24th January 1981

British Rail (W.R.)
(Farewell to Staines West Branch)

DMU Used 51336+59488+51378+51360+59512+51402+51361+59513+51403

Route :

DMU Route
as listed London Paddington - Park Royal - West Drayton - Yeoveney Halt - Staines New Jn - Staines Up Goods Loop
as listed Staines Up Goods Loop - Windsor & Eton Riverside
as listed Windsor & Eton Riverside - Staines Up Goods Loop
as listed Staines Up Goods Loop - Staines New Jn - Yeoveney Halt - West Drayton - Ealing Broadway - London Paddington

Notes :
(1) Billed as the first and last opportunity to travel over the Staines West Branch onto the SR. The train didn't make it to Staines West station but ran direct onto the new spur to serve the oil sidings from SR Windsor and Eton branch (built so that the branch from West Drayton could be closed).

Sources : Andy Pullar & LASERman

Photo Review


The tour is seen at Colnbrook (photo: Chris Totty)


The tour; at Windsor & Eton Riverside (photo: David Pearson)


2HAP meets DMU at Windsor & Eton Riverside (photo: David Pearson)


Looking back towards Staines Central as the train passes over the new
connection onto the Staines West branch (photo: David Pearson)


Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from LASERman)

Location Booked Actual
Paddington 10.50d [RL] 10.50
Old Oak Common West 10/55 10/56
Greenford East Jn 11/01 11/03
Greenford South Jn 11/02 11/04
Hanwell 11/06 [RL] 11/09
Southall 11/08 11/12
West Drayton 11.13 ~ 11.15 11.19 ~ 11.20
Colnbrook Crossing 11.30 ~ 11.35 11.35 ~ 11.38
Staines West New Jn 11.50 ~ 11.55 ?
Staines Central 12.00 ~ 12.06 12.00 ~ 12.06
Staines UGL 12.08 ~ 12.26 12.08 ~ 12.25
Windsor & Eton Riverside 12.40 ~ 13.58 12.39 ~ 13.58
Staines Central 14.10 ~ 14.16 14.11 ~ 14.15
Staines UGL 14.35 ~ 14.40 ?
Colnbrook Crossing 14.55 ~ 15.00 14.52 ~ 14.56
West Drayton 15.20 ~ 15.22 [RL] 15.15 ~ 15.22
Southall 15/28 15/28
Paddington 15.45a 15.44


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