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The RCTS double-header of 18th June has already been featured on the first page but there was a similar combination of motive power a week earlier, 11th June 1967, when the Warwickshire Railway Society (WRS) organised a marathon special which started at Birmingham. Following electric haulage as far as Mitre Bridge the motive power changed to steam until the return leg on the WCML. This tour included the well known MN double headed Merchant Navy exploit from Weymouth to Dorchester as well as 34004/80146 on the Swanage branch.
 
Standard 5 and Spamcan Traditionally, clean locos were the order of the day for railtour duty but this was a rare and unfortunate exception as the weather was particularly dull for the time of year.
Standard 5 4-6-0 No. 73085 pilots rebuilt WC No. 34004 Yeovil, without name plate adornment, as the special makes a lively restart at Kensington Olympia.
The pilot left the train at Woking.

Photograph Mike Morant

 
The evening return of the WRS special sees 73085, which had been re-attached at Woking, piloting original WC No. 34023 Blackmore Vale as they approach the A3 overbridge at Raynes Park nearly at the end of daylight. Steam gave way to electric power at Willesden Jct. so was that the last steam train on the WCML south of Crewe?

photograph by Mike Morant

Standard 5 and Spamcan
 
U and N On 13 June 1965 the LCGB 'Wealdsman' tour employed a pair of Maunsell moguls from Three Bridges to Hastings and Eastbourne via Heathfield. Here we see U class 31803 piloting N class 31411 somewhere in the region of Grange Road.

photograph by Mike Morant

 
The swansong for Maunsell's moguls on railtours was the RCTS 'Longmoor' tour on 30 April 1966 and saw a pair of the U class, Nos.31791 & 31639 haul the final leg from Windsor to Waterloo. They are depicted here, in evening shadow, at Wraysbury.

photograph by Mike Morant

Two Us
 
Two Beatties December 1962 heralded the end for the Beattie well tanks in BR service although both those depicted here, 30585/7, survived into preservation. The tour date was 2nd December but it was so overbooked that another trip was arranged for two weeks later.
They are seen here passing the erstwhile signal box at Raynes Park and are en route for Hampton Court.

photograph by Mike Morant

 
30064/30073 headed rail tours on successive days on 19th & 20th March 1966. The first was the LCGB 'New Forester' (Southampton Terminus - Fawley - Totton) and the second ws the RCTS 'The Solent' (Southampton Docks - Fawley - Southampton Terminus.

photograph: Mike Morant collection

Two Beatties

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