Ready at Hastings for the final trip to London. The two headboard's were attached to the front along with a Wreath before the train left for Marylebone.
Image by Alanbus60
The Tour on 11th May was supposed to be the final trip ever for a Hastings Unit on the main line
|ECS||1002 + 1032||Hastings - Battle - Tunbridge Wells - Tonbridge - Sevenoaks - Orpington - Petts Wood Jn - Bickley Jn - Bromley South - Beckenham Junction - Crystal Palace - Streatham Hill - Balham Jn - Clapham Junction|
|combined||1002 + 1032||Clapham Junction - Kensington Olympia - Old Oak Common East Jn - Ealing Broadway - Greenford - Northolt Jn - Gerrards Cross - High Wycombe - Aylesbury (where train divided)|
|portion 1||1032||Aylesbury - Amersham - Watford|
|portion 1||1032||Watford - Northwood - Harrow on the Hill - Neasden Depot|
|portion 1||1032||Neasden Depot - Stanmore|
|portion 1||1032||Stanmore - Finchley Road|
|portion 1||1032||Finchley Road - Rickmansworth|
|portion 1||1032||Rickmansworth - Moor Park - London Marylebone (where train reformed)|
|portion 2||1002||same route as portion 1 above, running about 15 minutes later|
|combined||1002 + 1032||London Marylebone - Northolt Jn - West Ruislip|
|combined||1002 + 1032||West Ruislip - Northolt Jn - Greenford - Southall - Slough - Reading|
|combined||1002 + 1032||Reading - Earley - Wokingham - Guildford - Redhill - Tonbridge - Headcorn - Ashford - Rye - Hastings - Robertsbridge - Tonbridge - Sevenoaks - Grove Park - Hither Green - New Cross - London Bridge - London Charing Cross|
|ECS||1002 + 1032||London Charing Cross - London Bridge - North Kent East Jn - Hither Green - Orpington - Sevenoaks - Tonbridge - Tunbridge Wellls - Battle - Hastings - Ore|
All timimg information came from the six bells junction website
Two Units were used, 1002 & 1032 and they ran empty from Hastings to Clapham Jcn where the tour commenced.
From Clapham they ran through Olympia on to the Western region through Ealing Broadway and Greenford, then up to Aylesbury where the train was divided.
The two separate trains ran 15 minutes apart to Amersham, where it entered the London Underground metals of the Metropolitan line and headed towards Watford. From there it headed to Neasden where it reversed and headed over the Jubilee line line to Stanmore.
The reason the train was split into two is because the loops on the Underground is only big enough to fit one 8 car tube train in; so a 12 car Hastings would have no chance
After Stanmore the trains ran via Rickmansworth and eventually got to Marylebone where they reformed.
After the duo departed Marylebone they reversed at West Ruilsip and headed down the Greenford line where it reconnected with the Great Western main Line at Hanwell and from there ran through to Reading.
At Reading it was back on the Southern where it headed through Guildford, Redhill,Tonbridge, Ashford, Rye and Into Hastings. The tour hadn't finished yet though, as it then headed off on to its old stamping ground through Robertsbridge to Charing Cross where the tour finally finished.