Wings and Wheels Society.

The Dorset Coast Explorer at Stonehouse and Berkeley 6-8-2022.

Seen here photographed at Stonehouse Crossing on the outward trip, and Berkeley Road South on the return working. The train started from Burton-on-Trent and made a large circular journey through Central Southern England, starting with a climb through the Golden Valley into the heart of the Cotswolds before a run through the Vale of White Horse into the Thames Valley and to Reading, where it turned south to Basingstoke, and onto Weymouth. The return route came back through the Somerset and Wiltshire border via Westbury, and the Avon Valley through Bradford-on-Avon to Bath Spa and the outskirts of Bristol. After a set-down at Bristol Parkway a run followed through Severn side to Cheltenham Spa and finally to Burton-on-Trent. A pair of veteran Class 33 diesels (33025 and 33029) worked the train, a type that hauled most trains between Bournemouth and Weymouth from the mid-1960s to electrification in 1988. The locomotives hauled the Pathfinder Tour that consisted mainly of a rake of MK1 coaches from Riviera Trains.

Copyright of all pictures in this gallery belong to R Kelsey.