Sunday 21 December 2008
This article was closed on Tuesday 30 December 2008.
Above: Our DEMU returns across the
viaduct to Folkestone Harbour station, after its “shuttle”
trip up the hill to Folkestone East sidings; it then ran to London
Victoria and Hastings. Photo by Alan Crotty.
This was 1001’s first public
railtour for nearly 3½ years, following the fitting of Central Door Locking to
The DEMU was formed thus: 60118-60501-69337-60529-60116, with 60118 Tunbridge Wells
leading away from Hastings up to London Victoria.
The timings given for the
trip turned out to be well within the capabilities of our train, and so
we ran early in many places — sometimes by as much as 30
Many enthusiasts and well-wishers turned out to see our train —
thank you all! — and there is some video footage
of the trip on YouTube.
Above: Our train awaits departure from
Hastings station, platform 3, for the start of the railtour to Folkestone
via London Victoria. The specially-prepared headboard is in place, but
the driver has not yet opened up his cab. Photo by Don Benn.
Above: Motor coach 60116 Mountfield brings
up the rear of the train at Hastings station. Some of the modifications
for Central Door Locking are
visible in this view (the small illuminated “Doors Unlocked”
lamp by the open door, and the slightly larger door-lock mechanism) but
they are quite unobtrusive. Photo by Don Benn.
Above: Our train awaits departure-time
and the closing of the level crossing at Battle station. The
wholly-visible vehicle nearest the camera is long-underframe Second Open
trailer 60529. Photo by Don Benn.
Above: Our DEMU, formed of 5 carriages,
proudly displays its headboard whilst awaiting departure from London
Victoria station for Folkestone harbour. Photo by Don Benn.
Above & below: 1001 arrived at London
Victoria some 25 minutes early, giving those already on the tour plenty
of time to stretch their legs and take photographs. These ones by Andy
Above & below: The sharply-curved
platforms at Folkestone Harbour station, where the railtour was met by a
delegation from The
Remembrance Line Association. One of the original station nameboards
had been brought out and place on the opposite platform, which was a nice
touch. Photos by Andy Armitage.
Above & below: Further views of our
train at Folkestone Harbour, by Andy Armitage. The train was also full
to capacity for a special shuttle up the branch to Folkestone East
Sidings and back. As the weather was fine, there were no problems with
railhead contamination and so no wheelslip on the steep gradient.