13th August 2008

Steam Dreams
Sunny South Special

Locos Used 47245 & steam : 6233 'Duchess of Sutherland'
Stock Used 99041+5171+5222+1840+5200+13440+9392+99371+5236+1961+5249

Route:
1Z92 : Clapham Junction to Weymouth
1Z93 : Weymouth to London Waterloo

Loco(s) Route
6233 Clapham Junction - Hounslow - Staines - Chertsey - Woking - Basingstoke - Winchester - Eastleigh - Southampton Central - Brockenhurst - Bournemouth - Poole - Wareham - Dorchester South - Weymouth
6233 (1) Weymouth - (reverse of outward route) - Bournemouth (2)
6233 Bournemouth - (reverse of outward route) - Woking - Surbiton - Wimbledon - Earlsfield - Clapham Junction - London Waterloo

Notes :
(1) 47245 on rear.
(2) 47245 was booked to come off at Wareham but stayed on till Bournemouth.
(3) Carried the 'Cathedrals Express' headboard. The timing sheet
showed the reporting no. for the down train as 1Z82 whereas all other information showed it as 1Z92.
(4) John Clifford comments: For those interested in cross-overs & the like the down train ran via the up line (platform 2) at Bournemouth Central while the up train ran via the new cross-over into the western extension.


6233 passes Lymington Jn, heading for Weymouth (photo: Nick Bartlett)

Source : John Clifford (on the train throughout)

Tour Review
(from John Clifford)

This was another "Sunny South" which should have been called "Rainy South". However, unlike the trip on 9.7.08, the rain did ease off in the afternoon.

The trip did not get off to a good start. A class 92 hauled freight train had been signalled via South West Sidings at Willesden & did try to do so. Those familiar with the area will understand that such a manoeuvre would create a small problem, not least because the route is not electrified! This delayed trains on the West London line including ours which had come from Southall. We left over 40mins late but had made up 10mins by Woking. All this was to no avail as we were held by signals outside Farnborough & finally left the Winchfield water stop back to 40mins late. Some good running ensued but was interspersed with a signal stop between Southampton & Millbrook (to let a Voyager pass) & one at the country end of Bournemouth (to let a down Weymouth pass). The result was that we got to Weymouth just over an hour late.

Some good co-operation between Network Rail, West Coast Railways & the engine's support crew saw the light engine movements & the servicing at Yeovil Junction done smartly so we left just 51mins late. It could have been so much later. The class 47 should have come off at Wareham but it stayed on the back to Bournemouth to assist with the climb of Parkstone bank. There were problems with a passenger on a preceding train at Southampton Airport so we stopped before that station for a few minutes. There was another stop near Winchfield to allow a train to get ahead. We finally got to Waterloo 26mins late.

John Clifford

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from John Clifford)

Location
Booked
Actual
 
Booked
Actual
London Waterloo
 
22.14a
22.40
Clapham Junction
08.10d
08.51
 
22/04
22/30
Barnes
08/16
08/58
 
Brentford
08/27
09/04
 
Hounslow
08/34
09/07
 
Feltham Jn
08/39
09/10
 
Feltham
08/41
09/12
 
Staines
08/49
09/20
 
Virginia Water
08/57
09/30
 
Addlestone Jn
09/08
09/40
 
Wimbledon  
21/59
22/27
New Malden  
21/56
22/24
Surbiton  
21/54
22/19
Hampton Court Jn  
21/52
22/17
Byfleet & New Haw
09/16
09/46
 
?
?
Woking
09.23a ~ 09.26d
09.54 ~ 09.57
 
21.35a ~ 21.38d
22.05 ~ 22.06
Woking Jn
09/28
09/59
 
21/34
22/03
Pirbright Jn
09/34
10/05
 
?
?
Farnborough
09/38
10/21
 
21/27
21/54
Fleet
09/42
10/26
 
?
?
Winchfield
09w47 ~ 10w02
10.31 ~ 10.42
 
?
?
Basingstoke
10/12
10/53
 
20w35 ~ 21w12
21.20 ~ 21.31
Worting Jn
10/15
10/56
 
20/28
21/14
Winchester
10/30
11/12
 
20/10
20/58
Shawford Jn
10/33
11/15
 
Shawford
10.36a ~ 10.39d
11.17 ~ 11.18
 
20/05
20/54
Eastleigh
10/48
11/24
 
19.57a ~ 19.59d
20.42 ~ 20.47
St Denys
10/53
11/32
 
19/50
20/26
Northam Jn
10/55
11/35
 
19/48
20/24
Southampton Central
10/58
11/38
 
19/45
20/22
Redbridge
11/02
11/50
 
19/34
20/18
Brockenhurst
11/13
12/01
 
18w56 ~ 19w20
19.48 ~ 20.03
Bournemouth
11/36
12/26
 
18/38
19L16 ~ 19L20
Branksome
11/41
12/40
 
18/34
19/07
Poole
11/47
12/47
 
18/26
19/00
Wareham
11w57a ~ 12w09d
13.02 ~ 13.12
 
18L10a ~ 18L15d
19.46 ~ 19.47
Wool
12/17
13/20
 
18/04
18/39
Moreton
12/22
13/26
 
17/59
18/35
Dorchester South
12*32 ~ 12*34
13.36 ~ 13.37
 
17*48 ~ 17*51
18/27
Dorchester Jn
12/37
13/38
 
17/47
18/26
Weymouth
12.46a
13.49
 
17.35d
18.16


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