News from HDL

Unit 1001 is currently...

…at St. Leonards Depot.

On Saturday 18 April 2015 we operated our Green Dragon railtour to Cardiff (timings here). A small difficulty with the air-operated warning-horn lost us a few minutes on the return leg but, thanks to the professionalism of our operational partners at GBRf, the delay was minimised and we were back on time by Salisbury. The train was turned round in the course of the railtour. An illustrated news article will be published in due course.

On Saturday 13 September 2014 we ran our Essex Coast Express railtour to Clacton, for which an illustrated news article has been published.

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 the Current fleet status of CDL for further details.

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

This “rolling news” article is correct to Sunday 19 April 2015

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News articles

News articles which are fresh, still being updated, or still current and relevant, are linked below. Older news articles, all closed, have been placed in the News Archive.


Older news articles, all closed, have been placed in the News Archive.


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.