The Bedford Bricker, Oct 83

The “Bedford Bricker” Railtour, October 83 remembered

Pre tour moves             29/10/83 Sa

087         0555 M.Keynes-Euston                                                                     LB-EU

50030    1A07 2135 Penzance-Padd

47511    1A09 2227 Milford H-Padd

50030    1A20 0808 Padd-Oxford                                                                   PA-RG

50018    1A59 0820 Oxford-Padd

47418    1O01 0600 Derby-Poole (in)

47551    1O01 0600 Derby-Poole

50028    1A75 0705 Hereford-Padd

47440    1M03 0805 Portsmouth-Manchester

47553    Swansea-Padd addit

The tour

37176}  1Z37  Plymouth-Stafford Bedford Bricker Railtour           RG-BL (via Ac,Hw,Ayl,Bley)



25048}  1Z37 Plymouth-Stafford Bedford Bricker Railtour    BL-BL (via Be,MM,Bu,St)


37186}  1Z37 Stafford-Plymouth ret tour                                                    BL-RG (via Ox)


 tour itinaries with actual timings

Homeward bound

50037    1M17 1945 Padd-Wolves

50034    1A71 2120 Oxford-Padd                                                                   RG-PA

092         2300 Euston-Northampton                                                                EU-LB

Tour memories

“South Wales steamers” 37176 and 37186 arrived with the “Bedford Bricker” tour at Reading an expected 35 down. A good few cambered aboard, coach J for me and the “Buzzard” aka as Ian Smith of Cornish fame. A steady slow line run to Acton Wells then freight lines to Northolt Jn for a noisy slog up to Wycombe and Saunderton banks. A brief photo stop at Aylesbury then onwards for the personal highlight of the trip for both me and the “Buzzard” our first climb over Bletchley flyover!

It was certainly higher and longer than we thought and we then had a very slow loco change on the Fenny flyover section with 25048 and 25245 eventually being coupled up with us 36 late off the flyover, losing all the time regained over the Chilterns. An impressive 228 miles behind each rat took us over, perhaps too many freight lines as we were 50 plus late leaving Stafford for a Trent Valley rat thrash session. Rugby PSB kindly switched us to the fast lines rather than via Northampton making up a few minutes.

Back in the now dark Denbigh Hall end of the flyover 37186/37176 replaced the rats for the run from Bletchley – Oxford on an increasingly cold train as steam heat wasnt flowing nicely.

With late running now running at 70 minutes plus there was a flap amongst some about connections home and the sociable “F & W” stewards soon did their bit to help. My Cornish colleague cared not as 46026 was now allocated to work the tour back to Devon and he was going West!!.

50034 was comfortably made at Reading on an Oxford – Padd, for a roasting 310092 to return me home.      

Bedford Bricker Phot links – thanks to Alan Bark

37176 & 37186, Neasden 29.10.83
25245 & 25048, Bletchley Flyover Junction 29.10.83

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