16th August 2007

Kingfisher Railtours
Eastbourne Flyer I

Loco Used 37410

Route:
1Z60 : Derby to Eastbourne
1Z61 : Eastbourne to Derby

Loco Route
37410 Derby - Trent - Leicester - Kettering - Harrowden Jn - Wellingborough (Up Fast) - Sharnbrook Summit - Bedford - Hendon - Brent Curve Jn - Dudding Hill Jn - South Acton - Kew East Jn - New Kew Jn - Barnes - Clapham Junction - Longhedge Jn - Brixton - Herne Hill - Tulse Hill - Selhurst - East Croydon - Redhill - Haywards Heath - Lewes - Polegate - Eastbourne
37410 Eastbourne - (reverse of outward route) - Bedford - Sharnbrook Tunnel - Wellingborough (Up & Down Slow) - Harrowden Jn - (reverse of outward route) - Derby

Notes :
(1) Train reported as running approximately an hour late in each direction.

Sources : Michael Groves & David Garnett (joined at Derby, left at Long Eaton on the return)

Tour Review
(by David Garnett)

The Eastbourne Flyer had looked good from when first advertised, however the tour went from empty to full very quickly, so not deterred a phone call to Kingfisher obtained the response we are reconfiguring the Train to optimise demand. Translation - they had not sold all the first class dining so they were in the process of changing the coaches to standard., so two seats were soon obtained.

Having previously suffered parking at Derby both cost and traffic system, we opted for a drive to Long Eaton, the route planner indicated take the Nottingham turn off the M1 and the go straight forward. Not wishing to doubt the instructions we left with a good safety margin, arriving at Long Eaton with time to wander onto the Platform to see 37410 take the ECS to Derby. A quick consolation with the screen showed two possible connections for Derby, so ticket purchased, and boarded 170115 & 158783, no sooner on this than gripped without the chance to find a seat!

Arrival at Derby found 37410 on the wrong end of the stock and Derby littered with freight, ECS and passenger trains a quick review of the notebook shows from the Edge of the Technical Centre/aka Fragonset/Serco or whatever its called to Derby station recorded the following 37218, 37606, 31233, 08956, 13013, 43062, 43089, 43160, 56057, 56301, 222018, 33103, 47832, 31601, 66039, 66171, 222011, 222005, 221124.


37410 at Derby in the morning (photo: David Garnett)

Departure was some 10 minutes late, not bad to consider the location of the locomotive, the run down the Midland can be best described as not the most spirited but not the worst, again notes show a top speed of 68MPH and considering the load and engine hours was not unexpected.

Journey round London was slow, highlight was our coach was stopped in the shade whilst waiting access to cross Factory Junction. Arrival at Eastbourne was about an hour late, but a steady stroll to the front and a couple of hours watching the airshow, followed by Geordie providing beach entertainment (trying to knock down a deck chair by throwing pebbles, and yes he did it closely watched by the ladies in Blue).


37410 on arrival at Eastbourne (photo: David Garnett)

Highlight of the return journey was whilst waiting for the Train the station official made an announcement about the trainspotters on the Platform, the only problem was these were the Pullman class clients (passengers to the rest of use). Needless to say a friend's mother took a little exception to this. The rest of the journey had 410 travelling back the same route same speeds. However we left the train at Long Eaton a little later than planned, but from others who went to Derby I later found out had to wait for a platform at Derby, some things never change, even at Midnight.

Overall, excellent day out and yet another tour that proves midweek tours do work.

David Garnett

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from David Garnett)

Location
Booked
Actual
 
Booked
Actual
Derby
07.40d [P6]
07.50
 
23.30a [P1]
?
Spondon
07/45
07/55
 
23/25
?
Long Eaton
07.50a ~ 07.52d
08.00 ~ 08.02
 
23.17a ~ 23.19d
?
Sheet Stores Jn
07/52
?
 
23/15
?
Trent South Jn
07/55 [FL]
?
 
23/14
?
Ratcliffe Jn
07/57 [SL]
?
 
?
?
Loughborough
08.12a ~ 08.19d [P3]
08.25 ~ 08.27
 
22.57a ~ 23.01d [P1]
?
Sileby Jn
08/28
08/36
 
22/53
?
Syston South Jn
08/32 [FL]
08/40
 
22/51
?
Leicester
08.40a ~ 08.42d [P3]
08.50 ~ 08.52
 
22*34a ~ 22*43d [P1]
?
Wigston North Jn
08/48
08/58
 
22/28
?
Market Harborough
08/59
?
 
22.15a ~ 22.17d
?
Kettering
09.09a ~ 09.11d [P3]
09.27 ~ 09.29
 
22.02a ~ 22.04d [P4]
?
Harrowden Jn
?
?
 
21/56 [FL]
?
Wellingborough
09/18
09/40
 
21.45a ~ 21.50d [P3]
?
Sharnbrook Jn
09/26
?
 
21/33
?
Bedford North Jn
09/32 [FL]
?
 
21/25 [SL]
?
Bedford
09/33
?
 
21.17a ~ 21.21d [P4]
?
Bedford South Jn
09/34 [SL]
?
 
21/16
?
Flitwick
09.44a ~ 09.46d [P1]
10.04 ~ ??.??
 
21/07 [P4]
?
Luton
09/55 [P1]
?
 
20/59 [P5]
?
St. Albans
10/05 [P1]
?
 
20/50 [P4]
?
Radlett Jn
?
?
 
20/45 [FL]
?
Silkstream Jn
10/17 [UHL]
?
 
?
?
Hendon
10/18
?
 
20/32 [SL]
?
Brent Curve Jn
10/20
?
 
20/29 [DHL]
?
Dudding Hill Jn
10/23
?
 
20/26
?
Acton Canal Wharf
10/28
?
 
20/20
?
Acton Wells Jn
10/31
?
 
20/18
?
South Acton Jn
10/35
?
 
20/14
?
Kew East Jn
10/37
?
 
20/12
?
New Kew Jn
10/39
?
 
20/10
?
Barnes
10/46 [SL] [P1]
?
 
20/07 [P3]
?
Clapham Junction
10/55 [P3]
?
 
20/01 [FL] [P5]
?
Longhedge Jn
11/00
?
 
19/56
?
Factory Jn
11/03 [AL]
?
 
19/55
?
Voltaire Road Jn
11/04
?
 
19/54
?
Shepherds Lane Jn
11/05
?
 
19/53 [AL]
?
Brixton
11/06
?
 
19/52
?
Herne Hill
11/07 [P3]
12/02
 
19/51 [P1]
?
Tulse Hill
11/12 [P2]
12/07
 
19/44 [P1]
?
Streatham
11/16
12/13
 
19/41
?
Streatham Common
11/27 [SL]
12/16
 
19/39
?
Selhurst
11/31 [P1]
12/25
 
19/35
?
Windmill Bridge Jn
11/32
?
 
19/34
?
East Croydon
11/33 [P6]
12/27
 
19/33 [P4]
?
South Croydon
11/35 [P5]
12/29
 
19/31
?
Purley
11/39 [P4]
12/32
 
19/29 [P3]
?
Stoats Nest Jn
11/40
?
 
19/28
?
Redhill
11/49 [DML]
12/46
 
19/20 [UML]
?
Earlswood
11/51
?
 
19/18
?
Gatwick Airport
11/58 [P3]
?
 
19/12 [P2]
?
Three Bridges
12/04 [P3]
?
 
19/05 [P2]
?
Balcombe Tunnel Jn
12/06
?
 
19/00 [SL]
?
Haywards Heath
12*12 ~ 12*17 [P1]
?
 
18/51 [P3]
?
Keymer Jn
12/20
?
 
18/47
?
Lewes
12/34 [P1]
?
 
18/35 [P2]
?
Southerham Jn
12/37
?
 
18/33
?
Polegate
12/51
?
 
18/20
?
Willingdon Jn
12/55
?
 
18/16
?
Eastbourne
13.01a [P1]
?
 
18.11d
?


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