HDL Cambridge Cracker railtour

Saturday 7 December 2002

This page was last updated on Friday 6 December 2002

This page refers to a railtour which has now taken place. All information is left here for interest only! A news article has been created which contains photos of the tour.


Our popular pre-Christmas day excursion this year makes its usual initial journey from Hastings via Battle, Etchingham, Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Sevenoaks, Orpington and Bromley South. We then travel around west and north London before taking the route through Harlow and Bishop’s Stortford to Cambridge.

Cambridge is a very interesting city made famous by its university which was established in the 13th century. We anticipate spending around four hours at our destination, which should allow time for exploring the historic city centre or perhaps for shopping somewhere different for those elusive Christmas presents.

Our train has a well-stocked Buffet Car. A selection of hot and cold snacks and drinks will be available throughout the day at reasonable prices.

The Club Class fare includes food and drinks throughout both journeys, and an evening meal with wine is served on our way home. Why not spoil yourself!

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, and mince pie and wine for all our passengers on our return journey.

Our train will run as a seven-car formation with three motor coaches. The newly-refurbished Mountfield will be making its inaugural long-distance trip and it will be available for standard-class travel.


These are the timings as received from Railtrack.

outward return
Hastings depart 0728
Battle 0743
Etchingham 0756
Tunbridge Wells 0815
Tonbridge 0831
Sevenoaks 0844
Orpington 0856
Bromley South 0907
Kensington Olympia depart 0938
Cambridge arrive 1201
Cambridge depart 1710
Kensington Olympia arrive 1924
Bromley South 2006
Orpington 2015
Sevenoaks 2027
Tonbridge 2037
Tunbridge Wells 2049
Etchingham 2112
Battle 2127
Hastings arrive 2152


For travel to Cambridge and return from stations listed above, Hastings to Bromley South inclusive, the standard fare is £46, or £170 for a bay of four seats; the Club Class fare is £62. If you are joinging at Kensington Olympia the fare is £41 (standard), £150 (bay of four) or £57 (Club Class). There is a £5 supplement for travelling in either power car (see below).

Club Class

Travel at a seat with a table, with refreshments provided throughout the trip plus an evening meal with wine on the way home. Seating is likely to be in a DEMU trailer coach; payment of the additional £5 supplement 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 Mountfield (standard seating). Capacity is limited.


Smoking is not permitted in any part of our train.

Latest information: 6 December 2002

Club Class: Now fully booked, with every last seat taken.

Standard Class: Mountfield power car is now fully booked. A few seats are still available in the DEMU trailer cars and CEP coach.

At this late stage, if you wish to attempt to join the tour please contact us. Please note that it may not be possible to meet your requirements with so little time before the railtour.


Please see above for late-booking instructions.