1st June 2008

Steam Dreams
Cathedrals Express

Locos Used 47245 & steam : 6233 'Duchess of Sutherland' & 60019 'Bittern'
Stock Used 99041 & 17013 (2)(3) +4960+5171+5222+1840+5216+13440+9392+3125+5236+1961+5237+5249

Route:
1Z92 : London Waterloo to Exeter St Davids
1Z93 : Exeter St Davids to Clapham Junction

Loco(s) Route
6233 London Waterloo - Clapham Junction - Earlsfield - Wimbledon - Surbiton - Woking - Basingstoke - Andover - Salisbury - Gillingham - Yeovil Junction
47245 (1) Yeovil Junction - Yeovil Pen Mill - Castle Cary
6233 Castle Cary - Taunton - Tiverton Junction - Exeter St Davids
47245 Exeter St Davids - Exeter Central - Honiton - Yeovil Junction
60019 Yeovil Junction - (reverse of outward route) - Clapham Junction

Notes
(1) 6233 on rear.
(2) Support Coach 99041 only in consist when 6233 hauling, or at rear of, train.
(3) Support Coach 17013 only in consist when 60019 hauling train.

Source : John Clifford (on the train throughout)

Tour Review
(by John Clifford)

This tour was a commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the locomotive exchange trials held in 1948. The original plan was to use 6233 from Waterloo to Exeter & 60019 back, both via the LSWR main line. However, whilst the bridge problem at Sherborne which caused alterations to steam tours last year has been resolved, relaying work between Yeovil & Exeter now means that our steam locos are out of gauge on this section. To overcome this the route & haulage was altered to that shown. It had been hoped that the diesel part would be in the hands of 50049 but this was under repair so 47245 was used. This latter loco was based at Eastleigh in the last months of Southern steam in the guise of D1922 (known to the Southern enthusiasts at the time as "Paint Brush").

On the day, the train ran well for most of the journey. There was a stop outside Salisbury as we were early &, presumably, our platform was occupied. There are some bridge restrictions west of Salisbury so we were slightly late into Yeovil. The section time from Yeovil to Castle Cary was exceeded as there is a further restriction. The result was that we got to Exeter 27 min late. The return was accomplished to give us just a slightly late arrival at Clapham Junction.

John Clifford

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from
John Clifford)

Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual
London Waterloo 08.23d 08.23  
Clapham Junction 08/32 08/36   22.51a 22.54
Wimbledon 08/40 08/42   22/45 22/46
New Malden 08/44 08/46   22/42 22/43
Surbiton 08/47 08/49   22/40 22/41
Hampton Court Jn 08/48 08/50   22/39 22/39
Weybridge 08/55 08/57   22/31 22.26 ~ 22.31
Byfleet & New Haw 08/57 08/58   22/23 22/20
Woking 09.05a ~ 09.15d 09.08 ~ 09.15   22.13a ~ 22.17d 22.13 ~ 22.14
Woking Jn 09/17 09/17   22/12 22/11
Farnborough 09/27 09/31   22/05 22/01
Basingstoke 09/40 09/45   21/52 21/48
Worting Jn 09/44 09/48   21/48 21/45
Andover 10/05 10/06   21/27 21/27
Salisbury Tunnel Jn 10/27 10/22   21/08 21/09
Salisbury 10w34 ~ 11w10 10.35 ~ 11.10   20w50 ~ 21w05 20.54 ~ 21.05
Wilton Jn 11/14 11/16   20/46 20/49
Wilton South 11/16 11/17   20/44 20/48
Tisbury Loop 11/27 11/31   20/33 20/37
Gillingham 11*38 ~ 11*49 11/48   20*06 ~ 20*20 20.14 ~ 20.20
Templecombe 11/57 11/59   19/58 20/03
Sherborne 12/05 12/12   19/49 19/47
Yeovil Junction 12L21 ~ 12L38 12.25 ~ 12.49   18L57 ~ 19L38 18.53 ~ 19.37
Yeovil Pen Mill 12/47 12/58  
Castle Cary 13.04 ~ 13.10 13.21 ~ 13.29  
Somerton 13/23 13/41  
Athelney 13/34 13/55  
Cogload Jn 13/38 13/58  
Taunton 13/44 14/02  
Tiverton Parkway 14/00 14/17  
Tiverton Junction 14*03 ~ 14*11 14.22 ~ 14.33  
Cowley Bridge Jn 14/26 14/49  
Chard Jn   18/41 18/38
Honiton   18*19 ~ 18*24 18.20 ~ 18.23
Pinhoe   18/06 18/06
Exmouth Jn   18/04 18/04
Exeter Central   18/02 18/01
Exeter St Davids 14.30a 14.57   17.59d 17.59


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