Our train went on a test & crew-training run to Tonbridge, via Rye in both directions; this allowed some higher-speed running on the Ashford to Tonbridge section, where signals permitted.A video-clip of 1001 at Ore was taken by Andy Armitage.On Wednesday evening, HDL’s motor coaches were marshalled back-to-back and departed St.Leonards depot at 2000hrs as Rescue Train 1Z99; this ran via Ashford International, Folkestone, Deal, and Minster to Canterbury West, arriving at 2220hrs.A news article contains photos, and timings for the trip are available.The train was not turned round in the course of the day’s activities., it left St.
Whilst at Windsor & Eton Riverside, the DEMU and locos were involved in a minor derailment at very low speed.
The train was “topped and tailed” by Class 73 electro-diesel locomotives.
The train travelled up to London Victoria via Tonbridge, Lewisham and Denmark Hill; then back to Bromley North; then via Sidcup and Woolwich Arsenal to London Bridge; to Hayes and back; to Caterham and Tattenham Corner; via Selhurst, Clapaham Junction, Kensington Olympia and Mitre Bridge Junction to Richmond; via Mitre Bridge and Stewarts Lane Junction to Victoria; and to Hastings via Tonbridge., a charity outing from Hastings to London and the Kent & Surrey areas, in aid of Help for Heroes, with bookings being handled by UK Railtours.
for an Engineering Fleet staff Christmas outing with full catering & buffet service laid on by HDL staff; it ran to Eastbourne then back past the depot to Ashford, then to Brighton and back to Hastings.
Our train was again chartered for the Olympia Express special excursion to Kensington Olympia; the charter was organized by a third party, with the publicity being hosted by HDL; that publicity remains available for historical interest here: leaflet, booking-form.