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Cathedrals Express Victoria to Worcester 15/05/18

Discussion in 'What's Going On' started by NathanP, May 9, 2018.

  1. NathanP

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    Timings now available:

    http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/U52447/2018/05/15/advanced
    http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/U52452/2018/05/15/advanced

    An entirely unassisted run with 45212. Nice to see SD confirming on their website there won't be a diesel for this one.

    As long as I leave work on time I should make it to Shrub Hill to watch the departure!
     
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    ooo, Is this an unassisted return up Sapperton?
     
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    That's what I was told when I booked. Shouldn't be a problem for 45212 with 9. 10 would be very interesting after her showing on Upton Scudamore last week.
     
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    45212 seems to have a reputation as a Black 5 GTI .
     
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    Seem to recall being told it was renowned as a strong performer at NYMR where they have more experience than most operating black fives. It also has a unique in preservation boiler arrangement I think, perhaps @LMS2968 can advise further?
    The film of 44932 on the climb reminded me that it had a GTi reputation too, perhaps due again to boiler configuration, 28 elements in the superheater rather than more usual 24?
     
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    Load 9 today. Bob Baines on the regulator. Left RT. Unassisted today. 245 left at buffer stop.
     
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    Could be Ray Poole for the return leg, as he seems to do a lot of the Sapperton jobs. Should sail up with load nine.
     
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    Well that was a surprise she went into Platform 8 at Reading and then I assume started from rest to climb the rise of the new overbridge (not taking the path underneath) so remained on the down main/fast through Tilehurst (which meant the following HST and IET services then ran slowly through the station as I was leaving.)
     
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    It is said Mr Poole. He's taking train back to Didcot this evening.
     
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    45212 passing Pangbourne this morning.

    45212 66789 50s.003.jpg

    James
     
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    Don't think there's a choice off P8. We did the high level, 21 as it levelled off. Got to 60 on the main by Pangbourne and held it until easing a couple of miles or so before crossing onto the relief. Nice running. Pity about the 60 limit.
     
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    I think you can go under the new bridge and join Reading West Jnc on the Down Relief/Slow instead of staying on the Main (but I could be wrong)
     
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    There is a way to dive under the new over pass and gain access to the relief line from platform 8, I wonder if it has been gauged though, especially as it meant you had to stay on the main all the way down to Didcot especially with following HST’s!
     
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    Only previous time I did P8 westbound was with Mayflower and we did the high level then. Avoided it off the high number platforms more than once.
     
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    Departing Worcester Shrub Hill this evening, Ray Poole driving.

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    With some locos there are gauge issues on the relief, I would have thought not with a Black 5, but recent tours with 60009 used the main and 70013 went through at walking pace, so could be due to that.
     
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    Extra hopefully short water stop at Kemble. Can't make 86 miles to Milton Jn.
     
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    Raw Data: Stroud 45; Bourne Viaduct 50; St. Mary's Crossing 51.2; Chalford Viaduct 40.2; Frampton Viaduct 34.9; Sapperton Long Tunnel In 24. In Kemble 1946; 31 late.
     

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