The following courtesy Six Bells Junction records, what would we do without them?
2nd January 1966 R.C.T.S. (London Branch)
Somerset & Dorset Rail Tour
Locos Used35011 'General Steam Navigation', 34015 'Exmouth' & 31639, 48309, 41307, 41283 & 82019Route :
35011 (2)London Waterloo - Clapham Junction - Hampton Court Jn - Woking - Basingstoke - Winchester - Eastleigh - Southampton - Bournemouth Central - Broadstone
31639 + 34015Broadstone - Evercreech Junction - Masbury - Radstock - Bath Green Park
48309Bath Green Park - Mangotsfield - Bristol Temple Meads - Weston-Super-Mare - Highbridge (West) (3)
41307 & 41283Highbridge (S&D) - Glastonbury - Templecombe
35011Templecombe - Salisbury - Basingstoke - Woking - Hampton Court Jn - Clapham Junction - London Waterloo
(1) This tour was intended to run on the day following the public closure of the Somerset & Dorset line. However last minute difficulties with the substitute bus service caused postponement of the closure. The tour was limited to ten coaches, though demand for tickets far exceeded the train capacity.
(2) On leaving Waterloo station the train was assisted in the rear by 82019.
(3) Passengers detrained and had to make their own way between stations whilst the train shunted.
Sources : David Hills & Robin Lush
So please find attached 5 photos that I took on a RCTS railtour on the S&D on January 2nd 1966.
Hope these will be of use to you and also wish all of you 'Happy New Year'
Cheers Geoff Matthews
My apologies to you Geoffrey for your pictures being being a day late - I'm afraid that they arrived after I'd closed down on the 2nd. Many thanks for your irreplaceable pictures and for the detailed captions.
Best wishes Andrew Many thanks Andrew - keep up the good work!
However, I thought I'd seen that before, well that wording. Looking back though our Plymouth - Okehampton Gallery I see identical wording on a sign photographed by Mike Roach. Now is this on a notice board at a different location, or has somebody replaced a 'tatty' notice , and adjusted the timing - isn't the 24 hour clock so much simpler??!! Has anybody else noticed it??