27th June 1987

Walsall Concerto

Locos Used 31463 & 50023 & MoD : 260 + 261

Route :

Loco(s) Route (1)
50023 London Waterloo - Clapham Junction - Richmond - Staines - Ascot - Reading (2)
31463 Reading - (via Didcot Avoiding line) - Oxford - Moreton-in-Marsh - Honeybourne - Long Marston MOD exchange sidings
260 + 261 Long Marston MOD exchange sidings - clockwise run around MOD Long Marston loop - Long Marston MOD exchange sidings
31463 Long Marston MOD exchange sidings - Honeybourne - Worcester Shrub Hill
50031 Worcester Shrub Hill - Droitwich Stourbridge Jn Dudley (via Bescot urve) Bescot Perry Barr West Jn Soho North Jn Wolverhampton Darlaston Jn Walsall Park Lane Jn Water Orton Whitacre Jn Burton on Trent Stenson Jn Sheet Stores Jn Trent East Jn Toton Centre Meadow Lane Jn Trent South Jn - Loughborough Leicester Nuneaton Water Orton Bordesley Jn (via Lifford curve) Birmingham New Street Bordesley Jn Dorridge Leamington Spa Banbury Oxford (via Didcot avoiding line) Reading Staines Richmond Clapham Junction London Waterloo

Notes :
(1) Route confirmation required.
(2) Nick Lawford comments: 31463 was only on the train after 50023 failed, 31 being replaced at Worcester by 50031 which in turn had to be replaced as it had insufficient fuel to make the rest of the tour - though David Champion suggests that 50031 in fact did in fact work through to Waterloo.
(3) At Long Marston No.98 (0-6-0) Hunslet Tank plus 2 coaches [1x Mk1 plus 1x Bullied BCK] was providing additional rides from Long Marston MOD Exchange Sidings, clockwise round the internal loop, back to the Exchange Sidings.

Sources : Railtour Review, Rail Enthusiast issue 72, David Champion
Andy Pullar & Nick Lawford.

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