16th March 2019

UK Railtours
The Somerset Strimmer

Locos Used 59201 & 59206 'John F. Yeoman Rail Pioneer'
Stock Used 5998+6024+5929+5961+1200+3345+3304+3364+3314+1657+3333+3356+17105

Route :
1Z78 : London Victoria to Cranmore
1Z79 : Cranmore to London Victoria

Loco(s) Route
59201 (1) London Victoria - Grosvenor Bridge Jn - Stewarts Lane Jn - Longhedge Jn - Latchmere Jn - Kensington Olympia - North Pole Jn - Mitre Bridge Jn - Willesden SW Sidings - Acton Wells Jn - Acton Main Line - Southall - Slough - Maidenhead - Reading - Southcote Jn - Theale - Newbury - Bedwyn - Heywood Road Jn - Hawkeridge Jn - Trowbridge - Bradford Jn - Bathampton Jn - Bath Spa - North Somerset Jn - Dr Day's Jn - Narroways Hill Jn - Filton Abbey Wood - Filton West Jn - Hallen Marsh Jn - St Andrews Jn - Avonmouth - Clifton Down - Narroways Hill Jn - Dr Day's Jn - North Somerset Jn - Bath Spa - Bathampton Jn - Bradford Jn - Trowbridge - Westbury - Fairwood Jn - Clink Road Jn - Blatchbridge Jn - East Somerset Jn - Merehead Quarry Jn - Cranmore
59206 (2) Cranmore - Merehead West Jn
59201 (1) Merehead West Jn - Whites Crossing Siding
59206 (2) Whites Crossing Siding - Merehead Quarry
59201 (1) Merehead Quarry - Whites Crossing Siding
59206 (2) Whites Crossing Siding - Merehead Quarry Jn
59201 (1) Merehead Quarry Jn - Merehead Quarry
59206 (2) Merehead Quarry - Merehead Quarry Jn - East Somerset Jn - Blatchbridge Jn - Clink Road Jn - Westbury - Heywood Road Jn - (reverse of outward route) - London Victoria

Notes :
(1) 59206 on rear.
(2) 59201 on rear.
(3) John Clifford's comments: The section of track beyond Merehead West Jn to Cranmore had not seen any use for some years although it was still officially operational. Hence the need to clear weeds etc. to bring it back into use, thus the name of the tour. Presumably strimmers were used in the clearance. When first advertised the tour was to cover the loop via Avonmouth after we had visited Cranmore. An engineering block in the Avonmouth area in the afternoon meant that there had to be a change to the route shown. On the day we were running roughly to time until after Reading, when we caught up the 09.15 Reading - Newbury. Then, at Newbury we had to wait for the 09.03 Paddington - Plymouth which passed 4 minutes late. Time was made up only to be delayed by the 11.10 Bristol - Swansea, then to wait south of Avonmouth for the 11.10 Bristol - Severn Beach to come off the single line. After Bradford-on-Avon we caught up the late running 11.49 Bristol - Weymouth which was 7 minutes late at that point. Our arrival at Cranmore was 11 minutes late. At Cranmore 46447 was hauling trains to Mendip Vale and back. Details are shown below. The return journey started slightly late but a generous schedule saw us arrive at Westbury early and then being held to wait for time. At Hungerford we unexpectedly covered the up loop. After Reading we caught up the 19.18 Reading - Paddington near Maidenhead. This was allowed for in the timings. There was a wait at Mitre Bridge Jn for the 19.13 Milton Keynes Central - East Croydon to pass (9 minutes late here) and also to let the 19.38 Stratford - Clapham Junction to get ahead (9 minutes late also, due to signal problems on the North London Line). Arrival at London Victoria was 5 minutes late.

Sources : John Clifford & David Lodwick (both on the tour throughout)

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from John Clifford & David Lodwick)

M.C Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual M.C
0.00 London Victoria 07.48d [P2] [FL] 07.48 [P2] [FL]   20.57a [P2] 21.02 [P2] 314.65
0.73 Grosvenor Bridge Jn 07/50 07/51   20/54 [US] 20/59 [SL] 313.72
1.36 Stewarts Lane Jn 07/53 [RVL] 07/53 [RVL]   20/47 [RVL] 20/56 [RVL] 313.29
1.66 Longhedge Jn 07/56 [DKL] 07.54 ~ 07.55   20/44 20/54 312.79
2.51 Latchmere Jn 07/59 [DWL] 08/00 [DWL]   20/41 [UKL] 20/52 312.14
5.34 Kensington Olympia 08.05a ~ 08.08d [P2] 08.07 ~ 08.08 [P2]   20.32a ~ 20.34d [P3] 20.44 ~ 20.45 [P3] 309.31
7.22 North Pole Jn 08/12 08/13   20/27 20/37 307.43
7.59 Mitre Bridge Jn 08/13 08/14   20/26 [UWL] 20.21 ~ 20.34 [UWL] 307.06
8.08 Willesden West London Jn 08/14 08/16   - - -
8.62 Willesden SW Sidings 08*16 ~ 08*18 08/17   20/20 [RVL] 20/18 [RVL] 306.03
9.44 Acton Wells Jn 08/21 08/19   20/18 20/16 305.21
? Acton East Jn ? 08.22 ~ 08.23   - - -
10.16 Acton Main Line 08/25 [DR] 08/25 [P3] [DR]   20/15 [UR] 20/14 [P4] [UR] 304.49
11.13 Acton West 08/27 [DR] 08/27 [DR]   20/13 [UR] 20/12 [UR] 303.52
11.51 Ealing Broadway 08.28a ~ 08.31d [P3] [DR] 08.29 ~  08.31 [P3] [DR]   20.09a ~ 20.11d [P4] [UR] 20.07 ~ 20.09 [P4] [UR] 303.14
? West Ealing 08/33 [P3] [DR] 08/33   20/06 [P4] [UR] 20/05 [P4] [UR] 302.29
15.01 Southall 08/37 [P3] [DR] 08/36 [P3] [DR]   20/02 [P4] [UR] 20/02 [P4] [UR] 299.64
17.20 Heathrow Airport Jn 08/40 [DR] 08/39 [DR]   20/00 [UR] 19/59 [UR] 297.45
24.31 Slough 08.47a ~ 08.50d [P4] [DR] 08.49 ~ 08.51 [P4] [DR]   19.48a ~ 19.51d [P5] [UR] 19.49 ~ 19.51 [P5] [UR] 290.34
30.14 Maidenhead 08/57 [P3] [DR] 08/58 [P3] [DR]   19/37 [P4] [UR] 19/36 [P4] [UR] 284.51
36.76 Twyford 09/04 [P3] [DR] 09/05 [P3] [DR]   19/29 [P4] [UR] 19/28 [P4] [UR] 277.69
? Kennet Bridge Jn 09/10 [UR] 09/10 [UR]   19/25 [UR] 19/25 [UR] ?
41.73 Reading 09.12a ~ 09.18d [P15] [DFR] 09.12 ~ 09.18 [P15] [DFR]   19.12a ~ 19.22d [P15] [UR] 19.15 ~ 19.22 [P15] [UR] 272.72
42.32 Oxford Road Jn 09/22 09/21   19/09 [DFR] 19/09 [DFR] 272.33
43.57 Southcote Jn 09/25 09/24   19/07 19/08 271.08
? Theale 09/29 09/27   19/02 19/03 ?
58.34 Newbury Racecourse 09/41 [P3] [DNL] 09/43 [P3] [DNL]   18/48 18/54 ?
59.01 Newbury 09*44 ~ 09*49 [P1] 09.47 ~ 09.54 [P1]   18/47 18/53 [ML] 255.64
- Hungerford Loop - -   18/41 18/46 [UGL] ?
72.24 Bedwyn 10/03 [P1] 10/07 [P1]   18/36 [P2] 18/35 [P2] 242.41
84.68 Woodborough 10/14 10/18   18/25 18/23 229.77
94.01 Lavington 10/22 10/24   18/17 18/15 220.64
100.40 Heywood Road Jn 10/29 10/32   18/11 18/09 214.25

 

M.C Location Booked Actual
101.27 Hawkeridge Jn 10/36 10/36
? Trowbridge 10/41 10/40
106.06 Bradford Jn 10/43 10/42
115.28 Bathampton Jn 10/53 10/53
117.44 Bath Spa 10/56 [P1] 10/56 [P1]
128.23 North Somerset Jn 11/07 11/09
128.46 Dr Day's Jn 11/09 [RL] 11/11 [RL]
129.76 Narroways Hill Jn 11/12 [RL] 11/16
? Horfield Jn 11/14 [RL] 11/18
132.23 Filton Abbey Wood 11/15 [P4] 11/19 [P4]
133.34 Filton West Jn 11/19 11/23
138.78 Hallen Marsh Jn 11/25 11/33 [ML]
140.40 St Andrews Jn 11/28 11/38
140.70 Avonmouth 11*37 ~ 11*40 [P2] 11/38 [P2]
- Sig.SA8 - 11.41 ~ 11.43
146.00 Clifton Down 11/57 [P2] 11/53 [P2]
147.69 Narroways Hill Jn 12/02 [RL] 12/02 [RL]
149.19 Dr Day's Jn 12/06 [FL] 12/06 [FL]
149.62 North Somerset Jn 12/08 12/08
160.21 Bath Spa 12/18 [P2] 12/21 [P2]
162.37 Bathampton Jn 12*24 ~ 12*25 [UPL] 12/27 [UPL]
171.59 Bradford Jn 12/37 12/42
? Trowbridge 12/39 12/43
177.03 Westbury 12c45 ~ 12c47 [P1] 12.49 ~ 12.51 [P1]
178.37 Fairwood Jn 12/50 12/55
181.59 Clink Road Jn 12/54 12/59
183.61 Blatchbridge Jn 12/57 13/01
187.71 East Somerset Jn 13/03 [UGL] 13/08 [UGL]
191.37 Merehead Quarry Jn 13/11 13/19
? Whites Crossing ? 13.22 ~ 13.24
? Cranmore East GF ? 13.32 ~ 13.33
193.44 Cranmore 13.25a ~ 16.00d 13.36 ~ 16.03
? Cranmore East GF ? 16/04
? Whites Crossing ? 16.09 ~ 16.10
194.44 Merehead West Jn 16.15 ~ 16.20 16.13 ~ 16.16
195.03 Whites Crossing Siding 16.25 ~ 16.30 16.21 ~ 16.22
195.45 Merehead Quarry 16.40 ~ 16.45 16.300 ~ 16.32 [L6]
196.07 Whites Crossing Siding 16.55 ~ 17.00 16.40 ~ 16.41
197.53 Merehead Quarry Jn 17.09 ~ 17.14 16.48 ~ 16.52
198.21 Merehead Quarry 17.23 ~ 17.28 17.06 ~ 17.17 [L1]
198.69 Merehead Quarry Jn 17/37 17/24
202.35 East Somerset Jn 17/47 [UGL] 17/35 [UGL]
206.45 Blatchbridge Jn 17/53 17/40 [AL]
208.47 Clink Road Jn 17/56 17/42
211.69 Fairwood Jn 18/00 17/46
213.23 Westbury 18c03 ~ 18c05 [P3] 17.52 ~ 18.05 [P3]

Timings continue in first table.

Associated Workings on the East Somerset Railway

46447 with 4907+16263+35204+1000

Location Actual Actual
Cranmore 14.16d 14.53d
Cranmore West 14/18 14/55
Merryfield Lane 14/21 14/58
Mendip Vale 14.24a ~ 14.33d 15.01a ~ 15.09d
Merryfield Lane 14/37 15/14
Cranmore West 14.41 ~ 14.42 15/17
Cranmore 14.44a 15.19a


Associated E.C.S. & Light Engine Workings

0Z78 : (59201 + 59206) : Acton Yard to Wembley EOFC

Location Booked
Acton T.C. 05.10d
Acton Wells Jn 05/15
Acton Canal Wharf 05/17
Willesden No.7 Jn 05/19
Wembley Yard South Jn 05/20
Wembley EOFC 05.25a

5Z78 : (59206 with 59201 on rear) : Wembley EOFC to London Victoria

Location Booked
Wembley EOFC 06.35d
Wembley Yard South Jn 06/42
Willesden No.7 Jn 06/44
Willesden West London Jn 06/46
Mitre Bridge Jn 06/47
North Pole Jn 06/48
Kensington Olympia 06/51
Latchmere Jn 06/58
Longhedge Jn 07/08
Stewarts Lane Jn 07/11
Grosvenor Bridge Jn 07/13
London Victoria 07.16a [P2]

5Z79 : (59201 with 59206 on rear) : London Victoria to Wembley EOFC

Location Booked
London Victoria 21.17d [P2]
Grosvenor Bridge Jn 21/19
Stewarts Lane Jn 21/22
Longhedge Jn 21/25
Clapham Junction 21/28
Barnes 21/38
New Kew Jn 21/45
Kew East Jn 21/48
South Acton Jn 21/53
Acton Wells Jn 21/59
Acton Canal Wharf 22/01
Willesden No.7 Jn 22/04
Wembley Yard South Jn 22/07
Wembley EOFC 22.12a

0Z79 : (59201 + 59206) : Wembley EOFC to Acton Yard

Location Booked
Wembley EOFC 22.52d
Wembley Yard South Jn 22/59
Willesden No.7 Jn 23/01
Acton Canal Wharf 23/03
Acton Wells Jn 23/05
Acton T.C. 23.10a


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