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Unit 1001’s status

Last updated on Wednesday 18 May 2016

Unit 1001 is based at St. Leonards depot.

We are now taking bookings for our Weybourne Wanderer railtour; please see the Railtours page for full details.

On Saturday 7 May 2016 our train operated our Hastings Blue Belle railtour to the Bluebell Railway, for which finalised timings were issued; the weather was superb and a good time was had by all.

On Wednesday 20 January 2016 our train went to Tonbridge West Yard on a driver-training run; please see the DEMU Diary for further details.

On Saturday 19 December 2015 our train was privately chartered for an annual outing to Olympia for the horse-show.

On Saturday 5 December 2015, our train operated our Salisbury Star 2 railtour.

On Friday 25 September 2015, our train was chartered for a private trip onto the Bluebell Railway to mark the retirement of a long-serving member of railway staff and HDL supporter, John Atkinson.

On Saturday 19 September, our train operated our Leicestershire Bell railtour, for which finalised timings were issued; the tour ran to time and was virtually sold out.

Through July and August our DEMU was kept busy with various tasks: our railtour to Stratford-upon-Avon, a rescue-mission near Canterbury, a week of shunting at Three Bridges, and a visit to Ramsgate for an open day.

Please see the DEMU Diary for full details: it contains details of all workings on the main line since March 2003. See also the HDL Railtour archive.

Our train has six vehicles re-certified for main-line use, including the CEP coach and Buffet car. See our Fleet list for full details.

Progress is being made on the restoration of 60019 our fourth motor coach.

The unit’s formation at the depot is:
[Bexhill end] 60116 Mountfield - 60529 - 70262 - 69337 - 60501 - 60118 Tunbridge Wells [Ashford end]

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Visits to St. Leonards Depot

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.

[PHOTO: motor coach in foreground, depot yard in background: 67kB]

This striking study by Andy Armitage was taken on 1 March 2007 just before Motor Coach Hastings led two cars of 1001 out of the depot on “The Soap Run”, delivering supplies to South Eastern’s carriage-washer near Bopeep Junction. That little outing was also a test-run for Motor Coach Mountfield following completion of modifications in preparation for the fitting of CDL/OTMR. In the background can be seen Motor Coach Tunbridge Wells, Ex-4TC Driving Trailer 76215, and GBRF’s Electro-Diesel loco no. 73 205.