HDL & Hastings Lions Hastings Time Traveller

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1066 town & Cinque Port

Saturday 13 November 2004

This page last modified on Saturday 13 November 2004

This page refers to an excursion which has now taken place. All information is left here for interest only! A news article with photos of this outing has been created.


Hastings Diesels, in partnership with Hastings Lions, is running a special express day trip to Hastings, in aid of The Observer’s Appeal for a New Ward at St. Michael’s Hospice, St. Leonards-on-Sea. They will be using Hastings Diesels’ restored train, complete with licensed buffet car.

Our train will start from Cannon Street in the City of London at 1000, stopping at London Bridge and Orpington, then running fast to Hastings.

During the journey Jane Fraser-Hay, Official Blue Badge Guide, will give a commentary on the route; on arrival a bus will be available to take travellers on an optional special guided tour of Hastings Old Town.

Hastings has a considerable number of excellent attractions, including the first Norman Castle with its oubliette and whispering dungeon; the beautiful Old Town which dates back to the 13th century; and the largest beach-launched fishing-fleet in Europe. Other places to visit include The Shipwreck Herigate Centre, Hastings Smugglers Caves, and Underwater World.

Final Timings

These are the final timings as received from Network Rail.

London Cannon Street depart 1004
London Bridge 1010
Orpington 1032
Hastings due 1127
Hastings depart 1615
Orpington 1720
London Bridge 1737
London Cannon Street due 1741


The standard fare for return travel to Hastings is £25; this includes a cream tea on the return leg of the journey. Children under 12 and accompanied by an adult travel at half fare.


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


Smoking is not permitted in any part of our train.


Bookings have now closed and this outing has taken place.

Tickets issued are only available for travel on the Hastings Diesel — they are not valid on South Eastern or Southern services.