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Last Thump Railtour

205033 under the raft On Saturday 27th November Southern and the Hampshire and Sussex Unit Preservation Society ran the "Last Thump" railtour to celebrate the sterling service over 47 years of "Thumper" DEMUs and to mark their impending withdrawal from service on Network Rail. The tour consisted of 8 cars made up from units 205009, 205001 and 205033. "Berkshire" unit 205033 was at the London end of the formation before it left Victoria. It is seen here at the buffer stops whilst passengers are boarding.

Photograph by Anthony Poulton
205009 at Eastbourne The special ran from Victoria via East Croydon, Plumpton and Lewes to Eastbourne, where 205009 is pictured initially at the country end of the formation.

Photograph by Colin Duff
205033 at Hastings After Eastbourne the "Last Thump" ran to Hastings where 205033 is pictured now, due to the reversal at Eastbourne, on the country end. Although the tour took in many of the units' old thumping grounds in Sussex and Kent it was unfortunately not possible to run the tour across Romney Marsh to Ashford.

Photograph by Colin Duff
205033 and 377207 at the buffer stops at Brighton After Hastings the "Last Thump" reversed again at Eastbourne and thence ran via Falmer to Brighton. So thanks to the reversal 205033 remained on the country end and is pictured here at the buffer stops next to dual voltage Electrostar unit 377207. The contrast between unit end styles over 40+ years is marked.

Photograph by Colin Duff
205009 and 319372 both await departure from Brighton Still at Brighton, this time contrasting unit end design between the 1950s and 1980s as 205009 and 319372 sit in adjacent platforms.

Photograph by Colin Duff
205033 amongst the bushes After Brighton the "Last Thump" ran to East Croydon where it reversed in platform 2 and ran back down the Uckfield branch. Here 205033 is seen peering through the bushes at the buffer stops at Uckfield. The tour then ran to its conclusion London Bridge. The unit arrived back in London turned from the formation it left from Victoria.

Photograph by Anthony Poulton