BRIAN LACEY, 9 September, 2019
We had five on, fortunately a mixture of BGs and GUVs (no four-wheelers to restrict our speed), and with such a light train we fair 'lifted' them out of Salisbury station and around that notorious curve akin to a 1906 boat train! Speed was kept around
the maximum allowable until we were clear of Tunnel Junction, thence began the climb to Grateley, after which I expected things to 'liven up' a little. Things, however, livened up long before Grateley; in fact, at full regulator and 50% cut-off, Porton was
passed at 60 mph and I found myself working harder on this stretch than I ever had before, even with 15 bogies on! "Perhaps reason will prevail" I thought "and an 'easing' would be experienced between Grateley and Andover, allowing me to roll a smoke".