26th May 2001
The Dartmoor Prince
|Loco Used||47778 'Irresistible'|
1Z80 : London Victoria to Meldon Quarry
1Z?? : Meldon Quarry to London Victoria
London Victoria - Stewarts Lane - Clapham Junction - Streatham Jn - Haydons Road - Wimbledon - Surbiton - Woking - Basingstoke - Andover - Salisbury - Gillingham - Yeovil Junction - Honiton - Exeter St David's - Crediton - Okehampton - Meldon Quarry
Meldon Quarry - (reverse of outward route) - London Victoria
Source : John Clifford
(on the train throughout)
(by John Clifford)
This was originally advertised as leaving Victoria at 0730 & getting back mid-evening. When the ticket arrived it was a 0655 departure & back not mid evening but midnight (almost), actually 2350. I had booked on it as I had never had 47 haulage between Streatham Junction & Wimbledon nor between Cowley Bridge Junction & Meldon Quarry.
Anyway this meant leaving my home station of Hatfield on the first train at 0502 and left Kings Cross on the 0011 which I caught only because it left late. The 0011 terminated at New Barnet with a bus connection onward arriving at Hatfield at about 0130. Now, I know this is not long compared with trips undertaken by some people but as I will soon qualify for a Senior Citizen's Railcard I haven't got the stamina I had in my twenties.
If you think this is a long moan, you'd be right. I feel I've been around long enough to give an opinion.
Back to the trip which ran well and we got back to Victoria 4 minutes early. However I was seated in the front coach with a couple and their uncle who had persuaded them to come along. The coach contained a number of 47 bashers and I have no objection to them, per se, but there was one long-haired individual who seemed to have consumed too much alcohol and who could speak only in a loud voice. About every forth word started with f.... (it wasn't forty seven). Also despite the stewards collecting rubbish regularly, he threw his rubbish out of the window.
The 3 others seated in my bay said that they would not be going on any more Cheshire tours and, so far, I haven't either.
47778 at Exeter St Davids with the outward leg (photo: Keith Mantle)
Timings (Actual with some booked)
(from John Clifford)
|Battersea Pier Jn||-||06/58||-||23/41|
|Stewarts Lane Jn||-||07/00||-||23/40|
|Pouparts Jn||-||07.04a ~ 07.05d||-||23/37|
|Clapham Junction||07.09d||07.08 ~ 07.09||23.32a||23.33 ~ 23.35|
|Streatham Jn East||-||07/16||-||23/27|
|Steatham Jn North||-||07/17||-||23/26|
|Wimbledon||07.29d||07.27 ~ 07.28||23.15a||23.17 ~ 23.19|
|Surbiton||07.40d||07.42 ~ 07.43||22.59a||23.03 ~ 23.04|
|Hampton Court Jn||-||07/46||-||23/01|
|Weybridge||07.51d||07.52 ~ 07.53||22.45a||22.53 ~ 22.54|
|Woking||08.01d||08.01 ~ 08.02||22.35a||22.45 ~ 22.46|
|Farnborough||08.14d||08.15 ~ 08.16||22.22a||22.32 ~ 22.33|
|Basingstoke||08.31d||08.31 ~ 08.32||22.06a||22.14 ~ 22.16|
|Andover||08.52d||08.51a ~ 08.53d||21.46a||21.53 ~ 21.54|
|Salisbury||09.12d||09.16 ~ 09.18||21.26a||21.30 ~ 21.34|
|Templecombe||-||09/48||-||20.45 ~ 20.56|
|Yeovil Junction||-||09.59 ~ 10.00||-||20.26 ~ 20.32|
|Honiton||-||10/40||-||19.22 ~ 19.52|
|Pinhoe||-||10/51||-||19.00 ~ 19.05|
|Exeter St Davids||-||10.58 ~ 11.08||-||18.42 ~ 18.53|
|Cowley Bridge Jn||-||11/11||-||18.30 ~ 18.37|
|Okehampton||12.05a||11.55 ~ 12.42||17.50d||13.26 ~ 17.48|
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