HDL Salisbury Star railtour

Saturday 8 December 2001

This page was last modified on 1 December 2001

This page refers to a railtour which has now taken place. All information is left here for interest only!


Our popular pre-Christmas day excursion this year runs from Hastings via Battle, Etchingham, Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Sevenoaks, Orpington, Bromley South and Clapham Junction.

Our destination is The historic city of Salisbury, whose Cathedral is the second-tallest in Europe with the tip of its spire 404 feet above the ground. There are many other interesting parts of the city which will be easy to explore in the time available.

For those who wish to spend their time Christmas shopping in fresh surroundings, there is a large open market in the centre of the city, with the shopping centre nearby. As we expect to spend about four hours in Salisbury, there will be plenty of time to search for presents, or to pick up those unexpected bargains!

We are particularly proud of the party atmosphere on our excursions at this time of the year, and this will be complemented by Christmas decorations on the train, with mince pie and wine for all our passengers on the way home.


These are the final timings, as received from EWS and Railtrack. Some of these are about half an hour earlier than the provisional times previously published, but these do allow for more time to spend in Salisbury. Platform numbers may be subject to late alteration; please confirm prior to departure.

outward return
Hastings depart, platform 3 0728
St. Leonards (Warrior Sq.) 0731
Battle 0744
Etchingham 0757
Wadhurst 0810
Tunbridge Wells platform 1 0819
Tonbridge platform 1 0832
Sevenoaks platform 1 0844
Orpington platform 4 0856
Bromley South platform 1 0906
Clapham Junction platform 6 0950
Salisbury due, platform 3 1142
Salisbury depart, platform 3 1601
Clapham Junction arrive 1807
Bromley South 1847
Orpington 1901
Sevenoaks 1918
Tonbridge 1927
Tunbridge Wells 1944
Wadhurst 1955
Etchingham 2005
Battle 2019
St. Leonards (Warrior Sq.) 2030
Hastings arrive 2033


For travel to Salisbury and back from stations listed above, Hastings to Bromley South inclusive, the standard fare is £37, or £140 for a bay of 4 seats; the Club Class fare is £52. If you are joining at Clapham Junction, fares are £32 (standard), £120 (bay of four) or £47 (Club Class). There is a £5 supplement for travelling in either power car (see below).

Club Class

Travel at a seat with a table, and refreshments are provided throughout the trip plus a meal with wine on the way home. Why not spoil yourself! Travel is likely to be in a DEMU trailer coach, or an additional £5 assures travel in Tunbridge Wells power car.

Power Cars

A £5 supplement should be added to individual (not bay) fares for travel in power cars: Tunbridge Wells (Club Class), or Hastings (standard seating). Capacity is limited.


Our train includes a Buffet Car; a selection of hot and cold snacks and drinks will be available throughout the trip at a reasonable price. There is also a trolley service.


Smoking is not permitted in any part of our train.

Latest information: 1 December 2001

The train is now basically full. There is one Club Class seat remaining vacant in motor coach Tunbridge Wells. One standard seat is available in each of motor coach Hastings and the CEP trailer. We would be prepared to sell tickets for only a further 3 seats in the Buffet Car. […]


Bookings have now closed and the railtour has taken place.