Full Steam Ahead Through Chiswick

Enthusiasts capture grandeur of The Dorset Coast Express as it speeds through W4

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The Dorset Coast Express steaming through Grove Park on Tuesday 19th July - photo by Ian Wylie


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Steam enthusiasts of all ages are being treated to weekly sightings of either No. 34067 Tangmere, unrebuilt Battle of Britain class Pacific 4-6-2, built at Brighton in 1947 by the Southern Railway, for use on express passenger trains or No. 70000 Britannia, Britannia class Pacific 4-6-2, built at Crewe in 1951 to British Railways ‘standard’ design, the first ‘standard’ to be built, and used on express passenger trains in East Anglia.

The locomotives are being given a run out on The Dorset Coast Express route each Tuesday throughout July and the first half of August providing day trips from London to Weymouth and back.

Each train, which passes through Chiswick around 9.00am each Tuesday, is being hauled by a steam locomotive and as an added attraction, on leaving Weymouth, will be ‘banked’ on the steep climb of Upwey Bank by another steam locomotive at the rear.

Leaving London Victoria Station at 08:45, the train travels westwards, crossing the Thames at Barnes Bridge, through Kew and Feltham calling at Staines and Woking to pick up further passengers.

A stop at Winchfield, allows the steam locomotive to take on water before continuing to the final pick up point at Basingstoke. We leave the South Western Main Line at Worthing Junction and take the Bournemouth Line, heading south through Winchester and Southampton.

More photos can be seen courtesy of Richard Jennings and Ian Wylie on the forum.

July 19, 2011