Wadebridge Heading


Andrew Pepper has provided details of a journey he made behind 34007 back in 1964.

At Weymouth Town

Wadebridge at Weymouth Town, Sunday 22nd September 1963,
prior to departure with the 2.15 pm SuO Weymouth - Waterloo.
Photo © Andrew Pepper

Andrew Pepper, who is actively involved in the restoration of an L&SWR coach, has sent details of a journey behind Wadebridge that he made when he was 13. At that time Andrew was living in Weymouth and saw Wadebridge frequently. She was, he says his favourite flat-top! Andrew also took the photographs on this page, with a Brownie camera so the quality is not quite up to today's standards.

4.00 p.m. Channel Islands Boat Express.
34007 Wadebridge plus 6 coaches and 1 bogie van.
Timing Point Passing Speed
Radipole Halt 29
Upwey & Broadway 34
Bincombe Tunnel 32
Monkton & Came 57
Dorchester South 20*
Moreton 65/76
Wool 66
Wareham 61
Holton Heath 70/75
Hamworthy Junction 37*
Parkstone 27
Branksome 30*
Gas Works Junction 38 slowed by signals/51
Bournemouth Central 25*
Boscombe 53
Pokesdown 61
Christchurch 32 slowed by signals
Hinton Admiral 57
Lymington Junction 65*
Brockenhurst 62*
Beaulieu Road 61
Lyndhurst Road 58*
Totton - held at signals (11 minutes)
St Denys 45
Eastleigh MPD - held at signals (¼ minute)
Shawford 28
Winchester City 62
Micheldever 64
Litchfield Tunnel 67
Worting Junction 60*
Brookwood 62
Woking 75
West Byfleet 19 slowed by signals
Walton-on-Thames 82
Surbiton 65*
New Malden 70*
Wimbledon 50*
Clapham Junction 39*

*Permanent speed restriction
Booked station stops shown in bold.

It was frequently the case that if a boat train made good time traversing the tramway from Weymouth Dock it would be allowed to leave Weymouth Junction as much as 10 minutes early. This was almost certainly the case on this day, and having left early the crew made easy meat of the 1 in 50 climb out of Weymouth (with the maximum load permitted for an unassisted light pacific) so it is not surprising that, apart from a creditable pull up through Micheldever, they did not make much effort to regain time lost at signals until later in the journey - after West Byfleet.

Close-up of Wadebridge's Nameplate
Photo © Andrew Pepper
As usual, the doors for filling the sanding gear have been left open!

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