20th January 1963,
27th January 1963 or
3rd February 1963
R.C.T.S. & L.C.G.B.
Farewell to the Schools
Planned route & locos:
|"school"||(09.40d) London Waterloo - Guildford - Havant - Fareham - Netley - Southampton Central - Bournemouth Central|
|"school"||Bournemouth Central - Southampton Central - Winchester City - Woking - London Waterloo (16.30a)|
(1) John Clifford comments : LCGB & RCTS issued a sheet in Dec. 1962 giving provisional details of this tour but saying that they hope to run the tour on one of the 3 dates shown. At the time they had asked BR to keep a Schools available for the tour even though they were all due to be withdrawn at the end of Dec 1962. We finally got a note in Feb. 1963 saying that BR had inspected all the Schools (withdrawn by this time) and none of them were in a fit mechanical condition to be steamed again. This was probably due to the length of time BR had taken as all the engines has suffered frost & snow damage but to their being stabled in the open.
Sources : John Clifford & N.J. (Gas) Hill
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