The middle unit was 205001, it's a shame this was stuck in the middle of the train, it could have been marshalled the other way round and it could have led the train on its final trip.

With just 11 minutes before departure, people are still wandering down the platform

Heading out of Hastings with '33' at the rear, the train heads back towards Eastbourne

Parked up at Brighton I just managed to get this shot of 205033 before it headed back towards Croydon

As the light was starting to go the Thumper arrived at Croydon where it had a quick turn around and headed off to Uckfiel

The end of the tour at London Bridge......



Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from the Six Bells Junction Website)

LocationBookedActual
BookedActual
London Bridge
17.45a17.42
Bricklayers Arms Jn
17/38½17/38
Norwood Junction
17/31½17/32
Norwood Yard
17/2917/31
Victoria09.21d09.21
Battersea Park09/2409/25
Clapham Junction09/26½09/27
Balham09/28½09/30
Selhurst09/3409/35
Windmill Bridge Jn09/3409/37
17/2817/39
East Croydon
17.26a ~ 17.27d17.27 ~ 17.28

see below
East Croydon09.35½a ~ 09.36½d09/38
15.08 ~ 15.16d15.14 ~ 15.18
Purley09/40½09/41
15/04½15/10
Stoats Nest Jn09/4209/43
15/03½15/08
Earlswood09/4909/50
14/56½15/00
Gatwick Airport09/5309/54
14/52½14/56
Three Bridges09/55½09/56
14/5014/52
Balcombe Tunnel Jn09/5809/58
14/4814/49
Haywards Heath10/0410/04
14/4214/41
Keymer Jn10/07½10/08
14/3814/36
Preston Park
14/2714/26
Brighton
13.22a ~ 14.22d13.24 ~ 14.23
Lewes10/17½10/19
13/0813/10
Southerham Jn10/1910/21
13/0613/09
Polegate10/3310/36
12/5612/56
Willingdon Jn10/3610/40
12/5412/53
Eastbourne10.42a ~ 10.54d10.44 ~ 10.54
12.37a ~ 12.50d12.39 ~ 12.50
Willingdon Jn10/5810/59
12/3212/35
Pevensey11/0111/03
12/2612/32
Bexhill11/0811/13
12/2012/26
Bopeep Jn11/1511/15
12/1412/14
Hastings11.22a11.25
12.10d12.10

(from table above)

LocationBookedActual
BookedActual
South Croydon15/1815/20
17/2417/25
Sanderstead15/20½15/22
17/12½17/22
Oxted15/3715/34
17/03½17/04
Hurst Green15/38½15/36
17/0117/02
Hever15/4415/43
16/5416/57
Ashurst Jn15/5115/50
16/4916/50
Crowborough15/58½15/56
16/4116/43
Greenhurst Jn16/1216.02a ~ 16.07d
16/3616/39
Uckfield16.17a16.13
16.30d16.33


2014 marks the 10th anniversay of the the Last Thump, to find out how this is being marked click here


Sitting at Victoria is 205033 with 60151 leading

The Last Thump


On The 27th of November 2004, the train operating company "Southern" ran the farewell tour for the DEMU's.

It ran out of Victoria covering most of the areas the Thumpers had run to, ending up that evening at London Bridge.

3 units were used; these were 205009, 205001 & 205033 making up an 8 car unit.  I didn't go on the tour but I spent the day whizzing around the Southern region trying to get photos of it wherever it went.

The route planned for the train meant that it had to reverse at several points; so part of the tour was led by 205033 and the other by 205009.

The first leg led by 205033 departed Victoria bang on time at 09:21, where it went straight to Eastbourne via Clapham Jcn, Selhurst, Gatwick, Three Bridges & Polegate.

Now with 205009 leading it revered and headed along the coast line to Hastings running past St Leonard's Depot. After Hastings it headed back along the coast line quickly reversing at Eastbourne and onwards though Lewes to Brighton.

At Brighton there was a layover before  the Thumper departed on its way to East Coydon. A short stay at East Croydon was just enough for photographers to get their shots, then they departed for Uckfield via Oxted.

By this time it was dark at Uckfield and I gather there were not many photos taken. So I headed over to London Bridge Station to wait for its arrival at its final destination.

There was another special a week later for staff but this was just with 2 units, but this one on the 27th is considered the proper "last Thumper tour".

The complete makeup of the train was

205009(60808,60508,60108), 205001(60800,60154), 205033(60832,60678,60151)