27th January 1979

R.P.P.R.
The Welsh Wizard

Locos Used 37183, 37190, 37228 (1), 37286, 50008
Stock Used Booked for load 12

Route :

Loco(s) Route
37228 + 50008 Paddington Reading Swindon Bristol Parkway Newport Cardiff Central
37286 + 50008 Cardiff Central Barry Bridgend Tondu
37183 + 37190 Tondu Margam Court Sart Jn Jersey Marine Jn Burrows Down
37183 + 37190 Burrows Down Neath & Brecon Jn Onllywn
37183 + 37190 Onllywn Neath & Brecon Jn Burrows Down
37183 + 37190 Burrows Down Jersey Marine Jn Briton Ferry Yard Neath Swansea
50008 Swansea Port Talbot Bridgend Cardiff Central - (reverse of outward route) - Paddington

Notes :
(1) 37228 was originally listed on the Page in error as 37223.
(2) Originally advertised to be hauled by 2x class 50s however a W.R. ban put in place in November 1978 due to lack of availability and as a result a south Wales class 37 was substituted for the second advertised class 50 on the outward leg; 'organised...at some extra expense....to avoid disappointment...'.

Sources : Ian Monkton, Peter Turtle & Colin Marsden

Photo Review


37286 and 50008 double head the Welsh Wizard Railtour past Barry 'Box.
(Photo : Shayne Lewis)


The photo-stop at Barry (Photo : Gordon Lacy)


37190+37183 waiting for the 'road' at a cold and snowy Tondu
(Photo : Gordon Lacy)


Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Clive Barlow & Nigel Rollings)

Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual
Paddington 07.50d 08.05   20/36 21.28
Southall 08/01 ?   20/24 ?
Slough 08/09 ?   20/17 ?
Maidenhead 08/13 ?   20/13 ?
Twyford 08/18 ?   20/09 ?
Reading 08.23a ~ 08.25d 08.33 ~ 08.36   20.00a ~ 20.02d 20.49 ~ 20.52
Didcot 08/42 08/52   19/47 20/36
Challow 08/50 ?   19/40 ?
Swindon 09c03a ~ 09c15d 09.16 ~ 09.19   19c18a ~ 19c27d 20.13 ~ 20.16
Wootton Bassett Jn 09/22 ?   19/09 ?
Hullavington 09/31 ?   19/01 ?
Bristol Parkway 09.45a ~ 09.46d 09.52 ~ 09.56   18.47a ~ 18.48d 19.39 ~ 19.42
Pilning 09/49 ?   18/40 19/27
Severn Tunnel Junction 09/55 ?   18/33 19/20
Newport 10/05 10/17   18.22 ~ 18.23 19.08 ~ 19.10
Cardiff Central 10c22a ~ 10c24d 10.31 ~ 10.42   18c05a ~ 18c07d 18.50 ~ 18.53

 

Location Booked Actual
Cogan 10/31 ?
Barry 10p43a ~ 10p50d 10.51 ~ 11.11
Bridgend 11c24a ~ 11c27d 11.41 ~ 11.20
Tondu 11L37a ~ 11L57d 11.54 ~ 12.24
Cefn Jn 12/06 12/33
Abbey East Jn 12/24 12/49
Port Talbot 12/34 ?
Court Sart Jn 12/38 13/07
Dynevor Jn 12/40 13/11
Jersey Marine South Jn 12/43 ?
Burrows Down Avoiding Siding 12p51a ~ 13p06d 13.21 ~ 13.41
Jersey Marine South Jn 13/15 ?
Neath & Brecon Jn 13/22 13/58
Blaenant 13/33 ?
Onllwyn 13p54a ~ 14p10d 14.36 ~ 14.58
Blaenant 14/30 ?
Neath & Brecon Jn 14/41 15/33
Jersey Marine South Jn 14/49 ?
Burrows Down Avoiding Siding 14.57a ~ 15.12d 15.49 ~ 16.01
Jersey Marine South Jn 15/21 ?
Dynevor Jn 15/24 16/15
Briton Ferry Yard 15.32a ~ 15.50d 16.23 ~ 16.50
Neath 15/55 ?
Swansea 16L13a ~ 17L10d 17.11 ~ 17.48
Neath 17/25 18/08
Port Talbot 17/31 18/17
Bridgend 17/42 18/30

Timings continue in first table.

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