11th March 1978

F & W Railtours
Gwent Valley Invader

Locos Used 37233, 37269, 40044, 40120 & 47001
Stock Used 12 x Mk 1's: BSK+SO+SO+SO+SO+SO+SO+SO+SO+BSK+SK+SK

Route : 1Z46 throughout

Loco(s) Route
40120 Crewe - Alsager - Kidsgrove - Stoke-on-Trent - Uttoxeter - Stenson Jn - Derby
40120 Derby - Stenson Jn - Burton-on-Trent - Wichnor Jn - Tamworth - Kingsbury Jn - Water Orton - Landor Street Jn - Birmingham New Street - Selly Oak - King's Norton - Bromsgrove - Stoke Works Jn - Droitwich Spa - Worcester Shrub Hill - Abbotswood Jn - Cheltenham Spa - Barnwood Jn - Gloucester - Chepstow - Severn Tunnel Junction - Newport
37269 + 37233 Newport - Gaer Jn - Lime Kiln Jn - Aberbeeg - Waunllwyd (Ebbw Vale)
37269 + 37233 Waunllwyd (Ebbw Vale) - (reverse of outward route) - Newport - Maindee North Jn - Llantarnam Jn - Blaenavon
37269 + 37233 Blaenavon - Llantarnam Jn - Maindee North Jn - Newport
47001 Newport - Severn Tunnel Junction - Pilning - Bristol Parkway - Westerleigh Jn - Yate - Charfield - Standish Jn - Barnwood Jn - (reverse of outward route) - Birmingham New Street
40044 Birmingham New Street - (reverse of outward route) - Derby
40044 Derby - (reverse of outward route) - Crewe

Notes :
(1) Jim Sparks comments: A Class 40 had been confirmed by BR as hauling the train throughout with a Class 37 piloting up the valleys, but at very short notice, the organisers were informed that the '40' would be removed at Newport for fuelling and servicing and a pair of Class 37's would haul the train up the valleys. Last minute moves to get the '40' back on for the Blaenavon branch were unsuccessful, but there was worse to come! On arrival back at Newport, it was announced that 40120 had been declared a failure, so 47001 was provided for the return run.


From Bob Mitchell's ticket collection.

Source : Jim Sparks (joined/left the train at Newport)

Timings (Booked Only)
(from Jim Sparks)

Miles Location Booked (out) Booked (rtn) Miles
0 Crewe 08.12d 22.49a ?
8 Kidsgrove 08/25 22/38 ?
13 Etruria 08/33 22/30 ?
14 Stoke-on-Trent 08.36a ~ 08.38d 22.26a ~ 22.28d ?
? Cresswell Jn 08/52 22/16 ?
31 Uttoxeter 09/01 22/00 ?
? North Staffs Jn 09/18 21/43 ?
50 Derby 09.27a ~ 09.42d 21.20a ~ 21.35d ?
? Stenson Jn 09/49 21/11 ?
61 Burton-on-Trent 09/54 21/05 ?
? Wichnor Jn 10/00 21/01 ?
74 Tamworth 10/06 20/56 ?
84 Kingsbury Jn 10/11 20/51 ?
? Water Orton 10/14 20/48 ?
? Landor Street Jn 10/24 20/42 ?
91 Birmingham New Street 10.28a ~ 10.31d 20.35a ~ 20.38d ?
? King's Norton 10/42 20/23 ?
102 Barnt Green 10/50 20/18 ?
105 Bromsgrove 10/55 20/10 ?
? Stoke Works Jn 10/57 20/07 ?
112 Droitwich Spa 11/04 20/01 ?
117 Worcester Shrub Hill 11.14a ~ 11.17d 19.50a ~ 19.53d ?
? Norton Jn 11/22 19/45 ?
? Abbotswood Jn 11/24 19/43 ?
139 Cheltenham Spa 11.41a ~ 11.43d 19.24a ~ 19.26d 52

 

Miles Location Booked
146 Gloucester 11.53a ~ 11.55d
? Awre 12/09
165 Lydney 12/14
173 Chepstow 12/23
181 Severn Tunnel Junction 12/36
191
0
Newport 12L48a ~ 13L20d
? Gaer Jn 13/24
? Rogerstone 13/32
? Lime Kiln Jn 13/39
? Aberbeeg 13/58
21 Waunllwyd 14.11 ~ 14.30
? Aberbeeg 14/44
? Lime Kiln Jn 15/03
? Rogerstone 15/10
? Gaer Jn 15/17
?
0
Newport 15/21
? Maindee North Jn 15/24
? Llantarnam Jn 15/33
? Panteg & Coedygrig Jn 15/44
16 Blaenavon 16.36 ~ 16.55
? Panteg & Coedygrig Jn 17/42
? Llantarnam Jn 17/51
? Maindee North Jn 18/05
?
0
Newport 18L08a ~ 18L20d
10 Severn Tunnel Junction 18/30
17 Pilning 18/37
20 Patchway 18/41
21 Bristol Parkway 18.43a ~ 18.45d
? Westerleigh Jn 18/51
? Charfield 18/59
? Standish Jn 19/08
? Gloucester Yard Jn 19.15 ~ 19.17

Timings continue in first table.

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