27th January 2007
Railway Touring Company
Kent Coast Express
|Locos Used||67018 & steam: 34067 'Tangmere'|
1Z84 : London Victoria to Ashford International
1Z85 : Ashford International to Eastbourne (via Folkestone Harbour)
1Z86 : Eastbourne to London Victoria
|34067||London Victoria - (1) - Grosvenor Bridge Jn - Penge East - Bromley South - Swanley - Sole Street - Gillingham - Sittingbourne - Faversham - Margate - Ramsgate - Deal - Dover Priory - Folkestone Central - Ashford International|
|67018 (3)||Ashford International - Folkestone East Train Roads|
|34067 (2)||Folkestone East Train Roads - Folkestone Harbour|
|67018 (3)||Folkestone Harbour - Folkestone East Train Roads|
|34067 (2)||Folkestone East Train Roads - Ashford International|
|67018 (3)||Ashford International - Rye - Hastings - Bexhill Central - Eastbourne|
|34067 (2)||Eastbourne - Polegate - Lewes - Plumpton - Haywards Heath - Three Bridges - Quarry line (4) - East Croydon - Selhurst - Streatham Common (5) - Clapham Junction - Stewarts Lane - London Victoria (5)|
(1) Some sources report the train was banked by 67018 Victoria to Grosvenor Bridge however this has been disputed as 67018 was also reported stationary two coach lengths from the buffers after the train had departed, which also agrees with John Clifford's record of events. 67018 is therefore assumed to have run light-engine to Ashford to meet back up with the train.
(2) 67018 on rear.
(3) 34067 on rear.
(4) booked route via Redhill but diverted due to emergency engineering work following landslip on 13/01/2007.
(5) booked route between Streatham Common & Victoria was Streatham Common - Streatham - Tulse Hill - Herne Hill - Victoria: diverted due to late running.
John Clifford comments:
The tour was a good example of how a delay in the early stages can snowball & make a much later finish. The Newington stop was at signal EU10 on the fast line (not at Newington station) & we waited there for a late Victoria - Ramsgate train to pass. We were then checked at Sittingbourne (for the Sheerness train to cross to the branch) & again before Faversham to let a Faversham - Victoria train come out of the down loop. Further signal checks occurred before Ramsgate & before Deal, presumably we were following a local train.
Whilst I have shown the Folkestone Harbour - Junc section as 67018 (with 34067 on rear), it seemed that 34067 was doing the lion's share of the work.
Because we were late getting to Eastbourne there was not enough time to service 34067 in time for a punctual start. We then had to wait for path to get the loco from the yard back on to the train, hence the late departure. At this stage we were told that the train would go direct to Victoria rather than via Herne Hill. When we did get going some excellent running was made up the Brighton main line. Unfortunately the driver forgot to stop at East Croydon so a special stop was made at Clapham Junction.
Source : John Clifford
Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from John Clifford)
|Voltaire Road Jn||09/11||09/14|
|Bromley South||09.25a ~ 09.27d||09.28 ~ 09.31|
|St. Mary Cray Jn||09/32||09/37|
|Rochester Bridge Jn||10/02||10/03|
|Newington||10*19 ~ 10*33||10.19 ~ 10.41|
|Whitstable||10w59 ~ 11w14||11w14 ~ 11w28|
|Minster East Jn||11/50||12/04|
|Ashford||12.50 ~ 13.07||13.13 ~ 13.26|
|Folkestone Jn Sidings||13.25 ~ 13.31||13.54 ~ 14.03|
|Folkestone Harbour||13.36 ~ 14.06||14.09 ~ 14.34|
|Folkestone Jn Sidings||14.11 ~ 14.17||14.40 ~ 14.46|
|Ashford||14.42 ~ 14.51||15.11 ~ 15.16|
|Rye||15/16||15.45 ~ 15.53|
|Eastbourne||16.17a ~ 17.35d||16.43 ~ 18.44|
|Balcombe Tunnel Jn||18/31||19/33|
|Stoats Nest Jn||19/06||19/54|
|East Croydon||19.24a ~ 19.29d||20/02|
|Windmill Bridge Jn||19/31||20/03|
|Streatham Common||19/44||20.10 ~ 20.14|
|Voltaire Road Jn||20/02||DIV|
|Clapham Junction||DIV||20.24 ~ 20.25|
|Battersea Pier Jn||?||20/33|
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