24th October 1987

Severn Valley Railway Association
Nosepoker 1

DMU Used 51143+?59615?+?51130?+55032

Route :

DMU Route
as listed Bridgnorth - Highley - Bewdley - Kidderminster - Stourbridge Junction - Smethwick - Soho North Jn - Birmingham New Street - Proof House Jn - Stechford - Coventry - Rugby - Northampton - Denbigh Hall South Jn - (via Bletchley Flyover) - Bicester - Oxford - Didcot North Jn - Didcot East Jn - Reading West Jn - Oxford Road Jn - Reading West - Southcote Jn - Basingstoke - Salisbury - Yeovil Junction
as listed Yeovil Junction -Yeovil Pen Mill
as listed Yeovil Pen Mill - Dorchester West - (1) Weymouth Quay
as listed Weymouth Town - Dorchester West - Yeovil Pen Mill - Castle Cary - Westbury - Chippenham - Swindon - Foxhall Jn - Didcot North Jn - Banbury - Leamington Spa - Solihull - Birmingham New Street - Smethwick - Stourbridge Junction - Kidderminster - Bewdley - Highley - Bridgnorth

Notes :
(1) Tony Willmore comments: This was just after Michael Fish's "no hurricane" warning, and there was some doubt that the tour would run at all. The letter with the tickets included the statement: "Finally, we are sorry to announce that our journey may terminate at Weymouth Town owing to problems on the Quay branch with a broken down boat (?). We can only apologise for this but were not advised by BR until late on Friday afternoon (23rd)". The tour DID go to the Quay but this was literally decided at a green signal outside Weymouth station where the driver persuaded the signalman to reroute us that way on the basis that there were enough blokes to shift cars etc. if they were in the way, and that we could turn back if the line was blocked (easy with a DMU!). The broken boat was one that had been lifted from the water with storm damage and propped up on oil drums and various bits of wood, all a bit precarious. The DMU's door handles passed with less than 1 inch to spare. Passengers detrained at the Quay, DMU returned to Town for servicing and fuel as ECS. Passengers re-boarded at Town.

Source : Tony Willmore

Timings (Booked Only)
(from Tony Willmore)

Location Booked
Bridgnorth 05.45d
Bewdley ??.??a ~ 06.15d
Kidderminster ??.??a ~ 06.37d
Stourbridge Junction ??.??a ~ 06.51d
Galton Jn 07/04
Soho ??? Jn 07/06
Birmingham New Street 07.10a ~ 07.13d
Stechford 07/19
Birmingham International 07.23a ~ 07.25d
Coventry 07/36
Rugby 07c47 ~ 07c48
Long Buckby 07/59
Northampton 08.10a ~ 08.18d
Hanslope Jn 08/30
Denbigh Hall South Jn 08/39
Bletchley ??? 08c47 ~ 08c49
Claydon LNE Jn 09/29
Bicester Road 09.55 ~ 10.00
Oxford 10.26 ~ 10.28
Didcot ?North Jn? 10/40
Reading West Jn 10/54
Southcote Jn 10/56
Basingstoke 11c17
Worting Jn 11/24
Andover 11/35
Salisbury 11/52
Wilton 11/57
Sherbourne 12/28
Yeovil Junction 12c33 ~ 12c36
Yeovil Pen Mill 12.41 ~ 12.44
Maiden Newton 13.01 ~ 13.02
Dorchester West Jn 13/41
Weymouth Quay 13.44a ~ 16.43d (DIV)
Weymouth (Town) 14.30a ~ 16.45d
Dorchester West Jn 16/58
Maiden Newton 17/07
Yeovil Pen Mill 17/25
Castle Cary 17/39
Westbury 18c01 ~ 18c04
Bradford Jn 18/16
Chippenham 18/37
Wootton Bassett Jn 18/47
Swindon 18/52
Foxhall Jn 19c14 ~ 19c16
Oxford 19/31
Heyford 19/43
Leamington Spa 20/40
Milverton Jn 20/43
Kenilworth 20/48
Coventry 20/57
Birmingham International 21/07a ~ 21.09d
Stechford 21/14
Proof House Jn 21/20
Birmingham New Street 21.22a ~ 21.25d
Galton Jn 21/33
Stourbridge Junction 21.46a ~ 21.47d
Kidderminster 21.55a ~ ??.??d
Bewdley 22.15a ~ ??.??d
Bridgnorth 22.45a


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