22nd September 1973
British Rail (W.R.)
|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
|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|
(1) Alan Costello comments: This train coincided 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 (mp32½-33) & 96mph at Steventon!
7001 & 7028 at Pontypool Road (photo: Gordon Lacy)
Sources : Alan Costello, Gordon Lacy & David Farrow
Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Gordon Lacy)
|Ealing Broadway||09.19a ~ 09.21d||09.20 ~ 09.22||20.07a ~ 20.09d||?|
|Slough||09.40a ~ 09.42d||09.41½ ~ 09.42||19.46a ~ 19.48d||?|
|Reading||10.01a ~ 10.04d||09.58½ ~ 10.04½||19.25a ~ 19.27d||09.28 ~ ??.??|
|Didcot||10/24||10/18||17.25a ~ 19.07d||17.20 ~ 19.09|
|Wootton Bassett Jn||10/55||10/48|
|Westerleigh West Jn||11/18||11/12|
|Sig 114||11*26 ~ 11*33||11.23 ~ 11.38|
|Severn Tunnel West||11/45||11/49½|
|Severn Tunnel Junction||11.46½ ~ 11.48||11.51½ ~ 11.53|
|Maindee East Jn||11/59||12/03|
|Maindee North Jn||12/01||12/04|
|Pontypool Road||12.20a ~ 13.09d||12.22 ~ 13.09|
|Hereford||14.00a ~ 14.55d||14.02 ~ 14.56|
|Worcester (Shrub Hill?)||15.35a ~ 15.50d||15.28 ~ 15.51|
|Evesham SB||16t07 ~ 16t08||16.06 ~ 16.06|
|Moreton-in-Marsh||16t31 ~ 16t32||16/28½|
|Oxford||17c08 ~ 17c10||17/05½|
Timings continue in first table.
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