Harbour Lights

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Harbour Lights

On Saturday 12th April 2008, GB Railfreight sent three of their Class 73 locomotives on a light engine run across Kent from Hoo Junction to Folkestone Harbour. Their novel outing was to help raise money for the Railway Benefit Fund charity through the production of this exclusive cab-ride DVD of the trip to the little-used branch on the Kent coast. Our cameras and microphones were invited to record the event - and now you can re-live this fascinating journey around Kent from the comfort of your favourite armchair.

The journey begins on the Thames estuary at Hoo Junction as the EDís set off on the outward route via Higham, Rochester, Chatham and Sittingbourne to Faversham. From there they continue past the surviving semaphore signals at Canterbury East and Shepherds Well before passing non-stop through Dover Priory station. After a scenic run along the coast under the famous white cliffs of Dover, the Class 73s enter Folkestone East sidings where they access the Folkestone Harbour branch. A large crowd greets the arrival of the very first GBRf locomotives to reach the terminus. To mark the occasion, the EDís depart in suitable style, horns blaring as they set off a series of detonators as they climb the steeply-graded branch on their diesel engines. The Class 73s return back to Faversham via a different route. From Dover, the locos are back on diesel power again from Buckland Junction for the stiff climb up Guston Bank to Martin Mill. From there the journey continues past the semaphore signals at Deal and Betteshanger before passing through Ramsgate, Margate and Whitstable. At Faversham the locos re-trace the outward leg of their journey for the run back to Hoo Junction.

We have decided to bill this programme as a ĎWIRED FOR SOUNDí simply because the soundtrack clearly portrays the unique electrical and mechanical audio characteristics of the Class 73. There are also parts of the journey where the locos are running on their diesel engines. The programme also features a selection of locomotive classes and special trains that have visited the terminus at Folkestone Harbour since the early 1990ís.


Programme Fact File

Narration: David Maxey
First Published: 2008
Route Featured: Hoo Junction - Folkstone Harbour.
Class Featured: 73.
Availability: Now

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Other Locomaster Profiles Programmes featuring Class 73  motive power: Jet SetArcs & Sparks, Dover and Out and Traction Series.



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