29th September 2010
Railway Touring Company
The Sussex Belle
|Locos Used||37706 & steam: 44932|
1Z84 : London Victoria to Hastings
1Z85 : Hastings to London Victoria
|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|
(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
(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.
Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Neil Kearns & Gordon Jakes)
|0.00||Victoria||10.44d [P2]||10.44½ [P2]||16.13a [P2]||16.13½ [P2]||64.64|
|0.72||Grosvenor Bridge Jn||10/48 [Down Chatham Main / Fast]||10/48 [Down Chatham Main / Fast]||16/09||16/09½||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|
[Up Chatham Fast / Main]
[Up Chatham Fast / Main]
|4.67||Crofton Road Jn||10/57||10/57||15/57||15/56||59.77|
|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||11.16½a ~ 11.18½d [P2]||11.18½ ~ 11.21 [P2]||15.41a ~ 15.44d [P1]||15.42½ ~ 15.43½ [P1]||52.71|
|13.54||Bickley Jn||11/21||11/27||15/38 [Up Chatham Fast]||15/38 [Up Chatham Fast]||51.10|
|14.33||St Mary Cray Jn||11/22||11/28|
|18.47||Swanley||11/29 [Down Maidstone]||11/33 [Down Maidstone]|
|50.07||Lenham Loop||12w10 ~ 12w25||12.19 ~ 12.28½|
|60.35||Ashford International||12/41 [P2]||12/44 [P2]|
|Hastings||13w41a ~ 13w59d [P2]||13.38 ~ 13.59 [P2]|
|27.25||Strawberry Hill Tunnel||14/49||14/46½|
|28.11||Tunbridge Wells Central||14/54 [P1]||14/55 [P2]|
|28.67||Wells Tunnel Jn||14/57||14/57|
|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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