Last updated on Wednesday 18 May 2016
Unit 1001 is based at St. Leonards depot.
On Saturday 7 May 2016 our train operated our Hastings Blue Belle railtour to the Bluebell Railway, for which finalised timings were issued; the weather was superb and a good time was had by all.
On Wednesday 20 January 2016 our train went to Tonbridge West Yard on a driver-training run; please see the DEMU Diary for further details.
On Saturday 19 December 2015 our train was privately chartered for an annual outing to Olympia for the horse-show.
On Saturday 5 December 2015, our train operated our Salisbury Star 2 railtour.
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.
Through July and August our DEMU was kept busy with various tasks: our railtour to Stratford-upon-Avon, a rescue-mission near Canterbury, a week of shunting at Three Bridges, and a visit to Ramsgate for an open day.
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.
Progress is being made on the restoration of 60019 our fourth motor coach.
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.