11th May 1986

Locomotive Club of Great Britain / Southern Electric Group
The Hastings DEMU Farewell

Units Used 1002 & 1032

Route :
1Z25 : Portion 1 and combined potions throughout
1Z26 : portion 2 throughout

Train Unit(s) Route :
ECS 1002 + 1032 Hastings - Battle - Tunbridge Wells - Tonbridge - Sevenoaks - Orpington - Petts Wood Jn - Bickley Jn - Bromley South - Beckenham Junction - Crystal Palace - Streatham Hill - Balham Jn - Clapham Junction
combined 1002 + 1032 Clapham Junction - Kensington Olympia - Old Oak Common East Jn - Ealing Broadway - Greenford - Northolt Jn - Gerrards Cross - High Wycombe - Aylesbury (where train divided)
portion 1 1032 Aylesbury - Amersham - Watford
portion 1 1032 Watford - Northwood - Harrow on the Hill - Neasden Depot
portion 1 1032 Neasden Depot - Stanmore
portion 1 1032 Stanmore - Finchley Road
portion 1 1032 Finchley Road - Rickmansworth
portion 1 1032 Rickmansworth - Moor Park - London Marylebone (where train reformed)
portion 2 1002 same route as portion 1 above, running about 15 minutes later
combined 1002 + 1032 London Marylebone - Northolt Jn - West Ruislip
combined 1002 + 1032 West Ruislip - Northolt Jn - Greenford - Southall - Slough - Reading
combined 1002 + 1032 Reading - Earley - Wokingham - Guildford - Redhill - Tonbridge - Headcorn - Ashford - Rye - Hastings - Robertsbridge - Tonbridge - Sevenoaks - Grove Park - Hither Green - New Cross - London Bridge - London Charing Cross
ECS 1002 + 1032 London Charing Cross - London Bridge - North Kent East Jn - Hither Green - Orpington - Sevenoaks - Tonbridge - Tunbridge Wellls - Battle - Hastings - Ore

Notes :
(1)
The ECS before and after the trip ran as an add-on.
(2) Note that both units were at Watford together.  Photo stops at Canons Park and Moor Park were arranged so that passengers could photograph the other unit passing through.

Sources : Alan Costello, Greg Beecroft & LASERman (joined at Sevenoaks, left at Ore)

Brief Review

Greg Beecroft comments: Although the tour started at Clapham Junction and finished at Charing Cross, the stock workings from and to Hastings ran as additional passenger trains, available for use by tour passengers (and the down service could be use by anyone else).  The down working was later than the last 'normal' train, so was the final diesel service before the full electric timetable was introduced on 12 May.  Passengers were allowed to remain on the train to Ore station, as DEMUs coming out of service were being stored in Ore carriage shed.  A bus was provided to convey passengers back to London.

The evening run from Hastings to Charing Cross, scheduled non-stop in 80 minutes, was reported guardedly at the time, but was quite extraordinary.  The train was stopped at Battle due to engineering work, but the driver showed every intention of making up as much time as possible and some very fast running ensued. The speed through Tonbridge was quite hair-raising and the train was still doing well over 80mph through Grove Park. Then, with the possibility of a right time arrival at Charing Cross, the train was stopped at signals outside London Bridge.  It was discovered later that this was so that the signalman could take a photograph. However, the driver did not give up, and set what must have been an all time record for London Bridge to Charing Cross, with a particularly exciting transit of the curves through Borough Market and Metropolitan Junctions.  The station clock was still showing 20:38 as the DEMUs entered Charing Cross at a speed suggesting they were continuing into the Strand!


Photo Review


The tour arriving into Sevenoaks in the morning (photo: LASERman)


The two portions at Canons Park (photo: LASERman)


Stanmore - alongside now defunct 1983 tube stock (photo: LASERman)


With wreath, at Rye (photo: LASERman)


3 Tour tickets, courtesy of Brian Halford.


Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Greg Beecroft, LASERman & John Broderick)

M.C

Location

Booked

Actual

 

Booked

Actual

M.C

-

Ore

-

-

 

??.??

00.36

?

0.00

Hastings

07.14d

??.??

 

00.27a ~ ??.??d

00.24 ~ 00.33

486.30

0.58

St Leonards Warrior Square

07.15a ~ 07.16d

??.?? ~ ??.??

 

00.25a ~ 00.25d

00.21 ~ 00.22

485.52

1.43

Bopeep Jn

07/18

?

 

00/22

00/20

484.66

1.53

West St Leonards

07/19

?

 

00.21a ~ 00.21

00.18 ~ 00.19

484.56

6.67

Battle

07.29a ~ 07.29

?

 

00.13a ~ 00.13

00.11 ~ 00.11

479.42

?

Robertsbridge

07/37

?

 

00.03a ~ 00.04d

00.02 ~ 00.02

473.42

14.79

Etchingham

07.40a ~ 07.41

??.?? ~ ??.??

 

23.59a ~ 23.59d

23.58 ~ 23.58

471.30

23.12

Wadhurst

07/51

?

 

23.49a ~ 23.50d

23.50 ~ 23.50

463.17

28.04

Tunbridge Wells

07.58a ~ 07.58d

??.?? ~ ??.??

 

23.41a ~ 23.42d

23.41 ~ 23.42

458.35

28.71

Wells Tunnel Jn

08/00

?

 

23/39

23/39

457.38

?

High Brooms

??/??

?

 

23.37a ~ 23.37d

23.37 ~ 23.37

456.63

32.74

Tonbridge

08.06a ~ 08.07d

??.?? ~ ??.??

 

23.28a ~ 23.29d

23.28 ~ 23.31

453.35

40.27

Sevenoaks

08.18a ~ 08.19d

08.24 ~ 08.24 [P2]

 

23.18a ~ 23.19d

23.18 ~ 23.19

446.02

48.52

Orpington

08.29a ~ 08.30d

08.34a ~ 08.35d

 

23.07a ~ 23.08d

23.08 ~ 23.08

437.57

 

M.C

Location

Booked

Actual

50.13

Petts Wood Jn

08/32 [FL]

08/38

51.06

Bickley Jn

08/34 [SL]

08/39

52.53

Bromley South

08.36a ~ 08.37

08.41 ~ 08.42

53.78

Shortlands Jn

08/39

08/44

54.72

Beckenham Junction

08.40a ~ 08.41d

08.46 ~ 08.48

57.17

Bromley Jn

08/46

08/53

58.02

Crystal Palace

08/48

08/54

61.00

Streatham Hill

08/55

08/59

62.08

Balham Jn

08/57

09/01

64.45

Clapham Junction

09.01a ~ 09.03d

09.05a ~ 09.07d

?

Latchmere Jn

09/06

09/09

66.69

Kensington Olympia

?

09/17

68.57

North Pole Jn

09/14

09/21

69.13

Old Oak Common East Jn

09/16

09/23 [RL]

72.05

Ealing Broadway

09.21a ~ 09.23d

09.28 ~ 09.31

72.70

West Ealing

09/24

?

75.42

Greenford

09/33

09/39

77.63

Northolt Jn

09/41

09/44

70.65

West Ruislip

?

09/46

94.22

High Wycombe

10.??a ~ 10.07d

10.09 ~ 10.11

109.50

Aylesbury

??.??a

10.38

Train Split;

M.C

Location

Portion 1

Booked

Portion 1

Actual

 

Portion 2

Booked

Portion 2

Actual

109.50

Aylesbury

10.46d

?

 

10.59d

11.06

123.72

Amersham

11/05

?

 

11/18

11.24 ~ 11.25

125.76

Chalfont & Latimer

11/08

?

 

11/21

?

130.28

Rickmansworth

11/16

?

 

11/29

11.32 ~ 11.33

133.12

Watford

11.24a ~ 11.43d [P1]

? [P1]

 

11.38a ~ 11.52d

11.40 ~ 11.52 [P2]

135.19

Watford South Jn

11/48

?

 

11/48

11/55

137.50

Northwood

11/52

?

 

12/01

12/00

142.09

Harrow-on-the-Hill

12/03

?

 

12/09

12/09

144.70

Wembley Park

12/07

?

 

12/20

12.15 ~ 12.16

146.23

Neasden Depot

12.11a ~ 12.15d

?

 

12.24a ~ 12.28d

12.24 ~ 12.28

147.56

Wembley Park

12/19

?

 

12/32

12.32 ~ 12.33

151.29

Canons Park

12/27

?

 

12p41a ~ 12p48d

12.42 ~ 12.49

152.14

Stanmore

12.30a ~ 12.42d [P2]

?

 

12.51a ~ 13.01d [P12]

12.52 ~ 13.02 [P2]

156.52

Wembley Park

12/54 [MetL]

?

 

13/14 [MetL]

13.10 ~ 13.13 [MetL]

161.11

Finchley Road

13.02a ~ 13.07d

?

 

13.22a ~ 13.27d [JL]

13.21 ~ 13.28

161.43

West Hampstead

13/08 [JL]

?

 

13/28

?

164.17

Neasden

13/16 [MetL]

?

 

13/34 [MetL]

13/34

168.31

Harrow-on-the-Hill

13/22

?

 

13/40

13/36

175.21

Watford South Jn

13/31

?

 

13/49

13/43

176.29

Rickmansworth

13.33a ~ 13.38d

?

 

13.51a ~ 13.57d

13.55 ~ 13.59

178.37

Moor Park

13p42a ~ 13p53d

?

 

14/00

14.03 ~ 14.04

?

Harrow-on-the-Hill

?

?

 

?

14/12

193.37

London Marylebone

14.13a

?

 

14.20a

14.24 [P4]

Train rejoined;

M.C

Location

Booked

Actual

193.37

London Marylebone

14.26d

14.34

198.48

Neasden South Jn

?

14/42

204.72

Northolt Jn

?

14/53

206.74

West Ruislip Crossover

14.48 ~ 14.52

15.03 ~ 15.06

208.76

Northolt Jn

14/56

15/17

211.17

Greenford

14/59

15/21

?

Southall East Jn

? [ML]

?

215.46

Southall

15.15a ~ 15.17d

15/33

224.76

Slough

15/27

15/44

230.59

Maidenhead

15/32

15/49

?

Twyford

?

15/55

242.38

Reading

15.45a ~ 15.53d [URL]

16.02 ~ 16.09 [P9]

?

Reading Spur Jn

?

16/11

245.25

Earley

15/59

16/15

249.20

Wokingham

16/04

16/19

255.47

Blackwater

16/12

16/25

260.07

North Camp

16/16

16/29

262.06

Ash

16/18

16/31

268.29

Guildford

16.28a ~ 16.30d

16.39 ~ 16.39 [P5]

162.16

Shalford Jn

16/32

16/42

276.05

Gomshall

16/42

16/52

286.79

Reigate

16/53

17/02

288.64

Redhill

16.57a ~ 17.03d [P1]

17.05 ~ 17.11 [P1]

299.26

Edenbridge

17/15

17/22

308.41

Tonbridge

17.25a ~ 17.27d

17.30 ~ 17.37 [P2]

313.64

Paddock Wood

17/34

17/44

324.18

Headcorn

17p44a ~ 17p54d

17.53 ~ 18.02

335.07

Ashford

18.04a ~ 18.06d [P1]

18/15 [P1]

343.48

Appledore

18/16

18/27

350.32

Rye

18.26a ~ 18.45d

18.36 ~ 18.46

360.41

Ore

19/00

18/59

361.34

Hastings

19.02a ~ 19.18d

19.02a ~ 19.18d

362.78

Bopeep Jn

19/22

19/21

368.22

Battle

19.30 ~ 19.31

19.28 ~ 19.34

374.22

Robertsbridge

19/38

19/42

384.47

Wadhurst

19/47

19/53

389.39

Tunbridge Wells

19/54

19/58

?

Wells Tunnel Jn

19/54

19/59

394.29

Tonbridge

20/01

20/03

401.62

Sevenoaks

20/10

20/12

410.07

Orpington

20/19 [SL]

20/20

412.53

Chislehurst

20/21

20/22

416.57

Hither Green

20/25

20/26

417.59

Parks Bridge Jn

20/26

20/28

419.04

New Cross

20/28

20/30

?

North Kent East Jn

20/29 [3]

20/30

?

Spa Road

20/31 [6]

20/32

422.03

London Bridge

20/33

20/35

422.41

Metropolitan Jn

20/34 [FL]

20/36

423.72

Charing Cross

20.38a ~ 22.45d [P6]

20.39 ~ 22.45

424.54

Waterloo East

22/48

22.49 ~ 22.50

?

Metropolitan Jn

22/50

22/51

425.61

London Bridge

22/51 [P5]

22/53

426.68

Spa Road Jn

22/53 [5]

22/55

428.14

North Kent East Jn

22/55

22/56

430.05

Parks Bridge Jn

22/57

22/59

431.07

Hither Green

22/58

23/00

435.11

Chislehurst

23/04

23/04

Timings continue in first table.

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