25th April 2011

Railtourer
The Channel Coast Express

Locos Used 47786 & 47804
Stock Used 3431+99679+3326+99677+3352+3313+6723+4940+5035+5419

Route :
1Z17 : Barnetby to Hastings
1Z18 : Hastings to Barnetby

Loco(s) Route
47786 (1) Cleethorpes - Grimsby Town - Habrough - near Brocklesby (2)
47804 (2) near Brocklesby - Barnetby
47804 + 47786 Barnetby - Elsham - Scunthorpe - Thorne South - Hatfield & Stainforth - Doncaster - (via ECML) - Copenhagen Jn - Camde Road - Gospel Oak - Willesden Junction HL - Mitre Bridge Jn - Kensington Olympia - Latchmere Jn - Factory Jn - Voltaire Road Jn - Brixton (3) - Herne Hill - Penge East - Beckenham Junction - Shortlands Jn - Bickley Jn - (3) Petts Wood Jn - Orpington - Sevenoaks - Tonbridge - Tunbridge Wells - Wadhurst - Battle - Bopeep Jn - Hastings
47804 (4) Hastings - (reverse of outward route) - Sevenoaks - Otford - Swanley - St Mary Cray Jn (5) - Bickley Jn - Shortlands Jn - Beckenham Junction - Penge East - Herne Hill - (5) Brixton - (reverse of outward route) (6) - Barnetby

Notes :
(1) 47804 on rear.
(2) 47786 developed a fault near Brocklesby so the train was propelled forward to Barnetby where 47804 ran round to the front.
(3) Booked route was: Brixton - Nunhead - Lewisham - Hither Green - Chislehurst - Petts Wood Jn.
(4) 47786 on rear.
(5) Booked route was: St Mary Cray Jn - Chislehurst - Hither Green - Lewisham - Nunhead - Brixton.
(6) Booked route at south end of the ECML was: Alexandra Palace - Gordon Hill - Hertford North - Langley Jn - Stevenage.
(7) John Clifford comments: I have seen reports of the train leaving Scunthorpe at 07.55 & passing Peterborough at 09/50. It was following stopping trains so eventually got to Finsbury Park 110 min late. There was a further problem on the North London Line. Overnight engineering work had left high ballast somewhere on the route so we heard that the line was shut till mid day for this to be sorted out. Hence there was a stop outside Camden Road awaiting the line to be reopened. We passed Gospel Oak 121 min late but because we were diverted away from the booked route this lateness was reduced to 94 min by Wadhurst. Then, at Etchingham, we caught up the 12.23 Charing Cross - Hastings which we followed arriving at Hastings 105 min late. From what I could gather, 47786 has enough power to pull the train into Park Sidings after 47804 had been detached. 47804 ran to St Leonards for fuel. We were told that the return train would leave an hour later & that's what happened. There was a slight variation on the return route in that we ran via Bat & Ball, otherwise we went back the same way that we had come. Arrival at Finsbury Park was 48 min late. I later saw the train at Hatfield (pass 19/30) so it had been diverted again. Reports of the train were that it passed Hitchin at 19/57 & Peterborough at 20/57 still following stopping trains.

Source : John Clifford (joined/left the train at Finsbury Park)

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from John Clifford)

Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual
Cleethorpes 05.25d ?   23.16a ?
Grimsby Town 05.33a ~ 05.36d ?   23.03a ~ 23.07d ?
Habrough 05.47a ~ 05.50d ?   22.45a ~ 22.48d ?
Brocklesby Jn 05/53 ?   ? ?
Barnetby 06.00a ~ 06.03d ?   22.32a ~ 22.35d ?
Wrawby Jn 06/05 ?   ? ?
Elsham 06/08 ?   ? ?
Appleby 06/13 ?   ? ?
Scunthorpe 06.19a ~ 06.22d ??.?? ~ 07.55   22.12a ~ 22.15d ?
Crowle 06.34a ~ 06.37d ?   21.56a ~ 21.59d ?
Thorne South 06.46a ~ 06.49d ?   21.43a ~ 21.46d ?
Thorne Jn 06/52 ?   21.31 ~ 21.39 ?
Hatfield & Stainforth 06/54 ?   ? ?
Bentley Jn 07/00 ?   ? ?
Doncaster 07.03a ~ 07.06d ?   21.13a ~ 21.16d ?
Potteric Carr Jn 07/10 ?  
Black Carr Jn 07/11 ?  
Loversall Carr Jn 07/14 ?   ? ?
Retford 07/25 ?   20/56 ?
Newark Flat Crossing 07/38 ?   ? ?
Newark Northgate 07/39 ?   20/25 ?
Claypole 07.44 ~ 07.59 [Loop] ?   20/22 ?
Grantham 08/07 ?   20/15 ?
Stoke Tunnel 08/12 ?   ? ?
Tallington 08/23 ?   ? ?
Peterborough 08/30 09/50   19/52 20/57
Holme   19.38 ~ 19.43 ?
Connington South Jn 08/37 ?  
Huntingdon 08/45 ?   19/25 ?
Sandy 08/59 ?   19/11 ?
Hitchin 09/11 ?   19/02 19/57
Stevenage 09/16 ?   18/57 ?
Langley Jn ? ?   18/53 ?
Woolmer Green Jn 09/20 ?   DIV ?
Digswell Jn 09/22 ?   DIV ?
Welwyn Garden City 09/25 ?   DIV ?
Potters Bar 09/33 ?   DIV ?
Hertford North   18/44 DIV
Gordon Hill   18/35 DIV
Alexandra Palace 09/43 ?   18/28 ?
Finsbury Park 09.49a ~ 09.54d 11.39 ~ 11.42 [P1]   18.20a ~ 18.23d 19.08 ~ 19.11 [P4/5] [SL]
Holloway South Jn 09/59 11/47   ? 19/06
Copenhagen Jn 10/04 11/49 [NLI]   18/16 19/05 [SL]
York Way North Jn 10/05 11/50   18/15 19/04
Camden Road Central Jn 10/07 11.54 ~~ 12.07   18/13 19/03 [NLI]
Camden Road 10/08 12/09 [P.W]   18/08 19/01 [P.E]
Gospel Oak 10/11 12/12   18/05 18/57
Kensal Green Jn 10/19 12/20   17/53 18/42
Willesden Junction HL 10.21 ~ 10.22 12.21 ~ 12.21 [P4]   17.48 ~ 17.50 18/40 [P5]
Mitre Bridge Jn 10/25 12/24   17/44 18/37
Kensington Olympia 10/29 12/27 [P3]   17/39 18/31 [FL]
Latchmere Jn 10/34 12/36   17/33 18.23 ~ 18.24
Longhedge Jn 10/38 12/38   17/30 18/21
Factory Jn 10/41 12/39 [DCR]   17/28 18/20
Voltaire Road Jn 10/42 12/40 [DCM]   17/26 18/18
Brixton ? 12/42   17/25 18/16
Cambria Jn   17/23 DIV
Denmark Hill 10/46 DIV   17/22 DIV
Crofton Road Jn 10/47 DIV   17/21 DIV
Nunhead 10/50 DIV   17/19 DIV
Lewisham 10/56 DIV   17/15 DIV
Parks Bridge Jn 10/58 DIV   17/13 DIV
Hither Green 11/00 DIV   17/11 DIV
Grove Park 11/03 DIV   17/09 DIV
Chislehurst 11/06 DIV   17/06 DIV
Herne Hill DIV 12/43 [P3]   DIV 18/15 [P2]
Beckenham Junction DIV 12/49 [P3]   DIV 18/10 [P2]
Shortlands Jn DIV 12/50 [FL]   DIV 18/09 [FL]
Bickley Jn DIV 12/54 [DFV]   DIV 18/06 [FL]
Petts Wood Jn 11/07 12/55 [FL]  
Orpington 11/10 12/57 [P3]  
St Mary Cray Jn       17/04 18/05
Swanley       16/58 18/00 [P1] [FL]
Otford Jn       16/50 17/51
Sevenoaks 11.20 ~ 11.30 13/09 [P3]   16/45 17/47 [P3]
Tonbridge 11/40 13/16 [FL]   16/35 17/34 [FL]
Somerhill Tunnel 11/42 13/18   16/33 17/33
Wells Tunnel Jn 11/48 13/23   16/28 17/29
Tunbridge Wells Central 11/49 13/25   16/26 17/27 [P1]
Strawberry Hill Tunnel 11/51 13/27   16/24 17.23 ~ 17.24
Wadhurst 11/58 13/32   16/19 17/18
Robertsbridge 12/07 13/45   16/09 17/08
Mountfield Tunnel 12/09 13/50   16/06 17/06
Bopeep Jn 12/22 14/06   15/54 16/54
Hastings 12.27a 14.12 [P4]   15.50d 16.49 [P2]


Associated E.C.S. Workings

Location 5Z17   5Z18
Booked Actual   Booked Actual
Hastings 12.45d ?   15.29a 16.26
Park Sidings 12.49a ?   15.25d ?


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