10th September 1961
Society (Midland Area)
Farewell to the M. & S.W.J. Rly Rail Tour
|Loco Used||at least 7808 'Cookham Manor'|
|Stock Used||7x mark 1's|
Route : 1X06 throughout
Birmingham Snow Hill - ??? - Stratford-upon-Avon - Honeybourne East Jn - Honeybourne West Jn - Broadway - Toddington - Winchcombe - Cheltenham Malvern Road - Andoversford - Cirencester - Cricklade - Rushley Platt - Swindon Town (2) - Marlborough - Savernake - Grafton South Jn - Ludgershall - Red Post Jn - Andover Junction
Andover Junction - Red Post Jn - Ludgershall
Ludgershall - (reverse of outward route) - Swindon Town - Rushley Platt Jn - Swindon Works Siding
|???? (4)||?Swindon Works Siding - Rushley Platt Jn - ??? Jn?|
??? Jn - Rushley Platt - (reverse of outward route) - Cheltenham Malvern Road - (?reverse of outward route?) - Birmingham Snow Hill
(1) This was stated to be the last passenger train in each direction over the northern half of the MSWJ. Fares from Leamington Spa (General) were believed to be using a connecting service (confirmation required).
(2) For optional extended visit to Swindon Works, rejoining the train upon its return through Swindon (which itself allowed 55mins for a brief works visit).
(3) Running tender-first.
(4) An SLS report on this tour suggests other motive power took the train back from the Swindon Works Siding (to ???); 'Preceded by 'Cookham Manor', which had gone on ahead to avoid running round at Rushley Platt, we completed the Northern part of our journey with stops at South Cerney and Cirencester...'
Sources : John Clifford, Andrew Fairholm, Bob Taylor,
Trevor Machell & Ian Clark (SLS)
Photostop at Cricklade on the outward leg (photo: Robert Darlaston)
On arrival at Andover Junction (photo: Robert Darlaston)
Photostop at South Cerney on the return leg (photo: Robert Darlaston)
Passing through the remote station of Foss Cross (photo: Robert Darlaston)
From Andrew Fairholms ticket collection.
Timings (Advertised Only)
(from Trevor Machell & Ian Clark (SLS))
|Birmingham Snow Hill||09.40d|
|Cheltenham Malvern Road||11.05d|
|Birmingham Snow Hill||20.55a|
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