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for an Engineering Fleet staff Christmas outing with full catering & buffet service laid on by HDL staff; it ran to Eastbourne then back past the depot to Ashford, then to Brighton and back to Hastings.Our train was again chartered for the Olympia Express special excursion to Kensington Olympia; the charter was organized by a third party, with the publicity being hosted by HDL; that publicity remains available for historical interest here: leaflet, booking-form.Our train went on a test & crew-training run to Tonbridge, via Rye in both directions; this allowed some higher-speed running on the Ashford to Tonbridge section, where signals permitted.A video-clip of 1001 at Ore was taken by Andy Armitage.Our train was returned to us under its own power the following day, having stabled at Tonbridge in the early hours of Monday morning; it had suffered negligible damage. Leonards Depot but entered service at Sevenoaks at 0625; picking up at Bromley South, Kensington Olympia, Willesden Junction (High Level) and Finsbury Park, it ran via the Norwich triangle to Cromer and Sheringham; return was via the same route, arriving at Sevenoaks at 2108., First GBRf, and Network Rail all co-operated with a RAIB investigation into the derailment, which subsequently resulted in the publication of this report; the design, maintenance and operation of our train were found to have had no bearing on the incident. around 1400 on a test-run over the Romney Marsh to Ashford International.The train travelled up to London Waterloo via Tonbridge and Catford (see photo at Battle); to Epsom Downs via Tulse Hill and back via a reversal at Kensington Olympia; and to Windsor & Eton Riverside.Whilst at Windsor & Eton Riverside, the DEMU and locos were involved in a minor derailment at very low speed.
At short notice 1001 went out on a test run to Tonbridge West Yard, out & back via Rye.
There is a “status column” between each date and its diary entry, whose meanings are as follows: Our train operated “The Soap Run” today. There were some previous such trips, dates for which will be added to this diary in due course.
This is a local job, delivering the cleaning supplies to South Eastern’s carriage-washer, between the depot and Bopeep Junction; there is no access by road to the washer. via Ashford, Dover and Canterbury on a driver-training run. This run would again have taken “Hastings” stock through the twin single-bore tunnels at Shakespeare Cliff; an even number (2) of reversals means that the train was not turned round.) operated the “Soap Run”, travelling down to the nearby carriage-washing plant to deliver supplies.
Our train was chartered for the Olympia Express special excursion to Kensington Olympia and Shepherd’s Bush today.
This charter was organized by a third party, with the publicity being hosted by HDL; that publicity remains available for historical interest here: leaflet, booking-form and final timings.