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Southern Belle Railtour: Weymouth to Bournemouth

Following pick ups at Dorchester, Wareham, Poole and Bournemouth there was a scheduled non-stop run to Clapham Junction. 3 Cig 1497 was pulling into Brockenhurst as the "Southern Belle" passed through, with much sounding of horns. Was it coincidence that the scheduled passing time was exactly the arrival time of the Lymington train?

There was the novelty of passing through Southampton without stopping. Such good progress was being made that the tour was checked approaching Winchester because it was catching up with the preceding train from Weymouth.

Weymouth

waiting to be slammed This is one thing the commemoration is all about. If there is one thing Veps are good at it is doors!

photograph by Robert Armstrong
waiting to return The tour getting ready for the return journey. Southern's 4 Cig 1866 will be leading all the way to Ramsgate and then back to London Bridge. However, in terms of mileage and duration (if the "Control Special" run back from London Bridge is included) 4 Cep 1698 spent the greater amount in the lead.

photograph by Scot Bearford

Bournemouth (up)

next stop Clapham Junction A seven minute stop at Bournemouth on the return journey gave photographers the time to dash to platform 3 to get a decent angle.  The next stop on the tour is Clapham Junction.

photograph by Robert Armstrong
Bournemouth station indicator Not a destination regularly seen on the indicators at Bournemouth! Given the limited number of stops it is good that the toilets on the train are working.

photograph by R.M. Brumé
no longer a familiar sight Roofs of Mk1 carriages have been a regular sight at Bournemouth since the early 1950s, first as locomotive hauled coaches and then, from the end of steam, as multiple units. However, the only Mk1 roofs regularly seen here these days are those of the two 3 Cigs working the Lymington Branch travelling to and from Bournemouth TRSMD.

photograph by Colin Price

Working Timetable: 1Z23 15.08 Weymouth to Ramsgate
Weymouth
Dorchester Jn
Dorchester S
Moreton
Wool
Wareham
Poole

Branksome
Bournemouth
Brockenhurst
Redbridge
Southampton
Northam Jn
St Denys
Eastleigh
Shawford
Winchester
Worting Jn
Basingstoke
Farnborough
Woking Jn
15.08
15/17
15.18 15.20
15/26
15/32 ˝
15.38 15.43
15.52 15.54
15/59
16.03 16.10
16/24
16/33 FL
16/36 P1
16/38 FL
16/39 ˝
16/45 FL
16/48
16/50 ˝
17/05 FL
17/07 FL
17/16 ˝ FL
17/22 FL