15th December 2007

Steam Dreams
The Cathedrals Express

Locos Used 37248 & steam : 34067 'Tangemere'
Stock Used 35518+5222+1840+5216+13440+9392+99350+5236+1961+5249+5237

Route:
1Z85 : London Victoria to Chichester
1Z86 : Chichester to London Victoria

Loco(s) Route
34067 (1) London Victoria - Herne Hill - Tulse Hill - Streatham Common - Selhurst - West Croydon - Sutton - Epsom - Leatherhead - Dorking - Horsham - Pulborough - Barnham - Chichester
34067 Chichester - (reverse of outward route) - Sutton - Mitcham Junction - Tulse Hill - (reverse of outward route) - London Victoria

Notes :
(1) Banked by 37248 from Victoria to Grosvenor Bridge.

Sources : John Clifford

Tour Review
(from John Clifford)

The outward part of this tour produced an unusual route to get us to Chichester. However, since we followed stopping trains for much of the first part our progress was slow. There was a superb climb out of Dorking but after Horsham we were checked by the preceding Mid Sussex line stopper. By not observing the pathing stop at Barnham we reached Chichester on time.

The booked move for the ECS was for the train to go to Fratton & the engine to turn by going Fratton - Havant - Fareham - Fratton. It would then bring the train to Chichester & shunt into the yard to allow 2 following trains to pass. The fact that I am mentioning it means that it didn't work quite as intended. An earlier train had terminated at Chichester & had gone into the yard. This meant that our tour train couldn't get into the yard until the other train was moved. Eventually it was & put onto the down line so our tour could back into the yard. This allowed the following 2 trains to pass but we left late. Meanwhile the down line was, of course, blocked so delaying trains towards Havant.

The Mid Sussex line has a number of restriction for loco hauled trains so our progress was slow at times. This, coupled with the engine slipping, meant we reached the water stop at Horsham over half an hour late. Since we were again booked to follow stopping trains in the London area we managed to recover most of the lost time & arrive only a few minutes late.

John Clifford

Timings (
Booked and Actual)
(from John Clifford)

Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual
London Victoria 09.06d 09.07   20.25a 20.29
Battersea Pier Jn 09/10 09/10   ? ?
Voltaire Road Jn 09/13 09/12   20/19 20/23
Brixton 09/15 09/19   20/17 20/21
Herne Hill 09/17 09/22   20/16 20/19
Tulse Hill 09/24 09/27   20/13 20/16
Streatham 09/32 09.30 ~ 09.31   20/06 20/11
Streatham Common 09/35 09/34  
Selhurst 09/42 09/44  
Gloucester Road Jn 09/45 09/46  
West Croydon 09/48 09/49  
Wallington 09/53 09/57  
Streatham South Jn   20/04 20/09
Mitcham Junction   19/51 20/02
Sutton 10/01 10/04   19/41 19/56
Epsom 10/12 10/12   19/29 19/50
Leatherhead 10.19a ~ 10.21d 10.21 ~ 10.23   19.16a ~ 19.19d 19.38 ~ 19.39
Dorking 10.29a ~ 10.32d 10.32 ~ 10.37   19.03a ~ 19.08d 19.24 ~ 19.27
Ockley 10/43 10/49   ? ?
Warnham 10w53 ~ 11w29 10.57 ~ 11.28   ? ?
Horsham 11/37 11/38   18w08 ~ 18w38 18.39 ~ 18.59
Pulborough 11/58 12/08   17/50 18/11
Arundel Jn 12/17 12/27   17/32 17/44
Ford 12/20 12/28   17/30 17/42
Barnham 12*25 ~ 12*34 12.34   17/26 17/38
Chichester 12.43a 12.42   17.17d 17.28


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