Rail Tours and Royal Train


< RO June 1950 Article Preservation >

30925 Cheltenham worked a rail tour and the Royal Train in 1956 and two further rail tours in 1962. The most ambitious of these was in May 1962 when it was temporarily transferred to Nottingham, from where it double-headed the local branch’s East Midlander no.5 to Darlington.

Each of the rail tours was reported in detail in the issues of RO from which the scans were made. These rail tours are also reported on the website www.sixbellsjunction.co.uk which contains itineraries, timings (in some cases actual as well as booked) and some photographs including two additional ones of 30925.

Further photos of 925/30925 are available on this website’s Photo Archive

  The Wessex Wyvern. 8th July 1956. The RCTS special train approaching Brockenhurst hauled by 30925. C.P. Boocock
Scanned from August 1956 RO. The final leg of this rail tour, from Andover to Waterloo, was worked by N15X 32329 Stephenson on its last day in regular service.
  30925 passing Shortlands with a Special Train conveying HM The Queen from Victoria for a visit to the Medway towns. 24th October 1956. J. Head, courtesy The Railway Magazine
Scanned from January 1957 RO.
  East Midlander No.5. 30925 and L.M.S. Class 2P 4-4-0 No. 40646 approaching the Tees viaduct at Croft, 13th May 1962. R. Leslie
Scanned from July 1962 RO. The report in RO ended “In the L.M.R. Stock Alterations list issued on 18th May, it was discovered that 40646 was officially withdrawn w/e 12/5/62. It is certainly unusual for a withdrawn locomotive to immediately run a 300-mile tour, some of it at speeds in excess of 80 m.p.h. !” The editors added “We understand that 40646 was withdrawn on the official life expiration of its boiler, and that it was given a special “stay of execution” to work this train. Its performance clearly pointed to an otherwise excellent mechanical condition.”
  East Midlander No.5. 40646 and 30925 at Spofforth, running tender-first from Wetherby Town to Starbeck after traversing the Wetherby branch, 13th May 1962. R. Leslie
Scanned from July 1962 RO.
  30925 passing Honor Oak Park, hauling the first leg of the Sussex Coast rail tour from London Bridge to Brighton, 7th October 1962. F.W. Goudie
Scanned from December 1962 RO.

Last updated: 10th March 2019