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Saturday 6 April 2019: HDL Dave Markwick Memorial Tour

Our frst outing of 2019 is named to honour our colleague Dave Markwick who gave HDL a great deal of support over the last 32 years, and who passed away recently. You might have been served by him in our buffet car; he also volunteered much time and technical assistance since the very early days of our preservation activities.

This outing begins with a run from Hastings up to London Charing Cross via Orpington. We then follow a looping itinerary via Crayford and Plumstead to visit the Angerstein Wharf terminal, and via Dartford to the line onto the Isle of Grain in the Thames estuary; you cannot join or leave the tour on either of these freight-only lines. Our return is via Blackheath to Charing Cross, and back to Hastings via Sydenham and Redhill.

Club Class incorporates a meal with wine at lunchtime, and is available only to passengers travelling to Grain. Reduced fares apply to passengers travelling either between Hastings and London (Standard Class only), or London and Grain.


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 use this method. Fares are also displayed below. Finalised timings will be published here in the days leading up to the trip.

As from this outing we are trialing print-at-home ticketing: if you have use of a printer, please send no SAE: your tickets will be emailed to you instead; this is to reduce the workload of key HDL staff and to avoid the worry of tickets being lost in the post.

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) £52 £40 from/to Charing Cross
bay of 4 seats in trailer coach £200
seat in motor coach (E) £59 £45 from/to Charing Cross
Club Class fares
(available only for passengers travelling to Grain)
seat in trailer coach £66 £54 from Charing Cross
seat in motor coach (A) £73 £61 from Charing Cross

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 12 February

Tickets for this outing have only just gone on sale, so there are plenty of spaces in all parts of the train.

The train will be formed as shown below on departure from Hastings station, with Coach A leading. It will change direction at Charing Cross.

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

Updates relating to the Dave Markwick Memorial Tour are given via an extract from our Twitter feed, below.

Tweets from HDL about our next railtour:

Plans for future railtours

We ran or co-run five outings in the course of 2017, and three in 2018; 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.

We are progressing outline plans for railtours as follows:

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.

Railtour 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.