14th August 1955
and Travel Society (London Branch)
The Wealden Limited
Tour had been postponed from 12th June 1955 due to an ASLEF strike.
|Locos Used||31019, 31048, 31177, 31737, 31764, 32411 (4) & 32426 'St Alban's Head' & 41291|
|31019 (2)||London Victoria - Nunhead - Lewisham - New Beckenham - Beckenham Junction - Swanley - Otford - Sevenoaks - Tonbridge|
|31177 + 31048||Tonbridge - Paddock Wood - Hawkhurst|
|31048 + 31177||Hawkhurst - Paddock Wood - Tonbridge|
|31019 + 31737||Tonbridge - Tunbridge Wells Central - Etchingham - Battle - Hastings|
|31764||Hastings - Stone Cross Jn - Polegate - Lewes|
|32426 (3)||Lewes - Culver Jn - Sheffield Park - Horsted Keynes - East Grinstead (LL) - Oxted - East Croydon - Forest Hill - New Cross Gate|
|32411 (4)||New Cross Gate - Peckham Rye - Battersea Park - London Victoria|
(1) Tour was postponed from 12th June 1955 due to an ASLEF strike (tickets were stamped with the actual running date on the back).
(2) Banked by 41291 from London Victoria to Grosvenor Bridge.
(3) Banked by 31764 along Lewes platform.
(4) The book 'Vintage Railtours (RCTS - 1954-1969)' does not list loco 32411 as having been used on this tour. Originally uploaded as 32416 but since corrected by Graham Stacey, photographic evidence has also been seen by the Webmaster showing 32411 taking over at New Cross Gate for the run to Victoria (though the smokebox number was obscured by the headboard, notes with the photo state the loco to be 32411).
Sources : John Clifford & David Davis (compiled from
Graham Stacey, Andrew Fairholm & 'Vintage Railtours (RCTS - 1954-1969)' (by Gavin Morrison, published by Silver Link Publishing)
31019 waits to leave London Victoria (photo: The John Debens Collection)
Hawkhurst: coach S1018S in the formation (The Bob Mitchell Collection)
The Pullman buffet car in the formation (photo: The John Debens Collection)
31177 at Tonbridge (photo: The John Debens Collection)
31048 & 31177 at Hawkhurst (photo: The John Debens Collection)
31737 & 31019 at an unknown location (The Bob Mitchell Collection)
31764 on arrival at Lewes (photo: The John Debens Collection)
32426 at Horsted Keynes (photo: The Jim Porter Collection)
Another shot at Horsted Keynes (photo: The John Debens Collection)
32411 takes over at New Cross Gate (photo: The John Debens Collection)
Coach destination board (photo: The John Debens Collection)
From Andrew Fairholm's ticket collection.
Timings (Booked Only)
(from John Debens)
|29.06||Sevenoaks (Tubs Hill)||12.08 ~ 12.14||12.05½ ~ 12.14½|
|36.41||Tonbridge||12.26 ~ 12.36|
|41.64||Paddock Wood||12.45 ~ 12.58||? ~ 12.57|
|53.21||Hawkhurst||13.25 ~ 13.50||13.25 ~ ?|
|64.58||Paddock Wood||14.15 ~ 14.17||14/26|
|70.01||Tonbridge||14.26 ~ 14.39||14.34 ~ 14.40|
|74.71||Tunbridge Wells Central||14/50||14/52½|
|102.76||Hastings||15.37 ~ 15.50||15.34 ~ 15.49½|
|129.33||Lewes||16.38 ~ 16.56||16.37 ~ 16.56|
|137.16||Newick & Chailey||17/12|
|143.40||Horsted Keynes||17.26 ~ 17.36|
|149.68||East Grinstead (L.L.)||17/52|
|156.45||Crowhurst North Jn||18/03|
|170.09||Windmill Bridge Jn||18/30|
|177.04||New Cross Gate||18.51a ~ 19.16d||18.50 ~ ?|
|177.65||Old Kent Road Jn||19/22|
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