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Above: Our DEMU in its 7-carriage formation passes Hungerford during our Cogload Climber railtour to Exeter; first class motor coach 60118 Tunbridge Wells is leading. Photo by Tony Bartlett.

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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