5th November 2011

UK Railtours
The Mine of Serpents

Locos Used 73141 'Charlotte' & 73208 'Kirsten'
Stock Used 35469+3120+3097+3119+3149+1832+4949+4991+4959+4902

Route :
1Z73 London Waterloo to Mountfield Gypsum Mine
1Z74 Mountfield Gypsum Mine to London Bridge
1Z75 London Bridge to East Grinstead (Bluebell)
1Z76 East Grinstead (Bluebell) to London Waterloo

Loco(s) Route
73141 (1) London Waterloo - Nine Elms Jn - Lindford Street Jn - Briston - Denmark Hill - Nunhead - Bellingham - Shortlands Jn - Bromley South - Bickley Jn - St Mary Cray Jn - Swanley - Otford - Sevenoaks - Tonbridge - Tunbridge Wells Central - Robertsbridge - Mountfield Sidings GF
73208 (2) Mountfield Sidings GF - Mountfield Gypsum Mine
73141 (1) Mountfield Gypsum Mine - Mountfield Sidings GF
73208 (2) Mountfield Sidings GF - Robertsbridge - Tunbridge Wells Central - Tonbridge - Godstone - Redhill - Purley - East Croydon - Norwood Junction - Bromley Jn - Crystal Palace - West Norwood - Tulse Hill - Peckham Rye - South Bermondsey Jn - London Bridge
73141 (1) London Bridge - Bricklayers Arms Jn - New Cross gate - Sydenham - Norwood Junction - East Croydon - South Croydon - Sanderstead - Oxted - East Grinstead - Imberholme Cutting
73208 (2) Imberholme Cutting - East Grinstead (Bluebell Rly)
73141 (1) East Grinstead (Bluebell Rly) - East Grinstead 'junction'
73208 (2) East Grinstead 'junction' - Oxted - Sanderstead - South Croydon - East Croydon - Norwood Junction - Bromley Jn - Crystal Palace - West Norwood - Tulse Hill - Herne Hill - Brixton - Lindford Street Jn - Nine Elms Jn - London Waterloo

Notes :
(1) 73208 on rear.
(2) 73141 on rear.
(3) Robert Frise comments: tour ran largely on time or early with some signal checks to curb early running. A pathing stop was made at Dormans from 15:20 to 15:35, this was shown in the working timetable but not shown in the tour booklet. The tour booklet advised that the tour was named after a firework called the Mine of Serpents and as the tour was visiting a Gypsum Mine and it was the 5th November 'it seemed a vaguely appropriate name'. tour was originally booked to start from London Victoria but was moved to London Waterloo due to a short notice engineering possession.

Sources : Robert Frise & Nicholas Braddick

Photo Review


73141 'Charlotte' at London Bridge (photo: Robert Frise)


73208 'Kirsten' at East Grinstead (photo: Robert Frise)


Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Robert Frise & John Clifford)

M.C Location Booked Actual
0.00 Waterloo 08.52d [P19] [RVL] 08.52 [P19] [WF]
1.78 Nine Elms Jn 08/57 09/00
2.50 Lindford Street Jn 09/05 09/01
3.06 Voltaire Road Jn 09/06 09/03
4.15 Brixton 09/08 09/06
4.71 Cambria Jn 09/11 09/09
5.23 Denmark Hill 09/13 [P4] 09/09 [P4]
5.68 Crofton Road Jn 09/15 09/11
6.78 Nunhead 09/17 [P2] 09/15 [P2]
9.74 Bellingham 09/22 [P2] 09/21 [P2]
11.67 Shortlands Jn 09/25 [SL] 09/24 [SL]
14.48 Bickley Jn 09/29 [SL] 09/30 [SL]
15.27 St Mary Cray Jn 09/31 [SL] 09/32 [SL]
19.41 Swanley 09/37 [P4] 09/37 [P4]
26.63 Otford Jn 09/48 09/48
28.79 Sevenoaks 09/52 [P3] 09/53 [P3]
36.32 Tonbridge 10/05 [DF] 10/03 [DF]
? Somerhill Tunnel 10/07 10/06
40.46 Wells Tunnel Jn 10/13 [UH] 10.13 ~ 10.16 [UH]
41.22 Tunbridge Wells Central 10/15 [P1] 10/20 [P2]
? Strawberry Hill Tunnel 10/17 10/22
46.13 Wadhurst 10/30 [P2] 10/29 [P2]
56.37 Robertsbridge 10/43 [P2] 10.44 ~ 10.50 [P2]
? Mountfield Tunnel 10/52 10/56
58.68 Mountfield Sidings GF 11.00 ~ 11.15 11.02 ~ 11.10 [L3/2]
59.68 Mountfield Gypsum Mine 11.25 ~ 11.35 11.16 ~ 11.36
60.68 Mountfield Sidings GF 11.45 ~ 12.00 11.46 ~ 11.55 [L3]
? Mountfield Tunnel 12/05 12/04
63.19 Robertsbridge 12/07 [P1] 12/07 [P1]
73.43 Wadhurst 12/19 [P1] 12/09 [P1]
? Strawberry Hill Tunnel 12/24 12/27
78.34 Tunbridge Wells Central 12/26 [P1] 12/29 [P1]
79.10 Wells Tunnel Jn 12/27 12/30
? Somerhill Tunnel 12/35 12/35
83.24 Tonbridge 12/36 [P1] 12/35
97.27 Godstone 12/49 [P1] 12/53 [P1]
103.00 Redhill 12/57 [UM] 13/00 [UM]
109.36 Stoats Nest Jn 13/08 [SL] 13/09 [SL]
110.27 Purley 13/11 [P3] [SL] 13/11 [P23] [SL]
112.35 South Croydon 13/16 [P3] [SL] 13/17 [P3] [SL]
113.28 East Croydon 13/18 [P4] [SL] 13/19 [P4] [SL]
113.67 Windmill Bridge Jn 13/20 [SL] 13/21 [SL]
115.01 Norwood Junction 13/22 [P1] 13/25 [P1]
115.54 Bromley Jn 13/24 13.27 ~ 13.29
116.40 Crystal Palace 13/26 [P1] 13/33 [P1]
118.14 West Norwood 13/30 [P1] 13/38 [P1]
? West Norwood Jn 13/31 13/39
118.72 Tulse Hill 13/33 [P3] 13/49 [P3]
121.43 Peckham Rye 13/39 [P2] 13/56 [P2]
123.30 South Bermondsey Jn 13/44 14/00
124.79 London Bridge [P13] 13.54a ~ 14.31d [P13] [FL] [P13] 14.08 ~ 14.31 [P13]
? Spa Road Jn 14/32 [FL] 14/34 [FL]
? Blue Anchor 14/33 [FL] 14/35 [FL]
127.11 Bricklayers Arms Jn 14/34 [FL] 14/36 [FL]
127.69 New Cross Gate 14/35 [P3] [FL] 14/37 [P3] [FL]
131.31 Sydenham 14/39 [FL] 14/41 [FL]
133.54 Norwood Junction 14/42 [P4] [FL] 14/44 [P4] [FL]
? Norwood Fork Jn 14/43 [SL] 14/45 [SL]
134.68 Windmill Bridge Jn 14/44 [SL] 14/46 [SL]
135.27 East Croydon 14/45 [P6] [SL] 14/47 [P6] [SL]
136.20 South Croydon 14/48 [P5] 14/49 [P5]
137.22 Sanderstead 14/52 [P2] 14/51 [P2]
145.24 Oxted 15/07 [P2] 15/06 [P2]
146.19 Hurst Green 15/10 [P2] 15/08 [P2]
? Dormans 15.20 ~ 15.35 [P2] 15.21 ~ 15.34 [P2]
155.03 East Grinstead (NR) 15c40 ~ 15c42 [P1] 15/45 [P1]
? Imberholme North 15.55 ~ 16.05 15.57 ~ 16.06
? East Grinstead (Bluebell) 16.10a ~ 16.50d 16.09 ~ 16.53
? Imberholme North ? 16.55 ~ 17.12
? East Grinstead sidings 16.55 ~ 17.08 17/14
155.03 East Grinstead (NR) 17c11 ~ 17c13 [P1] 17/15 [P1]
163.67 Hurst Green 17/36 [P1] 17/30 [P1]
164.62 Oxted 17/40 [P1] 17/32 [P1]
172.64 Sanderstead 17/50 [P1] 17/45 [P1]
173.66 South Croydon 17/55 [P3] [SL] 17/51 [P3] [SL]
174.59 East Croydon 17/57 [P4] [SL] 17/53 [P4] [SL]
175.18 Windmill Bridge Jn 17/59 [SL] 17/54 [SL]
176.32 Norwood Junction 18/01 [P1] 17/56 [SL]
177.05 Bromley Jn 18/03 18/01
177.71 Crystal Palace 18/05 [P1] 18/03
179.45 West Norwood 18/11 [P1] 18/08 [P1]
180.23 Tulse Hill 18/13 [P3] 18/14 [P3]
181.29 Herne Hill 18/17 [P1] 18/18 [P2]
182.11 Brixton 18/18 [P1] 18/20 [P1]
183.20 Voltaire Road Jn 18/20 18/22
183.56 Lindford Street Jn 18/21 18/23
184.28 Nine Elms Jn 18/23 [RVL] 18/25 [RVL]
186.26 Waterloo 18.30a [P19] 18.32 [P19]


Associated Light-Engine & E.C.S. Workings

03/11/2011 : 0Z73 : (73141 & 73208) : St Leonards Depot to Hastings
03/11/2011 : 0Z73 : (73141 & 73208) : Hastings to Eastleigh East Yard

0Z73 : (73141 & 73208) : Eastleigh East Yard to Eastleigh T&RSMD
0Z76 : (73141 & 73208) : Eastleigh T&RSMD to Eastleigh East Yard

Location Booked (out) Booked (rtn)
Eastleigh East Yard 03.25d 23.05a
Eastleigh 03/28 [P2] 22/58 [P2]
Eastleigh South Jn 03/30 -
Eastleigh T&RSMD 03.35a 22.55d

5Z73 : (73141 with 73208 on rear) : Eastleigh T&RSMD to Willesden SWS
5Z73 : (73208 with 73141 on rear) : Willesden SWS to London Waterloo
5Z73 : (73141 with 73208 on rear) : London Waterloo to Eastleigh T&RSMD

Location Booked (out) Booked (rtn)
Eastleigh T&RSMD 04.35d [RVL] 22.05a
Eastleigh South Jn - 21/57
Eastleigh 04.46 ~ 04.48 [P2] [FL] 21/55 [P2]
Shawford / Sharford Jn 04/53 [P1] 21/41 [FL]
Winchester 05/00 [P1] 21/38 [P2]
Worting Jn 05/20 [SL] 21/23
Basingstoke 05/23 [P4] [SL] 21/14 [P1] [SL]
Fleet ? 20/58 [P2] [SL]
Farnborough (Main) 05/38 [P1] [SL] 20/55 [P2] [SL]
Pirbright Jn 05/42 [SL] 20/51 [SL]
Woking Jn 05/46 [SL] 20/46 [SL]
Byfleet & New Haw ? 20/36 [SL]
Weybridge ? 20/34 [P3] [SL]
Hampton Court Jn 06/00 [FL] 20/26 [SL]
Surbiton 06/01 [P1] [FL] 20/23 [P3] [SL]
New Malden 06/06 [P1] [FL] 20/21 [P3] [SL]
Raynes Park ? 20/19 [SL]
Wimbledon West Jn ? 20/16 [SL]
Wimbledon 06/10 [P5] [FL] 20/10 [P9]
Clapham Junction 06/20 [P7] -
Latchmere Jn 06/24 -
Kensington Olympia 06/32 -
North Pole Jn 06/36 -
Mitre Bridge Jn 06/37 [REV] -
Willesden SWS 06.41 ~ 07.52 [REV] -
Mitre Bridge Jn 07/56 -
North Pole Jn 07/57 -
Kensington Olympia 08/02 [P2] -
Latchmere Jn 08/09 [URV] -
West London Jn 08/22 [RVL] -
Streatham South Jn - 19/46
Streatham - 19/44 [P1]
Tulse Hill - 19/41
Herne Hill - 19/27 [P3]
Brixton - 19/23 [P2]
Voltaire Road Jn - 19/20
Linford Street Jn - 19/19
Nine Elms Jn 08/25 [RVL] 19/05
Waterloo 08.30a [P19] 19.00 [P19] [RVL]


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