Belmond British Pullman Surrey Hills – 10th September 2021

We left London Victoria on time, and we were a little ahead of schedule all the way to Syon Lane, where we were held for twelve minutes. We believe that this was due to a passenger on the previous train operating the emergency brake, or communication cord, at Isleworth. This made us eighteen minutes late. We then had to follow that previous train, which meant that we arrived at Chertsey, for our water stop, twenty minutes later than planned.

After taking on water from a waiting tanker, and pulling coal forward, we left Chertsey sixteen minutes behind schedule. We than had a clear road, and some good running meant that we were able to make up seven minutes by the time that we reached Guildford. Because of the earlier delay, we didn’t have to take our pathing stop at Shalford, so we had a good run at Gomshall, and went over the top at forty miles per hour.

Clan Line at Chilworth – photograph by Thomas Shrimpton
Clan line at Dorking West – photograph by David Element

By the time that we got to Redhill, we had made up most of the lost time, and were only a couple of minutes late. Our final arrival at London Victoria was on time.

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