24th October 2007
The Cathedrals Express
|Locos Used||33025 'Glen Falloch' & steam: 45407 'The Lancashire Fusliler'|
1Z82 London Victoria to Canterbury West
1Z83 Canterbury West to London Victoria
|45407 (1)||London Victoria - (2) - Factory Jn - Wandsworth Road - Brixton - Herne Hill - Penge East - Beckenham Junction - Shortlands - Bromley South – St Mary Cray - Swanley – Otford - Maidstone East - Ashford - Canterbury West - Minster - Sandwich - Deal - Buckland Jn - Dover Priory – Folkestone - Ashford International – Paddock Wood - Tonbridge - Sevenoaks - Orpington - Bickley Jn - Bromley South – Shortlands Jn – Beckenham Junction - Herne Hill - Brixton - Voltaire Road Jn - Wandsworth Road - London Victoria|
(1) Banked by 33025 from Victoria to Grosvenor Bridge. 33025 was also on the rear (providing assistance as required) for the section from Canterbury West to Dover Priory only.
(2) Booked route was via Stewarts Lane but instead the train was routed on the Down Chatham Fast.
Gordon Jakes comments: When the train was first advertised the loco was advertised as 30777, this was subsequently changed to 34067 following problems with 30777. 34067 then experienced its own problems and 30777 was reinstated until the lack of up to date gauging was realized and then 45407 was sourced as the final last minute substitute. 45407 literally arrived south from Bury on the 23/10/07. Due to the 12-coach loading and to the reduced power of the Black 5 it was decided that assistance would be required to climb Martin Mill bank and this was provided by 33025 which was also the empty stock engine at Victoria. 45407 was limited to 60 mph. 45407 performed well during the day with its heavy load but clearly could not keep to the schedule designed for 34067. John Clifford comments: This was a superb effort by the crew with a class 5 engine and 12 on. They produced some great climbs, e.g., out of Maidstone & up to Sevenoaks Tunnel.
Sources : Gordon Jakes & John Clifford
(all photos: Gordon Jakes)
45407 pauses at Canterbury West with the ECS.
Journeys end - 45407 pauses alongside some more modern traction.
Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Gordon Jakes & John Clifford)
|0.00||London Victoria||11.25d||11.26||20.26a||20.49 [P2]||109.17|
|0.71||Grosvenor Bridge Jn||11/29||11/29||?||?||?|
|1.38||Stewarts Lane Jn||11/32||DIV|
|2.05||Voltaire Road Jn||11/42||11/32||20/21||20/43||?|
|2.25||Clapham High Street||?||11/32||?||20/42½||106.72|
|2.70||Shepherds Lane Jn||11/43||11/33||?||?||?|
|10.71||Bromley South||11.55a ~ 11.57d||11.52 ~ 11.57||20.07a ~ 20.09d||20.29 ~ 20.31||97.10|
|13.17||St Mary Cray Jn||12/00||12/06½|
|14.57||St Mary Cray||?||12/08|
|29.52||Borough Green & Wrotham||?||12/28½|
|48.71||Lenham DPL||12w43 ~ 12w55||12.58 ~ 13.19|
|59.19||Ashford International||13/07||13.35½ ~ 13.42|
|Canterbury||13.30a ~ 17.40d||14.03 ~ 17.42|
|11.40||Minster West Jn||?||?|
|11.71||Minster South Jn||?||18/03½|
|29.52||Dover Priory||18/17||18.31 ~ 18.35|
|36.03||Folkestone East Jn||?||18/48½|
|37.53||Folkestone West||18w32 ~ 18w47||18.52 ~ 19.04|
|61.58||Headcorn [UGL]||19/13||19.40 ~ 19.41|
|94.51||Petts Wood Jn||19/56||20/25|
Timings continue in first table.
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