3rd September 1988

Sothern Electric Group
The Coupled Crompton

Locos Used 33051, 33112 & 33209

Route : 1Z33 (S.R. Headcode: 33) throughout

Locos Route
33209 + 33051 + 33112 (1) Clapham Junction (Windsor Lines) - Barnes - Hounslow - Richmond - Twickenham - Clapham Junction (Windsor Lines) (1)
33209 + 33051 + 33112 Clapham Junction - Longhedge Jn - Factory Jn - Brixton - Cambria Jn - Nunhead - Lewisham - Hither Green - Sidcup - Dartford - Hoo Jn - Grain (2)
33112 + 33051 + 33209 Grain - Hoo Jn - Gravesend
33209 + 33051 + 33112 Gravesend - Strood - Gillingham - Faversham - Margate - Ramsgate - Minster - Canterbury West - Ashford - Headcorn - Tonbridge - Redhill
33112 + 33051 + 33209 Redhill - Earlswood - Haywards Heath - Keymer Jn - Preston Park - Hove - Worthing - Arundel Jn - Barnham - Chichester - Havant - Farlington Jn - Cosham - Fareham - Eastleigh - Winchester - Worting Jn - Basingstoke - Woking - Hampton Court Jn - Surbiton - ('via passenger loop') - Clapham Junction

Notes :
(1) This was an E.C.S. working to turn the stock that was made available to railtour passengers.
(2) To Grain old station.
(3) Route confirmation required; above is from booked timings. Route map in the tour itinerary shows the train routed direct from Surbiton via Wimbledon & Earlsfield to Clapham Junction however as originally uploaded the train was given as terminating in the Windsor Lines platforms thus route clarification is particularly required after Surbiton.

Sources : Nick Lawford, PRAR & John Broderick

Tour Review

This originally appeared in the SEG Magazine Live Rail and is reproduced here with their consent.

Officially starting at 08.33, the 'Coupled Crompton' railtour got off to an early start at just after 08.00 by a trip from Clapham Junction via the Hounslow loop & Richmond in order to turn the complete train. Headed by 33209, 33051 'Isle of Grain' and 33112 'Templecombe', 1Z23 proper commenced at 08.47, displaying headcode '33' (what else?) and adorned with a specially designed headboard. Routed via Sidcup, the first destination was Grain, with the tour stopping as usual in the old platforms. After running round, a BP heavy shunter drew alongside the 33s for photographs and exchange of horn blowing before retreating back to its yard. SEG Railtour officer to note that this loco has train air brake equipment!

Running round the Cunard boat train set at Gravesend caused a problem as 33209's coupling could only be unscrewed with great difficulty. The route onward from here was dictated largely by lines available to three 33s in multiple, running via Gillingham and Faversham to Margate. Here an extended photo stop was taken to view various greenery on display at the open day, in the shape of 4L 203001, 4 Sub 4732 and Deltic D9000. Other exhibits included 47207 with TPO stock and a de-icing unit. Departure was at 13.08 (20 minutes late), the tour continuing through Canterbury West and Headcorn to Redhill, then following reversal, via Hove and West Coastway to Eastleigh.

Departure from Eastleigh was exactly right-time at 17.17, and the fast running from there was equal to any Rep(!?), with the 91mph achieved on the upgraded from Winchester not too surprising with 4650 horse power available! Arrival at Clapham Junction was no less that 24 minutes early (is this a record? - No Ed), and yet another unique SEG railtour came to an end.

Thanks go to BR, BP, Mark Alden (who painted the headboard) and to the usual SEG crew - Tony Sheppard, Stuart Hicks, Alam Holmewood, Ian Mayoh, Brian Moss, Greg Beecroft (who produced the itinerary) and your reporter.

Timings (Booked Only)
(from Greg Beecroft & John Broderick)

M.C Location Booked
0.00 Clapham Junction 08.33d
1.06 Longhedge Jn 08/39
1.45 Factory Jn 08/42
2.78 Brixton Jn 08/45
3.54 Cambria Jn 08/46
5.61 Nunhead 08/50
7.47 Lewisham 08/54
8.06 Hither Green 08/59
13.43 Sidcup 09/06
18.35 Dartford Jn 09/12
18.62 Dartford 09/13
25.25 Gravesend 09/22
30.11 Hoo Jn 09.32a ~ 09.33d [Sig. D12]
39.62 Grain 09.33a ~ 10.18d
(arrival time shown on itinerary
as 09.33, obviously wrong)
49.03 Hoo Jn 10.45a ~ 10.46d [Sig. D12]
53.79 Gravesend 10.56a ~ 11.14d
61.15 Strood 11/24
61.38 Rochester Bridge Jn 11/25
64.32 Gillingham 11/31
70.01 Newington 11p38a ~ 11p56d
73.16 Sittingbourne 12/00
80.34 Faversham 12/06
? Herne Bay 12/17
102.24 Margate 12p28a ~ 12p48d
107.56 Ramsgate 12/56
111.59 Minster 13/00
123.52 Canterbury West 13/13
137.70 Ashford 13/28
148.59 Headcorn 13/38
159.14 Paddock Wood 13/47
164.37 Tonbridge ??.??a ~ 13.55d
173.50 Edenbridge 14p08a ~ 14p16d
184.13 Redhill 14.29a ~ 14.43d
185.08 Earlswood 14/45 [FL]
190.15 Gatwick Airport 14/50
? Balcombe Tunnel Jn 14/54
201.27 Haywards Heath 15.01a ~ 15.09d [P1]
204.35 Keymer Jn 15/13
212.69 Preston Park 15/22
214.14 Hove 15/26 [P1]
223.25 Worthing 15/44
231.58 Arundel Jn 15/59
235.06 Barnham 16/04
241.28 Chichester 16/11
250.18 Havant 16.29a ~ 16.38d
253.15 Farlington Jn 16/40
? Cosham 16/42
260.40 Fareham 16/50
271.24 Eastleigh 17p07a ~ 17p17d
288.20 Winchester 17/27
305.38 Worting Jn 17/43
307.79 Basingstoke 17/50
321.46 Woking 18.11a ~ 18.16d [FL]
332.42 Hampton Court Jn 18/28
333.66 Surbiton 18/29
343.19 Clapham Junction 18.40a


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