21st June 1964

The Locomotive Club of Great Britain
The North & West Limited Rail Tour

Locos Used 7029, 7808 & 46251
Stock Used (1) Booked to be load 8, formed as;
BSK+SO+SO+SO+SO+RKB+SO+BSK

Route : 1X93 throughout

Loco Route
7808 London Paddington - (via GWML) - Swindon - Rodbourne Lane
7808 Rodbourne Lane - Swindon Works Yard (2)
7029 Swindon Works Yard - Severn Tunnel - Maindee East Jn - Maindee North Jn - Pontypool - Abergavenny - Hereford - Craven Arms - Coleham Jn
46251 Coleham Jn - Abbey Foregate Jn - Market Drayton Jn - Wellington - Birmingham Snow Hill - Tyseley - Hatton - Banbury - Aynho Jn - Princes Risborough - Greenford - London Paddington

Notes:
(1) Originally advertised to be formed of 10 'mainly BR standard open type stock, with a restaurant buffet car' it was reduced to 8 coaches 'to reduce operating costs'. the covering letter sent out with the tickets explains that the tour did not in fact reach the required numbers but the LCGB committee decided still to run it, despite that being at a loss of over 250. it was further stated there would be a collection on the train and it was hoped tour participants, whilst giving was voluntary, would do so generously. Many tickets remained available as of the letter date (15th June) and it woudl also have been possible to buy tickets at the barrier on the day of the tour.
(2) For visit to works.
(3) Terry Jackson comments : At the time we were told that the driver on the Duchess was Johnson of Crewe North. Many years later I believe that he was Peter Johnson who wrote of his footplate career in his books Through The Links At Crewe. Anyone who has read those books will not be surprised to hear that the running of the Duchess on this tour was excellent although we had to make an unexpected stop at Banbury to offload a passenger who has been hit by a 'lump' of coal whilst hanging out of a window. I later met this passenger, John, who became one of the many good railway friends I made in the sixties and I was able to thank him for his spectacular exit from the train as the running got even better with a max of 93 below Bicester.

Sources : Terry Jackson, Adrian Vaughan, John Debens & Brian Halford

Photo Review


7808 at Swindon during the works visit (photo: Alan Sainty Collection)


7029 passes Rushley Platt Jn at Swindon (photo: Adrian Vaughan collection)


46251 at Birmingham Snow Hill (photo: Adrian Vaughan collection)


From The John Debens Ticket Collection.


Timings (Booked Only)
(from Terry Jackson)

M.C Location Booked
0.00 Paddington 09.15d
0.75 Subway Jn [ML]
1.20 Westbourne Park 09/19
3.53 Friars Jn [RL]
8.58 Southall East Jn [ML]
9.06 Southall 09/32
18.36 Slough 09/42
18.68 Slough West RL
24.19 Maidenhead 09/51
31.01 Twyford 09/59
31.54 Twyford West [ML]
35.78 Reading General 10.06a ~ 10.08d
53.10 Didcot 10/29
56.42 Steventon 10/32
66.43 Uffington 10/41
77.24 Swindon 10*55 ~ 10*57
78.44 Rodbourne Lane 11/02
??.?? Swindon Works Yard 11.12a ~ 12.45d
78.44 Rodbourne Lane 12L53 ~ 13L00
84.10 Wootton Bassett 13/09
95.41 Hullavington 13.22 ~ 13.25
101.21 Badminton 13/37
112.76 Stoke Gifford 13/50
114.25 Patchway 13/52
123.78 Severn Tunnel West 14/05
124.67 Severn Tunnel Junction 14/07
133.72 Maindee East Jn 14/19
134.32 Maindee North Jn 14/21
139.12 Llantarnam Jn 14/29
143.23 Pontypool Road 14w37a ~ 14w42d
152.59 Abergavenny (Monmouth Road) 14p55a ~ 15p10d
156.60 Llanvihangel 15/22
164.18 Pontrilas 15/30
173.32 Red Hill Jn 15/40
176.57 Hereford (Barton) 15/50
178.34 Shelwick Jn 15/57
189.24 Leominster 16/10
195.49 Woofferton 16/18
200.17 Ludlow 16/24
207.64 Craven Arms 16p35a ~ 16p45d
208.20 Craven Arms Crossing 16/48
214.76 Church Stretton 17/04
227.07 Coleham Jn 17L29 ~ 17L39
227.64 Abbey Foregate Jn 17/42
237.42 Wellington 17/53
247.78 Cosford 18p06a ~ 18p16d
257.09 Wolverhampton Low Level 18w30a ~ 18w37d
266.23 Handsworth Jn 18/53
269.39 Birmingham Snow Hill 18/59
272.65 Tyseley 19/04
279.75 Knowle & Dorridge 19/11
286.56 Hatton 19/17
292.64 Leamington Spa 19/22
312.54 Banbury 19/43
317.59 Aynho Jn 19/59
322.76 Ardley Halt 20/05
336.08 Ashendon Jn 20/17
345.38 Princes Risborough 20/28
253.48 High Wycombe 20/39
370.07 Northolt Jn 20/57
372.28 Greenford 20/59
376.70 Old Oak Common West 21/04 [RL]
378.72 Westbourne Park 21/07
380.12 Paddington 21.14a


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