Test run with 5-coach train

Thursday 26 June 2008

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Above: This stunning view of our 5-car DEMU on its test run was taken by Alan Crotty. 1001, with Motor Coach Mountfield leading, is seen near Westwell Leacon, Kent, on the eastward approach to Ashford and the final run to Hastings via Rye.

In preparation for our train’s first outing since it was fitted with Central Door Locking, a test run was carried out on Thursday 26 June 2008.

1001, which was formed 60118-60501-69337-60529-60116, ran to Hastings where it reversed and began a large circular tour of the Kent/Sussex area: this took in Tonbridge, Redhill, Clapham Junction, Catford Loop, Swanley, Maidstone East, Ashford, Rye, and back to St. Leonards Depot. Full timings have also been provided.

There is some footage on YouTube showing the test-run in progress at Appledore.

The test run did not expose any problems, and ran to timetable.

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Above: Motor coach Mountfield is seen at the rear of the train upon arrival at Hastings, near the start of the test run. Photo by Andy Armitage.

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Above & below: The test run passing Edenbridge on the way from Tonbridge to Redhill. Photos by R M Brurne.

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