22nd June 1991

Class 37 Group
The Brentford Bard

Locos Used 37682, 37685 & 47145

Route : 1Z21 throughout

Loco(s) Route
37682 + 37685 Manchester Piccadilly, Stockport, Cheadle Hulme, Crewe, Stafford, Wolverhampton, Bescot, Perry Barr North Jn, Soho South Jn, Birmingham New Street, Bordesley Jn, Tyseley, Shirley, Stratford-on-Avon
37682 + 37685 Stratford-on-Avon Hatton, Banbury, Oxford, Reading, Southall West Jn,  Brentford Goods
47145 (1) Brentford Goods, Southall West Jn
37682 + 37685 Southall West Jn, Hanwell Jn, Drayton Green Jn, Greenford South Jn, Greenford East Jn, Paddington
37682 + 37685 Paddington, High Wycombe, Princes Risborough, Banbury, Leamington Spa, Coventry, Birmingham New Street, Wolverhampton, Stafford, Crewe, Stockport, Manchester Piccadilly

Notes :
(1) 47145 should have been attached at Southall to work top & tail on the Brentford branch, on to Paddington, and then a run round the Greenford loop, but incompatible brakes meant it followed the train to Brentford, the 37's came off, 47145 hauled the train to Southall, where the following 37's were re-coupled and the 47 came off. The resulting serious delay meant the Greenford loop run was abandoned. The Greenford loop run was itself a late amendment to the tour, which was originally to have included the Colnbrook branch, refused 10 days before the tour.

Source : Richard Hughes
(On train throughout)
Additional route information from David Garnett. He also reports that "the train did the Greenford Loop with 47145, however it may have been ECS to release the 2x37's".

Timings (Booked & some actual)
Courtesy of David Garnett/Ian Dobson.

M C Location Booked Actual
0 00 Manchester Piccadilly 07.58d -
5 15 Heaton Norris Jn 08/05 -
5 70 Stockport 08.07a ~ 08.08d - ~ -
8 11 Cheadle Hulme 08/12 -
12 06 Wilmslow 08/16 -
13 50 Alderley Edge 08/17 -
26 21 Sandbach 08/35 -
30 71 Crewe 08.43a ~ 08.58d - ~ -
49 79 Norton Bridge  09/12 -
55 30 Stafford 09/20 -
69 07 Bushbury Jn 09/38 -
70 61 Wolverhampton 09.43a ~ 09.45d - ~ -
81 58 Perry Barr West Jn 10/00 -
84 10 Soho South Jn 10/06 -
96 11 Birmingham New Street 10.15a ~ 10.24d - ~ -
90 04 Tyseley 10/34 -
94 06 Shirley 10/40 -
111 74 Stratford Upon Avon 10.59a ~ 11.25d - ~ -
121 13 Hatton 11/41 -
125 25 Warwick 11/47 -
127 02 Leamington Spa 11/52 -
147 11 Banbury 12/09 -
158 06 Heyford 12/19 -
169 66 Oxford 12.30a ~ 12.32d - ~ -
180 49 Didcot East Jn 12/46 -
195 29 Reading 13c01a ~ 13c03d - ~ -
20 26 Twyford 13/8 -
213 71 Slough 13/25 -
222 51 Southall West Jn 13.36a ~ 13.46d - ~ -
226 12 Brentford 14.01a ~ 14.08d - ~ -
229 53 Southall West Jn 14.27a ~ 14.30d 15.57
234 06 Greenford S 14/49 16/04
241 06 Paddington 15.12a ~ 15.23d - ~ -
249 06 Greenford S 15/38 -
251 15 West Ealing 15/47 -
257 56  Paddington 16.04a ~ 16.11d 17.07
266 67 Greenford 16/24 17/30
271 10 West Rusilip 16.31a ~ 16.32d 17.42
285 51 High Wycombe 16/48 -
290 49 Saunderton 16.55a ~ 17.15d -
293 72 Princess Risborough 17/20 18.10a ~ 18.28d
312 38 Bicester North 17.39a ~ 17.50d 18/51
321 40 Aynho Jn 18/00 19/00
326 44 Banbury 18.06a ~ 18.08d 19/06
346 53 Leamington Spa 18/38 19/30
356 08 Coventry  19/02 -
366 64 Birmingham International 19/13 -
375 02 Birmingham New Street 19.28a ~ 19.30d - ~ -
382 26 Dudley Port 19/42 -
387 67 Wolverhampton 19.48a ~ 19.50d - ~ -
403 18 Stafford 20/08 -
408 47 Norton Bridge 20/14 -
427 55 Crewe 20.34a ~ 20.36d - ~ -
432 25 Sandbach 20/43 -
444 76 Alderley Edge 21/00 -
446 40 Wilmslow 21/03 -
450 15 Stockport 21.15a ~ 21.16d - ~ -
453 31 Heaton Norris Jn 21/17 -
458 46 Manchester Piccadilly 21.24a -

Key;
a : arrival time
c : crew change
d : departure time
/ : passing time

All distances, in miles and chains (M & C), are taken from the timing sheet given out on the train.
No attempt has been made to verify the mileages given. Mileages do not allow for the on-the-day diversion.

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