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Friday 25th July 2003

A tour round South Central Train's network using a day rover ticket.

These tickets are only available by ordering over the internet direct from South central Trains.

( http://www.southcentraltrains.co.uk/days_out_promotions/days_out_promotions.shtml )

Our route and mileage accumulated is tabulated below

 


 

Station

Arrive

Depart

Distance

(miles)

time

 (minutes)

Forest Hill

 

10.18

-

-

East Croydon

10.28

10.33

4.25

10

Haywards Heath

11.02

11.07

27.5

29

Eastbourne

11.42

12.39

28

35

Hastings

13.11

13.24

16.25

32

Winchelsea

13.42

13.52

9.25

18

Hastings

14.10

14.22

9.25

18

Lewes

15.18

15.30

32

56

Brighton

15.46

16.03

8

16

Angmering

16.37

16.40

15.5

33

Havant

17.09

17.44

22

29

Horsham

18.49

19.14

40.75

65

Sutton

19.59

20.05

24.75

45

Crystal Palace

20.26

20.32

7.5

21

Forest Hill

20.37

 

1.75

5

Total mileage

 

=

246.75

 

It was a good day. 246.75 miles covered and not a single cancelled train. A couple of trains were late, but our original timetable had just enough slack in it to allow for the odd calamity.

As the cost of the ticket was 10 it worked out at roughly 4p per mile travelled.

The highlight of the tour was to find that the preserved class 202 "Hastings Diesels" train was making a test run on the Marsh Link line between Hastings and Ashford International (and return). At the rear of the train was their new power car "Mountsfield", this was the first time we had seen that in action. As another plus point we were allowed to travel in the leading power car which is notionally first class, but declassified on this line.

 

  

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Photographs taken on the day - click on thumbnails to enlarge.

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Copyright Bill Kelsey 2003