15th September 1963
The Scottish Belle (3)
|Locos Used||27 (31027), 55 (32655), CR 123, LSWR 120, 473 (32473) & 488 (30583)|
|123 + 120||London Victoria - East Croydon - Stoats Nest Jn - Star Lane - Earlswood - Haywards Heath (2)|
|488 + 473||(2) Haywards Heath - Ardingley - Horsted Keynes|
|27 (1)||Horsted Keynes - Sheffield Park|
|55 (1)||Sheffield Park - Horsted Keynes|
|473 + 488||Horsted Keynes - Haywards Heath|
|123 + 120||Haywards Heath - Star Lane - East Croydon - London Victoria|
(1) 473 & 488 on rear.
(2) Originally uploaded as going to/from Brighton, Chris Totty believes the train only went as far as Haywards Heath, the locos from London then going on to Brighton for servicing/turning.
(3) There has been some debate regarding the tour name however the Webmaster believes this was correctly named 'The Scottish Belle', despite the train carrying 'The Blue Belle' headboard - it is reported that this same headboard was carried on several similar trains of the period, all of which had other names (e.g. 'Spring Belle' of 31/03/63).
Sources : Terry Jackson, Mike Morant & Chris
(all photos: Mike Morant Collection)
488 & 473 plus 123 & 120 at Haywards Heath.
123 & 120 at Purley Oaks, the former with a tender of white-painted coal!
From the Andrew Fairholm ticket collection.
From The John Debens Ticket Collection.
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