17th October 1965

Stephenson Locomotive Society (Midland Area)
G.W.R. Cavalcade

Locos Used 1420, 6435, 6667 & 7029

Route :

Loco(s) Route
6667

Birmingham Snow Hill - Stourbridge Junction - Kidderminster - Droitwich Spa - Worcester Shrub Hill

1420 + 6435 Worcester Shrub Hill - Norton Jn - Abbotswood Jn - Ashchurch - Cheltenham Lansdown - Barnwood Jn - Gloucester South Jn
7029 + 6435 Gloucester South Jn - Tuffley Jn - Standish Jn - Charfield - Yate South Jn - Mangotsfield - Bristol Temple Meads
7029 Bristol Temple Meads - (reverse of outward route) - Tuffley Jn - Gloucester Eastgate - Barnwood Jn - (reverse of outward route) - Birmingham Snow Hill

Notes :
(1) Train was used to move 1420 & 6435 towards the Dart Valley Railway.
(2) David Huxford adds the following comments/request: Over the last few months I have been trying to find any photographic records of a steam special from Birmingham Snow Hill, the loco was GWR 6667. Having come across you web site this information may be of use, if this was the same train the driver was Trevor Floyd of Tyseley I was the fireman also on board was footplate inspector Bill Harris and two others but a cannot remember who they were, but it was a little crowded. Our job was to work the train to Worcester were there was an engine change; I seem to recall that we did stop at Stourbridge Junction and I think we may have stopped at Kidderminster. Having turned the loco at Worcester we made our way back towards Birmingham, but on the way back Trevor stopped to inspect the loco and found that the wheel bearings had run hot. It was therefore necessary to return the loco to the nearest depot which was Stourbridge.
(3) Gloucester South was a booked water stop both ways. the reason for the removal of 1420 and replacement with 7029 on the outward leg is not recorded however 1420 & 6435 were advertised to work throughout from Worcester to Bristol with 7029 working the entire return leg only. Booked return route was the reverse of outward throughout, the reason for the diversion via Eastgate station is unknown.

Sources : Bob Taylor, Rob Tibbets, Andrew Fairholm & Robert Darlaston

Photo Review


6667 at Birmingham Snow Hill (photo: Robert Darlaston)


1420 and 6435 at Worcester Shrub Hill (photo: Robert Darlaston)


7029 & 6435 in better weather at Bristol Temple Meads (photo: Robert Darlaston)


7029 ready to depart from Bristol Temple Meads (photo: Robert Darlaston)


From The John Debens Ticket Collection.


Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Robert Darlaston courtesy of Ian Clark (SLS)

Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual
Birmingham Snow Hill 10.15d 10.17   18.50a 18.46
Handsworth Jn 10/21 ?   18/43 ?
Stourbridge Junction 10.41a ~ 10.44d ?   18.18a ~ 18.23d 18.10 ~ 18.18
Droitwich Spa 11/09 ?   17/53 17/52
Worcester Shrub Hill 11L20 ~ 11L30 ?   17w35 ~ 17w43 17.35 ~ 17.43
Norton Jn 11/36 ?   ? ?
Abbotswood Jn 11/38 ?   17/29 17/28
Ashchurch 12p04a ~ 12p14d ?   17/17 ?
Cheltenham Lansdown 12w32 ~ 12w42 ?   17/09 ?
Gloucester Eastgate   DIV ?
Gloucester South Jn 13w02 ~ 13w12 ?   16w68 ~ 16w57 DIV
Standish Jn 13/29 ?   16/39 16.38 ~ 16.42
Charfield 13w57 ~ 14w07 ?   16/26 16/25
Yate South Jn 14/31 [single line working] ?   16/17 16/22
Mangotsfield 14/44 ?   16/11 16/11
Bristol Temple Meads 15L00a ?   16L00d 16.00


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