Open day a Video - Unusual.
The link below is to a short video taken at St Philip's Marsh depot during preparations for the recent depot open day (Monday 2nd May) . This highly recommenced video shows the activity going on "behind the scenes" at the depot. It was shot by a GWR staff member but is on YouTube so can be shared. As you will see, there are now many other (longer) videos of the open day on YouTube but this one is a bit different. Derek Buttivant.
Paddington to Penzance Non-Stop and Penzance to Waterloo
Locos Used were D1010 'Western Campaigner and D823 'Hermes'
D1010 London Paddington - Slough - Reading - Southcote Jn - (via Berks & Hants) - Cogload Jn - Taunton - Exeter St Davids - Newton Abbot - Plymouth - Par - Penzance.
D1010 Penzance - Par - Plymouth.
D823 Plymouth - St Budeaux - Bere Ferrers - Bere Alston - Tavistock North - Lydford - Okehampton - Crediton - Exeter St Davids - Exeter Central - Honiton - Salisbury - Basingstoke - Fleet - Woking - Weybridge - Surbiton - Wimbledon - Clapham Junction - Vauxhall - London Waterloo.
1) The outward journey was non stop albeit a very slow crawl was required approaching the Royal Albert Bridge due to a late running up train. The non-stop run Paddington to Penzance was achieved in 5 hours 13½ minutes. The return journey achieved a non-stop journey from Plymouth to Waterloo albeit with a short signal stop at Keyham. The time between Plymouth and Waterloo was recorded as 3 hours 53½ minutes which beat the Ocean Liner Express of 1904 (see below) by just under 10 minutes!
(2) During the time at Penzance a special helicopter charter was available which provided about 90 minutes on St Mary's in the Scilly Isles.