The Park Royal Parkinson tour, Mon March 9th 2020
This was a one way BLS tour essentially returning the stock to Carnforth after the weekend tours. 33029 looked good at Padd
and i was pleased with this loco, my last main line trip with her being Bristol to Bath on the 1510 Bristol - Portsmouth back on
December 13th 1985!
47746 was the tour power out of Padd, as a South Wales based D1754 this would have been a Padd regular in the late 60's.
We took in the Old Oak ECS flyover soon after leaving before a pathing stop just past the former junction of the Wycombe
and main lines. My colleague spotted a 37'6 dragging a 745 unit over the NLL here, always something of interest in London it
After West Ealing we joined the Greenford branch but on passing Greenford East we kept on going much further than the itinary
suggested in fact a few miles down the old Wycombe line to end at the gates of Park Royal's current aggregate terminal (Siding no 3
apparently). Then our 33 crackled into life and with load 8 and a dead 47 she worked hard storming down the Chiltern main line
making light work of the infamous Saunderton Bank, perhaps the highlight of the trip.
A photo stop (remember them) at Bicester North was nicely timed just before the inevitable rains set in. Banbury, Leamington and then
at Coventry our 47 fired up to haul us "right to the blocks" of line 4 of Coventry Yard, rare track!
33029 then took us back North through little Bedworth to Nuneaton for another good storm down the Trent Valley. We bailed at a soggy
Stafford but the tour continued onto Stoke, Crewe, Preston and Lancaster.
For us a rancid busy 350'2 unit (a bus according my colleague!) South, an interesting tour over.
Phots from the day