30th October 1976

L.C.G.B.
The Greater London & Southminster Railtour

DMUs Used 56429+51471 & 56447+51260

Route :

DMU Route
as listed London Liverpool Street - Bethnal Green - Bow Jn - Carpenters Road South Jn - Fork Jn - Channelsea Jn - High Meads Jn - Temple Mills East Jn - Copper Mill Jn - Tottenham South Jn - South Tottenham - Upper Holloway - Gospel Oak - Willesden Junction HL - Mitre Bridge Jn - Kensington Olympia - Latchmere Jn - Clapham Junction - Barnes - Kew East Jn - South Acton - Acton Wells Jn - Neasden Jn - Dudding Hill Jn - (1) - Cricklewood Jn - Carlton Road Jn - Kentish Town - Kings Cross Met. - Farringdon - Moorgate
as listed Moorgate - Kings Cross - Holloway - Finsbury Park
as listed Finsbury Park - Canonbury Jn - Dalston Western Jn - Victoria Park - Channelsea Jn - Stratford (2) - Forest Gate Jn - Woodgrange Park - Barking - Upminster - Ockenden - Grays - Tilbury Town - Tilbury West Jn - Tilbury East Jn - Pitsea - Southend Central - Shoeburyness
as listed Shoeburyness - Southend Central - Pitsea - Upminster - Barking - Woodgrange Park - Forest Gate Jn - (2) Stratford - Bow Jn - Gas Factory Jn - London Fenchurch Streer

Notes :
(1) Timing sheet carried a note : "At time of typing this schedule the line between Dudding Hill Jn and Cricklewood Jn is closed due to a derailment; it may be necessary to run via Brent Jn (reverse)" however from the actual timings provided it is assumed the train went booked route (i.e. did not reverse at Brent Jn).
(2) Booked route up to a couple of days of the tour running was:
Stratford - Gidea Park - Shenfield - Wickford - Southminster (reverse) -  - Wickford - Shenfield - Gidea Park - Stratford but due to a derailed sand train on Southminster branch the train was re-routed to Shoeburyness. The following letter was issued to passengers on the tour :

NOTICE TO PASSENGERS
Due to a derailment of 26 sand-hopper wagons between Wickford and Battlesbridge on Wednesday 27th October, I have been advised by British Rail that the Wickford - Southminster branch is closed until Monday 1st November; the normal train service is therefore cancelled and substitute buses are operating between the stations along the branch.

Regrettably, as the line is blocked, the tour will not be running east of Stratford as planned during the afternoon. As an attractive alternative, British rail has agreed to reroute the train to Shoeburyness, via an interesting and unusual route, i.e. the Forest Gate/Wood Grange Park curve, the single line between Upminster and Grays, and the North curve at Tilbury. The former curve is not regularly used by passenger traffic, except certain late evening/early morning trains, whilst the latter is only used by a few Monday - Friday 'peak-hour' trains. The tour will return to Stratford via Barking, and will continue to Fenchurch Street as originally arranged, ie. the Bow Jc./Gas Factory Jc. connection. The arrival time at Fenchurch Street will be as booked, i.e. 16.15.

The train east of Stratford will run under "Control Arrangements" and the following timings will apply. [see below Booked & Actual Times section] Time will be available at Southend for lunch.

The Railtours Committee regret the necessity for the late alteration to the programme, but as you will appreciate this situation is completely out of the Committees control and trust that you will accept the alternative route.

Thanks must be given to the Divisional Office of Eastern Region at Liverpool Street for arranging the "L.T.& S" route at a very short notice.

N J Hayllar,
Hon Fixtures Officer,
for the LCGB Railtours Committee

Sources : David Sheppard & John Broderick

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from David Sheppard & John Broderick)

Location Booked Actual
Liverpool Street [P11] 08.26d 08.28
Bethnal Green 08/29 08/31
Bow Jn 08/33 08/35
Channelsea Jn 08/40 08/39
Temple Mills East Jn 08*44a ~ 08*48d ??.?? ~ 08.42
Tottenham South Jn 08/57 08/48
South Tottenham 09/01 08/48
Upper Holloway 09/06 08/57
Junction Road Jn 09/07 08/58
Gospel Oak 09/15 09/00
Willesden Junction HL 09/30 09/08
Mitre Bridge Jn 09/33 09/13
Kensington Olympia 09p40a ~ 09p50d 09.18 ~ 10.00
Latchmere Jn 09/58 10/09
Clapham Junction 10*02a ~ 10*03d 10.15 ~ 10.16
Barnes 10/10 10/23
New Kew Jn 10/15 10/29
Kew East Jn 10/17 10/30
South Acton 10/20 10/32
Dudding Hill Jn 10/31 10/42
Cricklewood Jn 10*35a ~ 10*37d 10/45
Carlton Road Jn 10/49 10/55
Kentish Town 10/51 10/57
Kings Cross Met. 10/56 11/02
Farringdon 10/59 11/05
Barbican 11p01a ~ 11p05d 11/06
Moorgate 11.07a ~ 11.10d 11.08 ~ 11.16
Kings Cross 11/20 11/26
Holloway 11/24 ?
Finsbury Park 11.28a ~ 11.34d 11.33 ~ 11.36
Canonbury Jn 11/38 11/39
Dalston Western Jn 11/43 11/41
Victoria Park 11/48 11/44
Channelsea Jn 11/51 11/47
Stratford 11*54a ~ 11*57d 11.49 ~ 11.51
(original schedule immediately below - see below that for the amended schedule)
Gidea Park 12/09 DIV
Shenfield 12/19 DIV
Wickford 12/29 DIV
Fambridge 12x41a ~ 12x44d DIV
Southminster 12.58a ~ 14.30d DIV
Fambridge 14p42a ~ 15p00d DIV
Wickford 15/13 DIV
Shenfield 15/27 DIV
Gidea Park 15/35 DIV
Stratford 15.52a DIV
amended schedule:
Forest Gate 12/01 11/53
Woodgrange Park 12/03 12/00
Barking 12/06 12/05
Upminster 12/16 12/15
Ockenden 12/22 12/22
Grays 12/29 12/29
Tilbury Town 12/33 12/32
Tilbury West Jn 12/34 12/34
Tilbury East Jn 12/35 12/36
Pitsea 12/52 12/55
Southend Central 13/09 13/09
Shoeburyness 13.17a ~ 13.40d 13.18 ~ 13.42
Southend Central 13.48a ~ 15.05d 13.50 ~ 15.05
Pitsea 15/20 15/17
Upminster 15/30 15/34
Barking 15/40 15/43
Woodgrange Park 15/43 15/48
Stratford 15.50a ~ 15.55d 15/51
Bow Jn 15/59 15/54
Gas Factory Jn 16*03a ~ 16*08d 15/56
Fenchurch Street 16.15a 16.02


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