29th September 2010

Railway Touring Company
The Sussex Belle

Locos Used 37706 & steam: 44932
Stock Used 99035+3143+3093+99316+99125+99348+99371+1861+4949+9392

Route :
1Z84 : London Victoria to Hastings
1Z85 : Hastings to London Victoria

Loco(s) Route
44932 (2) London Victoria - Brixton - Nunhead - Bellingham - Shortlands Jn - Bromley South - Bickley Jn - St Mary Cray Jn - Swanley - Oftord Jn - Maidstone East - Charing - Ashford International - Appledore - Rye - Hastings - Bopeep Jn - Wadhurst - Tonbridge - Tunbridge Wells - Sevenoaks - Orpington - Petts Wood Jn - Bickley Jn - (reverse of outward route) - London Victoria

Notes :
(1) 44932 replaced 34067 'Tangmere' which was not available. The routing restricted the consist to load 10.
(2) Banked out of London Victoria by 37706.

Sources : Neil Kearns, 'Lycra' & Gordon Jakes

T
our Review
(from Gordon Jakes)

37706 brought the empty stock into London Victoria with 44932 already attached at the country end. The class 37 also gave banking assistance as the train departed from Victoria but this was the last that was seen of the diesel. The Sussex Belle was the third special train to depart Victoria on this day the first departure was hauled by 60163 and the second by 67003 (with the VSOE Pullman set).


44932 waiting departure time at Victoria (photo: Gordon Jakes)

In respect of 44932 and its performance there is little to say. The 10-coach train appeared to be well within the locos capability and the train was never more than six minutes adrift from the booked timings. The Black 5 appeared to be surefooted throughout the journey albeit that the rails were relatively dry and leaf fall had not really commenced. The day was a success and I was impressed by the condition and performance of 44932. As a Bullied fan I also have to say that 44932 was an excellent substitute for 34067 and put up a better performance particularly in terms of lack of wheel slip.

Gordon Jakes

Timings (Booked & Actual)

(from Neil Kearns & Gordon Jakes)

M.C Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual M.C
0.00 Victoria 10.44d [P2] 10.44 [P2]   16.13a [P2] 16.13 [P2] 64.64
0.72 Grosvenor Bridge Jn 10/48 [Down Chatham Main / Fast] 10/48 [Down Chatham Main / Fast]   16/09 16/09 63.72
2.05 Voltaire Road Jn 10/50 10/50   16/06 16/04 62.59
3.08 Brixton 10/52 [Down Catford Loop] 10/53 [Down Catford Loop]   16/04 16/01 61.56
3.68 Cambria Jn 10/54 10/54   15/59
[Up Chatham Fast / Main]
15/58
[Up Chatham Fast / Main]
60.76
4.22 Denmark Hill 10/55 10/56   15/58 15/57 60.42
4.67 Crofton Road Jn 10/57 10/57   15/57 15/56 59.77
5.77 Nunhead 11/00 11/01   15/54 15/52 58.67
8.73 Bellingham 11/09 11/08   15/50 15/48 55.71
10.73 Shortlands Jn 11/13 [Down Chatham Fast] 11/15 [Down Chatham Fast]   15/47 [Up Catford Loop] 15/46 [Up Catford Loop] 53.71
12.07 Bromley South 11.16a ~ 11.18d [P2] 11.18 ~ 11.21 [P2]   15.41a ~ 15.44d [P1] 15.42 ~ 15.43 [P1] 52.71
13.54 Bickley Jn 11/21 11/27   15/38 [Up Chatham Fast] 15/38 [Up Chatham Fast] 51.10

 

M.C Location Booked Actual
14.33 St Mary Cray Jn 11/22 11/28
18.47 Swanley 11/29 [Down Maidstone] 11/33 [Down Maidstone]
25.70 Otford Jn 11/40 11/45
41.12 Maidstone East 11/58 12/02
50.07 Lenham Loop 12w10 ~ 12w25 12.19 ~ 12.28
50.27 Lenham 12/26 12/30
54.27 Charing 12/34 12/35
60.35 Ashford International 12/41 [P2] 12/44 [P2]
68.73 Appledore 13/06 13/08
75.59 Rye 13/18 13/17
95.65 Ore 13/37 13/34
86.47
0.00
Hastings 13w41a ~ 13w59d [P2] 13.38 ~ 13.59 [P2]
1.58 Bopeep Jn 14/03 14/05
10.65 Mountfield Tunnel 14/17 14/20
12.76 Robertsbridge 14/20 14/22
23.20 Wadhurst 14/41 14/39
27.25 Strawberry Hill Tunnel 14/49 14/46
28.11 Tunbridge Wells Central 14/54 [P1] 14/55 [P2]
28.67 Wells Tunnel Jn 14/57 14/57
32.20 Somerhill Tunnel 15/04 15/02
33.01 Tonbridge 15/13 [P2] [UM] 15/13 [P2] [UM]
40.34 Sevenoaks 15/24 [P1] 15/26 [P1]
48.58 Orpington 15/34 [P2] [UF] 15/35 [P2] [UF]
50.19 Petts Wood Jn 15/36 [UFV] 15/37 [UFV]

Timings continue in first table.

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