6th January 2024

Hastings Diesels Ltd
The Surrey Hills Surprise

DEMU Used (2) 1001 (formed: 60118 'Tunbridge Wells'+60528+69337+70262+60529+60119+60116 'Mountfield')

Route :
1Z60 : Hastings to Hayes
1Z61 : Hayes to London Blackfriars
1Z62 : London Blackfriars to Guildford
1Z63 : Guildford to Hastings

DEMU Route
as listed Hastings - St Leonards Warrior Square - Bopeep Jn - Crowhurst - Battle - Robertsbridge - Etchingham - Wadhurst - Tunbridge Wells Central - Tonbridge - Sevenoaks - Orpington - Petts Wood Jn - Chislehurst - Hither Green - St Johns - New Cross
as listed New Cross - St Johns - Lewisham - Ladywell Jn - New Beckenham - Elmers End - Hayes
as listed Hayes - Elmers End - New Beckenham - Ladywell Jn - Lewisham - Nunhead - Denmark Hill - Cambria Jn - Loughborough Junction - Elephant & Castle - London Blackfriars
as listed London Blackfriars - Elephant & Castle - Loughborough Junction - Herne Hill - Tulse Hill - Streatham - Selhurst - East Croydon - Purley - Redhill - Reigate - Gomshall - Shalford - Guildford
as listed Guildford - Shalford - Gomshall - Reigate - Redhill
as listed Redhill - Godstone - Edenbridge - Tonbridge - (reverse of outward route) - Hastings

Notes :
(1) John Clifford's comments: We left Tonbridge slightly early up the South Eastern main line. Just before Grove Park we caught up the 10.11 Orpington - Cannon Street and followed it. Despite our having a stop at Hither Green we were checked by it again at Parks Bridge Jn. We carried on to New Cross where we reversed for a journey to Hayes. From New Cross we were booked to follow the 10.42 Cannon Street - Dartford which we duly did. Outside Lewisham we waited for the 10.40 Charing Cross - Sevenoaks to pass, then it did and we went onto the Mid Kent line to reach Hayes. We were following the 10.35 Charing Cross - Hayes which checked us at Elmers End. A stop at Eden Park allowed the 10.35 to get ahead. The stop at Hayes allowed enough time for photos to be taken, then we were away on time for Blackfriars, but following the 11.30 Hayes - Charing Cross, which checked us at New Beckenham. At Nunhead Jn we stopped to let the 11.46 Blackfriars - Sevenoaks across our path. A further reversal took place at London Blackfriars, where we set off slightly late. There was a stop at Herne Hill, but I'm not clear why we stopped there. At Streatham Common we were behind the 12.30 Victoria - Epsom Downs, so progress was slow. We had to wait outside East Croydon for the 13.10 East Croydon - Watford Junction to vacate our platform. We passed there 9 minutes late. Some time was made up by not stopping at South Croydon. Outside Purley we were checked by the 12.55 Caterham crossing our path and outside Reigate we were slowed by the 13.30 Reigate - Victoria leaving our platform. No further problems were encountered and we reached Guildford 6 minutes early. The train remained in platform 6 at Guildford in readiness for the return working. I left the tour there and went home. I understand that there was a brake problem on the return which delayed the train by about 40 minutes at Redhill. Perhaps this was the "surprise" part alluded to in the tour name?
(2) Recently overhauled power car 60119 was added to the usual consist.

Source : John Clifford (on the tour from Tonbridge to Guildford)

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from John Clifford & Realtime Trains)

Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual
Hastings 08.50d [P2] 08.50   19.07a [P4] 19.46
St Leonards Warrior Square 08.52a ~ 08.55d [P1] 08.53 ~ 08.55   19.02a ~ 19.04d [P2] 19.38 ~ 19.39
Bopeep Jn SB 08/57 08/57   18/59 19/36
West St Leonards 08/58 08/58   18/59 19/35
Crowhurst 09.03a ~ 09.06d 09.02 ~ 09.06   18.53a ~ 18.55d 19.28 ~ 19.29
Battle 09.11a ~ 09.14d 09.09 ~ 09.13   18.48a ~ 18.50d 19.22 ~ 19.23
Mountfield Tunnel 09/20 09/18   18/43 19/17
Robertsbridge 09/22 09/21   18/40 19/15
Etchingham 09.25a ~ 09.27d 09.24 ~ 09.25   18.33a ~ 18.35d 19.09 ~ 19.12
Wadhurst Tunnel South 09/35 09/36   18/26 19/02
Wadhurst 09/38 09/37   18*20 ~ 18*23 19/01
Strawberry Hill Tunnel 09/42 09/42   18/12 18/55
Tunbridge Wells Central 09.44a ~ 09.47d [P1] 09.44 ~ 09.46   18.07a ~ 18.09d [P2] 18.51 ~ 18.53
Wells Tunnel Jn 09/49 09/47   18/05 18/50
Somerhill Tunnel 09/53 09/51   18/00 18/45
Tonbridge 09.55a ~ 09.58d [P2] 09.54 ~ 09.57 [P2]   17.49a ~ 17.58d [P2] 18.40 ~ 18.42

 

Location Booked Actual
Sevenoaks 10/09 [P1] 10/07 [P1]
Orpington 10/18 [P4] [US] 10/19 [P4] [US]
Petts Wood Jn 10/20 10/20 [US]
Chislehurst 10/22 10/22 [P3] [US]
Grove Park 10/26 [P4] [US] 10/25 [P4] [US]
Hither Green 10*30 ~ 10*33 [P3] 10.30 ~ 10.33 [P3] [US]
Parks Bridge Jn 10/36 [UKS] 10.36 ~ 10.37 [US]
St Johns 10/37 10/40 [P1] [US]
New Cross 10.38 ~ 10.53 [B] [DKS] 10.42 ~ 10.54 [B] [DS]
St Johns 10/57 [DNK] 10/57 [P2] [DNK]
Lewisham Crossover Jn ? 10.58 ~ 11.01
Lewisham 11/02 [P2] 11/02 [P2]
Ladywell Jn 11/04 11/04
New Beckenham 11/09 11/09 [P2]
Elmers End 11/16 11/14 [P3]
Eden Park 11/19 11.18 ~ 11.21
Hayes 11.25a ~ 11.36d [P1] 11.26 ~ 11.36 [P1]
Elmers End 11/46 11/44 [P2]
New Beckenham 11/49 11/47
Ladywell Jn 11/56 11/56
Lewisham 11/59 [P1] 11/58 [P1]
Lewisham Vale Jn 12/00 [UL] 11/59 [UL]
Nunhead Jn 12/02 12.02 ~ 12.06
Nunhead 12/03 [P1] 12/07 [P1]
Crofton Road Jn 12/05 12/09
Denmark Hill 12/06 [P3] 12/10 [P3]
Cambria Jn 12/07 12/11
Loughborough Junction 12/08 [UHS] 12/12 [UHF]
Elephant & Castle 12/13 [P1] 12/15 [P3] [UHF]
Southwark Bridge Jn 12/15 12/16 [UHF]
Blackfriars Jn 12/16 [UHS] 12.18 ~ 12.18 [UHF]
London Blackfriars 12.19a ~ 12.26d [P3] [DHS] 12.21 ~ 12.28 [P3] [DHS]
Blackfriars Jn 12/28 [DHS] 12/29 [DHS]
Southwark Bridge Jn 12/32 12/30 [DHS]
Elephant & Castle 12/33 [P2] 12/31 [P2] [DHS]
Loughborough Junction 12/36 12/37 [P2]
Herne Hill 12/38 [P4] 12.41 ~ 12.46 [P4]
Tulse Hill 12/44 [P2] 12/50 [P2]
Streatham 12/47 [P1] 12/54 [P1]
Streatham Common 12/53 [P1] [DS] 12/56 [P1] [DS]
Selhurst 13/01 [P1] 13/03 [P1] [DS]
Windmill Bridge Jn 13/02 [SL] 13/04 [DS]
Sig.T109 - 13.05 ~ 13.11
East Croydon 13/03 [P5] [RVS] 13/12 [P5] [RVS]
South Croydon 13*05 ~ 13*11 [P4] [DS] 13/14 [P4] [DS]
Purley 13/16 [P4] 13/18 [P4] [DS]
Stoats Nest Jn 13/17 [DS] 13/19 [DS]
Redhill 13/25 [P0] 13/28 [P0]
Reigate 13/33 13/33 [P2]
Betchworth 13/36 13/36 [P2]
Dorking West 13/40 13/39 [P2]
Gomshall 13/45 13/43 [P2]
Chilworth 13/49 13/48 [P2]
Shalford 13/52 13/49 [P2]
Shalford Jn 13/58 13/52
Guildford 14.02a [P6] ~ 16.50d [P6] 13.56 [P6] ~ 16.54
Shalford Jn 16/53 16/57
Shalford 16/55 16/58
Chilworth 16/57 17/01
Gomshall 17/03 17/06
Dorking West 17/09 17/12
Betchworth 17/12 17/15
Reigate 17/16 17/19
Redhill 17.20a ~ 17.25d [P1] 17.25 ~ 18.05
Godstone 17/33 18/17
Edenbridge 17/39 18/24

Timings continue in first table.

Associated E.C.S. Workings

3Z60 : (1001) : St Leonards T&RSMD to Hastings

Location Booked
St Leonards T&RSMD 08.00d
Bopeep Jn SB 08/03
St Leonards Warrior Square 08/05
Hastings 08/07 [P3]
Ore 08*10 ~ 08*21
Ore Up Siding 08.23 ~ 08.30
Ore 08/32
Hastings 08.35a [P2]

5Z63 : (1001) : Hastings to St Leonards T&RSMD

Location Booked
Hastings 19.12d [P4]
Ore 19*15 ~ 19*21
Ore Up Siding 19.23 ~ 19.30
Ore 19/32
Hastings 19/34 [P2]
St Leonards Warrior Square 19/36
Bopeep Jn SB 19/37
St Leonards T&RSMD 19.41a


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