…at St. Leonards depot.
On Saturday 21 December 2013 our train was chartered for the Olympia Express excursion; a pre-charter test & crew-training run took place on Wednesday 18 December, to Tonbridge and back via Ashford in both directions.
On Saturday 14 September 2013, our train attended the Slade Green depot staff open day; an illustrated news article describes the day.
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:
[Ashford end] 60116 Mountfield - 60529 - 70262 - 69337 - 60501 - 60118 Tunbridge Wells [Bexhill end]
This “rolling news” article is correct to Saturday 8 March 2014
Olympia Express charter, 21 December 2013 (article opened on 31 December 2013)
Restoration of motor coach 60019 (article updated on 11 December 2013)
Comings & goings at St. Leonards depot (part 3) (article last edited on 11 December 2013)
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)
Test run to Tonbridge (more photos added on 2 July 2013)
Canterbury Trail railtour, 24 November 2012 (cab-video links added on 2 January 2013)
Western Forester railtour, 15 September 2012 (more photos added on 22 October 2012)
Channel Two railtour, 7 July 2012 (video-links and one more photo added on 18 July 2012)
rolling-stock-ban exemption renewed (article opened on 29 June
Buckeye Lower Shelf Brackets (more photos added on 29 June 2012)
Lab 4 leaves HDL for a new home — Update to 2003 news-article (Closed article updated on 17 February 2012)
Central Door Locking (updated on 10 June 2012)
Restoration of trailer car 60528 (updated on 5 March 2009)
On-Train Monitoring Recorders (updated on 19 March 2008)
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.