26th April 1964

Stephenson Locomotive Society (Midland Area)
Three Mainlines 'Castle' Tour

Loco Used 4079 'Pendennis Castle'
Stock Used 11 coaches

Route :

Loco Route
4079 Birmingham Snow Hill - Wolverhampton (Low Level) - Abbey Foregate Jn - English Bridge Jn - Hereford Barton - Maindee North Jn - Maindee East Jn - Severn Tunnel Junction - Badminton - Swindon Works Rodbourne Lane Siding - Didcot West Jn - Didcot North Jn - Oxford - Aynho Jn - Banbury - Leamington Spa (General) - Dorridge - Tyseley - Birmingham Snow Hill

Notes :
(1) Tour also included visits to Hereford and Severn Tunnel Junction depots, and Swindon Works, depot & museum (access to the museum was subject to a 1/- charge, payable on arrival).
(2) Passengers from Leamington Spa were able to travel on the 07:25 Leamington Spa General to Birmingham Snow Hill service train at no extra cost to join the tour; similarly passengers who joined at Wolverhampton were able to use any service train to return to Wolverhampton, also at no extra cost.

Sources : Brian Burrows, Andrew Fairholm, Paul Barrett & Rob Tibbets

Photo Review

4079 at Leamington Spa (photo : Brian Burrows)

4079 at Warwick on the return leg (photo: Terry Dorrity)


From Andrew Fairholms ticket collection.


From The John Debens Ticket Collection.

From The John Debens Ticket Collection.

Timings (Booked Only)
(from Ian Clark (SLS))

Location Booked
Birmingham Snow Hill 09.00d
Wolverhampton LL 09.20a ~ 09.22d
Shrewsbury Coleham 10/05
Hereford Barton 11.20a ~ 11.50d
Maindee North Jn 12/56
Maindee East Jn 12/58
Severn Tunnel Junction 13.10a ~ 13.40d
Badminton 14/15
Swindon Works Rodbourne Lane Siding 14.55a ~ 17.05d
Oxford 17/56
Leamington Spa General 18.51a ~ 18.56d
Birmingham Snow Hill 19.35a

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