18th May 2019

UK Railtours
The Welsh Dragon

Locos Used 66723 'Chinook' & 66779 'Evening Star'
Stock Used 21269+3068+3066+80042+3141+3149+3123+1651+3121+1832+4959+4991

Route : 
1Z15 : Stevenage to Cardiff Central
1Z16 : Cardiff Central to Stevenage

Loco(s) Route
66723 (1) Stevenage - Welwyn Garden City - Potters Bar - Finsbury Park - Copenhagen Jn - York Way North Jn - Camden Road Jn - Gospel Oak - Kensal Green Jn - Willesden Junction HL - Acton Wells Jn - Acton Main Line - Ealing Broadway - Southall - Slough - Maidenhead - Reading - Didcot Parkway - Swindon - Wootton Bassett Jn - Westerleigh Jn - Bristol Parkway - Patchway - Severn Tunnel Junction - Newport - Cardiff Central
66779 (2) Cardiff Central - Newport - Severn Tunnel Junction - Chepstow - Lydney - Gloucester - Standish Jn - Stroud - Kemble - Swindon - (reverse of outward route) - Stevenage

Notes : 
(1) 66779 on rear.
(2) 66723 on rear.
(3) Off tour options: visit to The Royal Mint, Dyffryn House, Brecon Mountain Railway or Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway.

Sources : David Lodwick & Nick Bartlett (both on the tour from/to Ealing Broadway)

Photo Review


66723 at Newport on the outward leg of the tour (photo: Nick Bartlett)


Hunslet 1837 No.18 'Jessie' at Furness Sidings (photo: Nick Bartlett)


Arn Jung 1261 'Graf Schwerin-Lowitz' at the Brecon Mountain Railway
(photo: David Lodwick)


66779 arrives at Newport with the return leg (photo: Nick Bartlett)


Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from David Lodwick, Nick Bartlett & Realtime Trains)

M.C Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual M.C
0.00 Stevenage 07.31d [P1] [US] 07.31   22.10a [P4] 22.12 0.00
3.52 Woolmer Green Jn 07/35 07/36   22/06 [DS] 22/07 3.52
? Digswell Jn 07/37 [US] 07/38   22/03 22/04 ?
7.20 Welwyn Garden City 07.42a ~ 07.45d [P2] [US] 07.40 ~ 07.44   21.58a ~ 22.01d [P3] [DS] 21.58 ~ 22.02 7.20
14.68 Potters Bar 07.54a ~ 07.57d [P1] [US] 07.53 ~ 07.57   21.46a ~ 21.49d [P4] [DS] 21.45 ~ 21.49 14.68
22.47 Alexandra Palace 08/06 [US2] 08/06   21/36 [DS] 21/35 22.47
25.04 Finsbury Park 08.13a ~ 08.16d [P1] [US2] 08.11 ~ 08.16   21.28a ~ 21.31d [P7] [DS] 21.26 ~ 21.30 25.04
? Holloway South Jn 08/19 [US] 08/19   21/25 [DS] 21/21 ?
26.61 Copenhagen Jn 08/22 08/21   21/22 [DS] 21/16 26.61
? York Way North Jn 08/23 ?   21/21 ? ?
27.15 Camden Road Central Jn 08*26 ~ 08*37 ?   21/17 ? 27.15
27.40 Camden Road Jn 08/39 08/36   21/15 21/09 27.40
28.51 Gospel Oak 08/45 [P1] 08/43   21/09 [P2] 21/04 28.51
? West Hampstead 08/52 08/50   21/02 20/57 ?
32.58 Kensal Green Jn 09/00 08/58   20/56 20/52 32.58
33.00 Willesden Junction HL 09/02 [P5] 09/00   20/54 [P4] 20/50 33.00
33.65 Acton Wells Jn 09/05 09/05   20/51 20/47 33.65
34.37 Acton Main Line 09c08 ~ 09c10 [GL] 09.09 ~ 09.10   20c46 ~ 20c48 [GL] 20.43 ~ ? 34.37
35.34 Acton West 09/14 [DR] 09/12   20/43 [GL] 20/41 35.34
35.72 Ealing Broadway 09.15a ~ 09.18d [P3] [DR] 09.14 ~ 09.18 [P3] [DR]   20.36a ~ 20.39d [P4] [UR] 20.36 ~ 20.39 [P4] 35.72
? West Ealing 09/20 [P3] [DR] 09/20 [DR]   20/34 [P4] [UR] 20/34 [P4] [UR] ?
39.22 Southall 09/24 [P3] [DR] 09/23 [P3] [DR]   20/31 [P4] [UR] 20/31 [P4] [UR] 39.22
41.41 Heathrow Airport Jn 09/28 [DR] 09/27 [DR]   20/28 [UR] 20/28 [UR] 41.41
? Dolphin Jn 09/35 09/47 [DR-DM]   20/19 20/19 ?
48.52 Slough 09/37 [P4] [DR] 09/48 [P2] [DM]   20/18 [P5] [UR] 20/18 [P5] [UR] 48.52
54.35 Maidenhead 09/45 [P3] [DR] 09/53 [P1] [DM]   20/12 [P4] [UR] 20/12 [P4] [UR] 54.35
61.17 Twyford 09/53 [P3] [DR] 09/58 [P1] [DM]   20/05 [P4] [UR] 20/06 [P4] [UR] 61.17
? Kennet Bridge Jn 09/59 [DR] 10/02   20/01 [UR] 20/01 [UR] ?
66.14 Reading 10/02 [P12] [DR] 10/04 [P8]   20/00 [P14] [UR] 20/00 [P14] 66.14
? Reading High Level Jn DIV 10/06 [FVL]   - - ?
67.12 Reading West Jn 10/03 [DR] 10.07 ~ 10.09 [DR]   19/59 [UR] 19/59 [UR] 67.12
74.76 Goring & Streatley 10/19 [P3] [DR] 10/17 [P3] [DR]   19/50 [P4] [UR] 19/50 [P4] [UR] 74.76
81.36 Moreton Cutting 10/31 [DR-DM] 10.25 ~ 10.30 [DR-DM]   19/42 [UR] ? 81.36
? Didcot East Jn 10/33 10/32 [DM]   19/41 [UR] 19/43 [UR] ?
83.26 Didcot Parkway 10/34 [P1] 10/33 [P1]   19/40 [P4] [UR] 19/42 [P4] [UR] 83.26
? Foxhall Jn 10/34 10/34   19/39 [RL] 19/40 [RL] ?
90.38 Wantage Road 10/40 10/39   19/33 19/33 90.38
94.16 Challow 10*45 ~ 10*50 [DR] 10.45 ~ 10.49 [DR]   19/30 19/30 94.16
96.55 Uffington 10/55 10/53   19/28 19/28 96.55
107.39 Swindon 11/04 [P4] 11/02 [P4]   19c15 ~ 19c17 [P1] 19/17 [P1] 107.39
113.23 Wootton Bassett Jn 11/10 11/07   - - -
124.26 Hullavington 11/19 11/16   - - -
? Westerleigh Jn 11/30 11/27   - - -
141.78 Bristol Parkway 11c36 ~ 11c39 [P2] 11/32 [P2]   - - -
143.20 Patchway 11/42 [P2] 11/39 [P2]   - - -
146.66 Pilning 11/45 [P2] 11/45 [P2]   - - -
148.30 Severn Tunnel East 11/46 11/46   - - -
152.52 Severn Tunnel West 11/50 11/50   - - -
- Swindon Loco Yard - -   19/12 19.12 ~ 19.14 108.36
- Kemble - -   18/58 [P1] 18/57 121.15
- St Mary's LC - -   18/47 18/48 ?
- Stroud - -   18/43 18/44 ?
- Standish Jn - -   18/38 18/39 137.10
- Gloucester Yard Jn - -   18/32 18/31 143.20
- Horton Road Jn - -   18/31 18/30 143.78
- Gloucester - -   18/29 [UR] 18/28 [UM] 144.21
- Awre - -   18/07 18/06 158.39
- Lydney - -   18/01 18/01 163.54
- Chepstow - -   17/52 17/52 [P2] 171.50
153.62 Severn Tunnel Junction 11/52 [P3] [DR] 11/51 [P3] [DR]   17/45 [P2] 17/43 [P2] 178.78
161.04 Llanwern West Jn 12/03 [DR] 12/03 [DR]   17/37 [UM] 17/37 [UM] 186.20
162.75 Maindee East Jn 12/09 [DR-DM] 12/07 [DR-DM]   17/34 [UM] 17/35 [UM] 188.33
163.17 Maindee West Jn 12/10 [DM] 12/09 [DM]   17/33 [UM] 17/34 [UM] 188.11
163.51 Newport 12.12a ~ 12.15d [P2] [DM] 12.11 ~ 12.15 [P2]   17.29a ~ 17.32d [P3] [UM] 17.29 ~ 17.32 [P3] 188.67
165.08 Ebbw Jn 12/18 [DM] 12/18   17/26 [UR-UM] 17/23 190.24
168.61 Marshfield 12/23 [DM] 12/21   17/19 [UR] 17/18 193.77
174.28 Long Dyke Jn 12/29 [C] 12/26   17/11 [UR] 17/10 199.44
175.31 Cardiff Central 12.31a [P2] 12.29   17.08d [P4] [D] 17.08 200.47


Associated Workings at the Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway

Loco in use: Hunslet 1837 No.18 'Jessie'.
Stock: 35494+4300+G.E. No.3

Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual
Furness Sidings 12.55d 13.08   14.40d 14.40
Blaenavon High Level ? 13/13   ? 14/45
Coed Avon 13.05a ~ 13.06d 13.15 ~ 13.16   14.50a ~ 14.51d 14.47 ~ 14.48
Blaenavon High Level 13.10a ~ 13.25d 13.19 ~ 13.30   14.55a ~ 15.10d 14.50 ~ 15.06
Furness Sidings 13.35a ~ 14.15d 13.36 ~ 14.16   15.20a ~ 15.45d 15.12 ~ 15.45
Whistle Inn 14.19a ~ 14.22d 14.19 ~ 14.22   14.49a ~ 15.52d 15.48 ~ 15.51
Furness Sidings ? 14/25   ? 15/53
Big Pit 14.29a ~ 14.33d 14.27 ~ 14.33   15.59a ~ 16.03d 15.56 ~ 16.06
Furness Sidings 14.37a 14.36   16.07a 16.09


Associated Workings at the Brecon Mountain Railway

Loco in use: Arn Jung 1261 'Graf Schwerin-Lowitz', ex DR 99 3353.

Location Booked (out) Booked (rtn)
Pant 14.30d 15.40a
Pontsticill ? ?
Dol-y-Gaer ?a ?d


Associated E.C.S. Workings

18/05/19 :
5Z15 : (66779 with 66723 on rear) : Eastleigh Arlington to Letchworth
5Z15 : (66723 with 66779 on rear) : Letchworth to Stevenage

Location Booked
Eastleigh Arlington 03.33d
Eastleigh 03/38
Winchester 03/46
Worting Jn 04/01
Basingstoke 04/03
Bramley 04/10
Southcote Jn 04/19
Oxford Road Jn 04/21
Reading 04/24
Kennet Bridge Jn  04/26
Twyford 04/32
Maidenhead 04/39
Slough 04/45
Heathrow Airport Jn 04/54
Southall 04/56
West Ealing 05/00
Acton West 05/04
Acton Main Line 05c07 ~ 05c09
Acton Wells Jn 05/12
Willesden Junction HL 05/15
Kensal Green Jn 05/17
West Hampstead 05/21
Gospel Oak 05/25
Camden Road Jn 05/28
Camden Road Central Jn 05/30
York Way North Jn 05*33 ~ 05*37
Copenhagen Jn 05/39
Finsbury Park 05/43
Alexandra Palace 05/48
Potters Bar 06/00
Welwyn Garden City 06/13
Digswell Jn 06/14
Woolmer Green Jn 06/17
Stevenage 06/21
Hitchin 06/26
Letchworth 06/32
Letchworth A/D Line 06.34 ~ 07.10
Letchworth 07/12
Hitchin 07/15
Stevenage 07.21a [P1]

5Z15 : (66779 with 66723 on rear) : Cardiff Central to Pengam Sidings

Location Booked
Cardiff Central 12.48d [P2]
Long Dyke Jn 12/50
Pengam Jn 12/57
Pengam Reception Sidings 13.00a

5Z16 : (66723 with 66779 on rear) : Pengam Sidings to Cardiff Central

Location Booked
Pengam Reception Sidings 16.49d
Pengam Jn 16/52
Long Dyke Jn 16/55
Cardiff Central 16.57a [P4]

5Z16 : (66779 with 66723 on rear) : Stevenage to Letchworth
5Z16 : (66723 with 66779 on rear) : Letchworth to Wembley Yard

Location Booked
Stevenage 22.15d [P4]
Hitchin 22/24
Letchworth 22/30
Letchworth A/D Line 22.32 ~ 22.55
Letchworth 22/57
Hitchin 23/00
Stevenage 23/06
Woolmer Green Jn 23/09
Digswell Jn 23/11
Welwyn Garden City 23/14
Potters Bar 23/22
Alexandra Palace 23/30
Finsbury Park 23/32
Holloway South Jn 23/34
Copenhagen Jn 23/37
York Way North Jn 23/38
Camden Road Central Jn 23/40
Camden Road Jn 23/41
Gospel Oak 23/49
West Hampstead 23/55
Kensal Green Jn 00/01
Harlesden Jn 00/06
Willesden Railnet Reception 00/08
Wembley South Jn 00/11
Wembley E.O.F.C. 00.16a

19/05/19 :
5Z17 : (66779 with 66723 on rear) : Wembley Yard to Eastleigh Arlington

Location Booked
Wembley E.O.F.C. 12.48d
Wembley Yard South Jn 12/55
Willesden No.7 Jn 12/58
Acton Canal Wharf 13/01
Acton Wells Jn 13/03
Acton Main Line 13c06 ~ 13c08
Acton West 13/12
Southall 13/17
Heathrow Airport Jn 13/19
Slough 13/40
Maidenhead 13/47
Twyford 13/53
Kennet Bridge Jn 13/56
Reading 13/59
Oxford Road Jn 14/01
Southcote Jn 14/03
Bramley 14/12
Basingstoke 14/20
Worting Jn 14/25
Winchester 14/39
Eastleigh 14/46
Eastleigh Arlington 14.51a


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