12th April 1980

M. & G.N.J.R.S.
Somerset & Devon Explorer

Locos Used 45060, 86241 & 86253

Route :

Loco Route
86241 London Euston - Watford Junction - Bletchley - Northampton - Rugby - Coventry - Proof House Jn - Birmingham New Street
45060 Birmingham New Street - Proof House Jn - St Andrews Jn - Bordesley Jn - Barnt Green - Abbotswood Jn - Cheltenham Spa - Westerleigh Jn - Bristol Parkway - Filton Jn - Bristol Temple Meads - Bridgwater - Taunton
45060 Taunton - (reverse of outward route) - Birmingham New Street
86253 Birmingham New Street - (reverse of outward route) - London Euston

Notes :
(1) A coach transfer option (by Berry's of Taunton & Wellington) took place between Taunton and Bishops Lydeard. Alan Osborn made a single journey to Minehead (hauld by steam loco: Bagnall 0-6-0ST 2994 'Vulcan') then returned by the road coach from Minehead to Taunton.

Source : Alan Osborn (on the train throughout)

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Alan Osborn)

Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual
Euston 07.55d 07.55   22.57a 23.09
Harrow & Wealdstone 08.08a ~ 08.09d 08.11 ~ 08.12   22.38a ~ 22.40d 22.37 ~ 22.39
Watford Junction 08.16a ~ 08.17d 08.20 ~ 08.22   22.29a ~ 22.31d 22.28 ~ 22.30
Tring 08/29 08/35   ? ?
Bletchley 08.42a ~ 08.43d 08.48 ~ 08.50   22.03a ~ 22.05d 22.3 ~ 22.05
Northampton 09.02a ~ 09.03d 09.11 ~ 09.14   21.38a ~ 21.40d 21.41 ~ 21.43
Rugby 09.23a ~ 09.24d 09.34 ~ 09.36   21.15a ~ 21.17d 21.17 ~ 21.19
Coventry 09/33 09/47   21/00 21/03
Proof House Jn 09/46 10/06   20/36 20/36
Birmingham New Street 09L49a ~ 09L57d 10.08 ~ 10.20   20L21a ~ 20L33d 20.20 ~ 20.33
Barnt Green 10/20 10/41   19/58 19/58
Bromsgrove ? ?   19/51 19/53
Abbotswood Jn 10/33 10/53   19/41 19/44
Cheltenham Spa 10/46 11/09   19/26 19/30
Westerleigh Jn 11/26 11/38   18/50 19/00
Bristol Parkway 11/31 11/42   18/45 18/55
Filton 11/32 11/44   18/43 18/53
Bristol Temple Meads 11.42a ~ 11.45d 11.52 ~ 11.55   18.32a ~ 18.35d 18.42 ~ 18.46
Bridgwater 12/15 12/26   18/02 18/10
Taunton 12.30a 12.36   17.50d 17.57

WSR Option:

Location Booked Actual
Bishops Lydeard 13.45d 13.52
Minehead ? ?


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