17th September 1983

Branch Line Society
Imberhorne Railtour

DEMU Used 1031

Route :

DEMU Route
1031 London Bridge - North Kent East Jn - New Cross - Lewisham - New Beckenham - Beckenham Junction
1031 Beckenham Junction - Birkbeck
1031 Birkbeck - Beckenham Junction - Faversham - Canterbury East - Dover Priory - Hawkesbury Street Jn - Dover Train Ferry No.3 Road (1)
1031 Dover Train Ferry Terminal No.3 - Hawkesbury Street Jn - Dover Priory - Deal - Minster - Canterbury West - Ashford
1031 Ashford - Folkestone East Carriage Sidings
1031 Folkestone East Carriage Sidings - Folkestone Harbour - Folkestone Pier
1031 Folkestone Pier - Folkestone Harbour - Folkestone East Carriage Sidings
1031 Folkestone East Carriage Sidings - Ashford - Tonbridge
1031 Tonbridge - Tunbridge Wells Central - Eridge - Uckfield - Uckfield Carriage Sidings
1031 Uckfield Carriage Sidings - Uckfield - Eridge - Oxted
1031 Oxted - East Grinstead - East Grinstead Carriage Sidings (Imberhorne Viaduct)
1031 East Grinstead Carriage Sidings - East Grinstead - Oxted - South Croydon
1031 South Croydon - Coulsdon North (2) - Coulsdon North Carriage Sidings (3)
1031 Coulsdon North Carriage Sidings - Coulsdon North - East Croydon - Norwood Jn - London Bridge (Central)

Notes :
(1) To Level Crossing immediately in front of loading ramps.
(2) Last passenger train to Coulsdon North ran Friday 30th September 1983.
(3) Train ran to buffers at end of No.2 road. Alan Osborn comment: Coulsdon North sidings were officially closed as of Monday 3rd October 1983.  Possibly last use of the sidings was Friday 30th September as I travelled on the last scheduled passenger train to Coulsdon North and it then formed a special to East Croydon and thence was going ECS to Selhurst Depot. Note the station only had a service during the Mon-Fri peak periods. It only saw through trains calling when their was an engineering possession on the Redhill route and hence all trains were running via the Quarry Line. Being originally built by the LBSCR c.1900 when it built the Quarry Line to bypass the SER route via Redhill, which gave priority to its own local trains in preference to LBSCR South Coast expresses. The station lost its main line services when the SER and LBSCR were amalgamated in the railway groupings to become Southern in 1923.  Being located on the fast lines this was a pathing problem and was closed as part of the Brighton line update to accommodate a dedicated 15 minute interval Gatwick non-stop service.  The area was redeveloped with small industrial units and c. 2006 underwent further redevelopment with the new A23 Coulsdon bypass construction.

Sources : Andy Pullar & Alan Osborn

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Alan Osborn & Kevin Driscoll)

M.C Location Booked Actual
0.00 London Bridge 08.28d 08.28 [P2]
0.74 Spa Road Jn 08/30 ?
2.35 North Kent East Jn 08/32 ?
2.79 New Cross 08/33 08/33
4.14 Lewisham 08/35 08/36
5.35 Catford Bridge 08/38 08/39
7.54 New Beckenham 08/41 08/42
8.29 Beckenham Junction 08.51a ~ 08.58d 08.48 ~ 08.58
9.56 Birbeck 09.01 ~ 09.10 09.01 ~ 09.08
11.03 Beckenham Junction 09.13a ~ 09.14d 09.12 ~ 09.14
12.05 Shortlands Jn 09/19 09/16
? Bickley Jn 09/19 09/20
19.61 Swanley 09/26 09/27
29.21 Sole Street 09/42 09/37
35.30 Rochester Bridge Jn 09/49 09/43
38.24 Gillingham 09/57 09/49
43.73 Newington 10/05 09/55
47.09 Sittingbourne 10/08 09/58
54.27 Faversham 10/15 10/06
64.14 Canterbury East 10/30 10/23
74.10 Shepherdswell 10/40 10/35
78.68 Buckland Jn 10/45 10/40
79.63 Dover Priory 10/46 10.44 ~ 10.46
80.57 Dover Train Ferry Berth 10.51 ~ 11.00 10.50 ~ 11.02
81.51 Dover Priory 11/05 11/06
82.46 Buckland Jn 11/07 11/09
90.75 Deal 11p18a ~ 11p28d 11.20 ~ 11.28
95.05 Sandwich 11/34 11/33
99.72 Minster 11/42 11/38
111.29 Canterbury West 11/55 11/54
125.47 Ashford 12.12 ~ 12.18 12.14 ~ 12.20 [P1]
140.67 Folkestone East 12.35 ~ 12.40 12.38 ~ 12.42
141.66 Folkestone Harbour 12.45a ~ 14.18d 12.48 ~ 14.18 [P3 - Pier]
142.65 Folkestone East 14.23 ~ 14.29 14.26 ~ 14.31
158.05 Ashford 14/47 14/48
179.28 Paddock Wood 15/06 ?
184.51 Tonbridge 15.12 ~ 15.20 15.14 ~ 15.18 [P2]
189.61 Grove Jn 15/30 15/28
190.35 Tunbridge Wells West 15c33 ~ 15c35 15.31 ~ 15.32
194.43 Birchden Jn 15/43 15/39
195.40 Eridge 15/47 15.41 ~ 15.49
199.00 Crowborough 15/53 ?
206.02 Uckfield 16.05a 16.06 ~ 16.08
206.42 Uckfield (end of line) ? 16.11 ~ 16.26 [Down Line]
207.02 Uckfield 16.45d 16.29 ~ 16.45
214.04 Crowborough 16/57 ?
217.44 Eridge 17/03 17/05
218.41 Birchden Jn 17/04 17/06
231.78 Hurst Green 17/25 17/22
232.74 Oxted 17.28 ~ 17.36 17.24 ~ 17.31
233.70 Hurst Green 17/39 17/33
242.56 East Grinstead 17.52a 17/51
243.16 East Grinstead (Imberhorne Viaduct) ? 17.52 ~ 18.00
243.56 East Grinstead 18.12d 18.02 ~ 18.12
252.42 Hurst Green 18/26 18/23
253.38 Oxted 18/29 18/25
263.08 South Croydon 18.45 ~ 18.49 18.41 ~ 18.45 [P5]
266.08 Stoats Nest Jn 18/54 18.51 ~ 18.53
266.54 Coulsdon North 19.00a 18.55 ~ 18.58
266.68 Coulsdon North Carriage Sidings ? 18.59 ~ 19.10
267.02 Coulsdon North 19.15d 19.11 ~ 19.18
271.40 East Croydon 19/19 19.25a ~ 19.26d [P1]
272.00 Windmill Bridge Jn 19/20 19/28
273.23 Norwood Junction 19/28 19/31 [P3]
279.62 Bricklayers Arms South Jn 19/34 19/40
281.73 London Bridge 19.38a 19.43 [P12]


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