5th January 1985

F + W
The Kent Hopper

Locos Used 31127, 31226, 33207, 47619, 73003 & 73005

Route :

Loco(s) Route
31127 + 31226 Plymouth Exeter St Davids Taunton Bristol Temple Meads Bristol Parkway Swindon Reading Slough Southall East Ground Frame
73005 Southall East Ground Frame North Pole Jn Kensington Olympia Latchmere Jn Longhedge Jn Factory Jn Brixton Jn Blackfriars Carriage Road
73005 Blackfriars Carriage Road Metropolitan Jn London Bridge North Kent East Jn New Cross Ladywell Beckenham Jn Swanley Rochester Gillingham Swale Sheerness-on-Sea
73003 Sheerness-on-Sea Swale Faversham
73003 + 73005 Faversham Canterbury East Shepherds Well Dover Priory Folkestone East Ashford
33207 Ashford Paddock Wood Tonbridge Edenbridge Redhill
33207 Redhill Reigate Guildford Ash Wokingham Earley Reading
31127 + 31226 Reading Swindon Bristol Parkway - Bristol Temple Meads
47619 Bristol Temple Meads - Taunton Exeter St. Davids Plymouth

Nick Lawford comments: The above is correct for what actually happened on the day, but what took place was not as planned. Train ran as booked to Faversham. It was then snowing quite heavily and most of the local service in Kent was in chaos. 73005 alone was supposed to continue from Faversham but 73003 continued too as security. 33207 was supposed have top/tailed with 73005 only to Folkestone Harbour from Folkestone East but again due to weather this was omitted, the 33 taking up its booked plan at Ashford.

Source : Ian Monkton
(joined/left train at
Bristol Temple Meads)

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