30th May 1965

The Locomotive Club of Great Britain
The Pas de Calais Rail Tour

Locos Used B.R.: D4102, E5020, E6002
SNCF: 230D22 & 231K40
Stock Used UK: Booked for load 7 (formed: BSK, 5x SO, BSK)
France: Booked for load 5

Route :

Loco(s) Route
E5020 Charing Cross - London Bridge - New Cross - Hither Green - Chislehurst - St Mary Cray Jn - Swanley - Otford - Maidstone East - Ashford - Westenhanger - Folkestone Central - Folkestone Jn Siding
D4102 Folkestone Jn Siding - Folkestone Harbour
Expected to have been:
S.S. 'St. Patrick'
Folkestone - Boulogne
230D22 Boulogne Maritime - Hesdigneul - Etaples - Rue - Noyelles - Abbeville
231K40 Abbeville - (reverse of outward route) - Boulogne Maritime
Expected to have been:
S.S. 'Maid of Orleans'
Boulogne - Folkestone
E6002 (1) Folkestone Harbour - Folkestone Jn Siding
D4102 (2) Folkestone Jn Siding - Folkestone Jn
E6002 Folkestone Jn - Dover Priory - Shepherds Well - Canterbury East - Faversham - Sittingbourne - Sole Street - Swanley - (reverse of outward route) - Charing Cross

Notes:
(1) D4102 on rear.
(2) E6002 on rear.
(3) The covering letter sent out with the tour tickets records a change to the booked timings due to single-line working forced by engineering works between Ashford and Folkestone Central (to those as given below in the timings section). The letter also made the statement 'You will no doubt be pleased to learn that support for this first Continental Rail Tour has far exceeded the expectations of the Rail Tours Committee , and although 350 persons are participating, at least a further 150 have had to be refused'.

Sources : Terry Jackson, John Debens & Brian Halford

Photo Review


From The John Debens Ticket Collection.


Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from John Debens)

M.C Location {original} Booked Actual   Booked Actual M.C
0.00 Charing Cross 08.33d [P6] ?   21.38a [P6] ? 83.73
1.31 Metropolitan Jn 08/37 ?   21/34 ? 82.42
1.69 London Bridge 08/38 ?   21/3 ? 82.04
4.68 New Cross 08/43 ?   21/28 ? 79.05
6.13 Parks Bridge Jn 08/45 ?   21/26 ? 77.62
7.15 Hither Green 08/46 ?   21/25 ? 76.58
11.19 Chislehurst 08/51 ?   21/22 ? 72.54
12.10 St Mary Cray Jn 08/52 ?   21/20 ? 71.63
16.24 Swanley 08/56 ?   21/15 ? 67.49
- Sole Street   21/06 ? 58.09
- Rochester Bridge Jn   20/57 ? 52.00
- Chatham   20/54 ? 50.57
- Sittingbourne   20/42 ? 40.23
- Faversham   20/34 ? 33.03
- Canterbury East   20/20 ? 23.15
- Shepherds Well   20/07 ? 13.20
- Buckland Jn   20/00 ? 8.52
- Dover Priory   19/58 ? 7.56
22.79 Otford 09/05 ?  
38.71 Maidstone East 09/24 ?  
58.13 Ashford 09/46 ?  
? Smeeth {?} 09.51 ~ 09.51 ?  
? Westenhanger {?} 09.58 ~ 09.58 ?  
72.79 Folkestone East {10.01 ~ 10.05} 10.07 ~ 10.11 ?   19.38 ~ 19.48 ? 1.25
74.24 Folkestone Harbour {10.10a} 10.16a ?   19.33d ? 0.00

 

Miles Location Booked Actual Booked Actual
0.00 Folkestone 10.55d ? 18.45a ?
(25.00) Boulogne 12.25a ? 17.15d ?

 

Miles Location Booked Actual Booked Actual
0.00 Boulogne Maritime 12.50d 13.50 16.18a 17.00
3.50 Pont-de-Briques ? 14/00 ? 16/58
6.20 Hesdigneul ? 14/02 ? 16/55
9.50 Neufchatel ? 14/06 ? 16/50
13.00 Dannes-Camiers ? 14/10 ? 16/46
17.70 Etaples 13.25 ~ 13.35 14.15 ~ 14.32 15/36 16/43
21.30 St Josse ? 14/38 ? 16/40
24.50 Rang-du-Fl.-V. ? 14/42 ? 16/36
? Conchil-le-Temple ? 14/46 ? 16/33
? Quend-Fort-Mahon ? 14/48 ? 16/31
34.50 Rue ? 14/51 ? 16/28
? Ponthoile-Romaine ? 14/54 ? 16/25
40.80 Noyelles ? 14/58 ? 16/23
44.20 Port-le-Grand ? 15/02 ? 16/20
48.30 Abbeville 14.13a 15.08 15.15d 16.11


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