Golden Age Of Travel – 11th May 2024

It was good to get into our routine, again, albeit a new routine. The Golden Age Of Travel journeys, with the British Pullman, a Belmond Train, now take us round Kent, rather than Surrey. This gives the passengers longer to enjoy their time with us.

On the morning of the trip, we arrived at London Victoria station about half an hour before we were scheduled to depart. This gave everybody plenty of time to see Clan Line, and to visit the footplate.

After departure, we were delayed slightly at Herne Hill by the train in front. Once this had cleared, we were able to have a good run, and we arrived at Dover about seven minutes early. This gave us plenty of time to take on water, and to pull coal forward.

Clan Line at Sole Street – photograph by Chris Meredith
Clan Line at Selling – photograph by John Wickham

We left Dover three or four minutes late, because of the preceding train. We also had to observe a Temporary Speed Restriction at Folkestone Warren because of a recent landslide in the area. This meant that we passed Ashford four and a half minutes late. We were able to make up time on the long straight, and we were only half a minute late when we passed Tonbridge.

Clan Line at Headcorn – photograph by John Wickham
Clan Line at Tonbridge – photograph by Chris Meredith

On this occasion, we came back via Redhill, by which time we were five minutes early. This continued until we reached Victoria, where our passengers left us, having enjoyed their day.

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