2nd August 2007
|Locos Used||37248 & steam: 34067 'Tangmere'|
1Z82 : London Victoria to Salisbury
1Z83 : Salisbury to London Victoria
|34067 (1)||(2) London Victoria - Stewarts Lane - Clapham Junction - Hounslow - Staines - Chertsey - Woking - Guildford - Haslemere - Havant (2) - Cosham - Fareham - Netley - Southampton Central - Redbridge - Romsey - Dean - Salisbury|
|34067||Salisbury - (reverse of outward route) - Romsey - Chandlers Ford - Eastleigh - Botley - Fareham - (2) (reverse of outward route) - London Victoria (2)|
(1) Banked by 37248 between Victoria & Grosvenor Bridge.
(2) Booked route was : London Victoria - Brixton - Herne Hill - Tulse Hill - Streatham - Mitcham Junction - Sutton - Epsom - Leatherhead - Dorking - Horsham - Pulborough - Arundel - Barnham - Chichester - Havant. Train was booked to return the reverse of outward.
Source : John Clifford
(from John Clifford)
The diversion from the expected route was made as the train operators, West Coast Railways, did not have a driver available who knew the route via the Mid Sussex line, nor were they able to get one from elsewhere. Hence we went via the Portsmouth direct line. Stops had been advertised for passengers to join & leave the train at Leatherhead & Dorking North & they were conveyed by coach to & from Woking. Part of the reason for the trip was for passengers to go to Chichester or visit Goodwood races. They went by coach from & to Havant.
On the day we were held by signals at Byfleet Jn for 27mins (10.58 - 11.25) so that we would arrive at Havant at the booked time. So much for forward planning! The usual stop for water on the Direct line is at Haslemere, where other trains can pass. However, Network Rail declined a stop there, so the water stop was to be at Petersfield (where trains can't pass). Arrival there showed no sign of a water tanker. It had gone to Warnham as the crew were unaware of the change in routing. So, we stood at Petersfield for 39mins. The following Waterloo - Portsmouth train could eventually be seen standing at the signal outside Petersfield. The rest out the outward journey ran without incident, although there was a short stop at Fareham in the hope that we could run via Botley to get back some of the lateness. As it turned out there wasn't a path that way so we went via the booked route.
The return journey started late because of a delay in servicing the engine. However, with a shorter route than booked, an on time arrival at Victoria was expected. This was almost achieved but there was a delay outside Victoria waiting for the ECS off the VSOE to come out.
Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from John Clifford)
|Battersea Pier Jn||09/43||09/42||-||21/35|
|Voltaire Road Jn||09/46||DIV||21/27||DIV|
|Streatham South Jn||09/59||DIV||21/04||DIV|
|Leatherhead||10.28a ~ 10.30d||DIV||20.28a ~ 20.30d||DIV|
|Dorking||10.38a ~ 10.40d||DIV||19w48a ~ 20w20d||DIV|
|Warnham||11w03 ~ 11w31||DIV||?||DIV|
|Chichester||12.31a ~ 12.34d||DIV||18.33a ~ 18.35d||DIV|
|Stewarts Lane||DIV||09.44 ~ 09.46||DIV||21/33|
|Longhedge Jn||DIV||09/49||DIV||21.22 ~ 21.28|
|Staines||DIV||10.34a ~ 10.35d||DIV||20/44|
|Byfleet & New Haw||DV||11/28||DIV||20/25|
|Woking||DIV||11.38a ~ 11.39d||DIV||20.17a ~ 20.19d|
|Petersfield||DIV||12w19 ~ 12w58||DIV||19/29|
|Havant||12/46||13.15 ~ 13.18||18/20||19.08 ~ 19.10|
|Fareham||13/06||13.39 ~ 13.43||18/03||18.48 ~ 18.49|
|Fareham North Jn||18/01||18/47|
|Botley||17/55||18w22 ~ 18w38|
|Eastleigh South Jn||17/48||18/11|
|Eastleigh||17/46||18.06 ~ 18.08|
|Eastleigh East Jn||17/33||18/02|
|Romsey||14.03a ~ 14.06d||14.29 ~ 14.31||17.13a ~ 17.15d||17.50 ~ 17.51|
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