The Ten Counties Tour, May 84

The “Ten Counties” Railtour remembered, Saturday 12th May 1984

 A classic multi traction, circuitous routed tour from BR Watford who deserve great credit for celebrating in style the very last day in service of the old Bedford St Johns station plus lots of freight track with a local flavour. 5 of the 11 Midland Mk I rake were compos (compartment coaches) and we quickly bagged one near the front for “ped thrash!” With myself, Tony Ewer and Mr Donnelly doing our best to look unwelcoming,  nobody dared invade our compo on a “sit where you want railtour”!. One of our local “top men” and still a “logs” contributor was a steward for the tour which saw much amusement! The ching was a very reasonable £13, the sun shone all day and the tour atmosphere was excellent all day. Doing Bletchley flyover twice morning and afternoon was particulary well received as was the local “rat mileage” on offer. Great fun!

Tour Flyer

Tour Itinerary


1Z40 Tour power

31128} St Pancras – Leicester (via CW E, Acton, Oxford, BY flyyover, BD SJ, Wellinborough, Oakham)


20135} Leicester – Walsall (via Nuneaton flyover?, Sutton Pk) – can anybody confirm we did Nuneaton flyover as we seemed to have lost time in this area


25076} Walsall – Marylebone (via BS, Cov, Northampton, BY flyover, Quainton (photo stop), Aylesbury, Risboro)


Tour phots –

 Crowds at St Johns for the last time, 31116 and 31128 with the Ten Counties tour at Bedford St Johns

 Crowds at Quainton too to photograph 25076 and 25245 with the tour

A side view of our class 25 power with 25245 and 25076 looking good, true local workhorses

 Quainton’s resident 04 on display

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