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Unit 1001’s status

Last updated on Sunday 30 July 2017

Unit 1001 is based at St. Leonards depot.

On Saturday 29 July 2017, our train operated the Strike Back Express charter/railtour to Bath and Keynsham.

On Saturday 1 July 2017, our train operated our Cleethorpes Clipper railtour which was well supported and covered just over 500 miles—including some spirited running on the East Coast Main Line.

On Saturday 27 May 2017, our train operated our Oxford Rover railtour which ran faultlessly and gave our passengers a look at the new Chiltern route back from Oxford.

On Saturday 13 May our train operated the Fawley Forester railtour & charter, which was very well attended and helped to raise the profile of the hirer Three Rivers Rail’s desire to see the Fawley branch re-opened to passenger traffic.

On Saturday 31 December 2016, our train operated our Canterbury Bell railtour, for which final timings were published.

On Sunday 18 September 2016, our train operated our Ardingly Arrow railtour, for which timings were published; the shuttle trips to Ardingly proved exceptionally popular and extras had to be laid on in order to meet demand.

On Saturday 23 July 2016 our train operated our Weybourne Wanderer railtour, for which timings were published; the tour was a complete sellout, and we returned our passengers back to their pickup points on time.

On Saturday 7 May 2016 our train operated our Hastings Blue Belle railtour to the Bluebell Railway; the weather was superb and a good time was had by all. An illustrated news article describes the day’s outing.

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 2015, our train operated our Leicestershire Bell railtour, for which finalised timings were issued; the tour ran to time and was virtually sold out.

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 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]

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News articles

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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.