9th October 1965

R.C.T.S. (Merseyside Branch)
The Zulu Rail Tour

Did this train run? Details taken from pre-tour advertising.
Not listed in RCTS index of tours therefore is is presumed not.

Route :

Advertised Loco(s) Advertised Route
Hughes 'Crab' 2-6-0 Birkenhead - Chester - Crewe
ex-GWR Hall class or 7029 'Clun Castle' Crewe - market Drayton - Wolverhampton LL - (via ex-GWR main line, Bicester) - London Paddington
4079 'Pendennis Castle' London Paddington - Reading - Oxford - Worcester Shrub Hill - Dudley - Wolverhampton LL - Shrewsbury - Wrexham - (via Chester curve) - Rock Ferry - Birkenhead Woodside

Notes :
(1) Passengers joining at Crewe or Chester were able to use their tour tickets to get back by service trains from Shrewsbury and Wrexham respectively.

Sources : John Debens & Ian Clark (SLS)

Timings (Advertised Only)
(from John Debens)

Location Advertised (out) Advertised (rtn)
Birkenhead Woodside 08.15d 20.54a
Shrewsbury - 19.03a ~ ??.??d
Wolverhampton LL ??.??a ~ 10.24d ?
Paddington 14.00a 14.35d

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