4th October 2003
Wessex Trains / Steam
The Atlantic Coast Express (Okehampton Line)
|Locos Used||37308 & steam: 34067 'Tangmere'|
|Stock Used||load 10 including 1800|
1Z90 : Waterloo to Okehampton
1Z91 : Okehampton to Exeter St Davids
1Z92 : Exeter St Davids to Paddington
|34067||London Waterloo - Clapham Junction - Wimbledon - Surbiton - Woking - Farnborough - Basingstoke - Salisbury - Yeovil Pen Mill - Yeovil Junction - Honiton - Exeter Central - Exeter St Davids - Exeter Riverside Yard|
|34067 (2)||Exeter Riverside Yard - Cowley Bridge Jn - Crediton - Okehampton|
|37308 (3)||Okehampton - Crediton - Cowley Bridge Jn - Exeter St Davids|
|34067||Exeter St Davids - (via Tiverton loop) - Cogload Jn - Castle Cary - Frome - Westbury - Newbury - Southcote Jn - Reading - Twyford - Slough - Southall - London Paddington|
(1) Train was originally advertised as routed : Exeter St Davids to Barnstaple (rev) - Eggesford (rev) - Okehampton but revised due to pathing constraints.
(2) 37308 on rear (assisting where required on the uphill grades).
(3) 34067 on rear.
(4) Gordon Jakes comments: Some fast running was recorded by 34067 on the downward journey with 75mph being achieved in the areas of Andover, Sherborne and Pinhoe. The loss of time between Yeovil Junction and Chard Junction was unaccounted for but was responsible for the 8 minutes late arrival in Exeter St Davids. Thereafter the ongoing time loss between Riverside and Crediton accounted for the 50% reduction in layover time in Okehampton. This was unfortunate because much activity had been laid on Okehampton station for the arrival of the ACE which therefore could not be done justice! The attachment of 37308 in Riverside Yard, Exeter was required in order to facilitate the return journey from Okehampton, there being no run-round loop available at Okehampton. An announcement was made on the train to the effect that 37308 would not be used to assist 34067 up the gradients from Crediton to Okehampton. I cannot comment as to whether or not 37308 was used but the very slow progress up the grade and the significant loss of time from Exeter would suggest that 34067 did work alone!
Sources : various including Mark Herriott (viewed the train
at Basingstoke), Andy Pullar
& Gordon Jakes (on train from Waterloo to Exeter [on the return journey])
(all photos: Gordon Jakes)
34067 waits to leave London Waterloo.
34067 departs St Davids station around 5pm, for servicing in Riverside Yard.
Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Terry Jackson & Gordon Jakes)
|13.27||Hampton Court Jn||08/19½||08/26½|
|Basingstoke||08.54a ~ 08.57d||08.58 ~ 09.02|
|Salisbury||09w45a ~ 10w21d||09.46 ~ 10.19|
|Gillingham||10*53 ~ 10*58||10.49 ~ 11.06|
|Yeovil Junction||11w22a ~ 11w48d||11.29 ~ 11.51|
|Chard Junction||12*10 ~ 12*15||12/20|
|Exeter St Davids||13.00a ~ 13.03d||13.06 ~ 13.16 [P1]|
|Riverside Yard||13L07 ~ 13L45||13.21 ~ 13.48½|
|0.28||Cowley Bridge Jn||13/48½||13/55|
|Crediton||13.59½a ~ 14.01½d||14.12 ~ 14.22|
|Okehampton||14.48a ~ 15.28d||15.20 ~ 15.50|
|18.05||Crediton||16.12a ~ 16.18d||16/31|
|23.55||Cowley Bridge Jn||16/29||16/44½|
|Exeter St Davids||16.33a ~ 18.37d||[P3] 16.49 ~ 18.42 [P4]|
|1.20||Cowley Bridge Jn||18/42||?|
|Frome||20w02a ~ 20w30d||20.30 ~ 20.57|
|1.00||Clink Road Jn||20/34||21/01|
|Westbury||20*44 ~ 20*49||21.07 ~ 21.37|
|1.03||Heywood Road Jn||20/53||21/40|
|Theale Loop||22w02 ~ 22w22||?|
|Reading||22.33a ~ 22.36d||23.08 ~ 23.12 [P8]|
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