Out of the Ordinary
Thursday 20th September 2018
Day One of our Adventure begins mid-morning at London’s Victoria Station, and featuring a GBRf Class 66 and two of our Class 73/9 locomotives we head via Salisbury, Bristol and Avonmouth to South Wales, specifically the Celsa Steelworks just east of Cardiff. This provides a unique opportunity to be hauled by GBRf’s remote controlled Class 08 locomotives whilst covering some unusual pieces of railway within the steelworks itself. There will be an option to alight at Newport (instead of going to Celsa) should you so wish, rejoining us later in the day.
The return to London Paddington is equally as ground-breaking, with the 73/9s bringing us via Lydney and Kemble to the current limit of overhead electrification just west of Didcot Parkway. The final leg into London Paddington will be hauled by an electric locomotive, a first for a passenger train, and will feature one of the AC Loco Group’s fleet of 86101, 86401 or 87002.
Provisional Timings and Route
Station Calls are shown in BOLD
London Victoria - Herne Hill - Tulse Hill - Streatham - Tooting - Wimbledon - Basingstoke - Salisbury - Warminster - Westbury (pick up) - Bradford-on-Avon - Bath Spa - Bristol Temple Meads (pick up, reverse)
Bristol Temple Meads - Clifton Down - Avonmouth - Hallen Marsh - Pilning - Newport (set down) - Cardiff Celsa Steelworks
Shunt Moves within Celsa Steelworks
Cardiff Celsa Steelworks - Newport (pick up) - Bishton Flyover - Lydney - Awre Loop - Gloucester Through Road - Kemble - Swindon - Didcot West End (power change)
Didcot West End - Reading - London Paddington
All details here are provisional and subject to final confirmation. Timings are subject to Network Rail validation. Locomotives will be subject to availability in real time. All reasonable endeavors will be made to cover the planned route and to provide the advertised locomotives, however we reserve the right to amend the plan should circumstances dictate.
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