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Date: 02/14/24 17:28
1980 on Southern Region
Author: dwatry

The Euro Board has been slow lately, so I thought I'd throw a few photos out from my 1980 sojourn around the UK, starting first with some Southern Region shots.  As you can see from the photos, almost every day was gray, overcast and rainy!   And I was mostly shooting Kodachrome 25, so I've had to lighten up a bunch of the photos.   I'm not an expert on all the varieties of Southern Region EMU stock class numbers, so more informed sources than me should chime in with specifics on the classes.

1)  First some Clapham Jct - here's an outbound set of slam door stock. 
2)  Also at Clapham Jct - I think these are the relatively new (in 1980) Class 508 EMUs, which ultimately ended up on Merseyrail. 
3)  And here's a Class 47 sneaking through with a mixed freight.  Amazing how run down the buildings, platforms, etc all looked in 1980.  Much brighter today!
 








Date: 02/14/24 17:36
Re: 1980 on Southern Region
Author: dwatry

4)  I think this is may be a 4CIG set.  Location is Bracknell on the Reading line.  
5)  Norwood Junction.
6)  Canterbury West with impressive signalbox and semaphores.  Too bad I didn't frame it better!
 








Date: 02/14/24 17:39
Re: 1980 on Southern Region
Author: dwatry

7)  More Norwood Junction. 
8)  Pan shot of some EMUs at Clapham Jct. 
9)  Line up of EMUs at Waterloo. 








Date: 02/14/24 19:41
Re: 1980 on Southern Region
Author: railsmith

dwatry Wrote:
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> The Euro Board has been slow lately, so I thought
> I'd throw a few photos out from my 1980 sojourn
> around the UK, starting first with some Southern
> Region shots.  As you can see from the photos,
> almost every day was gray, overcast and rainy!  
> And I was mostly shooting Kodachrome 25, so I've
> had to lighten up a bunch of the photos.   I'm
> not an expert on all the varieties of Southern
> Region EMU stock class numbers, so more informed
> sources than me should chime in with specifics on
> the classes.
>
> 1)  First some Clapham Jct - here's an outbound
> set of slam door stock.

Class 204 No. 1120 leading. A DEMU, not an EMU.



Date: 02/14/24 19:46
Re: 1980 on Southern Region
Author: railsmith

dwatry Wrote:
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> 5)  Norwood Junction.

Four 2-EPB sets.

> 6)  Canterbury West with impressive signalbox and
> semaphores.

A single 4-CEP set.



Date: 02/14/24 19:49
Re: 1980 on Southern Region
Author: railsmith

dwatry Wrote:
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> 7)  More Norwood Junction. 

Two 4-SUB sets.

> 8)  Pan shot of some EMUs at Clapham Jct. 

A 4-VEP.

> 9)  Line up of EMUs at Waterloo. 

From left to right, an EPB (either two or four-car), a 4-CIG and a 4-SUB.



Date: 02/15/24 03:19
Re: 1980 on Southern Region
Author: bob01566

Wow, Duncan, you sure do get around, don't you, these are great!
You have a talent for framing your subjects with interesting backgrounds, especially the housing, that tell stories all their own.
Your recent IOTD was the same, with the distant CA hillside, neat!

Bob
nerrp.com



Date: 02/15/24 15:43
Re: 1980 on Southern Region
Author: 55002

Excellent selection. As I'm in Yorkshire, all things darn sarf was a mystery.  Chris uk.



Date: 02/15/24 16:06
Re: 1980 on Southern Region
Author: dwatry

Chris - I'll take that as a challenge and look for my ECML shots for my next post from that trip.  Deltics!  Maybe even have 55002 somewhere in there in revenue service!  Isn't that engine preserved?
Duncan



Date: 02/17/24 09:39
Re: 1980 on Southern Region
Author: 86235

Lovely set Duncan, the Southern was probably at its lowest point in those days, tatty down-at-heel stations, ancient infrastructure and antediluvian trains.



Date: 02/19/24 06:14
Re: 1980 on Southern Region
Author: kurtarmbruster

Very nice gallery of old classics, thanks for sharing, dwatry!



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