5th December 2008

Steam Dreams
The Cathedrals Express

Loco Used steam: 34067 'Tangmere'
Stock Used 35518+5236+5237+1961+5249+99371+9392+13440+5213+5222+1840+5200

Route:
1Z54 : London Kings Cross to Lincoln Central
1Z55 : Lincoln Central to London Kings Cross

Loco Route
34067 London Kings Cross - (via ECML) - Peterborough - Werrington Jn - Spalding - Sleaford - Lincoln Central - Boultham Jn - Newark Crossing East Jn - Newark North Gate - (via ECML) - London Kings Cross

Notes :
(1) John Clifford comments: This was the usual trip by Steam Dreams to visit the Christmas market in Lincoln. A coaling stop was booked at Sleaford but the lorry could not get into the yard so coal was not taken there. The outward trip ran well until we were stopped at Metheringham as a vehicle had hit a bridge ahead. After being stopped at signals we got to Lincoln 15mins late. The return journey started off in fine style especially along the ECML. However, after the water stop it was evident that there were problems on the engine as speed dropped. It was due to poor coal. We spent some time at Stevenage & Potters Bar having a 'blow-up'. Arrival back at Kings Cross was 52mins late.

Source : John Clifford

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from John Clifford)

Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual
Kings Cross 09.18d 09.18   21.15a 22.07
Belle Isle 09/20 09/21   21/12 22/04
Holloway South Jn   21/08 22/00
Finsbury Park 09/23 09/25   21/06 21/58
Wood Green 09/27 09/30   21/00 21/53
Potters Bar 09.38a ~ 09.41d 09.43 ~ 09.46   20.46a ~ 20.50d 21.25 ~ 21.40
Welwyn Garden City 09/52 09/55   20/36 21/14
Digswell Jn 09/53 09/56   20/33 21/12
Woolmer Green Jn 09/56 09/57   20/31 21/10
Stevenage 10.01a ~ 10.03d 10.05 ~ 10.07   20.23a ~ 20.26d 20.46 ~ 21.00
Hitchin 10/08 10/13   20/16 20/34
Huntingdon 10/31 10/34   19/52 20/01
Connington Loop   18w49 ~ 19w43 19.09 ~ 19.50
Connington South Jn   18/48 19/05
Holme 10w41 ~ 11w03 10.49 ~ 11.15  
Peterborough 11/12 11/29   18/38 18/53

 

Location Booked Actual
Werrington Jn 11/17 11/35
Spalding 11/41 11/54
Sleaford South Jn 12/08 12/18
Sleaford 12.11 ~ 12.25 12.22 ~ 12.27
Sleaford North Jn 12/29 12/35
Pelham Street Jn 13/03 13/19
Lincoln Central 13.05a ~ 17.10d 13.20 ~ 17.14
West Holmes Jn 17/12 17/17
Boultham Jn 17/13 17/18
Newark Crossing East Jn 17/38 17.39 ~ 17.40
Newark North Gate 17.40 ~ 17.49 17.45 ~ 17.53
Claypole 17/55 18/01
Grantham 18/02 18/12
Stoke Tunnel 18/07 18/18
Tallington Jn 18/26 18/31

Timings continue in first table.

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