News from HDL

Unit 1001 is currently...

…being readied for its railtour to Clacton.

We have published finalised timings for our Essex Coast Express railtour of Saturday 13 September 2014; please see the Railtours page for full details.

On Saturday 12 July 2014 we operated a sell-out railtour to Crewe. An illustrated report has been published.

On Monday 23 June, at short notice 1001 went out on a test run to Tonbridge West Yard, out & back via Rye. The train ran fault-free, and the GSM-R radio got its first test too. Videos show our train passing Tonbridge station, and the back-cab view on the return leg.

GSM-R radio is being commissioned in our Driving Motor Brake vehicles.

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 20 July 2013, 1001 operated our Weymouth Envoy railtour; 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:
[Ashford end] 60116 Mountfield - 60529 - 70262 - 69337 - 60501 - 60118 Tunbridge Wells [Bexhill end]

This “rolling news” article is correct to Friday 12 September 2014

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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.