T1101 was heading for Dartford on the 401.
Last year I had used the Dartford feeder for my homeward journey. This year, with a return railway ticket from Tunbridge Wells, I was to use XF3 to get to it. I joined the Fleetline and found a seat upstairs near the front. We set off round the block and turned south, along the winding narrow High Street and on towards River Hill.
We descended River Hill carefully, and took the old Tonbridge road from the roundabout at the foot, on to Hildenborough and then Tonbridge. Traffic was light as we negotiated the town centre and crossed the river and the railway. We continued on along the A26 towards Tunbridge Wells, and presently descended into the Wells to weave a way round the one-way system in the town centre. We ended up at the right place - the railway station, and I alighted.
Many thanks to the CBR team for organising the event, and to all those who made it possible, by loaning vehicles, driving, conducting, dispatching, doing maintenance and rebuilding, timetabling, preparing and selling programmes, booking, obtaining permissions, arranging for trade stands...and all the myriad other things needed to make it work. Thanks to the public who turned up and were so enthusiastic. Thanks to all those who bought a programme: diesel is a major expense now, and the programme sales go some way to reimbursing that cost, I understand.
RF28, RF146, RF168, RF315, RF429*, RF489*, RF600, RF633, SC390
Photos by Ian Smith. Click on any of them for a larger picture.
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