 11.05
Berths 26/27 11.15a ~ 11.25d 11.08 ~ 11.23
Dock gate 5 11/30 11/25
Dock gate 8 11/35 11/33
West Yard 8 road 11.40a ~ 11.50d 11.35 ~ 12.02
Millbrook Dock Exit 12/02 12.05a ~ 12.05d
Southampton Central 12/05 12/09
Northam Jn 12/08 12/12
Eastleigh 12.15a ~ 12.16d 12/19
Romsey 12.28a ~ 12.38d 12.31 ~ 12.41
Tunnel Jn 12/56 13/00
Salisbury 13.00a ~ 13.15d 13.04 ~ 13.16
Wilton Jn 13/19 13/19
Wilton South 13/20 13/20
Gillingham 13/39 13/39
Templecombe 13/44 13/44
Yeovil Junction 13.55a ~ 14.00d 13.55 ~ 14.02
Yeovil Pen Mill 14.05a ~ 14.06d 14.12 ~ 14.13
Castle Cary 14.19a ~ 14.20d 14/28
Witham 14.30a ~ 14.35d 14.44 ~ 14.48
Merehead Quarry DIV 15.07a ~ 15.11d
Merehead South Jn DIV 15.17a ~ 15.21d
Cranmore 15.10a ~ 16.10d 15.32 ~ 16.15
Witham 16.45a ~ 16.46d 16.37 ~ 16.43
Blatchbridge Jn 17/01 16/52
Frome North 17.03 ~ 17.08d 16.57 ~ 17.04
Hapsford Loop 17/20 17.13a ~ 17.14d
Mells Road 17.30a ~ 17.40d 17.27 ~ 17.40
Frome North 18.02a ~ 18.03d 18.01 ~ 18.12
Clink Road Jn 18/05 18/16
Fairwood Jn 18/08 18/21
Westbury 18.11a ~ 18.13d 18.23 ~ 18.45
Bradford Jn 18.22a ~ 18.23d 18/57
Thingley Jn 18.42a ~ 18.47d 19.11 ~ 19.21
Bradford Jn 19.04a ~ 19.05d 19/35
Hawkeridge 19.12a ~ 19.14d 19/44
Westbury DIV 19.46a ~ 19.52d
Heywood Road Jn 19/18 19/55
Lavington 19/28 20/03
Woodborough 19/38 20/10
Bedwyn 19/50 20/20
Newbury 20/07 20/35
Southcote Jn 20/22 20/50
Reading General 20.24a ~ 20.29d 20.54 ~ 20.58
Earley 20/34 21/04
Wokingham 20/39 21/09
Ascot 20/49 21/21
Virginia Water 20/59 21/27
Staines Central 21/05 21.33a ~ 21.34d
Feltham Jn 21/11 21/41
Twickenham 21/14 21/43
Barnes 21/24 21/51
Clapham Junction 21.28a ~ 21.29d 21.55 ~ 21.56
Waterloo 21.36a 22.09


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