The Essex Coast Express
On 13th September 2014
Hastings Diesels Ltd
operated an excursion from Hastings to Clacton.
From Hastings the excursion called at St Leonards Warrior Square, Battle, Etchingham, Tunbridge Wells Central, Tonbridge, Bromley South and (via the Catford Loop & Factory Curve) on to the last pick-up stop at Kensington Olympia. From there the outward excursion was routed via Gospel Oak and Navarino Road Junction before calling at Liverpool Street and Colchester Town.
1001 is ready to leave St Leonard’s West Marina diesel shed.
In the morning sun 1001 moves forward to
the shunt signal thence onto the main line.
With damp on the secondman’s
observation light 1001 crosses
Bo-Peep junction in advance of Bo-Peep tunnel (1318 yards).
GBrf provides 1001’s traincrew.
Hastings’ CIS displays our destination
of ‘Clacton only’
(the intermediate stops being to pick up only).
Sporting its 54 headcode (train
reporting number 1Z54)
the last of the passengers from Hastings get on board.
St Leonard’s Warrior Square (sch.07:36 dep).
At Tunbridge Wells an eager passenger
quick chat with 1001’s driver before boarding.
Bromley South (sch.09:16 dep).
Empty sidings at Stewarts Lane - just a
JB and 442 were spotted.
(With vegetation rattling the coach sides this picture was taken from wholly within the train).
The River Thames from Battersea’s Cremorne Bridge.
Traincrew change at Kensington Olympia.
The approach to Liverpool Street appears
akin to entering the underworld.
(This was picture taken from wholly within the train).
1001 arriving at London’s Liverpool Street station.
Liverpool Street and 1001 awaits the road to Colchester.
Running slightly late 1001’s next stop was Colchester Town.
Photographers line up with their cameras.
1001 readies for its departure from Colchester Town.
1001 arrives at Clacton and ...
... the photographers make their dash.
With the station almost deserted tanking
operations were undertaken;
the CEP coach having the smallest water tanks but the most-used toilets.
1001 sits alongside a 321 unit; these
and the 360s provide Clacton’s services -
a far cry from the comfortable seats of the AM9 (class 309) Mk1 electric stock!
The clean and unspoilt lines of Clacton’s station!
Although 1001 is equipped with
illuminated red blinds
(Hastings units being the first to be so permitted as a tail lamp)
off the Southern these aren’t always recognised as being a tail-lamp!
This oxymoron was spotted on Clacton’s pier.
Colchester and a crew change on the return.
Tonbridge and passengers leave 1001.
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