19th May 1957

Stephenson locomotive Society
London, Chatham & Dover Rail Tour

Locos Used 31107, 31337, 31425, 31434 & 31545

Route : at least SPL39

Loco(s) Route
31545 London Victoria - Brixton - Beckenham Junction - Swanley - Chatham - Sittingbourne - Faversham - Herne Bay - Margate - Ramsgate - Deal - Kearnsey Loop Jn - Deal Jn - Shepherd's Well
31434 & 31425 top-n-tail (2) Shepherd's Well - Eythorne
31434 & 31425 top-n-tail (2) Eythorne - Shepherd's Well
31434 & 31425 (2) Shepherd's Well - Kearnsey - Dover Priory - Dover Marine
31434 & 31425 (2) Dover Marine - Folkestone Jn
31107 + 31337 (3) (5) Folkestone Jn - Folkestone Harbour
31107 + 31337 (4) (5) Folkestone Harbour - Folkestone Jn
31545 Folkestone Jn - Dover Priory - Canterbury East - Chatham - Sole Street - Swanley - Shortlands - Nunhead - Cambria Jn - London Holborn Viaduct

Notes :
(1) Doug Lindsay comments : It was a fantastic trip, particularly the Down Fast from London with the redoubtable Sammy Gingell driving the old SECR D1 Class loco, reaching an incredible 80 mph through Farningham Road!! Arriving at Margate some 2.5 minutes early. The other notable feature was the trip on the remaining stub of the East Kent Light Railway when, due to the sharp curvature of the access line from the Main LCDR line at Shepherd's Well, the dynamo belts decided to come off several of the coaches delaying the train a bit whilst they were re-fitted….only to occur again as we exited the branch!!! That apart, a super trip.
(2) Which led on each leg is required where noted as top-n-tail. Ian Clark (SLS) comments from society records: 31434 worked the Eythorne – Folkestone Jn section (having been on the rear), running round the train at Dover Marine. 31425 headed
Shepherd's Well – Eythorne top & tail, but not noted where it was detached.
(3) 31337 on rear?
(4) 31107 on rear?
(5) Contemporary sources report the use of loco 'R1' on the Folkestone Harbour branch, with no mention made of 31107+31337?
(6) 31425 (with 31434 on the rear) was photographed at Golgotha Tunnel on the East Kent Line carrying headcode SPL39 - was this used throughout?
(7) The timing sheet carried a statement: 'Please note that Shepherd's Well and Eythorne stations are not now maintained to passenger standard and that passengers may detrain there only at their own risk and after completing a form of indemnity' - so, who says the Nanny State is something new!!

Sources : Doug Lindsay, Ian Clark (SLS) & Steve Armitage

Photo Review


31545 at London Victoria (photo: The John Debens Collection)


31434 & 31425 at Eythorne (photos: The John Debens Collection)


Impressive brickwork at Dover Marine (photo: The John Debens Collection)


31107 at Folkestone Harbour (photo: The John Debens Collection)


Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from
Doug Lindsay & Bruce Nathan)

Miles Location Booked Actual
0 Victoria 11.58d 11.58
3 Brixton 12/05 12/05
4 Herne Hill 12/06 12/06
8 Beckenham Junction 12/13 12/14
12 Bickley Jn 12/19 12/19
17 Swanley 12/25 12/25
26 Sole Street 12/34 12/34
30 Cuxton Road 12/38 12/39
33 Rochester Bridge Jn 12/42 12/43
34 Chatham 12/44 12/45
44 Sittingbourne 12/56 12/57
52 Faversham 13/03 13/04
62 Herne Bay 13/16 13/16
74 Margate 13.28a ~ 13.50d 13.26 ~ 13.50
79 Ramsgate 14/02 14/02
92 Deal 14/18 14/19
? Kearnsey Loop Jn 14/33 14/33
? Deal Jn 14/36 14/34
105 Shepherds Well 14L44a ~ 15L10d 14.42 ~ ??.??
107 Eythorne 15.20a ~ 15.30d ?
108 Shepherds Well 15.40a ~ 15.55d ?
112 Kearnsey 16/01 ?
114 Dover Priory 16/06 ?
115 Dover Marine 16.10a ~ 16.25d ?
121 Folkestone Jn 16L37a ~ 16L47d ?
122 Folkestone Harbour 16.52a ~ 17.05d ?
123 Folkestone Jn 17L10a ~ 17L26d ??.?? ~ 17.29
129 Dover Priory 17/37 17/42
145 Canterbury East 18/01 18/05
154 Faversham 18/13 18/18
162 Sittingbourne 18/20 18/24
172 Chatham 18.31a ~ 18.37d 18.38 ~ 18.41
173 Rochester Bridge Jn 18/40 18/45
179 Sole Street 18/51 18/56
188 Swanley 19/00 19/06
194 Bickley Jn 19/06 19/14
196 Shortlands 19/09 19/18
201 Nunhead 19/18 19/26
20 Cambria Jn 19/23 19/30
207 Holborn Viaduct 19.32a 19.39


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