Steam in the Susy area – Update

Pictured: ‘Clan Line’ passing through Merstham on its way back to London (courtesy Alan French)

This weekend (20/21 November) there is the chance to see two steam trains operating through the Susy Radio area.

On Saturday 20th November 2021, Merchant Navy Class Pacific No.35028 Clan Line will be pausing at Shalford, where water is taken between 14.22 and 14.40, before continuing through Dorking, Betchworth, Reigate (15.11), Redhill (15.16 – 15.21) and Merstham hauling the Belmond British Pullman train on a Surrey Hills excursion from London and return.
Other than Shalford it is not due to stop any other stations.

On Sunday 21st December 2021, “Clan Line” together with A1 Pacific “Tornado” will be double heading the Rail Aid British Pullman from London Victoria to Dover and return with all proceeds going to the Railways Children’s work with vulnerable children around the world.
Currently this train is scheduled to leave London Victoria at 11.12 passing through East Croydon, Purley, Coulsdon , Merstham, Redhill (12.02), Godstone (12.09), Edenbridge (12.14) and on towards Tonbridge.

NEWS UPDATE 18 NOVEMBER – We have learned that sadly “Tornado” is unable to join “Clan Line” for this Rail Aid British Pullman excursion. The trip is now planned to run with “Clan Line” leading a Belmond liveried Class 67 diesel instead as it is considered the best option considering the planned route and the leaf fall season.

This train is not scheduled to stop at any of the stations mentioned and all times are approximate and subject to locomotive availability.

If you wish to see these train please be respectful of the railway environment and please do not trespass.