1st July 1973
Gresley Commemorative Rail Tours
|Locos Used||Steam : 4498 'Sir Nigel Gresley' & 4771
Diesel : 1707, 1814 & 1904
Electric : E3146, E3169, E3187, E3194, E3196 & E3197
|Stock Used||1Z77: 10 mark 1 coaches vb90mph (11 coaches between Didcot &
Tyseley - GW saloon?)
Route : Train 1 (1Z77 throughout)
|E3187||London Euston - MP 28¼ (Berkhampstead) (2)|
|E3169 + E3187||MP 28¼ (Berkhampstead) - Bletchley|
|E3146||Bletchley - Rugby - Nuneaton|
|1904||Nuneaton - Water Orton - Landor Street Jn - Tyseley|
|4498||Tyseley - Banbury - Oxford - Didcot|
|4771||Didcot - (reverse of outward route) - Tyseley|
|1904||Tyseley - Birmingham New Street|
|E3197||Birmingham New Street - Coventry - Rugby - (reverse of outward route) - London Euston|
Route : Train 2 (1Z78 throughout)
|E3196||London Euston - Bletchley - Rugby - Nuneaton|
|1707||Nuneaton - Water Orton - Tyseley|
|4771 (3)||Tyseley - Banbury - Didcot|
|4498||Didcot - Banbury - Tyseley|
|1814||Tyseley - Birmingham New Street|
|E3194||Birmingham New Street - Coventry - Rugby - London Euston|
(1) 4498 substituted for Flying Scotsman which was in Derby Works. Visits were made to the depots at Tyseley and Didcot.
(2) A young man committed suicide in front of the train, causing a burst air-pipe on the loco. E3169 rescued the tour and hauled the train to Bletchley where both locos were replaced by E3146. Train was 77 minutes late into Nuneaton. The look round Tyseley and also a water stop at Banbury were omitted and arrival into Didcot was only 1½ minutes late as a result.
(3) Due to the incident with train 1, train 2 overtook it and arrived at Tyseley first as a result of which train 2 was re-engined with 4771 (booked for train 1) and departed first. Gordon Lacy also comments: The Depot Visit at Tyseley (for 1Z77 passengers only) was cancelled, due to the late running. This was extremely annoying as we festered on the station for over the hour! The 1Z78 contingent had their visit in the evening (while we 'overtook' them!).
Sources : Alan Costello & Gordon Lacy (passenger on
(all photos: Gordon Lacy)
1904 (on 1Z77) alongside 4771 on 1Z78 at Tyseley.
4498 blows off on 1Z77 at Tyseley.
4498 (on 1Z77) at Didcot watches 4771 complete its reversal move.
From Bob Mitchell's ticket collection.
Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Gordon Lacy)
|Watford Junction||09.37a ~ 09.40d||09.39 ~ 09.40||21.55a ~ 21.56d||21.59 ~ 22.00|
|MP 28¼||??/??||09.52½ ~ 10.49||?||?|
|Bletchley||10/06||11L16½ ~ 11L23||21/30||21/34|
|Nuneaton||11c06 ~ 11c18||12.16 ~ 12.24|
|Landor Street Jn||11/53||?|
|Coventry||?||20c54½ ~ 20c55½|
|Birmingham New Street||20L14 ~ 20L25||20.19 ~ 20.31½|
|Tyseley||12L00a ~ 13L15d||13.10 ~ 14.13||19L45a ~ 20L02d||19.53 ~ 20.02|
|Knowle & Dorridge||13/40||14/27||19/38||19/44½|
|Banbury||14w19 ~ 15w07||15.07 ~ 15.10||18w17 ~ 18w52||18.35½ ~ 19.00|
|Aynho Jn||15/14||15/18||18/10||18.19 ~ 18.25½|
|Bletchley||10.31a ~ 10.33d||?||21.50a ~ 21.51d||?|
|Nuneaton||11L23 ~ 11L35||?|
|Landor Street Jn||12/09||?|
|Birmingham New Street||20L23 ~ 20L40||?|
|Tyseley||12L17a ~ 12L45d||?||19L07a ~ 20L07d||?|
|Knowle & Dorridge||13/10||?||18/56||?|
|Banbury||13w47 ~ 14w17||?||17w52 ~ 18w12||?|
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