Saturday 7 May 2005
This article last modified on Monday 15 September 2008
This railtour was run with our train in 7-car formation (6 cars, plus
motor coach Hastings tagged on the front and
not in passenger use). The tour’s itinerary and timings
are available. It was virtually sold out and, despite tight timings on
the East Coast Main Line, kept almost exactly to time throughout.
The all-yellow front of motor coach Mountfield shows off the headboard which has just
been created. Photo by Andy Armitage.
This line-up of three DEMU fronts, all in different
liveries, occurred by chance during cleaning on the day before the
railtour. Nearest the camera is Hastings-liveried motor coach 60116 from unit 1012, then
Southern-liveried Driving Trailer from unit 205 012 (being scrapped at the time of
writing), and a Network Rail-liveried de-icing/Sandite motor
coach. Photo by Rupert Griffin.
An early start for these passengers: the train pulls
in to Battle station at a little before a quarter to seven. Photo by
Above & Below: The railtour arriving
at Lincoln station at 12 o’clock noon. Photos by Martin Barnsdall.
Motor coach Hastings with
the railtour on arrival at Lincoln station. Photo by Martin
Lincoln’s signal-box and semaphores can be seen in
this view, as can our train which had just departed in the direction of
Barnetby. Photo by Rupert Griffin.
The train was worked further north to Barnetby, to
take water and stable during the afternoon. Photo by Paul Gainsbury.
Above & Below: Following stabling,
the train had to be shunted back through Lincoln station to regain the
same platform as for arrival — for the return route was to be via
Newark. Photos by Martin Barnsdall.
The signal-box and semaphores frame the ornate
station, complete with DEMU. This photo was taken from the level
crossing, by Rupert Griffin.
As the departure time of 1650 approaches, 1001 boards
its passengers for the long journey back to Hastings by way of Nottingham
and Bedford. Photo by Rupert Griffin.
The Lincoln Green passes through Attenborough, south
of Nottingham. Photo by Stuart Wood.