25th & 26th September 1965
A.G.M. Special Train
|Locos Used||D1684, 4079 'Pendennis Castle', 7802 & 7812|
|Stock Used||10 coaches|
Route : 1X82 (?throughout?)
|25/09||4079||London Paddington - Old Oak Common West Jn (3) - West Ealing - Drayton Green - (3) Greenford - South Ruislip - Gerrards Cross - High Wycombe - Princes Risborough - Aynho Jn - Banbury - Leamington Spa - Hatton - Knowle - Tyseley - Birmingham Snow Hill - Handsworth Jn - Wolverhampton Low Level - Wellington - Shrewsbury|
|25/09||7802 + 7812||Shrewsbury - Sutton Bridge Jn - Welshpool - Newtown - Talerddig - Machynlleth - Dovey Junction - Aberdovey - Towyn|
|25/09-26/09||7802 + 7812||Towyn - (reverse of outward route) - Shrewsbury|
|26/09||D1684||Shrewsbury - Wellington - Wolverhampton High Level - Birmingham New Street - Bordesley - Tyseley|
|26/09||4079||Tyseley - (reverse of outward route) - Greenford - Park Royal - Old Oak Common West Jn - London Paddington|
(1) Organised for the Talyllyn Railway Preservation Society by Ian Allan.
(2) Both Manor's were un-named.
(3) Booked route via Park Royal.
Sources : Gordon Jakes &
book: 'Talyllyn Railway A.G.M. Specials'
(from Gordon Jakes)
The handout issued on the train refers to 1965 as being the Centenary Year of the Talyllyn Railway and that this special train carried the greatest number of “pilgrims” ever to the AGM – over 400. The general time-keeping of the train was not good as can be seen from the table below but to the best of my knowledge it was the last steam hauled Talyllyn AGM special and was thus very special [Webmasters note: It wasn't, the 1966 train was also steam-hauled]. Indeed the handout relates that there were fears that the 1964 train might have been the last to be steam hauled: “We said last year that though the 1964 special might be the last to be steam hauled, we remained optimistic and our optimism was justified. Even then, we had never dared hope that we should ever see the Great Western motif at our head again. But the miracle has happened and 4079 in all her magnificence, is to haul the train today between Paddington and Shrewsbury. It is a great occasion”.
It is also interesting that both the ‘Manors’ in use on the special train found their way into preservation together on the Severn Valley Railway.
(all photos: Gordon Jakes)
4079 waits to leave Paddington at the start of the tour.
4079 pauses at Shrewsbury.
7812 & 7802 back on to the train at Shrewsbury (Severn Bridge Jn)
By the looks (below) of the chap on the right he's just got a dud pair!
Rounding the corner northwards at Dovey Junction.
The train, after arrival into Towyn.
A TR train at Towyn Wharf station.
No.1 Talyllyn at Dolgoch Falls.
From the Andrew Fairholm ticket collection.
Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Gordon Jakes)
|3.24||Old Oak Common West Jn||07/56||08/01||?||?|
|11.45||Northolt East Jn||08/04||08/20|
|27.75||High Wycombe||08w23 ~ 08w28||08.50 ~ 08.54||06w22 ~ 06w24||08.07 ~ 08.11|
|36.10||Princes Risborough||08/42||09.12 ~ 09.19||?||?|
|68.75||Banbury||09/17||10/00||05.26 ~ 05.30||06.30 ~ 06.40|
|88.60||Leamington Spa||09/36||10/25||04.54 ~ 04.58||05.52 ~ 05.54|
|108.70||Tyseley||09/59||10/50||??L?? ~ ??L??||?|
|112.05||Birmingham Snow Hill||10.04a ~ 10.10d||10.58 ~ 11.01|
|-||Birmingham New Street||04.00a ~ 04.05d||04.35 ~ 04.50|
|124.35||Wolverhampton LL||10.30a ~ 10.36d||11.22 ~ 11.26|
|-||Wolverhampton HL||03.20a ~ 03.30d||03.40 ~ 04.00|
|154.20||Shrewsbury||11.11a ~ 11.21d||12.19 ~ 12.30||02.00a ~ 02.12d||02.18 ~ 02.30|
|173.75||Welshpool||12w08 ~ 12w18||13/18||?||?|
|187.50||Newtown||12/44||??.?? ~ ??.??||?||?|
|210.05||Cemmaes Road||13.17 ~ 13.23||14/24||?||?|
|215.30||Machynlleth||13w34 ~ 13w42||14/31||?||?|
|219.30||Dovey Junction||13/49||??.?? ~ ??.??||?||?|
Mileages provided are via West Ealing which was the actual route used on the
outward journey. The booked route for both the outward and return journeys was
via Park Royal but this route was only used on the return journey. The increase
in mileage using the route via West Ealing is 1m 35ch.
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