15th May 2004
Canterbury & Romney Explorer
|Loco Used||47355 & 47709|
1Z47 : Norwich to Canterbury West
1Z87 : Canterbury West to Norwich
|47355 (1)||Norwich - Trowse Jn - Wymondham - Thetford - Ely - Waterbeach - Cambridge|
|47709 (2)||(3) Cambridge - Ely - March - Whittlesea - Peterborough (3)|
|47355 (1)||(3) Peterborough - Huntingdon - (3) Hitchin - Stevenage - Potters Bar - Finsbury Park - Freight Terminal Jn - Camden Road - Gospel Oak - Willesden Junction HL - Mitre Bridge Jn - Kensington Olympia - Longhedge Jn - Factory Jn - Denmark Hill - Nunhead - Shortlands Jn - Orpington - Sevenoaks - Tonbridge - Paddock Wood - Ashford International - Canterbury West - Minster - Sandwich - Dover Priory - Folkestone Central|
|47709 (2)||Canterbury West - Minster - Sandwich - Dover Priory - Folkestone Central - Saltwood Jn - Ashford International - (reverse of outward route) - (4) Shortlands Jn - Sydenham Hill - Herne Hill - Factory Jn (4) - (reverse of outward route) - Norwich|
(1) 47709 on rear.
(2) 47355 on rear.
(3) Diverted from booked route via Royston owing to a fatality at Foxton. Train was further delayed as Royston passengers were told to travel to Stevenage to pick up the railtour....but the train didn't stop there. A wait at Finsbury Park was required for the Royston passengers to catch-up!
(4) Was booked to have been reverse of outward route.
Simon Pedley captured 47355 at Folkestone Central.
John Clifford comments: At Folkestone there was an option to visit the RH&DR. We were divided into 2 groups, A & B, but because of the late arrival in Folkestone neither group did exactly what had been originally planned.
Group A: The plan was coach to Hythe, train to Dungeness, then coach back to Folkestone but what they did was coach to Hythe, only to find that the intended train had gone so coach on to New Romney, train to Dungeness (hauled by diesel 12 "John Southland"), coach back to New Romney with the choice of train back to Hythe (hauled again by diesel 12) & coach back to Folkestone or coach all the way back to Folkestone from New Romney.
Group B: The plan was coach to New Romney, a short break, then coach on to Dungeness, train to Hythe & coach back to Folkestone. What we did was coach to Dungeness, train to New Romney (hauled by steam 8 "Hurricane"), a short break, train to Hythe (hauled by diesel 14 "Captain Howey") then coach back to Folkestone.
Sources : various including Simon Pedley, John
Clifford & Peter Paget
Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from various including John Clifford)
|Trowse Swing Bridge Jn||06/22||?||?||?|
|Wymondham||06.39a ~ 06.42d||?||?||?|
|Attleborough||06.50a ~ 06.52d||?||?||?|
|Thetford||07.08a ~ 07.10d||07.08 ~ 07.11||?||?|
|Ely North Jn||07/31||07/36||?||?|
|Ely||07.34a ~ 07.37d||07.38 ~ 07.43||?||?|
|Ely Dock Jn||07/39||?||?||?|
|Coldham Lane Jn||07/52||?||?||?|
|Cambridge||07.57a ~ 07.59d||08.23 ~ 08.33||?||?|
|Shepreth Branch Jn||08/06||DIV||21/32||?|
|Royston||08.20a ~ 08.30d||DIV||21.16a ~ 21.18d||?|
|Ely North Jn||DIV||08/50|
|Peterborough||DIV||09.56a ~ 10.01d|
|Hitchin||08.48a ~ 08.50d||10.48 ~ 10.49||20.59a ~ 21.01d||22.34 ~ 22.35|
|Welwyn Garden City||09/05||11/05||20/50||22/22|
|Finsbury Park||09/35||11.19a ~ 12.00d||20/07||22/01|
|Holloway South Jn||09/37||12/03||20/04||21/59|
|Freight Terminal Jn||09/41||12/06||20/01||21/57|
|Camden Road East Jn||09/47||12/09||?||21/51|
|Kensal Green Jn LL||10/10||12/27||?||21/39|
|Willesden Junction HL||10.12a ~ 10.13d||12.28 ~ 12.28||?||21.35 ~ 21.37|
|Mitre Bridge Jn||10/16||12/31||19/31||21/33|
|North Pole Jn||10/17||12/32||19/30||21/32|
|Voltaire Road Jn||10/31||12/42||19/15||21/19|
|Crofton Road Jn||10/36||12/48||19/10||DIV|
|Petts Wood Jn||10/50||13/04||18/49||21/00|
|Orpington||10.53a ~ 10.58d||13.09 ~ 13.09||18/47||20/57|
|Tonbridge (loop?)||11.20a ~ 11.37d||13/27|
|Canterbury West||12.30a ~ 12.35d||14.16 ~ 14.21||16.36d||?|
|Dover Priory||13.16a ~ 13.18d||15.17 ~ 15.19||17.24a ~ 17.26d||?|
|Folkestone Central||13.30a||15.33||17.38a ~ 17.43d||19.49 ~ 19.52|
Timings continue in first table.
RH&DR Timings (Group B)
|8||Romney Sands||16/50||16.59a ~ 17.01d|
|New Romney||17.00 ~ 17.35||17.09 ~ 17.39|
|14||St Marys Bay||17/43||17.46a ~ 17.47d|
|14||Dymchurch||17/50||17.51a ~ 17.54d|
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