1001 On Tour
Since regaining main-line certification in 1996, unit
1001 has travelled to many parts of England and Wales; a full history of the train’s
railtour-workings has now been prepared. This page provides a
pictorial record of the train in a variety of locations—and on a variety
of duties—some of them a long way from home.
This page was last modified on 15 November 2011
Martin Loader’s Hondawanderer.com: Class 201-203 contains several
excellent photographs of our preserved train out & about, and of
Hastings DEMUs of old.
7-car train on a test run
This magnificent photograph shows 1001 cresting a
local summit at Frant on the way to Tunbridge Wells during a test run.
This was on 9 April 2004, the day before HDL’s Salisbury Bunny railtour. Photo by Neil Bays.
1001 passing Micheldever
The six cars of 1001 rumble through Micheldever on the
return leg of the Andy Piper & Grant Tryon Memorial
Train, which ran via Reading to Bournemouth and Poole on Sunday 7
August 2011. This view may conjure up memories for some of the days when
“Hampshire” DEMUs plied the Reading – Basingstoke –
Portsmouth route (as well as the erstwhile Winchester – Alresford
service). Photo by Colin Scott-Morton.
1001 in the snow
Our DEMU, in its 3-carriage formation, approaches Ham
Street station with a train from Ashford to Hastings; the
snowy weather was on Thursday 24 February 2005. Photo by Barrie
The South Devon railtour
The preserved Hastings DEMU thunders through
Basingstoke on its way to Dawlish and Buckfastleigh, at 10:20 on 9 May
1998; motor coach 60118 Tunbridge Wells is leading. Photo
by Richard Griffin.
Black & White photographs
These rare black & white views of 1001 “on tour” were
processed and printed by their photographers. To save downloading time,
these images are ‘thumbnails’: each is a link to the full-size
The Crewe & Chester railtour
Photos courtesy of Rupert Griffin
The second public railtour that the restored unit
worked was on 17 August 1996, to Crewe and Chester; it coincided with the
Crewe Works open day. Above: the unit upon arrival at
Crewe; Below: at Lichfield Trent Valley during a photo-stop
on the return journey.
The North Norfolk railtour
Photos courtesy of Adrian Vaughan
Above: At the seaside town of Cromer, the
Hastings unit is stabled at one platform as a sprinter service approaches
the signal-box. Fully mechanical semaphore signalling was in operation
at that time (19th June 1999), and the “bobby” is waiting to exchange
single-line tokens with the driver.
Above: Between Cromer and Sheringham is
the picturesque halt of West Runton; 1001 passes through on its way back
Above: At Sloley Lane Level Crossing near
Worstead on the outward journey, crossing-keeper Judy throws back the
lever to unbolt the gates as the unit recedes into the distance.
1001 at Cromer again!
Above: Over ten years since the photos
above showing our train at Cromer, it was seen there again in the
afternoon of 14 November 2009. During UK_Railtours’s
Sheringham Crabber railtour, 1001 was stabled at Cromer
prior to its return journey. Motor coach 60118 Tunbridge
Wells looks on as Sprinter 156 422 leaves Cromer for
Norwich in the afternoon of 14 November 2009. Photo by Andy