The Great Western Limited
These were taken on 7 July 1985- that is 35 years ago today.
5051 Drysllyn Castle and 4930 Hagley Hall were working the 0902 Paddington to Plymouth 'The Great Western Limited' which I followed from Whiteball to Dainton. All was well until the tour reached Dainton where the steam locomotives stalled near Stoneycombe quarry. Eventully 50045 Achilles was detached from the Liverpool- Plymouth service stuck behind and banked the steam tour up the bank. It then followed to Totnes where the tour was terminated. The tour passed Dainton 139 minutes late!
Kind regards, Paul Barlow.
7th July 1985
British Rail (W.R.) / S.L.O.A.
The Great Western Limited
Loco Used47484, 50007 'Sir Edward Elgar., 50045 'Achilles' & steam: 4930 'Hagley Hall' & 5051Route : 1Z47 throughout
47484 London Paddington - Slough - Twyford - Reading - Southcote Jn - Newbury - Heywood Road Jn - Trowbridge - Bathampton Jn - Bath Spa - North Somerset Jn - Bristol Temple Meads.
5051 + 4930 Bristol Temple Meads - Worle Jn - Weston-super-Mare - Uphill Jn - Cogload Jn - Taunton - Exeter St Davids - Newton Abbot - stalled on the bank to (1) Dainton Tunnel SB
5051 + 4930 Dainton Tunnel SB - Totnes
From Totnes 50007 (reverse of outward route) - Uphill Jn - Worle Jn - (reverse of outward route) (3) - London Paddington Notes :
(1) Both steam locos stalled on Dainton Bank and had various attempts to get going without success. 50045 came on the rear and banked the train from m.p. 217 to 218 right by Dainton Tunnel box. 50045 was detached there then followed to Totnes where the train was terminated rather than running through to Plymouth as booked.
The Booked route was: Cogload Jn - Castle Cary - Heywood Road Jn.
Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Dick Franklin)
Reading09.43a ~ 09.48d? 21.37a ~ 21.39d23.54½ ~ 23.56
Southcote Jn09/51? 21/34?
Heywood Road Jn10/43? 20/4323/05½
Castle Cary 20/26DIV
Bradford Jn10/54? DIV?
Bathampton Jn11/06? DIV22/42
North Somerset Jn11/23? DIV?
Bristol Temple Meads11L25a ~ 11L45d??.?? ~ 12.13 DIV22.22½ ~ 22.25
Worle Jn12/1512/43 DIV21/58½
Weston-super-Mare12.20a ~ 12.46d12.50 ~ 12.55
Uphill Jn12/5113/01 DIV21/56½
Bridgwater13.10a ~ 13.15d13.21½ ~ 13.25 DIV21/47
Taunton13w36a ~ 14w16d13.45 ~ 14.33½ 20/0621/36
Whiteball Tunnel14/3414/51½ 19/5821/28½
Cowley Bridge Jn14/5715/17½ 19/4121/11½
Exeter St Davids15w00a ~ 15w30d15.22 ~ 15.52 19.37a ~ 19.39d21.05 ~ 21.09
Dawlish Warren15p50a ~ 16p10d16.12½ ~ 16.42½ 19/2020/55
Newton Abbot16w30a ~ 17w00d17.15 ~ 17.50½ 19/1020.43½ ~ 20.44
Aller Jn17/0317/55½ 19/0820/37
Dainton Tunnel17/1119.27 ~ 19.30½ 19/05?
Lipson Jn17/56CANX 18/33CANX
Liskeard and Caradon Railway