30th October 2010

GB Railfreight
The
Wandering Willow

Locos Used 66712 & 73141
Stock Used DEMU 1001 (formed: 60116+60529+70262+69337+60501+60118)

Route :
1Z82 : Hastings to Littlehampton
1Z83 : Littlehampton to Ardingly
1Z84 : Ardingly to Newhaven Marine
1Z85 : Newhaven Marine to Hastings

Traction Route
1001 (1) Hastings - Bopeep Jn - Battle - Wadhurst - Tunbridge Wells - Tonbridge
66712 (1) Tonbridge - Sevenoaks - Orpington - Petts Wood Jn - Chislehurst - Hither Green - New Cross - North Kent East Jn - Spa Road Jn - London Bridge (Central)
73141 (2) London Bridge (Central) - Spa Road Jn - South Bermondsey - Peckham Rye - Tulse Hill - Streatham Jn - Streatham South Jn - Mitcham Junction - Sutton - Epsom - Dorking - Horsham - Arundel - Barnham - Bognor Regis
66712 (1) Bognor Regis - Ford - Littlehampton
73141 (2) Littlehampton - Ford (3)
66712 (1) Ford - Angmering - Worthing - Hove - Preston Park - Wivelsfield - Haywards Heath - Copyhold Jn - Ardingly (No. 1 Loop)
73141 (2) Ardingly (No. 1 Loop)  - Copyhold Jn - Haywards Heath
1001 (2) Haywards Heath - Wivelsfield - Lewes - Southerham Jn - Newhaven Town - Newhaven Marine
66712 Newhaven Marine - Newhaven Town - Southerham Jn - Lewes - London Road - Brighton
1001 (2) Brighton - Hassocks - Keymer Jn - Haywards Heath - Three Bridges - Gatwick Airport - (via Quarry Line) - Purley - East Croydon - Norwood Junction (4) - Forest Hill - New Cross Gate - Southwark Park Jn - London Bridge (Central)
66712 London Bridge (Central) - Spa Road Jn - South Bermondsey - Peckham Rye - Tulse Hill - West Norwood - Crystal Palace - Bromley Jn - Birkbeck - Beckenham Junction - Shortlands Jn - Bickley Jn - Petts Wood Jn - (reverse of outward route) - Hastings

Notes :
(1) 73141 on rear.
(2) 66712 on rear.
(3) The tour was originally booked to run directly from Littlehampton to Ardingly however 73141 developed a fault with its Electric Camshaft causing the loco to run at low speed, hence the tour being diverted to and reversed at Ford and 66712 taking over in turn reversing the train to what was originally booked. 73141 was later shunted off at Haywards Heath and left in the Shunt Neck.
(4) Slight delay at Norwood Junction due to signaller giving wrong route.
(5) Nick Bartlett comments: Tour operator was GB Railfreight, with UK Railtours acting as booking agent. The tour was run to raise funds for the Willow Foundation, founded by Arsenal legend Bob Wilson. It exists to provide special days out for young adults, struggling with the stresses of life threatening conditions.

Sources : Matthew Cole (joined at Tonbridge [am], left at Orpington [pm]) & Nick Bartlett

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Matthew Cole & John Clifford)

Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual
Hastings 07.43d ?   19.39a ?
Bopeep Jn 07/47 ?   19/32 ?
Robertsbridge 08/03 ?   19/12 ?
Wadhurst 08/15 ?   19/01 ?
Strawberry Hill Tunnel 08/21 ?   18/54 ?
Tunbridge Wells 08.24a ~ 08.26d [P1] 08.25 ~ 08.27 [P2]   18.49a ~ 18.52d ?
Wells Tunnel Jn 08/27 08/28   18/48 ?
Somerhill Tunnel 08/32 ?   18/43 ?
Tonbridge 08.34a ~ 08.36d 08.37 ~ 08.50 [P2]   18.38a ~ 18.40d ?
Sevenoaks 08*45 ~ 08*51 08/59 [P1]   18/29 ?
Orpington 09.02a ~ 09.04d 09.08 ~ 09.10 [P2] [FL]   18.12a ~ 18.16d 18.11 ~ 18.17 [P4]
Petts Wood Jn 09/06 09/12 [FL]   18/08 18/06 [FL]

 

Location Booked Actual
Chislehurst 09/07 09/13 [FL]
Grove Park 09/09 09/15 [P2] [FL]
Hither Green 09/11 09/17 [P1] [FL]
Courthill Loop South Jn ? 09/17 [FL]
Parks Bridge Jn 09/12 09/18 [FL]
Tanners Hill Jn 09/13 09/19 [FL]
New Cross 09/14 09/20 [FL]
North Kent East Jn 09/15 09/20 [FL]
Spa Road Jn 09/17 09/24 [UPL]
London Bridge 09.23a ~ 09.38d [P10] 09.26 ~ 09.38 [P11] [Line B]
Spa Road Jn 09/40 09/41
South Bermondsey Jn 09/42 09/43
Peckham Rye 09/45 09/47
Tulse Hill 09/53 09/54 [P4]
Streatham 09/55 09/56
Streatham South Jn 09/56 09/57
Mitcham Junction 10/00 10/01
Sutton 10/10 10/10
Epsom 10/22 10/25 [P1]
Leatherhead 10/29 10/32
Dorking 10/37 10/42 [P3]
Horsham 11/10 11/08 [P3]
Billingshurst 11/20 11/20
Pulborough 11/27 11/27
Arundel Jn 11/41 11/46
Ford 11/43 11/48
Barnham 11/47 11/52 [P2]
Bognor Regis 11.55a ~ 12.14d 12.00 ~ 12.17 [P3]
Barnham 12/22 12/27 [P3]
Ford 12/27 12/32
Littlehampton 12.32a ~ 12.59d 12.36 ~ 12.59 [P3]
Ford DIV 13.06 ~ 13.10
Arundel Jn 13/03 13/13
Angmering 13/08 13/17
Worthing 13/17 13/22
Shoreham-by-Sea 13/26 13/26
Hove 13/37 13/36 [P1]
Preston Park 13/40 13/39 [P1]
Keymer Jn 13/49 13/47
Haywards Heath 13/54 13/52 [P1]
Copyhold Jn 13/56 13/53
Ardingly 14.03 ~ 14.17 [No.1 Loop] 14.04 ~ 14.15
Copyhold Jn 13/56 14.22 ~ 14.23
Haywards Heath 14/23 14.26 ~ 14.38 [P1]
Keymer Jn 14/28 14/46
Lewes 14/41 15.04 ~ 15.05 [P1]
Southerham Jn 14/44 15/09
Newhaven Town 14/50 15/16
Newhaven Marine 14.53a ~ 15.08d 15.18 ~ 15.21
Newhaven Town 15/10 15/23
Southerham Jn 15/17 15/29
Lewes 15/19 15/32 [P4]
Brighton 15.34a ~ 15.42d 15.50 ~ 15.54 [P7]
Preston Park 15*46 ~ 15*56 15/57 [P2]
Keymer Jn 16/07 16/06
Haywards Heath 16/11 16/11 [P1] [UPL]
Balcombe Tunnel Jn 16/18 16/17 [SL]
Three Bridges 16/21 16/23 [P3] [SL]
Tinsley Green Jn ? 16/27 [UL]
Gatwick Airport 16/27 16/29 [P1] [FL]
Earlswood 16/33 16/32 [QL]
Stoats Nest Jn 16/40 16/40 [FL]
Purley 16/41 16/41 [FL] [P1]
East Coydon 16/44 16/45 [P2] [FRL]
Windmill Bridge Jn 16/45 16/46 [FL]
Norwood Junction 16/47 16.48 ~ 16.52 [P3] [FL]
Sydenham 16/50 16/55 [FL]
New Cross Gate 16/53 16/59 [P4] [FL]
Spa Road Jn 16/58 17/02 [FL]
London Bridge 17.01a ~ 17.20d 17.05 ~ 17.20 [P13] [Line B]
Spa Road Jn ? 17/23
South Bermondsey Jn 17/24 17/24
Peckham Rye 17/29 17/31
Tulse Hill 17/37 17/40 [P4]
West Norwood 17/42 17/45
Crystal Palace 17/47 17/50
Bromley Jn 17/49 17/52
Beckenham Junction 17/53 17/58
Shortlands Jn 17/56 18/00 [SL]
Bickley Jn 18/03 18/03 [DFV]

Timings continue in first table.

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