HDL Suffolk Clipper railtour

Saturday 25 September 2004

This page last modified on Sunday 26 September 2004

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


This trip presents a rare opportunity for you to ride the DEMU along the attractive 49-mile East Suffolk line from Ipswich to Lowestoft. This is a classic rural route, of which few have survived the last half-century of rationalisation.

Our tour starts at Hastings and picks up at the usual stations via Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge, then at Sevenoaks, Bromley South and Kensington Olympia. We then travel around north London to Stratford before running along the Great Eastern main line via Chelmsford, Colchester and Ipswich.

From there we run via Diss to Norwich, our final destination. After a break of about three hours, we will commence our return journey by way of Lowestoft — the most easterly station in Britain — where we will make a short photographic stop. From Ipswich, we retrace our outward route back to Hastings.


These are the confirmed timings received from Network Rail.

Hastings depart 0706
Battle 0718
Etchingham 0730
Tunbridge Wells 0748
Tonbridge 0800
Sevenoaks 0813
Bromley South 0836
Kensington Olympia depart 0920
via Chelmsford, Ipswich, Diss
Norwich due 1238
Norwich depart 1521
via East Suffolk Line, Ipswich, Chelmsford
Kensington Olympia due 2048
Bromley South 2110
Sevenoaks 2126
Tonbridge 2138
Tunbridge Wells 2149
Etchingham 2211
Battle 2225
Hastings due 2239


Fares for return travel to Norwich

Club Class

Travel at a seat with a table, with refreshments provided throughout the trip plus a 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 Class). Capacity is limited.


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.

Latest information: Tuesday 21 September 2004

Standard Class: A limited amount of seating is still available in all vehicles; please telephone […] to check availability and to make any booking at this late stage.

Club Class bookings have now closed, with every seat taken.


Postal and telephone bookings for this trip have now closed, and the trip has taken place.