30th December 2004
The CEP Tribute Tour
|EMUs Used||1697, 1698 & 1699|
1Z69 : London Victoria - Dover Priory
1Z70 : Dover Priory to Dover Priory (portion 1)
1Z71 : Dover Priory to Dover Priory (portion 2)
1Z72 : Dover Priory to Dover Priory (portion 3)
1Z73 : Dover Priory - London Victoria
|as listed||London Victoria - Brixton - Hearne Hill - Orpington - Tonbridge - Headcorn - Ashford International - Dover Priory|
|see below||(1) train split - see below - then reformed|
|as listed||Dover Priory - (Reverse of outward route) - London Victoria|
(1) Train booked to split at Dover and run as three portions as follows:
1Z70 : Dover Priory - Dover Priory
|1697||Dover Priory - Buckland Jn - Shepherds Well - Canterbury East - Faversham - Herne Bay - Margate - Ramsgate - Deal - Buckland Jn - Dover Priory|
1Z71 : Dover Priory - Dover Priory
|1699||Dover Priory - Folkestone Central - Ashford International - Canterbury West - Minster -Sandwich - Deal - Buckland Jn - Dover Priory|
1Z72 : Dover Priory - Dover Priory
|1698||Dover Priory - Buckland Jn - Deal - Sandwich - Minster - Canterbury West - Ashford International - Folkestone Central - Dover Priory - Buckland Jn - Deal|
|1698||Deal - Buckland Jn - Dover Priory|
Train then reformed and continued back to London as shown above.
One of the tour tickets - courtesy of Ralf Edge.
Sources : various including Janet Cottrell & Ralf Edge
(by Ralf Edge)
Having rarely visited the 'southern' I'm still unsure about the difference between a CEP, BEP, SUB or a COR... But knew a day out on a Mk1 EMU AND trying to break the London - Dover record (in series 400 stock) had to be fun.
So we arrived at Victoria to find out 12CEP in platform 1, not great for photos but traditional, a good run followed but signals delayed progress around Bickley and Shortlands, so no record breaking but it was still a non-stop run - just!
After arrival into Dover the train divided and we decided to go for 1698 (route details below) as we'd had our seats in that set so it was easiest to stay put, we wanted to do Minster S Junction - Minster W junction, and the photo stops / break times suited for not having too long in Dover in either direction.
1698 ready to leave Dover Priory (photo: Ralf Edge)
So that was decided, the outward run to Minster was plagued by following a slow stopping scummy Electrostar, but once free of it we had a good run to Ashford, in time to see 1697 leaving for Canterbury.
1697 leaving Ashford for Canterbury (photo: Ralf Edge)
On return to Dover, more photos followed by a wander to the chip shop, our energy restored we returned to the train for the run to Victoria, which I timed at 70 mins and 4 seconds. Sadly the record is 68 something, but still a good run, especially considering it was the middle of the evening peak and we got a clear run into Victoria!!
So a great day out and congratulations to SET for organising it, and raising (I think) around £8000 (over the two days) to be split between "Kent Air Ambulance" (http://www.kentairambulancetrust.com/) and "The Railway Children" (http://www.railwaychildren.org.uk/).
Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from various including Janet Cottrell & Ralf Edge)
1Z69 & 1Z73
|Voltaire Road Jn||09/50½||09/51||16/19||16/03½|
|Shortlands Jn (FL / FL)||10/01||10/01||16/10||15/55½|
|Bickley Jn (DFV / UFV)||10/04||10/07||16/04||15/53|
|Petts Wood Jn (FL / FL)||10/05½||10/07½||16/03||15/52|
|Canterbury East||11.31a ~ 11.32d||??.?? ~ 11.35|
|Faversham||11.43½a ~ 11.53½d||11.46 ~ 12.02|
|Herne Bay||12.04½a ~ 12.14½d||?|
|Ashford International||12.24a ~ 12.39d||12.24 ~ 12.40|
|Canterbury West||12.55½a ~ 13.07½d||12.56 ~ 13.07|
|Sandwich||13.28a ~ 13.43d||?|
|Canterbury West||12.15a ~ 12.17d||12.23 ~ 12.23½|
|Ashford International||12.33a ~ 12.43d||12.39½ ~ 12.44|
|Dover Priory||13.11a ~ 13.14d||13.07 ~ 13.14½|
|Deal||13.27a ~ 13.40d||13.27 ~ 13.40½|
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