The Hastings Diesels Crewe
On 12th July 2014 Hastings
operated an excursion from Hastings to Crewe.
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 excursion was routed through Wembley Central and Northampton.
Friday 11th and final
made at St Leonard’s Diesel Depot.
1001 is possibly the oldest main line
train still operating from its original
purpose-built maintenance shed. On the left sits a JB undergoing repair.
Friday 11th and 1001’s AWS transponders are tested.
The day of the excursion and 1001
is now ready to leave for Hastings.
Hastings’ CIS displays our destination
of ‘Crewe only’
(the intermediate stops being to pick up only).
Sporting its 06 headcode (train
reporting number 1Z06)
the last of the passengers from Hastings get on board.
Battle (sch.07:02 dep).
Tunbridge Wells Central (sch.07:29 dep).
Tonbridge (sch.07:42 dep).
1001 arrives at Crewe’s platform 4.
Crewe and 1001’s passengers leave the train.
Initial discussions at Crewe surrounded
keeping 1001 in the
station but without tanking facilities a depot visit was required.
1001 has its water tanks replenished at Crewe depot.
Once 1001 is tanked, cleaned and the
restocked it is ready for the return journey.
Besides the various emus 1001 was kept
company by a class 09 diesel shunter.
1001 was moved back to Crewe station (platform
early in order to free up the depot’s CET facility.
At Crewe enthusiasts were given ‘guided
tours’ of the engine compartment.
Photographers gather for the ‘off’.
Heading south on the fast lines at 75mph
Mr & Mrs Watts enjoy club class’ dining.
Tunbridge Wells on the return!
With the last of 1001’s passenger having
train it is time to return to St Leonard’s Depot.
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