Channel Two

(1)    The Railtour

On Saturday 7th July 2012 Hastings Diesels operated the Channel Two
excursion from Hastings to Bath, Bristol Temple Meads and Weston-super-Mare.

The train was well patronised with a routing calling at St Leonards Warrior Square, Battle, Etchingham, Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Bromley South thence Clapham Junction. From Clapham Junction the train ran via Staines and Virginia Water to a pick-up at Reading’s platform 7 (platform 4 renumbered) before a fast run to Bath. From Bath the train continued to Bristol Temple Meads thence onto Weston-super-Mare. After Weston-super-Mare the train rain ecs to Bishops Lydeard for tanking – photographs of this are contained in (2) ECS to the West Somerset Railway.

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Leaving Tonbridge 1001 passed three JBs in Tonbridge West Yard.

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Drizzle met 1001 at Bristol Temple Meads.

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‘Channel Two’ with the backdrop of a  
Bristol Temple Meads station sign.

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Awaiting the road at Bristol Temple Meads.

With our onward driver delayed by the weather, 1001 made a late
departure behind (instead of ahead) the stopping train to Weston-super-Mare.

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Fortunately the Up Paddington was running very late so 1001
was able to have a straight run into Weston-super-Mare.

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After Weston-super-Mare 1001 ran ecs to Bishops Lydeard
(WSR) for tanking before returning for the return trip.

1001 enters Weston-super-Mare as empty coaching stock (ecs)


© Mike Hiscocks


The guard assists passengers boarding at the rear of the train ...


© Mike Hiscocks


... while others make their way forward to the front

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Whilst at Bristol Temple Meads Freightliner 66 560 came storming
through the station hauling a long line of coal hoppers.

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1001 under the trainshed at Bristol Temple Meads.

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Sitting in Bristol Temple Meads was a rake
of chocolate and cream Mk1 coaches.

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The gloom of the trainshed at Bristol Temple Meads!

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Click to see 1001 ECS movment (West Somerset Railway)

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