5 and 9, but it’s not the Brighton line*

What’s this, is #5 working passenger trains on the CdP line?

No, the lightweight loco doesn’t have the ability to handle the gradients. But, as it turned out, neither has #9.

Sunday services on the FCPyF often see a strange variety of motive power as the regular locos take a rest. When leaving Centrales this morning #9 stalled just past the Jones River bridge and was unable to restart its train. A banking engine, in the shape of #5, was sent out to assist and worked through to CdP on the rear of the train.

Both locos returned to Centrales with the mid-day train.

* Footnote for overseas readers.

As far as I can tell 59 was not used as headcodes by Southern or BR(S) trains to Brighton. 5 was London Bridge to Brighton via Quarry but 9 was either Victoria to Streatham or London Bridge to Portsmouth and 59 was London Bridge to Littlehampton.
However, “5 and 9, the Brighton line” is the rhyming slang for 59 at bingo.
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About Bob Hughes

Ex railwayman, life long railway modeller, lover of real ale and spicy food.
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