CLAN LINE

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Chris Meredith
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Re: CLAN LINE

Post by Chris Meredith » Sun Aug 11, 2019 6:52 pm

A 400 plus mile round trip to Exeter & back on last Saturday's ACE, all went very well. There were some minor issues beyond our control on the down run, as a result of a tree on the line the following 0920 ex Waterloo which was due to pass us at Chard Loop was delayed this resulted in Clan Line not being recessed here as booked meaning an arrival at St David's nearly half an hour early! Some of the diners had finish their lunch in a hurry as this was only served as the train was passing Pinhoe! Not altogether satisfactory. The return start was delayed by 23' this was caused by an early running freight train being given preference in Riverside Yard meaning that servicing the loco was delayed by more than an hour, then the hoist on the coal lorry broke, this was fixed by Chris our Chief Engineer! An excellent run ensued to Bristol in less that even time and after the water stop in Bristol E Yard the train departed on time. A good run to Salisbury where more water was taken and another ton of coal was loaded in bags brought down from Stewarts Lane in a van driven by one of the family members of the MNLPS. Another good run on back to Waterloo only to be delayed by a points failure at Queenstown Road giving a 12' late arrival. A very long and tiring day for our support crew who performed with their usual efficiency, the loco and support coach are now both in a filthy condition and this means a lot of hard work to get things back to the usual pristine condition before next Friday's 'Surrey Hills' Pullman.
In the interests of historical accuracy the shed plate was changed to 70A Nine Elms, also on the bottom headcode disc a paper number 6 was affixed, indicating Nine Elms number 6 duty which was correct for the down ACE.

Chris Meredith
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Re: CLAN LINE

Post by Chris Meredith » Thu Aug 15, 2019 9:13 pm

I am pleased to report that Clan Line has passed the FTR for tomorrow's Surrey Hills British Pullman. After last weekend's ACE to Exeter this has involved two days hard graft cleaning and preparing the locomotive by our dedicated volunteer workforce.

Chris Meredith
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Re: CLAN LINE

Post by Chris Meredith » Mon Aug 19, 2019 5:38 pm

A good run last Friday which involved some early running as the pathing stop at Addlestone was not taken, the departure at Shalford was some 2 1/2 minutes early with an arrival back at Victoria some 7 minutes early. A good climb was made to Gomshall despite some light rain which involved the use of the sanders.

Chris Meredith
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Re: CLAN LINE

Post by Chris Meredith » Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:15 pm

I am pleased to report that Clan Line has pass the fitness to run for tomorrow's Belmond British Pullman to Bath & Bristol, we are all bulled up & ready to go.

Chris Meredith
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Re: CLAN LINE

Post by Chris Meredith » Fri Sep 13, 2019 9:59 am

A good run to Bristol and back, slightly marred by an issue with the water tanker at Challow resulting in a 35 minute late arrival on the down run, no problems with the locomotive.

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