Belmond British Pullman Golden Age Of Travel – 19th March 2022

After about three months out of service for our annual maintenance, it was nice to be out on the mainline, hauling a train, and earning some money. The good weather (fresh, but dry and sunny) made this even better.

Because the generator car was undergoing maintenance, we took a Class 67 diesel with us to provide power for the train heating.

Our route was unusual. After passing through Clapham Junction, we took the Hounslow loop, before coming back through Clapham on our way to Herne Hill and Tulse Hill. There is quite a curving climb here, but Paul, our driver, coped admirably. We were doing about fourteen miles per hour at the bottom, and had only slowed to about eleven miles per hour at Tulse Hill. There was no slipping, and no help from the Class 67.

Clan Line at Surbiton – photograph by Thomas Shrimpton
Clan Line approaches Guildford – photograph by David Thirlwall

We stopped at Shalford to take on water, and pull some coal forward. Here we met several friends who often come to see us, and support us.

Clan Line at Tangley Crossing, Chilworth – photograph by Julian Clark
Clan Line at Redhill – photograph by Thomas Shrimpton

Everything went more or less to plan, and we had many happy passengers come forward to admire the engine. They all seem to have had a very enjoyable day – thanks to The British Pullman, a Belmond train, and Clan Line.

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