Stanier Black 5 Steam Train Visits Sussex This Tuesday 27/11/18

Stanier Black 5 Steam Train Visits Sussex This Tuesday 27/11/18

Railway Touring Company will be running their annual Christmas Sussex Belle railtour again this year, this time hauled by Stanier Class 5 number 44871 (also known as Black Fives).

The festive rail tour departs London Victoria at 1050 on Tuesday 27th November, heading to Eastbourne via Gatwick Airport and Lewes. Having arrived at Eastbourne just shy of 1pm, passengers have a 90 minute leg stretch before departing for London Victoria at 14:30. The train arrives back at London Victoria at 17:39. The return journey runs diesel hauled from Eastbourne to Hastings, where the train will reverse. The Black Five locomotive will then lead the train out towards Tonbridge and South East London, finishing at Victoria.

Alighting at Eastbourne, the Arndale shopping center is just a 2 minute walk away or for those itching for a breezy walk along the beach, an additional walking time of 10 minutes via the high street.

The LMS Class 5, 4-6-0, was introduced by William Stanier in 1934, with 842 of the locomotives being built by 1951. Of the 18 which have been preserved, 5 are mainline certified (source: Wikipedia). The train will be operated by West Coast Railway Company.

The timings for the Christmas Sussex Belle can be found below. More information about upcoming railtours from Railway Touring Company can be found on their website at railwaytouring.net.

Whilst Black 5 number 44871 is rostered for this rail tour, its availability cannot be guaranteed. Last minute changes may apply. It is also worth noting that this train may run early/late depending on operational happenings.

Train 1Z73 runs TO from 27/11/18 to 27/11/18
Type STP   Diesel Loco   Timed at 060mph
Operator WR WEST COAST RAILWAY COMPANY (22244008)

London Victoria 1050
Grosvenor Bridge Jn 1052
Stewarts Lane Jn 1056
Longhedge Jn 1102
Pouparts Jn 1107
Clapham Junction 1109
Balham 1112
Streatham North Jn 1114
Streatham Common 1115
Selhurst 1125
Windmill Bridge Jn 1127
East Croydon 1128
South Croydon 1131
Purley 1137
Stoats Nest Jn. 1138
Redhill 1152
Earlswood (Surrey) 1154
Gatwick Airport 1159
Three Bridges 1203
Balcombe Tunnel Jn 1207
Copyhold Jn 1213
Haywards Heath 1214
Keymer Jn 1219
Lewes 1235
Southerham Jn 1237
Polegate 1249
Willingdon Jn 1252
Eastbourne 1257
Train 1Z74 runs TO from 27/11/18 to 27/11/18
Type STP   Diesel Loco   Timed at 060mph
Operator WR WEST COAST RAILWAY COMPANY (22244008)

Eastbourne 1431
Willingdon Jn 1436
Pevensey & Westham 1441
Bexhill 1456
Bopeep Jn S.B. 1500
Hastings 1506-1512
Bopeep Jn S.B. 1516
Mountfield Tunnel 1528
Robertsbridge 1531
Wadhurst Tunnel South 1551
Wadhurst 1554
Strawberry Hill Tunnel 1559
Tunbridge Wells 1601
Wells Tunnel Jn. 1603
Somerhill Tunnel 1608
Tonbridge 1611-1623
Sevenoaks 1639
Otford Jn 1644
Swanley 1654
St Mary Cray Jn 1701
Bickley Jn 1702
Bromley South 1707
Shortlands Jn 1710
Bellingham 1713
Nunhead 1717
Crofton Road Jn 1723
Denmark Hill 1726
Voltaire Road Jn. 1730
Factory Jn 1731
Stewarts Lane Jn 1733
Grosvenor Bridge Jn 1736
London Victoria 1739

You can watch the train passing Lewes Railway Station below:

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