HDL Christmas Scholar railtour

Saturday 5 December 2009

This article was written and closed on Sunday 6 December 2009

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Our Diesel-Electric train upon arrival under the wires at Cambridge station, platform 2. Photo by Andy Armitage.

Hastings Diesels Limited’s 41st public railtour was from Hastings to Cambridge, via Rye. The trip ran very close to time throughout and arrived at Cambridge 8 minutes early; the train ran faultlessly and the weather did not dampen the spirits of those enjoying the outing.

Because of engineering works taking place at Tunbridge Wells that weekend, to complete a turnback siding as illustrated here in time for timetable-changes the following weekend, our railtour was routed via Rye, Ashford and Tonbridge in both directions.

Historical data

The train was formed thus: 60118-60501-69337-60529-60116, with motor coach 60118 Tunbridge Wells leading to Cambridge.

The publicity leaflet and final timings remain available.


Various photographers have taken video-footage depicting this railtour and have uploaded it to YouTube; the following are links to some starting-points but do not represent a definitive collection:


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Above: This is 1001 thundering through Knockholt on the way towards London—highly reminiscent of the dozens of thousands of similar passings that each of these trains made past this spot in times past. Photo by David Staines.

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Above: Our train on its shunt movement from Cambridge station to the carriage sidings. Photo by Stewart Levett.

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1001 was stabled in the carriage sidings at Cambridge, just north of the station. It is seen (above) beside a class 317 unit, and (below) sporting an alternative headboard proffered by local staff. Photos by Andy Armitage.

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[PHOTO: Interior of train carriage: 53kB]

Above: A view of the Club-Class saloon of DEMU trailer 60501, complete with festive decoration. Photo by Andy Armitage.