Saturday, 18 March 2017

Return journey of The Bath & Bristol Steam Express, 18th March 2017

LMS Class 5MT 45407 1Z94 16:39 Bristol Temple Meads - Three Bridges

Running a few minutes late, and slowing to a stop at Romsey ....

.... as the Southampton route had been incorrectly set by the signaller.

3058 FLORENCE is the oldest FO running on Network Rail from Lot 30169 completed at Doncaster in August 1955 (the oldest TSO is now from 1959).

Withdrawn October 1972 becoming DB975313, an HST Instruction Coach. "P 1983 ex Exeter by 5542 Group, then West Somerset Railway 1989 where converted from FO to RMB as 'Taunton Cider Bar': passenger service Easter 1990. Commonwealth bogies 2003. Middle doors removed, 4 windows panelled over bar side. Now loose seating. Chocolate/cream livery. To Carnforth by 03/11. By 03/14: named 'Florence'. By 10/15: in West Coast Railways maroon livery."