34010 Sidmouth – Timing Logs
Below are four logs of runs made by Sidmouth in BR service by Malcolm Garner, ©M Garner
07:08 Basingstoke to Waterloo, 1st September 1964
|Load:||10 coaches - 320 tons tare / c. 355 tons gross (full and standing)|
|Crew:||Driver Warren of Basingstoke|
|0.0||Woking||0.00||0.00||- / 42 / 38* PW|
|2.7||West Byfleet||5.29||32* / 24*PW|
|3.9||Byfleet & Newhaw||8.26||33|
|5.2||Weybridge||10.41||33 / 45|
|9.9||Esher||16.06||67 / 66|
|11.0||Hampton Court Junction||17.08||68|
|12.3||Surbiton||18.20||67 / 70|
|14.6||New Malden||20.23||70 / 72|
|17.1||Wimbledon||22.39||69 / 60 / 58|
|20.4||Clapham Junction||23.00||27.11||24* sigs / 50|
|23.0||Vauxhall||31.06||13* sigs / 16|
A run spoilt by a succession of permanent way and signal checks. The extended PW slack was taken very gingerly but there was then some good running in the middle stretch between Walton and Wimbledon. A further 2 min was lost by signals before Waterloo.
07:08 Basingstoke to Waterloo, 3rd September 1964
|Load:||10 coaches - 318 tons tare / c. 350 tons gross (full and standing)|
|Crew:||Driver Horne of Basingstoke|
|2.7||West Byfleet||5.00||40* PW / 38*PW|
|3.9||Byfleet & Newhaw||7.02||48|
|5.2||Weybridge||8.48||50 / 60|
|7.25||Walton||10.48||60 / 68|
|8.4||Hersham||11.58||70 / 72 /68|
|9.9||Esher||13.17||71 / 72|
|11.0||Hampton Court Junction||14.14||70|
|20.4||Clapham Junction||23.00||23.12||40*SR / 53|
|23.0||Vauxhall||26.41||41 / 18* sigs|
Estimated Net Time: 28 min 30sec.
I recorded 104 steam hauled up runs over this stretch on this train. On this occasion there was a permanent way restriction on the up main line at West Byfleet which cost in the region of 1 min 30 sec. However the crew had all but gained that back by Clapham Junction only for the signals before Waterloo to add a further 1 min delay. It was therefore a pretty good run with a net time of about 28 min 30 sec, which was good for an up run at that time of day (only 16 of the 104 runs managed an actual time of less than 30 min).
17:09 Waterloo to Basingstoke, 2nd September 1964
|Load:||10 coaches - 322 tons tare / c. 345 tons gross|
|Crew:||Driver Hayward & Fireman Sheppard of Basingstoke MPD|
|1.3||Vauxhall||3.23||43 / 53|
|3.9||Clapham Junction||7.00||6.53||43* SR|
|5.6||Earlsfield||9.01||52 / 60|
|9.8||New Malden||13.13||66 / 69|
|12.0||Surbiton||15.15||69 / 70|
|13.3||Hampton Court Junction||16.22||72|
|14.4||Esher||17.15||74 / 76|
|17.1||Walton||19.28||72 / 70|
|20.4||Byfleet & Newhaw||22.18||73|
|21.7||West Byfleet||23.22||72 / 41*sigs|
Estimated Net Time: 26 min 25 sec.
Out of exactly 100 steam hauled down runs on this train this was the fourth fastest actual start to stop time I recorded. It was the fastest of all to West Byfleet (25 min was a good average time to there) and only the adverse signals on the approach to Woking prevented it staying the fastest (this was 26 min 30 sec by 34040 on 25th September 1964, having passed West Byfleet in 23 min 30 sec).
17:09 Waterloo to Basingstoke, 4th September 1964
|Load:||10 coaches - 318 tons tare / c. 340 tons gross|
|Crew:||Driver Hayward & Fireman Rood of Basingstoke MPD|
|1.3||Vauxhall||3.32||41 / 54|
|3.9||Clapham Junction||7.00||6.54||45* SR|
|9.8||New Malden||13.23||65 / 67|
|13.3||Hampton Court Junction||16.44||65 / 68|
|19.1||Weybridge||22.07||60 / 63|
|20.4||Byfleet & Newhaw||23.18||65|
|Sig stop 3 min 34 sec|
Estimated Net Time: 27 min 40 sec.
This was a very competent run, only spoilt by the (unusual) signal stop before Woking. No explanation in my notes for the slight slowing through Weybridge – possibly sighted a yellow signal in the distance?