20th August 2008

Steam Dreams
Sunny South Special

Locos Used 47245 & steam : 6233 'Duchess of Sutherland'
Stock Used 99041(1)+5249+1961+5236+99371+9392+13440+5200+1840+5216+5222+5171

Route:
1Z82 : Clapham Junction to Exeter St Davids
1Z83 : Exeter St Davids to London Victoria

Loco Route
6233 Clapham Junction - Brentford - Staines - Ascot (2) - Wokingham - Reading - Newbury - Heywood Road Jn - Westbury
47245 Westbury - Fairwood Jn - (via Frome avoiding line) - Castle Cary - Taunton - Exeter St Davids
6233 Exeter St Davids - (reverse of outward route) - Fairwood Jn - (via Westbury avoiding line) - Heywood Road Jn - (reverse of outward route) - Staines - Richmond - Clapham Junction - Stewarts Lane - London Victoria

Notes :
(1) 99041 only in consist when 6233 hauling the train.
(2) Timings did not include a stop at Ascot on the outward journey but stopped anyway to pick up passengers.
(3) John Clifford comments:
This tour started out as being one from Victoria to Minehead & back being the first tour to use the new turntable at Minehead to turn the engine. As things turned out the turntable wasn't ready so it became the one shown. In addition it proved impossible to get a path from Victoria so it started from Clapham Junction. To allow those who wanted a trip on the West Somerset Railway coaches ran from Taunton to the railway. Ex S&D 7F no. 88 hauled a strengthened service train from Bishops Lydeard to Minehead & back. Additional options were a coach direct to Minehead for a journey back to Bishops Lydeard, a scenic tour of Exmoor before getting to Minehead or a coach trip to Wells.

Source : John Clifford (on the train throughout to/from Taunton)

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from John Clifford)

Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual
London Victoria   23.08a 23.11
Battersea Pier Jn   23/05 23/06
Stewarts Lane   23/02 23/04
Longhedge Jn   23/00 23/03
Clapham Junction 08.10d 08.10   22.54a ~ 22.56d 22.55 ~ 22.57
Barnes 08/16 08/18   22/46 22/47
Brentford 08/26 08/28  
Hounslow 08/34 08/36  
Richmond   22/40 22/38
St Margarets   22/38 22/35
Twickenham   22/37 22/34
Twickenham Jn   22/36 22/34
Whitton Jn   22/34 22/32
Feltham Jn 08/46 08.41 ~ 08.46   22/33 22/32
Feltham 08/49 08/50   22/31 22/30
Staines 09.00a ~ 09.02d 08.57 ~ 09.00   22.20a ~ 22.22d 22.21 ~ 22.23
Virginia Water 09/13 09/08   22/11 22/12
Ascot 09/21 09.18a ~ 09.21d   21w44 ~ 22w00 21.53 ~ 22.04
Wokingham 09/32 09/36   21/31 21/37
Earley 09/39 09/42   21/25 21/31
Reading Spur Jn 09/42 09/46   21/22 21/26
Reading New Jn 09/43 09/48   21/21 21/25
Reading 09*45 ~ 09*52 09/51   21.17a ~ 21.19d 21.20 ~ 21.22
Reading West 09.56a ~ 09.59d 09.55 ~ 09.58   ? ?
Southcote Jn 10/02 10/01   21/08 21/09
Newbury 10w22 ~ 10w51 10.24 ~ 10.53   20/52 20/51
Bedwyn 11/08 11/13   20/39 20/36
Woodborough 11/21 11/28   20*07 ~ 20*23 19.54 ~ 20.18
Lavington 11/31 11/35   19/51 19/42
Heywood Road Jn 11/40 11/44   19/40 19/34
Westbury 11L43 ~ 12L08 11.47 ~ 12.10  
Fairwood Jn 12/10 12/13   19/37 19/32
Clink Road Jn 12/13 12/17   19/33 19/29
Blatchbridge Jn 12/16 12/18   19/31 19/27
East Somerset Jn 12/21 12/22   19/25 19/24
Castle Cary 12/27 12/28   19.10 ~ 19.12 19.10 ~ 19.12
Somerton 12/35 12/35   18/56 18/57
Athelney 12/43 12/41   18/48 18/48
Cogload Jn 12/46 12/43   18/44 18/45
Taunton 12.50a ~ 12.53d 12.49 ~ ??.??   18w25a ~ 18w37d 18.24 ~ 18.38
Tiverton Parkway 13/09 ?   18/07 ?
Tiverton Junction 13/11 ?   18/05 ?
Cowley Bridge Jn 13/24 ?   17/49 ?
Exeter St Davids 13.28a ?   17.45d ?


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