A great post looking at the East Kent Railway. The Thumpers are a brilliant train and I remember seeing them operate on the South Coast Mainline on the way to school. One of the few diesel/electrics I actually like 🙂
One of the joys of belonging to Facebook is that you can join groups of interest. One of the groups I belong to is the Preserved Thumpers. For those of you who are non railway minded, this group supports preserved diesel units known as Diesel Electric Multiple Units specifically built for the Sothern Region of British Railways in the late 1950’s early 60’s, they are known as Thumpers due to the noises they make. They were used on non electrified lines such as those to Uckfield, Oxted, and also lines in Hampshire and on the Kent coast venturing as far afield as Cardiff on cross country services!
You may recall a couple of weeks ago I posted my visit to Bromley South to see the Hastings unit, well there has been active restoration of its cousins at a number of preserved railways, the East Kent being one of them. Unit 1101…
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