6th December 2016

Railway Touring Company
The Christmas Sussex Belle

Locos Used 47802 & steam: 44871 & 45407 'The Lancashire Fusilier'
Stock Used 35317+3058+1961+3136+99127+99125+1861+4973+99723

Route : 
1Z70 : London Victoria to Eastbourne
1Z71 : Eastbourne to London Victoria

Loco(s) Route
44871 + 45407 (1) London Victoria - Grosvenor Bridge Jn - Stewarts Lane Jn - Longhedge Jn - Pouparts Jn - Clapham Junction - Balham - Streatham Common - Selhurst - East Croydon - Purley - Redhill - Gatwick Airport - Three Bridges - Haywards Heath - Keymer Jn - Lewes - Polegate - Eastbourne
47802 (2) Eastbourne - Bexhill - Bopeep Jn - Hastings
44871 + 45407 (1) Hastings - Bopeep Jn - Battle - Robertsbridge - Wadhurst - Tunbridge Wells Central - Tonbridge - Sevenoaks - Bat & Ball - Otford Jn - Swanley - St Mary Cray Jn - Bickley Jn - Bellingham - Catford - Nunhead - Denmark Hill - Voltaire Road Jn - Factory Jn - Grosvenor Bridge Jn - London Victoria

Notes: 
(1) 47802 on rear.
(2) 45407 + 44871 on rear.
(3) John Clifford comments: This tour was originally advertised as being hauled by 70013 'Oliver Cromwell', but as this engine was not ready two Black 5s were substituted. On the day there had been a damaged steam pipe on one of the engines. This was repaired but the empty coaches arrived late at London Victoria. Consequently there was a late start. There was a strike on Southern so there was little to impede our progress, at least on the outward journey. We ran on the fast line from Pouparts Jn to Selhurst instead of the slow line. The lateness of nearly an hour became just over 20 minutes by the time that we passed Redhill. The remainder of the lost time was mostly recovered by the train not going into the sidings at Eastbourne. The engines were serviced in platform 3 there. On the return journey we caught up a light loco after Robertsbridge. (It had been onto the Rother Valley line there to test clearances). There was a check at Strawberry hill Tunnel to let the 15.15 Charing Cross - Hastings come down. By omitting the diversion via Stewarts Lane Jn we reached London Victoria a few minutes early.

Source : John Clifford (on the tour throughout)

Timings (Booked & actual)
(from John Clifford)

Location Booked Actual
London Victoria 10.43d [P2] [FL] 11.42 [P2] [FL]
Grosvenor Bridge Jn 10/47 11/45
Stewarts Lane Jn 10/49 [RVL] 11/47 [RVL]
Longhedge Jn 10/55 11.48 ~ 11.49
Pouparts Jn 11/01 [DF] 11/51 [DF]
Clapham Junction 11/03 [P15] [DS] 11/53 [P13] [DF]
Balham 11/11 [P1] 11/56 [P3] [DF]
Streatham North Jn 11/13 11/58 [DF]
Streatham Common 11/15 [P1] 12/00 [P3] [DF]
Selhurst 11/28 [P1] 12/06 [P3] [DS]
Windmill Bridge Jn 11/30 [DS] 12/08 [DS]
East Croydon 11/31 [P5] [RVS] 12/09 [P5] [FVS]
South Croydon 11/44 [P4] [DS] 12/10 [P4] [DS]
Purley 11/48 [P4] 12/13 [P4] [DS]
Stoats Nest Jn 11/50 12/14
Redhill 11/59 [DM] 12/21 [DM]
Earlswood 12/01 12/22 [P2] [DS]
Gatwick Airport 12/07 [P3] 12/28 [P3] [DS]
Three Bridges 12/11 [P3] 12/31 [P3] [DS]
Balcombe Tunnel Jn 12/14 12/34
Copyhold Jn 12/20 12/40 [DM]
Haywards Heath 12/22 [P2] 12/42 [P2]
Keymer Jn 12/27 12/47
Lewes 12/40 [P1] 12/59 [P1]
Southerham Jn 12/42 13/01
Polegate 12/53 13/16 [P2]
Willingdon Jn 12/56 13/19
Eastbourne 13.01a [P1] ~ 14.26d [P3] 13.25 [P3] ~ 14.27 [P3]
Willingdon Jn 14/32 14/32
Pevensey & Westham 14/37 14/36 [P2]
Bexhill 14/46 [P2] 14/44 [P2]
Bopeep Jn 14/58 14/48
Hastings 15.03a [P2] ~ 15.09d [P2] 14.54 [P2] ~ 15.08 [P2]
Bopeep Jn 15/15 15/15
Mountfield Tunnel 15/29 15/29
Robertsbridge 15/32 15/32 [P1]
Wadhurst Tunnel South 15/40 15/46
Wadhurst 15/43 15/47 [P1]
Strawberry Hill Tunnel 15/48 15/55
Tunbridge Wells Central 15/54 [P1] 15/57 [P1]
Wells Tunnel Jn 15/56 15/58
Somerhill Tunnel 16/03 16/06
Tonbridge 16/05 [UF] 16/08 [UF]
Sevenoaks 16/16 [P3] 16/23 [P3]
Otford Jn 16/21 16/27
Swanley 16/31 [P1] [UF] 16/37 [P1] [UF]
St Mary Cray Jn 16/36 16/44 [UF]
Bickley Jn 16/38 16/45 [UF]
Shortlands Jn 16/42 16/50
Bellingham 16/49 16/53 [P1]
Nunhead 16/54 [P1] 16/57 [P1]
Crofton Road Jn 16/57 [AL] 17/01 [AL]
Denmark Hill 16/59 [P1] 17/02 [P1] [AL]
Voltaire Road Jn 17/04 17/08 [UCM]
Factory Jn 17/06 17/08 [UCM]
Stewarts Lane Jn 17/08 DIV
Grosvenor Bridge Jn 17/15 [SL] 17/11 [FL]
London Victoria 17.18a [P2] 17.14 [P2]

 
Associated E.C.S. Workings

5Z70 : (47802 with 45407 + 44871 on rear) : Southall to London Victoria
5Z72 : (47802 with 45407 + 44871 on rear) : London Victoria to Southall

Location Booked (out) Actual   Booked (rtn)
Southall Depot 09.00d     20.35a
Southall 09.10 ~ 09.20     20.15 ~ 20.25
Southall East Jn 09/21     20/13
Hanwell Bridge Loop -     19.09 ~ 20.11
West Ealing 09/24     ?
Acton West 09/29     18/59
Acton Main Line 09/32     18/53
Acton Wells Jn 09/37     18/50
Willesden SW Sdgs 09/39     18.25 ~ 18.47
Mitre Bridge Jn 09/44     18/21
North Pole Jn 09/46     18/19
Kensington Olympia 09/51     18/15
Latchmere Jn 09/58     18/08
Longhedge Jn 10/00     17/53
Stewarts Lane Jn 10/03     17/46
Grosvenor Bridge Jn 10/07     17/42
London Victoria 10.13a [P2] 11.31 [P2]   17.38d [P2]

5Z71 : (47802 with 45407 + 44871 on rear) : Eastbourne to Eastbourne Signal EB501
5Z71 : (44871 + 45407 with 47802 on rear) : Eastbourne Signal EB501 to Eastbourne
(cancelled as engines were serviced in Eastbourne platform 3)

Location Booked
Eastbourne 13.25d [P1]
Eastbourne Sig.EB501 13.27 ~ 14.11
Eastbourne 14.13a [P3]


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