750V DC EMUs

2090 & 4732 Winchfield 27 September 1987

Class 401 2-BIL 2090 leads Class 405 4-SUB 4732 through Winchfield station on 27 September 1987, with a Woking to Basingstoke shuttle service in connection with the Basingstoke Rail Show. By far the oldest electric unit operating on the UK mainland national network at the time, albeit limited to specials such as this, this National Railway Museum owned 1930s built unit looks positively antique even compared to the more recent (1950) 4-SUB unit it is coupled to. The photographer on the platform is having to make a quick sprint for his train after photographing the special!

2090 & 4732 Winchfield 27 September 1987

Class 401 2-BIL 2090 brings up the rear of a Basingstoke to Woking shuttle service at Winchfield on 27 September 1987. This was in connection with the Basingstoke Rail Show. Equally historic Class 405 4-SUB 4732 is leading the train. The white notice in the window advertises the fact that the immaculately restored unit is on loan from the National Railway Museum.

2090 & 4732 Staines Moor 10 December 1989

Class 401 2-BIL 2090 & Class 405 4-SUB 4732 pass Staines Moor on 10 December 1989 with the 13:33 Staines to Windsor & Eaton Riverside service. This was one of a number of specials run as part of the Windsor & Eaton Gala Day, celebrating the 140th anniversary of the line. Apologies for the poor quality, but the very dull day required the use of the extremely grainy Kodachrome 200.

4732 & 2090 Winchfield 27 September 1987

Class 405 4-SUB 4732 & Class 401 2-BIL 2090 call at Winchfield station on 27 September 1987 with a Basingstoke to Woking shuttle service in connection with the highly successful Basingstoke Rail Show. The 4-SUB units were built in numerous batches over a long time period, with this unit being one of the final ones to enter traffic. It was also the last to be overhauled, which is when it acquired this repaint into Southern Railway green livery. After the rest of the class were withdrawn in 1983 it was retained for specials such as this.

4732 Basinfstoke 25 September 1988

Class 405 4-SUB 4732 arrives at Basingstoke on 25 September 1988 with a shuttle service from Winchfield in connection with the 'Winchfield 150' celebrations. It is passing the carriage sidings, which in addition to several EMUs, contains 33112 Templecombe. Of the 185 4-SUB sets introduced from 1941, 4732 is the only survivor.

4732 Basingstoke 25 September 1988

With the IBM building dominating the background, Class 405 4-SUB 4732 leaves Basingstoke on 25 September 1988 with a shuttle service to Winchfield in connection with the 'Winchfield 150' celebrations. This vintage unit was a regular participant in such special events during the 1980s. It was popular then, even though virtually everything else on the Southern was slam door stock. Imagine how popular it would be with enthusiasts today!

4732 Staines Moor 10 December 1989

Preserved Class 405 4-SUB 4732 passes underneath the A30 dual carriageway at Staines Moor on 10 December 1989. It is working the 13:58 Windsor & Eaton Riverside to Staines service, one of a large number of trains operated with heritage stock during the Windsor & Eaton Gala Day. It is partnered with Class 401 2-BIL 2090 (hidden by the bridge). On such a dull day at least the red brickwork puts some colour into the picture. Notice how the bricks on the edge have been severely eroded.

930003 Westhumble 7 January 2001

Over the years various railway vehicle types have had their life significantly extended by being converted to other (usually departmental) uses. After the Class 405 4-SUB units were withdrawn in 1983, two vehicles were formed into de-icing unit 930003. The vintage unit is pictured approaching Westhumble on 7 January 2001.

1104 Sturry 8 May 1999

Class 411/9 3-CEP 1104 pulls away from Sturry on 8 May 1999 with the 14:33 Margate to Victoria Connex South Eastern service. 1104 only had a relatively short life in this form, being converted from standard Class 411 4-CEP 1613 shortly before this picture was taken by the removal of TSO 70536, but then being withdrawn just a few years later.

1512 Kemsing 29 October 1988

Class 411 4-CEP 1512 arrives at Kemsing station on 29 October 1988 with the 07:57 Victoria to Ashford Network SouthEast service. This is now a historic picture, as not only has the slam door stock long since left the network, but also these characteristic Southern Railway concrete lamp posts have now been replaced by modern examples. I've no idea why something as seemingly permanent as lamp posts should need replacing, although it has to be said that most of these are anything but vertical!

1534 Wanshurst Green 15 March 1986

Class 411 4-CEP 1534 leads an unidentified classmate past Wanshurst Green with the 12:36 Margate to Victoria service on 15 March 1986. The dead straight line through the centre of Kent affords surprisingly few photographic locations. This reasonably open spot is at a footpath crossing near Bridgehurst Wood, and certainly in 1986 offered unobstructed views in both directions.

1537 Totton 3 June 2001

Class 411 4-CEP 1537 rounds the curve on the approach to Totton station on 3 June 2001 with the 10:55 Bournemouth to Waterloo South West Trains service. The tracks leading off to the left by the footbridge serve the small Totton Yard.

1544 Faversham 12 August 1995

Class 411 4-CEP 1544 takes the Margate line at Faversham with the 10:05 Victoria to Ramsgate Network SouthEast service on 12 August 1995. The station and signal box can be seen in the background, while just out of sight on the left in the vee of the junction (the Canterbury line is on the left), the remains of the steam locomotive depot surprisingly had managed to survive the bulldozers. Both lines and the depot site are crossed by a long footbridge.

1548 Sevington 2 June 1989

A Network SouthEast livery sandwich at Sevington on 2 June 1989. 'Jaffa Cake' liveried Class 411 4-CEP 1548 heads the 12:30 Charing Cross to Dover Priory Network SouthEast service past the Channel Tunnel construction site, with a NSE unit and another 'Jaffa Cake' 411 bringing up the rear. The colour schemes pictured here are all now part of history, as are the 4-CEP units. Even the location has changed out of all recognition, with the high speed channel tunnel line running parallel on the right, making life in the small cottage even noisier!

1550 & 1578 Basingstoke 30 August 1998

Class 411 4-CEPs 1550 & 1578 head away from Basingstoke on 30 August 1998 with the 09:01 Poole to Waterloo South West Trains service. 1550 retains Network SouthEast livery, whilst 1578 sports South West Train's minimal revision of the NSE colour scheme. Class 423 3552 can be seen stabled just in front of Basingstoke Signal Box.

1565 Worplesdon 13 December 2003

Class 411 4-CEP 1565 leads an unidentified classmate through the woods on the approach to Worplesdon in the rain on 13 December 2003 with the 11:50 Portsmouth Harbour to Waterloo South West Trains service, passing a couple of characteristic products of the Southern Railway's Exmouth Junction concrete works.

1574 Paddock Wood 3 September 1988

Class 411 4-CEP 1574 leads the 13:30 Charing Cross to Dover and Margate Network SouthEast service past Paddock Wood on 3 September 1988. Repainting the huge fleet of Southern EMUs in the new NSE colours was obviously a big job, and it is nice to see here a complete rake of stock still in the earlier 'Jaffa Cake' livery, over two years after the launch of Network SouthEast.

1574 Sevington 16 July 1999

Class 411 4-CEP 1574 passes Sevington on 16 July 1999 with the 16:29 Charing Cross to Ramsgate service. The first earthworks for the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (HS1) can be seen in the background. Given my infrequent visits to Kent, and the large number of Southern EMUs, it is a bit of a coincidence that I have several pictures of 1574, and it certainly looked a little different when I saw it just over a decade earlier.

1581 Wanshurst Green 15 March 1986

Absolutely filthy Class 411 4-CEP 1581 passes Wanshurst Green on 15 March 1986 with the 13:22 Ashford to Charing Cross service. The bridge in the background carries the Wanshurst Green to Marden Thorn road, while the one in the far distance gives access to the imaginatively named Overbridge Farm.

1581 Worplesdon 13 December 2003

Class 411 4-CEP units at Worplesdon in the rain. On 13 December 2003, South West Trains 1581 leads another classmate with the 10:57 Portsmouth Harbour to Waterloo service, while a 3 unit 12 car rake forming the 11:38 Waterloo to Portsmouth Harbour disappears into the distance. Worplesdon is situated between Guildford and Woking.

1590 Kemsing 29 October 1988

Class 411 4-CEP 1590 leads two classmates through Kemsing station on 29 October 1988 with the 08:27 Victoria to Ashford Network SouthEast service. Only the rear unit is NSE livery, with the front two still sporting the attractive earlier 'Jaffa Cake' livery.

1594 & 1593 Queen Street 23 August 1999

Consecutively numbered Class 411 4-CEPs 1594 & 1593 pass Queen Street (near Paddock Wood) with the 14:43 Ramsgate to Charing Cross Network SouthEast service on 23 August 1999. Both of these units survived right to very end of 4-CEP operations in 2004.

1598 Sevington 2 June 1989

I always thought the London & South East Davison's 'Jaffa Cake' livery was an excellent colour scheme. Not too brash and over the top, and unlike some liveries based on white, did not get grubby too quickly. Here we see Class 411 4CEP 1598 approaching Sevington with the 15:28 Dover Priory to Charing Cross service on 2 June 1989. This view has now been completely transformed, as the new high speed Channel Tunnel line now runs parallel, and cuts through the field visible in the background.

1615 Sandling Tunnel 2 June 1989

A photo that would now be totally impossible to recreate, as boat trains no longer run, the bridge from which this picture was taken has been demolished, and the field has been replaced by HS1, the Channel Tunnel rail link. Class 411 4-CEP 1615 leads a Dover Western Docks to Victoria boat train out of Sandling Tunnel on 2 June 1989.

1619 & 1530 Queen Street 15 March 1995

Once an everyday sight in Kent, now completely replaced by modern stock, Class 411/5 4-CEPs 1619 & 1530 pass Queen Street (near Paddock Wood) with the 10:00 Charing Cross to Ramsgate service on 15 March 1995, in a welcome bit of spring sunshine, but with a storm brewing in the background. These 1956 -63 built units were constructed specifically for the Kent main lines and spent over forty years reliably shuttling backwards and forwards between the capital and the Kent coast.

2317 Worplesdon 13 December 2003

Class 411 4-CEP 2317 leads the 12:23 Waterloo to Portsmouth Harbour service through a rain lashed Worpledson station on 13 December 2003. Although still wearing Connex South Central livery, the unit was being operated by that company successor - Southern.

2306 & 1316 Raynes Park 4 March 1995

A Class 412/421 combination at Raynes Park on 4 March 1995. Class 412 4-BEP 2306 leads Class 421 4-CIG 1316  with the 08:55 Southampton to Waterloo limited stop service. The 4-BEPs could immediately be distinguished from their much more numerous 4-CEP cousins by the red stripe indicating the buffet car, which replaced a second class open coach in the standard units.

2315 & 1539 Battledown Flyover 30 March 2003

The walker's Golden Labrador runs forward to check what that man is doing standing on a stepladder in a field near Battledown Flyover, whilst Class 412/1 4-CEP 2315 & Class 411 4-CEP 1539 pass by with the 08:55 Bournemouth to Waterloo South West Trains service. The date is 30 March 2003, and the vintage 4-CEPs, which of course were not originally to be seen in this area, had only a short while left in traffic, before being replaced by more modern units. 2315 was originally a 4-BEP unit (2305), but in 2002 its buffet car was replaced with a conventional trailer vehicle. This unit is one of the few to have escaped the cutter's torch, and is currently at the unlikely location of the Eden Valley Railway, in Cumbria.

3308 Higham 3 September 1988

Class 413 4-CAP units were formed in 1982 by combining two Class 414 2-HAP units. On 3 September 1988, 3308 leads another 4-CAP unit into Higham station with the 10:13 Charing Cross to Ramsgate service. It is immediately obvious that the train is made up of former two car units, with the redundant yellow end still visible on the third vehicle.

4317 & 4316 Sunnymeads 10 December 1989

Class 414 2-HAPs 4317 & 4316 pull away from Sunnymeads station on 10 December 1989 with the 15:08 Windsor & Eaton Riverside to Staines service. This was a normal Network SouthEast train, but the provision of the vintage 2-HAPs was in connection with the Windsor & Eaton Gala Day specials that were also running on the line throughout the day.

6105 Potbridge 13 September 1986

Eight coaches, and the same number of driving cabs! Class 414 2-HAP 6105 leads three of its classmates past Potbridge on 13 September 1986 with the 10:00 Waterloo to Lymington Pier Network SouthEast service. I have got very few pictures of the 2-HAP units, and certainly not in a train of this length. The train is passing a Second World War pillbox, one of a number in the area. These formed a defensive 'stop line' that would be used as a last resort if the Germans had invaded.

5444 Winchester 28 June 1991

I'm not sure exactly what's going on here, but judging by the number of people in the cab something is afoot. Class 415 4-EPB 5444 leads the 14:32 Waterloo to Weymouth Network SouthEast service into Winchester on 28 June 1991. This is definitely unusual stock for this particular service, and in fact the class has always been more associated with Kent than Hampshire.

930203 Wye 10 October 1998

Under a threatening sky and neatly framed between the upper quadrant signal and the 1893 built South Eastern Railway signal box, former Class 416 2-EPB 930203 (65341 & 65355) heads north through Wye on sandite duties on 10 October 1998. Oddly this unit (which was scrapped in 2004) was not a single withdrawn Class 416 taken out of passenger service and converted for departmental use. It was in fact formed from half of two different units, with 65341 (renumbered to 977864) coming from 6227 and 65355 (renumbered to 977865) coming from 6241.

930206 Potbridge 26 January 2000

Former Class 416 2-EPB de-icing unit 930206 (originally 65382 & 65387) ambles along the up slow line at Potbridge (between Hook and Winchfield) on 26 January 2000. With frost still visible in the shadows on the left, it has obviously been out clearing the troublesome white stuff off the conductor rail.

68007 Wanshurst Green 15 March 1986

Class 419 Motor Luggage Van 68007 leads a formation of EMU stock as it passes Wanshurst Green (on the long section of dead straight track between Ashford and Tonbridge) with the 13:52 Dover Western Docks to Victoria 'Boat Train' on 15 March 1986. Ten of these useful vehicles were built between 1959 and 1961 principally for use on the boat trains to Dover and Folkestone. They also had the ability to run for a limited period on battery power.

1306 Old Basing 25 May 1991

Class 421 4-CIG 1306 approaches Old Basing on 25 May 1991 with the 14:10 Waterloo to Portsmouth Harbour Network SouthEast service. As with a lot of locations on the London to Basingstoke line, tall trees cause a lot of problems for photographers, and on a subsequent visit I found they had grown so much that the line was virtually all in shade.

1393 & 1321 Worting Junction 16 July 2001

Class 421 4-CIGs 1393 & 1321 pass Worting Junction on 16 July 2001 with the 07:13 Portsmouth & Southsea to Waterloo South West Trains service. 1393 is a Class 421/8 unit, immediately identifiable by the inclusion of an ex Class 411 4-CEP TSO vehicle.

7059 Woodthorpe 12 September 2009

Class 421 4-BIG 7059 (actually 4-CIG 1393 with the reinstatement of a buffet car) is propelled past Woodthorpe on the Great Central Railway by Class 33 D6535. It is working the 2C06 10:00 Loughborough to Quorn & Woodhouse North service during the line's Diesel Gala on 12 September 2009. The unit carries a number one higher than the last actual 4-BIG unit. I suppose being as it is being pushed this should really be in the Driving Trailers section, but for the sake of accuracy and despite being many miles away from the third rail, I'm still treating it as an EMU!

7059 & D8098 Quorn & Woodhouse 12 September 2009

Not really the picture I was planning, but I suppose it does show something that is not possible on other preserved lines - a passing shot. Class 421 4-BIG 7059 (actually 4-CIG 1393 with the reinstatement of a buffet car) is propelled towards Quorn & Woodhouse on the Great Central Railway by Class 33 D6535, whilst working the 5C30 14:35 ECS from Loughborough. Meanwhile, D8098 gets in the way as it heads north 0C32 14:13 Rothley to Loughborough light engine move. This was during the Diesel Gala on 12 September 2009.

1315 & 3407 Battledown Flyover 30 March 2003

South West Trains Class 421 4-CIG 'Greyhound' unit 1315 & Class 423 4-VEP 3407 pass Battledown Flyover with the 11:30 Waterloo to Weymouth service on 30 March 2003. The line to Salisbury and Exeter diverges from the main line at Worting Junction, a little distance behind the train, and passes under the up main line under the bridge behind the first coach.

1411 Littlehampton 18 October 2003

Class 421 4-CIG 1411 arrives at Littlehampton station on 18 October 2003 with the 12:26 Seaford to Littlehampton Southern service. The impressive Southern Railway bracket signal is obviously the main point of interest in this picture. The left hand arm is 'off' for the departure of the 13:44 service to Victoria.

1497 Battramsley (Milking Pound Bottom) 22 May 2010

22 May 2010 marked the end of an era on Britain's railways, with the withdrawal from the national network of the last slam door EMUs. For five years after the removal of all other 'slammers', two Class 421 3-CIG units had operated the Lymington Branch in glorious isolation. their time finally ran out on 22 May, and crowds of photographers descended on the New Forest to witness the spectacle for the last time. 1497 Freshwater passes Milking Pound Bottom, near Battramsley with the 13:59 Brockenhurst to Lymington Pier service.

1497 Battramsley (Milking Pound Bottom) 22 May 2010

Class 421 3-CIG 1497 Freshwater approaches the occupation bridge at Milking Pound Bottom, near Battramsley on 22 May 2010 with the 1J35 14:29 Brockenhurst to Lymington Pier service, during the last day of the units operation on the branch. Note the two highland cattle wandering off in the distance. Several of these animals had crossed over the bridge while I was waiting for this train, and one of them was involved in a stand off with a couple of horse riders - neither wanting to pass on the bridge or back up!

1497 Battramsley (Three Beech Bottom) 22 May 2010

Class 421 3-CIG 1497 Freshwater rounds the curve that takes the Lymington branch away from the mainline near Battramsley (Three Beech Bottom) with the 15:29 Brockenhurst to Lymington Pier service on 22 May 2010. As can be seen from the headboard, this was the last day of slam door EMUs on the branch, and indeed on the entire national network.

1497 Lymington Harbour 22 May 2010

Class 421 3-CIG 1497 Freshwater crosses Lymington Harbour with the 16:14 Lymington Pier to Brockenhurst service on 22 May 2010, during the final day of slam door EMU operations. Mike and Dave Deacon's record breaking powerboat 'Hot Lemon V' in the foreground was just about to be fork lifted out of the water. In 2005 they broke the record for traveling round the coast of Britain - in a little over 31 hours!

1497 Lymington Harbour 22 May 2010

Boat races train - train wins! Class 421 3-CIG 1497 Freshwater crosses Lymington Harbour with the 16:29 Brockenhurst to Lymington Pier service on 22 May 2010. This was the final day of slam door EMU operation on the branch, and hence every available vantage point on the quayside was crowded with photographers.

1497 Lymington Harbour 22 May 2010

On the final day of slam door EMU operation on Britain's national railway network (22 May 2010), Class 421 3-CIG 1497 Freshwater crosses Lymington Harbour with the 16:44 Lymington Pier to Brockenhurst service. And before anybody asks, no I did not Photoshop the black headed gull into the picture, it just happened to fly past the appropriate moment!

1497 Lymington Harbour 22 May 2010

Class 421 3-CIG 1497 Freshwater crosses the bridge linking Lymington Pier and Town stations on 22 May 2010 with the 17:14 train to Brockenhurst. A perfect day for photography, with hardly a cloud in the sky all day, which explains the large numbers of photographers out to record he scene.

1497 Battramsley (Milking Pound Bottom) 22 May 2010

Class 421 3-CIG 1497 Freshwater passes Milking Pound Bottom, near Battramsley with the 17:44 Lymington Pier to Brockenhurst service on 22 May 2010. Although the southern part of the line is largely in woods, the northern end crosses a large area of typical New Forest heathland, and there are various gaps in the lineside vegetation allowing a choice of photographic spots.

1497 Battramsley (Milking Pound Bottom) 22 May 2010

Class 421 3-CIG 1497 Freshwater rounds the curve at Milking Pound Bottom, near Battramsley with the 18:14 Lymington Pier to Brockenhurst service on 22 May 2010, during the final day of slam door EMU operations.

1497 Battramsley (Milking Pound Bottom) 22 May 2010

There is plenty of gorse near the Lymington Branch, so it was easy to get this artistic picture at Milking Pound Bottom, near Battramsley on 22 May 2010, as Class 421 3-CIG 1497 Freshwater heads south with the 18:29 train from Brockenhurst. Despite the fact that there were lots of photographers out to record the final day of slam door operation, there were so many different viewpoints in this area, and the photographers were so widely scattered, that I have managed to get a broadside view without including any of them!

1497 Battramsley (Three Beech Bottom) 22 May 2010

The headboard says it all - 'Slamdoors say farewell to the Lymington Flyer'. Class 421 3-CIG 1497 Freshwater passes Three Beech Bottom, Battramsley in glorious evening light with the 18:44 Lymington Pier to Brockenhurst service on 22 May 2010 - the final day of slam door EMU operation on the national network.

1497 Battramsley (Three Beech Bottom) 22 May 2010

With the low evening sun providing perfect illumination, Class 421 3-CIG 1497 Freshwater passes Three Beech Bottom, Battramsley on 22 May 2010 with the 19:14 Lymington Pier to Brockenhurst service on the final day of slam door EMU operation, both on this line and the entire national network.

1498 Lymington Junction 22 August 2007

A symphony in green! Class 421 3-CIG unit 1498 Farringford was one of the last two slam door third rail electric units operating on the national network. Along with classmate 1497 (which was painted in corporate blue & grey livery) it spent all its time shuttling up and down the short Lymington Branch. It is seen here at Lymington Junction on 22 August 2007 with the 11:14 Lymington Pier to Brockenhurst South West Trains service.

1499 Lydney 19 August 2006

Well away from the 750v third rail, Class 421 3-CIG 1499 stands at Lydney on the Dean Forest Railway on 19 August 2006. The South West Trains livery and Fratton depot sticker seem a little out of place in rural Gloucestershire, but then again Scottish Class 27 27066 on the left is even further from home! Even the humble slam door EMU eventually gets preserved, although it doesn't seem long ago that a trip to the Southern Region saw an unending procession of these units working most services.

1713 & 1854 Horsham 17 July 1993

Dramatic lighting at Horsham on 17 July 1993, as Class 421 4-CIGs 1713 & 1854 approach the station with what is presumably (according to the headcode) the late running 14:08 Victoria to Portsmouth Harbour and Bognor Regis Network SouthEast service.

1725 Millbrook 15 April 1997

Class 421 4-CIG 1725 received a coat of white paint in 1997 prior to Connex deciding on a new livery after taking over the franchise the previous year. This 'ghost' unit is pictured rounding the curve at Millbrook on 15 April 1997 with the 11:50 Bournemouth to Victoria service, while a Class 442 'Wessex' unit heads in the other direction with the 10:50 Waterloo to Poole train.

1726 Hove 20 April 1996

Class 421 4-CIG 1726 leaves Hove station on 20 April 1996 with the 11:12 Portsmouth Harbour to Brighton service. Although still sporting Network SouthEast livery, this train is operated by Connex South Central, which is now just as much a part of history as the NSE era.

1808 Swanley 30 May 1998

Class 421 4-CIG 1808 approaches Swanley on 30 May 1998 with the 10:11 Victoria to Ramsgate Connex South Eastern service. This is one of those rare locations that now actually has less lineside vegetation than this. Hidden behind the trees in this view is a vintage coal tax post, which signified the point beyond which all ingoing coal trains had to pay a tax to the City of London. In 1998 this unusual survivor could only be seen in winter, but now it is clearly on view, even in summer.

1847 Lewes 20 April 1996

Class 421 4-CIG 1847 crosses the River Ouse, as it accelerates away from Lewes on 20 April 1996 with the 13:54 Brighton to Hastings Network SouthEast service. This picture is taken from the A27 Lewes bypass, a viewpoint which has subsequently become considerably more overgrown.

1859 Barnham 18 October 2003

I have got very few pictures of slam door EMUs in the slightly half finished looking Southern livery. Class 421 4-CIG 1859 leaves Barnham station on 18 October 2003 with the 14:24 Bognor Regis to Littlehampton service. This short journey involves two branch lines. The Bognor Regis branch joins the main 'West Coastway Line' at the west end of Barnham station. The unit will then travel to Ford station, before branching off onto the even shorter line to Littlehampton.

1866, 3514 & 1805 Arundel 19 November 2005

Class 421 4-CIG 1866, Class 423 4-VEP 3514, & Class 421 4-CIG 1805 approach Arundel with the Southern Electric Group 2Z62 11:02 London Bridge to Littlehampton 'Sussex Slammer' railtour on 19 November 2005. This tour was run to mark the end of slam door stock on the Southern, with the final few service trains working the following weekend. The tour had actually started from London Bridge in two sections, 3514 & 1805 running as the 2Z60 08:40 London Bridge to East Grinstead and 2Z61 09:25 East Grinstead to London Bridge, with 1866 following two minutes behind with the 2Z65 & 2Z66!

1881 Ash Vale 17 June 2003

EMU indifference at Ash Vale on 17 June 2003! Class 421 4-CIG 1881 leads two similar units into Ash Vale station with the 17:48 Waterloo to Alton Southern service. Little did I imagine then that the next time I would see this unit, it would be heading up my local line hauled by 47739! It was subsequently broken up to provide spares for the Brighton Belle reconstruction project.

1881 Kings Sutton 3 March 2010

I wouldn't normally bother with this kind of going away shot, but the sheer novelty of a former Southern Region 750V DC EMU on the Cherwell Valley route between Oxford and Banbury was not to be missed. Class 421 4-CIG 1881 is pictured passing Kings Sutton on its final journey on 3 March 2010, hauled by 47739 Robin of Templecombe, as the 5Z47 10:25 Eastleigh to Barrow Hill.

7308 Salfords 15 March 1986

Class 421 4-CIG 7308 leads another much cleaner unidentified classmate past Salfords just before sunset on 15 March 1986 with the 16:20 Victoria to Haywards Heath service. Salfords station is situated midway between Redhill and Horley, with most trains, like this one, passing through without stopping.

7357 & 7418 Milford 2 May 1987

Class 421 4-CIGs 7357 & 7418 arrive at Milford station with the 09:13 Portsmouth Harbour to Waterloo Network SouthEast service on 2 May 1987. Although 7357 sports the then relatively new NSE livery, the vast bulk of Southern Region units at the time still retained the 'Corporate Image' blue and grey livery as worn by 7418 at the rear of the formation.

7385 Balcombe 2 May 1987

Class 421 4-CIG 7385 arrives at Balcombe with the 12:33 Victoria to Brighton service on 2 May 1987. This is early days for Network SouthEast, and although there is some evidence of the new ownership showing here (the red lamp posts), there is no evidence of the new owners on the stock itself.

7426 Wilmington 28 July 1984

Class 421 4-CIG 7426 leads two other 4-CIG units forming a twelve coach train with the 12:50 Victoria to Hastings (via Lewes) service on 28 July 1984. The location is Wilmington, between Lewes and Eastbourne. Although most people think the Coastway Line is relatively flat, notice how the track dips considerably in the background.

2102 Balcombe 2 May 1987

Class 422 4-BIG 2102 arrives at Balcombe with the 11:33 Victoria to Brighton service on 2 May 1987. This is of course completely the wrong time of day to be taking a picture here, with the sun virtually straight down the track. However, I have included it for its historical interest, and because it is one of the very few pictures I have of a Class 422 unit, which were much less numerous than the ubiquitous Class 421 4-CIGs.

2112 Salfords 15 March 1986

In the last weak rays of the setting sun, ex-works Class 422 4-BIG 2112 contrasts markedly with its unidentified work stained companion unit, as it heads towards the capital with the 15:59 Brighton to Victoria service on 15 March 1986. Although obviously the former Southern Region dealt with a large quantity of units and sets were always being overhauled and repainted, it would only be a matter of months before all further unit would emerge in the new Network SouthEast livery. This therefore is one of the last batch of blue and grey repaints.

2252 Hove 20 April 1996

Class 422 4-BIG 2252 and an unidentified Class 421 4-CIG leave Hove station on 20 April 1996 with the 12:11 Littlehampton to Victoria Connex South Central service. The third vehicle is a buffet car, this being the principle difference between a Class 422 and a Class 421. Only the first unit has come from Littlehampton, the rear 4-CIG having been attached at Worthing, after arriving with the 10:50 from Bournemouth.

3008 Potbridge 28 April 1991

Class 423 4-VEP 3008 leads the 08:59 Basingstoke to Waterloo Network SouthEast service past Potbridge on 28 April 1991. At least on the Southern Region at this time it was easy to tell what any particular train was, due to their continued use of headcodes. This batch of 4-VEPs were originally numbered in the 77xx series, but were later re-numbered into the 30xx series.

3017 Winchfield 28 April 1991

Class 423 4-VEP 3017 pulls out of Winchfield station on 28 April 1991 with the 14:02 Waterloo to Basingstoke Network SouthEast service. Despite it being a Sunday, there is still plenty of passenger provision, as 3017 is leading two similar units, making a twelve coach train.

3153 & 3484 Staines 24 April 1993

Class 423 4-VEPs 3153 & 3484 arrive at Staines station on 24 April 1993 with the 13:56 Waterloo to Reading Network SouthEast service. An everyday scene at the time, and it is sobering to think that virtually all of the slam door stock that was such a feature of the area for many decades, has now been scrapped.

3159 Winchester 28 June 1991

Obviously not long out of works after receiving a repaint into Network SouthEast livery, Class 423 4-VEP 3159 approaches Winchester on 28 June 1991 with the ECS for the 15:58 Winchester to Wareham 'all stations' service. Notice how the siding receding away into the undergrowth has lost most of its third rail.

3175 Sole Street 29 October 1988

Class 423 4-VEP 3175 accelerates away from Sole Street station on 29 October 1988 with the 11:09 Dover Priory to Victoria Network SouthEast service. The chimney on the right belonged to a varnish factory, about which I can find only limited information. A fire at the works in 1928 caused damage to the railway line, but it is not clear if it was rail connected at the time. The buildings were disused when this picture was taken, and the whole site was cleared by the council in 1996, apparently without the written permission of the owners.

3401 Mortlake 24 February 2001

Between Barnes station and Mortlake station, the railway runs for a considerable distance sandwiched between two roads (North & South Worple Way). Long sections of this are still fenced off from the road by some of the Southern Railway's concrete sectional fencing, as seen here on the left. This was one of many concrete lineside features manufactured at the company's works at Exmouth Junction. Pioneer Class 423 4-VEP 3401 (originally 7701) runs though this concrete canyon, and approaches Mortlake station on 24 February 2001 with the 13:32 Waterloo to Waterloo (via Kingston) South West Trains service. I'm not quite sure why this is showing a 37 headcode, instead of 32. Surely 37s go via Brentford. Clarification anyone?

3402 Wimbledon 29 May 1994

Class 423 4-VEP 3402 strikes an arc as it leads the 11:32 Waterloo to Alton Network SouthEast service past Wimbledon 29 May 1994. Note how the flash has illuminated the wheels on the front bogie. A very unusual effect, and one which would be very difficult to achieve intentionally.

3403 Portcreek Junction 18 October 2003

Class 423 4-VEP 3403 glints in the setting sun, as it approaches Portcreek Junction on 18 October 2003 with the 17:12 Portsmouth Harbour to Brighton South Central service. Portcreek Junction is where the line from Portsmouth splits west to Fareham and Southampton, and east to Havant and Brighton.

3415 Barnham 18 October 2003

Class 423 4-VEP 3415 approaches Barnham station on 18 October 2003 with the 14:00 Brighton to Basingstoke Southern service. Since this picture was taken the road underbridge has been rebuilt. The new bridge is wide enough for three tracks, and the headshunt is now on the other side of the bridge. As it is here, if something ran through the points into the headshunt, there could have been the possibility of a plunge into the road below!

3474 Sandling Tunnel 2 June 1989

Class 423 4-VEP 3474 leads the 15:51 Ramsgate to Charing Cross Network SouthEast service out of Sandling Tunnel on 2 June 1989. This pleasant rural view has now been changed beyond all recognition, with the Channel Tunnel high speed line slicing through the field in which the sheep are grazing. The slam door units have also of course been replaced by more modern stock.

3498 Shakespeare Tunnel 11 May 1996

Class 423 4-VEP 3498 emerges from Shakespeare Tunnel on 11 May 1996 with the 08:55 Charing Cross to Ramsgate Network SouthEast service. The photo is taken from the footbridge that spans the far end of Dover Town Yard, which explains the overgrown siding to the left of the running lines. The steep footpath leads down from the road at the top of the cliff and allows access to the beach, fortunately providing an excellent photographic vantage point.

3426 New Malden 4 March 1995

Highlighting one of the dangers of slam door stock, Class 423 4-VEP 3426 passes New Malden on 4 March 1995 with a door on the lead vehicle swinging open. The train is the 10:05 Basingstoke to Waterloo Network SouthEast service. I'm not sure whether anyone actually fell out, or as seems more likely the door wasn't shut properly and opened en-route, but it is certainly a graphic illustration of the problems with this type of stock.

3454 Dover 11 May 1996

Class 423 4-VEP 3454 leaves Dover on 11 May 1996 with the 11:07 Network South Central service to Charing Cross. The impressive Lord Warden Hotel dominates the background, with Admiralty Pier on the right. Since this picture was taken the disused and weed choked sidings of the once busy Dover Town Yard have bee lifted.

3454 Westwell Leacon 14 February 1998

Class 423 4-VEP 3454 rounds the curve at Westwell Leacon on 14 February 1998 with the 10:18 Victoria to Canterbury West Connex South Eastern service. Travelling via Maidstone and Ashford, this is certainly not the most direct way of getting from London to Canterbury.

3454 Whetsted 28 January 2001

Class 423 4-VEP 3454 leads an unidentified classmate past Whetsted (near Paddock Wood) on 28 January 2001 with the 11:00 Charing Cross to Ramsgate Connex South Eastern service. Given the vast number of Southern EMUs, it was strange that I kept coming across this one time after time!

3487 Potbridge 6 November 1991

Class 423 4-VEP 3487 runs along the up relief line at Potbridge with the 08:50 Southampton to Waterloo Network SouthEast service. This was a local stopping service, which had just called at Hook station (hidden behind the signal gantry n the background), and would shortly be stopping again at Winchfield.

3525 Troy Town 15 March 1995

Class 423 4-VEP 3525 passes Troy Town (near Edenbridge) with the 12:48 Three Bridges to Maidstone West Network SouthEast service on 15 March 1995. A short distance further on this line crosses over the Oxted to Uckfield line, both lines having their own station at nearby Edenbridge.

3559 Micheldever 16 May 1998

Class 423 4-VEP 3559 leads the 08:46 Waterloo to Poole South West Trains service through Micheldever on 16 May 1998. The entrance to the 198 yard long Micheldever Tunnel can be seen in the distance. Micheldever station has a single island platform, and formerly had an extensive range of sidings, the remnants of which can be seen on the right.

3570 Sandwich 14 March 1998

Class 423 4-VEP 3570 heads away from Sandwich on 14 March 1998 with the 14:00 Charing Cross to Ramsgate (via Dover) Connex South Eastern service. The A256 Sandwich by-pass provides the elevated viewpoint, in an area where ground level views from level crossings are more common.

3571 Four Oaks 9 August 1997

Class 423 4-VEP 3571 passes through the lush Kent countryside near Four Oaks (just to west of Faversham) on 9 August 1997 with the 10:11 Victoria to Ramsgate 'all stations' South East Trains service. An everyday scene at the time, but within a few years slam door stock would be history in the area.

3581 & 3434 New Malden 4 March 1995

Class 423 4-VEPs 3581 & 3434 run side by side past New Malden on 4 March 1995. However, this is not quite the everyday Southern suburban scene that it appears to be, as a closer inspection reveals something a little different on the rear of 3581. This is in fact the D-Tours 'Tatty Cat' railtour, with 73105 & 33117 at the rear. 3434 is working the 10:35 Basingstoke to Waterloo service. Ordinarily this would be a very fortunate parallel running picture, but in this case 3434 has got in the way slightly!

3808 Lenham 14 February 1998

On a slightly misty 14 February 1998, Class 423 4-VEP 3808 pulls away from Lenham station with the 09:18 Victoria to Canterbury West Connex South Eastern service. The hourly stopping service on this route was supplemented by an express service to Ashford International.

7812 Salford 15 March 1986

Class 423 4-VEP 7812 approaches Salfords on 15 March 1986 with the 15:38 Victoria to Littlehampton service. Once a common sight, with 194 sets trundling up and down the Southern network, just two complete units have survived into preservation, after the last set left the national network in 2005.

7824 Potbridge 13 September 1986

Class 423 4-VEP 7824 heads west through the pouring rain at Potbridge on 13 September 1986 with the 12:12 Waterloo to Basingstoke Network SouthEast service. Note the spray coming off the third rail as the collector shoe skims along the wet surface. On a technical note, this picture was taken with a 1980 vintage Canon FD 50mm f1.4 lens at full aperture and although obviously not perfect due to the large aperture, has produced a much better result than the more modern Canon EF 50mm f1.4 would be capable of. The more modern lens as well as being optically inferior (at least in my copies), also suffers from a very serious design fault (see Technical Notes).

3011 Worting Junction 24 May 1986

Class 432 4-REP 3011 leads the 09:32 Weymouth to Waterloo service past Worting Junction on 24 May 1986. These units were the 'top of the range' of SR EMUs, complete with a full buffet car (the third vehicle). They were also easily the most powerful, being equipped with eight traction motors giving a total of 3200hp. This high power output was needed when they were used to propel 4-TC sets. It also meant that they had quite a turn of speed, and exceeded 100 mph on a number of occasions, although obviously not when in a 12 car formation, as here. The electrical equipment from the REPs was obviously built to last, as all the traction motors were salvaged from the units to build the much more modern looking Class 442s in the 1980s.

2402 & 2405 Worting Junction 29 July 1991

Class 442 5-WES units 2402 & 2405 pass Worting Junction on 29 July 1991 with the 06:53 Weymouth to Waterloo Network SouthEast service. These stylish trains held sway on the Weymouth route between 1988 and 2007, being replaced by the slightly more aesthetically challenged Class 444s.

2403 Micheldever 5 August 1995

Class 442 5-WES 2403 approaches Micheldever station at speed on 5 August 1995 with the 15:50 Waterloo to Poole Network SouthEast service. On the right is the wartime fuel dump, where over 18,000 gallons of petrol were stored in tanks dug into the hillside.

2404 & 2409 Eastleigh 25 June 1999

Class 442 5-WES units 2404 & 2409 approach Eastleigh at speed on 25 June 1999 with the 06:37 Weymouth to Waterloo SouthWest Trains service. The Buddleia and Ragwort are thriving well in Railtrack's very own nature reserve!

2405 Hook 16 March 1990

Class 442 5-WES 2405 passes Hook on 16 March 1990 with the 09:45 Poole to Bournemouth Network SouthEast service. The cottages next to the line would obviously be an ideal home if you like watching trains go by, and don't mind EMUs! However, the collie dog by the conservatory doesn't seem interested in 2405, being more interested in what's going on inside the house!

2405 Potbridge 3 February 2007

Despite their uncharitable 'Plastic Pig' nickname, I always thought the Class 442 units were the most stylish of the EMU designs of the last few years, and it seems a little premature to withdraw these high quality units after less than twenty years service, even allowing for the fact that the traction motors were salvaged from the 1960s built 4REP units! However on 3 February 2007 the final units were placed into store, and so the opportunity was taken to take a few last pictures. Here, 2405 passes Potbridge at high speed with the 13:05 Waterloo to Poole South West Trains service.

2409 Potbridge 16 March 1990

Class 442 'Wessex Electric' 2409 passes Potbridge with the 14:45 Waterloo to Poole Network SouthEast service on 16 March 1990. Utilising Mk 3 coach bodies with traction equipment from redundant 4-REP units they were a strange mix of ancient and modern, but at the time provided a quantum leap in speed and comfort on the West of England third rail routes.

2410 & 2412 Potbridge 3 February 2007

Saturday 3 February 2007 was the final day in traffic for the Class 442 units with South West Trains, and as it turned out to be a perfect sunny day, a trip was made to the Basingstoke to Woking line to photograph the last workings. 2410 & 2412 are seen here approaching Potbridge with the 09:01 Poole to Waterloo service. Upon arrival at Waterloo the units were split, and 2412 worked a staff only tour to Windsor, Twickenham & Shepperton, leaving 2410 to work the 12:05 Waterloo to Poole.

2412 Potbridge 2 December 1998

Class 442 4-WES 2412 passes Potbridge (between Winchfield and Hook) on 2 December 1998 with the 12:50 Waterloo to Poole South West Trains service. Note that one half of the corridor connection door is open.

2413 & 2418 Shapley Heath 21 July 1991

Viewed from the lofty former roadbridge near Shapley Heath (now just carrying a footpath), Class 442 5-WES units 2413 & 2418 head towards the capital on Sunday 21 July 1991 with the 07:40 Weymouth to Waterloo Network SouthEast service.

2413 Southampton 2 December 1998

Class 442 5-WES 2413 approaches Southampton on 2 December 1998 with the 09:41 Poole to Waterloo South West Trains service. Despite using electrical equipment salvaged from vintage Class 432 4-REP units, the 442s despite initial teething troubles, turned out to be one of the most reliable classes of EMU, and certainly on of the best for passenger comfort and ambience.

2419 Millbrook 30 November 1989

Class 442 5-WES 2419 leads an unidentified classmate past Millbrook on 30 November 1989 with the 10:45 Waterloo to Poole Network SouthEast service. Millbrook freightliner terminal dominates the background of this view, although in 1989 traffic levels were still fairly modest, with no train movements during the time I was there on this occasion.

2420 & 2415 New Malden 4 March 1995

Class 442s 2420 & 2415 pass New Malden on 4 March 1995 with the 07:41 Poole to Waterloo service. Unlike a lot of other Network SouthEast liveried stock (especially as privatisation loomed) the 'Plastic Pigs' always seemed to be kept spotlessly clean, as seen here. New Malden station can just be seen in the background, underneath the bridge.

2417 Old Basing 29 July 1991

Class 442 4-WES 2417 passes Old Basing on 29 July 1991 with the 1W10 09:53 Weymouth to Waterloo Network SouthEast service. It was always pleasant waiting by the former Southern Railway mainline to the west during my many visits throughout 1991. The Class 50s were obviously the main draw, but I always liked photographing these stylish units as well.

2417 Battledown Flyover 19 October 2000

Class 442 4-WES 2417 passes Battledown Flyover on 19 October 2000 with the 12:30 Waterloo to Weymouth South West Trains service. One member of this stylish class holds the world speed record for third rail electric traction, at 108mph.

2422 Millbrook 30 November 1989

Frost still lingers in the shadows on 30 November 1989, as Class 442 5-WES 2422 rounds the curve at Millbrook with the 09:45 Poole to Waterloo Network SouthEast service. Typically for the period it is running without the covers for the multiple working connectors on the front end.

2424 Old Basing 28 April 1991

Class 442 5-WES 2424 passes Old Basing on Sunday 28 April 1991 with the 09:40 Weymouth to Waterloo Network SouthEast service. The footbridge in the background also provided an excellent viewpoint in the 1990s, although I suspect that shadows from the lineside trees will be much more of a problem at both locations nowadays.

444012 & 444020 Eastleigh 21 March 2009

444012 & 444020 arrive at Eastleigh with the 15:05 Waterloo to Southampton Airport Parkway South West Trains service on 21 March 2009. 66139 & 66174 are stabled in the yard in preparation for the following day's engineering work. Eastleigh is a shadow of its former self and despite the large amount of surviving track very little freight traffic is now to be seen here.

444022 Shapley Heath 1 January 2011

444022 passes under the M3 motorway at Shapley Heath on 1 January 2011 with the 1W27 10:35 Waterloo to Weymouth South West Trains service. Obviously the previous night's celebrations are effecting the amount of traffic on the motorway, with just a single car passing over the bridge. Winchfield station can just be seen in the far distance.

450009 & 450043 Shortwood Common 5 November 2005

A lucky South West Trains EMU passing shot at Shortwood Common (near Staines) on 5 November 2005. 450009 heads west with a Staines service, while 450043 passes in the opposite direction, heading for Waterloo. Note the brand new Bronzefield Prison in the background.

450012 Potbridge 3 February 2007

450012 passes Potbridge on 3 February 2007 with the 11:42 Waterloo to Basingstoke 'all stations' South West Trains service. Note the contrasting styles of World War Two pillbox on either side of the line in the background.

450022 & 444020 Potbridge 11 November 2016

A comparison of South West Trains liveries at Potbridge on 11 November 2016. 450022 & 444020 head towards the capital with the 1W52 08:20 Weymouth to Waterloo service. As this was nearly the middle of November, I had expected a bit more autumn colour on the trees.

450026, 450078, 159106 & 159006 Potbridge 2 January 2010

Electric meets diesel at Potbridge on 2 January 2010. 450026 brings up the rear of the 2L46 13:54 Basingstoke to Waterloo South West Trains service, with 450078 leading. Rapidly overtaking it, and disappearing into the distance is the same company's 1L44 11:26 Exeter St Davids to Waterloo service, worked by 159106 & 159006.

450088 Potbridge 3 February 2007

The moles have been busy in this field next to the Basingstoke to Woking line at Potbridge, as 450088 passes with the 10:54 Basingstoke to Waterloo South West Trains service on 3 February 2007. While taking more conventional pictures from the bridge, I noticed that a four coach train on the slow line would just fit in this gap viewed from a little way down the road. A lesson could be learnt by a number of other privatised railway companies from the external appearance of the South West Trains fleet, virtually without exception all the units seen on this day were in pristine clean condition.

450111 Amen Corner 15 June 2010

450111 leads a classmate alongside the A329 at Amen Corner, on the western edge of Bracknell, whilst working what is presumably the late running 5C23 09:01 Wimbledon Park to Reading South West Trains ECS on 15 June 2010.

450119 & 450559 Worting Junction 14 May 2016

450119 & 450559 pass Worting Junction on 14 May 2016 with the 2B28 08:05 Bournemouth to Waterloo South West Trains service. This should have started from Poole at 07:50. However, not only did it not start from there, but it didn't even leave Bournemouth until 08:31. It did manage to recover some time, being only 12 minutes late when it passed me.

450127 & 450117 Potbridge 5 December 2007

While at Potbridge on 5 December 2007, I investigated the field near the bridge to see if it offered a more shadow free view of the slow lines than from the bridge. It certainly does, but the high voltage wires don't exactly add to the picture! 450127 & 450117 head west with the 11:12 Waterloo to Basingstoke South West Trains service.

5712 Chertsey 17 July 1993

Class 455 5712 accelerates away from Chertsey station (just visible in the background) with the 12:46 Waterloo to Weybridge Network SouthEast service on 17 July 1993. Note the distinctly different roof profile of the third coach, which originally came from a Class 508 unit.

5715 Tolworth 4 March 1995

Class 455 5715 calls at Tolworth station on 4 March 1995 with the 12:18 Chessington South to Waterloo Network SouthEast service. The 4.25 mile long Chessington branch was the last line to be constructed by the Southern Railway, opening just before the Second World War. All the stations on the branch have this distinctive 1930s Art Deco appearance with curved concrete platform awnings. The line is on an embankment, and the main station buildings are at road level.

5715 Kempton Park 20 March 2004

Class 455 5715 passes Kempton Park on 20 March 2004 with the 16:37 Shepperton to Waterloo South West Trains service. The large building in the background is the Kempton Park Pumping station, famous for housing the world's two largest triple expansion steam pumps.

5717 Barnes Bridge 27 November 1999

Class 455 5717 is crossing over the River Thames as it arrives at the appropriately named Barnes Bridge station on 27 November 1999. It is working one of the numerous Waterloo to Richmond circular trains, in this case the 11:17 departure. The outward route is via Richmond, returning via Hounslow. Shortly after departing from Barnes Bridge, this train will rejoin its outward route.

5721 Thames Ditton 20 March 2004

Class 455 5721 arrives at Thames Ditton station on 20 March 2004 with the 14:39 Hampton Court to Waterloo South West Trains service. Thames Ditton is the only intermediate station on the 1 mile long Hampton Court branch.

5732 Chessington North 20 March 2004

Class 455 5732 arrives at Chessington North station on 20 March 2004 with the 13:03 Chessington South to Waterloo South West Trains service. Just visible in the background is the focus of all the interest on the right hand platform. 37203 is on the rear of the  Pathfinder Tours 1Z91 'Buffer Puffer - The Return!' railtour, which will shortly be returning from the end of the line. The garbled destination board is not at fault, but this is merely how the modern signs record in pictures.

455814 & 455811 Caterham 1 May 2013

455814 & 455811 approach Caterham on 1 May 2013 with the 2Y03 14:13 Victoria to Caterham Southern service. This must rank as the shortest time that I have ever spent at a photographic location. I had checked out the spot in advance on Google Earth, so apart from the intrusive shadow, I knew it would be OK. Arriving at the footbridge, I could hear the train coming, and just had enough time to get the camera out of the bag, and fire off a shot. Then pack up, and go back to the car!

5857 Windsor & Eaton Riverside 10 December 1989

Class 455 5857 throws out a spark as it approaches Windsor & Eaton Riverside station with the 09:20 Network SouthEast service from Waterloo on 10 December 1989. A typically dull autumnal day, but at least the view here is reasonably open, which is not what it is like now. The tree growth has been astonishing here, and it summer it resembles a green tunnel!

5915 Guildford 14 December 1996

Class 455 5915 arrives at Guildford on 14 December 1996 with the 12:14 Waterloo to Guildford Network SouthEast service. It is rounding the sharp curve from the Effingham Junction direction, which here meets up with two other lines (from Woking and Farnborough). This line diverged from the main West of England line at Hampton Court Junction, and offers an alternative route than via Woking. Note the steam age gradient post that the unit is about to pass, showing the end of a 1 in 307 downgrade and the start of a level section.

8012, 159001 & 159007 Basingstoke 16 July 2001

Nearly new Class 458 8012 stands in the old loading dock siding at Basingstoke on 16 July 2001, while 159001 & 159007 leave the station with the 09:32 Yeovil Junction to Waterloo South West Trains service.

458003 Wokingham 15 June 2010

The 2C34 11:39 Reading to Waterloo South West Trains service, led by 458003 pulls away from Wokingham station on 15 June 2010, and takes the Bracknell line. Note the old Southern Railway shunting signal on the right, mounted on a characteristic SR lattice post.

458005 & 458004 Amen Corner 15 June 2010

458005 & 458004 catch a brief patch of weak sunshine as they run parallel with the A329 at Amen Corner, on the outskirts of Bracknell on 15 June 2010. They are working the 2C23 09:50 Waterloo to Reading South West Trains service. Built in 1998 - 2000, the Class 458s are hardly the most eye catching design of EMU, but a least they have made a half decent job of hiding the corridor connection on the front end. The car park on the left is for the UK headquarters of Dell Computers.

465901 Great Chart 20 October 2007

Under a threatening sky, 465901 leads the 12:57 Ashford International to Charing Cross Southeastern Trains service past Great Chart on 20 October 2007. 465901 is the first of the refurbished 'Networkers', emerging from Wabtec Rail, Doncaster in 2005.

507003 Ellesmere Port 11 March 2014

Extensive renovation work is underway on the Grade II listed station building at Ellesmere Port on 11 March 2014, as 507003 slowly pulls out of the station with the 2Y21 15:42 Ellesmere Port to Ellesmere Port (via Liverpool) Merseyrail service. The unit had worked in as the 2Y18 14:12 Ellesmere Port to Ellesmere Port, and after a short break in platform 1, is now returning from whence it came, running wrong line for a short distance before regaining the correct line underneath the adjacent roadbridge.

508207 Queenborough 16 July 1999

508207 crosses the flat grasslands of the Isle of Sheppey near Queenborough on 16 July 1999 with the 08:51 Sheerness to Sittingbourne Connex South Eastern service. Grain Power Station dominates the background, although what is not apparent from this view is the fact that the wide estuary of the River Medway, separating the Isle of Grain from Sheppey, is hidden in the middle of this picture. Grain Power Station closed in 2012, and the 801 ft high chimney (the second tallest in the UK) was demolished in 2016. Another step nearer forthcoming power shortages?

319003 & 319421 Long Marston 10 July 2017

Off lease EMUs 319003 & 319421 pictured at Long Marston on 10 July 2017, shortly after arriving as the 5M94 10:01 Hornsey EMU Depot to Long Marston, conveyed by 37884. Long Marston is now home to a vast amount of redundant or off lease stock, of all types, just a fraction of which can be seen in this picture. In the background, on the extreme right, the Welcombe Hills Obelisk can just be seen. This monument, to the north of Stratford-upon-Avon, was erected in 1876 in honour of Mark Philips, a Liberal Party politician.

319040 & 319171 Coulsdon 21 September 1991

319040 & 319171 pass Coulsdon on 21 September 1991 with the 09:18 Bedford to Brighton Network SouthEast service. Note the slight difference in livery between the leading Class 319/0, with its grey surround to the front end, and the white on the trailing Class 319/1. Although not really apparent in this view, the 319/1 has a small first class section, which is lacking in the 319/0.

319161 Horley 21 September 1991

319161 passes Horley on 21 September 1991 with the 13:18 Bedford to Gatwick Airport Network SouthEast service. The train is slowing down, as it just a few yards from its destination, as this picture is taken from a footbridge approximately half way between Horley and Gatwick Airport stations.

319182 Horley 21 September 1991

319182 passes Horley on 21 September 1991 with the 12:48 Bedford to Brighton Network SouthEast service. Surprisingly, this view hasn't changed a great deal in the last quarter of century (apart from the traction). At most other locations near a large town, I would have expected the urban sprawl to have swallowed up the fields seen here on the right.

319220 & 1863 Earlswood 9 August 1997

The old and the (relatively) new at Earlswood on 9 August 1997. Connex South Central 319220 leading the 09:08 Victoria to Brighton service, overtakes Class 421/4 4-CIG 1863 heading the 09:02 Victoria to Horsham train. Given a six minute head start, this is obviously the point where the new order catches up with the old, assuming they both left on time of course!

319362 Copyhold Junction 20 January 2007

How bad does the paintwork have to get before a unit is repainted? Quite bad seems to be the answer in the case of 319362, seen here leading the 09:11 Watford Junction to Brighton Southern service past Copyhold Junction on 20 January 2007. The dramatic lighting at least compensates for the train's lacks in photographic appeal.

319421 Honeybourne 25 August 2017

Former Thameslink 319421 passes underneath the rusty roadbridge at Honeybourne on 25 August 2017, hauled by 37884. It was being moved as the 5Q94 11:50 Derby Litchurch Lane to Long Marston ECS, one of a series of such trains that brought the unusual sight of dual voltage EMUs to the Cotswold Line.

319437 Honeybourne 13 July 2017

Off lease 319437 passes Honeybourne on 13 July 2017, being dragged towards Long Marston by 37884. This was the 5Z94 10:00 Bedford Cauldwell Depot to Long Marston ECS, that had started out 103 minutes late, but was three minutes early here.

319444 Evesham 31 July 2017

319444 brings up the rear of the 5V94 10:01 Hornsey EMU Depot to Long Marston ECS at Evesham on 31 July 2017. It was being moved, together with 319011, for secure storage. The train was hauled by dedicated EMU coupling equipped Europhoenix 37884.

365502 Westwell Leacon 14 February 1998

365502 rounds the curve at Westwell Leacon on 14 February 1998 with the 11:18 Victoria to Canterbury West Connex South Eastern service. The Connex livery was probably one of the more pleasing of the early privatisation colour schemes, although hardly very practical, being mostly white!

365504 Swanley 9 August 1997

365504 leads the 12:52 Ramsgate to Victoria Connex South Eastern service out of Swanley station on 9 August 1997. Introduced in 1995, the Class 365s were conceived as a dual voltage design (note the blanked off space for a pantograph on the roof of the third vehicle). However, only 355502 was actually fitted with 25kV collection equipment, and then only for testing purposes.

375622 Great Chart 20 October 2007

375622 leads the 10:23 Charing Cross to Ramsgate & Dover Priory Southeastern Trains service past Great Chart on 20 October 2007. Although the majority of Class 375s are 750V DC only, the 375/6 sub-class is also equipped for 25kV AC overhead operation, although this is little used.

375817 Pluckley 20 November 2004

375817 leads 09:53 Charing Cross to Margate South Eastern Trains service past Pluckley on 20 November 2004. Pluckley station can just be seen next to the bridge in the background. The large wood bordering the line on the left here is imaginatively called the Forest!

375820 Sevington 3 June 2013

375820 passes Sevington on 3 June 2013 with the 2W57 16:23 Ramsgate To Ashford International Southeastern service. At Ashford the unit would attach to the 2W58 16:40 Ramsgate to Charing Cross service, which had travelled via Canterbury. This location is almost unrecognisable sine the last time I was here.

375828 Sevington 3 June 2013

375828 passes Sevington on 3 June 2013 with the 16:40 St Pancras International to Sandwich Southeastern service. It is running on the 'heritage' line, whilst the new 'HS1' Channel Tunnel line runs parallel on the right.

377149 & 377452 Woldingham 1 May 2013

A modern day Southern meeting. 377149 & 377452 pull away from the picturesquely situated station at Woldingham, as they head for East Grinstead on 1 May 2013 with the 2L36 14:23 service from Victoria. In the opposite direction, 377301 & 377309 have just arrived with the 2L37 14:37 East Grinstead to Victoria.

377446 Copyhold Junction 20 January 2007

377446 and two classmates approach Copyhold Junction on 20 January 2007 with the 11:17 Victoria to Littlehampton Southern service. The house in the background is Balcombe Place, designed by Henry Clutton, and completed in 1856. Like many large former private houses in the area, it later became a school, was threatened with demolition, and is now a care home. 

377458 Arundel 19 November 2005

377458, along with an unidentified classmate, approach Arundel on 19 November 2005 with the 10:02 Victoria to Bognor Regis Southern service. The line here weaves through the flat bottomed valley of the River Arun, with the South Downs forming a backdrop.

377465 Copyhold Junction 20 January 2007

377465 leads two classmates past Copyhold Junction on 20 January 2007 with the 09:47 Victoria to Lewes and Hove Southern service. The line on the right is the little used Ardingly Branch, which was just about to receive an unexpected visitor in the shape of 37406 on a Pathfinder Tours railtour.

395019 Sevington 3 June 2013

395019 passes Sevington on 3 June 2013 with the 1J50 17:12 St Pancras International to Dover Priory Southeastern service. These Hitachi built units were introduced just prior to the 2012 London Olympics, and acquired the 'Javelin' branding as a consequence. They can run on either 750V DC or 25kV AC.