12th August 1973

(Merrymaker Excursion)

Locos Used 1825 & 6754

Route :

Loco Route (1)

Staines - Hounslow - Clapham Junction


Clapham Junction - Kew East Jn - ActonWells Jn - Neasden Jn - Cricklewood - Carlton Road Jn - Highgate Road Jn - Junction  Road Jn - South Tottenham - Lea Bridge - Loughton Jn - Channelsea Jn - Carpenters Road North Jn - Carpenters Road South Jn - London Liverpool Street

6754 London Liverpool Street - Ipswich - Diss
6754 Diss - Ipswich - London Liverpool Street

London Liverpool Street - Carpenters Road South Jn - Victoria Park - Canonbury - Camden Town - Gospel Oak - Finchley Road - Willesden Junction High Level - Kew East Jn - Hounslow - Staines

Notes :
No timings were given out for the tour but route maps were provided showing the routes to be taken to and from Stratford. These show that on the outward journey the route was supposed to be as follows:-

 Brentford - Acton Central - Neasden Jn - Cricklewood - Upper Holloway - South Tottenham-Clapton - Hackney Downs - Bethnal Green - Liverpool Street.

However the tour ran direct from Brentford to Clapham Junction as a box at Kew was not open and it could not use the west side of the Kew triangle. The loco ran round and regained the booked route by using the east side of the triangle. Notes also show that it used the route given above from South Tottenham rather than the booked route. The reason for this is not known.

Source : Terry Jackson (on the train throughout)

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