24th February 1990

Hertfordshire Rail Tours
The Engine & Elephants

125 Special no. 37

HST Used 43059 + 43121
Loco Used steam: 47493

Route : 1Z36 throughout (excluding ESR train)

Traction Route
43059 + 43121 Leicester - (via MML) - Brent Curve Jn - Neasden Jn - Acton Wells Jn - Ealing Broadway - Slough - Twyford - Reading - Didcot Parkway - Swindon - Chippenham - Trowbridge - Westbury - Clink Road Jn - (via Frome Avoider) - Blatchbridge Jn - Witham East Somerset Jn - Mendip Quarry Loop East Jn - Mendip Quarry Loop West Jn - Cranmore
47493 Cranmore - Mendip Vale (1)
47493 Mendip Vale - Cranmore (1)
43121 + 43059 Cranmore - Mendip Quarry Loop West Jn - Mendip Quarry Loop East Jn - Witham East Somerset Jn - Blatchbridge Jn - (Frome Avoider) - Clink Road Jn - Westbury - Bradford-on-Avon - Bath Spa - North Somerset Jn - Dr Days Jn - Patchway - Pilning - Severn Tunnel Junction
43059 + 43121 Severn Tunnel Junction - Lydney - Gloucester - Standish Jn - Stroud - Swindon - (reverse of outward route) - Leicester

Notes :
(1) Two round trips made in order to allow all passengers a ride.

Source : Gary Thornton (joined/left train at Bedford)

Photo Review


43059 next to Cranmore Signal Box (photo: Gary Thornton)


47493 departs Cranmore on the first round-trip (photo: Gary Thornton)

All my photos from this trip can be found in this album on my Flickr Website


Timings (Booked & Actual)
(by Gary Thornton)

M.C Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual M.C
0.00 Leicester 07.15d ?   19.15a ? 522.08
3.16 Wigston North Jn 07/18 ?   19/05 ? 518.72
16.13 Market Harborough 07/29 ?   18/59 ? 505.75
17.06 Kettering 07.36a ~ 07.37d ?   18.49a ~ 18.50d ? 495.02
33.76 Wellingborough 07.44a ~ 07.46d ?   18.40a ~ 18.41d ? 488.12
42.42 Sharnbrook 07/52 ?   18/32 ? 479.46
49.22 Bedford 07.57a ~ 07.58d 07.59 ~ 08.01   18.23a ~ 18.24d 18.03 ~ 18.12 472.66
58.63 Flitwick 08/06 08/12   18/10 17/53 463.25
68.68 Luton 08.14a ~ 08.15d 08.20 ~ 08.21   17.58a ~ 18.00d 17.41 ~ 17.42 453.20
79.16 St Albans City 08.24a ~ 08.25d 08.29 ~ 08.30   17.44a ~ 17.46d 17.31 ~ 17.32 442.72
92.08 Hendon 08/39 08/46   17/31 17/21 430.00
93.03 Brent Curve Jn 08c41a ~ 08c43d (08.49 ~ 08.52)   17/27 17.15a ~ 17.19d 429.05
94.07 Dudding Hill Jn 08/45 08/56   17/24 17/15 428.01
97.04 Acton Wells Jn 08/52 09/03   17/16 17/08 425.04
97.56 Acton Main Line 08/56 09/06   ??/?? ??/?? ???.??
99.11 Ealing Broadway 09.00a ~ 09.02d 09.14 ~ 09.18   17.04a ~ 17.06d 17.00 ~ 17.02 422.77
102.41 Southall 09/06 09/21   17/01 16/57 419.47
111.71 Slough 09.21a ~ 09.23d 09.27 ~ 09.29   16.51a ~ 16.53d 16.47 ~ 16.49 410.17
117.54 Maidenhead 09/29 ??/??   16/46 16/43 404.34
124.36 Twyford 09/33 09/37   16/42 16/39 397.52
129.33 Reading 09.38a ~ 09.40d 09.41 ~ 09.43   16.32a ~ 16.36d 16.31 ~ 16.33 392.55
146.45 Didcot Parkway 09/54 09/55   16/20 16/17 375.43
170.58 Swindon 10/13 10/09   16/02 16/03 351.30

 

M.C Location Booked Actual
176.42 Wootton Bassett Jn 10/17 10/13
187.31 Chippenham 10t25 ~ 10t26 10.21 ~ 10.22
189.45 Thingley Jn 10/29 10/25
197.75 Bradford South Jn 10t39 ~ 10t40 10.36 ~ 10.37
203.19 Westbury 10c47 ~ 10c49 10.45 ~ 10.47
204.53 Fairwood Jn 10/51 10/50
207.75 Clink Road Jn 10/55 ??/??
209.77 Blatchbridge Jn 10/57 10/55
214.07 East Somerset Jn 11/04 10/58
217.53 Merehead Quarry Jn 11/10 11/11
218.60 Merehead West 11/12 ??/??
219.60 Cranmore 11.15a ~ 13.15d 11.15 ~ 13.15
220.60 Merehead West 13/18 ??/??
221.67 Merehead Quarry Jn 13/21 13/28
225.33 East Somerset Jn 13/29 13/31
229.43 Blatchbridge Jn 13/34 ??/??
231.45 Clink Road Jn 13/36 ??/??
234.67 Fairwood Jn 13/39 13/39
236.21 Westbury 13c42 ~ 13c44 13.41 ~ 13.43
241.45 Bradford South Jn 13/52 13/51
250.67 Bathampton Jn 14/02 14/01
263.62 North Somerset Jn 14/16 14/14
264.05 Dr Day's Jn 14/18 14/16
265.02 Stapleton Road 14/20 14/18
268.02 Filton Jn 14/24 14/22
269.29 Patchway 14/26 14/24
272.75 Pilning 14/19 14/27
278.61 Severn Tunnel West 14/34 ??/??
279.71 Severn Tunnel Junction 14.35 ~ 14.42 14.34 ~ 14.40
295.15 Lydney 14/57 14/55
300.30 Awre 15/01 ??/??
314.48 Gloucester 15c15 ~ 15c17 15/13
314.71 Horton Road Jn 15/18 15/15
315.49 Yard Jn 15/19 15/16
321.59 Standish Jn 15/25 15/22
337.54 Kemble 15*43 ~ 15*50 15.48 ~ 15.50

Timings continue in first table

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