2nd April 1983
T & N Railtours
The Swindon Ambassador II
|Locos Used||40035 & 45012|
Route : 1Z42 throughout
|40035||Bolton - Kearsley - Manchester Victoria - Miles Platting - Ashton Moss North Jn - Denton - Stockport - Cheadle Hulme - Wilmslow - Crewe - Stafford - Portobello Jn - Bescot - Aston - Birmingham New Street|
|45012||Birmingham New Street - Proof House Jn - Bordesley - Dorridge - Leamington Spa - Banbury - Oxford - Didcot North Jn - Foxhall Jn - Swindon - Swindon Works (1)|
|45012||Swindon (station) - Stroud - Standish Jn - Gloucester Yard Jn - (2) - Barnwood Jn - Cheltenham Spa - Lickey - Kings Norton - Birmingham New Street|
|40035||Birmingham New Street - Soho Jn - Dudley Port - Wolverhampton - Stafford - (reverse of outward route) - Bolton|
(1) Tour destination was Swindon works for a guided works visit. David Dockray says the train ran into the works for passengers to alight however Ian Dobson disputes this saying that a walk was required from the station to works & back. Peter O'Brien put the matter to rest - he was stewarding on the train and confirms the train went into Swindon but passengers had to walk from there back to the station (i.e. as given above) and this is also confirmed by Steve Carter & Duncan Elsey.
(2) Route originally reported as via Gloucester with a reversal but David Dockray suggests the train went direct from Stroud to Cheltenham, this has since also been confirmed by Duncan Elsey.
Sources : Ian Dobson, David Dockray, Peter O'Brien & Steve
(all photos: Steve Carter, except where stated otherwise)
40035, about to hand-over to 45012 at Birmingham (photo: Duncan Elsey)
The headboard goes on 45012 at Birmingham New Street in the morning.
45012 at Swindon prior to departing homewards.
40035 seen at Crewe on the return leg of the trip.
Timings (Booked & Actual)
(provided by Ian Dobson)
|Manchester Victoria||08.12a ~ 08.15d||08.11 ~ 08.15||22.27a ~ 22.30d||- ~ -|
|Ashton Moss North Jn||08/34||08/26||22/16||-|
|Stockport||08.48a ~ 08.50d||08.38 ~ 08.50||21.59a ~ 22.01d||- ~ -|
|Crewe||09.25a ~ 09.28d||09.21 ~ 09.30||21.24a ~ 21.26d||21.28 ~ 21.35|
|Perry Barr North||10/15||10/37|
|Proof House Jn||10/23||-|
|Birmingham New Street||10.26a ~ 10.37d||10.49 ~ 11.00|
|Proof House Jn||10/40||-|
|Gloucester||??.??a ~ ??.??d||- ~ -|
|Church Road Jn||20/00||-|
|Birmingham New Street||20.07a ~ 20.20d||19.45 ~ 20.07|
Timings continue in first table.
The timing sheet carries the apology "We regret that
detailed timings on Western Region are unavailable". Nothing much changes
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