11th May 2019

Hastings Diesels Ltd
The East Anglian Explorer

DEMU Used 1001 (formed: 60116 'Mountfield'+60529+70262+69337+60501+60118 'Tunbridge Wells')

Route : 
1Z77 : Hastings to Lowestoft
1Z78 : Lowestoft to Hastings

DEMU Route
as listed Hastings - St Leonards Warrior Square - Bopeep Jn - Battle - Robertsbridge - Etchingham - Tunbridge Wells Central - Tonbridge - Sevenoaks - Orpington - Bickley Jn - Bromley South - Shortlands Jn - Beckenham Junction - Herne Hill - Brixton - Voltaire Road Jn - Factory Jn - Longhedge Jn - Latchmere Jn - Kensington Olympia - North Pole Jn - Mitre Bridge Jn - Willesden Junction HL - Kensal Green Jn - West Hampstead - Gospel Oak - Camden Road Jn - Westbourne Road Jn - Highbury & Islington - Canonbury West Jn - Navarino Road Jn - Lea Jn - Channelsea Jn - Stratford - Ilford - Shenfield - Chelmsford - Colchester - Manningtree - Ipswich - Stowmarket - Diss - Norwich
as listed Norwich - Brundall - Reedham - Somerleyton - Oulton Broad North - Lowestoft
as listed Lowestoft - (reverse of outward route) - Norwich
as listed Norwich - (reverse of outward route) - Bickley Jn - St Mary Cray Jn - Swanley - Otford Jn - Bat & Ball - Sevenoaks - (reverse of outward route) - Hastings

Notes
(1) John Clifford's comments: There was an option of a visit to the East Anglian Transport Museum at Carlton Colville. This was originally to be by bus from Olton Broad North but was changed on the day to be from Lowestoft. I joined and left the tour at Stratford. Just after leaving Stratford there was a booked stop to let the 10.30 Liverpool Street - Norwich pass. Outside Witham we waited for the 11.00 Braintree - Liverpool Street to cross our path. We ran to time until we were stopped outside Norwich to let three trains into or out of Norwich (12.36 Norwich - Yarmouth, 12.40 Norwich - Cambridge and 11.55 Cromer - Norwich; this one was 7 minutes late). This meant a late arrival and departure from Norwich, but there was still a problem ahead. Just before Reedham Swing Bridge we were warned that a swan and her cygnets were on the line. We found them just after Haddiscoe and waited for them to cross the line. Arrival at Lowestoft was 37 minutes late. The following service train from Norwich (12.58) was also delayed by 37 minutes. Its return working at 13.48 left 30 minutes late. There was a booked E.C.S. working to Norwich and back for tanking but this was cancelled. We left on time for our return journey with tanking being done at Norwich in the time that we were there. We had been booked to go ahead of the 17.30 to Liverpool Street, with that train passing us while we were looped at Ipswich. With tanking being done we departed behind the 17.30. The only other comment is that we caught up the 18.05 Clacton - Liverpool Street at Witham and so got to Stratford 5 minutes late.

Source : John Clifford (on the tour from/to Stratford)

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from John Clifford & Realtime Trains)

Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual
Hastings 07.05d [P3] 07.05   23.00a [P4] 22.56
St Leonards Warrior Square 07.08a ~ 07.10d [P1] 07.07 ~ 07.09   22.56a ~ 22.58d [P2] 22.52 ~ 22.54
Bopeep Jn SB 07/13 07/11   22/53 22/50
Battle 07.23a ~ 07.25d 07.21 ~ 07.24   22.42a ~ 22.44d 22.37 ~ 22.38
Mountfield Tunnel 07/30 07/29   22/38 22/32
Robertsbridge 07/32 07/32   22/35 22/30
Etchingham 07.35a ~ 07.37d 07.34 ~ 07.35   22.29a ~ 22.31d 22.25 ~ 22.27
Wadhurst Tunnel South 07/45 07/46   22/23 22/19
Wadhurst 07/48 07/48   22/21 22/17
Strawberry Hill Tunnel 07/53 07/54   22/13 22/12
Tunbridge Wells Central 07.56a ~ 07.59d [P1] 07.56 ~ 07.58   22.09a ~ 22.11d [P2] 22.09 ~ 22.10
Wells Tunnel Jn 08/01 07/59   22/07 22/07
Somerhill Tunnel 08/06 08/04   22/02 22/02
Tonbridge 08.09a ~ 08.14d [P1] 08.07 ~ 08.15   21.58a ~ 22.00d [P3] 21.58 ~ 22.00
Sevenoaks 08/25 [P1] 08/27   21/48 [P3] 21/46
Orpington 08/33 [P2] [UF] 08/35   - -
Petts Wood Jn 08/35 [UFV] 08/37   - -
Bat & Ball - -   21/43 21/41
Otford Jn - -   21/39 21/39
Swanley - -   21/30 [P4] 21/27
St Mary Cray Jn - -   21/23 21/22
Bickley Jn 08/39 [UCF] 08/39   21/21 [DS] 21/21
Bromley South 08.43a ~ 08.47d [P1] 08.41 ~ 08.46   21.16a ~ 21.18d [P4] 21.16 ~ 21.18
Shortlands Jn 08/51 08/50   21/14 [DCS] 21/14
Beckenham Junction 08/53 08/52   21/12 21/12
Kent House 08/54 08/53   21*05 ~ 21*10 [P4] 21.07 ~ 21.11
Herne Hill 09/02 [P2] 09/00   20/56 [P3] 20/55
Brixton 09/03 [P1] 09/02   20/53 [P2] 20/53
Shepherds Lane Jn 09/07 [AL] 09/03   20/51 20/50
Voltaire Road Jn 09/09 [AL] 09/04   20/47 [AL] 20/48
Factory Jn 09/10 09/05   20/46 [AL] 20/41
Longhedge Jn 09/12 [DKL] 09/08   20/44 20/40
Latchmere Jn 09/15 [DWL] 09/11   20/41 [UKL] 20/39
Kensington Olympia 09.22a ~ 09.24d [P2] 09.18 ~ 09.23   20.32a ~ 20.35d [P3] 20.30 ~ 20.33
North Pole Jn 09/29 09/27   20/28 20/26
Mitre Bridge Jn 09/30 09/29   20/26 [UWL] 20/25
Willesden Junction HL 09/34 [P4] 09/36   20/24 [P5] 20/22
Kensal Green Jn 09/35 09/37   20/22 20/20
West Hampstead 09/42 [P2] 09/44   20/14 [P1] 20/14
Gospel Oak 09/48 [P2] 09/50   20/08 [P1] 20/07
Camden Road Jn 09/54 09/55   20/02 20/02
Camden Road East Jn 09/56 [RL] 09/56   19*53 ~ 20*00 ? ~ 20.00
Westbourne Road Jn 09/59 09/59   19/50 [NL] 19/48
Highbury & Islington 10/00 [P8] 10/00   19/48 [P7] 19/47
Canonbury West Jn 10/01 10/01   19/47 19/46
Navarino Road Jn 10/05 10/06   19/43 19/44
Lea Jn 10/12 10/13   19/37 19/40
Channelsea Jn 10/13 10/14   19/36 [AL] 19/38
Stratford 10.16a ~ 10.35d [P10a] [DM] 10.19 ~ 10.35 [P10a] [DM]   19.30a ~ 19.33d [P10a] [AL] 19.35 ~ 19.37 [P10a]
Stratford Sig.L295 10*37 ~ 10*41 10.37 ~ 10.41 [DM]   - -
Maryland 10/43 [P4] [DM] 10/42 [P4] [DM]   19/29 [P4] [DM] 19/33 [P4] [DM]
Forest Gate Jn 10/44 [DM] 10/44 [DM]   19/23 [ML] 19/30 [ML]
Ilford 10/46 [P2] [DM] 10/46 [P2] [DM]   19/22 [P1] [UM] 19/27 [P1] [UM]
Gidea Park 10/52 [P2] [DM] 10/52 [P2] [DM]   19/17 [P1] [UM] 19/21 [P1] [UM]
Shenfield 10/59 [P3] 10/59 [P3]   19/11 [P2] [UM] 19/11 [P2] [UM]
Chelmsford 11/07 [P2] 11/07 [P2]   18/59 [P2] 18/58 [P1]
Sig.L761 - 11.17 ~ 11.19   - -
Witham 11/19 [P3] 11/20 [P3]   18/50 [P2] 18/49 [P2]
Marks Tey 11/26 [P2] 11/28 [P2]   18/42 [P1] 18/41 [P1]
Colchester 11/31 [P2] 11/33 [P2]   18/36 [P3] 18/36 [P3]
Manningtree 11/37 [P3] 11/40 [P3]   18/27 [P2] 18/29 [P2]
Halifax Jn 11/45 11/48   18/19 18/20
Ipswich 11.48 ~ 11.50 [P3] 11.50 ~ 11.50 [P3]   18.15 ~ 18.17 [P3] 18/19 [UM]
Ipswich Sig.CO328 - -   18*06 ~ 18*13 18/18
East Suffolk Jn 11/52 11/52   18/05 18/18
Europa Jn 11/53 11/53   18/04 18/16
Stowmarket 12/02 [P2] 12/04 [P2]   17/53 [P1] 18/08 [P1]
Haughley Jn 12/05 12/06   17/51 18/06
Diss 12/16 12/17   17/40 17/56
Trowse Jn 12/35 12/35   17/23 17/35
Trowse Swing Bridge 12/36 [D] 12/37   17/22 17/34
Thorpe Jn 12/41 [C] 12.38 ~ 12.46 [C]   17/21 [C] 17/33 [C]
Norwich 12.43a ~ 12.50d [P6] [E] 12.49 ~ 12.58 [P6] [E]   17.15a ~ 17.20d [P1] 17.20 ~ 17.31 [P1]
Thorpe Jn 12/51 12/59   17/13 [W] 17/18 [W]
Whitlingham Jn 12/53 13/01   17/08 17/14
Brundall 12/57 13/07 [P2]   17/04 17/08 [P1]
Cantley 13/02 13/14 [P2]   16/59 17/03 [P1]
Reedham 13/04 13/18   16/56 17/00 [P1]
Sig.RB5 - 13.21 ~ 13.25   - -
Near MP16 - 13.35 ~ 13.45   - -
Somerleyton 13/14 13/50 [P2]   16/46 16/49
Oulton Broad North 13.19a ~ 13.21d 13.57 ~ 13.58 [P2]   16.39a ~ 16.41d 16.41 ~ 16.43 [P1]
Oulton Broad North Jn 13/22 13/59   16/38 16/41
Lowestoft 13.26a [P2] 14.03 [P4]   16.35d [P2] 16.35  [P4]


Associated E.C.S. Workings

5Z76 : (1001) : St Leonards Depot to Bexhill
5Z79 : (1001) : Bexhill to St Leonards Depot

Location Booked (out)   Booked (rtn)
St Leonards Depot 06.40d   23.23a
Bopeep Jn 06/44   23/20
Hastings 06.49a [P3]   23.15d [P4]

5Z77 : (1001) : Lowestoft to Norwich
5Z78 : (1001) : Norwich to Lowestoft
(both cancelled)

Location Booked (out)   Booked (rtn)
Lowestoft 13.39d [P2]   16.11a [P2]
Oulton Broad North 13/42   15/52
Somerleyton 13/47   15/47
Reedham 13/57   15/37
Cantley 14/00   15/34
Brundall 14/05   15/29
Whitlingham Jn 14/09   15/25
Thorpe Jn 14/14   15/22
Norwich 14.16a [P1b]   15.20d [P1b]


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