12th September 1953

Stephenson Locomotive Society
(
London Area Rail Tour)

Loco Used 75034
Stock Used 6x WR (GW) side-corridor-coaches plus ER cafeteria car 41697E in centre of formation

Route :

Loco Route
75034 Kensington Olympia - Willesden Junction HL - Gospel Oak - Harringay Park Jn - Harringay Jn - (via goods line) - Hatfield - Welwyn Garden City - Ayot - Harpenden East - Dunstable North - Leighton Buzzard - Winslow - Claydon LNE Jn - Calvert North - Quainton Road - Aylesbury - Princes Risborough - High Wycombe - Gerards Cross - South Ruislip - Greenford - North Acton - Viaduct Jn - Kensington Olympia

Notes :
(1) Pre-tour advertising suggested the route after High Wycombe was to be; Bourne End - Maidenhead - Southall - Drayton Green Halt - Greenford South Loop Jn - Greenford East Loop Jn - North Acton - Old Oak Common West Jn - Old Oak Common East Jn - Kensington Olympia however a report in a subsequent SLS journal confirms the train went via Gerrards Cross. Delays on the day were largely caused by a number of lengthy signal stops.

Sources : Andrew Fairholm, Ian Clark (SLS) & Bruce Nathan

Photo Review


Kensington Olympia (photo: Nigel Lester; courtesy of Nick Catford)


75034 at Dunstable North (photo: Bruce Nathan)


From Andrew Fairholm's ticket collection.


Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Bruce Nathan)

Location Booked Actual
Kensington Olympia 14.15d 14.16
North Pole Jn SB 14/23 14/22
Willesden Junction HL 14/25 14/28
Gospel Oak (GE) 14.40 ~ 14.42 14.42 ~ 14.43
Junction Road Jn SB 14/49 14/48
Harringay Jn 14/53 14/53
Harringay West 14/55 14/55
New Barnet ? 15.12 ~ 15.19
Hatfield 15.35 ~ 15.43 15.36 ~ 15.42
Ayot 15.53 ~ 15.54 15.52 ~ 15.53
Harpenden East 16.03 ~ 16.04 16.02 ~ 16.09
Luton Bute Street 16/12 16/20
Dunstable North 16.23 ~ 16.28 16.32 ~ 16.39
Leighton Buzzard 16/41 16.51 ~ 17.05
Bletchley No.1 SB 16/51 17/15
Winslow 17w11 ~ 17w16 17.30 ~ 17.44
Claydon LNE Jn SB 17/26 17/52
Calvert North SB 17.28 ~ 17.30 17.54 ~ 17.55
Grendon Underwood Jn 17/34 18/00
Quainton Road 17/37 18/03
Aylesbury 17.47 ~ 17.52 18.11 ~ 18.13
Princes Risborough 18.07 ~ 18.08 18.30 ~ 18.31
High Wycombe 18.22 ~ 18.27 18.45 ~ 18.52
Northolt East Jn 18/50 19/14
North Acton Jn SB 19/00 19/27
Viaduct Jn SB 19/06 19/37
Kensington Olympia 19.12a 19.42


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