BRITISH RAILWAYS 1920 - 1970

 

Home
NAMED TRAINS

 

EXPRESS TRAINS: SPEEDS AND FASTEST RUNS

 

 

Speed records on individual runs

 

Year

Railway

Location

Loco

Max speed, m.p.h.

1904

G.W.R.

Wellington, Somerset

4-4-0 City of Truro

102 (unconfirmed)

 

1935

L.N.E.R.

Essendine

4-6-2 Papyrus

108

1935

L.N.E.R.

Arlesey

4-6-2 Silver Link

112

1937

L.M.S.

Betley Road

4-6-2 Coronation

114

1938

L.N.E.R.

Essendine

4-6-2 Mallard

126

 

 

Fastest scheduled runs for steam traction

 

Year

Railway

/Region

Route

Distance

(mi)

Ave speed (m.p.h.)

1921

G.W.R.

Paddington-Bath*

106.9

61.1

1925

G.W.R.

Swindon-Paddington

77.3

61.8

1930

G.W.R.

Swindon-Paddington

77.3

66.3

1935

G.W.R.

Swindon-Paddington

77.3

71.4

 

L.N.E.R.

King's Cross-Darlington

232.3

"

1939

L.N.E.R.

King's Cross-York

188.2

71.9

1946

G.W.R.

Paddington-Bath

106.9

55.8

1955

W.R.

Paddington-Bristol

118.3

67.7

 

* slip-coach arrival

 

Other fastest wartime and post-war runs by region

 

The statistics for the years before 1954 are based on runs exceeding 100 miles in length, hence the figures are not strictly comparable and the S.R. does not figure in the earlier years.

 

Year

Railway/Region

Route

Distance

(mi)

Ave speed

(mph)

1942

LMS

Stoke-Watford

128.5

51.1

"

GWR

Paddington-Taunton

142.7

50.4

"

LNER

King's Cross-Grantham

105.5

49.8

1946

LNER

King's Cross-Grantham

105.5

54.1

"

LMS

Euston-Crewe

158.1

53.9

1954

WR

Paddington-Bristol

118.3

67.6

"

ER

Hitchin-Retford

106.7

66.7

"

NER

York-Darlington

44.1

64.5

"

LMR

Watford J-Crewe

140.6

62.0

"

SR

Waterloo-Salisbury

83.7

60.5

"

ScR

Symington-Carlisle

67.0

60.0

1957

WR

Paddington-Bristol

118.3

67.6

"

NER

York-Darlington

44.1

64.5

"

ER

Ipswich-Norwich

46.3

63.1

"

LMR

Rugby-Euston

82.5

62.7

"

SR

Waterloo-Salisbury

83.7

60.5

"

ScR

Symington-Carlisle

67.0

59.1

1965*

LMR

Rugby-Crewe

75.5

74.9

"

NER

Darlington-York

44.1

73.5

"

ER

Hitchin-Retford

106.7

72.7

"

WR

Badminton-Didcot

46.9

72.1

"

ScR/NER

Edinburgh-Newcastle

124.5

67.3

"

SR

Ashford-Tonbridge

26.6

61.3

 

*note the effects of dieselisation

 

 

Home NAMED TRAINS

 

COPYRIGHT R.D.LAKE 2009