23rd April 1988
Risborough & District Model
|Locos Used||47483 & steam: 5305 'Alderman A.E. Draper'|
|Stock Used||: 10 coaches including 1x Pullman vehicle
: load 11 (?as  with addition of steam loco support coach?)
|47483||||Princes Risborough - London Marylebone|
|5305||||11.15d London Marylebone - West Ruislip - Banbury - Hatton - Tyseley|
|5305||||17.00d Tyseley - Banbury - West Ruislip - London Marylebone|
(1) Pete Joels comments: 47483 + E.C.S. ex-Bounds Green arrived Princes Risborough 09.50 (due at 09.10, so 40 minutes late before we even started!) 47483 ran-round at Risborough station while Risborough & District MRC stewards boarded; 47483 coupled at the London end and set-back a quarter of a mile c/with R&DMRC stewarding crew on board to long siding North of Princes Risborough station (to clear the main platform for passing service trains) while Risborough & District MRC stewards set out seat reservations/travel information etc. After reducing lost time to about 20 minutes, 47483 + E.C.S. arrives Princes Risborough main platform for passengers to board, train departed for Marylebone, stopping to pick-up at High Wycombe; then non-stop to Marylebone. Now just under fifteen minutes late upon arrival at Marylebone, this was one of the fastest runs into London any of the passengers on the train could ever remember! (unfortunately it seemed no-one timed that part of the trip). With a slick turn-around at Marylebone, 'Black 5' 5305 'Alderman A.E. Draper' +11 398/425 tons, left Marylebone only about ten minutes down. For a mere class '5', 5305 produced some hard and spirited running all the way to Tyseley and the return run was no less lively, with 69mph attained just south of Bicester North and 64mph on the approach to West Wycombe curve on the downhill sprint from Saunderton.
47483 passes West Ruislip (photo: Roger Geach)
Sources : Pete Joels (tour organiser), Dave Lodwick, Roger Geach
& Bernard Mills
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