18th October 1980
|Locos Used||SNCF BB67618|
|DMU Used||SNCF X4504|
|7865||London Victoria - Faversham - Dover Western Docks|
|BB67618||Calais Maritime - Lille|
|X4504||tour of local lines around Lille|
|BB67618||Lille - Calais Maritime|
|7865||Dover Western Docks - Faversham - London Victoria|
(1) Stephen Bidwell comments: If I remember correctly, this tour was called 'L'Entente Cordiale' (Webmasters note: confirmation required please) and was the first foreign tour HRT arranged. Very enjoyable but as with most tours, hitches did occur. A trip on the Lille tramway was in the itinerary but due to late running, participants were given the option of going forward by SNCF service train direct to Lille from Amiens (?) or staying with the plan and risking missing the connection home from Lille! In the end all was well, despite some cavalier train running from SNCF.
Sources : John Guyatt & Stephen Bidwell
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