We left London Victoria in glorious sunshine, and arrived at Canterbury West six minutes late, due to a combination of speed restrictions and adverse signals. Servicing was undertaken under the gaze of the public who had gathered to watch.

Departure from Canterbury West was three minutes late, and the weather soon changed from warm and sunny conditions to wet and windy. Despite the now adverse rail conditions, the locomotive climbed the bank to Martin Mill, with a speed of around fifteen miles per hour at the top. Arrival at Dover was eight minutes late. After watering, departure was delayed about seven minutes by a preceeding train. By this time, the weather had worsened considerably.

After a ten minute stop at Orpington, the crew were offered a re-routing via Herne Hill, instead of Nunhead. After confirmation that we were gauged for this route, the offer was accepted. This enabled us to recover most of the lost time, and arrival at Victoria was only one minute late.

This was a successful trip for the tour operator and their customers, and the engine was able to stretch its legs on the long straight section of railway between Ashford and Tonbridge.

Clan Line at Headcorn - Photograph by John Barrance