25th November 1978

Railway Pictorial Publications Railtours
The Welsh Wonder

Locos Used 20044, 20188, 25157, 25225, 46001, 37180 & 37182

Route : 1Z08 throughout

Loco(s) Route
25157 + 25225 London Paddington - Reading (1)
46001 + 25157 + 25225 Reading - Didcot - Swindon - Chippenham - Bradford East Jn - Bradford West Jn - Bath Spa - Dr Days Jn - Lawrence Hill - Filton Jn - Patchway - Severn Tunnel Junction
20188 + 20044 Severn Tunnel Junction - Maindee North Jn - Llantarnam Jn - Blaenavon
20044 + 20188 Blaenavon - Llantarnam Jn - Maindee North Jn - Maindee East Jn - East Usk Jn - Uskmouth
20188 + 20044 Uskmouth - East Usk Jn - Maindee East Jn - Newport - Cardiff Central - Penarth Curve North Jn - Radyr Jn - Aber Jn - Ystrad Mynach - Bargoed
20044 + 20188 Bargoed - Ystrad Mynach - Aber Jn - Caerphilly - Cardiff Central
37180 + 37182 Cardiff Central - Newport - Chepstow - Gloucester - Stroud - Swindon - Reading - London Paddington

Notes :
(1) 46001 added at Reading due to failure of one of the 25's (though Clive Barlow suggests neither 25 failed, just that both were on low power).
(2) Jonathan B. Juby comments: I was on this train from Paddington to Blaenavon, Uskmouth, Bargoed and Cardiff.  Because it was almost 2 hours behind schedule there, those who wanted were allowed to travel back to Paddington on a service train, and I had to take advantage of this as I had to get home to Frinton-on-Sea in Essex that night, and I wasn’t sure if I would have been able to had I stayed aboard.  (The official timings you have published suggest not). I understood that one of the 25s was not working, though that was not first hand.  Certainly the progress towards Reading was slow, and it wasn’t promising when the guard opened our compartment door to see if we were as cold as he was, commenting that he wouldn’t be staying aboard (before the Slough stop).  Obviously by the time 46001 had coupled on at Reading we had completely lost our path, so were 40 minutes late at Swindon, and lost more time awaiting a service train from Westbury (hauled by 33011) towards Bradford-on-Avon.  By Severn Tunnel Junction we were about 80-90 minutes late (I didn’t record the time, but my first note there was at 12.32, compared with a schedule from 11.02-11.12). The sun shining on 20188 at Blaenavon in the picture on your listing didn’t last – within 5 minutes it was snowing! Had we been on time, we should have seen the line to Bargoed during daylight one way. As it was, it was about sunset at Uskmouth, and dark both ways to Bargoed.  I am sure we did go there, but after dark it could have been anywhere!

Sources : Alan Costello (information taken from RPPR Railtour Pictorial Booklet) & Clive Barlow

Photo Review


20188 leads 20044 on the late running 1Z08 heading towards Blaenavon,
trundling along at 15mph between Pontnewydd and Cwmffrwdder Halt.
(photo: Gordon Lacy)


20188 & 20044 on arrival at Blaenavon (photo: Peter Brabham)


Timings (Booked Only)
(from Clive Barlow)

Location Booked (out) Booked (rtn)
Paddington 07.50d 21.01a
Southall 08/00 20/50
Slough 08.08a ~ 08.10d 20.37a ~ 20.40d
Maidenhead 08/18 20/30˝
Twyford 08/24 20/26
Reading 08.31a ~ 08.33d 20.18a ~ 20.20d
Didcot 08/54 20/05
Challow 09/06 19/58
Swindon 09.24a ~ 09.26d 19.37a ~ 19.46d

 

Location Booked
Wootton Bassett Jn 09/33
Chippenham 09.41a ~ 09.42d
Thingley Jn 09/46
Melksham 09p53a ~ 10p03d
Bradford East Jn 10/10
Bradford West Jn 10/11
Bathampton Jn 10/23
North Somerset Jn 10/38
Dr Days Jn 10/39
Lawrence Hill 10c40a ~ 10c42d
Filton Jn 10/50˝
Patchway 10/52
Pilning 10/55
Severn Tunnel West 11/00
Severn Tunnel Junction 11L02a ~ 11L12d
Maindee East Jn 11/24
Maindee North Jn 11/26
Llantarnam Jn 11.36a ~ 11.37d
Panteg & C 11.47a ~ 11.48d
Blaenavon 12L40a ~ 13L10d
Panteg & C 13.56a ~ 13.57d
Llantarnam Jn 14.05a ~ 14.06d
Maindee North Jn 14/13
Maindee East Jn 14/15
East Usk Jn 14/18
Uskmouth 14p35a ~ 14p50d
East Usk Jn 14/18
Newport 15/09
Cardiff Central 15.26a ~ 15.28d
Penarth Curve North Jn 15/33
Radyr Jn 15/42
Walnut Tree Jn 15/47
Aber Jn 16/02
Ystrad Mynach 16/10
Bargoed 16L20a ~ 16L35d
Ystrad Mynach 16/45
Aber Jn 16/53
Caerphilly 16/56
Cardiff Central 17L28a ~ 17L38d
Newport 17/58
Severn Tunnel Junction 18/17
Chepstow 18/24
Lydney 18/33
Awre 18/39
Gloucester 18.52a ~ 18.55d
Gloucester Yard Jn 18/57
Standish Jn 19/03
Stroud 19/08
Kemble 19/22
Loco Yard 19/35

Timings continue in first table.

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