10th April 1976

Branch Line Society
South-East Kent Rail Tour

DEMU Used 1018

Route :

DEMU Route
1018 Ashford - Folkestone Central - Folkestone Jn Sidings (Folkestone East)
1018 Folkestone Jn Sidings- Folkestone Harbour
1018 Folkestone Harbour - Folkestone Jn Sidings
1018 Folkestone Jn Sidings- Folkestone Jn
1018 Folkestone Jn - Dover Marine
1018 Dover Marine - Dover Priory - Shepherds Well (north of station)
1018 Shepherds Well (north of station) - down siding
1018 down siding - Tilmanstone Colliery stop board
1018 Tilmanstone Colliery stop board - Shepherds Well down siding
1018 Shepherds Well down siding - Dover Priory - Dover Ferry Berth
1018 Dover Ferry Berth - Dover Priory -Deal - Richborough Siding Box up siding
1018 Richborough Siding Box up siding - Richborough CEGB Siding 
1018 Richborough CEGB Siding - Richborough Siding Box up siding
1018 Richborough Siding Box up siding - down line
1018 down line - Minster - Canterbury West - Ashford - Chart Leacon
1018 Chart Leacon - Ashford

Notes :
(1) Alan Osborn comments: Class 73, 73134, was provided at Folkestone Harbour to act as rear banker to assist this Hastings gauge DEMU back up the branch. Unfortunately not being one of the Hastings gauge 73's it was unable to couple, so DEMU had to climb unassisted. This was probably a contributory factor for the train failing on the Tilmanstone Colliery branch due to a lack of coolant. It was restarted by taking the water from the Train Toilet's supply using utensils found -  'Titfield Thunderbolt style'. Brian Halford however contests the comments regarding incompatibility of the 73 & DEMU: It is my understanding that all class 73s were built to Hastings gauge and all were compatible with Hastings DEMU's.


From Bob Mitchell's ticket collection.

Source : John Clifford (on the train throughout)

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from John Clifford, Alan Osborn & Bill Lynch)

M.C Location Booked Actual
0.00 Ashford 09.50d 09.50
14.65 Folkestone East 10.08a ~ 10.15d 10.08 ~ 10.16
16.04 Folkestone Harbour 10.20a ~ 10.50d 10.20 ~ 10.56
17.18 Folkestone East 10.55a ~ 11.05d 11.01 ~ 11.07
23.30 Dover Marine 11.17a ~ 11.55d 11.19 ~ 11.54
24.36 Dover Priory 12/00 11.58a ~ 12.08d
25.32 Buckland Jn 12/02 12/11
30.00 Shepherds Well 12.12a ~ 12.20d 12.18 ~ 12.29
33.01 Tilmanstone Colliery Stop Board 12.45a ~ 13.05d 13.02 ~ 13.15
35.70 Shepherds Well 13.30a ~ 13.36d 13.27 ~ 13.37
40.38 Buckland Jn 13/47 13.48a ~ 13.50d
41.34 Dover Priory 13/51 13/53
42.22 Dover Ferry Berth 14.01a ~ 14.45d 13.57 ~ 15.03
43.10 Dover Priory 15/00 15/05a ~ 15.06d
44.06 Buckland Jn 15/05 15/10
48.06 Martin Mill 15.14a ~ 15.24d  15.17 ~ 15.28
52.34 Deal 15/30 15/35
56.44 Sandwich 15/35 15/42
60.23 Richborough Sidings 'Box 15.51a ~ ??.??d 15.59 ~ ??.??
61.25 Richborough CEGB Sidings ??.??a ~ ??.??d 15.55 ~ 16.14
62.27 Richborough Sidings 'Box 16.??a ~ 16.10d 16.?? ~ 16.21
63.29 Minster 16/18 16.25a ~ 16.25
74.57 Canterbury West 16/33 16/41
89.01 Ashford 16.53a ~ 16.54d 17.00 ~ 17.01
89.53 Chart Leacon Depot 16.59a ~ 17.05d 17.06 ~ 17.10
90.17 Ashford 17.10a 17.14


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