Photographs of the outing may be found on an external website.
The 6 cars of our train went on a test run to Tonbridge, and ended up being diverted via Ashford and Rye for the return working; this caused it to get turned round. Our train was chartered for the Olympia Express special excursion to Kensington Olympia; the charter was organized by a third party, with the publicity being hosted by HDL; that publicity remains available for historical interest here: leaflet, booking-form and final timings.
Our DEMU operated the HDL Green Dragon railtour to Cardiff via Guildford and Salisbury. for George Graham; it ran via Ashford, Folkestone and Dover to Ramsgate, Margate, Gillingham, Farningham Road, Kent House and London Victoria where it arrived 24 minutes early; Despite its reversal at Ashford, the ensuing circular route to Victoria kept the train the same way round.
At Newport on the return leg the train was turned at short notice on the Maindee triangle and driven from the other end, to work around a temporary fault with a horn-valve. However, to rectify the unscheduled turning on the previous railtour, during its empty trip back to Hastings and the depot it ran via Blackfriars and was thus turned round: the Club Class end once again faced towards Bexhill.
The train was “topped and tailed” by Class 73 electro-diesel locomotives.
The train travelled up to London Victoria via Tonbridge, Lewisham and Denmark Hill; then back to Bromley North; then via Sidcup and Woolwich Arsenal to London Bridge; to Hayes and back; to Caterham and Tattenham Corner; via Selhurst, Clapaham Junction, Kensington Olympia and Mitre Bridge Junction to Richmond; via Mitre Bridge and Stewarts Lane Junction to Victoria; and to Hastings via Tonbridge., a charity outing from Hastings to London and the Kent & Surrey areas, in aid of Help for Heroes, with bookings being handled by UK Railtours.
This charter was organized by a third party, with the publicity being hosted by HDL; that publicity remains available for historical interest here: leaflet, booking-form and final timings.
for Alan Lake; it ran empty to Brighton via Eastbourne, entrained invited passengers for a 1047 departure and a trip along the coast and across the marsh to Ashford International and back, returning to Brighton at 1451 before running empty away to depot.
train derailed after hitting a herd of cows; following re-railing and repairs at the site between Wye and Chilham, the stricken train was moved to Canterbury West.
Our train was returned to us under its own power the following day, having stabled at Tonbridge in the early hours of Monday morning; it had suffered negligible damage. Leonards Depot but entered service at Sevenoaks at 0625; picking up at Bromley South, Kensington Olympia, Willesden Junction (High Level) and Finsbury Park, it ran via the Norwich triangle to Cromer and Sheringham; return was via the same route, arriving at Sevenoaks at 2108.
, First GBRf, and Network Rail all co-operated with a RAIB investigation into the derailment, which subsequently resulted in the publication of this report; the design, maintenance and operation of our train were found to have had no bearing on the incident. around 1400 on a test-run over the Romney Marsh to Ashford International.
The train ran fault-free, and the GSM-R radio got its first test too.