7th March 1965

Home Counties Railway Society
Six Counties Railtour

Locos Used 31639 & 33006

Route :

Locos Route
31639 + 33006 London Paddington - Old Oak Jn - Greenford - Northolt - High Wycombe - Princes Risborough - Aynho Jn - Banbury - Fenny Compton Jn - (via SMJ route) - Stratford Town - Stratford-on-Avon - Bearley West Jn - Hatton - Leamington Spa South Jn
31639 + 33006 Leamington Spa South Jn - Leamington Spa Exchange Sidings
31639 + 33006 Leamington Spa Exchange Sidings - Leamington Spa Avenue - Marton Jn - Rugby Midland - Long Buckby - Northampton Castle - Duston Jn North - Bridge Street Jn - Billing - Castle Ashby - Wellingborough London Road - Wellingborough Jn - Wellingborough Midland
31639 + 33006 Wellingborough Midland - Bedford Midland Road - Bedford LNW
31639 + 33006 Bedford LNW - Millbrook - Fenny Stratford - Bletchley (2) - Verney Jn - Bicester London Road - Oxford - Kennington Jn - Thame - Princes Risborough - (reverse of outward route) - London Paddington

Notes :
(1) Formed in 1955 and originally known as the 'Middlesex Loco Spotters Club', their name was changed in the late 1950's to the 'Home Counties Railway Club' then in January 1963 it changed again, to the 'Home Counties Railway Society'. This, the societies thirteenth railtour, was the last one to run.
(2) Conflicting information received regarding routing through Bletchley - was originally uploaded as having passed through Bletchley station (a diversion from booked route which was the flyover), the Webmaster has however since received a timing sheet with an actual time provided for Bletchley (flyover) summit - so which route was actually taken (i.e. was the actual time actually for the station, not flyover summit, to tie in with original information recieved)?

Sources : John Clifford, Brian Basterfield & Ron Walker

Photo Review


31639 & 33006 at Kineton on the SMJ (photo: Terry Dorrity)


31639 & 33006 wait to leave Stratford-upon-Avon (photo: Brian Basterfield)


31639 & 33006 head to Wellingborough depot for servicing.
(photo: Brian Basterfield)


From The John Debens Ticket Collection.


Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Ron Walker & Tony Pirie)

Miles Location Booked Actual
0 Paddington 09.30d 09.30
1 Westbourne Park 09/34 09/34
3 Old Oak Jn 09/37 09/38
7 Greenford 09/44 09/45
10 Northolt 09/48 09/49
15 Denham 09/55 09/59
28 High Wycombe 10w15a ~ 10w26d 10.22 ~ 10.28
36 Princes Risborough 10/42 10/44
? Ashenden Jn 10/54 10/56
55 Bicester 11/12 11/08
69 Banbury 11w24a ~ 11w34d 11.28 ~ 11.38
78 Fenny Compton 11/48 12/03
83 Ettington 12/16 12/30
93 Stratford-on-Avon 12w56a ~ 13w04d 12.56 ~ 13.06
95 Wilmcote 13/07 13/13
96 Bearley West Jn 13/10 13/15
99 Claverdon 13/14 13/24
101 Hatton 13/21 13/28
105 Warwick 13/28 13/45
107 Leamington Spa South 13.33 ~ 13.38 13.50 ~ 13.54
? Leamington No.1 (Exchange Siding) 13.41 ~ 13.50 13.57 ~ 14.00
111 Marton Jn 13/59 14/11
113 Marton 14/10 14/13
121 Rugby Midland 14.16 ~ 14.18 14.31 ~ 14.37
128 Long Buckby 14/32 14/53
139 Northampton Castle 14/43 15.10 ~ 15.12
141 Billing 14/47 15/22
147 Castle Ashby 14/55 15/27
151 Wellingborough London Road 15/04 15/34
? Welingborough Jn 15.08 ~ 15.17 15/38
152 Wellingborough Midland 15w20a ~ 16w15d 15.39 ~ 17.14
? Sharnbrook Summit 17/06 17/24
167 Bedford Midland Road 17.22 ~ 17.24 17.39 ~ 17.43
? Bedford LNW 17.29 ~ 17.35 17.46 ~ 17.48
173 Millbrook 17/47 18/02
179 Woburn Sands 17/56 18/11
182 Fenny Stratford 18/00 18/19
184 Bletchley Summit 18/04 18/31 (but see note 2)
192 Verney Jn 18/20 18/48
202 Bicester London Road 18/33 19/03
214 Oxford 18w53a ~ 19w03d 19.29 ~ 19.48
216 Kennington Jn 19/08 19/44
218 Morris Cowley 19/13 19/50
229 Thame 19/28 20/09
234 High Wycombe 19w52 ~ 19w58 20/38
255 Denham 20/11 20/58
261 Northolt 20/20 21/08
263 Greenford 20/22 21/09
268 Old Oak Common Jn 20/26 21/15
270 Westbourne Park 20/30 21/21
271 Paddington 20.35a 21.26


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