UK RAILTOURS’ ‘Passchendaele Javelin’ tour on November 11 raised more than £20,000 for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.
The tour took specially decorated Southeastern Class 395 EMU No. 395017 to various locations away from its usual HS1 haunts.
It ran from Ashford International (which it also visited several times during the day) to St Pancras International and back, before visiting Canterbury, Minster and Hitachi’s Ashford depot.
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The train then worked to London Victoria via Paddock Wood, Tonbridge Up loop, Bromley South, Brixton and Wandsworth Road.
The afternoon’s entertainment consisted of a trip to Sidcup Siding via Brixton and Lewisham, the non-passenger Lee Spur link at Hither Green, and a tour of Kent main lines, running via Rochester, Faversham, Canterbury East, Dover and Folkestone to Ashford, before a high-speed run back to
St Pancras, and a rare visit to the Stratford International West Junction/Temple Mills Eurostar depot access line.
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