UK Rail Tours Sherborne Christmas Carols on Saturday 20th December 2018

(All logs taken by Chris Meredith)

Clan Line's 70th birthday was celebrated with a UK Railtours charter to Sherborne, associated with a Christmas Carol Concert.

We left London Victoria on time, but we were delayed by other traffic, and were ten minutes down by the time that we reached Clapham Junction. Having lost our slot, we were further delayed by a stopping service that was now in front of us. This was made worse by reports of a dog on the line, and we were twenty five minutes behind schedule by the time that we joined the mainline at Byfleet.

Clan Line at Potbridge, near Winchfield - photograph by Steve Wright

We were further delayed at Basingstoke by being routed through a platform for which we weren't gauged. This explains the thirty eight minute deficit at the start of this first extract from the log.

Load: Eleven = 426 tons tare, 460 tons gross

Crew: Inspector Don Clarke, driver Wayne Thompson, fireman Jim Clarke

Location Booked Actual Speed
Basingstoke 10:30 11:07:57 20
Worting Junction 10:34 11:12:30 52
Oakley 11:14:00 60
Overton 11:16:53 78
Whitchurch 11:19:42 79
Andover 10:54 11:25:15 77
Red Post Junction 11:26:24 76
Grately 11:30:23 68
Porton 11:34:54 77
Tunnel Junction SY31 arr 11:11½ 11:44:07
Tunnel Junction SY31 dep 11:46:10
Salisbury P4 arr 11:16 11:49:51

The journey from Salisbury to our pathing stop at Gillingham was fine, but the climb from here to Buckhorn Weston Tunnel was quite something, as this extract from the log shows:-

Crew: Inspector Tommy Rees, driver Wayne Thompson, fireman Steve Rodenhurst

Location Booked Actual Speed
Gillingham 12:51 12:56:27
MP 107½ East end Tnl 13:02:45 34
Templecombe 13:03 13:07:41 66 /28
MP 113½ 13:09:30 30
Milborne Port 13:11:42 55
Sherborne 13:12 13:17:24

Clan Line at Salisbury with Wayne in charge - photograph by David Mant

Having dropped off our passengers at Sherborne, the train went on to Yeovil Railway Centre at Yeovil Junction for servicing. As well as taking on coal and water, we also saw to the lubrication and cleaned the fire. We made use of their turntable to turn both the locomotive and the support coach.

Clan Line on the turntable at Yeovil Junction - photograph by Mark V Pike

We were ready to leave on time, but we were delayed by a late-running service train. This meant that we were fourteen minutes late leaving Sherborne. There is quite a climb out of the station which steepens to one in eighty for over two miles. The next extract from the log shows that we topped this incline in fine style, and had an exciting dash down the other side. Because of our lateness, we were able to miss out our pathing stops at Gillingham and Tisbury, and got to Salisbury for our water stop eight minutes early.

Crew: Inspector Tommy Rees, driver Wayne Thompson, fireman Steve Rodenhurst

Location Booked Actual Speed
Sherborne 16:55 17:09:15
Milborne Port 27
MP 113½ 17:17:05 29
Templecombe 17:06 17:21:00 65
MP 107½ East End Tnl 17:25:04 79 /49
Gillingham arr 17:14 57 /70
Gillingham dep 17:21 17:27:22
Semley 48
Tisbury 17:36:57 69 /66
Tisbury Loop arr 17:32
Tisbury Loop dep 17:39 17:37:30 36
Dinton 77
Wilton 17:50 17:46:15 73
Wilton Jn 17:52 17:47:15 36
Salisbury P4 arr 18:02 17:53:25

We were delayed again, and left Salisbury eight minutes late, but we had a storming climb up through Porton, and we had almost recouped our deficit by Basingstoke. We had the usual fast running along the racing stretch towards Fleet, and managed to get to Staines, to drop off our first passengers, ahead of schedule.

Crew: Inspector Bob Hart, driver/fireman Graham Ward/Paul Major

Location Booked Actual Speed
Salisbury P4 dep 18:31 18:39:37
Tunnel Jn 18:34 18:44:42
Porton 41
Grately 18:57:32 57
Red Post Jn 73
Andover 18:56 19:03:00 73
Whitchurch 19:09:12 75 /64
Overton 19:12:24 70
Oakley 65
Worting Jn 19:16 19:17:30 33 /43
Basingstoke 19:20 19:22:15 29 /49
Hook 19:27:30 75
Winchfield 19:29:22 76
Fleet 19:32:15 76 /72
Farnborough 19:34 19:36:40 25 /49
MP 31 60
Pirbright Jn 19:40:30 68
Brookwood 19:41:55 65
Woking Jn 19:43 19:46:25 32 /46
Woking P1 19:44 19:47:00 53
West Byfleet 19:49:42 66
Byfleet & New Haw 19:50 19:52:13 21
Addlestone Jn 19:53 19:54:17 40
Addlestone 19:55:42 43
Chertsey 19:58:08 30 /40
Virginia Water 20:05 20:04:35 9
Egham 20:09:42 38
Staines arr 20:17 20:14:53 38 /20