Midland Pioneer

(1)    Tonbridge to Swanwick Junction

On Saturday 10th September 2011 Hastings Diesels operated the Midland Pioneer excursion from Hastings to Leicester, Loughborough and Swanwick Junction and a DMU gala day.


Although 1001 went on to Butterley a lack of passenger access to our stabling siding prevented this from being a passenger stop. In any event most of the railway’s interest is centred around Swanwick Junction.

The train was well patronised with around 210 seats sold. The routing was via St Leonards Warrior Square, Battle, Etchingham, Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Bromley South and Clapham Junction thence out via Kew and Dudding Hill to the Midland main line via Brent Curve Jcn. Unfortunately the Etchingham stop was not made on the way up so 1001 had to await the arrival of our passengers from a service train at Tonbridge. However, this did not adversely affect our timings.


1001 is seen on its approach into Tonbridge.
This is the bridge span off the end of platform 1

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1001 arrives in Tonbridge’s platform 2.

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Our first destination was Leicester where passengers both left and joined the train. Our generously timed stop provided time to take this photograph from Swan Street overbridge!

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A further picture of 1001 and its passengers
(as taken from the station footbridge).

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Loughborough was our second stop. In the opposite platform
(no.2) sits a Meridian railbus on its way to St Pancras.

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With the sun shining Loughborough’s
station’s canopy is an attractive feature.

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Click to see 1001 at the Midland Railway centre

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