12th September 1954

R.C.T.S. (London Branch)
Invicta Special

Locos Used 31505, 31166, 31737, 31671, 68630 & 68639
Stock Used SR: 4440+1375+1286+7944+1434+1370+4432

Route :

Loco(s) Route
68630 + 68639 London Liverpool Street - East London Jn - Shoreditch - Whitechapel - Wapping - Rotherhithe - Surrey Docks - New Cross - Lewisham - Blackheath (No.1 Down Siding)
31737 Blackheath (No.1 Down Siding) - Angerstein Jn - Charlton - Woolwich Arsenal - Erith - Slade Green - Dartford - Gravesend Central - Hoo Jn - Strood - Chatham - Rainham
31671 Rainham - Western Jn - Middle Jn - Kemsley Halt - Sheerness
31671 Sheerness - Kemsley Halt - Middle Jn - Eastern Jn - Sittingbourne - Faversham
31505 Faversham - Selling - Canterbury Jn 'A' - Canterbury West - Minster - Deal - Kearsney Loop Jn - Deal Jn - Kearsney
31737 Kearsney - Deal Jn - Buckland Jn - Dover Priory - Folkestone Central - Sandling - Ashford
31166 + 31737 Ashford - Headcorn - Paddock Wood - Tonbridge - Edenbridge - Crowhurst Jn South - Crowhurst Jn - Hurst Green Jn - Oxted - Selsdon - Woodside - Elmers End - New Beckenham - Catford Bridge - Ladywell - Lewisham - Nunhead - Peckham Rye - Cambria Jn - Loughborough Junction - London Blackfriars

Notes :
(1) Tony Davies comments: The outward special was delayed – and caused heavy delay to boat traffic! – in the Dover/Folkestone area: signal stop Guston Jn (?Kearsney Loop Jn?) 8 min, sig stop at Buckland Jn (after Kearsney) of 10 min, but 60 m.p.h. max at Smeeth, followed by sustained 70 m.p.h. west of Pluckley (the two 4-4-0's).  The early departure from Paddock Wood resulted in signal checks: Tonbridge, Oxted, Selsdon, Woodside, and two signal stops total 4  minutes at Elmers End.

Sources : John Clifford, David Davis & Chris Harley (compiled from contemporary sources)
& Tony Davies (on the train throughout)

Photo Review


68630 & 68639 at Liverpool Street (photo: The John Debens Collection)


By Rochester 31737 was in charge (photo: The John Debens Collection)


No doubting what this tour was! (photo: The John Debens Collection)


31737 swapping to 31671 at Rainham (photo: The John Debens Collection)


31505 comes on the train at Faversham (photo: The John Debens Collection)


31166 & 31737 at Ashford (photo: The John Debens Collection)


From Andrew Fairholms ticket collection.


Stock Detail
(from
Tony Davies)

Coach Type
S4440 2nd Class Open Brake (“Nondescript”)
S1375 3rd Class Open
S1286 3rd Class Open
S7944 Buffet Car
S1434 3rd Class Open
S1370 3rd Class Open
S4432 2nd Class Open Brake (“Nondescript”)

All these were “loose” SOUTHERN stock mostly kept at Eardley Carriage Sidings.

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from
Tony Davies & John Debens)

Location Booked Actual
Liverpool Street 09.47d 09.47
Shoreditch 09/50 09/50
Surrey Docks 10/00 09.57 ~ 09.57
New Cross 10/04 10/09
Lewisham 10/08 10/12
Blackheath (No.1 Dn Siding) 10.11a ~ 10.27d 10.15 ~ 10.25
Woolwich Arsenal 10/38 10/36
Erith ? 10/45
Dartford 10/58 10/54
Gravesend Central 11/11 11/10
Strood 11.23a ~ 11.27d 11.20 ~ 11.25
Rochester 11.30a ~ 11.46d 11.29 ~ 11.48
Gillingham ? 11/58
Rainham 11.56a ~ 12.06d 12.03 ~ 12.13
Kemsley Halt 12/20 12/26
Sheerness 12.33a ~ 12.41d 12.41 ~ 12.50
Middle Jn 12/55 13/06
Sittingbourne 12/57 13/08
Faversham 13.08a ~ 13.15d 13.23 ~ 13.30
Selling ? 13/37
Chartham Siding ? 13/44
Canterbury Jn 'A' 13/28 13/47
Canterbury Jn 'B' 13/31 13/49
Canterbury West 13/32 13/50
Grove Ferry ? 13/58
Minster 13/47 14/05
Sandwich ? 14/12
Deal 14/02 14/18
Martin Mill ? 14/26
Deal Jn 14/21 14/44
Kearnsey 14.24 14.46 ~ 14.53
Dover Priory 14/40 15/08
Folkestone Jn 14/55 15/25
Sandling Jn ? 15/33
Smeeth ? 15/40
Ashford 15.16a ~ 18.05d 15.46 ~ 18.05
Pluckley ? 18/13
Headcorn ? 18/18
Staplehurst ? 18/21
Marden ? 18/23
Paddock Wood 18.33a ~ 18.45d 18.31 ~ 18.37
Tonbridge 18/55 18/46
Lyghe Halt ? 18/56
Penshurst ? 18/58
Edenbridge 19/10 19/04
Crowhurst Jn South 19/14 19/08
Crowhurst Jn ?North? ? 19/09
Oxted 19/22 19/16
Woldingham ? 19/23
Selsdon 19/39 19/30
Combe Road ? 19/33
Bingham Road ? 19/36
Woodside 19/45 19/39
Elmers End 19/49 19/48
New Beckenham 19/55 19/54
Catford Bridge ? 19/58
Ladywell ? 19/59
Lewisham 20/03 20/00
Brockley Lane ? 20/03
Nunhead 20/07 20/04
Cambria Jn 20/10 20/08
Loughborough Junction 20/12 20/08
Elephant & Castle ? 20/12
Blackfriars 20.21a 20.16


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