Tonbridge - 17th November 2016
Tonbridge is located in the south of the UK between London and Dover and provides a key role in serving the south eastern section of the UK with infrastructure support and large amounts of aggregate traffic to and from the various south eastern stone terminals such as Grain and Angerstein Wharf. During the Autumn and Winter months Tonbridge Yard is used as a base of the many Rail Head Treatment Trains (RHTT) and Network Rail Deicing Trains. GBRf operates many of the trains from Tonbridge Yard and many of its locomotives can be found operating in the area. My route to Tonbridge was via Reading and Redhill using GWR and Southern Trains. South Eastern and Southern are the two main passenger operators which serve Tonbridge, both of which provide good links to London and the south coast. This gallery provides a selection of images from just four hours at this busy little interchange.
During a change of trains a Redhill it was possible to catch a couple of Autumnal scenes in the station area.
EWS liveried Class 66 No.66177 passes through Tonrbridge Station hauling the 6Y55 11:07 Angerstein Wharf Woking Down Yard aggregates. The locomotive carries white roof section, which was a past experiment in trying to reduce cab temperatures in reflecting heat in the summer. This is the only locomotive to carry this modification.