12th December 2009

Steam Dreams
The Cathedrals Express Carol Concert Special

Locos Used 37706 & steam: 60019 'Bittern'
Stock Used 17013+5236+5237+1961+99121+9104+13440+1840+5171+5200+5216

Route :
1Z82 : London Victoria to Chichester
1Z83 : Chichester to London Victoria

Loco(s) Route
60019 (2) London Victoria - Brixton - Herne Hill - Streatham - Selhurst - East Croydon - Purley - Redhill - Gatwick Airport - Haywards Heath - Preston Park - Hove - Worthing - Arundel Jn - Barnham - Chichester
60019 Chichester - (reverse of outward route) - London Victoria

Notes :
(1) Was originally booked for haulage by 34067 'Tangmere' but it was unavailable having been taken out of traffic with a cracked inner firebox.
(2) Andrew Thomson comments: The morning of the 12th December was clear, cold and frosty; not perfect conditions for a standing start for 60019 on a fully loaded 11 coach train. 60019 struggled up the climb towards Grosvenor Bridge before coming to a stop just short of the bridge itself. After a wait of about 20 minutes the decision was made to bank the train using 37706, which had brought the train into the station that morning. 37706 provided banking assistance until the train was clear of the bridge with the tour then running unassisted. John Clifford however comments that his understanding of the events at Victoria was different from those described above: "As I was told 37706 was due to bank the train out of Victoria to Grosvenor Bridge (the usual move with a steam working). However the TPWS cut in & stopped 37706 at the end of Victoria platform. Consequently 60019 came to a stand by the carriage shed (09.44 to 10.04). Eventually 37706 buffered up again, to assist with the move up the bank".

Sources : various including Neil Kearns, Andrew Thomson & John Clifford

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from John Clifford)

Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual
Victoria 09.42d 09.41   20.54a 20.57
Battersea Pier Jn 09/46 10/06   20/51 20/53
Voltaire Road Jn 09/50 10/09   20/48 20/51
Brixton 09/52 10/11   20/46 20/49
Herne Hill 09/53 10/14   20/45 20/48
Tulse Hill 09/57 10/18   20/42 20/44
Streatham 10/01 10/23   20/38 20/40
Streatham Common 10/04 10/25   20/35 20.34 ~ 20.37
Selhurst 10/12 10/34   20/26 20/28
Windmill Bridge Jn 10/14 10/36   20/24 20/26
East Croydon 10.16a ~ 10.18d 10.38 ~ 10.40   20.20a ~ 20.22d 20.22 ~ 20.24
South Croydon 10/20 10/44   20/17 20/18
Purley 10/24 10/49   20/11 20/14
Stoats Nest Jn 10/26 10/51   20/09 20/13
Redhill 10.35a ~ 10.37d 11.00 ~ 11.02   19.58a ~ 20.01d 20.00 ~ 20.01
Earlswood 10/40 11/05   19/55 19/56
Gatwick Airport 10/46 11/12   19/47 19/46
Three Bridges 10/50 11/12   19/38 19/38
Balcombe Tunnel Jn 11/13 11/17   19/33 19/30
Haywards Heath 11/21 11/24   19/24 19/24
Keymer Jn 11/25 11/28   19/20 19/20
Preston Park 11.36 ~ 12.05 11.44 ~ 12.06   19/08 19/06
Hove 12/10 12/11   18/55 18/58
Shoreham 12/20 12/21   18/47 18/49
Worthing 12/29 12/29   18.20 ~ 18.39 18.20 ~ 18.40
West Worthing 12/31 12/31   18/18 18/15
Arundel Jn 12/41 12/40   18/07 18/07
Ford 12/44 12/42   18/04 18/05
Barnham 12/48 12/47   18/00 18/01
Chichester 12.58a 12.58   17.51d 17.51


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