14th December 2006
Hertfordshire Rail Tours
Christmas Lunch to Folkestone Harbour
Blue Pullman series
|Locos Used||47709 'Dionysos' & 47712 'Artemis'|
1Z88 : London Victoria to Folkestone Harbour
1Z89 : Folkestone Harbour to London Victoria
|47712 (1)||London Victoria - Linford Street Jn - Factory Jn - Brixton Jn - Canterbury Road Jn - Cambria Jn - Denmark Hill - Crofton Road Jn - Nunhead - Shortlands Jn - Bickley Jn - St Mary Cray Jn - Swanley - Otford Jn - Maidstone East - Charing - Ashford International - Folkestone West - Folkestone Central - Folkestone East Train Roads (3)|
|47709 (2)||Folkestone East Train Roads - Folkestone Harbour|
|47712 (1)||Folkestone Harbour - Folkestone East Train Roads (3)|
|47709 (2)||Folkestone East Train Roads - (reverse of outward route) - Crofton Road Jn - (via Atlantic Lines) - Voltaire Road Jn - Factory Jn - Stewarts Lane Jn - Battersea Pier Jn - London Victoria|
(1) 47709 on rear.
(2) 47712 on rear.
(3) Entry and exit to/from Folkestone Harbour via Number 3 Road.
(4) The train was delayed at Folkestone Central (15:01 to 15:08) due to the Kitchen Carriage becoming detached from the train.
Sources : Matthew Cole & Craig Simmons
(by Matthew Cole)
Travelling down to Folkestone Harbour on the Blue Pullman was a great experience being the first time that I had ever travelled to Folkestone Harbour itself and more interesting by Blue Pullman. It has been more than ten years since I last visited Folkestone Harbour, although I had gone by car previously. To see the state of the station now compared to my last visit, I was saddened by how much the state of the station had declined. I believe this is due to the fact that this is down to the opening of the Channel Tunnel.
I won’t go too much into detail but besides that it was a great day out and this was my first (and possibly my last ever) trip to the Folkestone Harbour Branch. The Christmas Lunch was great, nice and hot with a four-course dinner and Tea and Biscuits on the return trip home. This is definitely one day to remember.
Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Matthew Cole)
|London Victoria||11.24d [P2]||11.24 [P2]||16.53a||16.55 [P2]|
|Denmark Hill||11/34 [P4]||11/33||16/38||16/38|
|Crofton Road Jn||11/35||11/34||16/37||16/36|
|St. Mary Cray Jn||11/54||11/49||16/20||16/23|
|Swanley||11/59 [P2]||11/59||16/16 [P1]||16/18|
|Folkestone Central||13/08||13/07||15/03||15.01 ~ 15.08|
|Folkestone East Train Roads||13.15 ~ 13.30||13.11 ~ 13.21||14.50 ~ 15.00||14.43 ~ 14.55|
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