‘Buffer Puffer’ takes ‘20s’ to unlikely locations
Two GB Railfreight Class 20s (hired from Harry Needle Railroad Company) were used on Pathfinder Tours’ ‘The Buffer Puffer 13.0’ charter on August 20. The train, top-and-tailed by 20107 and 20314, ran from Eastleigh-Lymington Pier-Eastleigh-London Waterloo-Sheerness-Eastbourne-Brighton-Littlehampton-Bognor Regis-Portsmouth Harbour-Waterloo-Eastleigh. This took the '20s' to routes rarely visited by locomotive-hauled trains, with '20s' also an uncommon sight on the former Southern Region. With BR blue 20107 leading, the '20s' cross Kings Ferry Bridge at Swale, with the Sheerness-Eastbourne leg of the charter.