We left Stewarts Lane at 5:50 on the day of the trip.We have recently moved to Polish coal, which does perform in the same way as the previous, so, to be sure that we had a decent fire, work started on it at about 2 o’clock in the morning. We joined the stock in Battersea Loop, and, with the assistance of a Class 47 diesel, we made our way to Platform 19 at Waterloo.
We left Waterloo more or less on time, and made our way through the suburbs of London.
We picked up more passengers at both Woking and Basingstoke.
We stopped at Salisbury to take water from a waiting tanker.
We stopped at Yeovil Railway Centre for a “splash and dash”, to make sure that we had enough water to get to Exeter St Davids. Our friends there had already laid out the hoses for us, which was much appreciated.
By now, there was a little rain falling, which is not ideal when climbing Honiton. It is not made easier by having to stop at Chard.
We arrived at Exeter St. Davids, where our passengers left us, and went into Exeter Riverside Yard for servicing.
The following log was produced by Alan Goodwin from the support coach. The driver was Bill Monteith, and the fireman was Andy Christie. The load was 241 tons tare, and 355 tons gross (approximately). The weather was overcast, and there were showers and more persistent rain from Chard Junction.
|4.75||Barford St Martin||10.32½||46|
|24.00||Buckhorn Weston Tun(in)||10.54½||43/74/29||To Down Line|
|39.05||YEOVIL JUNCTION||arr 11.19||11.13¼||Water|
|16.85||CHARD JUNCTION||arr 11.52||11.54¾||Severe sig. check|
|dep 12.14||12.13½||into loop|
|1.75||Broome Crossing||12.18||49/50 50*||to down line|
|13.10||Honiton Tunnel (in)||12.30¼||40||Some slipping|
|14.05||Summit||12.31¾||35/5||Sig check to down|
|dep 12.57||12.57||70||Max before Feniton|
|4.60||Feniton||13.05½||13.03½||54/52||Loco restriction 50*|
|15.25 (approx.)||Sig stop||13.18¼ - 13.26½|
|16.20||St James Park||13.30½||15|
|17.35||EXETER ST DAVIDS||arr 13.30||13.35|
After cleaning the fire, loading more coal, and refilling the tender with water, we made our way back to Exeter St. Davids to pick up our passengers for the return. We made our way over Whiteball towards Bristol. The log for this part of the journey is below. The driver was Bob Baines, and the fireman was Craig Stinchcombe. The weather for this part of the trip was dry, with some sunny spells.
|EXETER ST DAVIDS||dep 16.40||16.42|
|1.25||Cowley Bridge Jcn||16.44||16.46||36|
|8.40||Hele & Bradninch||16.54¼||61|
|29.30||Norton Fitzwarren(new jcn)||17.12½||17.12¾||76|
|67.50||Nailsea & Blackwell||17.43¾||71|
|75.15||Bristol West Jcn.||18.03||17.52¼||20|
|75.50||BRISTOL TEMPLE MEADS||18.04||17.54 – 18.03½||Sig stop|
|75.85||Bristol East Jcn.||18.06||18.05½||12|
|76.35||North Somerset Jcn||18.07||18.06½||15|
|76.80||BRISTOL EAST DEPOT||arr 18.10||18.11½||Water|
We stopped briefly on the approach to Bristol Temple Meads for a change of some of the crew, and then on to Bristol East Depot to take on more water. From here, we made our way back to Salisbury, where we took on more water. We also had about thirty small bags of coal waiting for us, which we loaded by hand, with the help of Network Rail.This was just to make sure that we would have enough for our needs. When we were ready, we went, via Grateley, to Basingstoke, where some of our passengers left us. From here to Woking we were on the slow line, but, after dropping off more people at Woking, we were put on the fast for our run home to Waterloo, and we made the most of it. The log for that part of the trip is below.
|SALISBURY||dep 20.16||20.20||Waiting RA from staff|
|1.10||Tunnel Junction||20.19||20.24½||30/45||Slips on starting|
|15.80||Red Post Junction||20.43¼||75|
|dep 21.04||21.05¼||Slow line|
|11.30||Fleet||21.15½||21.17||64½||Eased - stopper|
|dep 21.38||21.38||To Fast line|
|3.95||Byfleet & New Haw||21.44||67|
|11.05||Hampton Court Jcn||21.50½||21.49¾||76½|
|18.80||Earlsfield||21.56½||55/1||Up Exeter in front|
After all our passengers had left at Waterloo, our day was still not over. We were towed up to Willesden, where we left the stock, with the intention of making a quick return to Stewarts Lane. However, due to an unfortunate incident near Imperial Wharf, we waited at Kensington Olympia for about an hour and a half. We finally got home, and, after putting the engine to bed, we were able to get some rest. By now, it was about two o’clock in the morning, so some of us had been up for twenty four hours. It’s called “The Romance Of Steam”.