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Re: CLAN LINE

Postby Chris Meredith » Sat Oct 20, 2018 11:15 am

Clan Line has passed her fitness to run examination and will be hauling today's Belmond British Pullman 'Surrey Hills' departing in the standard pathway from Victoria at 12 28 from platform 2, out via Richmond, Chertsey, Guildford, Shalford water stop 14 24-39 return via Redhill, East Croydon, Streatham Common arriving back at Victoria P2 at 16 05.
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Re: CLAN LINE

Postby Chris Meredith » Sat Oct 20, 2018 4:03 pm

A good run today with no issues, right time start and arrival back at Victoria.
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Re: CLAN LINE

Postby Chris Meredith » Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:52 pm

Clan Line has passed fitness to run exam and is all prepared for tomorrow's 'Surrey Hills Belmond British Pullman'. We will be carrying a poppy wreath on the top lamp iron and a poppy on each of the headcode discs.
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Re: CLAN LINE

Postby Chris Meredith » Sat Nov 10, 2018 9:21 am

Another successful performance without any drama by Clan Line on yesterday's 'Surrey Hills' departure was on time, arrival at the Shalford water stop was 4 1/2 minutes early where 2500 gallons was taken from the road tanker. Departure from Shalford was 1 minute early, slippery rails were encountered as far as the Gomshall summit but the diesel was not called in to assist, the summit was passed at a credible 27 MPH and the second summit was passed at 41 MPH, speed reigned in the 70s through the Dorking area, there was a final fling though Streatham Common where we were doing 69 MPH, arrival back at Victoria was 1 minute late. Lots of happy customers came to visit the loco, many of them including the ladies in their finery having a cab visit.
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Re: CLAN LINE

Postby Chris Meredith » Fri Nov 23, 2018 10:44 pm

Clan Line has passed FTR exam and is well prepared for tomorrow's UKRT 'Chiltern and Downs' trip.
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Re: CLAN LINE

Postby Chris Meredith » Fri Nov 23, 2018 11:17 pm

Further to my previous post, this will be the last run by steam between Old Oak Jn and Greenford East Junction via Park Royal prior to closure in present form in December.
Summary times as follows: Train No. 1Z72, Paddington P9 dep 11 23, Park Royal 11/33,Princes Risborough 12 34-48, Oxford Parkway 13 26-44 Water, Oxford 13 52-53 crew change,Reading P13 14 31-36,Wokingham 14/48, Guildford P6 15/19, Shalford 15 23-43 water, Redhill P0 16 06-14, East Croydon P4 16/33, Streatham Cmn P2 16/47, Tulse Hill 16/57, Herne Hill 17/02, Victoria P2 arr 17 13
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Re: CLAN LINE

Postby Chris Meredith » Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:03 am

I was not responsible for keeping the log on this occasion but have received reports from members of the support crew and some of those who were on the train. I am told that Saturday's trip was another exemplary performance by Clan Line, time keeping was good throughout the day with an arrival back at Victoria on time. I gather one of the highlights was the climb from High Wycombe to Saunderton where the loco accelerated by 5 MPH with 500 tons in tow. Among the comments I received were 'Saunderton what incline!' There was some sprightly running along the Thames valley from Oxford to Reading, Gomshall summit was surmounted at 32 MPH in less than favourable conditions and finally there was a very impressive restart from a signal stop on the adverse gradient and curve between Streatham Common and Streatham. Lots and happy passengers and to crown it took place on the boss of UKRT, John Farrow's birthday.
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Re: CLAN LINE

Postby Chris Meredith » Fri Dec 07, 2018 5:25 pm

This morning at just after 10am Clan Line arrived at Cardiff hauling the Royal Train with the Prince of Wales on board, before leaving the station he spoke with the support crew and the footplate crew he also had a cab visit and was presented with a framed poster of our locomotive. Clan Line travelled down yesterday evening in light steam hauled by blue livered Class 67 No. 67002 to South Wales where she attached to the Royal Train. The loco returns to Stewarts Lane this evening where a further support crew will be waiting to prepare her for tomorrow's Belmond Pullman which has been revised to run via Bicester, Oxford, Reading, Kensington Olympia and Herne Hill due engineering works on the usual Surrey Hills route. If anyone should wish to visit us and see Clan Line she will be in platform 2 at Victoria from 0758 until 1130 and again from 1745 until 2001 due a blockade at Stewarts Lane.
It is most appropriate that Clan Line hauled today's train in Prince Charle's 70th anniversary year as it is also her 70th anniversary having first entered traffic on 23rd December 1948.
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Re: CLAN LINE

Postby Chris Meredith » Sun Dec 09, 2018 5:54 pm

Clan Line returned to Stewarts Lane from Cardiff after VIP duties as train engine with the Royal Train stock as far as Hanwell Loop. She detached there and made her way to depot arriving about 1730 where the next support crew for the following day's Pullman were waiting to complete the fitness to run and give the loco a 'Wash & brush up'.
Saturday's trip was completed successfully with a minimum of fuss, the only drama being that the generator coach was found to be a failure at Victoria so the decision was made to leave the Class 67 attached to the rear to provide power for hotel purposes, an additional 90 tons to be hauled making the load in excess of 600 tons. I wasn't with the train but am told she sounded more like a Black 5 than an MN on the climb from Herne Hill to Tulse Hill! Saunderton was surmounted at 55 MPH only 2 MPH less than on our previous UKRT train 2 weeks ago with an additional 100 tons on the drawbar. A very memorable and successful couple of days.
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Re: CLAN LINE

Postby Chris Meredith » Fri Dec 14, 2018 6:15 pm

Clan Line has failed FTR today so that it is with regret that the loco will not be appearing on tomorrow's Belmond 'Surrey Hills' Pullman. The reason for the failure is damage to a tyre on the middle tender wheelset, it is thought that this may have happened when the loco was in South Wales last week and could have been due to contact with a check rail, Arriva trains have apparently been having similar problems in S Wales leading to a shortage of rolling stock.
Our CM&EE has been pulling out all the stops to have the loco fit for next Thursday's trip to Sherborne, as at 1630 this afternoon arrangements were in hand to try and get the tender wheels turned on the lathe at Selhurst possibly on Tuesday.
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