Because of our unfortunate non-appearance on the recent Torbay Express, a lot of the cleaning had already been done, so most of our support crew had quite an easy time on the preparation day.
The recent hot, dry weather had increased the risk of lineside fires. Even the rain on the day of the trip wasn't enough to lessen this risk, so Network Rail had understandably insisted that we take a diesel locomotive with us to provide traction power. The danger of embers from the chimney or the ashpans was too great. The class 67 was marshalled between our locomotive and support coach.
After departing London Victoria two minutes late, we managed to pass Barnes one and a half minutes early. The train arrived at the Addlestone pathing stop on time, and we were only slightly late at Shalford. Because we were not providing power, we didn't need to take water, or pull coal forward. The rain had also deterred the usual crowd of visitors, so the station was rather quiet.
We left Shalford on time, and the run to Redhill was uneventful. The next part of the journey was interrupted by pathing delays at South Croydon, and we were stopped at Streatham Common. We eventually got back to Victoria six minutes late.
Despite the diesel power and the weather, our passengers still enjoyed their time with us, and we earnt some money to help us to keep Clan Line running on the mainline.
We have already started on the preparations for next weekend's Torbay Express.