31st March 1990

Pathfinder Tours
The Mendip Quarryman

Locos Used at least 47817 & 56041

Route:

Loco(s) Route
????? 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

Notes:
(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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