12th June 1965
Somerset & Dorset Joint & Eastleigh Tour
|Locos Used||6967, 34097 'Holsworthy', 44777 & 92238|
|44777||Birmingham Snow Hill - Gloucester - Bath Green Park|
|92238||Bath Green Park - Bournemouth Central|
|34097||Bournemouth Central - Eastleigh Works (1)|
|34097||Eastleigh Works (1) - Basingstoke - Oxford|
|6967||Oxford - Birmingham Snow Hill|
(1) A visit to Eastleigh works was made, presumably from the photo below there was a reversal before or after the visit.
Brian Basterfield adds : 92238, which worked from Bath Green Park to Bournemouth Central, was in deep trouble from the time it left Bath, until it had to stop for a 5 minute "blow up" at Binegar. I believe that it blew a cylinder cover off. Interestingly a photo of a steam enshrouded 92238 was used as a cover photo for the Peter Handford LP "Trains in trouble". By far the best running of the day took place at the start and end of the day: 44777, 78mph through Cheltenham Racecourse, and 61 mph at Wickwar Tunnel, and with a grubby 6967 Willesley Hall, from Oxford back to Birmingham, 41 mph up Hatton bank.
Source : John Clifford (from contemporary sources)
From Brian Burrows ticket collection.
Two photos of 34097 in Eastleigh Works
(photo: above - Brian Burrows, below - The Jim Porter Collection)
92238 being watered at Evercreech Junction (photo: Brian Burrows)
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