29th May 1965

R.C.T.S. (East Midlands Branch)
East Midlander No. 8 Rail Tour

Locos Used D6943 & 4472 'Flying Scotsman'
Stock Used 10 coaches

Route : 1X68 throughout

Loco(s) Route
4472 Nottingham Midland - Beeston - Trent - Loughborough - Leicester - Market Harborough - Kettering - Wellingborough - Bedford North Jn - Luton - St Albans - Brent No.2 - Dudding Hill Jn - Acton Wells Jn - South Acton - New Kew Jn - Barnes - Clapham Junction (1)
4472 (3) Clapham Junction - Barnes - Twickenham - Staines - Ascot - Wokingham - Reading - Didcot - Swindon (2) - Stroud - Standish Jn - Gloucester South Jn - Engine Shed Jn - Lansdowne Jn - Cheltenham Spa - Ashchurch - Stoke Works Jn - Bromsgrove - Barnt Breen - Kings Norton - (via Camp Hill line) - Landor Street Jn - Water Orton - Tamworth - Burton-on-Trent - Derby - Chaddesden South Jn - Sawley Jn - Sheet Stores Jn - Trent - Beeston - Nottingham Midland

Notes :
(1) For visit to the transport museum.
(2) For works visit.
(3) Train banked by D6943 between Bromsgrove & Blackwell (i.e. up The Lickey).

Sources : John Clifford, Kevin Driscoll & John Debens

Photo Review


'Flying Scotsman' pauses at Kettering (photo: The John Debens Collection)


4472 near Dudding Hill (photo: P.J.Russell/The John Debens Collection)


...passing the Challow Down Main Starting signal (photo: Adrian Vaughan)

Adrian Vaughan comments with regards the above photo at Challow: This 'East Midlander' was the very last steam hauled train of any sort to be signalled by the Absolute Block system at Challow because on the afternoon of 30 May Challow and all the boxes east to Didcot were abolished and replaced by Multiple Aspect signalling. My negative (taken, inevitably, in dull light in late afternoon) shows the train under Challow's GWR wooden post signal, Down Main Starting. The Relief line signal post to the right is 'dead' the Relief lines having been taken out of use some weeks previously.


From The John Debens Ticket Collection.


Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Kevin Driscoll & John Debens)

Miles Location Actual Actual
0.00 Nottingham Midland 08.20d 08.20
3.30 Beeston 08.27a ~ 08.28d 08.27 ~ 08.28
6.80 Trent 08/34 08/35
15.00 Loughborough 08/43 08/45
22.80 Syston 08/52 08/51
27.50 Leicester 08.59a ~ 09.05d 08.56 ~ 09.06
30.70 Wigston North Jn 09/11 09/12
36.85 Kibworth Jn 09/18 09/19
43.65 Market Harborough 09/26 09/25
48.10 Desborough North 09/31 09/30
54.60 Kettering 09.38a ~ 09.42d 09.37 ~ 09.41
61.55 Wellingborough 09w51a ~ 10w01d 09.51 ~ 10.02
66.85 MP 59 10/10 10/13
76.65 Bedford North Jn 10/19 10/21
86.40 Flitwick 10/30 10/30
96.35 Luton 10/40 10/40
106.75 St Albans 10/50 10/48
119.65 Hendon 11/05 10/58
120.55 Brent No.2 11c11a ~ 11c15d 11.01 ~ 11.06
121.60 Dudding Hill Jn 11/20 11/19
124.55 Acton Wells Jn 11/29 11/17
? South Acton 11/34 11/20
? Kew Bridge ? 11.23a ~ 11.30d
130.00 Barnes 11/49 11/37
133.15 Clapham Junction 11.56a ~ 15.07d 11.42 ~ 15.07
136.60 Barnes 15/13 15/14
? Twickenham 15/23 15/23
? Feltham 15/26 15/30
148.30 Staines 15/34 15/35
? Virginia Water 15/42 15/41
158.30 Ascot 15/51 15/54
166.05 Wokingham 16/00 16/05
? Reading New Jn 16.10a ~ 16.12d 16.15 ~ 16.17
172.80 Reading General 16/15 16/21
189.95 Didcot 16/31 16/42
203.35 Uffington 16/43 16/54
214.10 Swindon 16.54a ~ 18.40d 17.06 ~ 18.55
227.80 Kemble 19/00 19/14
239.00 Stroud 19/14 19/30
243.55 Standish Jn 19/20 19/35
249.85 Gloucester South Jn 19c30a ~ 19c38d 19.45 ~ 19.55
? Engine Shed Jn 19/41 19/58
? Lansdowne Jn 19/48 20/07
256.40 Cheltenham 19/49 20/08
263.60 Ashchurch 19/58 20/16
274.30 Abbotswood Jn 20/08 20/29
280.90 Dunhamstead 20/14 20/36
285.60 Stoke Works Jn 20/19 20/40
287.60 Bromsgrove 20.23a ~ 20.28d 20.43 ~ 20.46
289.90 Blackwell 20/37 20/52
291.35 Barnt Green 20/40 20/54
296.30 Kings Norton 20/46 21/00
? Camp Hill 20/52 21/09
302.30 Landor Street Jn 20w57a ~ 21w06d 21.13 ~ 21.20
302.90 Saltley 21.08a ~ 21.13d 21.22 ~ 21.25
308.40 Water Orton 21/20 21/32
312.60 Kingsbury 21/25 21/37
318.15 Tamworth 21/31 21/43
325.75 Wichnor Jn 21/39 21/49
331.00 Burton-on-Trent 21/45 21/56
337.20 Stenson Jn 21/56 22/07
342.00 Derby 22.03a ~ 22.10d 22.15 ~ 22.17
343.50 Chaddesden South Jn 22/15 22/22
350.30 Sawley Jn 22/25 22/31
350.90 Sheet Stores Jn 22/26 22/32
351.35 Trent 22/28 22/34
354.80 Beeston 22.33a ~ 22.35d 22.39 ~ 22.41
358.15 Nottingham Midland 22.42a 22.48


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