4th June 2008
|Loco Used||steam : 34067 'Tangmere'|
1Z82 : London Victoria to Canterbury West
1Z83 : Canterbury West to London Victoria
|34067||London Victoria - (via Down Chatham Main) - Brixton - Catford - Bromley South - Swanley - Otford - Maidstone East - Ashford - Wye - Canterbury West - Minster - Deal - Dover Priory - Folkestone Central - Ashford - Sevenoaks - Orpington - Bromley South - Catford - Crofton Road Jn - (via Up Atlantic Line) - Stewarts Lane - London Victoria|
Source : John Clifford (on the train throughout)
(by John Clifford)
The loco (47245) which was due to bring the stock in failed with flat batteries. The only loco available was 73136 but the only West Coast driver in the area with the required traction knowledge was the one due to take 34067 out. He was dispatched by taxi to Stewarts Lane to bring the ED + stock in. Hence we had a late start ...but the climb out of Victoria was made unassisted. The engine seemed not to be steaming well in parts on the outward journey so we got to Canterbury just under an hour late.
The return was somewhat better. A superb run from Folkestone saw us picking up time until we were held at signals for 5 mins outside Tonbridge to allow a Hastings train to precede us. We recovered to pass Sevenoaks almost on time but a fault in the Automatic Routing System saw the train diverted at Orpington to run from the up line to the down fast platform (no. 3) & back to the up fast after the station. Very strange! Any way arrival at Victoria was 5 min early.
Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from John Clifford)
|Battersea Pier Jn||11/26||12/17||20/59||20/48|
|Voltaire Road Jn||11/29||12/19||20/52||20/44|
|Crofton Road Jn||11/36||12/26||20/45||20/38|
|Bromley South||11.50a ~ 11.53d||12.41 ~ 12.45||20.23a ~ 20.26d||20.24 ~ 20.26|
|St. Mary Cray Jn||11/56||12/52|
|Petts Wood Jn||20/17||20/19|
|Ashford||13/06||14.02 ~ 14.04||19/19||19/19|
|Folkestone West||18w50 ~ 19w02||18.50 ~ 19.02|
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