18th July 2010

Steam Dreams
The Cathedrals Express

Locos Used 47760 & steam: 30777 'Sir Lamiel'
Stock Used 14099+5216+5171+5200+1840+13440+9104+99127+1961+5237+5236

Route :
1Z91 : Waterloo to Yeovil Junction
1Z92 : Yeovil Junction to Weymouth
1Z93 : Weymouth to Salisbury
1Z94 : Salisbury to Waterloo

Loco(s) Route
30777 London Waterloo - Queenstown Road (Battersea) - Clapham Junction - Wimbledon - Surbiton - Woking - Farnborough (Main) - Basingstoke - Worting Jn - Andover - Salisbury - Templecombe - Yeovil Junction
47760 Yeovil Junction - Yeovil Pen Mill
47760 Yeovil Pen Mill - Maiden Newton - Dorchester West - Dorchester Jn - Weymouth
30777 (1) Weymouth - Dorchester Jn - Dorchester South - Wareham
30777 Wareham - Poole - Bournemouth - Redbridge - Southampton Central - Northam Jn - St Denys - Eastleigh - Romsey - Dean - Tunnel Jn - Salisbury
30777 Salisbury - Andover - Worting Jn - (reverse of outward route) - Clapham Junction

Notes :
(1) 47760 on rear.
(2) John Clifford comments:

When this tour was first advertised it was to use 34067 'Tangmere' & 30777 'Sir Lamiel'. 34067 was undergoing overhaul so 70013 'Oliver Cromwell' was substituted. This suffered a cracked firebox in May so 60019 'Bittern' was to be used. This failed a few days before the tour so the tour ran as shown. On the day we left a little late for reasons unknown. The engine wasn't steaming well so we lost a bit of time. An additional stop was made at Overton (10.10-16) for water. We got to Salisbury late but left on time. Things then seemed to be going OK. 47760 took us from Yeovil Junction to Yeovil Pen Mill which we left early. It was hoped that we would also get to Weymouth early. As Waterloo - Weymouth trains have over an hour's layover at Weymouth both long platforms were occupied so we had to wait until the 14.48 had left. Even so, we were a few mins early. Weymouth was left late & we were held at Dorchester South for the 14.35 from Waterloo to come down. Because of this the 17.55 Poole - Waterloo had gone on ahead. We followed it. The train calls at all stations from Bournemouth to Totton so it was a slow journey. We eventually got to Salisbury 39mins late. Some slick work by the signalmen here saw the turning of the train on the Laverstock triangle quickly completed & despite also having to take water we got away just 20 min late. It was evident that the engine was still not steaming well. The water stop at Brookwood was  extended  to allow the fire to be sorted out. After Woking we ran satisfactorily until we were stopped outside Clapham Junction which was reached over 40mins late.

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

Timings (Booked & Actual)

(from Nigel Benning, Neil Kearns & John Clifford)

Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual
Waterloo 08.37d [P19] [RVL] 08.45  
Nine Elms Jn 08/41 [RVL] 08/51  
Queenstown Road (Battersea) 08/42 [MFL] 08/53  
Clapham Junction 08/46 [P11] [SL] 08/57   22.46a [P7] 23.28
Wimbledon 08/53 [P8] [SL] 09/04   22/41 [P6] [FL] 23/18
Wimbledon West Jn 08/54 [FL] 09/05   ? ?
New Malden 08/58 [P3] [FL] 09/09   22/37 [P2] [FL] 23/15
Surbiton 09/01 [FL] 09/11   22/34 [P2] [FL] 23/13
Hampton Court Jn 09/03 [SL] 09/12   22/32 [FL] 23/12
Weybridge 09/09 [P3] [FL] 09/20   ? ?
Woking 09.15a ~ 09.17d [P4] [FL] 09.28 ~ 09.31   22.17a ~ 22.19d [P2] [FL] 22.54 ~ 22.57
Woking Jn 09/18 09/33   22/16 [FL] 22/52
Brookwood ? ?   22w01 ~ 22w11 [P1] [SL] 22.23 ~ 22.45
Pirbright Jn ? ?   21/58 [SL] 22/18
Farnborough (Main) 09/28 [FL] 09/44   21/53 [P1] [SL] 22/11
Fleet ? ?   21/47 22/01
Basingstoke 09/42 [P2] [FL] 09/59   21/35 [P4] [SL] 21/49
Worting Jn 09/47 10/02   21/28 [SL] 21/47
Andover 10/07 [P2] 10/28   21/06 [P1] 21/28
Tunnel Jn 10/27 10/45   20/42 21/03
Salisbury 10w32a ~ 11w10d 10.48 ~ 11.10   [P4] 19.35a ~ 20.38d [P4] 20.14 ~ 20.58

 

Location Booked Actual
Wilton Jn 11/16 11/19
Wilton 11/18 11/21
Tisbury Loop 11/38 11/35
Gillingham 11x51 ~ 11x55 [P1] 11.50 ~ 11.55
Templecombe 12/07 [P1] 12/07
Sherborne 12.16a ~ 12.18d [P1] [ML] 12.18 ~ 12.20
Yeovil Junction [P3] 12L25a ~ 13L20d [P1] 12.32 ~ 13.20
Yeovil Pen Mill 13.25 ~ 13.58 [P1] 13.27 ~ 13.44
Maiden Newton 14x26 ~ 14x38 [P2] 14/06
Dorchester West 14.51 ~ 14.52 [P2] 14.20 ~ 14.27
Dorchester Jn 14/53 14/29
Weymouth [P3] 15.02a ~ 17.00d [P3] 14.54 ~ 17.08
Dorchester Jn 17/09 17/19
Dorchester South 17/10 [P1] 17.20 ~ 17.30
Moreton 17/17 [P1] 17/36
Wool 17/24 [P1] 17/40
Wareham 17L31 ~ 17L37 [P1] 17.48 ~ 17.54
Poole 17/48 [P1] 18/07
Branksome 17/54 [P1] 18/13
Bournemouth 17/58 [P2] 18/19
Brockenhurst 18/15 [P2] 18/40
Redbridge 18/26 [P1] [FL] 18/54
Southampton Central 18/30 [P1] 18.59 ~ 19.00
Northam Jn 18/33 [FL] 19/04
St Denys 18/35 [P1] 19/07
Eastleigh 18.41 ~ 18.56 [P1] 19.19 ~ 19.28
Eastleigh East Jn 18/57 19/32
Romsey 19/12 [P2] 19.45 ~ 19.48
Dean 19/21 [P2] 19/59
Tunnel Jn 19/31 20/11

Timings continue in first table.

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