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[PHOTO: Train approaching level crossing with signal-box: 69kB]

Above: Our 6-carriage DEMU approaches Robertsbridge level crossing and signal-box with the first outward trip of our Sussex & Kent Explorer railtour. Photo by Dana Wiffen.

The ‘Hastings’ Diesel-Electric Multiple Units (DEMUs) are a unique type of narrow-bodied train which was constructed in 1957 and 1958 for the London–Hastings service via Tunbridge Wells. After the route was electrified in 1986 most of the fleet was scrapped, but some of the carriages were bought by a specially-formed company called Hastings Diesels Limited. Following restoration at St. Leonards depot, the train pictured above is available for use and has run extensively in public service on the main line.

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