22nd September 1973

British Rail (W.R.)
Hymek Swansong

Locos Used 7001 & 7028
Stock Used 9 Mark 1 Coaches & Gresley Buffet 9135E (formed 3x TSO, RU [9135E], 2x CK [one was 15795], BCK, 3x TSO)

Route : 1Z14 throughout

Locos Route
7001 + 7028 London Paddington - Ealing Broadway - Slough - Reading - Didcot - Swindon - Westerleigh Jn - Bristol Parkway - Patchway - Severn Tunnel Junction - Maindee North Jn - Pontypool Road - Abergavenny - Hereford - Worcester Foregate Street - Worcester Shrub Hill - Norton Jn - Evesham - Oxford - Didcot - (reverse of outward route) - London Paddington

Notes :
(1) Alan Costello comments: This train c
oincided with Atlantic Venturers Express (Newport to Shrewsbury). At Pontypool Road we detrained and the stock pushed back into siding. After about 10mins the sound of kettles were heard and Flying Scotsman double-heading with 'King George V' passed through hauling the Bulmer Pullman coaches. We then went on to Hereford where the 2 steamers were changing places. After they left with 'King George V' leading we left and, after short stop at Worcester, carried on to Didcot for a visit to the Railway Centre.
(2) Gordon Lacy comments: Despite comments in the (limited edition) brochure, that it was unlikely that any high speeds would be attained, nevertheless, 94mph was achieved after Twyford (mp32-33) & 96mph at Steventon!


7001 & 7028 at Pontypool Road (photo: Gordon Lacy)

Sources : Alan Costello, Gordon Lacy & David Farrow

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Gordon Lacy)

Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual
Paddington 09.10d 09.10   20.20a ?
Ealing Broadway 09.19a ~ 09.21d 09.20 ~ 09.22   20.07a ~ 20.09d ?
Southall 09/27 09/28   20/01 ?
Slough 09.40a ~ 09.42d 09.41 ~ 09.42   19.46a ~ 19.48d ?
Maidenhead 09/49 09/48   19/40 ?
Twyford 09/55 09/52   19/35 ?
Reading 10.01a ~ 10.04d 09.58 ~ 10.04   19.25a ~ 19.27d 09.28 ~ ??.??
Didcot 10/24 10/18   17.25a ~ 19.07d 17.20 ~ 19.09

 

Location Booked Actual
Challow 10/36 10/29
Swindon 10/48 10/41
Wootton Bassett Jn 10/55 10/48
Badminton 11/11 11/02
Westerleigh West Jn 11/18 11/12
Bristol Parkway 11/24 11/21
Sig 114 11*26 ~ 11*33 11.23 ~ 11.38
Patchway 11/35 11/39
Pilning 11/40 11/43
Severn Tunnel West 11/45 11/49
Severn Tunnel Junction 11.46 ~ 11.48 11.51 ~ 11.53
Maindee East Jn 11/59 12/03
Maindee North Jn 12/01 12/04
Llantarnam Jn 12/10 ?
Pontypool Road 12.20a ~ 13.09d 12.22 ~ 13.09
Abergavenny 13/22 13/25
Pontrilas 13/42 13/38
Tram Inn 13/48 13/46
Hereford 14.00a ~ 14.55d 14.02 ~ 14.56
Shelwick Jn 15/00 15/00
Ledbury 15/13 15/10
Malvern Wells 15/20 15/17
Worcester (Shrub Hill?) 15.35a ~ 15.50d 15.28 ~ 15.51
Norton Jn 15/56 15/55
Evesham SB 16t07 ~ 16t08 16.06 ~ 16.06
Evesham 16/09 16/07
Honeybourne 16/17 16/13
Moreton-in-Marsh 16t31 ~ 16t32 16/28
Kingham 16/42 16/38
Ascott-under-Wychwood 16/46 16/45
Wolvercote Jn 17/03 17/00
Oxford 17c08 ~ 17c10 17/05

Timings continue in first table.

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