11th February 2023

Branch Line Society
The Wolf Hall Thunderer

Locos Used 37403 'Isle of Mull' & 50008 'Thunderer'
Stock Used 4856+5028+1859+35185+3150+13230

Route :
1Z40 : Derby to London St Pancras International
1Z42 : London St Pancras International to Shepperton
1Z44 : Shepperton to Wimbledon
1Z46 : Wimbledon to Hampton Court
1Z48 : Hampton Court to London Waterloo
1Z50 : London Waterloo to Chessington South
1Z52 : Chessington South to London Waterloo
1Z54 : London Waterloo to Derby

Loco(s) Route
37403 (1) Derby - Spondon - Trent South Jn - East Midlands Parkway - Loughborough - Syston South Jn - Leicester - Market Harborough - Kettering - Wellingborough - Bedford - Sundon [Up Loop] - Luton - St Albans City - West Hampstead Thameslink - Kentish Town - London St Pancras International
50008 (2) London St Pancras International - Kentish Town - West Hampstead Thameslink - Cricklewood Curve Jn - Dudding Hill Jn - Acton Canal Wharf - Acton Wells Jn - South Acton Jn - Old Kew Jn - Brentford - Hounslow - Whitton Jn - Twickenham
37403 (1) Twickenham - Strawberry Hill - Fulwell - Shepperton
50008 (2) Shepperton - Fulwell - Strawberry Hill - Twickenham
37403 (1) Twickenham - Strawberry Hill - Teddington - Kingston - New Malden - Raynes Park - Wimbledon
50008 (2) Wimbledon - Raynes Park - Motspur Park - Epsom - Leatherhead - Bookham - Effingham Junction - Clandon - Guildford
37403 (1) Guildford - Woking - Weybridge - Hampton Court Jn - Surbiton
50008 (2) Surbiton - Hampton Court Jn - Hampton Court
37403 (1) Hampton Court - Hampton Court Jn - Surbiton
50008 (2) Surbiton - Hampton Court Jn - Cobham & Stoke d'Abernon - Effingham Junction - Clandon - Guildford
37403 (1) Guildford - Woking - Weybridge - Hampton Court Jn - Surbiton - New Malden - Wimbledon - Clapham Junction - London Waterloo
50008 (2) London Waterloo - Clapham Junction - Wimbledon - Raynes Park - Motspur Park - Chessington South
37403 (1) Chessington South - Motspur Park - Raynes Park - Wimbledon - Clapham Junction - London Waterloo
50008 (2) London Waterloo - Clapham Junction - Barnes - New Kew Jn - Kew East Jn - South Acton Jn - Acton Wells Jn - Acton Canal Wharf - Dudding Hill Jn - Brent Curve Jn - Hendon - Silkstream Jn - St Albans City - Luton - Bedford - Wellingborough [Dn Goods Loop] - Kettering - Market Harborough - Leicester - Humberstone Road [Up & Dn Goods] - Syston South Jn - Loughborough - East Midlands Parkway - Trent South Jn - Spondon - Derby

Notes: 
(1) 50008 on rear.
(2) 37403 on rear.
(3) Charity Railtour raising money for Martin House Children's Hospice.
(4) John Clifford's comments: When this tour was first advertised the route was to be as shown above to Shepperton, then Kingston - Wimbledon - Chessington South - Wimbledon - Hampton Court - Wimbledon - Leatherhead - Guildford - Cobham - London Waterloo, then as shown above. The tour arrived and departed from London St Pancras 10 minutes late. However there was enough slack in the schedule for us to be early at Acton Canal Wharf. We had to stop at Acton Wells Jn to let the 09.27 Willesden Junction - Richmond to pass. Then it was onward to Twickenham to reverse for the journey to Shepperton and back. Then it was Kingston to get to Wimbledon, with a stop outside New Malden to let the 10.34 Guildford - Waterloo to pass. After reversal we continued with a booked stop at Wimbledon West Jn to let two trains from London Waterloo pass (11.24 Waterloo - Dorking and 11.27 Waterloo - Waterloo via Kingston). It was then a case of following the 11.24 which caused us to stop outside Epsom. After Effingham Junction we were behind the 11.33 Waterloo - Guildford, which caused us some slow running. Reversal at Guildford saw us heading for Woking following the 12.49 Guildford - Waterloo, and this meant that we stopped at Woking Jn. Onwards to Surbiton for another reversal and a journey to Hampton Court, where there was a hour break, enough time for sustenance. Then it was back to Surbiton via the Down Line, a movement normally only seen during engineering work. After reversal we made for Guildford via Cobham behind the 14.03 Waterloo - Guildford, so some slow running. A second reversal of the day was made at Guildford and we had been promised a fast run to Waterloo via Woking, which did happen! We were routed via platform 4 at Woking instead of platform 2 and then just beyond the station we came to a sudden halt, for reasons that I did not discover. After a few minutes we carried on to get to London Waterloo slightly late. All that was left for me to do was to go to Chessington and back. There was no comment for the down trip. Coming back we stopped at Motspur Park Jn to let the 16.32 Dorking - Waterloo pass, which we then followed back to London Waterloo. This meant that we used the Wimbledon flyover, rare for railtours, I believe.

Sources : John Clifford (on the tour from London St Pancras to London Waterloo) & Alan Sheppard

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from John Clifford, Alan Sheppard & Realtime Trains)

Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual
Derby 05.25d [P5] [DM] 05.27d [P5]   22.58a [P6] [UM] 23.00 [P5]
Derby Way & Works Jn 05/26 05/28   22/56 [UM] 22/59
Spondon 05/29 [P1] 05/32 [P1]   22/52 [P2] 22/51 [P2]
Sheet Stores Jn 05/35 05/38   22/47 22/45
Trent South Jn 05/36 [UF] 05/39 [UF]   22/46 22/44
Ratcliffe Jn ? 05/41   22/44 [DS-DF] 22/42
East Midlands Parkway 05.39a ~ 05.41d [P2] [UF] 05.41 ~ 05.44 [P2]
 
22.38a ~ 22.42d [P3] [DS] 22.35a ~ 22.41d [P3]
Loughborough 05/49 [P2] [UF] 05/52 [P2]   22/28 [P3] [DS] 22/27
Sileby Jn 05/52 [UF] 05/56   22/23 [SL] 22/22
Syston South Jn 05/55 [UF] 05/59   22/19 [SL] 22/18
Humberstone Road Jn ? 06/02 [UF]   22/13 [SL] 22/13 [UDG-UDS]
Humberstone Road - -   22*06 ~ 22*12 [DGL] 22.05 ~ 22.06 [UDG]
Leicester 06.03a ~ 06.05d [P3] [UF] 06.04 ~ 06.06 [P3]   22.00a ~ 22.03d [P1] [GL] 22.01a ~ 22.03d [P1]
Wigston North Jn 06/11 [UF] 06/12   21/55 [DF] 21/56
Kilby Bridge Jn 06/13 [UF] 06/15   21/53 [DF] 21/54
Market Harborough 06/26 [P2] [UF] 06/28 [P2]   21/43 [P1] [DF] 21/45
Kettering North Jn 06/39 [US] 06/41 [US]   21/34 [DF] 21/37
Kettering 06.42a ~ 06.52d [P1] [US] 06.44 ~ 06.51 [P1]   21.28a ~ 21.30d [P4] 21.30a ~ 21.34d [P4]
Kettering South Jn 06/55 [US] 06/54 [US]   21/26 [DF] 21/29 [DF]
Harrowden Jn 06/59 [US] 06/59 [US]
 
21/21 [DF] 21/22 [DF]
Wellingborough Dn Gds Lp - -   21*04 ~ 21*18 [DGL] ?? ~ 21.19 [DGL]
Wellingborough 07/02 [P4] [US] 07/04 [P4]   21/01 [P1] [DF] 21/05 [P1]
Sharnbrook Jn 07/12 [UF] 07/19 [US-UF]   20/52 [DF] 20/55 [DF]
Bedford North Jn 07/17 [DS] 07/28 [DS]   20/46 [DF] 20/49 [DF]
Bedford 07.18a ~ 07.23d [P3] [DS] 07.29 ~ 07.31 [P3]   20.40a ~ 20.43d [P4] [DF] 20.46 ~ 20.48 [P4]
Bedford South Jn 07/25 [UF] 07/33 [US-UF]   20/38 [DF] 20/44 [DS-DF]
Flitwick Jn 07/33 [US] 07/45 [US]   ? 20/34
Flitwick 07/34 [P1] 07/45 [P1]   20/29 [P2] 20/33 [P2]
Harlington 07/39 [P1] [SUL] 07/49 [US]   ? 20/30
Sundon South Jn 07*41 ~ 07*42 [Up Sundon Lp] ?? ~ 07/52 [Up Sundon Lp]   - -
Leagrave Jn 07/45 [US] 07/55   20/20 [DS] 20/26 [DS]
Luton 07/51 [P2] [US] 08/00 [P2] [US]   20/16 [P3] [DS] 20/21 [P3] [DS]
Harpenden Jn 08/00 [US] 08/07 [US]   20/05 [DS] 20/10 [DS]
St Albans City 08/05 [P1] [US] 08/20 [P1] [US]
 
20/00 [P2] [DS] 19/58 [P2] [DS]
Radlett Jn 08/11 [US] 08/27 [US-UF]   19/54 [DS] 19/48 [DS]
Mill Hill Broadway ? 08/33 [P3] [UF]   19c49 ~ 19c50 [P2] [DS] 19/43 [P2] [DS]
Silkstream Jn 08/20 [US] 08/34   19/45 [DS] 19/39 [DS]
Hendon 08/20 [P1] [US] 08/35 [P3] [UF]   19/39 [DHL] 19/35 [DHL]
Brent Curve Jn - -   19/33 [DHL] 19/32
West Hampstead Thameslink 08/27 [P1] [US] 08/39 [P3] [UF]   - -
West Hampstead South Jn 08/28 [US] 08/39 [UF]   - -
Carlton Road Jn 08/31 [DS] 08/42 [UF-DS-UDR]   - -
Kentish Town 08/33 [P3] [UDR] 08/43 [UDR]   - -
Dock Jn North 08/34 [UDS] 08/45 [UDR-UDS]   - -
Dock Jn South 08/37 [UF] 08/46 [UDS-UF]   - -
St Pancras International 08.39a ~ 08.49d [P3] [DF] 08.49 ~ 08.59 [P3] [DF]   - -
Dock Jn South 08/51 [DF] 09/01 [DF]   - -
Dock Jn North 08/56 [DF] 09/02 [DF]   - -
Kentish Town 08/58 [DF] 09/03 [DF]   - -
Carlton Road Jn 08/59 [DF] 09/04 [DF]   - -
West Hampstead Thameslink 09/03 [DHL] 09/09 [DHL]   - -
Cricklewood Curve Jn 09/08 09/12 [DCC]   - -
Dudding Hill Jn 09/14 09/17 [DD]   19/30 19/28
Acton Canal Wharf 09/28 09/25   19/23 19/22
Acton Wells Jn 09/33 09.26 ~ 09.32 [DNL]   19/21 19/20
Sig.AW101 ? 09.36 ~ 09.36   - -
South Acton 09/42 [P1] 09/41 [P1]   19/13 [P2] 19/15 [P2]
Kew East Jn 09/46 09/43   19/07 19/14

 

Location Booked Actual
Brentford 09/49 [P2] 09/46 [P2]
Hounslow 09/53 [P2] 09/50 [P2]
Whitton Jn 09/55 09/53
Twickenham Jn 09/57 [SL] 09/59
Twickenham 09.59a ~ 10.07d [P3] 10.00 ~ 10.06 [P3]
Strawberry Hill 10/11 [P1] 10/11 [P1]
Fulwell 10/13 [P2] 10/13 [P2]
Shepperton 10.23a ~ 10.29d [P1] 10.24 ~ 10.30 [P1]
Fulwell 10/41 [P1] 10/39 [P1]
Strawberry Hill 10/43 [P2] 10/41 [P2]
Twickenham Jn 10/47 [SL] 10/45 [SL]
Twickenham 10.48a ~ 10.59d [P3] 10.46 ~ 10.59 [P3]
Strawberry Hill 11/02 [P1] 11/02 [P1]
Shacklegate Jn 11/03 11/03
Teddington 11/05 [P2] 11/04 [P2]
Kingston 11/09 [P3] 11/09 [P3]
Sig.W210 - 11.16 ~ 11.18
New Malden 11/17 [P1] [US] 11/20 [P1]
Raynes Park 11/23 [P2] [UF] 11/24 [P2] [US-UF]
Wimbledon West Jn 11/26 [UHL] 11/27 [UF-UStH]
Wimbledon Sig.W836 - 11.29 ~ 11.30
Wimbledon 11.31a ~ 11.38d [P9] [UHL] 11.32 ~ 11.39 [P9] [UHL]
Wimbledon West Jn 11*40 ~ 11*47 [DS] 11.41 ~ 11.44 [DS]
Raynes Park 11/50 [P4] 11/48 [P4]
Motspur Park 11/53 [P2] 11/51 [P2]
Epsom Sig.W445 - 12.01 ~ 12.05
Epsom 12/06 [P2] 12/07 [P2]
Leatherhead 12/14 [P2] 12/13 [P2]
Effingham Junction 12/25 [P2] 12/24 [P2]
Guildford 12.42a ~ 12.51d [P3] 12.44 ~ 12.52 [P3]
Woking Jn 12/59 [UF] 13.01 ~ 13.03 [UF]
Woking 13/02 [P2] [UF] 13/07 [P2] [UF]
Hampton Court Jn 13/13 [UF] 13/19 [UF]
Surbiton 13.15a ~ 13.25d [P2] [UF-DS] 13.20 ~ 13.26 [P2] [UF-DF-DS-DHC]
Hampton Court Jn 13/27 [DHC] 13/29 [DHC]
Hampton Court 13.33a ~ 14.19d [P2] [DL] 13.33 ~ 14.19 [P2] [DHC]
Surbiton 14.31a ~ 14.39d [P4] [DS] 14.27 ~ 14.38 [P4] [DHC-DS]
Hampton Court Jn 14/41 14/42 [DS-DC]
Effingham Junction 14/56 [P2] 14/57 [P2]
Guildford 15.14a ~ 15.26d [P3] 15.14 ~ 15.25 [P3]
Woking Jn 15/37 [UF] 15/36 [UM-DM-DF]
Woking 15/38 [P2] [UF] 15/37 [P4] [DF-UF]
Near M.P.24 - 15.37 ~ 15.41
Hampton Court Jn 15/49 [UF] 15/52
Surbiton 15/50 [P2] [UF] 15/53 [P2] [UF]
Berrylands Jn 15/50 [UF] 15/54 [UF]
New Malden 15/52 [P2] [UF] 15/55 [P2] [UF]
Wimbledon 15/55 [P6] [UF] 15/57 [P6] [UF]
Clapham Junction 16/00 [P8] [UMF] 16/00 [P8] [UMF]
Waterloo West Crossings 16/06 [UMF] 16.06 ~ 16.06 [UMF]
London Waterloo 16.09a ~ 16.17d [P10] [DMF] 16.11 ~ 16.20 [P10] [DMF]
Waterloo West Crossings 16/18 [DMF] 16/21 [DMF]
Clapham Junction 16/24 [P9] [DF] 16/27 [P9] [DF]
Wimbledon 16/30 [P7] [DS] 16/32 [P7] [DF-DS]
Raynes Park 16/33 [P4] 16/35 [P4]
Motspur Park 16/35 [P2] 16/38 [P2]
Chessington South 16.43a ~ 16.48d [P1] 16.47 ~ 16.53 [P1]
Motspur Park Jn ? 17.00 ~ 17.02
Motspur Park 17/04 [P1] 17/05 [P1]
Raynes Park 17/07 [P1] [US] 17/09 [P1] [US]
Wimbledon 17/11 [P5] [US] 17/12 [P5] [US]
Clapham Junction 17/18 [P10] [UMS] 17/21 [P10] [UMS]
Queenstown Road (Battersea) 17/20 [P2] [RVL] 17/24 [UMS-UW-P2-RVL]
Nine Elms Jn 17/23 [RVL] 17/25 [RVL]
Waterloo West Crossings 17/26 [RVL] 17/29 [RVL]
London Waterloo 17.29a ~ 18.37d [P18] [DW] 17.32a ~ 18.40d [P18] [DW]
Waterloo West Crossings 18/38 [WFL] ? [DWF]
Vauxhall 18/40 [P3] [WFL] 18/44 [P3] [DWF]
Nine Elms Jn 18/42 [WL] 18/45 [DWF-DW]
Queenstown Road (Battersea) 18/43 [P3] [WFL] 18/46 [P3] [DW-DWF]
Clapham Junction 18/45 [P5] [DWF] 18/49 [P5] [DWF]
Barnes 18.54 ~ 18.57 [P3] 18.54 ~ 18.57 [P3]
New Kew Jn 19/04 19/04
 
Timings continue in first table
No cumulative mileages included in the tour brochure.


Associated E.C.S. Workings

09/02/23 :
5Z37 : (37403 + tour stock) : Bo'ness Jn Exchange Siding to Knottingley T.M.D.
 

Location Booked Actual
Bo'ness Jn Exchange Siding 06+58d 06+58
Bo'ness G.F. 06/59 07/05
Linlithgow 07+05 ~ 07+07 [P1] 07+15 ~ 07+16 [UL]
Linlithgow UPL 07*10 ~ 07*17 ?? ~ 07+21 [UL]
Winchburgh Jn 07/23 07/28
Newbridge Jn 07/27 07/31
Haymarket West Jn 07/33 [US] 07/36 [US]
Haymarket 07/35 [P3][US] 07/38 [P3]
Princes Street Gardens 07/39 [Z] 07/40 [Z]
Edinburgh 07+41 ~ 07+47 [P20] [Z] [NL] 07+42 ~ 07+48 [P1] [NL]
Abbeyhill Jn 07/49 07/50 [UB]
Craigentinny Jn 07/50 07/51
Portobello Jn (Lothian) 07/52 07/53
Monktonhall Jn 07/56 07/55
Prestonpans 07/59 07/58 [P1]
Drem 08/05 [P1] 08/05 [P1]
Dunbar 08*14 ~ 08*29 [P1] 08+16 ~ 08+28 [P1]
Oxwellmains 08/32 08/31
Grantshouse 08/39 08/41
Reston 08/45 08/47 [P1]
Reston Sig.EG402. 08/50 08/53
Berwick-upon-Tweed 08/53 [P1] 08/56 [P1]
Belford L.C. 09/06 09/09
Alnmouth 09/19 [P1] 09/23 [P1]
Morpeth North Jn 09+34 ~ 09+45 ?? ~ 09+37 [UPL]
Morpeth 09/47 [P1] 09/46 [P1] [UM]
Heaton South Jn 10/02 [SL] 10/00 [DUS]
Newcastle 10+09 ~ 10+11 [SL-UF] 10/04 [SL] [UM]
King Edward Bridge South Jn 10/13 10/06
Birtley Jn 10/18 10/10
Durham 10/25 [P1] 10/19 [P1]
Tursdale Jn 10/31 10/25
Ferryhill South Jn 10/35 10/38
Darlington 10+49 ~ 11+36 [DUS] 10+40 ~ 11+378 [DUS]
Northallerton 11/54 [SL] 11/54 [US]
Thirsk 12/03 [SL] 12/02 [P1] [US]
Tollerton Jn 12/16 [SL] 12/14 [US]
Skelton Bridge Jn 12/22 [SL] 12/21
Skelton Jn (York) 12/24 [SL] 12/25
York Yard South Jn 12/26 [LSL] 12/28 [LSL]
Colton North Jn 12/31 [NNL] 12/36 [UM]
Colton Jn 12/32 [NNL] 12/37 [UN]
Church Fenton 12/40 [P1] 12/42 [P1] [UN]
Milford Jn 12/45 12/47 [UPT]
Ferrybridge North Jn 12/56 12/55 [UK]
Knottingley West Jn 12/58 12/58 [UGO]
Knottingley T.M.D. 13+02a 13+07

(37403 ran round the stock at Knottingley to ensure that the class 50 & 37 are the requested way round for the Saturday Tour)

5Z38 : (37403 with 50008 on rear) : Knottingley T.M.D. to Milford West Sidings
5Z38 : (50008 with 37403 on rear) : Milford West Sidings to Chaddesden Sidings
 

Location Booked Actual
Knottingley T.M.D. 14+25d 14+18
Knottingley West Jn 14/29 14/22
Ferrybridge North Jn 14/31 14/24 [DPT]
Milford Jn 14/37 14/40
Milford West Sidings 14+41 ~ 14+49 ?? ~ ??
Milford Jn 14/54 14/53
Ferrybridge North Jn 15/00 15/01 [UPT]
Moorthorpe 15/10 [P1] 15/11 [P1][UPT]
Swinton (South Yorks) 15/19 15/18 [P2][UM]
Aldwarke Jn 15/21 15/20
Masborough Jn 15/26 15/22
Treeton Jn 15/31 15/26
Beighton Jn 15/37 15/29
Barrow Hill North Jn 15/44 15/35
Tapton Jn 15/47 [UBH] 15/38 [UBH]
Chesterfield 15/48 [UBH] 15/39 [UBH]
Chesterfield South Jn 15/49 [EL] 15/40 [UE]
Clay Cross North Jn 15/51 [EL] 15/42 [EL]
Alfreton 15/58 15/48
Ironville Jn 16/01 15/51 [UEF]
Langley Mill 16/06 [P2] 15/54 [P2]
Trowell Jn 16/11 16/07
Toton Jn 16/17 [ML] 16/12 [UEF]
Trent East Jn 16/24 16/16 [DEC]
Sheet Stores Jn 16/26 16/18 [DM]
Spondon 16/34 16/25 [P2]
Way & Works Jn 16/37 [PL] 16/30
Derby 16/38 [PL] 16/33 [PL][P7]
Chaddesden Curve 16/40 16/37 [Arr/Dep 2]
Chaddesden Sidings 16+45a [Sdg.2] 16/42 [Sdg.2]

11/02/23 :
5Z40 : (37403 with 50008 on rear) : Chaddesden Sidings to Derby
 

Location Booked Actual
Chaddesden Sidings 04+58d [Sdg.2] 04+58 [Sdg.2]
Chaddesden Curve 05+02 ~ 05+12 [C] 05/02
Derby 05+14a [P5] 05+05 [P5]

5Z50 : (50008 with 37403 on rear) : Derby to Chaddesden Sidings
(At the end of the 'Wolf Hall Thunderer' tour, both locos ran round the stock in Chaddesden Sidings to ensure they were the requested way round
for the 'Technical Cobra' tour the following day, thus assuring the class 50 was leading into Gascoigne Wood Down Loop to be removed for 0Z50)
 

Location Booked Actual
Derby 23+16d [P6] [D] 23+11 [P5]
Chaddesden Curve 23+18 ~ 23+27 23+13 ~ 23+15 [Arr/Dep 2]
Chaddesden Sidings 23+31a [Sdg.6] 23+24 [Sdg.6]


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