Fast runs from Nine Elms based loco's

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Fast runs from Nine Elms based loco's

Post by 35005CP on Fri Jun 15, 2012 9:20 am

I came across this about 35028;

LOCATION: Nine Elms
DATE: 1967
SUBJECT: Ex-SR Rebuilt Merchant Navy Class 4-6-2 'Clan Line' No. 35028 - seen here in a cab-side close up and on the turntable at Nine Elms shed in South London.

After rebuilding in 1959 she was initially allocated to Nine Elms shed where she headed such trains as the "Bournemouth Belle" and the "Atlantic Coast Express. Indeed, it was while working the A.C.E. in 1961 she was unofficially timed at 104 mph passing Axminster.

On July 2nd 1967 Clan Line hauled a farewell special from Waterloo to Bournemouth and back and thus ended her BR career.

Any others located at Nine Elms depot that did some fantastic runs?

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Re: Fast runs from Nine Elms based loco's

Post by 35005CP on Mon Jul 15, 2013 11:27 pm

Here is an Insert from Bryan Benn regarding 35005 (My Favourite engine)

"35005 night to remember
Meeting Gordon Hooper again at the Bluebell re-union, and then seeing Dave "Dropgrate" Wilson's recent E mail, takes me back to the night of 15th/16th May 1965.

Loco inspector Brian Smith, Gordon and Dave were the crew of 35005 "Canadian Pacific" on the ten coach 21.20 Waterloo to Bournemouth. Loco specially selected for a very unofficial high speed run, with my elder brother Don, myself, John Evans and Terry Bagworth invited to bring our stop watches etc to properly record the event. And that was the fastest start to stop Waterloo-Basingstoke time ever with steam: 43 mins and 48 seconds, with a 19 mph temporary speed slowing at Wimbledon C box. 89 mph at Byfleet Junction, 77 mph over milepost 31, and 90 mph at Newnham siding. There was talk that we could have gone over mp 31 at 80 mph if "Dropgrate" hadn't put the injectors on: but I reckon he thought it useful to keep some water in the boiler.

Things got better. A storming start from Basingstoke culminated in a wonderful 105 mph between Wallers Ash and Winchester Junction boxes. "
Does anyone know if any other Merchant Navy Pacifics achieved this or better? I was sure 35008 and 35018 achieved something like this, if not better?
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