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British Pullman 2024

Discussion in 'What's Going On' started by Big Al, May 9, 2024.

  1. Big Al

    Big Al Nat Pres stalwart Staff Member Moderator

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    I see that timings are now up for the first of this year's steam hauled trips with Clan Line on the new Dover circuit.

    https://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/service/gb-nr:U11985/2024-05-11/detailed
    https://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/service/gb-nr:U11986/2024-05-11/detailed
     
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    Clan Line in steam outside it's shed at the Lane just now. Hopefully it passes FTR.

    Regards,

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    From Clan Line - The Golden Arrow Engine:

    "We're pleased to announce that Clan Line has passed its fitness to run exam for tomorrow's British Pullman tour around Kent".

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    So nice to have such a wonderful loco running round my home territory now. Looked superbly turned out as usual.

    I was too late realising the train was coming down the main line Victoria to Bomley South, with the Catford Loop shut for engineering works, to photo it on the stretch. But plan A worked out ok: Gillingham level crossing and then coming past the location of the old steam loco shed at Tonbridge.

    Usual very low res images attached below.

    Bryan B.

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    My video from today's run, at Redhill.
     
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    Two shots from the 8k video. 115A8861.jpeg 115A8859 (1).jpeg
     
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    British Pullman, 35028 Clan Line, 11th May 2024.
    Filmed at Nutfield:

     
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    Time to do some guessing - this is Nat Pres after all! - With no inside knowledge at all.

    An ecs to Dover, an express on the return with time for a water stop at Dover Priory, and a stop that may be a splash and dash at the 'Rochester Up Layby Sidings' if that is accessible by road. Maybe steam hauled.

    As for the train, a Belmond Pullman working to pick up VIPs off an inbound posh cruise ship at Dover?

    I reckon I could just be correct re the train reason, but probably most likely diesel hauled.

    And, from the Port of Dover website, arrivals for 23 May show there is a Saga cruise arrving at 06.00. That of course may just be a total coincidence!



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    My guess would be top and tailed Class 67s, given the train departs Dover via the same way it arrives - to the North. The steam trips are usually circular. The MNLPS website shows Clan Line's next outing as 30th May. Thanks for posting though.
     
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    Doooohhooo. . .

    I'm just not keeping up at the back.

    It's more than a few years that the Kearsney Loop that big brother Don and I once knew, gave the chance of a steam loco reversal at Dover!

    I'm spending far too much time typing up my 1960s SR steam timing logs . . . . . . . . . . . .
     
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    That makes sense - thanks.
     
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    Probably being used to bring all those folks that have come across in a dingy in the past few days to their hotel:D
     
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    It would be amusing for them to be presented with a steam train - they would wonder what they have come to!
     
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    Does anyone have any information as to whether this train is due to run tomorow, and with Clan Line please?
     
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    FTR passed. It will run tomorrow to the same route as the previous run. Other such trips will be within the new TOC timetables meaning that the return will be up Hildenborough.
     
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    A gloomy day brightened up by Clan Line hurrying through Rainham, while an early running sharp pointy thing waited at platform after arriving 2 minutes before 35028.

    I did try and get over to Tonbridge to see the Merchant Navy on the return. But with all sort of local road works/closures, including the failure of a 4 way temporary traffic control, I felt I was very unlikely to complete my 11 mile after lunch drive in the 65 minutes I had allowed. An Owl could certainly fly it a lot quicker.

    Usual very low-res image.

    Bryan B.



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    Climbing away from a 20mph TSR towards Edenbridge:
     
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    Cheeky loco, lifting the valves under power with that load!
     
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