2nd December 2017

Steam Dreams
The Cathedrals Express

Locos Used 08377, 47580 'County of Essex' & steam: 925 'Cheltenham' & 45212
Stock Used (1) (99035)+5216+5200+5171+9104+13440+99352+99351+99371+1666+5236+5237

Route :
1Z51 : Southend East to Alresford
1Z53 : Alresford to Southend East

Loco(s) Route
45212 + 47580 Southend East - Southend Central - Pitsea - Laindon - Upminster - Barking - Woodgrange Park - Forest Gate - Stratford - Channelsea Jn - Lea Jn - Navarino Road Jn - Canonbury West Jn - Highbury & Islington - Camden Road Jn - Primrose Hill - Camden Jn - Willesden West London Jn - Willesden SW Sidings - Acton Wells Jn - Kew East Jn - Brentford - Hounslow - Feltham - Staines - Virginia Water - Addlestone Jn - Byfleet & New Haw - Woking - Pirbright Jn - Ash Vale - Aldershot - Farnham - Bentley - Alton - Alton [Loop]
925 + 47580 Alton [Loop] - Medstead & Four Marks - Ropley - Alresford [Home Signal]
08377 Alresford [Home Signal] - Alresford
47580 Alresford - (reverse of outward route) - Southend East

Notes : 
(1) 99035 was only in the consist from Southend East to Alresford Home Signal.
(2) John Clifford comments: When first advertised the tour was due to run via Kentish Town West, but did not do so due to the line between Camden Road and Willesden Junction (High Level) being shut for engineering work. This tour didn’t get off to good start. The overhead wires had been brought down the previous day in the Wembley area and, consequently, the lines southward were shut. The empty coaches of our train were held at Willesden South West Sidings for nearly two hours. I saw them going down at Upminster at 09.22. The train was due to pick there at 09.40 and it still had to get to Shoeburyness and reverse.  Consequently the train left Upminster over two hours late. We did make up a small amount of time, especially by omitting the pathing stops. There was brief stop at Acton Wells Jn to let the 12.57 Willesden Junction - Richmond go ahead and this checked us outside Acton Central. At Woking Jn the 14.00 Waterloo - Portsmouth Harbour was held for us to continue unchecked. The 13.53 Waterloo - Alton was following us and this had to be held at Bentley and so reached Alton 17 minutes late. 45212 left the train in Alton Loop. It was due to go via and Woking and Guildford to turn. One notable feature was the use of 08377 to take the train the last few yards into Alresford station. It had been planned for a coach to take passengers from Alresford to Winchester. As we were late this did not happen. In any event, there had been a road traffic accident in the Winchester area which was suffering with severe congestion. I left the tour at Alresford and made my way home. I understand the return journey was accomplished without problems.

Source : John Clifford (on the tour from Upminster to Alresford)

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from John Clifford & Realtime Trains)

Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual
Southend East 09.09d 11.15 22.04a 22.03
Southend Central 09/12 [P3] 11/18 22/02 [P2] 22/00
Leigh-on-Sea 09/18 [P1] 11/23 21/56 [P3] 21/54
Pitsea 09/25 [P2] 11/31 21/48 [P1] 21/47
Laindon 09/30 [P1] 11/37 21/44 [P3] 21/43
Upminster 09.40a ~ 09.42d [P1] 11.48˝ ~ 11.51 [P1] 21.32a ~ 21.34d [P2] 21.30 ~ 21.33
Barking Upney Jn 09/53 [UCL] 12/03 [UCL] 21*16˝ ~ 21*20 ?
Barking 09.55a ~ 09.58d [P8] 12.05 ~ 12.08 [P8] 21.12a ~ 21.15d [P7] [DCL] 21.15 ~ 21.18
Barking Station Jn 10/01 12/09˝ 21/09 ?
Woodgrange Park 10/03 [P1] 12/14 [P1] 21/07 [P2] 21/12
Forest Gate Jn 10/05 [EL] 12/17 [EL] 21/05 [UDL] 21/11/
Forest Gate 10/08˝ [P3] [ML] 12/18 [P3] [ML] 21/01˝ [P2] [EL] ?
Stratford 10/14 [P10] 12/23 [P10] 20/58 [P10a] [ML] 21/05
Channelsea Jn 10/18 12/25 20/54˝ ?
Lea Jn 10/18˝ 12/25˝ 20/53˝ 20/54
Navarino Road Jn 10/23˝ 12/32 20/47˝ 20/47
Canonbury West Jn 10/26 12/38 20/43 20/42
Westbourne Road Jn 10/27˝ [NL] 12/40 [NL] 20/40 20/40
Camden Road East Jn 10/30 12/42 20/36˝ [NL] 20/36
Camden Road Jn 10/31 12/44 20/31 20/35
Primrose Hill 10/35 ? 20/28˝ ?
Camden Jn 10*38 ~ 10*46 [SL] 12/48 [SL] 20/27 20/30
Willesden West London Jn 10*45˝ ~ 10*57˝ 12/57 20/21 [SL] 20/23
Willesden SW Sidings 10/58˝ 12/58 20/19 ?
Acton Wells Jn 11/02˝ 13.00˝ ~ 13.01˝ 20/16˝ ?
Sig.AW101 - 13.06 ~ 13.08 - -
Acton Central 11.05 ~ 11.07 [P1] 13.10 ~ 13.12 [P1] 20/14˝ [P2] 20/14
South Acton Jn 11/08˝ 13/15 20/10˝ ?
Kew East Jn 11/14 13/17 20/04˝ 20/04
Old Kew Jn 11*16 ~ 11*29 13/20 20/02˝ 20/03
Brentford 11/31 [P2] 13/21 [P2] 20/00˝ 20/01
Hounslow 11.36a ~ 11.38d [P2] 13.26˝ ~ 13.29 [P2] 19.54a ~ 19.56d [P1] 19.55 ~ 19.57
Feltham Jn 11/41 13/31˝ 19/51˝ 19/52
Feltham 11/43 [P2] 13/34 [P2] 19/49˝ [P1] 19/49
Staines 11/50 [P2] 13/40 [P2] 19/41˝ [P1] 19/41
Virginia Water 11/59 [P4] 13/48 [P4] 19/28 [P3] 19/28
Chertsey 12w05 ~ 12w20 [P1] 13w53˝ ~ 14w08 [P1] 19/19 [P2] 19/19
Addlestone Jn 12/25 14/13˝ 19/16 ?
Byfleet & New Haw 12/27 [P2] [DS] 14/16˝ [P2] [DS] 19/13 19/12
Woking 12/35 [P5] 14.25 ~ 14.26 [P5] [DS] 19/08 [P1] 19/04
Woking Jn 12/36 14/28 [DS] 19/06 19/01
Pirbright Jn 12/43 14/35˝ 19/00 [US] 18/54
Ash Vale 12/53 14/40 [P2] 18/53 18/49
Aldershot North Jn 12/56 14/43˝ 18/49 18/46
Aldershot 13/04 [P3] 14/46˝ [P2] 18/46 [P1] 18/45
Farnham 13/11 [P2] 14/52 [P2] 18/42 [P1] 18/40
Bentley 13*18 ~ 13*22 [P2] 15/02 [P1] 18*31 ~ 18*35 [P1] 18.32 ~ 18.33
Alton 13.32 ~ ? [P2] 15.11˝ ~ 15.16 [P2] ? ~ 18.22 ? ~ 18.25
Alton Loop ??L?? ~ ??L?? 15.20 ~ 15.34˝ [Loop] ? ?
Medstead & Four Marks ? 15/49 [P2] ? ?
Ropley ? 15/58 [P2] ? [P2]
Alresford Home Signal ? 16L07 ~ 16L17˝ - -
Alresford 14.30a 16.20˝ [P1] 17.00d [P1] ?


Associated E.C.S. & Light Engine Moves

5Z50 : (47580 + 45212) : Southall to Shoeburyness C.S.
5Z51 : (45212 + 47580) : Shoeburyness C.S. to Southend East

Location Booked Actual
Southall Depot 05.30d  
Southall Yard 05.40 ~ 05.50  
Southall East Jn 05/52  
West Ealing 05/54  
Acton West Jn 05/56  
Acton Main Line 06/01  
Acton Wells Jn 06/09  
Willesden SW Sidings 06/12  
Willesden West London Jn 06/16  
Camden Jn 06/22  
Camden Road Jn 06/33  
Camden East Jn 06/36  
Westbourne Road Jn 06/39  
Canonbury Jn 06/43  
Navarino Road Jn 06/46  
Lea Jn 06/53  
Channelsea Jn 06/54  
Stratford 06/58  
Maryland 06/59  
Forest Gate 07/02  
Forest Gate Jn 07/03  
Woodgrange Park 07/05  
Barking Station Jn 07/08  
Barking 07.11 ~ 07.19  
Upminster 07/32 09/22
Laindon 07/42  
Pitsea 07/47  
Leigh-on-Sea 07/56  
Southend Central 08/01  
Southend East ?  
Shoeburyness C.S. 08.10 ~ 08.55  
Thorpe Bay 09/01  
Southend East 09.04a  

0Z52 : (45202) : Alton - Woking - Guildford - Alton
(Loco turning trip) (cancelled, due to late running of the tour)

Location Booked
Alton 14.23d
Bentley 14.23 ~ 14.35
Farnham 14/42
Aldershot 14/48
Aldershot North Jn 14/54
Ash Vale 14/58
Pirbright Jn 15/05
Woking Up Yard 15.13 ~ 15.29
Woking 15.32 ~ 15.36
Woking Jn 15/38
Guildford 15.46 ~ 15.49
Ash 16/05
Aldershot South Jn 16/07
Aldershot North Jn 16/11
Aldershot 16/15
Farnham 16/20
Farnham Sig.WK445 16.22 ~ 16.36
Bentley 16.48 ~ 16.51
Alton 17.03a

5Z53 : (47580) : Southend East to Shoeburyness C.S.

Location Booked
Southend East 22.09d
Thorpe Bay 22/13
Shoeburyness C.S. 22.17a

03/12/17 :
5Z54 : (47580) : Shoeburyness C.S. to Alresford

Location Booked
Shoeburyness C.S. 16.15d
Thorpe Bay 16/22
Southend East 16.25 ~ 16.27
Southend Central 16/30
Leigh-on-Sea 16/36
Pitsea 16/43
Laindon 16/50
Upminster 17/00
Barking Upney Jn 17/09
Barking 17.11 ~ 17.13
Barking Station Jn 17/14
Woodgrange Park 17/16
Forest Gate Jn 17/18
Forest Gate 17/20
Stratford 17/24
Channelsea Jn 17/29
Lea Jn 17/30
Navarino Road Jn 17/34
Canonbury West Jn 17/38
Westbourne Road Jn 17/41
Camden Road East Jn 17/43
Camden Road Jn 17/44
Primrose Hill 17/48
Camden Jn 17.51 ~ 18.09
Willesden West London Jn 18/17
Acton Lane Reception Sidings 18.20 ~ 18.40
Willesden West London Jn 18/45
Mitre Bridge Jn 18/47
North Pole Jn 18/55
Kensington Olympia 19/01
Latchmere Jn 19/08
Clapham Junction 19.11 ~ 19.21 [P17]
Balham 19/27
Streatham North Jn 19/29
Streatham South Jn 19/31
Wimbledon 19/37
Wimbledon West Jn 19.39 ~ 19.41
New Malden 19/46
Surbiton 19/49
Hampton Court Jn 19/52
Weybridge 19/56
Byfleet & New Haw 19/58
Woking 20.10 ~ 20.13
Woking Jn 20/14
Pirbright Jn 20/19
Ash Vale 20/23
Aldershot North Jn 20/26
Aldershot 20/28
Farnham 20/38
Farnham Sig.WK445 20*40 ~21*28
Bentley 21/37
Alton 21.45 ~ ?
Alresford ?a

04/12/17 :
0Z52 : (45202) : Alton - Guildford - Woking - Alton
(Loco turning trip)

Location Revised
Alton 11.20d
Bentley 11.29 ~ 11.31
Farnham 11/36
Aldershot 11/42
Aldershot North Jn 11/48
Aldershot South Jn 11/49
Ash 11/52
Guildford 12.02 ~ 12.19
Woking Jn 12/32
Woking 12.33 ~ 12.36
Woking Jn 12/38
Pirbright Jn 12/47
Ash Vale 12/53
Aldershot North Jn 12/58
Aldershot 13/02
Farnham 13/09
Bentley 13.17 ~ 13.21
Alton 13.31a


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