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Unit 1001’s status

Last updated on Wednesday 30 September 2015

Unit 1001 is based at St. Leonards depot.

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.

On Saturday 29 August 2015, our train in its 6-car formation visited Ramsgate in connection with an open day at the railway depot there.

On Monday 10 August 2015, 1001’s motor coaches 60116 Mountfield & 60118 Tunbridge Wells were worked to Three Bridges for a week of shunting Class 700 trains within the new Thameslink depot there, in which the conductor-rail had not yet been engergised. Our motor coaches returned to St. Leonards on Friday 14 August.

On the night of Wednesday 29 July 2015, our motor coaches Mountfield & Tunbridge Wells were used to move a damaged southeastern train from Canterbury West to Ramsgate that had previously become derailed after hitting cows near Chilham. Details are in the DEMU Diary.

On Saturday 4 July 2015, Unit 1001 operated our Warwickshire Wanderer railtour to Stratford-upon-Avon, for which an illustrated news article has been published.

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

The DEMU Diary 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.

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.