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Flush D'Or Railtour

On Saturday 23rd July Southeastern Trains ran their Flush D'Or railtour - the name being a multiple play on words for the destination of Ore, the flush fitting doors on slam door trains and a tribute to the South Eastern Division's former prestigious train the Golden Arrow/Fleche D'Or.  The origin of this tour was for railway staff, however the tour was made available to members of the public, albeit without publicity other than the "grapevine" to avoid attracting Network Rail track access charges. 4 Veps 3471 and 3590 were deployed on an amble around Kent providing remarkable value for the 10 fare - proceeds from this tour being donated to charity.

This tour also provided a rare opportunity to travel by train between Ashford to Ore without going over Romney Marsh. Unfortunately, no doubt due in part to the lack of publicity, the train was not well patronised. However this did not deter those on the tour from enjoying themselves and many thanks are due to Southeastern Trains for organising this tour.

Special ticket for the Flush D'or Railtour Special ticket for the Flush D'or Railtour
u3471 at Blackfriars Vep 3471 was on the front end of the formation from Blackfriars, the leaden sky seen here remaining for most of the day.

Photograph by Colin Duff

Timings:
London Blackfriars
Loughborough Jn
Cambria Jn
Nunhead
Shortlands Jn
Bickley Jn
St. Mary Cray Jn
Swanley
Fawkham Junction
Sole Street
Rochester Bridge Jn
Gillingham (Kent)
Rainham (Kent)
Sittingbourne
Faversham
Herne Bay
Margate
Ramsgate
Sandwich
Deal (reverse)
Sandwich
Minster
Sturry
Canterbury West
Wye
Ashford International
Maidstone East
Otford Jn
Swanley
St. Mary Cray Jn
Chislehurst (reverse)
St. Mary Cray
Swanley
Otford Jn
 
08.59
09/05
09/06
09/09
09/15
09/18
09/19
09/23
09/27
09/31
09/38
09/43
09/47
09/53
10/00
10/11
10.21 - 10.36
10/45
10/58
11.03 - 11.23
11/28
11/34
11/44
11/47
11/57
12/02
12/22
12/38
12/46
12/50
12.52 - 13.08
13/10
13/14
13/22
 
  Sevenoaks
Tonbridge
Somerhill Tunnel
Wells Tunnel Jn
Tunbridge Wells
Strawberry Hill Tunnel
Wadhurst
Robertsbridge
Mountfield Tunnel
Battle
Bopeep Jn S.B.
Hastings
Ore (reverse)
Hastings
Bopeep Jn S.B.
Battle
Mountfield Tunnel
Robertsbridge
Wadhurst
Strawberry Hill Tunnel
Tunbridge Wells
Wells Tunnel Jn
Somerhill Tunnel
Tonbridge
Godstone
Redhill
Stoats Nest Jn
Purley
South Croydon
East Croydon
Windmill Bridge Jn
Norwood Junction
Sydenham
Bricklayers Arms Jn
London Bridge(central)
13/26
13C34 - 13C42
13/49
13/52
13/54
13/56
14/02
14/11
14/15
14/19
14/31
14.35 - 14.37
14.39 - 14.53
14.55 - 15.13
15/16
15/23
15/27
15/29
15/41
15/45
15/47
15/48
15/52
15/54
16/07
16.18 - 16.22
16/31
16/32
16/37
16/38
16/39
16/41
16/44
16/49
16.53

3471 in Margate platform 1 First stop of the day was Margate, which was reached late but sufficient time remained for quick photographs, though going onto platform 2 to do so was to risk being left behind by the right time departure!

photograph by Colin Duff
3590 has just reversed on the line towards Dover First reversal of the day was at Deal, which required passengers to de-train.  Here 3590, now leading, is coming back into the station to pick up its passengers.  It was raining lightly whilst we were at Deal.

photograph by Colin Duff