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Re: CLAN LINE

PostPosted: Sat Sep 02, 2017 4:48 pm
by Chris Meredith
All set and ready for tomorrow's 'Torbay Express'.

Re: CLAN LINE

PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 5:47 pm
by Chris Meredith
Another highly successful trip on the "Torbay Express" last Sunday, despite the weather conditions. A storming climb to Whiteball on the return with a maximum of 62 MPH at the summit. Tomorrow Clan Line returns to Stewarts Lane hauling the "British Pullman" from Bristol TM to Victoria, 60163 having worked the outbound.

Re: CLAN LINE

PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:08 am
by Chris Meredith
A very good trip back from Bristol TM to Victoria with the Pullmans. Clan Line had load 13 equal to 500 tons on the drawbar, reached 70 by Box Tnl, 54 1/2 at the summit, 76 thru Chippenham, 63 Dauntsey summit, speed in the mid 70 range between Swindon & Challow where looped for 4 HSTs to pass, took 3600 galls in Milton Loop, again speed in mid 70s Didcot to Reading, slow run up via Ascot & Hounslow following SWR trains arrived 21 05 4 late. A very satisfactory run without extending the loco.
Now its get ready for next Wednesday's trip round Kent with UKRT Golden Arrow.
If you are reading my reports I would be interested to know if you consider it worthwhile my efforts in putting them on the forum.

Re: CLAN LINE

PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 11:53 am
by jon hughes
Please continue, The reports are interesting
Jon Hughes

Re: CLAN LINE

PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 3:44 pm
by Chris Meredith
Thanks Jon,
I will continue.
Chris

Re: CLAN LINE

PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:37 pm
by Chris Meredith
Passed FTR for tomorrow's Golden Arrow, prepared & polished, looks good with GA regalia including carrying correct duty number on one of the front discs to be historically accurate, Stewarts Lane number 4 duty, return now via Sevenoaks instead of Redhill.Hoping for a good trip.

Re: CLAN LINE

PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 5:15 pm
by Chris Meredith
A highly successful trip round the Garden of England on Wednesday 13th, the timings were not received from NR until the day before and included some changes to the times & routing. The water stop on the return was at Dover Priory instead of Folkestone West and instead of going via Redhill the train was diverted via Sevenoaks, this of course was the traditional route of the Golden Arrow. The highlight of the day was the storming climb from Deal to Martin Mill with 500 tons on the drawbar in wet conditions.

Re: CLAN LINE

PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 9:37 pm
by Chris Meredith
All ready & fit to go for tomorrows ACE, Clan Line will be carrying a wreath in memory of our late president, David Shepherd who died this week.
We had two locos both in steam at Stewarts Lane this afternoon, 46100 Royal Scot came over from Southall prior to working Saturday's Belmont British Pullman, Surrey Hills as a guest engine.

Re: CLAN LINE

PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2017 5:19 pm
by Chris Meredith
A very successful trip on last Sunday's ACE. Clan Line performed in exemplary style which included a very fine run on the outward trip to Exeter, even time time was maintained between Basingstoke & Salisbury with a max of 68 MPH at Grateley summit and an excellent climb up Honiton incline. The return trip also included some very fine running, with 62 MPH at Whiteball summit and 60 MPH at Brewham summit. Some regulation issues between Frome & Swindon resulted in a 25 minute late arrival through no fault of the loco.
The number 6 carried on the head code disc depicts the Nine Elms duty that was allocated to the loco that hauled the down ACE, as did the number 4 on the Golden Arrow on 13/09 showing the Stewarts Lane duty and 434 on the Bournemouth Belle on on 05/07, this was the last year of the Belle when the down train was allocated to a Weymouth 8P MN.
The support crew had a very long day having been on duty prior to 0500 on Saturday morning until the loco was back on the depot at Stewarts Lane sometime after 0200 on Sunday morning, I know all their efforts in the presentation and performance of the loco were appreciated having read some of the comments on the National Pres site. For more details and some excellent photos see the news section on the Clan Line website.

Re: CLAN LINE

PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:07 pm
by Chris Meredith
Clan Line has passed FTR, is polished & ready for tomorrows 'British Pullman', 'Surrey Hills'. Because of autumn leave fall will be take Class 67 on the rear as precaution, it is a matter of pride that the DL is not asked to assist on Gomshall bank unless conditions make it really necessary; this means there will be 600 tons hanging on the drawbar. Top DBC crew consisting of Wayne Thompson of Eastleigh & Paul Majors of Hoo Junction sharing the driving/firing , with Don Clarke as TI. There are slight variations on the normal 1Y82 schedule due to the Quarry Line being blocked with diversions via Redhill, this means the train will be running a few minutes later than normal between Reigate & Clapham Jn with an arrival at Victoria at the normal time of 1605.