Locos on the Oxford-Cambridge line?

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GWRSwindon
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Locos on the Oxford-Cambridge line?

Post by GWRSwindon » Wed Jun 10, 2020 3:56 pm

Does anyone know what engines were common on the Oxford-Cambridge "Varsity" line in the 1905-1914 timeframe? I think the LNWR tended to send its older classes to work out their last days on the line, such as the Webb Precursors, but I wanted to see there were any others.

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Re: Locos on the Oxford-Cambridge line?

Post by pstanton » Sun Jun 14, 2020 3:00 pm

I've passed the question on to my old friends at Sandy in the East Beds Society. They're all pretty cute on the history of this line.

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Re: Locos on the Oxford-Cambridge line?

Post by pstanton » Mon Jun 15, 2020 8:49 am

A first reply from my friends in Bedfordshire!!

"A quick look at LMS Engine Sheds, it says 1903 practically all Oxford branch work was Lady of the Lake 2-2-2 class nos 1429 Alfred Paget and 1433 Daphne. Others were seen too. One Bletchley link to Oxford for a 5'6" 2-4-2 tank.
Oxford to Cambridge books, by Bill Simpson as follows
Seen at Oxford 1914 Precursor number 413
Undated but LNW days - Precedent 1170 General at Oxford
Railmotor No 3 at Bicester 1905
1911 Double-headed Precedent engines on an Oxford train at Bletchley
Railmotor at Woburn 1908
Precedent early 1900s at Woburn
LNWR period 18" Goods at Sandy
LNWR period Precursor at Old North ROad
Cambridge shed 1913 Waterloo class 2-4-0 John O'Groat
Cambridge shed 1905 2-4-2 tank 1165
Cheers
Alan"

Now going round the membership of the Biggleswade group and the Sandy Transport Society!

Regards, Peter

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Re: Locos on the Oxford-Cambridge line?

Post by pstanton » Mon Jun 15, 2020 5:17 pm

A bit more from my friends in Bedfordshire!

"I’m not an expert on LNWR but so far as I understand the common engines were

1900-through to the 1920’s 18” & 19” Goods, 2-4-0 Jumbo and Precursors. and by the later 1920’s Prince of Wales 4-6-0’s.

I’ve seen some pictures of Coal Tanks but have no copies or details of the engines.

DS"

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