27th July 1991
Network South East
|EMU's Used||319176 & 318184|
|as listed||London Victoria - Selhurst - East Croydon - Purley - (via Quarry line) - Earlswood - Gatwick Airport - Three Bridges - Haywards Heath - Hassocks - Brighton|
(1) Run as part of the Brighton Line 150th Anniversary, this was an attempt to break the previous non-stop record of 39mins 14secs (set on April 16th 1988 on a run from London Bridge, though Brian Halford suggests the fastest time to have been 38min 56sec?). Official time for this run was however 39mins 38secs due to a heavy brake application near Burgess Hill. Top speed reached was reported as 103mph and the average start-stop time of 76.6mph, considered to be the fastest ever trip from London Victoria. Train was sponsored by Lego UK.
From Brian Halford's collection.
Sources : various including Brian Halford
Timings (Booked Only)
(from Brian Halford)
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