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Two steam trains to run from London through Ashford, Canterbury, Folkestone and Dover

Contributed by editor on Jun 04, 2012 - 08:15 AM

By Ray Duff


Two steam trains are due to run through Kent this week, both headed by Light Pacific class locomotive: 34067 'Tangmere'


On Thursday (7 June), the Tangmere will head a 'Thanet Belle' titled excursion leaving London Victoria at 0944. Train will then run via Redhill and Tonbridge (1058), before stopping at Headcorn for water and photos (1118-1137). Thereafter operating via Ashford Intl (1146) and arriving Canterbury West for a short stop for those alighting for city visits.(1207-1209).

The excursion then runs via Ramsgate (1233), and the North Kent line to arrive at Faversham (1305) where passengers will alight for a day in the town.

The return trip starts from Faversham at 1630, and runs to Canterbury East (1645-1650); and then operates non-stop via Dover Priory (1711), the Warren, passing Folkestone Central at 1728. Thereafter via Ashford Intl (1744), stopping at Headcorn for water (1756-1811) before returning via Tonbridge (1830) to Redhill and arriving London Victoria (2026).

Full timetable details at: http://www.uksteam.info/tours/t12/t0607b/htm

On Saturday 9 June, the Tangmere will join, in London, an excursion titled ' Golden Arrow Statesman' which is due to begin at Gloucester.

The diesel hauled train leaves Gloucester at 0645 and runs to London Willdesden Depot for attachment of Tangmere. Thereafter the steam hauled excursion runs via London Kensington Olympia to Sevenoaks, Tonbridge; then to Ashford Intl and on to Canterbury West (1310)

Excursion departs Canterbury West at 1650 and steams via Deal, Dover Priory, The Warren, passing Folkestone Central at approximately 1745, before proceeding via Ashford International to Tonbridge, Sevenoaks and London where Tangmere detatches. The carriages are then diesel hauled back to Gloucester.

Full timetable shortly via www.uksteam.info . See http://www.statesmanrail.com/golden-arrow-statesman-9-june-2012.html  for current timetable .

Further steam hauled excursions are due at the end of June. For these and other services see www.uksteam.info  Timetabling usually due 4-7 days beforehand.

 

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