20th March 1965

L.C.G.B.
The Bristol Flyer

Locos Used D1661 'North Star' & D1662 'Isambard Kingdom Brunel'
Stock Used BSO+3xSO+RB+4xSO+BSO

Route : 1Z40 (throughout?)

Loco Route
D1661 London Paddington - Ealing Broadway - Slough - Reading General - Didcot - Swindon - Chippenham - Bath Spa - Bristol Temple Meads
D1662 Bristol Temple Meads - Filton Jn - Badminton - Swindon - (reverse of outward route) - London Paddington

Notes :
(1) This was a train organised in conjunction with the naming ceremonies of D1661 'North Star' (at Paddington) & D1662 'Isambard Kingdom Brunel' (at Bristol in the original Brunel station at Temple Meads). D1661 was named 'North Star' by Rt.Hon.Ray Gunter MP at Paddington. Arrival into Bristol was only 'sort of' as an emergency stop occurred with only 2 coaches in platform. D1662 was named 'Isambard Kingdom Brunel' by the Lord Mayor of Bristol at the start of the return run. The tour brochure carried the following introduction: 'This trip, arranged at the request of Western Region of British Railways, represents a step forward into the entirely new field of diesel-hauled society special trains, and is indeed the first such train to be run by any organisation'.

Sources : John Clifford (on the train throughout), Dave Groves, Graham Stacey
& The Bluebell Railway Museum

Photo Review


D1662 at Bristol T.M. just after being named (photo: David Pearson)


From The John Debens Ticket Collection.


Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from John Clifford)

M.C Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual M.C
0.00 Paddington 10.42d 10.41   17.10a 17.10 117.60
1.20 Westbourne Park 10/46 10/44   17/05 17/06 116.40
9.06 Southall 10/53 10/52   16/57 17/00 108.54
18.36 Slough 10/59 10/58   16/48 16/48 99.24
24.19 Maidenhead 11/03 11/02   16/44 16/44 93.41
31.01 Twyford 11/08 11/07   16/40 16/39 86.59
35.78 Reading General 11/12 11/11   16/36 16/36 81.62
53.10 Didcot 11/24 11/23   16/22 16/24 64.50
66.43 Uffington 11/35 11/31   16/13 16/15 51.17
77.24 Swindon 11/42 11/38   16/04 16/08 40.36
82.70 Wootton Bassett 11/46 11/48   16/00 16/04 34.70
93.76 Chippenham 11/56 11/56  
106.70 Bath Spa 12/06 12/06  
117.47 North Somerset Jn 12/17 12/23  
- Badminton   15/48 15/52 17.59
- Stoke Gifford   15/39 15/42 6.04
- Filton Jn   15/38 15/41 4.64
- Bristol Stapleton Road   15/34 15/35 1.50
118.02 Bristol East 12/19 12/25   15/32 15/32 0.26
118.28 Bristol Temple Meads 12.22a 12.26   15.30d 15.29 0.00


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