That was, of course, in December 1966. By chance, it happened to coincide with fairly modest levels of engineering and signal work on the SWML, so I thought it worth sharing what was going on around that time and that will give others the opportunity of adding a few of their own stories. As I said, the line to Southampton was almost tsr free so for any crew looking to hurry things along, there was scope for early running. especially back into London. For example, 80 minutes to Winchester for 66 miles was fairly generous so on the 1530 ex Waterloo we were on track for a six minutes early arrival including a tsr at Brookwood with 34090 before we were held back at Winchester Junction. But the signalling was not perfect and there were occasional failures. For example, returning to Waterloo on the 2051 arrival with 35008, we were right time away from Southampton and with 96 minutes to while away there was scope for a quick time. However, after sweeping up to Worting in only 33 minutes we then sat at a failed signal outside of Basingstoke for approaching 20 minutes while they tried to sort things out. Even so, running time from Basingstoke to Waterloo was only 51 minutes including a tsr and a severe signal check..... outside of Woking - where else, of course! But it was actually the semi-fast services that provided the most entertainment. For example, Gordon Porter on the 2025 arrival took 34104 and 11 bogies from Basingstoke to Woking, start to stop, in 20½ min with speeds between 80 and 89 from Winchfield till the handle was dropped for Woking. The onward rush from Woking to Waterloo was tempered somewhat by signals from Wimbledon and at Vauxhall. Nevertheless, we were inside even time by Hampton Court Junction (11 miles) and we were still ten early at the buffer stops. However, Christmas 1966 was when everyone seemed to be having a go at the Woking to Waterloo record and the legendary Jim Evans was one of the key players. The target train was the 1835 ex Salisbury due in at 2036. It was a light load, typically around 200/230 tons, I wasn't on it every day in the week before Christmas but my tally for the 24¼ miles was: 34032 - 27 min 57 sec - George Enticknap (a typical run) 34057 - 24 min 28 sec - Jim Evans 34100 - 24 min dead - Jim Evans. The secret to a quick time was getting the train away from Woking. So we were inside even time by Walton - that's a little over seven miles! It was then just a case of keeping (more or less) to the speed restrictions in the suburbs and, of course around Clapham that was taken at textbook pace. However, you would be hard pushed to get in from Clapham behind a Desiro in the 5.52 that we did it in including 60ish across Nine Elms Junction. Others may know otherwise but I think that remains the Woking to Waterloo record with steam.