K&ESR D4118 (08 888) To Work Its First Passenger Train this May 2019
POSTPONED: This excursion has been postponed because 08888 isn’t ready to enter traffic despite best hopes. The tour has been delayed until Saturday 13th July 2019
Due to additional work being required on 08,888, KESR have advised that this charter is now CANCELLED. Anyone who booked should have received a refund. This working will no longer go ahead.
Kent and East Sussex Railway’s resident shunter number 08 888 (D4118) will haul its first passenger train this May.
The Class 08 shunter will haul the Branch Line Society’s ‘The Andrew Wilson (‘Brillo’) Memorial Charter’ on Saturday 4th May 2019.
08888 was purchased in December 2016 and moved to the Kent and East Sussex Railway by road, in its working EWS livery. Late 2018, it was painted into BR dark green livery.
08888 has never worked a passenger train before, only ever used for shunting so this will be its first passenger working anywhere.
Requested timings for 08 888’s passenger train. Bookings can be made on the Branch Line Society website.
Another shunter will be on the rear to assist with reversals.
Tenterden Town (approx 12.00) – Rolvenden – Wittersham Road – Northiam – Bodiam – Northiam – Wittersham Road – Rolvenden – Rolvenden Carriage Shed (Road No2 requested) – Rolvenden – Tenterden Town (approx 15.00)
Kent and East Sussex Railway will be open to the public as usual on Saturday 4th May 2019, running a red timetable ie two steam trains in service. However if you would prefer to travel behind 08888, you do need to purchase tickets on the BLS website as above.
Weight: 48 tons Engine : English Electric 6-cyl, type 6KT of 400 bhp at 680 rpm Transmission: Electric. Two English Electric nose-suspended traction motors. Double reduction gear drive Tractive Effort (maximum): 35,000 lb Horsepower - 350 bhp Max Speed: 15 mph Wheel arrangement: 0-6-0 diameter: 3ft 2ins The locomotive is fitted with dual Air/Vacuum brake operation