3rd July 2010

Railway Touring Company
The Swanage Belle

Locos Used 37706 & 30777 'Sir Lamiel'
Stock Used 14099+9392+99371+99125+99316+99128+3136+3093+1861+5222

Route :
1Z86 : Victoria to Motala GF (Swanage)
1Z87 : (Swanage) Motala GF to Victoria

Loco(s) Route
30777 + 37706 London Victoria - Stewarts Lane Jn - Longhedge Jn - Clapham Junction - Barnes - Brentford - Hounslow - Feltham - Staines - Virginia Water - Addlestone Jn - Byfleet & New Haw - Woking -F Farnborough (Main) - Basingstoke - Worting Jn - Winchester - Eastleigh - St Denys - Northam Jn - Southampton Cntral - Redbridge - Brockenhurst - Bournemouth - Poole - Worgret Jn - Motala GF - Corfe Castle - Swanage
37706 (1) Swanage - (reverse of outward route) - Southampton (UGL)
30777 (2) Southampton (UGL) - Redbridge - Romsey - Dean - Laverstock South Jn - Laverstock North Jn - Worting Jn - (reverse of outward route) - Clapham Junction - Queenstown Road (Battersea) - London Waterloo

Notes :
(1) 30777 on rear.
(2) 37706 on rear.
(3) Route confirmation required - above is from booked timings. 37706 was added to reduce fire risk (by assisting 30777 as required).
(4) John Clifford comments: When this tour was first advertised it was to hauled by 34067 'Tangmere' to Swanage & 30777 'Sir Lamiel' back to London via the SW main line throughout. 34067 was undergoing an overhaul & 44932 was mentioned as a substitute. However, in the event 30777 was the only steam used using the route shown. On the day we ran roughly to time until we were near Basingstoke when there was a 5min stop before the station & a 4min stop just after Worting Jn. We recovered most of the delays by Southampton and got to Swanage only 1min late. The return journey was rather different. We left slightly early but got stopped outside Wareham for 6mins, then almost 10mins in Wareham station as the 1720 Weymouth - Waterloo was running late. On arrival at the signal for Southampton Goods Loop it was found to be 'off' but for straight ahead, so we stopped (19.38-37). Eventually we found out that the Goods Loop had been refused for reasons that I am unaware of. So we moved forward to reverse. We had been due to take water in the loop. Our driver reckoned that with assistance of the diesel we could get to Basingstoke without problems. This is what happened. We managed to make up the lost time and an on time arrival back in London would have been possible had there not been a signal check outside Waterloo.

Sources : Neil Kearns, Nick Bartlett, Nigel Benning & John Clifford

Photo Review


37706 leading near Norden on the return journey (photo: Roger Geach)


...and 30777 brings up the rear (photo: Roger Geach)


Timings (Booked & Actual)

(from Neil Kearns& John Clifford)

Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual
Waterloo   22.52a [P16] 22.56
Nine Elms Jn   22/46 [RVL] 22/45
Queenstown Road (Battersea)   22/45 [P2] [RVL] 22/44
West London Jn   22/44 [RVL] 22/44
Victoria 08.45d [P2] [FL] 08.45  
Grosvenor Bridge Jn 08/48 08/50  
Stewarts Lane Jn 08/51 [RVL] 08/53  
Longhedge Jn 08/56 08/54  
Clapham Junction 09/01 [P5] [FL] 09/00   22/42 [P3] [WFL] 22/42
Barnes 09/08 [P3] 09/08   22/37 [P1] [SL] 22/37
Brentford 09/17 [P2] 09/16   22/27 [P1] 22/28
Hounslow 09/21 [P2] 09/23   22/23 [P1] 22/25
Feltham Jn 09/23 09/26   22/21 22/22
Feltham 09/25 [P2] 09/29   22/19 [P1] 22/20
Staines 09.31a ~ 09.33d [P2] 09.35 ~ 09.39   22.10a ~ 22.12d [P1] 22.11 ~ 22.13
Virginia Water 09/40 [P4] 09/48   22/02 [P3] 22.00 ~ 22.01
Addlestone Jn 09/47 09/57   21/48 21/47
Byfleet & New Haw 09/49 [SL] 09/59   21/46 21/45
Woking 10.03a ~ 10.06d [P5] [SL] 10.05 ~ 10.07   21.36a ~ 21.38d [P1] [SL] 21.36 ~ 21.38
Woking Jn 10/07 [SL] 10/09   21/35 [SL] 21/35
Pirbright Jn 10/13 [SL] 10/16   21/29 [SL] 21/29
Farnborough (Main) 10/18 [P2] [SL] 10/20   21/20 [P1] [SL] 21/25
Fleet 10/22 [P2] [SL] 20/24   21/15 [P1] [SL] 21/23
Winchfield 10w27 ~ 10w40 [SL] 10.29 ~ 10.40   ? ?
Basingstoke 10.51a ~ 10.53d [P2] [SL] 11/01 ~ 11.02   20w40a ~ 21w00d [P4] [SL] 21.00 ~ 21.10
Worting Jn 10/58 11/07   20/34 [FL] 20/55
Andover   20/17 [P1] 20/40
Laverstock North Jn   20/00 20/24
Laverstock South Jn   19/59 20/23
Dean   19/46 [P2] 20/14
Romsey   19/35 [P2] 20/04
Redbridge   19/24 [P2] 19/57
Winchester 11/16 [P2] 11/30  
Shawford Jn 11/22 [SL] 11/32  
Eastleigh 11/33 [P2] 11/42  
St Denys 11/43 [P2] [FL] 11/49  
Northam Jn 11/48 11/51  
Southampton Central 11/53 [P4] [SL] 11/54  
Southampton   19L04 ~ 19L17 [UFL] 19.39 ~ 19.49 [ULL]
Millbrook 12/01 [P2] 11.58 ~ 12.03   ? ?
Redbridge 12/05 [P2] 12/07   19/00 [P1] 19/24
Brockenhurst 12/24 [P3] 12/25   18/48 [P2] 19/11
Bournemouth 12/48 [P3] 12/49   18/31 [P2] 18/47
Branksome 12/55 [P2] 12/55   18/26 [P1] 18/40
Poole 13/00 [P2] 13/05   18/20 [P1] 18/34
Wareham 13w10 ~ 13w19 [P2] 13.16 ~ 13.22   18c07 ~ 18c09 18.12 ~ 18.22
Worgret Jn 13.22 ~ 13.24 13/26   18.03 ~ 18.05 17.57 ~ 17.59
Motala GF 13.30 ~ 13.47 13.37 ~ 13.44   17.54 ~ 17.55 [FL] 17.35 ~ 17.43
Norden 13/57 13/48   17/24 17.30 ~ 17.30
Corfe Castle ? 13/50   ? 17/27
Harmans Cross ? 14/05   ? 17/21
Swanage 14.15a 14.16   17.10d 17.09


Back to "The Railtour Files"