The British Pullman to Bath and Bristol Wednesday 16th May 2018

On Wednesday 16th May 2018, Clan Line hauled the British Pullman to Bath and Bristol. Rather than take what was, at the time, the usual Berks & Hants route, we went by the Great Western mainline between Reading and Bristol.

The following is an extract from the log produced by Alan Goodwin at the time:-

Load: Thirteen vehicles for 504 tons tare.

Crew: Inspector Geoff Ewans, driver Steve Matthews and fireman Jim Clarke.

Weather: Sunny periods.

Location Miles. Ch B'ked Actual Sp'd Notes
Bath (dep) 0:00 17:43
Bathampton Jcn. 2.16 0:04 0:04 50
Box 4.76 0:07½ 60/50
Corsham 8.44 0:11½ 55
Thingley Jcn. 10.68 0:14 0:14 67
Chippenham 12.74 0:16 0:16 72
Dip. 15.02 0:17½ 76.5
Dauntsey 19.12 0:21 74/65
Wooton Bassett Jcn. 23.72 0:27 0:25 69
Swindon 29.52 0:35 0:30 73/77 Pathing stop omitted
Bourton Crossover 34.40 0:33½ 76
Shrivenham 35.32 0:34½ 75.5
Uffington 40.32 0:57 0:38½ 76
Challow c42.72 1:00 0:41½ 47 Braking for signal stop

The following notes were made by the time-keeper at the time:-

A stunning lift out of Bath, and what a wonderful feeling going full speed through the home of the GWR with the whistle shrieking.