NOVEMBER 17 saw UK Railtours take a tour of rare and freight-only lines in the south-east of England, including the branch to Dungeness in Kent.
Bearing the catchy title ‘The Return of the Short Haired Bumblebee’, the tour was powered by DB Cargo Class 66s Nos. 66177 and 66151, and also visited the Grain branch in the north of the county.
With No. 66177 leading, the train approaches Swamp Crossing, near Lydd, which is retained to serve a nuclear power station at Dungeness.
The tour name was a reference to the eponymous insects, which were reintroduced at an RSPB nature reserve near Dungeness in 2012, more than a decade after they were officially declared extinct in the UK. PETER RICHARDS