Vol 21: Mainline 1997-8

I was delighted by what I found when preparing this disc. As well as the large locomotives that we are still familiar with, such as Clan line and King Edward I, there’s a great selection of smaller engines, now much rarer on the mainline: the MHR’s U class mogul 31625, the Swanage Railway’s M7 tank engine 30053, and the Severn Valley’s “mighty moguls” LMS 2968 and GWR 7325. All this and the first mainline appearance of MHR’s fabulous “Green Five”, 73096, too.

YouTube clip: 2968 & 7325 climbing the Lickey Incline

(1 hour 43 minutes.)


Mainline 1997


35028 Clan Line (9:48)

25th January, The Treacle Eater (Paddington-Newbury-Yeovil-Basingstoke-Reading-Paddington): Crofton, Yeovil Junction.

17th May, The Waterloo Sunset, with 34027 (Waterloo-Andover-Eastleigh-Poole-Winchester-Waterloo): Battledown, Awbridge, Beaulieu Rd, Poole Park, St Denys.

5th November, VSOE Special (Victoria-Didcot-Bath; Salisbury-Victoria): Cholsey.

34027 Taw Valley (7:17)

15th February, The Bristolian (Paddington-Newbury-Westbury): Theale, Crofton.

16th February, Much Ado About Steam (Paddington-Didcot-Stratford-Didcot): Radley, Oxford.

2nd March VSOE Special (Victoria-Portsmouth-Victoria): Buriton, Chalton Down.

12th March VSOE Special (Victoria-Didcot-Bath): Cholsey.

U 31625 (5:38)

13th September, The Severn Venturer (Waterloo-Reading-Westbury-Bristol-Newbury-Ealing-Kensington; Waterloo-Ascot): South Stoke, Tockenham Wick, Bathampton, Little Bedwyn.

22nd November, The Pines Express (Guildford-Didcot-Tyseley): Thrupp.

S15 828 (12:31)

6th April, The Wiltshire Wanderer (Clapham Jct-Redhill-Westbury-Salisbury-Eastleigh): Deerleap Wood, Upton Scudamore, Salisbury.

5th October, Yeovil-Castle Cary Shuttle: Castle Cary, Trent.

27th December, The Sarum and Solent (Westbury-Southampton-Salisbury): Lee, Southampton.

M7 30053 (3:40)

5th October, Yeovil-Castle Cary Shuttle: Queen Camel.

6024 King Edward I (5:29)

15th March, The Quantock Ranger (Didcot-Newbury-Taunton-WSR): Great Bedwyn.

6th December, The Bristolian (Paddington-Didcot-Bath-Bristol rtn): South Stoke, Uffington, Bristol Temple Meads.

2968 & 7325 (13:35)

25th October, The Meldon Meanderer (Bristol-Exeter-Meldon; Exeter-Newton Abbot): Brent Knoll, Crediton, Dawlish.

15th November, The Hardy Flyer (Bristol-Yeovil; Weymouth-Bristol): Claverton, Upton Noble, Yeovil Pen Mill, Upwey.

22nd November, The Lickey Incliner (Bristol-Bromsgrove-Stourbridge-Gloucester): Lickey Incline.

Mainline 1998


2968 & 7325 (2:23)

31st January, The Inclined Salopian (Gloucester-Lickey-Bescot-Shrewsbury-Bescot): Lickey Incline, Wolverhampton.

6024 King Edward I (10:17)

10th January, The Cathedrals Express (Didcot-Birmingham-Gloucester-Didcot): Thrupp, Hatton.

21st February, The Royal Sovereign (Newport-Chester-Crewe): Llanvihangle, Stokesay, Dorrington.

14th November, The Ports-To-Ports Express (Didcot-Derby-Sheffield-York): Lower Heyford, Claydon.

35028 Clan Line (4:08)

11th March, VSOE Special (Victoria-Bath-Victoria): Savernake.

28th March, 35028 Golden Jubilee (Waterloo-Salisbury-Bristol-Badminton-Waterloo): Grateley, Acton Turville.

21st November, Solent And Sarum (Victoria-Guildford-Southampton-Salisbury-Victoria): St Denys, Salisbury.

34027 Taw Valley (8:13)

8th February, VSOE Special (Victoria-Portsmouth-Victoria): Peasemarsh.

28th February (Victoria-Horsham-So’ton-Salisbury-Victoria): Faygate, Ford, Salisbury.

1st August, TheDevon Venturer (Victoria-Newbury-Taunton-Exeter-Salisbury-Victoria): Beam Bridge, Feniton, Oborne.

BR Std 5 73096 (19:18)

15th February, The Daylight Limited (Alton-Reading-Salisbury-Westbury-Reading-Alton): Wooton Rivers, Theale.

15th March, The Daylight Limited (Alton-Fareham-So’ton-Salisbury-Basingstoke-Alton): Petersfield, Redbridge, Romsey, Chalton Down, Guildford, Isington.

4th April (Alton-Reading-Newbury-Bristol & return): Ufton Nervet, Little Bedwyn.

13th September, The Shakespeare Standard (Alton-Reading-Oxford-Stratford and return): Hampton Gaye, Tackley.

11th October, The Gloucester Standard (Alton-Reading-Swindon-Gloucester and return): Frampton Mansell.

29th November, The Phoenix (Alton-Reading-Salisbury-Yeovil Jct and return): Battledown, Overton, Templecombe, Andover.

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