14th August 1960
R.C.T.S. (London Branch)
The Greyhound Rail Tour
|Locos Used||3737, 6326, 31768 & 30718|
|Stock Used||Main train: 6x coaches
Easton Branch: 3x Bullied coaches
|31768||London Waterloo - Woking - Basingstoke - Salisbury|
|30718||Salisbury - Gillingham - Yeovil Junction|
|30718 (2)||Yeovil Junction - Yeovil Pen Mill|
|30718||Yeovil Pen Mill - Dorchester - Weymouth (3)|
|3737||(3) Melcombe Regis - Portland - Easton|
|3737||Easton - Portland - Melcombe Regis (3)|
|30718 (4)||(3) Weymouth - Dorchester - Wareham - Wimbourne - West Moors - Fordingbridge - Salisbury|
|31768||Salisbury - Basingstoke - Woking - London Waterloo|
(1) The six coach train, weighing approximately 200 tons was diagrammed for some tight timings which proved a little too much for the two 4-4-0's used, not because the locomotives were found wanting, rather outside events led to challenging delays. In the Clapham area a signals failure and a severe check whilst crossing from the local to the main created a poor start. A relaying slack at Earlsfield following by trouble with 31768's firebox door jamming increased the delays. West of Salisbury the special caught up with a local, so reigning in any chance to fully stretch 30718's legs. Heavy rain on the return leg again prevented the maximum being reached. On the last leg from Salisbury the timetable proved just too much for 31768, despite best efforts Waterloo was reached fifteen minute late.
(2) Loco ran tender-first.
(3) Passengers walked between Weymouth & Melcombe Regis stations (and vice-versa on the return).
(4) Banked from Weymouth Jn to Bincombe Tunnel by 6326.
Sources : David Hills & John Clifford (compiled from contemporary
reports) & David Pearson
31768 on arrival at Salisbury (photo: David Pearson)
30718 is readied to depart Salisbury (photo: David Pearson)
30718 on arrival at Yeovil Junction (photo: David Pearson)
Two shots of 3737 at Easton (photo: David Pearson)
David Pearsons tickets for this tour.
From The John Debens Ticket Collection
Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Bluebell Railway Museum & Bruce Nathan)
|13.26||Hampton Court Jn||10/18||10/25||?||20/08½||130.95|
|83.56||Salisbury||11.26 ~ 11.45||11.34½ ~ 11.44||18.36 ~ 18.46||18.35 ~ 18.46||60.65|
|122.69||Yeovil Junction||12.45 ~ 12.55||12.46 ~ 12.57|
|124.34||Yeovil South Jn||13/00||13/07|
|124.80||Yeovil Pen Mill||13.03 ~ 13.13||13.09 ~ 13.17|
|137.61||Maiden Newton||13.35 ~ 13.38||13.44½ ~ 13.46|
|-||Broadstone||17.29 ~ 17.34||17.34 ~ 17.34½||30.23|
|3.78||Portland||14.48 ~ 14.49||?||13.48 ~ 13.49||?||3.57|
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