25th January 1959
The Portsmouth Direct Line Centenarian
|Locos Used||30350 & 30567|
|30567||London Victoria - Stewarts Lane - Pouparts Jn - Balham - Wimbledon - Clandon - Guildford|
|30350||Guildford - Jn with mainline - Godalming (old station)|
|30350 (2)||Godalming (old station) - Jn with mainline|
|30350||Jn with mainline - Havant - Fareham|
|30350||Fareham - Gosport|
|30350||Gosport - Fareham|
|30350||Fareham - Havant - Guildford|
|30350 (3)||Guildford - Woking - Chertsey - Staines Central - Richmond - Clapham Junction - Stewarts Lane - London Victoria|
(1) This seven coach tour (including two Pullmans) ran to celebrate the centenary of the Portsmouth Direct route. Train was 90 minutes late back into London Victoria.
(2) Loco propelling.
(3) Contemporary reports list the leg back from Guildford as being hauled by 30567 however David Pearson who was on the train believes from memory that 30567 was only used on the outward leg, 30350 hauling the train for the rest of the day.
Sources : John Clifford, David Hills & David Pearson
30350 at Godalming Goods - terminus of the line before the Portsmouth
direct line was opened (photo: David Pearson)
Further on the journey - 30350 at Havant (photo: David Pearson)
Running round the train at Gosport using the triangle which formed the
junction with the former Stokes Bay branch (photo: David Pearson)
From David Pearson's ticket collection.
From The John Debens Ticket Collection.
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