27th March 2010

UK Railtours
Purbeck Conqueror

Locos Used 73206, 73208 & 73212
Stock Used load 12, mainly mark 1's

Route :

Loco(s) Route
73208 + 73206 (1) London Waterloo - Clapham Junction - Wimbledon - Woking - Basingstoke - Winchester - Eastleigh - St Denys - Southampton - Wareham - Worgret Jn - Swanage
73208 + 73212 (2) Swanage - (reverse of outward route) - St Denys - Sholing - Fareham - Cosham - Havant - Haslemere - Guildford - Woking - (reverse of outward route) - London Waterloo

Notes :
(1) 73212 on rear.
(2) 73206 on rear.
(3) Nick Lawford comments: Tour was advertised with 2x GBRf 73s between Waterloo and Norden, piloted by 33/1 on the Swanage Railway. On the day the train was 2x GBRf 73s in multiple leading and 1x GBRf 73 dead in tow on rear. The leading 73 (73208) on the outward train ran round to become the lead 73 for the return, the other two 73, 73206 and 73212 remain in their respective positions at the west and east ends of the train. No other traction was used, no 33, which was in my view better, as it made it 73s throughout to Swanage under their own power. On time departure, early arrival on to Swanage Railway; on time departure, slightly late getting on the NR through Wareham, remaining slightly late all the way back, the lateness slowly incrementing into Waterloo.

Sources : Nick Lawford (on the train throughout)

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