12th April 1961

Ian Allan
(Ashford & Eastleigh Works - re-run)

Locos Used 30117, 30910 (2), 30913 & 31749

Route :

Loco(s) Route
30117 + 31749 London Charing Cross - Maidstone East - Ashford
30117 + 31749 Ashford - Tonbridge - Redhill
30910 (2) Redhill - Guildford - Woking
30913 Woking - Eastleigh - Eastleigh Works
30913 Eastleigh - (via SW mainline) - London Charing Cross

Notes :
(1) Paul Cooper comments: A memorable day. This Ian Allan tour was a re-run of the over-subscribed trip of the 5th April. Motive power was 30117 and 31749 Charing Cross to Ashford and same duo to Redhill where there was an engine change to a Schools to Woking . We changed engines again here for another Schools class, 30913, to Eastleigh. Train went into the works sidings. Same motive power up the SW main line back to London Waterloo (it definitely didn’t go back via Ashford). As an 11 year old arriving home that night I was amazed to hear from my parents that the BBC news were reporting the USSR was the first nation to put an astronaut in space that day – one Yuri Gagarin.
(2) Dick Franklin queries the identity of the Schools class loco used between Reading and Woking; he comments: I was on the above tour and I'm not convinced the Schools we had from Redhill to Woking was 30910. In my notebook I have ringed 30909 and 30913 which tells me those were the two Schools we had. 30910 was one of the Schools I never even saw so that makes me more convinced it was '09.

Sources : Trevor Machell, Paul Cooper & Keith Jaggers

Photo Review

30117 & 31749 are caught on film at Ashford (photo: Pete Joels)

This shot of 30117 & 31749 was also taken at Ashford (photo: Paul Cooper)

31749 at Ashford prior to working to Redhill (photo: Dr Christopher Fifield)

From The John Debens Ticket Collection.

Timings (Booked Only)
(from Dick Franklin)

Location Booked
Charing Cross 08.52d
Ashford 10.22a ~ 12.25d
Eastleigh 15.40a ~ 17.00d
Waterloo 18.37a

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