25th March 2010

Steam Dreams
The Cathedrals Express

Locos Used 37516 & steam: 6201 'Princess Elizabeth'
Stock Used 35465+5200+5171+1840+13440+9104+99352+99122+1961+5237+5236

Route :
1Z84 : London Victoria to Bristol Temple Meads
1Z85 : Bristol Temple Meads to London Victoria

Loco(s) Route
6201 (1) London Victoria - Voltaire Road Jn - Brixton - Herne Hill - Tulse Hill - Streatham - Selhurst - East Croydon - Purley - Redhill - Shalford - Guildford - Ash - Blackwater - Wokingham - Earley - Reading - Didcot Parkway - Swindon - Wootton Bassett Jn - Chippenham - Thingley Jn - Bathampton Jn - Bath Spa - North Somerset Jn - Bristol Temple Meads
6201 Bristol Temple Meads - (reverse of outward route) - London Victoria

Notes :
(1) Banked from Victoria to Grosvenor Bridge by 37516.
(2) John Clifford comments: This train was originally booked for 34067 'Tangmere' but as that engine is undergoing an overhaul 6201 was substituted thus making a rare appearance in the south. The first problem encountered was outside Tulse Hill where the route had been set for platform 2 (engine barred) so we stopped (9.58 - 10.04) for the route to be reset for platform 4. There was enough slack in the timing to get us back near to time by East Croydon. Some good running ensued. At Reading we got the road in front of an HST & ran via platform 4 without stopping & then down the fast line slightly below our permitted maximum speed. That was the good part.  After leaving the Challow water stop the fire was becoming clinkered & we were put into platform 3 at Swindon for this to be sorted out & for the following HST's to get by. Eventual arrival at Bristol was 51min late. We were due away from Bristol at 17.36 but the engine did not arrive until 17.40. By the time it had been coupled up & a brake test made there was no chance of getting away until the 18.00 to Paddington had left & so it proved. Being out of path we were held for other trains to pass en route but some more good running & a schedule with recovery time saw us back into Victoria 34min late.

Sources : various including Neil Kearns & John Clifford

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Neil Kearns & John Clifford)

Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual
Victoria 09.44d 09.44   22.10a 22.44
Grosvenor Bridge Jn 09/46 09/47   22/07 22/37
Voltaire Road Jn 09/48 09/50   22/04 22/36
Brixton 09/50 09/52   22/03 22/35
Herne Hill 09/51 09/55   22/02 22/33
Tulse Hill 09/55 10/08   21/58 22/29
Streatham 09/59 10/13   21/54 22/24
Streatham Common 10/03 10/15   21/51 22/23
Selhurst 10/12 10/22   21/43 22/16
Windmill Bridge Jn 10/23 10/24   21/36 22/15
East Croydon 10.25a ~ 10.27d 10.26 ~ 10.27   21.33a ~ 21.35d 22.11 ~ 22.13
South Croydon 10/29 10/30   21/31 22/08
Purley 10/33 10/34   21/23 22/05
Stoats Nest Jn 10/34 10/35   21/22 22/04
Redhill 10.47a ~ 10.49d 10.49 ~ 10.51   21.09a ~ 21.11d 21.52 ~ 21.52
Reigate 10/54 10/56   21/03 21/46
Gomshall 11/07 11/07   20/48 21/34
Shalford 11w16 ~ 11w31 11.14 ~ 11.31   20w24 ~ 20w37 21.04 ~ 21.22
Shalford Jn 11/33 11/34   20/22 21/02
Guildford 11.35a ~ 11.47d 11.38 ~ 11.49   20.17a ~ 20.19d 20.55 ~ 20.58
Ash 12/01 12/03   20/09 20/46
Aldershot South Jn 12/03 12/04   20/07 20/45
North Camp 12/05 12/06   20/06 20/44
Blackwater 12/11 12/11   20/00 20/39
Wokingham 12/19 12/21   19/52 20/30
Earley 12/25 12/26   19/43 20/23
Reading Spur Jn 12/27 12/29   19*26 ~ 19*39 20/18
Reading New Jn 12/28 12/30   19/24 20/17
Reading 12/30 12/31   19/23 20.10 ~ 20.15
Reading West Jn 12/32 12/33   19/20 20/07
Didcot Parkway 12/49 12/46   19/02 19/51
Wantage Road 12/55 12/52   18w42 ~ 18w55 19.14 ~ 19.35
Challow 12w59 ~ 13w11 12.58 ~ 13.17   18/37 19/08
Uffington 13/16 13/22   18/33 19/05
Swindon 13/25 13.39 ~ 14.05   18/22 18/56
Wootton Bassett Jn 13/31 14/14   18/16 18/49
Chippenham 13/40 14/24   18/04 18/36
Thingley East Jn 13/41 14/25   18/03 18/35
Thingley Jn 13/42 14/26   ? ?
Bathampton Jn 13/50 14/34   17/55 18/26
Bath Spa 13.53a ~ 13.56d 14.39 ~ 14.42   17.50a ~ 17.52d 18.20 ~ 18.22
North Somerset Jn 14/09 14/58   17/38 18/06
Bristol East Jn 14/10 14/59   17/37 15/05
Bristol Temple Meads 14.11a 15.01   17.36d 18.02


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