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Date: 12/22/23 15:06
Old Southern Region EMUs
Author: 86235

Going through my slam door EMU pictures

1: April 2004, Honor Oak Park; a pair of 1960s 4CIGs on a London Bridge to Littlehampton rush-hour semi-fast (headcode 3). The phase 1 CIGs replaced the first generation of Southern Railway EMUs, the 6PULs of 1932 and the 6PANs of 1935. Honor Oak Park is on the Brighton Railway's mainline to London Bridge.
2: April 1995, Stoats Nest; a 4BIG leads a 4CIG on a Victoria to Eastbourne and Hastings service along the Quarry Line. This eight mile by-pass of Redhill Junction (today just Redhill) was opened by the London Brighton & South Coast Railway in 1900. The 4BIG was identical to a 4CIG except the trailer second (TS) was replaced by a buffet car (TB).
3: January 2001, Headcorn; a pair of 4VEPs on a Charing Cross to Ramsgate semi-fast. These were the most awful units which the operators, from BR to the privatised franchises, used on services for which they were not suitable. On a journey from Charing Cross to Ramsgate, in excess of two hours, the charm of a VEP would wear off before the train had reached its first stop, Waterloo East, about half a mile. They had doors to every seating bay, droplights on every door, 3+2 seating on what amounted to an upholstered park bench. They were draughty, noisy (all the rattling droplights) and uncomfortable.








Date: 12/22/23 18:23
Re: Old Southern Region EMUs
Author: dwatry

Nick - cool shots, even if the trains were super uncomfortable inside!  I've never seen the paint scheme showing up on #1 and #3 - is that a Network Southeast scheme or early privatization? 



Date: 12/22/23 21:30
Re: Old Southern Region EMUs
Author: 86235

dwatry Wrote:
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> Nick - cool shots, even if the trains were super
> uncomfortable inside!  I've never seen the paint
> scheme showing up on #1 and #3 - is that a Network
> Southeast scheme or early privatization? 


Thanks Duncan, that's the dreaded Connex livery - they had two of the original franchises, South East and South Central, but were eventually stripped for financial and reporting shortcomings.



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