The Hastings Blue Belle
On 6th November 2010 Hastings Diesels Ltd operated the
first passenger train from London onto Bluebell Railway metals since BR closed
its branch to Horsted Keynes; a historic day. This charter
service ran through to the Bluebell Railways’ northern extension across Imberhorne Viaduct thence ran a shuttle service throughout
the day before returning to London.
Orpington and 1001 makes a brief stop on
journey from Hastings to London Bridge.
Arrival at London Bridge.
The headboard was moved to ‘Mountfield’
for the run south to Imberhorne.
Headcode 77 and ‘The Hastings Blue Bell’ is ready to depart.
At Southern’s East Grinstead station the
train is halted whilst
the driver obtains the release from Oxted signal box.
At the time of the trip Imberhorne was the southern end of the Bluebell Railway’s northern extension. The bridge carrying Imberhorne Lane over the new formation can just been seen.
Following arrival at the Bluebell
Railway’s East Grinstead station
1001 operated a series of shuttle services across to Imberhorne.
1001 crossing Imberhorne Viaduct on a
shuttle service from East Grinstead.
1001 sits alongside GBrf’s
and ‘Gordon’ the blue Vep.
has readied 1001 for the
return to London Bridge via Imberhorne!
only a short run south before reversal, the headboard
was already positioned on motor coach ‘Tunbridge Wells’.
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