I can't be the only one here who sometimes looks back at and/or works on notes, photos etc from days long since gone. I do mention those days, (how could anyone have missed it!), when it looks sort of appropriate in a current thread. But a dedicated thread to the good old days of steam, and what any of us are doing with those old notes etc could be of use to a few of us! So. Thanks to Big Al, (he very kindly sent me a copy of some long lost timing logs), I'm currently typing up my notes of the 5th March 1967. The Surrey Downsman Railtour. Not one that would run today methinks! It's one I clearly remember well, as I went though my local station of Elmers End, behind steam for the one and only time. 5th March was a Sunday and I'd been oop North, (THUD), bashing Brits, the last steam hauled Cambrian Coast express from Aberystwyth and a Castle on a Railtour between Chester and Shewsbury! Gone straight from College on Friday evening, and such were the steam hauled trains still available in those days I'd headed back from oop North after a run behind 70016 on the 21.45 Crewe - Wigan, walked across London from Euston to catch 34036 on the 03.30 mail train from Waterloo to Portsmouth, ( I though that train was 02.30?). Then back on the Bils to Waterloo in time for the Railtour at 09.05. The Railtour had 34087 from Waterloo to Clapham Junction, via Virginia Water. Then 34102, Lapford, got us from Clapham Junction via Factory Junction, Brixton Junction, Nunhead, Lewisham, my old local station of Elmers End, Coombe Road and Selsdon to Oxted. I can remember the train braking for Elmers End almost like it was yesterday, and watching as Lapford took the crossover for the line to Addiscombe/Selsdon! 75077 was waiting to take us from Oxted to Norwood Junction. Where 34087 coupled up for the run via Redhill, Guildford, Leatherhead, Wimbledon and West Brompton to Kensington Olympia. 75077 then did the honours down to Tulse Hill, where 34102 got us round to London Bridge. Finally 75077 left London Bridge almost on time at just after 17.00 for the run back to Victoria. From whence I must have gone home rather tired. I doubt I timed much of this run myself, probably just noting down the start and stop times and the loco details. So I am very grateful indeed to Big Al for letting me have the detailed logs. Oh the THUD above when I mentioned I actually left the SR and went oop North to time Brits etc. That was RaplhW collapsing with shock! LOL! Anyone got any smelling salts to bring him round please?