VSOE British Pullman at Whitstable

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Jdrowlands

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Same times as usual for a Friday (1Y40 Kent Circular), stopping for 15 minutes at Whitstable so there should be time for some good photos :)


London Victoria 1148
Brixton 1153
Denmark Hill 1158
Nunhead 1200
Bellingham 1208
Swanley 1222
Maidstone East 1250
Charing 1309
Ashford 1324
Wye 1334
Canterbury 1346 - 1348
Minster 1404
Ramsgate 1411
Margate 1424
Herne Bay 1440
Whitstable 1445 - 1500
Faversham 1508
Sittingbourne 1516
Gillingham 1535 - 1536
Rochester 1542
Sole Street 1554
Swanley 1607
Bellingham 1623
Nunhead 1630
Denmark Hill 1635
Brixton 1637
London Victoria 1645
 

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What does 1Y40 mean?
It's the train reporting number, normally called a headcode. You can find some more info here.

But basically the first number identifies the type of train (1 meaning express passenger), the letter indicates the area of it's destination and the double digits at the end identify the actual train (as there might be a lot of services with the 1Y designation so you need someway of telling them apart).
 

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Thank you... so a bit like a flight number, but containing more info?
Pretty much though I don't know much about flight numbers :lol:

I have looked at the Wikipedia page but I can't see what the Y refers to. Is Y an area of the UK?
The list on Wiki isn't exhaustive as I can spot a few missing including Y. There probably is a list of all the codes but I'm not aware of where it could be found.
 

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Most special trains run with a Z in the headcode, although since the Kent VSOE runs so often, it has several ordinary schedules in the system every day, with 1Y40 being one of them!
 

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There may also be a steam special in that area operated by Railway Touring Company hauled by SR Loco "Tangmere", and another steam train operated by Steam Dreams too hauled hopefully the new new loco "Tornado", see UK Steam info website. Times will be added nearer the date of travel. Happy spotting.
 
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