21st July 1963

R.C.T.S.
Gloucestershire Rail Tour

Locos Used PBA S11 'Bristol', 1020, 6841, 6993 & 82036
Stock Used 6x mark 1's (including mk1 buffet car) (2)

Route :

Loco Route
6841 London Paddington - Swindon - Stoke Gifford East Jn - Henbury - Holesmouth Jn - Dock Lines - Gloucester Road Jn
PBA S11 Gloucester Road Jn - PBA Passenger Terminal
PBA S11 PBA Passenger Terminal - Gloucester Road Jn
82036 Gloucester Road Jn - Avonmouth Docks Jn - Shirehampton - Seamills - Fishponds - Staple Hill - Mangotsfield North Jn - Berkeley Road
82036 Berkeley Road - Berkeley North Curve - Sharpness
82036 Sharpness - Berkeley Road - Coaley Junction
82036 Coaley Junction - Dursley
82036 Dursley - Coaley Junction - Stonehouse Bristol Road
82036 Stonehouse Bristol Road - Nailsworth
82036 Nailsworth - Woodchester - Dudbridge
82036 Dudbridge - Stroud Midland
82036 Stroud Midland - Stonehouse Bristol Road - Standish Jn - Gloucester South Jn - Engine Shed Jn
6993 Engine Shed Jn - Gloucester Eastgate
82036 Gloucester Eastgate - Tuffley Jn - Charfield - Yate South Jn - Westerleigh West Jn
1020 Westerleigh West Jn - Badminton - Wootton Bassett - Swindon - Didcot - Reading - London Paddington

Notes :
(1) Terry Jackson comments : This was one of those tours again which did all that it was supposed to do but was a complete mess in the way that it did it. The eventual arrival back in London was about 1 hours late which was not necessarily unusual in itself but time was lost throughout the day through poor timings and slack operating. Many of the problems should have been foreseen by the BR staff if a little forward planning had taken place (sounds familiar ?). Whilst it wasn't down to the Society, at least one of their senior officials could and should have shown a lot more sympathy with some passengers who were likely to be left stranded by a late arrival instead of being merely content to prop up the bar. Arrangements were made for those passengers to abandon the tour at Stroud and catch the last service train back to London if they wished but why should they have had to miss a sizeable chunk of the tour. It all left a lot of people very upset and was remembered by everyone for a long time but not for the right reasons.
(2) Due to a short run-round loop at Dursley the train formation was reduced by removal of the buffet car at Coaley Junction. It was removed again at Stonehouse whilst the train visited Nailsworth and Stonehouse.
(3) David Pearson comments: I was one of those who elected to leave the tour at Stroud because of the late running. A replacement bus service was running between Kemble and Minety. The bus was overwhelmed with those who had abandoned the tour so another bus was summoned. This had to come from Cirencester, so to save time about 20 of us who had missed the original bus were taken in the Railbus to Cirencester Town station from where the bus picked us up for the journey to Minety.
(4) Bill Armstrong adds; I too still remember this and was also one who left at Stroud. Eventually (after having downed a pint of shandy, cost one shilling (!) at a pub near the GW station) 2-6-2T no.4142 arrived with three coaches and A class lamps (I have a photo of her coming in) and she romped up Sapperton Bank to deposit us at Kemble. Railbus W79976 took those who didn't get on the bus to Cirencester Town Station from where a Bristol Tramways Bristol Lodekka of some variety, no.6034, took us to Minety and Ashton Keynes Station, where a DMU was waiting to take us to Swindon (I travelled in W59491). The Paddington train arrived behind D1051 'Western Ambassador'.

Sources : Terry Jackson & David Pearson

Photo Review


6841 waiting to leave platform 2 at Paddington (photo: David Pearson)


Port of Bristol Authority No. S11 in the Avonmouth Dock Estate
(photo: David Pearson)


82036 at Coaley Junction before leaving for Dursley.
Note the Buffet Car in the loop (photo: David Pearson)


82036 drawing forward to run round at Nailsworth (photo: David Pearson)


The train at Cheapside, the Midland station in Stroud (photo: David Pearson)


82036 leaving Stroud Cheapside (photo: David Pearson)


From Andrew Fairholms ticket collection.


Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Terry Jackson & Bruce Nathan)

Miles Location Booked Actual
0.00 Paddington 08.55d 08.55
36.0 Reading ??.??a ~ 09.44d 09.47 ~ 09.49
77.3 Swindon 10.35a ~ 10.39d 10.38 ~ 10.41
82.9 Wootton Bassett 10/48 10/50
100.0 Badminton 11/08 11/18
111.7 Stoke Gifford East 11/20 11/29
118.5 Hallen Marsh Jn 11/35 11/39
118.9 Holesmouth Jn 11/37 11/39
120.6 Gloucester Road 11.41a ~ ??.??d 11.45 ~ ??.??
? PBA Terminal ??.??a ~ ??.??d ??.?? ~ ??.??
121.9 Gloucester Road ??.??a ~ 12.45d ??.?? ~ 13.11
122.6 Avonmouth Dock Jn 12/49 13/13
127.1 Clifton Down 13/03 13/22
128.5 Ashley Hill Jn 13/07 13/25
130.2 Kingswood Jn 13/09 13/28
133.1 Mangotsfield 13/14 13/34
138.4 Yate 13/21 13/41
145.0 Charfield 13/27 13/48
150.2 Berkeley Road 13.35a ~ 13.42d 14.03 ~ ??.??
? Sharpness 13.52a ~ 14.02d ?
? Berkeley Road 14/12 ?
? Coaley Junction 14.17a ~ 14.32d ?
? Dursley 14.46a ~ 14.56d ?
? Coaley Junction 15.10a ~ 15.18d ?
? Stonehouse 15.28a ~ 15.40d ?
? Dudbridge 16/03 ?
? Nailsworth 16.23a ~ 16.33d ?
? Dudbridge 16.53a ~ 17.03d ?
? Stroud Midland 17.08a ~ 17.18d ? [approx. 90mins late]
? Dudbridge 17/24 ?
? Stonehouse 17.47a ~ 17.57d ?
? Standish Jn 18/02 ?
? Gloucester South Jn 18/15 ?
? Engine Shed Jn 18.18a ~ 18.26d ?
? Tramway Jn 18/28 ?
? Gloucester Eastgate 19/29 ?
? Standish Jn 18/40 ?
? Berkeley Road 18/51 ?
? Charfield 18/57 ?
? Yate South Jn 19/07 ?
? Westerleigh West Jn 19.12a ~ 19.20d ?
? Badminton 19/32 ?
? Wootton Bassett 19/49 ?
? Swindon 19.57a ~ 20.00d ?
? Steventon 20/24 ?
? Didcot 20/28 ?
? Reading 20.48a ~ 20.51d ?
? Maidenhead 21/07 ?
? Slough 21/13 ?
? Southall 21/22 ?
? Paddington 21.35a ?


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