23rd January 1988

Southern Electric Group
Coastway Express

Locos Used 73116 & 73121
Stock Used 72630+72715+72631+72610+72705+72607+72606+72703+72611+68500

Route : 1Z20 throughout (3)

Loco(s) Route
73116 + 73121 London Waterloo - Clapham Junction - Barnes - Richmond - Feltham Jn - Staines - Wokingham - Reading - Basingstoke - Winchester - Eastleigh - (via Eastleigh Depot Loop) - Eastleigh
73121 + 73116 (4) Eastleigh - Botley - Fareham - Bedenham
73116 + 73121 Bedenham - Fareham - Sig E283
73121 + 73116 (4) Sig. E283 - Fareham - Cosham - Farlington Jn - Chichester - Hove - Haywards Heath
73116 + 73121 Haywards Heath - Lewes - Seaford
73121 + 73116 (4) Seaford - Lewes
73116 + 73121 Lewes - Eastbourne
73121 + 73116 (4) Eastbourne - Bexhill - Bopeep Jn - Hastings - Rye - Appledore - Ashford - Maidstone East - Otford Jn - Swanley - Bickley Jn - Shortlands Jn - Herne Hill - Brixton - Factory Jn - Longhedge Jn - Clapham Jn - Point Pleasant Jn - East Putney - Wimbledon - New Malden - Strawberry Hill - Richmond - Barnes - Clapham Junction - (6) London Waterloo

Notes :
(1) The tour was scheduled to return from Hastings to London by the '1066 route' (i.e. Hastings - Battle - Wadhurst - Tunbridge Wells - Tonbridge then via Sevenoaks to Otford Jn) but the clearance of the class 488 stock for this line had not been completed so the train was re-routed via Appledore to Ashford, Maidstone East, rejoining the original booked route at Otford Jn.
(2) Nick Lawford (the train manager) comments : There were a few more complexities before the train ran. First of all, when it was planned, it was to have been one EDL + 2x3car GAT sets (488/3) + GLV and we fully booked the train on that basis. In the standard class that meant we had - at the time of planning - 6x56 seats = 336. But quite close to the train running, 488/3 stock was reduced to 48 seats per car when they replaced some seats with more luggage racks (as LH TSO they had 64 seats, they were first altered to 56 on conversion to GAT stock, then to 48). This meant we had lost a total of 48 seats, but we had already sold them. The solution was to add a 3rd 488/3 i.e. now we had 9 trailer coaches (and we could sell more seats) + GLV. This made the train too heavy for 1 EDL for the diesel sections. So the 2nd EDL was diagrammed. This made for further complexities. SR third rail trains have a current limit, and 2xEDL is the normal maximum. A special instruction had to be issued for the GLV to be cut out, normally it is motored, but for this train acted only as a driving trailer, not drawing power. Even so, there are places where 2x73 may not go on electric traction, and Seaford is one of them. So in addition to the non electrified sections on diesel running, we were booked - and got - Newhaven to Seaford on diesel. The bit about Mk.2 being banned between Hastings and Tonbridge was only 'discovered' on the Thursday, just 2 days before the train ran. Diversion via Rye was the only escape route, which meant even more diesel running.
(3) Working instructions issued for the Eastleigh depot loop, Bedenham branch and Fareham shunt movement showed the headcode as 1Z09.
(4) Locomotives propelling.
(5) LASERman comments: Timings from Hastings onwards were provided on a separate sheet superseding those in the main tour itinerary and included a note to the effect that a Class 33 locomotive would be attached at Eastbourne and work to Ashford where it would be detached. On the day this didn’t happen and the EDLs worked on diesel power propelling with much slipping in heavy rain up Ore bank causing the rear coach (where I was seated) to vibrate violently as a result of the combined slipping and full thrash from the locomotive’s diesel engines.
(6) Locos 'gapped' over pointwork on the approach to Waterloo.


From Andrew Fairholm's ticket collection.

Sources : Paul Griffin (on the train from Basingstoke to Fareham only),
Nick Lawford (Train Manager) & LASERman

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Greg Beecroft, LASERman & John Broderick)

M.C Location Booked Actual
0.00 Waterloo 08.05d [WSL] 08.07˝ [P13]
2.50 Queenstown Road 08/10˝ [WSL] ?
3.74 Clapham Junction 08.13a ~ 08.14d 08.15 ~ 08.17 [P6]
7.07 Barnes 08/19 08/21˝
9.57 Richmond 08.23a ~ 08.24d 08.25 ~ 08.27˝
11.22 Twickenham 08/28 08/30˝
13.35 Feltham Jn 08/31 08/33
19.02 Staines 08/38 08/38˝
23.15 Virginia Water 08/45 08/45
28.79 Ascot 08/51 08/52
36.51 Wokingham 09/02 09/02˝
40.44 Earley 09/10 ?
? Reading Spur Jn ? 09/13˝
? Reading New Jn ? 09.15 ~ 09.25
43.36 Reading 09.27a ~ 09.29d 09.27˝ ~ 09.36˝
45.20 Southcote Jn 09/34 09/41
58.77 Basingstoke 09.54a ~ 09.55d [SL] 09.58 ~ 09.59
61.37 Worting Jn 09/59 10/02˝
77.55 Winchester 10/12 10/14˝
84.51 Eastleigh 10c19 ~ 10c20 10.21˝ ~ 10.25˝ [P3]
85.20 Eastleigh South Jn 10/23 10.28 ~ 10.29
? Eastleigh T&RSMD ??/?? ?
86.31 Eastleigh 10.36 ~ 10.42 10.40˝ ~ 10.46˝ [P3]
87.00 Eastleigh South Jn 10/45 ?
92.37 Botley 10/55 10/57
103.55 Fareham 11.05 ~ 11.07 11.07 ~ 11.09 [UL]
100.36 Bedenham 11.17 ~ 11.30 11.31 ~ 11.39
103.55 Fareham 11.40 ~ 12.03 ~ 12.09˝ [UL]
? Sig E283 (Fareham Jn) ? 12.11˝ ~ 12.12 [Botley Line?]
103.55 Fareham ~ 11.50 12.13 ~ 12.14 [DL]
109.70 Cosham 12/00 12/22˝
110.43 Farlington Jn 12/07 ?
113.40 Havant 12c13 ~ 12c14 12.29 ~ 12.29˝
122.30 Chichester 12/23 12/42˝
128.52 Barnham 12/29 ?
132.00 Arundel Jn 12/34 12/53
140.35 Worthing 12/43 13/08˝
149.46 Hove 12/53 13.19˝ ~ 13.23 [P2]
151.01 Preston Park 12/56 13/26˝
159.33 Keymer Jn 13/04 13/34
162.43 Haywards Heath 13.07 ~ 13.12 13.40 ~ 13.45˝ [P4]
165.53 Keymer Jn 13/16 13/50
174.58 Lewes 13/26 14.00 ~ 14.00˝
175.75 Southerham Jn 13/28 14/04
181.35 Newhaven Harbour 13/34 14/11˝
183.61 Seaford 13.44a ~ 13.55d 14.18 ~ 14.25 [P2]
186.07 Newhaven Harbour 13/34 14/30
191.47 Southerham Jn 14/08 14/38˝
192.64 Lewes 14.11a ~ 14.20d [Loop] 14.41 ~ 14.42˝ [P2]
194.01 Southerham Jn 14/23 14/45˝
206.62 Hampden Park 14/37 15/00˝
208.60 Eastbourne 14.40a ~ 15.31d 15.04 ~ 15.41 [P1]
210.58 Hampden Park 15/34 15/44˝
212.64 Pevensey & Westham 15/38 15/50
222.53 Bopeep Jn 15/50 16/00˝
See alternative tabulation below for original planned route & distances, this was superseded
by the continuation of the timings in this table as the stock had not been cleared for the
original planned route via Battle & Tunbridge Wells.
224.17 Hastings 15.54˝ ~ 15.55 16.03˝ ~ 16.54 [P3]
? Ore 15/57˝ 16/58
? Rye 16/12 17/15˝
? Appledore 16/21 17.26˝ ~ 17.27
? Ashford 16.34 ~ 16.44 17.42 ~ 17.46˝ [P2]
? Maidstone East 17/05 18/10
? Otford Jn 17/22 18/27˝
? Swanley 17/30 [SL] 18/38˝
? St Mary Cray Jn 17/34˝ 18/40
? Bickley Jn 17/35 18/41
? Bromley South ? 18.44 ~ 18.45˝
? Shortlands Jn 17/38 ?
? Herne Hill 17/45 18/53˝
? Brixton 17/46˝ [SL] 18/55
? Factory Jn 17/49 18/58
? Longhedge Jn 17/51 18/59˝
? Clapham Junction 17.56a ~ 17.57d [SL] 19.03˝ ~ 19.07˝ [P6]
? Point Pleasant Jn 18/00 19/10˝
? East Putney 18/00 19/10˝
? Wimbledon Park 18/13 ?
? Wimbledon 18/18 [SL] 19.18˝ ~ 19.19˝
? Raynes Park 18/21 ?
? New Malden 18/24 19/27
? Kingston 18/29 19/32
? Teddington 18/32 19/34˝
? Strawberry Hill 18/35 19/35˝
? Twickenham 18/41 [FL] 19/38 [SL]
? Richmond 18.45a ~ 18.46d 19.43 ~ 19.43˝
? Barnes 18/52 [SL] 19/48
? Clapham Junction 18.57 ~ 18.58 19.52 ~ 19.55˝ [P3]
? West Crossings ? 20.01˝ ~ 20.03˝ [UMRL]

(1)

Waterloo 19.06a 20.05˝ [P11]

Notes :
(1) John Broderick suggests the distance from Hastings to Waterloo by the above routing was 108m 15ch and thus the total tour distance was 332m 32ch, however this is unconfirmed (and does not allow for the reversal at Fareham Jn sig. E283 on returning from Bedenham, rather than at the station as shown in the timing sheet).

Original tour itinerary timings & distances from Hastings (superseded by those above);

M.C Location Booked
224.17 Hastings 15.55a ~ 16.13d
225.61 Bopeep JN 16/18
231.04 Battle 16/26
? Mountfield Tunnel 16/30
237.03 Robertsbridge 16/31
247.27 Wadhurst 16/42
? Strawberry Hill Tunnel 16/46
252.18 Tunbridge Wells 16/48
? Wells Tunnel Jn 16/50
? Somerhill Tunnel 16/54
257.08 Tonbridge 16/56
264.41 Sevenoaks 17/06
266.57 Otford Jn 17/10
273.79 Swanley 17/18
278.13 St Mary Cray Jn 17/22
278.72 Bickley Jn 17/23
281.53 Shortlands Jn 17/28
287.34 Herne Hill 17/37
288.16 Brixton 17/38
289.49 Factory Jn 17/41
290.06 Longhedge Jn 17/43
291.14 Clapham Junction 17.46a ~ 17.47d
292.29 Point Pleasant Jn 17/50
293.00 East Putney 17/57
294.70 Wimbledon Park 18/01
295.67 Wimbledon 18/07
297.19 Raynes Park 18/10
298.30 New Malden 18/13
300.57 Kingston 18/18
302.22 Teddington 18/21
303.33 Strawberry Hill 18/24
304.33 Twickenham 18/27
305.78 Richmond 18.32a ~ 18.33d
308.48 Barnes 18/40
311.61 Clapham Junction 18.45a ~ 18.46d
315.55 Waterloo 18.55a


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