march, 2019

23marAll DayThe Class 50 Terminator Phoenixed! - Confirmed timingsOn this Saturday excursion, a pair of Class 50s recreate a tour from London to Penzance made 25 years ago.

Class 50 Terminator James Boskett

Event Details

A quarter of a century ago, Class 50s Nos. 50050 and 50007 left London Waterloo for Penzance, returning east to Paddington for their final British Rail journey. On this Saturday excursion, we are repeating the itinerary, this time from Paddington and returning to Waterloo with two Class 50s at the business end giving us over 600 miles of English Electric power, courtesy of the Class 50 Alliance.

From Reading we head through Newbury, over Savernake Summit, down to Westbury and across ‘the Desert’ to Taunton. We climb over Whiteball, down the Culm Valley, along the sea-wall, then over Dainton and Rattery to Plymouth. Still travelling west, we travel over the Royal Albert Bridge into Cornwall to line’s end at Penzance, for a break of two hours (1330 to 1530).

On the return we reverse at Exeter for a run to Salisbury over ‘the Mule’. After climbing again either side of Andover it is then fifty miles of fast running into Waterloo.


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