4th January 1969

The Bulleid Pacific P.S. / L.C.G.B.
The Sussex
Venturer Rail Tour

Locos Used 6565 & 20001
Stock Used booked for load 9 BR stock: BSK, 2x SO, RB, SO, BG, 2x SO, BSK

Route :

Loco(s) Route
20001 London Waterloo - Queens Road - Clapham Junction - Twickenham - Teddington - Kingston - New Malden - Wimbledon
20001 Wimbledon - Merton Park - Mitcham Junction - Waddon Marsh - West Croydon - Norwood Junction
6565 Norwood Junction - East Croydon - Sanderstead - Oxted - Edenbridge Town - Ashurst Jn - Groombridge - Tunbridge Wells West
6565 Tunbridge Wells West - Groombridge - Birchden Jn - Eridge - Uckfield - Lewes
20001 Lewes - Polegate - Stone Cross Jn - Bexhill Central - Hastings
20001 Hastings - (reverse of outward route) - Lewes
6565 Lewes - Seaford
20001 (1) Seaford - Newhaven Harbour
6565 (2) Newhaven Harbour - Quayside platform
20001 Newhaven Harbour (Quayside platform) - Lewes - Plumpton - Haywards Heath - Three Bridges - Quarry line - East Croydon - Selhurst - Clapham Junction - Battersea Park - London Victoria (E)

Notes :
(1) 6565 on rear.
(2) 20001 on rear.
(3) John Clifford comments : As far as I am aware this was the last tour to visit the Uckfield - Lewes section and was certainly the last tour and passenger train to go over the Polegate - Stone Cross Jn line.

Sources : John Clifford (on the train throughout), John Broderick & Kevin Driscoll

Photo Review


20001 at Newhaven Harbour (photo: The Mike Morant Collection)


From Andrew Fairholm's ticket collection.


Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from John Clifford, John Broderick & The Bluebell Railway Museum)

M.C Location Booked Actual
0.00 Waterloo 09.16d [WTL] 09.22
2.50 Queens Road 09/21 [WLL] 09/27
7.04 Barnes 09/27 09/35
11.20 Twickenham 09/35 09/47
13.33 Teddington 09/39 09/52
17.22 New Malden 09/46 [TL] 10/03
19.50 Wimblon "C" SB 09/51 10.06a ~ 10.17d
19.66 Wimbledon 09.54a ~ 10.10d [P9] 10.25 ~ 10.48
20.45 Merton Park 10/17 10.55a ~ 10.55d
22.18 Mitcham 10/22 11/01
22.75 Mitcham Junction 10/24 11/05
23.51 Beddington Lane Halt 10/26 11/08
24.74 Waddon Marsh Halt 10/29 11/12
26.08 West Croydon 10/32 11/16
27.67 Norwood Junction 10L36 ~ 10L47 [TL] 11.24 ~ 11.35
28.79 Windmill Bridge Jn 10/50 [RVL] 11/38
29.40 East Croydon 10/51 11/39
30.32 South Croydon 10/53 11.41 ~ 11.49
31.35 Sanderstead 10/55 11/53
39.39 Oxted 11/07 12/05
40.49 Hurst Green Jn 11/09 12/07
46.42 Hever 11/18 12/13
51.22 Ashurst 11/25 12/17
52.72 Ashurst Jn 11/27 12/28
53.65 Groombridge 11/29 12/30
56.67 Tunbridge Wells West 11.35 ~ 11.54 12.36 ~ 12.44
59.69 Groombridge 12/00 12/50
60.75 Birchden Jn 12/02 12/53
61.72 Eridge 12/04 12.56 ~ 12.59
65.32 Crowborough 12/10 13.06 ~ 13.09
72.35 Uckfield 12/20 13/20
75.26 Isfield 12p25a ~ 12p33d 13.24 ~ 13.30
77.28 Barcombe Mills 12p37a ~ 12p46d 13.24 ~ 13.42
81.05 Lewes 12L54a ~ 13L10d 13.49 ~ 13.58
81.67 Southerham Jn 13/13 14/01
92.58 Polegate 13/24 14/11
94.44 Stone Cross Jn 13/27 14/13
102.71 Bexhill Central 13/39 14/24
105.78 Bopeep Jn 13/43 14/28
107.42 Hastings 13.47a ~ 13.57d 14.31 ~ 14.47
109.06 Bopeep Jn 14/01 14/52
112.13 Bexhill Central 14/06 14/56
120.40 Stone Cross Jn 14/17 15/04
122.26 Polegate 14/21 15/14
133.17 Southerham Jn 14/33 15/29
133.79 Lewes 14.35a ~ 14.46d 15.32 ~ 15.39
134.61 Southerham Jn 14/49 15/41
142.71 Seaford 15L03a ~ 15L30d 15.55 ~ 16.03
145.19 Newhaven Harbour 15.35a ~ 15.38d
[branch platform]
16.10 ~ 16.12
145.33 Newhaven Harbour Quayside 15L40a ~ 16L40d [P2] 16.14 ~ 16.41
151.30 Southerham Jn 16/49 16/49
152.12 Lewes 16/51 16/51
161.19 Keymer Jn 17/03 17/02
164.30 Haywards Heath 17/07 17/06
170.37 Balcombe Tunnel SB 17/14 [TL] 17/12
172.67 Three Bridges 17/17 17/14
180.40 Earlswood 17/24 [QL] 17/21
187.29 Coulsdon North 17/31 [LL] 17/27
192.28 Windmill Bridge Jn 17/37 [TL] 17/33
196.20 Streatham Jn 17/42 17/38
197.43 Balham Jn 17/43 17/39
199.55 Clapham Junction 17/46 [LL] 17/43
202.32 Victoria (E) 17.52a [P2] 17.54


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