Last updated on Wednesday 4 January 2017
Unit 1001 is based at St. Leonards depot.
On Saturday 31 December 2016, our train operated our Canterbury Bell railtour, for which final timings were published.
On Sunday 18 September 2016, our train operated our Ardingly Arrow railtour, for which timings were published; the shuttle trips to Ardingly proved exceptionally popular and extras had to be laid on in order to meet demand.
On Saturday 23 July 2016 our train operated our Weybourne Wanderer railtour, for which timings were published; the tour was a complete sellout, and we returned our passengers back to their pickup points on time.
On Saturday 7 May 2016 our train operated our Hastings Blue Belle railtour to the Bluebell Railway; the weather was superb and a good time was had by all. An illustrated news article describes the day’s outing.
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 2015, our train operated our Leicestershire Bell railtour, for which finalised timings were issued; the tour ran to time and was virtually sold out.
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]
Hastings Blue Belle railtour, 7 May 2016 (published 19 June 2016)
Restoration of motor coach 60019 (new photos added on 30 August 2015)
Warwickshire Wanderer railtour, 4 July 2015 (published 19 July 2015)
Green Dragon railtour, 18 April 2015 (cab-video links added 15 May 2015)
On-Train Monitoring Recorders (updated on 7 March 2015)
Comings & goings at St. Leonards depot (part 3) (3 photos added on 12 October 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)
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.