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.
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]
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)
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)
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.