15th December 2017

Steam Dreams
The Cathedrals Express

Locos Used 37706, 47580 'County of Essex' & steam: 45212
Stock Used (3) (99035)+5237+5236+1666+99371+99351+99352+13440+9104+5171+5200+5216

Route : 
1Z45 : Ashford International to Salisbury
1Z46 : Salisbury to Ashford International

Loco(s) Route
45212 (1) Ashford International - Charing - Maidstone East - Borough Green & Wrotham - Otford - Swanley - St Mary Cray Jn - Bickley Jn - Bromley South - Shortlands Jn - Bellingham - Catford - Nunhead - Denmark Hill - Voltaire Road Jn - Factory Jn - Longhedge Jn - Latchmere Jn - West Brompton - Kensington Olympia - North Pole Jn - Mitre Bridge Jn - Willesden SW Sidings - Acton Wells Jn - Brentford - Hounslow - Feltham - Staines - Virginia Water - Addlestone Jn - Byfleet & New Haw - Woking - Farnborough (Main) - Basingstoke - Worting Jn - Andover - Salisbury
45212 (1) Salisbury - Andover - Worting Jn - Basingstoke - Bramley - Reading - Maidenhead - Slough - Southall - Hanwell Bridge Loop
37706 (1) Hanwell Bridge Loop - Acton Main Line - Acton Wells Jn - (reverse of outward route) - Ashford International

Notes: 
(1) 47580 on rear.
(2) 45212 replaced advertised 44871.
(3) 99035 was only in the consist when 45212 was on the train.
(4) John Clifford comments: The train was delayed on its outward journey. The timings indicated that it would briefly recess in Beechbrook Farm Loop. However, the Ashford signalman indicated that it was not permitted to go into this loop and that the E.C.S. would follow the 07.58 Dover Priory - Charing Cross (due off Ashford at 08.32). The 07.58 was having a problem with ice so left Ashford 26 minutes late. This meant that the tour left Ashford 61 minutes late but by omitting the stops in Beechbrook Farm and Otford Loops it reached Bromley South (where I joined the train) just half an hour late. So we continued with this lateness, but after Woking we caught up the 12.39 Waterloo - Poole, which delayed us further. At Worting Jn we were stopped to let the 13.05 Waterloo - Weymouth go down the Bournemouth line. We then set off but behind the 12.50 Waterloo - Salisbury which, although it had passed us near Hook running almost on time, had left Basingstoke 12 minutes late. All this combined to give us a 45 minutes late arrival at Salisbury.  I came home from Salisbury.

Source : John Clifford (on the tour from Bromley South to Salisbury)

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

Location Booked Actual Booked Actual
Ashford International 08.19d [P2] 09.20 [P2]   22.06a [P6] 22.17
Ashford 'A' Jn - -   22/01 ?
Beechbrook Farm Loop 08*24 ~ 08*40 ?   - -
Charing 08.47a ~ 08.49d 09.30 ~ 09.33   21.52a ~ 21.55d 22.03 ~ 22.06
Maidstone East 09.08a ~ 09.28d [P1] 09.53 ~ 10.07   21.34a ~ 21.37d [P2] 21.38 ~ 21.39
Borough Green & Wrotham 09.44a ~ 09.46d 10.20 ~ 10.24   21.19a ~ 21.22d 21.23 ~ 21.27
Otford Loop 09*54 ~ 10*01 [UGL] ?   - -
Otford Jn 10/03 10/31   21/12 21/14
Swanley 10/14 [P1] [UF] 10/42   21/01 [P2] 21/04
St Mary Cray Jn 10/20 10/48   20/54 [DF] 20/57
Bickley Jn 10/21 [UF] 10/49   20/53 [DS] 20/56
Bromley South 10.24a ~ 10.27d [P1] 10.56 ~ 10.57 [P1] [UF]   20.46a ~ 20.49d [P4] 20.47 ~ 20.51
Shortlands Jn 10/32 11/00   20/43 [DS] 20/44
Bellingham 10/35 11/03 [P1]   20/38 20/41
Catford 10/36? ?   20/37 ?
Nunhead 10/39 [P1] 11/09 [P1]   20/33 [P2] 20/36
Crofton Road Jn 10/42 [AL] 11/11 [AL]   20/31 20/34
Denmark Hill 10/44 [P1] 11/13 [P1] [AL]   20/30 [P2] 20/33
Voltaire Road Jn 10/50 [AL] 11/19 [AL]   20/26 [AL] 20/28
Factory Jn 10/51 11/20   20/25 [AL] 20/27
Longhedge Jn 10/53 11/24   20/23 ?
Latchmere Jn 10/55 11/27   20/10 20/23
Kensington Olympia 11.03a ~ 11.05d [P2] 11.35 ~ 11.36 [P2]   20.01a ~ 20.04d [P2] 20.14 ~ 20.17
North Pole Jn 11/09 11/41   19/55 20/09
Mitre Bridge Jn 11/10 [REV] 11/43 [REV]   19/54 [UWL] 20/08
Willesden SW Sidings 11/14 11/45   19.49 ~ 19.50 [REV] ?
Acton Wells Jn 11/17 11.46 ~ 11.46   19/46 19/59
South Acton Jn 11/22 11/56   - -
Kew East Jn 11/25 11/58   - -
Brentford 11/28 [P2] 12/02 [P2]   - -
Hounslow 11/34 [P2] 12/09 [P2]   - -
Feltham Jn 11/40 12/14   - -
Feltham 11/42 [P2] 12/17 [P2]   - -
Staines 11/48 [P2] 12/22 [P2]   - -
Virginia Water 11/58 [P4] 12/30 [P4]   - -
Chertsey 12w04 ~ 12w19 12w36 ~ 12w48 [P1]  
Addlestone Jn 12/24 12/53   - -
Byfleet & New Haw 12/26 [P2] [DS] 12/55 [P2] [DS]   - -
Woking 12.33a ~ 12.35d [P5] 13/08 [P5] [DS]   - -
Woking Jn 12/36 13/09 [DS]   - -
Pirbright Jn 12/43 13/18 [DS]   - -
Farnborough (Main) 12/49 [P2] 13/23 [P2] [DS]   - -
Fleet 12/53 [P2] 13/27 [P2] [DS]   - -
Basingstoke Sig.BE155 - 13.44 ~ 13.46   - -
Acton Main Line - -   19/43 [UR] 19/55
Acton West - -   19/41 [UR] 19/54
West Ealing - -   19/38 [P4] [UR] 19/50
Hanwell - -   19/36 [P3] 19/48
Hanwell Bridge Loop - -   18L57 ~ 19L34 [GL] 19.07 ~ 19.45
Southall East Jn - -   18/55 [UR] 19/06
Southall - -   18/54 [P4] [UR] 19/06
Heathrow Airport Jn - -   18/50 [UR] 18/59
Slough - -   18/38 [P5] [UR] 18/42
Maidenhead - -   18/29 [P4] [UR] 18/33
Twyford - -   18/20 [P4] [UR] 18/25
Kennet Bridge Jn - -   18/16 [UR] 18/18
Reading - -   18.12a ~ 18.13d [P15] 18.13 ~ 18.16
Reading Sig.T1728 - -   17*55 ~ 18*10 ?
Oxford Road Jn - -   17/43 17/47
Southcote Jn - -   17/40 17/43
Bramley - -   17/27 17/29
Basingstoke 13/12 [P1] [DS] 13/49 [P1] [DS]   17/21 [P4] 17/22
Worting Jn 13/17 13.55 ~ 13.56   17/15 [US] 17/17
Andover 13/38 [P2] 14/23 [P2]   16/57 [P1] 16/57 [P1]
Tunnel Jn 13/58 14/43   16/39 16/39
Salisbury 14.02a [P4] 14.47 [P4]   16.36d [P4] 16.36 [P4]


Associated E.C.S. & Light Engine Workings

5Z44 : (47580 with 45212 on rear) : Southall to Sevington Loop
5Z44 : (45212 with 47580 on rear) : Sevington Loop to Ashford International
5Z48 : (37706 with 47580 on rear) : Ashford International to Sevington Loop
5Z48 : (47580 with 37706 on rear) : Sevington Loop to Southall

Location Booked (out) Booked (rtn)
Southall Depot 03.50d 01.27a
Southall Yard 04.00 ~ 04.10 01.07 ~ 01.17
Southall East Jn 04/11 01/06
Acton West 04/25 00/55
Acton Main Line 04.29 ~ 04.30 00/52
Acton Wells Jn 04/33 00/49
Willesden SW Sidings 04.38 ~ 04.54 00/47
Mitre Bridge Jn 04/59 00/43
North Pole Jn 05/00 00/42
Kensington Olympia 05/04 00/37
West Brompton 05.07 ~ 05.08 00.33 ~ 00.34
Latchmere Jn 05/13 00/28
Longhedge Jn 05/16 00/22
Factory Jn 05/18 00/20
Voltaire Road Jn 05/19 00/19
Denmark Hill 05/25 00/13
Crofton Road Jn 05/27 00/12
Nunhead 05/29 00/09
Bellingham 05/34 00/04
Shortlands Jn 05/38 00/01
Bromley South ? 23.57 ~ 23.58
Bickley Jn 05/42 23/55
St Mary Cray Jn 05/43 23/54
Swanley 05/50 23/48
Otford Jn 06/02 23/37
Borough Green Down Loop 06*12 ~ 06*20 -
Maidstone East 06/37 23/15
Charing 06/59 23/00
Ashford International 07/10 22/53
Sevington Loop 07.16 ~ 08.00 22.18 ~ 22.47
Ashford East Jn 08/03 ?
Ashford International 08.06a [P2] 22.12d [P6]

5Z45 : (47580 with 45212 on rear) : Salisbury to Salisbury East Yard
5Z46 : (47580 with 45212 on rear) : Salisbury East Yard to Salisbury

Location Booked (out) Booked (rtn)
Salisbury 14.10d [P4] 16.19a [P4]
Salisbury East Yard 14.13a 16.16d

0Z49 : (45212) : Salisbury - Laverstock South Jn - Laverstock North Jn - Salisbury
(Loco turning trip)
(The whole train was turned using 47580 T&T 45212)

Location Booked
Salisbury East Yard 14.34d
Salisbury Reception Line 14.38 ~ 14.40
Tunnel Jn 14/45
Laverstock South Jn 14.48 ~ 14.52
Laverstock North Jn 14.53 ~ 14.55
Tunnel Jn 14/56
Salisbury 14.59 ~ 15.04 [P4]
Salisbury East Yard 15.08a

5Z47 : (45212 with 99035) : Hanwell Bridge Loop to Southall

Location Booked
Hanwell Bridge Loop 20.12d [GL]
Southall East Jn 20/13
Southall Yard 20.15 ~ 20.20
Southall Depot 20.30a


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