Brentford Bard

A loco-hauled railtour run by the Class 37 Group from Manchester to London, covering rare track west of London on Saturday 22nd June 1991.

Bearley Jn 22/06/91 (p1006.jpg)

The tour ran from Manchester via Birmingham New Street to Stratford-on-Avon. Here it stands awaiting the road at Bearley Junction on the approach to Stratford. At the head are 37685 and 37682, with the stock formed from BR Mark 1 coaches in the Pilkington 'K' advertising livery.

Stratford 22/06/91 (p1007.jpg)

At Stratford-on-Avon, the locos needed to run-round, but the loop headshunt beyond the station was out of use. A Class 31 was used to shunt-release the stock. Here the Class 37s are awaiting the completion of that move before returning through the station. 37682 leads.

Stratford 22/06/91 (p1008.jpg)

The rear of the stock is seen in the distance, as the 37s head towards the goods yard siding.

Stratford 22/06/91 (p1010.jpg)

Once the shunt was completed, the Class 31 gets the road to head back to whence it came - probably Saltley depot.

Paddington 22/06/91 (p1011.jpg)

The tour then proceeded to Southall and the Brentford branch. The assisting loco for the return from Brentford and other moves in the London area was 47145 'Merddin Emrys'. However, brake issues meant that it could not top-and-tail as booked, so time was lost attaching and detaching. Six Bells Junction (link below) suggests that the tour did not do the circuit of the Greenford Loop from and to Paddington as booked. I can't remember, but I'm not sure how the 37s could have been released from the bufferstops otherwise. Anyway, here's photographic evidence that 47145 did make it to Paddington.

For more details on this tour and the route taken visit Six Bells Junction