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Performance Bulletin

This is John Rule's log of the "Golden Arrow" VSOE run on 19th May 1996, a round trip from Kensington Olympia via Clapham, Catford, Swanley and the Kent coast to Margate and back via Canterbury, Ashford, Sevenoaks and Penge. The train comprised nine Pullmans, our support coach, the VSOE support coach and the VSOE generator car, totalling 471 tons tare, 483 tons gross. The weather was dry with a fresh southerly wind.

The impressive features are the precise timekeeping on the outward run and the headlong flight across the Weald from Ashford to Tonbridge, where 24 miles were run at the permitted maximum speed of 75 mph.

John Rule comments

"The highest calculable power output was achieved beween Tonbridge and Severnoaks Tunnel, when about 2,183 edhp was sustained for over 3 minutes at about 55mph. (not corrected for wind effect). Indicated horsepower would be about 2,550. This is some way short of the maximum possible for a Merchant navy locomotive in ideal conditions but is an exceptionally good figure for the loco was being driven at full regulator and 35-38% cutoff.. Boiler pressure was between 220 and 250 psi and both injectors were on.

Throughout the day locomotive handling was of the highest order, no excessive blowing off but plenty of steam when required. The locomotive was never driven excessively hard but produced excellent work. Given the restrictions, slacks and checks the running, particularly uphill compares well with that recorded in BR days. A comparison of the performance on the climb to Sevenoaks with the graphs produced when 35020 was tested, suggest that Clan line is in very good shape and it seems likely that she could equal or possibly exceed the highest power outputs recorded by Merchant Navies."
 
 
 

 

Ml dec

Sched.

Actual

Speed

Notes

 

 

mins

min. sec.

mph

 

Kensington 0lympia.

0.00

 

 

 

40sec early start

Latchmore Jn.

2.75

6

6.50

 

 

Longhedge Jn

3.60

9

8.34

 

 

Wandsworth Road

4.17

 

11.26

 

signals

Clapham High St.

4.5

 

13.51

23

 

Denmark Hill

5.94

20

17.58

 

 

Crofton Rd Jn

6.4

21

20.09

 

 

Peckham Rye

6.82

 

21.04

29

 

Nunhead

7.65

24

22.28

34

 

Crofton Park

8.76

 

24.37

37

 

Catford

9.72

 

26.38

19

permanent way slack

Bellingham

10.58

 

29.02

27

 

Beckenham

11.18

 

29.58

38

 

Ravensboume

12.05

 

31.20

37

 

Shortlands Jn

12.50

31

32.05

35

 

Shortlands

12.79

 

32.32

40

 

Bromley South

13.67

 

33.47

42

 

Bickley

14.71

 

35.16

42

 

Bickley Jn

15123

36

35.59

42

 

St. Mary Cray Jn

16.00

 

37.01

48

 

St. Mary Cray

17.50

 

38.50

53

 

Swanley

20.15

42

42.22

37

min. at summit

Farningham Road'

23.29

 

45-55

65

 

Longfield

26.16

 

48.44

54

 

Meopham

28.74

 

52.27

40

 

Sole Street

29.71

54

54.06

31

 

Rochester Br Jn

35.78

64

64.47

28

30 mph pws

Rochester

36.50

66

66.05

36

 

Chatham

37.00

 

67.01

32

 

Gillingham

38.75

71

.-69.57

39

pws

Rainham

41.68

 

74.44

52

 

Newington

44.25

 

77.45

60

 

Sittingbourne

47.50

81

81.31

40/44

 

Teynham

50.74

 

85.03

60

 

Faversham

54.69

88

90.05

29

30 mph pws

Whitstable

61.80

 

98.04

53

50 mph pws

Chestfield

63.28

 

99.40

58161

 

Herne Bay

65.50

100

102.43

22

pws

Birchington

73.50

 

113.10

56

 

Westgate on Sea

75.14

 

114.56

59

 

Margate arr.

76.61

113

117.48

 

water stop

dep.

0

0

0

 

1 min, 28 sec. late start

Broadstairs

3.23

 

7.05

37140

 

Ramsgate

5.39

9

11.10

30

30 mph pws

Minster E. Jn.

9.00

 

17.05

20134

signals

Minster

9.45

15

17.49

41

 

Sturry

18.50

 

29.16

44/47

 

Canterbury West 

arr.21.11

33

33.50

 

water & service stop

 

Dep. 0

0

0

 

1 hr 8 min. 30 sec. late start

Chartham

3.2

 

6.41

51

 

Chilham

4.8

 

8.57

59

 

Wye

10.00

12

13.26

65

 

Ashford Yard 

arr.14.00

 

18.13

 

signal stop for Eurostar

 

Dep.0

0

0

 

1 min. 52 sec.

Ashford

0.64

 

2.42

11/24

 

Milepost 54

2.75

 

3.46

54/56

 

Milepost53

3.75

 

4.47

62

 

Pluckley

6.30

 

8.56

75

 

Milepost 46'/4

10.50

 

11.55

75

 

Headcorn

11.50

11

12.40

78

max lateness 1 hr. 12 min.

Staplehurst

14.92

 

15.32

76

 

Marden

17.36

 

17.28

75

 

Paddock Wood

21.94

22

20.56

75

water stop cancelled

Tonbridge

27.21

30

25.27

54

50 mph pws

Hildenborough

29.75

 

28.05

56

 

Milepost 26

30.75

 

29.09

56

 

Milepost 25

31.75

 

30.14

55

 

Sevenoaks Tunnel S 32.11

30.39

53

2 slips in tunnel

 

 

Sevenoaks Tunnel N34.08

32-50

52/50

minimum at summit

 

 

Sevenoaks

34.63

41

33.29

54

 

Dunton Green

36.25

 

35.10

62/63

 

Polhill Tunnel S

38.01

 

36.48

64

 

Polhill Tunnel N

39.50

 

38.15

61

 

Knockholt

40.25

 

38.59

61

 

Chelsfield

41.5

 

40.07

66/70

 

Orpington

42.91

51

41.20

67

 

Petts Wood

44.1

53

42.44

40

 

Petts Wood Jn

44.5

 

43.14

43

 

Bickley Jn

45.33

56

44.20

48

 

Bickley

45.85

 

44.55

48

 

Bromley South

46.89

 

46.09

47

 

Shortlands

47.79

 

47.21

45

 

Shortlands Jn

48.04

61

47.41

46

diverted via Penge

Beckenham Jn

49.09

 

48.55

55

 

Kent House

49.95

 

49.47

51

 

Penge East

50.55

 

50.36

48

 

Penge Tunnel S

50.78

 

50.53

49

 

Penge Tunnel N

51.99

 

52.24

48

 

Sydenham Hill

52.01

 

52.51

48

 

West Dulwich

52.74

 

53.19

52

 

Herne Hill

53.76

 

54.40

40

 

Brixton

54.56

 

55.47

43

 

Shepherds Lane Jn

54.99

78

56.21

 

 

Clapham High St.

55.49

 

57.08

38

 

Wandsworth Road

55.73

 

57.45

 

 

Longhedge Jn

56.3

84

59.16

 

 

Latchmere Jn

57.15

88

61.05

 

signal check

Kensington 0lympia.

59.9

93

67.42

 

25 min. 17 sec. late arrival

©MNLPS  2005

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