7th April 2011

Steam Dreams
The Cathedrals Express

Loco Used steam: 70000 'Britannia'
Stock Used 35465+5216+5171+5200+1860+13440+9104+99125+3093+1961+5237+5236

Route :
1Z71 : Oxford to Canterbury West
1Z73 : Canterbury West to Oxford

Loco Route
70000 Oxford - Didcot North Jn - (via station avoiding line) - Didcot East Jn - Reading - Slough - Acton Main Line - Acton Wells Jn - Willesden SWS - Mitre Bridge Jn - Kensington Olympia - Longhedge Jn - Factory Jn - Denmark Hill - Nunhead - Catford - Shortlands Jn - Bromley South - Bickley Jn - St Mary Cray Jn - Swanley - Otford - Kemsing - Maidstone East - Charing - Ashford International - Canterbury West - Minster - Sandwich - Buckland Jn - Dover Priory - Folkestone Central - Ashford International - Paddock Wood - Tonbridge - Sevenoaks - Orpington - Bickley Jn - Bromley South - Shortlands Jn - Sydenham Hill - Herne Hill - Brixton - Factory Jn - (reverse of outward route) - Didcot East Jn - Didcot Parkway - Didcot North Jn - Oxford

Notes :
(1) 70000's inaugural railtour since returning from overhaul. Originally advertised from Aylesbury and London Victoria.
(2) John Clifford comments: I understand that the train was delayed in the Acton area as the wrong route had been set. The train needed to go into Acton Yard for water & the route had been set up to continue along the Up Relief Line. Time was being made up until we got on to the Maidstone East line where there was a track circuit failure. There were stops at the signal controlling the entrance to Borough Green Loop (sorry I didn't note the signal number) from 12.58 to 13.02 & again at signal ME165 from 13.12 to 13.15 with slow running in between.

Sources : Nick Wason (on the train throughout) & John Clifford

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Nick Wason & Neil Kearns)

M.C Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual M.C
0.00 Oxford 09.22d [P1] 09.31 [P1]   22.45a [P1] 23.12 [P1] 174.34
- Oxford U&DPL   22.36 ~ 22.44 [UDP] 22.59 ~ 23.09 174.04
2.33 Kennington Jn 09/30 09/36   22/29 22/53 172.01
9.47 Didcot North Jn 09/38 09/43   22/20 22/43 164.67
- Didcot Parkway   22.10a ~ 22.13d [P3] 22.39 ~ 22.40 [P3] 164.03
10.46 Didcot East Jn 09/39 [RL] 09/48   22/09 [RL] 22/36 [DR] 163.59
26.36 Reading West Jn 10/04 10/13 [UR]   21/52 22/16 [DR] 147.69
27.34 Reading 10.06a ~ 10.08d [P9] 10.16 ~ 10.18 [P9]   21.47a ~ 21.49d [P4] 22.10 ~ 22.13 [P8] 146.71
? Twyford West Jn ? ?   21/39 [ML] ? ?
32.31 Twyford 10/16 [RL] 10/25 [UR]   21/37 22/02 [DR] 141.74
39.13 Maidenhead 10/25 10/32 [UR]   21/29 21/55 [DR] 135.12
44.76 Slough 10.34a ~ 10.37d [P5] 10.40 ~ 10.42 [P5]   21.19a ~ 21.21d [P5] [RL] 21.44 ~ 21.45 [P4] 129.29
52.18 Airport Jn 10/45 10/52 [UR]   21/11 21/32 [DM] 122.07
54.26 Southall 10/48 10/55 [UR]   21/08 21/29 [DM] 119.79
? West Ealing 10/51 [RL] ?   ? ? ?
58.32 Acton West 10/55 11/16   21/01 21/23 [DR] 115.73
59.11 Acton Main Line 10.56 ~ 11.08 [UG] 11.20 ~ 11.34   20/59 [RL] 21/21 [DR] 115.14
59.63 Acton Wells Jn 11/11 11/37   20/56 21/14 114.42
60.23 Willesden SWS 11/14 [REV] 11/39 [USW]   20.38 ~ 20.52 20.47 ~ 21.10 [DSW] 114.02
61.48 Mitre Bridge Jn 11/19 11/42   20/34 [REV] 20/38 112.57
62.05 North Pole Jn 11/21 11/45   20/33 20/37 112.20
63.73 Kensington Olympia 11.24a ~ 11.26d [P3] 11.49 ~ 11.53 [P2]   20.26a ~ 20.30d [P2] 20.29 ~ 20.32 [P2] 110.32
66.56 Latchmere Jn 11/31 12/00   20/20 20/22 107.49
67.41 Longhedge Jn 11/34 12/02   20/17 20/19 106.64
68.00 Factory Jn 11/36 [AL] 12/03 [DA]   20/15 [RVL] 20/17 106.25
68.24 Voltaire Road Jn 11/37 12/04 [DA]   20/14 20/16 [CR] 106.01
- Brixton   20/12 20/13 104.72
- Herne Hill   20/11 20/11 [P2] 104.10
- Beckenham Junction   20/02 20/02 99.33
70.34 Denmark Hill 11/42 12/08 [DA]  
70.70 Crofton Road Jn 11/45 12/11 [DA] [DCL]  
72.03 Nunhead 11/47 12/13  
74.79 Bellingham 11/56 12/18  
76.72 Shortlands Jn 12/06 [FL] 12/21 [DRC]   20/00 20/00 [UCF] 98.29
78.06 Bromley South 12.09a ~ 12.11d [P2] 12.25 ~ 12.27 [P2]   19.53a ~ 19.57d [P1] 19.55 ~ 19.57 [P1] 97.15
79.53 Bickley Jn 12/14 12/32 [DCF]   19/50 [FL] 19/50 [UCF] 95.48

 

M.C Location Booked Actual
80.32 St Mary Cray Jn 12/16 12/33 [DCF]
84.46 Swanley 12/22 12/39 [DCF]
91.68 Otford Jn 12/31 12/49
107.11 Maidstone East 12/53 13/26
120.26 Charing 13/13 13/44
126.32 Ashford International 13/24 13/52 [P6]
130.55 Wye 13/34 13/57
140.50
0.00
Canterbury West 13.45a ~ 16.51d [P2] 14.11 ~ 16.58 [P2]
11.37 Minster 17/14 17/19
16.24 Sandwich 17/22 17/27
20.34 Deal 17/28 17/31
28.63 Buckland Jn 17/40 17/44
29.54 Dover Priory 17/47 17/48 [P1]
37.07 Folkestone Central 18/01 18/02
40.42 Saltwood Jn 18/06 18/07
50.71 Ashford International 18/17 [UML] 18/18 [UF]
61.20 Headcorn 18/28 [UM] 18/27 [UF]
72.15 Paddock Wood 18.39 ~ 18.54 [P1] 18.38 ~ 18.54 [UL]
77.05 Tonbridge Up Loop 19.04 ~ 19.11 [SL] 19.04 ~ 19.12 [US]
77.38 Tonbridge 19/13 [UF] 19/13 [UF]
84.71 Sevenoaks 19/23 [P1] 19/25 [UF]
93.15 Orpington 19/35 [FL] 19/35 [UF]
94.55 Petts Wood Jn 19/39 [UFV] 19/37

Timings continue in first table.

Associated E.C.S. Movements

Headcode 5Z71 5Z73
Location Booked (out) Booked (rtn)
Southall FSS 06.20d [GL] [00.52a] 05.23a
Southall 06/32 05/12
Southall West Jn 06/35 [RL] [00/40] 05/10 [ML]
Airport Jn 06/42 05/08
West Drayton ? 05/05 [RL]
West Drayton UGL - 00.43 ~ 05.04 [UDG]
Iver ? 00/37 [GL]
Slough 06/55 [RL] 00/30
Maidenhead 07/03 00/23
Twyford 07/12 00/16
Reading 07/18 00.01 ~ 00.06
Reading West Jn 07/20 [GL] ?
Scours Lane 07.22 ~ 07.34 [URL] ?
Tilehurst East Jn 07/35 [RL] ?
Didcot East Jn 07/51 23/41 [RL]
Didcot Parkway 07.53 ~ 07.56 [AL]
Didcot North Jn 07/59 23/30
Kennington Jn 08/07 23/22
Hinksey North Jn 08/12 ?
Oxford 08/26 23/20
Oxford Up Carriage Sidings 08.28 ~ 09.18 22.50 ~ 23.18
Oxford 09.19a 22.48d


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