7th June 2012

Steam Dreams
The Cathedrals Express

Locos Used 33035, 67026 'Diamond Jubilee' & steam: 70000 'Britannia'
Stock Used 35465+13227+3148+3068+3144+1692+3107+3140+21245+4959+1832+5040+5292

Route :
1Z88 : Alton to Ely
1Z89 : Ely to Alton

Loco(s) Route
70000 (1) Alton - Aldershot - Ash Vale - Camberley - Ascot - Virginia Water - Staines
70000 Staines - Feltham - Hounslow - Brentford - Barnes - Clapham Junction - Latchmere Jn - Kensington Olympia - North Pole Jn - Mitre Bridge Jn - Willesden Junction HL - West Hampstead - Gospel Oak - Camden Road Jn - York Way Jn - Copenhagen Jn - Finsbury Park - Potters Bar - Welwyn Garden City - Stevenage - Hitchin - Letchworth - Royston - Shepreth Branch Jn - Cambridge - Ely
70000 Ely - Cambridge - Shepreth Branch Jn - Audley End - Bishops Stortford - Harlow Town - Broxbourne - Cheshunt - Brimsdown - Tottenham South Jn - Coppermill Jn - Temple Mills Loop
70000 (1) Temple Mills Loop - Temple Mills East Jn - Stratford - Channelsea Jn - Lea Jn - Navarino Jn - Canonbury West Jn - Camden Road Jn - Gospel Oak - West Hampstead - Willesden Junction HL - (2) Mitre Bridge Jn? - North Pole Jn? - Kensington Olympia? - Latchmere Jn? - Clapham Junction? - Barnes? - Richmond? - Twickenham? - (2) Feltham - Staines - Virginia Water - Ascot - Camberley - Ash Vale - Aldershot - Alton

Notes :
(1) 67026 on rear.
(2) John Clifford comments:
Over running engineering work in the South Acton area caused the diversions. I believe that the return working was also diverted. This also meant that the E.C.S. was late, not arriving at Alton until 09.12. The Mid Hants Railway provided a train to bring Alresford passengers to Alton. This meant that there was a late start and with the diversion, arrival at Ely was half an hour late. In turn this delayed the return working. The wait in Temple Mills loop to attach 67026, further added to the delays.

Source : John Clifford (joined the outward leg at Alton, returned to West Hampstead)

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from John Clifford)

Location Booked Actual
Alton 09.22d [P2] 09.31 [P2]
Bentley 09.30 ~ 09.35 [P1] 09/40 [P1]
Farnham 09.42a ~ 09.45d [P1] 09.46 ~ 09.48 [P1]
Aldershot 09.52a ~ 09.55d [P1] 09.56 ~ 09.58 [P1]
Aldershot North Jn 09/57 10/02
Ash Vale 09/59 [P1] 10/04 [P1]
Frimley Jn 10/03 10/09
Camberley 10/08 [P1] 10/13 [P1]
Ascot 10/19 [P1] 10/29 [P1]
Sunningdale 10.23a ~ 10.25d [P1] 10.34 ~ 10.35 [P1]
Virginia Water 10/30 [P1] 10/41 [P1]
Staines 10/40 [P1] 10L51 ~ 10L57 [P1]
Feltham 10/48 [P1] 11/05 [P1]
Feltham Jn 10/50 11/07
Hounslow 10/53 [P1] 11w11 ~ 11w21 [P1]
Brentford 10/57 [P1] 11/27 [P1]
Old Kew Jn 10/59 11/28
Kew East Jn 11w01 ~ 11w20 DIV
South Acton Jn 11/21 DIV
Acton Wells Jn 11/26 DIV
Barnes DIV 11/35 [P1] [US]
Clapham Junction DIV 11/44 [P3]
Latchmere Jn DIV 11.45 ~ 11.48
Kensington Olympia DIV 12/00 [DM]
North Pole Jn DIV 12/06
Mitre Bridge Jn DIV 12/08
Willesden Junction HL 11.29a ~ 11.30d [P4] 12.12 ~ 12.18 [P4]
Kensal Green Jn 11/32 12/21
West Hampstead 11.37a ~ 11.40d [E] 12.25 ~ 12.27 [E]
Gospel Oak 11/46 [P2] 12/33 [P2]
Camden Road Jn 11/50 12/36
Camden Road Central Jn 11/51 12/37
York Way North Jn 11/54 12/40
Copenhagen Jn 11/57 [DS] 12/40 [DS]
Holloway Jn 11/59 [DS] 12/42 [DF]
Finsbury Park 12/01 [P5] [SL2] 12/44 [P3] [DF]
Alexandra Palace 12/05 [P4] 12/47 [DF]
Gordon Hill 12/12 [P3] DIV
Hertford North 12/25 [P2] DIV
Potters Bar DIV 13/00 [P4] [DS]
Welwyn Garden City DIV 13/07 [P3]
Digswell Jn DIV 13/10
Woolmer Green Jn DIV 13/13 [DF]
Langley Jn 12/36 [DS] 13/17 [DF]
Stevenage 12/37 [P4] [DF] 13/17 [P3]
Hitchin 12/44 [DF] 13/23 [DF]
Letchworth Garden City 12/48 [P2] 13/28 [P2]
Royston 12/59 [P2] 13/38 [P2]
Shepreth Branch Jn 13/13 13/51
Cambridge 13.18a ~ 13.21d [P4] 13.57 ~ 14.00 [P4]
Coldham Lane Jn 13w24 ~ 13w39 [DGL] 14w03 ~ 14w14 [DGL]
Ely Dock Jn 14/02 [UM] 14/31 [DM]
Ely 14.03a [P2] ~ 18.11d [P3] 14.33 [P1] ~ 18.24 [P3]
Ely Dock Jn 18/13 18/26
Coldham Lane Jn 18/28 18/41
Cambridge 18.30a ~ 18.34d [P8] 18.44 ~ 18.48 [P8]
Shepreth Branch Jn 18/39 18/54
Audley End 18/53 [P1] 19/07
Stansted North Jn 19/06 19/15
Stansted South Jn 19/07 19.16 ~ 19.24
Stansted Mountfitchet 19/08 [P1] 19/26
Bishops Stortford 19/12 [P2] 19/31 [P2]
Harlow Town 19w21 ~ 19w47 [P1] 19w40 ~ 19w50 [P1]
Broxbourne Jn 19/52 19/58
Broxbourne 19/54 [P2] 20/01 [P2]
Cheshunt 19/58 [P1] 20/06 [P1]
Brimsdown 20/02 [P1] 20/13 [P1]
Tottenham South Jn 20/08 20/21
Coppermill Jn 20/09 20/22
Temple Mills Loop DIV 20L28 ~ 20L44
Temple Mills East Jn 20/19 20/48
Stratford 20/25 [P11] 20/50 [P11]
Channelsea Jn 20/30 20/53
Lea Jn 20/32 20/54
Navarino Jn 20/38 20/58
Canonbury West Jn 20/42 21/01
Westbourne Road Jn 20/45 21/03
Camden Road East Jn 20/49 21/07
Camden Road Jn 20/50 21/09
Gospel Oak 20/55 21/12 [P1]
West Hampstead 20.59a ~ 21.03d [W] 21.19 ~ 21.21 [W]
Kensal Green Jn 21/07 21/26
Willesden Junction HL 21.10a ~ 21.11d [P5] 21.28 ~ 21.31
Acton Wells Jn 21/15 DIV?
South Acton Jn 21/21 DIV?
Kew East Jn 21/23 DIV?
Old Kew Jn ? ?
Brentford 21/29 [P2] DIV?
Hounslow 21/40 [P2] DIV?
Mitre Bridge Jn DIV? ?
North Pole Jn DIV? ?
Kensington Olympia DIV? ?
Latchmere Jn DIV? ?
Clapham Junction DIV? ?
Barnes DIV? ?
Richmond DIV? ?
Twickenham DIV? ?
Feltham Jn 21/46 ?
Feltham 21/49 [P2] 22/13
Staines 21.56a ~ 21.58d [P2] 22.20 ~ 22.24
Virginia Water 22/08 [P2] 22/37
Sunningdale 22.14a ~ 22.26d [P2] ?
Ascot 22.30a ~ 22.33d [P2] 23.04 ~ 23.08
Camberley 22.45a ~ 22.48d [P2] ?
Frimley Jn 22/53 ?
Ash Vale 22/57 [P2] 23/31
Aldershot Jn 22/58 ?
Aldershot 23.01a ~ 23.03d [P3] 23.35 ~ 23.38
Farnham 23.09a ~ 23.12d [P2] 23.45 ~ 23.48
Farnham Sig. FN30 23.15 ~ 23.40 ?
Bentley 23.47 ~ 23.54 23.57 ~ 23.59
Alton 00.01a 00.08


Associated working on Mid Hants Railway

(33035) : Alresford to Alton
(?) : Alton to Alresford (cancelled?)
Stock used : 4977+1851+3735+34947+4423

Location Booked (out) Booked (rtn)
Alresford 08.35d 00.30a?
Ropley 08/55 00/20?
Medstead & Four Marks 09/05 00/10?
Alton 09.20a ?d

Note : Although times were shown for a return train from Alton to Alresford, I understand that the intention was 
always to terminate the return working at Alton, with passengers reaching Alresford by coach.


Associated E.C.S. Workings

5Z85 : (67026) : Eastleigh T&RSMD to Southall
5Z85 : (67026) : Southall to Eastleigh T&RSMD

Location Booked (out) Booked (rtn)
Eastleigh T&RSMD 00.55d 05.45a
Eastleigh South Jn - 05/36
Eastleigh 01/04 05/34
Winchester 01.11 ~ 01.12 05.16 ~ 05.18
Worting Jn 01/28 05/01
Basingstoke 01/31 04/56
Bramley 01/40 04/50
Reading 01/54 04/36
Twyford 01/59 04/24
Maidenhead 02/05 04/15
Slough 02/10 04/10
Southall West Jn 02/18 04/01
Southall 02.20a 04.00d

5Z86 : (67026 + 70000) : Southall to Wembley Yard
5Z86 : (67026 with 70000 on rear) : Wembley Yard to Alton
5Z90 : (67026 with 70000 on rear) : Alton to Wembley Yard
5Z90 : (67026 + 70000) : Wembley Yard to Southall

Location Booked (out) Booked (rtn)
Southall 03.40d 03.15a
Southall East Jn 03/41 03/05
Acton West 03/47 02/59
Acton Main Line 03/55 02/57
Acton Wells Jn 03/59 02/55
Acton Canal Wharf 04/01 02/53
Willesden No.7 Jn 04/03 02/49
Wembley Yard 04.10 ~ 04.40 02.21 ~ 02.41
Willesden No.7 Jn 04/49 02/11
Willesden WL Jn 04/53 02/09
Mitre Bridge Jn 04/55 02/07
North Pole Jn 04/56 02/06
Kensington Olympia 05/00 01.59 ~ 02.02
Latchmere Jn 05/06 01/53
Clapham Junction 05/08 01/51
Barnes 05/19 01/44
Brentford 05/27 -
Hounslow 05/32 -
Richmond - 01/40
Twickenham - 01/35
Feltham Jn 05/34 01/30
Feltham 05/37 01/27
Staines 05/47 01/18
Virginia Water 05/57 01/08
Byfleet & New Haw 06/19 00/55
West Byfleet 06.23 ~ 06.28 ?
Woking 06/32 00/50
Woking Jn 06/33 00/49
Pirbright Jn 06/49 00/44
Ash Vale 06/56 00/39
Aldershot 07/01 00/35
Farnham 07/08 00/28
Bentley 07.17 ~ 07.21 00/21
Alton 07.30a 00.14d
Alresford CANX CANX

5Z87 : (70000 with tour stock) : Ely to March Down Yard
5Z89 : (70000 with tour stock) : March Down Yard to Ely

Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual
Ely 14.20d [P2] 14.38 [P1]   18.05a [P3] 18.20 [P3]
Ely North Jn 14/24 ?   18/01 ?
March Down Yard 14.42a ?   17.45d ?

5Z88 : (70000 with 35465) : March Down Yard - March West Jn - Whitemoor Jn - March Down Yard 
(loco turning trip)

Location Booked
March Down Yard 14.55d
March 14/58
March West Jn 14.59a ~ 15.01d
Whitemoor Jn 15.03a ~ 15.36d
March 15/38
March Down Yard 15.41a


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