HDL Dover Belle railtour

Saturday 16 March 2002

This page was last modified on 13 March 2002

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


Our spring tour this year will take in two of the main lines in Kent we have yet to cover on recent rail excursions, and give around two hours of free time in Dover.

As is often the case, our initial journey from Hastings will take us via Tonbridge and Orpington, stopping to pick up at principal stations.   On reaching London Bridge our train will stand for about an hour giving an opportunity for a break in the journey to view Southwark Cathedral, or a stroll across London Bridge to see the River Thames with Tower Bridge and HMS Belfast.

On leaving London Bridge our journey will be via Chislehurst, Swanley, Sole Street, Chatham and Canterbury East to Dover Priory where there will be a two-hour stop.

At Dover the town centre is nearby for shopping or sightseeing. There is an opportunity to travel on restored buses provided by the Dover Transport Museum for either a local sightseeing tour, or a trip to their museum. The latter covers a wide variety of transport including buses, trains, aviation and maritime. An additional charge of £3 per person is payable for either of these local bus excursions which must be booked at the same time as your rail journey. A reminder to this effect is included with the fares info below.

On leaving Dover our train will travel via Deal, Minster, Canterbury West, Ashford, Maidstone East and Swanley to Chislehurst, where we reverse and re-trace our steps via Tonbridge back to Hastings.  During the course of the day we expect to travel via some loop lines and spurs infrequently used by passenger trains.


These are the confirmed timings for this trip:

outward return
Hastings depart, p3 0828
St. Leonards (Warrior Sq.) 0831
Battle 0844
Etchingham 0856
Wadhurst 0910
Tunbridge Wells p1 0923
Tonbridge p1 0940
Sevenoaks 0953
Orpington p2 1004
London Bridge arrive, p11 1022
London Bridge depart, p11 1124
Dover Priory arrive, p1 1259
Dover Priory depart, p2 1500
Deal photographic stop 1515 to 1525
Ashford International arrive, p6 1612
Chislehurst 1734
Orpington 1748
Sevenoaks 1816
Tonbridge 1827
Tunbridge Wells 1837
Wadhurst 1845
Etchingham 1854
Battle 1909
St. Leonards (Warrior Sq.) 1921
Hastings arrive 1924


For travel to Dover and back from stations listed above, Hastings to Orpington inclusive, the standard fare is £32, or £120 for a bay of four seats; the Club Class fare is £47. If you are joining at London Bridge and travelling back to Chislehurst, fares are £27 (standard) or £100 (bay of four). 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. Due to journey timings, Club Class is not available to those joining at London Bridge.

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.

Bus tickets

If intending to travel on the vintage buses, the £3-per-head fare must be paid when booking for the railtour; please ensure you specify either the Sightseeing Tour or the Transport Museum Visit.


Smoking is not permitted in any part of our train.

Latest information: 13 March 2002

Hastings power car is fully booked. Seats are still available in Tunbridge Wells power car and adjacent DEMU trailer (Club Class), and DEMU trailer and CEP coach (Standard Class). For Club Class a telephone booking must be made […] by 2200 hrs on Thursday 14th, but payment can be made on the day. For Standard Class, just turn up on the day, report to buffet car for a seat to be allocated, and payment can be made then.


Bookings have now closed and the railtour has taken place.