Video 125

The Uckfield Thumper - Uckfield to East Croydon

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Driver's Eye View: Uckfield to East Croydon

Narrated by Fred Dinenage

These unique trains have long been called Thumpers due to their distinctive sound. Now, after the units' well earned retirement this record of their unmistakable sound (from trackside and on board) lives on in stereo.

Surprisingly, the Uckfield branch is fascinating in itself. It is the stub of a former through route from Tunbridge Wells to Lewes. Nowadays the route features both single and double track sections.

Following the fatal head on collision at Cowden in 1994, strict new operating procedures were put into place including the provision of SPAD (Signal Passed At Danger) signals at stategic points. You will see these as the driver does from the cab.

The line runs through classic Kent and Sussex countryside with, surprisingly, only three towns of any significant population.

At Oxted we take a brief look inside the signalling centre and then our Thumper, 205 009, runs non-stop to East Croydon.

Made in assocation with South Central Trains. Filmed in the summer of 2003.

Produced by - Video 125
Running time - 61 Minutes
DVD only

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