34072 257 Squadron – Timing Logs

Below are three logs of runs made by 257 Squadron in BR service.

17:09 Waterloo to Basingstoke, 18th September 1964

Load: 10 coaches - 322 tons tare / c. 345 tons gross
Crew: Driver Harris & Fireman Powell of Basingstoke MPD
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Distance   Station Schedule Time Speed
0.0   Waterloo 0.00 0.00  
1.3   Vauxhall   4.23 35 / 18* sigs
3.9   Clapham Junction 7.00 9.05 44*SR
5.6   Earlsfield   11.24 54
7.2   Wimbledon   13.11 58
9.8   New Malden   15.40 69
12.0   Surbiton   17.39 72
13.3   Hampton Court Junction   18.44 75
14.4   Esher   19.36 76
15.9   Hersham   20.50 76
17.1   Walton   21.43 80 / 75
19.1   Weybridge   23.22 77
20.4   Byfleet & Newhaw   24.23 81
21.7   West Byfleet   25.21 82 / 48* sigs
24.3   Woking 31.00 28.31  

Estimated Net Time: 26 min 30 sec.

This was an exceptional run. The crew had lost 2 min on schedule to Clapham due to a slow start and signal checks before Clapham Junction but then ran in fine style for the remainder of the run. A top speed of 80 mph was unusual. The New Malden to West Byfleet time was, by about 14 sec, the fastest I recorded in the 100 runs I timed on this train in 1964-65.

 

07:08 Basingstoke to Waterloo, 22nd September 1964

Load: 10 coaches - 322 tons tare / c. 345 tons gross
Crew: Driver Simmonds of Basingstoke MPD
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Distance   Station Schedule Time Speed
0.0   Woking 0.00   - / 45
2.7   West Byfleet   5.43 23* PW
3.9   Byfleet & Newhaw   8.24 34* PW
5.2   Weybridge   10.16 47
7.25   Walton   12.43 58
8.4   Hersham   13.50 64
9.9   Esher   15.18 66
11.0   Hampton Court Junction   16.17 71
12.3   Surbiton   17.26 70
14.6   New Malden   19.26 71
17.1   Wimbledon   21.40 71
18.7   Earlsfield   23.10 70
20.4   Clapham Junction 23.00 25.04 40* SR / 46
23.0   Vauxhall   29.12 28 / 23*sigs / 34
24.3   Waterloo 30.00 33.11  

Estimated Net Time: 28 min 45 sec.

The severe permanent way speed restriction between West Byfleet and Weybridge cost in the region of 3 min 30 sec, with a further loss to signals on the approach to the terminus. The running in the middle section was good however and the net time would be in the region of 28 min 45 sec.

 

07:08 Basingstoke to Waterloo, 24th September 1964

Load: 10 coaches - 322 tons tare / c. 350 tons gross
Crew: Driver Simmonds of Basingstoke MPD
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Distance   Station Schedule Time Speed
0.0   Woking 0.00   - / 46
2.7   West Byfleet   5.13 20 *PW
3.9   Byfleet & Newhaw   7.56 44
5.2   Weybridge   9.42 46
7.25   Walton   12.06 61
8.4   Hersham   13.09 66
9.9   Esher   14.38 66
11.0   Hampton Court Junction   15.39 68
12.3   Surbiton   16.51 67
14.6   New Malden   18.58 70
17.1   Wimbledon   21.16 68
18.7   Earlsfield   22.47 68
20.4   Clapham Junction 23.00 24.37 42*SR / 54
23.0   Vauxhall   28.06 48
24.3   Waterloo 30.00 31.36  

Estimated Net Time: 28 min.

The severe permanent way speed restriction between West Byfleet and Weybridge cost in the region of 3 min 30 sec.  The running in the middle section was once again good and the net time would be in the region of 28 min.