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Re: CLAN LINE

Postby Chris Meredith » Fri Jun 30, 2017 7:07 pm

Clan Line finally arrived back at Stewarts Lane this afternoon somewhat travel stained but in excellent mechanical condition. The working members will now have to set to and prepare her for the 5th July Bournemouth Belle.posting.php?mode=reply&f=2&t=388#
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Re: CLAN LINE

Postby Chris Meredith » Tue Jul 04, 2017 10:05 pm

Passed FTR , all prepared, polished and ready for tomorrow's 'Bournemouth Belle'. This is the 50th anniversary of the last time the Belle was steam hauled also the 50th anniversary of Clan Line's last day in traffic.
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Re: CLAN LINE

Postby Chris Meredith » Thu Jul 06, 2017 8:07 am

Although I wasn't in the support coach yesterday I gather it was a magnificent day, see the accolades on the Nat Pres forum. Clan Line still running in put up an exceptional performance.
Now off to 73A to help prep the loco for tomorrow's Surrey Hills, same again on Sat and out with the 'Waterloo Sunset' on Sun, phew! What dedication from MNLPS members every one a volunteer!
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Re: CLAN LINE

Postby Chris Meredith » Mon Jul 10, 2017 10:30 pm

Clan Line has really hit the ground running, on Friday we hauled a VVIP 'Surrey Hills' charter. Yesterday morning whilst getting ready to depart on the 'Waterloo Sunset' to Yeovil we heard that we would be needed to cover today's VIP 'Surrey Hills' because both Braunton & Royal Scot were unavailable having failed FTR. We are booked out again tomorrow on a repeat SH VIP charter and then a normal SH next Saturday. Support crew have had to be called in at short notice and others have not been home for three days. Today the loco went out in a dirty condition by our standards however efforts were being made to rectify that this evening for 2moro.
For a loco that it not yet run in after overhaul and is still being treated gently she is performing extremely well.
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Re: CLAN LINE

Postby Chris Meredith » Wed Jul 19, 2017 8:35 am

Clan Line had another successful trip on Saturday 15/07 "Surrey Hills', this means she has now completed 6 revenue earning trains since the return to Stewarts Lane from Crewe on 30/06. Three of these trains were on consecutive days, "Waterloo Sunset" to Yeovil on 09/07, and "Surrey Hills" VIP charters for Cartier on 10 & 11/07. We have received lots of Brownie points from Belmond for covering for the failure of Braunton on Monday 10/07. Not bad for a loco that is not yet run in! We shall be carrying out a boiler washout next Saturday then there is a break until the next "Surrey Hills" on 11/08, we shall then be setting forth to Bristol for 'The Torbay Express" trips on 20/08 and 03/09. We shall be returning home on the return "British Pullman" from Bristol/Bath on Wednesday 6th Sept, Tornado covering the outward run.
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Re: CLAN LINE

Postby Chris Meredith » Sat Aug 12, 2017 5:03 pm

Clan Line had an excellent run on yesterday's Surrey Hills, she topped the summit at Gomshall at 40 MPH from a standing start at Shalford with 11 Pullmans plus the support coach weighing 464 tons, the gradient is 1/100 steepening to 1/96, the speed was 58 MPH at Gomshall and 51 MPH on the 2nd summit also 1/96, I would be interested to know what DBHP she was producing. To put this in perspective 60009 managed 29 MPH on the first climb and most of the climbs with Tornado have been in the low 30s. It was a shame the train arrived back at Victoria some 40 minutes late due to trespassers on the track between Selhurst & Clapham Jn as this occurred at about 1345 it would not have been anything to do with the fact that there was a steam train running.
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Re: CLAN LINE

Postby Chris Meredith » Sat Aug 12, 2017 10:07 pm

Further, I'm told by our CM&EE that the actual speed at the summit of the first climb was 42 MPH, this must be something of a record. The driver was Jim Clarke with his father Don as the TI.
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Re: CLAN LINE

Postby Chris Meredith » Sat Aug 19, 2017 10:45 am

We're currently at St Phillips Marsh, Bristol be prepared for tomorrow's Torbay Express, hears hoping it will be another success.
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Re: CLAN LINE

Postby Chris Meredith » Sun Aug 20, 2017 5:01 am

Passed FTR & ready to go
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Re: CLAN LINE

Postby Chris Meredith » Fri Aug 25, 2017 12:22 pm

It is 50 years since the MNLPS took possession of Clan Line on 13 August 1967 when she was hauled down to Liss together with 34023 & 41298. Last Sunday, on the 50th anniversary of the first working party, she hauled the Torbay Express from Bristol to Kingswear. There was some fine running on the outward trip via Bath & Westbury with DBC crew Vince Henderson at the regulator and Steve Ropenhurst on the shovel, hauling 12 vehicles equal to 424 tons net with a full load of 460 passengers. Starting away from Taunton after the water stop the speed at Whiteball summit was 47 MPH, unfortunately an emergency stop was made at Exeter St David's due a passenger being taken ill which resulted in a 32 minute delay, the weather also turned to rain. Starting from Exeter we were up to 70 MPH on the level by Starcross. The arrival at Kingswear in the capable hands of Paigton & Dartmouth crew was still some 33 mins late.
The return journey started from Kingswear 3 mins late, with the P&D crew in charge, 28 reached 27 MPH up towards Greenway tunnel on a greasy rail. Departing from Paignton in the rain with DBC crew of Steve Mathews & Matt Hunt some more spirited running took place including a max of 58 MPH at Whiteball, water was again taken at Taunton where Matt Hunt took the regulator to Westbury, again some spirited running took place in the mid 70's. The final fling was between Keynsham & Bristol TM where again running up 75 MPH was the order, arriving back just after 2100 with lots of satisfied passengers.
The are some more details on the the Clan Line website in the news section together with some photos. I've no doubt details of the run will be published in the railway press.
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