After a successful annual examination, we were soon into our first trip of the year - a Surrey Hills lunch tour for Belmond British Pullman.

Saturday was a cold day with light rain all the time. We stood at Victoria Platform Two for about forty five minutes, and a pleasing number of passengers braved the weather to visit the locomotive and warm themselves on the footplate.

We departed on time, and, after a seventeen minute water stop at Shalford, with about thirty people out to see us, we had a good climb of Gomshall Bank, with thirty three miles per hour at the top, on wet rails, followed by seventy at Dorking Deepdene.

At Redhill, we made history by being the first steam-hauled train through the new Platform Zero.

Clan Line at Redhill's new Platform Zero on a dull, wet day - Photograph by Chris Meredith

The remainder of the trip was uneventful, with a right-time arrival at Victoria. Once again, many passengers visited the locomotive.