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First ‘Onward’ Thumper Tour to Folkestone Harbour

Posted in England, Folkestone by folkestonejack on December 21, 2008

The ‘Hastings Thumper’ visited Folkestone Harbour on Sunday 21st December 2008 on a railtour organised by Hastings Diesels Limited and the Remembrance Line Association.

The 'Hastings Thumper' crosses the harbour around 1pm, with the tide out and the Pent stream clearly visible

The 'Hastings Thumper' in the platform at Folkestone Harbour station

In the time that the train was laid-over at Folkestone Harbour the organisers offered cheap shuttle tickets for a return trip up to Folkestone East Sidings.

Folkestone Harbour depart : 1400
To Folkestone East Sidings and return
Folkestone Harbour arrive : 1420

It is quite possible that I would have been up or down the line as a child, but as I have no memory of that I decided this was an opportunity that I couldn’t miss. The short journey across the harbour and up the Tram Road to the sidings was the highlight of the day for me. It was lovely to experience the branch line from a different perspective.

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