31st March 1990
The Mendip Quarryman
|Locos Used||at least 47817 & 56041|
|?????||Manchester Piccadilly - ??? - Worcester Shrub Hill - Evesham - Oxford - Didcot North Jn - (via Didcot Avoiding line) - Didcot East Jn - Reading West Jn - Basingstoke - Andover - Ludgershall|
|?????||Ludgershall - Andover|
|?????||Andover - Salisbury - Westbury|
|56041||Westbury - (via Frome avoiding line) - Cranmore|
|56041||Cranmore - (via Frome avoiding line) - Westbury|
|56041||Westbury - Whatley Quarry|
|56041||Whatley Quarry - Westbury|
|?????||Westbury - Bathampton Jn - Dr Days Jn - Bristol Parkway - ??? - Manchester Piccadilly|
(1) Route confirmation required. There was time for a round trip on the ESR on arrival at Cranmore. Buses were provided in the morning to get Bristol passengers to Worcester Shrub Hill to join the train.
(2) There is photographic evidence to confirm the train was hauled from Worcester by 47817 (number clearly readable in the photo) whereas other internet sources report the train arriving into Worcester Shrub Hill hauled by 47827 - believed in error (a published photo of the train arriving into Shrub Hill appears, from it's dirty condition, to show 47817 although it is captioned as 47827).
Sources : various including Kevin Gaylard (joined/left the
train at Westbury)
& Lydney Jeff (joined the train at Worcester Shrub Hill/left at Bristol Parkway)
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