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Re: CLAN LINE

Posted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 6:52 pm
by Chris Meredith
A 400 plus mile round trip to Exeter & back on last Saturday's ACE, all went very well. There were some minor issues beyond our control on the down run, as a result of a tree on the line the following 0920 ex Waterloo which was due to pass us at Chard Loop was delayed this resulted in Clan Line not being recessed here as booked meaning an arrival at St David's nearly half an hour early! Some of the diners had finish their lunch in a hurry as this was only served as the train was passing Pinhoe! Not altogether satisfactory. The return start was delayed by 23' this was caused by an early running freight train being given preference in Riverside Yard meaning that servicing the loco was delayed by more than an hour, then the hoist on the coal lorry broke, this was fixed by Chris our Chief Engineer! An excellent run ensued to Bristol in less that even time and after the water stop in Bristol E Yard the train departed on time. A good run to Salisbury where more water was taken and another ton of coal was loaded in bags brought down from Stewarts Lane in a van driven by one of the family members of the MNLPS. Another good run on back to Waterloo only to be delayed by a points failure at Queenstown Road giving a 12' late arrival. A very long and tiring day for our support crew who performed with their usual efficiency, the loco and support coach are now both in a filthy condition and this means a lot of hard work to get things back to the usual pristine condition before next Friday's 'Surrey Hills' Pullman.
In the interests of historical accuracy the shed plate was changed to 70A Nine Elms, also on the bottom headcode disc a paper number 6 was affixed, indicating Nine Elms number 6 duty which was correct for the down ACE.

Re: CLAN LINE

Posted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 9:13 pm
by Chris Meredith
I am pleased to report that Clan Line has passed the FTR for tomorrow's Surrey Hills British Pullman. After last weekend's ACE to Exeter this has involved two days hard graft cleaning and preparing the locomotive by our dedicated volunteer workforce.

Re: CLAN LINE

Posted: Mon Aug 19, 2019 5:38 pm
by Chris Meredith
A good run last Friday which involved some early running as the pathing stop at Addlestone was not taken, the departure at Shalford was some 2 1/2 minutes early with an arrival back at Victoria some 7 minutes early. A good climb was made to Gomshall despite some light rain which involved the use of the sanders.

Re: CLAN LINE

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:15 pm
by Chris Meredith
I am pleased to report that Clan Line has pass the fitness to run for tomorrow's Belmond British Pullman to Bath & Bristol, we are all bulled up & ready to go.

Re: CLAN LINE

Posted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 9:59 am
by Chris Meredith
A good run to Bristol and back, slightly marred by an issue with the water tanker at Challow resulting in a 35 minute late arrival on the down run, no problems with the locomotive.

Re: CLAN LINE

Posted: Tue Oct 08, 2019 6:19 pm
by Chris Meredith
Clan Line has passed it's fitness to run for tomorrows British Pullman, outward to Leamington Spa returning from Stratford on Avon. The servicing will be carried out at Tyseley. Once again the return run will be using the same pathway as the previous Stratford run, this involves an even time run on the main lines from Didcot East Jn to Acton. Hopefully there may be some fireworks, last time Reading platform 10 was passed at 76 MPH, could be interesting! Out with you cameras & video recorders.

Re: CLAN LINE

Posted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 5:33 pm
by Chris Meredith
A good day out to Stratford, with some excellent running, the main issue which caused delay to the inwards empty stock at Tyseley when it was wrongly routed into the goods sidings this involved some shunting resulting in the loco being handed back some 10' late after servicing by the support crew. This caused loss of turn to other services, departure from Stratford was 18 1/2' late, time was picked up en-route with an excellent run up the Thames valley with speed in the mid seventies, the only check being at Reading where the train was routed via Plat 11 vice 10, the train was 3' early by West Ealing. Arrival back at Victoria was 3' late waiting platform and was routed into plat 7 instead of the normal plat 2.

Re: CLAN LINE

Posted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:31 am
by Chris Meredith
FTR passed & all ready for today's Surrey Hills.

Re: CLAN LINE

Posted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 6:44 pm
by Chris Meredith
A good run today in squally conditions which made for a greasy railhead. The DL remained attached to the rear as a leaf fall precaution but in the event it was not necessary to call it into action.