6th May 1979

Southern Electric Group
The Inter-Village Express

Loco Used 33038
DEMU's Used 1203, 1204 & 1206

Route :

Traction Route
1203 + 1206 London Bridge - Forest Hill - Norwood Junction - East Croydon
33038 (1) East Croydon - Redhill - Three Bridges - Haywards Heath - Preston Park - Brighton Top Yard
33038 (2) Brighton Top Yard - Brighton
33038 (1) Brighton - Lewes - Polegate - Eastbourne
33038 (1) Eastbourne - Bexhill - Hastings
1203 + 1204 Hastings - Rye - Ashford - Tonbridge - Edenbridge - Redhill - Deepdene - Guildford - Ash - Wokingham - Reading General - Slough - Ealing Broadway - Old Oak Common Jn - Kensington Olympia - Latchmere Jn Longhedge Jn - Factory Jn - Brixton - Canterbury Road Jn - London Blackfriars
1203 + 1204 London Blackfriars - Metropolitan Jn - Borough Market Jn - London Bridge

Notes:
(1) Hauling 1203 + 1206.
(2) 33 changed ends, propel into Brighton station.


A tour ticket, courtesy of Brian Halford.

Sources : Ken Baldwin, John Clifford, Andy Pullen & Peter Heppenstall

Tour Review
(by John Clifford)

This was a tour to mark the impending withdrawal of the "Tadpoles" from the Tonbridge - Reading line. They were due to be replaced by Western Region DMU's from the start of the Summer 1979 timetable. In practice this only partly happened and "Tadpoles" were still seen on the route as well as other Southern Region DEMU's.

However, back to the tour. After leaving London Bridge it was clear that there was a problem as our climb of Brockley bank got slower and slower. After passing Forest Hill speed did pick up (it's downhill then) and we made it to East Croydon platform 6 (at the time the Reversible line). Eventually 33038 appeared to take us forward on our booked route. The "Crompton" ran round the train in Brighton Top Yard and propelled us into Brighton station, then took us to Hastings via Eastbourne (further run round there).

At Hastings the whole train then disappeared to St. Leonards depot and finally reappeared in the form of 1204 + 1206 without the loco. As far as I can remember the rest of the tour went off without a hitch. We covered the Tonbridge - Reading line then has a sprint up the Great Western main line as far as Old Oak Common where we went up the West London line & reached London Bridge via Blackfriars.

These notes are written in November 2002 so this has been prepared largely from memory.

John Clifford

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Peter Heppenstall & John Broderick)

Location Booked Actual
London Bridge 10.17d 10.17
Bricklayers Arms Jn 10/22 [FL] 10/22
Forest Hill 10/27 10/29
Norwood Junction 10/31 [RL] 10.35 ~ 10.36
Windmill Bridge Jn 10/32 [RVL] 10/39
East Croydon 10/33 [FL] 10.40 ~ 11.39
Purley 10/37 (loop platform) 11/49
Coulsdon North 10/39 11/52
Redhill 10/46 ?
Earlswood 10/43 [FL] 11/59
Three Bridges 10/57 12/06
Balcombe Tunnel Jn 10/59 12/10
Haywards Heath 11/04 12/14
Keymer Jn 11/07 ?
Brighton 11*18a ~ 11*23d 12.41 ~ 12.46
Falmer 11/31 12/52
Lewes 11/37 12/58
Southerham Jn 11/40 ?
Polegate 11/52 13/15
Hampden Park 11/56 13/18
Eastbourne 12.01a ~ 12.10d 13.23 ~ 13.33
Hampden Park 12/14 13/36
Willingdon Jn 12/15 13/37
Pevensey & Westham 12/19 13/41
Bexhill 12/27 13/52
Bopeep Jn 12/32 ?
Hastings 12.36a ~ 13.45d 13.59 ~ 14.47
Rye 14p01a ~ 14p15d 15.03 ~ 15.15
Appledore 14/23 15/22
Ashford 14.35a ~ 14.42 15.33 ~ 15.33
Paddock Wood 15/03 15/57
Tonbridge 15*10a ~ 15*11d 16.04 ~ 16.26
Penshurst 15p19a ~ 15p28d 16.32 ~ 16.38
Edenbridge 15/36 ?
Redhill 15.50a ~ 15.50d 16.56 ~ 16.59
Betchworth 16/05 17.07 ~ 17.09
Chilworth 16p24a ~ 16p35d 17.24 ~ 17.34
Shalford 16/37 17/37
Shalford Jn 16/39 17/38
Guildford 16*42a ~ 16*43d 17.40 ~ 17.40
Ash 16/53 17/49
North Camp 16.58a ~ 17.08d 17.51 ~ 18.01
Wokingham 17/23 18/13
Earley 17/28 18/16
Reading [URL] 17.34a  ~ 17.41d 18.27 ~ 18.30
Reading East [ML] ?
Twyford 17/47 18/35
Maidenhead 17/53 18/41
Slough 17/59 18/49 [SL to FL]
Southall 18/07 18/59
Friars Jn [RL] ?
Old Oak Common East 18*15a ~ 18*17d 19.05 ~ 19.07
North Pole Jn 18/20 19/09
Kensington Olympia 18*25a ~ 18*27d 19.12 ~ 19.12
Latchmere Jn 18/33 19/19
Longhedge Jn 18/36 19/20
Factory Jn 18/38 19.17 ~ 19.19
Brixton 18/42 19/26
Loughborough Junction 18/47 19/27
Blackfriars 18.55a ~ 19.09d 19.33 ~ 19.37
Metropolitan Jn 19/14 19/48
London Bridge  19.16a [P5] 19.50


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