…at St. Leonards Depot.
On Saturday 18 April 2015 we operated our Green Dragon railtour to Cardiff (timings here). A small difficulty with the air-operated warning-horn lost us a few minutes on the return leg but, thanks to the professionalism of our operational partners at GBRf, the delay was minimised and we were back on time by Salisbury. The train was turned round in the course of the railtour. An illustrated news article will be published in due course.
On Saturday 13 September 2014 we ran our Essex Coast Express railtour to Clacton, for which an illustrated news article has been published.
Our train has six vehicles re-certified for main-line use, including the CEP coach and Buffet car. See the Current fleet status of CDL for further details.
The unit’s formation at the depot is:
[Bexhill end] 60116 Mountfield - 60529 - 70262 - 69337 - 60501 - 60118 Tunbridge Wells [Ashford end]
This “rolling news” article is correct to Sunday 19 April 2015
On-Train Monitoring Recorders (updated on 7 March 2015)
Restoration of motor coach 60019 (article updated on 7 March 2015)
Comings & goings at St. Leonards depot (part 3) (3 photos added on 12 October 2014)
Essex Coast Express railtour, 13 September 2014 (photos added on 10 October 2014)
Hastings Diesels Crewe railtour, 12 July 2014 (article opened on 19 July 2014)
Olympia Express charter, 21 December 2013 (link added on 18 March 2014)
Restoration of trailer car 60528 (photo added on 18 March 2014)
1001 visits Slade Green depot (article opened on 17 September 2013)
Refreshing the interior (2 more photos added on 29 July 2013)
Weymouth Envoy railtour, 20 July 2013 (19 photos added on 28 July 2013)
rolling-stock-ban exemption renewed (article opened on 29 June
Central Door Locking (updated on 10 June 2012)
Since 18 May 2003, St. Leonards Depot (leased and operated by HDL’s sister company St. Leonards Railway Engineering Limited) has been playing an increasingly active role as an operational railway depot, dealing as it does with the day-to-day fuelling, cleaning and examination of Southern’s fleet of DMUs, among other tasks. As it has thus become in effect a “main line” depot, with trains arriving and departing from/to the Network Rail network at all hours, we regret that casual visits are not possible. We thank you in advance for your understanding.