15th August 2007

Steam Dreams
Sunny South Special

Locos Used 37248 & steam : E850 'Lord Nelson'
Stock Used 35317+5249+5236+1961+5237+9392+13440+5200+1840+5216+5222

Route:
1Z91 : Kensington Olympia to Weymouth
1Z92 : Weymouth to London Waterloo

Loco(s) Route
E850 (1) Kensington Olympia - Clapham Junction - Richmond - Staines - Chertsey - Woking - Basingstoke - Winchester - Eastleigh - Southampton Central - Brockenhurst - Bournemouth - Poole - Wareham - Dorchester South - Weymouth
E850 (1) Weymouth - (reverse of outward route) - Woking - Surbiton - Wimbledon - Earlsfield - Clapham Junction - London Waterloo

Notes :
(1) 37248 on rear.

Source : John Clifford (on the train throughout)

Tour Review
(by John Clifford)

This was a tour which went wrong from the start despite efforts to get it back. The ECS was blocked in at Stewarts Lane by a freight train so left there late. In an effort to save some time the ECS only went to Kensington Olympia (instead of Willesden) & the engine came up from Willesden to attach to the train there.

There has been some poor quality coal in use this summer & this was the case again here. A slow run ensued. I learned afterwards that the fire had been clinkering up before the first water stop at Winchfield. Anyway there was a stop at Worting Jn to try to sort the fire out & our progress was bit better afterwards. Another extended stop was made at Brockenhurst by which time we were over an hour late. Things deteriorated on the climb to Dorchester to the extent that speed dropped to single figures. At this stage the diesel assisted.

Further problems ensued at Yeovil (where the engine had gone for servicing) because of a signal failure and despite the best efforts of everyone involved departure from Weymouth was nearly an hour late. The diesel provided assistance up Upwey bank & for some of the journey after Eastleigh. A special stop was made at Clapham Junction for passengers to make connections & arrival in London was just under a half hour late. I finally got home to Hatfield at 01.30

John Clifford

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from John Clifford)

Location
Booked
Actual
 
Booked
Actual
Kensington Olympia
07.53d
08.12
 
Latchmere Jn
07/59
08.19 ~ 08.22
 
London Waterloo  
22.59a
23.28
Nine Elms Jn  
22/51
23/18
Queens Road  
22/50
23/18
Clapham Junction
08.02a ~ 08.04d
08.26 ~ 08.29
 
22/46
23.13a ~ 23.15d
Barnes
08/10
08/36
 
Richmond
08/15
08/41
 
Twickenham
08/19
08/44
 
Whitton Jn
?
08/48
 
Feltham Jn
08/24
08/50
 
Feltham
08/26
08/52
 
Staines
08/34
08/58
 
Virginia Water
08/42
09/09
 
Addlestone Jn
08/50
09/19
 
Wimbledon  
22/40
23/07
New Malden  
22/37
23/04
Surbiton  
22/35
23/02
Hampton Court Jn  
22/32
23/01
Weybridge  
23/17
22/55
Byfleet & New Haw
08/58
09/22
 
22/14
22/54
Woking
09.05a ~ 09.07d
09.34 ~ 09.36
 
22.03a ~ 22.06d
22.47 ~ 22.49
Woking Jn
09/09
09/38
 
22/01
22/46
Brookwood
?
09/43
 
21/49
22/41
Pirbright Jn
09/18
09/45
 
?
?
Farnborough
09/23
09/50
 
21/40
22/35
Fleet
09/28
09/54
 
?
?
Winchfield
09w33 ~ 09w43
09.59 ~ 10.12
 
?
?
Basingstoke
09/52
10/24
 
21/27
22/22
Worting Jn
09/56
10.30 ~ 10.54
 
21/23
22/19
Winchester
10/16
11/16
 
21/06
22/00
Shawford Jn
10/20
11/19
 
Shawford
?
?
 
21/01
21/57
Eastleigh
10.27a ~ 10.33d
11.26 ~ 11.28
 
20w38 ~ 20w56
21.39 ~ 21.50
St Denys
10/40
11/36
 
20/30
21/27
Northam Jn
10/43
11.39 ~ 11.41
 
20/28
21/25
Southampton Central
10/46
11/47
 
20/25
21/23
Redbridge
10/59
11/52
 
20/19
21/21
Brockenhurst
11w19 ~ 11w32
12.11 ~ 12.35
 
19w56 ~ 20w05
20.54 ~ 21.07
Bournemouth
11.52a ~ 11.55d
13.00 ~ 13.03
 
19.35a ~ 19.37d
20.31 ~ 20.32
Branksome
12/02
13/09
 
19/31
20/23
Poole
12.08a ~ 12.09d
13.16 ~ 13.17
 
19.21a ~ 19.23d
20.15 ~ 20.16
Hamworthy Jn
12/17
13/23
 
?
?
Wareham
12.24a ~ 12.26d
13.28 ~ 13.30
 
19.07a ~ 19.09d
20.00 ~ 20.01
Wool
12/35
13/39
 
19/00
19/53
Moreton
12/41
13/55
 
18/55
19/49
Dorchester South
12.48a ~ 12.50d
14.08 ~ 14.10
 
18.45a ~ 18.47d
19.41 ~ 19.42
Dorchester Jn
12/53
14/12
 
18/43
19/39
Weymouth
13.04a
14.24
 
18.30d
19.28


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