28th September 1996

Hertfordshire Railtours
The Three Capitals

Eurostars Used 3007+3008 & 3017+3018

Train 9008 : London Waterloo to Paris Nord
Train 9035 : Paris Nord to Bruxelles Midi
Train 9161 : Bruxelles Midi to London Waterloo

Eurostar Route
3017 + 3018 London Waterloo - Brixton Jn - Shortlands Jn - Bickley Jn - Orpington - Sevenoaks - Tonbridge - Headcorn - Ashford - Continental Jn - (via Channel Tunnel) - Calais Frethun - (via High Speed Line) - Lille Europe - (via High Speed Line) - Paris Nord
3017 + 3018 Paris Nord - (via High Speed Line) (2) - Antoing - Blaton - Saint Ghislain - Mons - Jurbise - Soignies - Braine-le-Comte - Tubize - Halle - Ruisbroek - Bruxelles Midi
3007 + 3008 Bruxelles Midi - Ruisbroek - Halle - Enghien - Silly - Ath - Leuze - Tournai - Froyennes - Baisieux - Lille Flandres - Lille Europe - (via High Speed Line) - Calais Frethun - (reverse of outward route) - London Waterloo

Notes :
(1) reported as first ever Eurostar to traverse the Paris to Brussels high speed line curve outside Lille. Remained on that line to Antoing from where existing lines were used as high speed line was still under construction.

Source : Gary Thornton (on train throughout) & Alan Costello

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Gary Thornton)

Km Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual Km
0 Waterloo International 07.53d 07.53   21.43a 22.02a 1193
3 Nine Elms Jn 07/58 07/58   21/38 21/59 1190
5 Brixton Jn 08/01 08/01   21/35 21/55 1188
6 Herne Hill 08/02 08/02   21/34 21/54 1187
15 Shortlands Jn 08/09 08/09   21/28 21/48 1178
20 Bickley Jn 08/12 08/12   21/25 ? 1173
22 Orpington 08/15 08/14   21/22 21/43 1171
35 Sevenoaks 08/22 08/22   21/16 ? 1158
47 Tonbridge 08/29 08/28   21/06 21/29 1146
56 Paddock Wood 08/34 08/33   21/00 21/25 1137
72 Headcorn 08/42 08/39   20/53 21/19 1121
90 Ashford International 08.51a ~ 08.53d 08.54 ~ 08.56   20.41a ~ 20.43d 21.06 ~ 21.09 1103
107 Continental Jn 09/06 09/07   20/33 20/58 1086
change from GMT to CET // CET to GMT
110 Channel Tunnel English Portal 10/08 10/09   21/28 21/55 1083
127 English Crossover 10/15 10/16   21/21 21/47 1066
144 French Crossover 10/22 10/23   21/13 21/39 1049
161 Channel Tunnel French Portal 10/29 10/29   21/07 21/32 1032
164 Calais Frethun 10/30 10/31   21/06 21/28 1029
177 Rodelinghem 10/33 ?   21/02 ? 1016
221 Hondeghem 10/43 10/45   20/53 ? 972
245 Erquinghem Lys 10/49 10/50   20/47 ? 948
261 Lambersart 10/53 10/54   20/43 ? 932
265 Lille Europe 10/55 10/55   20c37a ~ 20c40d 21.00 ~ 21.02 928
- - - - see table below
276 Sainghin (Fretin Sud) 10/58 10/58   15/10 15/08 704
291 Oignies 11/02 11/03   15/06 15/05 689
312 Roeux 11/06 11/07   15/01 15/00 668
325 Croisilles 11/09 11/10   14/58 14/57 655
363 TGV Haute Picardie 11/18 11/18   14/50 14/49 617
399 Ressons sur Matz 11/26 11/25   14/42 14/42 581
414 Arsy 11/29 11/28   14/39 ? 566
435 Fresnoy 11/34 11/32   14/34 14/35 545
456 Moussy 11/39 11/37   14/30 14/30 524
462 Vemars 11/40 11/38   14/28 14/29 518
474 Villiers le Bel 11/44 11/42   14/24 14/25 506
479 Pierrefitte-Staines 11/45 11/44   14/22 14/23 501
483 Saint Denis 11/47 11/46   14/21 14/21 497
486 Portique Landy 11/49 ?   14/19 ? 494
490 Paris Nord 11.53a 11.53   14.16d 14.16 490

 

Km Location Booked Actual
715 Wannehain 15/12 15/10
728 Antoing 15/17 15/15
739 Blaton 15/24 15/20
754 Saint Ghislain 15/26 15/26
761 Mons 15/36 15/32
773 Jurbise 15/42 15/38
785 Soignies 15/48 15/43
792 Braine-le-Comte 15/52 15/46
803 Tubize 15/57 15/51
808 Halle 16/00 15/55
815 Ruisbroek 16/09 16/05
821 Bruxelles Midi 16.15a ~ 19.27d 16.13 ~ 19.42
827 Ruisbroek 19/33 ?
834 Halle 19/42 19/57
850 Enghien 19/50 ?
859 Silly 19/55 ?
872 Ath 20/03 20/18
885 Leuze 20/09 20/26
903 Tournai 20/20 20/35
906 Froyennes 20/22 ?
915 Baisieux 20/27 ?
922 Ascq 20/31 20/44
926 Lille Flandres 20/34 20/46

Timings continue in first table.

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