18th October 1998

Southern Electric Group
The Atlantic Coast Express

Stock Used LUL Bakerloo Line Stock 3236+4236+4336+3336+3436+4536+3536

Route :

Route
Stonebridge Park - Willesden Jn - Queen's Park - Kilburn High Road (Up Platform)
Kilburn High Road - Queen's Park - Willesden Junction [P3] (Down DC Electric)
Willesden Junction - Queen's Park - Paddington - Baker Street - Waterloo - London Road Depot (No. 13 Road)

London Road Depot - Waterloo - Baker Street [P9] - (Bakerloo to Jubilee) - Finchley Road [P2] - Neasden - Wembley Park - Stanmore Sidings No. 32 Road

Stanmore Sidings - Wembley Park - Neasden [P3]
Neasden - (Southbound Jubilee to Northbound Metropolitan) - Wembley Park [P1] - (Northbound Fast to Northbound Main) - Harrow-on-the-Hill [P1]
Harrow-on the-Hill [P2] - (Southbound Main to Northbound Main) - Moor Park - Watford South Jn - (Northbound to Southbound Platform) - Rickmansworth [P2]
Rickmansworth - Watford [P2]
Watford - Rickmansworth [P1]
Rickmansworth - (Northbound Platform to Southbound Metropolitan) - Watford South Jn (via Southbound Local) - Northwood - Harrow-on-the-Hill [P6]
Harrow-on-the-Hill - (Southbound Local to Westbound Uxbridge) - Rayners Lane - Ruislip Siding
Ruislip Siding - Ruislip Depot No. 70 Road (to Points of No.64 Road)
Ruislip Depot - Ruislip Siding
Ruislip Siding - Rayners Lane - Harrow-on-the-Hill [P5] - (Southbound Local to Southbound Fast) - Wembley Park [P6] - (Southbound Metropolitan to Southbound Jubilee) - Neasden [P3] - Finchley Road - Baker Street [P7] - (Southbound Jubilee to Southbound Bakerloo) - Waterloo - Lambeth North Southbound [P2]
Lambeth North - Waterloo - Regents Park - Queen's Park - Stonebridge Park

"Atlantic Coast Express": an ingenious connection with the famous SR named train, the link being poet John Betjeman. Amongst his works are 'Middlesex' (Gaily into Ruislip Gardens runs the red electric train.....) , 'The Metropolitan Railway' , 'Harrow-on-the-Hill' (When melancholy autumn comes to Wembley  and electric trains are lighted after tea.....) and his television portrait of  'Metroland'.  Betjeman was also a great lover of Cornwall and is buried in St Enodoc, near Padstow, the destination of the original 'ACE'

Source : Robin Addison (on the train from Stonebridge Park to Regents Park)
and Alan Sheppard (on the train throughout)

Timings (Booked and Actual)
(from Robin Addison)

Location Booked Actual
Stonebridge Park [P1] 09.59d 10.24
Willesden Jn [P1] 10/03 10/28
Queen's Park [P1] ??.??a ~ 10.10d 10/33
Kilburn High Road [Up DC][S] 10.12a  ~  10.21d 10.34  ~  10.45
Queen's Park [P4] 10/23 10/47
Willesden Jn [P3] 10.29a  ~  10.31d 10.52  ~  10.54
Queen's Park [P2] 10/42 11/00
Paddington [P4] 10/48 11/07
Baker Street [P8] 10/52 11/11
Oxford Circus [P3] 10/56 11/14
Piccadilly Circus [P2] 10/58 11/15
Waterloo [P4] 11/02 11/19
London Road Depot (Road 13) 11.09a  ~  11.16d 11.26  ~  11.35
Waterloo [P3] 11/22 11/42
Piccadilly Circus [P1] 11/26 11/47
Oxford Circus [P4] 11/28 11/49
Baker Street [P9] 11/32 11/54
Finchley Road [P2] 11/43 12/01
West Hampstead [P1] 11/45 12/02
Willesden Green [P2] 11/49 12/06
Neasden [P2] 11/52 12/10
Wembley Park [P3] 11/57 12/15
Canons Park [P1] 12/06 12/23
Stanmore Sidings No 32 Road 12.16a  ~  12.39d 12.32  ~  12.43
Canons Park [P2] 12/49 12/46
Wembley Park [P4] 12/56 12/56
Neasden [P3] 12.59a  ~  13.01d 12.58  ~  12.59
Wembley Park [P1] 13.04a  ~  13.19d 13.02  ~  13.18
Harrow-on-the-Hill [P1] 13.24a ~ ECS 13.28 ~ ECS
Harrow-on-the-Hill [P2] ECS ~ 1510d ECS ~ 15.10
Moor Park  [P1] 15/20 15/19
Watford South Jn 15/22 15/21
Rickmansworth [P2] 15.24a  ~  15.27d 15.28  ~  15.30
Watford [P2] 15.35a  ~  15.53d 15.38  ~  15.54
Rickmansworth [P1] 16.01a  ~  16.03 16.00  ~  16.01
Watford South Jn 16/05 16/04
Northwood [P2] 16/10 16/09
Harrow-on-the-Hill [P6] 1621a  ~  1632d 1615  ~  1632
Rayners Lane [P1] 16/36 16/37
Ruislip Siding 16.46a  ~  16.48d 16.46  ~  16.47
Rusilip Depot (No.70 Road) 16.58a  ~  17.05d 16.56  ~  17.06
Ruislip Siding 17.15a  ~  17.19d 17.13  ~  17.20
Ruislip [P2] 17/22 17/23
Ruislip Manor [P2] 17.24a  ~  17.30d 1725a  ~  1730d  PS
Rayners Lane [P2] 17/35 17/34
Harrow-on-the-Hill [P5] 17/39 17/39
Wembley Park [P6] 17.43a  ~  17.50d 17.47  ~  17.52
Neasden [P3] 17/53 17/57
Willesden Green [P3] 17/57 18/00
West Hampstead [P2] 18/01 18/02
Finchley Road [P3] 18/02 18/05
Baker Street [P7] 18/09 18/14
Oxford Circus [P3] 18/12 18/17
Piccadilly Circus [P2] 18/14 18/19
Waterloo [P4] 18/18 18/24
Lambeth North [P2] 18.20a  ~  18.21d 18.27  ~  18.28
Waterloo [P3] 18/22   18/30
Piccadilly Circus [P1] 18/26 18/34
Oxford Circus [P4] 18/28 18/36
Regents Park [P1] 1831a 18.38a ~ 18.39d
Baker Street [P9] 18/32 18/40
Paddington [P3] 18/36 18/44
Queen's Park [P3] 18.45a 18.54 ~ 18.54 (1)
Willesden Jn [P3] 18/50 19/07
Stonebridge Park [P2] 18.55a 19.11

Key;
(1) Signal Stop at Queens Park Shed 18.55a ~ 19.03d

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