11th November 2009

Steam Dreams
The Cathedrals Express

Locos Used 37706 & steam: 34067 'Tangmere'
Stock Used 35518+5236+5237+1961+99371+99121+9104+13440+1840+5171+5200

Route :
1Z92 : London Waterloo to Faversham
1Z93 : Faversham to London Waterloo

Loco(s) Route
34067 (1) London Waterloo - Nine Elms Jn - Linford Street Jn - (via Atlantic Lines) - Crofton Road Jn - Nunhead - Catford - Bromley South - Orpington - Sevenoaks - Tonbridge - Headcorn - Ashford International - Canterbury West - Ramsgate - Margate - Faversham
37706 + 34067 Faversham - Canterbury East - Dover Priory
34067 Dover Priory - Folkestone Central - Sevington Loop
34067 (1) Sevington Loop - Ashford International - (reverse of outward route) - Bromley South (2) - Beckenham Junction - Sydenham Hill - (2) Linford Street Jn - Nine Elms Jn - London Waterloo

Notes :
(1) 37706 on rear.
(2) Booked route was reverse of outward.
(3) This was a special commemorative train to mark Armistice Day. The plan was to stop near Vauxhall & in sight of 'Big Ben' for a 2 minutes silence at 11.00 but a slightly late start meant the stop & the silence were a bit late. Off train options were a coach trip from Canterbury to visit the RAF memorial at Capel-Le-Ferne or a visit to Shepherd Neame's brewery in Faversham. The original advertised route was via Canterbury East (the same as the return) but no path was available so the train ran via Ramsgate. The return journey started late as the preceding London to Dover train was late but by going from Bromley to Waterloo via Penge East instead of Catford allowed the train to arrive a minute early.

Source : John Clifford

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from John Clifford)

Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual
Waterloo 10.55d 10.59   21.44a 21.43
MP1 ? 11.04 ~ 11.07   ? ?
Nine Elms Jn 11/12 11/11   21/38 21/36
Linford Street Jn 11/14 11/12   21/36 21/35
Voltaire Road Jn 11/16 11/17   21/33 21/34
Brixton   21/31 21/31
Cambria Jn   21/28 DIV
Denmark Hill 11/20 11/22   21/27 DIV
Crofton Road Jn 11/21 11/23   21/26 DIV
Nunhead 11/23 11/27   21/23 DIV
Herne Hill   DIV 21/30
Beckenham Junction   DIV 21/25
Shortlands Jn 11/32 11/34   21/15 21/23
Bromley South 11.36a ~ 11.38d 11.37 ~ 11.40   21.10a ~ 21.12d 21.19 ~ 21.20
Bickley Jn 11/44 11/46   21/07 21/15
Petts Wood Jn 11/46 11/47   21/05 21/14
Orpington 11/49 11/50   21/03 21/12
Sevenoaks 11/58 11/59   20/53 21/05
Tonbridge 12.09 ~ 12.11 12.08 ~ 12.11   20.39 ~ 20.41 20.52 ~ 20.54
Post Office Jn 12.15 ~ 12.20 12.13 ~ 12.19  
Paddock Wood 12/27 12/27   20/31 20/44
Headcorn 12.40 ~ 12.56 12.41 ~ 12.58   20/21 20/34
Ashford International 13/12 13/15   20/10 20/22

 

Location Booked Actual
Wye 13/22 13/20
Canterbury West 13.33 ~ 13.37 13.33 ~ 13.37
Minster 13/59 13/52
Minster East Jn 14/00 13/53
Ramsgate 14/07 14/04
Margate 14/17 14.15 ~ 14.17
Herne Bay 14/30 14/31
Faversham 14.45a ~ 18.18d 14.46 ~ 18.25
Canterbury East 18.33 ~ 18.36 18.43 ~ 18.49
Shepherds Well 18/48 19/03
Buckland Jn 18/55 19/09
Dover Priory 18.59 ~ 19.08 19.12 ~ 19.20
Folkestone Central 19/26 19/34
Saltwood Jn 19/31 19/39
Sevington Loop 19.44 ~ 20.07 19.54 ~ 20.18


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