The Bournemouth Belle - 2017 style

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James Foster

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To compliment our look back at the "real" Bournemouth Belle" train which last ran in 1967, here we see the commemorative train which ran exactly 50 days after the last time the original train ran behind steam. Coincidentally, even the days match, 5th July 1967 and 5th May 2017 both being Wednesdays. The 2017 version was headed by the newly-overhauled 35028 "Clan Line", her first passenger run since the test run we saw a few days ago. The schedule from Waterloo to Bournemouth, if you exclude the excessive time needed for watering in 2017, matched that of the original train at 2 hours 10 minutes to Bournemouth and South West Trains and Network Rail went to great lengths to create such a path. Many of the Pullmans in the train were in the set of 50 years ago and we see it approaching Hinton Admiral on the way to Bournemouth, "off-line" at Dean Hill and then, in a grand finale, thundering through Winchfield on the Up Fast once again. Wow!

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