- London Victoria
- Victoria to East Grinstead
- East Grinstead to South Croydon
- London Bridge
- London Bridge to Tulse Hill
- Horsham to Arundel
- West Worthing to Brighton
- Brighton to Lewes
- Newhaven Town and Marine
- Newhaven Marine
- Victoria to Brighton
- Tickets and Timings
Sussex Slammer Railtour: London VictoriaSouthern and this group ran the last Mk1 EMU slam door railtour of all time on Saturday 19th November 2005. The day started bitterly cold and misty but soon developed into a crisp and bright autumnal day. A late change, made only five days before the tour due to operational and safety constraints, resulted in the train not running as originally intended as a twelve car formation to East Grinstead. The tour instead ran as two portions Victoria - East Grinstead - London Bridge before joining up at London Bridge to run the remainder of the tour as 12 cars. This change was viewed by the majority travelling as an improvement as it gave one last opportunity to experience a service of Mk1 EMUs splitting and joining. The tour ran mostly on or ahead of its revised timings throughout the day but with arrival back at Victoria only a few minutes late. An even later change (made whilst the tour was at Newhaven Marine) provided a bonus for those able to use the opportunity. As there was a conductor on board for the intended ECS back to Lovers Walk Southern's Commercial Director decided that passengers could be carried back to Brighton. A thoroughly enjoyable day during this well run tour was had by all and many grateful thanks are due to Southern for providing the last opportunity for enthusiasts to travel in Mk1 slam door EMUs and to mark their last run on the mainline in fine form.
|The change to running the first leg of the
tour in two portions resulted in the up ECS being formed differently to the original
Cig+Vep+Cig plan so that the formation could appear in that order after London Bridge.
So the ECS was formed (London end) Cig+Cig+Vep (country end). Here 1866 leads
1805 and 3514 through Clapham Junction two minutes early at 0757.
photograph by Don Benn
|With the former Battersea Power Station
eerily just visible through the early morning mist the ECS approaches Victoria at Ebury
photograph by Colin Duff
|The penultimate car of 3514 at the rear end
of the ECS is just passing under Ebury Bridge.
photograph by Colin Duff
|In platform 15 1866 (left) has been split from 1805 (right) so the first leg of the tour
can be run in two portions. 3514+1805 ran the first portion departing at 0840
followed by 1866 as the second portion departing closely behind at 0842.
Photograph by Colin Duff
|Railtourers board 3514 at the country end of platform 15.
Photograph by Scot Bearford