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.
|Wooton Bassett Jcn.||23.72||0:27||0:25||69|
|Swindon||29.52||0:35||0:30||73/77||Pathing stop omitted|
|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.