…being readied for its railtour to Clacton.
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.
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
Hastings Diesels Crewe railtour, 12 July 2014 (article opened on 19 July 2014)
Comings & goings at St. Leonards depot (part 3) (2 new photos added on 21 April 2014)
Restoration of motor coach 60019 (article updated with 11 new photos on 18 March 2014)
Olympia Express charter, 21 December 2013 (link added on 18 March 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)
Weymouth Envoy railtour, 20 July 2013 (19 photos added on 28 July 2013)
rolling-stock-ban exemption renewed (article opened on 29 June
Central Door Locking (updated on 10 June 2012)
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.