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Join two of First GBRf’s Class 73s for a fascinating cab ride across the southern half of London. ‘The Caterham Corps’ charity train (which ran on 10th October 2009 to help raise funds for ‘Help for Heroes’) took Class 73 locomotives 73 212 and 73 213 over a number of routes that rarely see a loco-hauled train. The mind-boggling itinerary even included four normally EMU-only branches!

The journey begins with 73 212 tackling the stiff climb out of London Victoria on its 600hp diesel engine as the train (formed of Hastings DEMU 1001) heads for its first calling point at Bromley North. The train then reverses to enable 73 213 to lead the tour on the next leg of its journey to London Bridge – via the Lee Curve, the Crayford Spur and the North Kent Line through Woolwich, Charlton and Greenwich. That’s followed by a return trip from London Bridge to Hayes, the train traveling via New Cross, Lewisham, New Beckenham and Elmers End. After returning to London Bridge 73 212 sets off again – this time heading for Caterham in the North Downs. The EDs and the DEMU then head back to Purley where, after another reversal, they then head for the buffer stops at Tattenham Corner. From there, 73 213 hauls the train across south west London to Clapham Junction and onto the West London Line to Kensington Olympia. Now running on just its diesel engine, the 73 continues to Willesden, Acton Wells and the North London Line to Gunnersbury Junction..from where it travels over London Underground’s District Line to Richmond. For the final stage of the journey, we travel in the cab of the Hastings DEMU as the veteran unit works under its own power back to London Victoria.  

This DVD features the highlights from a fascinating and complex trip across London’s busy rail network. The superb views from the cab, filmed in glorious autumn sunshine, are complemented by lineside views of this bizarre and unique train formation.

Produced in association with First GB Railfreight

Part of the proceeds from the production of this programme have been donated to Help for Heroes.

Programme Fact File

Narration: David Maxey.
First Published: 2009
Area Featured: Victoria, Bromley, London Bridge, Woolwich, Elmers End, Caterham, Tattenham Corner, Kensington Olyimpia, Gunnersbury Junc, Richmond, Victoria. 
Classes Featured: 73 and 201
Availability: Now

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Other Locomaster Profiles Programmes featuring Class 73s: Jet Set, Dover and Out and Harbour Lights.

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