21st March 1959

R.C.T.S. (London Branch)
London & North Kent Railtour

Locos Used D8401, 31507, 69504, 69614 & 68987
Stock Used seven coaches including a cafeteria car

Route :

Loco Route
69614 London Liverpool Street - Bow Jn - (via Carpenders Road curve) - Victoria Park - Canonbury
69504 Canonbury - Finsbury Park - East Finchley
69504 East Finchley - Finsbury Park
68987 Finsbury Park - Kings Cross - Snow Hill - Blackfriars
31507 Blackfriars - Nunhead - Blackheath - Woolwich & Erith - (via curve to Bexley line) - (via Hither Green curve) - Lee - Chislehurst - Swanley - Fawkham - Gravesend West Street
31507 Gravesend West Street - Hither Green
D8401 (1) Hither Green - New Cross - (via East London Line) - London Liverpool Street

Notes :
(1) This was the first occasion a diesel was used on an RCTS special.

Sources : David Hills & David Davis (compiled from contemporary reports)

Photo Review


69504 at Canonbury (photo: The John Debens Collection)


From Andrew Fairholms ticket collection.


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