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: