Railway enthusiasts to take trip back in time as historic locomotive recreates journey through Banbury

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An historic record-breaking locomotive will next month recreate a special train journey made through Banbury 60 years ago to say farewell to steam power.

Nostalgic railway enthusiasts have already snapped up nearly all the 330 tickets to travel on “The Great Western 1Z48” from Birmingham’s Snow Hill station.

It will be hauled by Clun Castle, a giant 80-ton steam engine built at Swindon for British Railways in 1950, stopping at Warwick, Banbury and Oxford on the way to Bristol and then to Plymouth.

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The following day it will travel to London Paddington before a diesel takes over for the last leg of the journey back to Birmingham.

The Clun Castle steam engine will be transporting rail enthusiasts back in time on its journey on May 10 and 11.The Clun Castle steam engine will be transporting rail enthusiasts back in time on its journey on May 10 and 11.
The Clun Castle steam engine will be transporting rail enthusiasts back in time on its journey on May 10 and 11.

A spokesman for Tyseley-based Vintage Trains, who are organising the journey on May 10 and 11, said: “We will be travelling back in time to recreate one of the final steam journeys during the days of British Rail.

“Clun Castle, one of the Western Region’s crack express locos, hauled the train on that occasion in May, 1964, for part of the route from Plymouth to Bristol.

“It reached a top speed of 96mph, notching up the fastest ever non-stop run between the cities in two hours, 13 minutes and nine seconds.

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“And the driver Henry Roach reckoned that if he had been allowed he could easily have topped 100mph.”

A picture of the Clun Castle steam engine from 1964.A picture of the Clun Castle steam engine from 1964.
A picture of the Clun Castle steam engine from 1964.

Clun Castle, which carried the number 7029, was the last of British Rail’s Castle Class engines to be withdrawn from service.

It hauled the final scheduled steam train from Birmingham’s Snow Hill and Moor Street stations before also pulling the last one from London Paddington.

For more information and to book, see www.vintagetrains.co.uk