Maidstone West to London Bridge Via Redhill
This official DVD was filmed in association with 'A Celebration of Steam and Transport' in Maidstone during August 1999. Join the Driver of Unit 508 204 for an uninterrupted cab ride from Maidstone West to London Bridge taking the original South Eastern Railway route via Redhill.
The journey commences under Handsignalman control - Maidstone West Signalbox is being refurbished and then its off along the scenic Medway Valley Line with it's quaint hand operated level crossings and semaphore signalling, now replaced by colour light signals since this programme was made.
The train calls at East Farleigh, Wateringbury, Yalding, Beltring and Paddock Wood where a transformation takes place, to that of a Class A Eurostar Route where one is seen in full cry on it's way to the Continent.
A quick dash up the main line brings us to Tonbridge where we branch off for an all stations run to Redhill.
After leaving Redhill, its fast to East Croydon and London Bridge, where in complete contrast to the start of the journey, 508 204 negotiates Thameslink, Gatwick Expresses and other Companies trains for it's hectic run via Norwood Junction. Green, double yellow, single yellow and red signals - all contriving to make the journey as difficult as possible.
Finally and on time, we come to stand in the former 'Central Division' terminus at London Bridge.
An authoritative and well balanced commentary describes the history, present locations and the signalling of the route.
Produced by - Videolines
Running time - 95 Minutes (Colour)