Olympia Express 2010
On 18th December 2010
Hastings Diesels Ltd operated a charter service
from the Hastings line up to the show-jumping at Kensington Olympia.
The train’s routing was via Bromley South, Factory Curve thence up to Kensington Olympia and Shepherd’s Bush. The train was due to be stabled at Willesden Yard but due to bad weather made a trip down to berth at Beckenham Junction.
Tonbridge and 1001 enters platform 2 in the snow.
By Kensington Olympia the snow was falling hard.
Because of the snow, the conditions underfoot in Willesden Yard would have been hazardous; in particular for our relief driver who was coming in from Kent. So the decision was made to meet him part-way by berthing 1001 in the bay platform at Beckenham Junction; our return route being via Factory Curve, Brixton, Nunhead, Lewisham and the mid-Kent line.
With no trains running and virgin snow on the South London Line a tale came through that somebody ‘out there’ was hoping that we’d help clear the snow of the conductor rail!..... In reality we suspect this routing was chosen in order to avoid the risk of operating the crossover at the London-end of Beckenham Junction station.
The adjacent Waitrose enabled the train
staff to restock 1001’s buffet
car as well as allowing some to undertake a spot of Christmas shopping!
Back at Tonbridge and 1001 gets ready to continue down to Hastings.
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