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Saturday 1 July 2017: HDL  Cleethorpes Clipper railtour

Our summer outing is to the cathedral city and historic Roman town of Lincoln, and to the seaside resort of Cleethorpes on the south side of the Humber estuary.

Our 6-coach restored train will pick up passengers at the usual stations from Hastings up to Bromley South and Kensington Olympia: details are overleaf. Our route then takes us via the Hertford Loop to Stevenage, down the East Coast Main Line to Peterborough, then via Spalding and Sleaford to Lincoln (5 hours available). A reversal there takes us via Market Rasen to Cleethorpes (just under 3 hours available). The return leg is similar, except we join the East Coast Main Line at Newark, we stay on the East Coast Main Line all the way from Peterborough up to its final mile into London.

Details and booking-instructions may be found in the leaflet, which can be filled in on your computer prior to printing (this helps ensure legibility and accuracy); we encourage you to try this method. Fares are also displayed below.

Finalised timings have been published: unfortunately it has not proved possible to gain the requested pathing on the return leg via Newark, so our route will instead be similar to the outward portion of the trip. As a result, our scheduled arrival times back at stations towards Hastings are later by approximately 30 minutes.

Tickets are sold subject to our Code of Conduct. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Smoking is not permitted on our train. Bicycles cannot be carried, except folding bicycles with prior approval. If you wish to bring a mobility scooter, wheelchair or buggy you must inform us on booking, giving its dimensions.

Standard Class fares seat in trailer coach (CEP or DEMU) £70
bay of 4 seats in trailer coach £260
seat in motor coach (E) £75
Club Class fares seat in trailer coach £96
seat in motor coach (A) £101

If you cannot view PDF files, or the given method of booking is not convenient to you, please email us or ring 07501 478676 and we will provide further details and/or post you a paper copy.

Update: Tuesday 27 June

Tickets were posted out today Tuesday 27 June to those who have pre-booked.

Finalised timings have been published: unfortunately it has not proved possible to gain the requested pathing on the return leg via Newark, so our route will instead be similar to the outward portion of the trip. As a result, our scheduled arrival times back at stations towards Hastings are later by approximately 30 minutes.

A few seats remain available in coaches C & D only.

At this stage, please contact us, either by email or by the above telephone number, rather than attempting to make a booking by post.

Updates relating to the Cleethorpes Clipper railtour are given via an extract from our Twitter feed, below.

The train will be formed thus on departure from Hastings station, with Coach E leading:

Coach A 60118 Tunbridge Wells Club Class DEMU motor coach
Coach B 60501 Club Class DEMU trailer
69337 Standard Class BIG buffet car
Coach C 70262 Standard Class CEP coach
Coach D 60529 Standard Class DEMU trailer
Coach E 60116 Mountfield Standard Class DEMU motor coach (Sold out)

Tweets from HDL about our next railtour

Saturday 29 July 2017: Strike Back Express charter to Bath and Keynsham

This outing is a joint HDL railtour and charter. The charter element of this partnership is a charitable campaign called Strike Back Against Blood Cancer, which is raising money to help fight that disease.

Our train will call at the usual stations from Hastings to Tonbridge, then Redhill and Reading; it sets down at Bath Spa and Keynsham, at which well over 5 hours’ time is expected.

Details and booking-instructions may be found in the leaflet. Fares are also summarised below. Please note that there is no Club Class accommodation on this outing. Finalised timings will be published here in the days leading up to the trip.

Standard Class fares seat in trailer coach (CEP or DEMU) £65
bay of 4 seats in trailer coach £240
seat in motor coach (E) £70

Plans for future railtours

We ran four railtours in the course of 2015 and likewise in 2016; thank you for supporting these outings!

We continue to formulate plans for future railtours, taking into account the various restrictions imposed by weekend engineering work and the availability of traincrew.

Details of, and booking-instructions for, our future railtours will appear here when they are available; when that happens, those on our emailing list & our followers on Twitter will receive notifcation.

Meanwhile, to ensure everyone has an equal opportunity to make bookings, no bookings or reservations will be accepted nor entertained for a railtour until its full details and booking-form have been published.

Our outline plans include railtours or charters on the following dates:

Until properly advertised, these outline plans are unavoidably subject to cancellation, modification or change of date (except where stated to the contrary).

Code of Conduct

It is a condition of holding a ticket for any outing on our train that passengers abide by the letter and spirit of our Code of Conduct.

Leaning out of windows

We continue to endeavour to keep our passengers safe by not allowing them to lean out of our train’s windows. This notice contains further information.

Folding bicycles

It may be possibile for you to bring your folding bicycle on the Hastings DEMU, with prior written approval; our guidelines on carriage of folding bikes will help you to determine your bike’s suitability for carriage.

Archive

We can recommend a dip into the HDL Railtour archive, which contains details of all the previous “days out” which HDL has operated to date.