34053 Sir Keith Park – Timing Logs

Southhampton to Bournemouth, 11th April 1965

Recorder: Derek Tuck
Load: 8 coaches - 270 tons gross
Crew: Driver Holloway, Nine Elms.
Distance   Station Schedule Time Speed
0.00   Southampton dep   0.00
2.65   Redbridge   05.15 50.5
3.30   Totton   05.57 53.5
6.20   Lyndhurst Road   08.57 61.5 / 70.5 / 67
8.80   Beaulieu Road 11.21 71 / 73
10.50   Woodfidley Box   12.45 65.5 pws 15*
13.55   Brockenhurst   16.56 56
14.50   Lymington Jctn   17.26 57 / 54
16.40   Sway   19.53 58.5
0.00   New Milton 22.33 71
21.8   Hinton Admiral   24.38 78
25.1   Christchurch   27.26 65 *
27.1   Pokesdown 29.18 58.5
27.6   Boscombe   29.57 52
28.8   Bournemouth Central arr 32.20

Comment: In this table I have set out a run through the New Forest from Southampton to Bournemouth. Driver Holloway of Nine Elms was in charge of 34053, a modest load of 8 coaches - 270 tons - presented no particular challenge, however with switchback gradients and numerous speed restrictions, this route calls for enginemanship of a fairly high order. A 15mph Permanent Way restriction after Beaulieu Road cost 1 minutes, but with speed culminating in a 78mph dash down Hinton Admiral bank, Bournemouth was reached well inside the 34 minute schedule.