34053 Sir Keith Park – Timing Log
Below is a log of a run made by Sir Keith Park in BR service.
07:08 Basingstoke to Waterloo, 8th January 1965
|Load:||10 coaches - 318 tons tare / c. 365 tons gross (full and standing)|
|Crew:||Driver Harris & Fireman Shalbourne of Basingstoke|
|3.9||Byfleet & Newhaw||5.55||65|
|11.0||Hampton Court Junction||12.06||71|
|20.4||Clapham Junction||23.00||20.40||40* SR / 54|
Out of 104 runs from Woking to Waterloo on this train in 1964-65 this was easily the fastest actual start to stop time I recorded (the next fastest was 28.04 mins).
Most speeds I noted at the time were slightly higher than shown but I have rounded them down a shade to be more accurate based on the distance and average speed between timing points.
It was remarkable to get such a clear run into the capital at the height of the rush hour and the crew produced an excellent run with a loco which seems to have been in fine fettle at the time.
By chance the return run that same evening on the 17:09 Waterloo to Basingstoke was behind 34046 Braunton also now preserved!