25th June 1989

British Rail
(Merehead Depot Open Day)

Loco Used 56039
DMUs Used B961 (54208+53608) + B970 (54207+53622) &
B964 (53620+54203) + B960 (53602+54197)

Route :
1Z60 : 10.05d Bristol Temple Meads to Westbury
1Z61 : 11.38d Westbury to Bristol Temple Meads
1Z?? : ??.??d Bristol Temple Meads to Westbury
1Z61 : 15.30d Westbury to Bristol Temple Meads

Headcode Loco(s) Route
1Z60 56039 Bristol Temple Meads - Bath Spa - Westbury
1Z61 56039 Westbury - Bath Spa - Bristol Temple Meads
1Z?? 56039 Bristol Temple Meads - Bath Spa - Westbury
1Z?? 56039 Westbury - Bath Spa - Bristol Temple Meads

Route : (multiple runs made)

DMU(s) Used Route
see note 2 Westbury - Merehead Quarry temporary platform
see note 2 Merehead Quarry temporary platform - Westbury

Notes :
(1) Derek Thompson (who made a round trip, travelling back on the 15.30 departure from Westbury) comments: This was a relief train and was available to normal ticket holders. Steve Marshall has subsequently provided information on 1Z60/1Z61 which suggests there were at least two round trips on this date.
(2) John Cassey comments: In addition to the Class 56 hauled trains a DMU shuttle ran from Westbury to a temporary platform just north of Merehead Quarry Loop Junction East. I travelled out on Class 108ís B961 set 54208+53608 and B970 set 54207+53622 and returned on Class 108 B964 set 53620+54203 and B960 set 53602 + 54197 which arrived back at Westbury about 15.15. Also included in this ticket was a ride on the East Somerset Railway between Cranmore and Mendip Vale using ex LMS 0-6-0T 47493. A bus shuttle was provided between Merehead and Cranmore.


56039 at Bristol Temple Meads after arrival of the 15.30 from Westbury
(photo: John Cassey)

Sources : Mark Herriott, Kevin Driscoll, Derek Thompson & Steve Marshall

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