1st September 2007
(Hop Pickers Steam Trains for the Faversham Hop Festival)
|Locos Used||37248 & steam : 34067 'Tangmere'|
1Z82 : London Victoria to Faversham
1Z91 : Faversham to Ramsgate
1Z92 : Ramsgate to Faversham
1Z83 : Faversham to London Victoria
|34067 (1)||London Victoria - Down Chatham Main - Shepherds Lane (3) - Brixton - Catford - Bromley South - Swanley - Otford - Maidstone East - Ashford International - Canterbury West - Ramsgate - Margate - Herne Bay - Faversham|
|37248 (2)||Faversham - Herne Bay - Margate - Ramsgate|
|34067 (1)||Ramsgate - (reverse of outward route) - Faversham|
|37248 (2)||Faversham - Sittingbourne - Gillingham - Sole Street - Swanley - Bromley South - Catford - Peckham Rye - Atlantic Line - Stewarts Lane - London Victoria|
This was the first of two trips on this weekend run by Shepherd Neame to Faversham for their Hop Festival.
(1) 37248 on rear.
(2) 34067 on rear.
(3) booked route was Victoria - Stewarts Lane - Atlantic Line - Shepherds Lane (cross to down Chatham Main).
Source : John Clifford (on the train throughout)
(by John Clifford)
The organisers wanted the engine to be renumbered 34066 & named "Spitfire" as this is the name of their best selling beer. However, the engine had to do a VSOE on the previous Wed & there was not enough time for it to cool down for the change to be made. Personally, I was glad of this as 34066 was the engine involved in the Lewisham accident in 1957 so it has bad connotations on the South Eastern.
When the tour was first advertised it was to start from London Bridge, pick up at Chislehurst & run to Faversham via Sole Street. 2 return trips were to be made to Ramsgate & back then it was to return to Victoria via Canterbury (not clear if it was East or West), Dover, Ashford & Tonbridge. By the time I booked the London Bridge start had become Victoria but still with a stop at Chislehurst. This would have meant passing over the bridge near St Johns which was brought down by the accident, not a good idea for an engine named "Spitfire". Eventually the tour ran the other way round with only one return trip to Ramsgate.
On the day, our departure platform (no 2) at Victoria was occupied by the 09.03 Victoria - Ramsgate & there was a VSOE which should have left at 08.55. The stock for this arrived at 09.15 & the train left at 09.25. Our stock arrived at 09.37 so we had a late start. Some of the lateness was made up by not going via Stewarts Lane. There was a short stop at Beckenham Hill, I think due to a brake problem. Once underway an attempt to recover some of the delay was made. To allow following trains to pass we went in Borough Green down loop (10.57-11.06). Some good running for the rest of the day made this an enjoyable tour. A punctual arrival at Victoria enabled me to catch a fast train to Brighton for the next day's trip.
Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from John Clifford)
|Battersea Pier Jn||09/33||09/50||20/24||20/20|
|Stewarts Lane Jn||09/37||DIV||20/21||20/18|
|Voltaire Road Jn||09/40||09/52||20/16||20/16|
|Shepherds Lane Jn||09/42||09/54||?||?|
|Crofton Road Jn||09/53||09/59||20/09||20/09|
|Bromley South||10.05a ~ 10.10d||10.21 ~ 10.23||19.52a ~ 19.59d||19.54 ~ 19.56|
|St. Mary Cray Jn||10/14||10/30||19/43||19/44|
|Borough Green DPL||DIV||10.57 ~ 11.06|
|Lenham DPL||11w06 ~ 11w43||11.41 ~ 11.59|
|Ashford International||12.04a ~ 12.06d||12.17 ~ 12.22|
|Minster East Jn||12/45||12/57|
|Faversham||13.28a ~ 14.29d||13.46 ~ 14.29|
|Ramsgate||15.21a ~ 15.30d||15.24 ~ 15.31|
|Faversham||16.12a ~ 18.28d||16.16 ~ 18.28|
|Gillingham||18*54 ~ 19*01||18.54 ~ 19.05|
|Rochester Bridge Jn||19/11||19/14|
Timings continue in first table.
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