L405 Lower Basildon 17 May 1992

Although nearing the end of its long career working local services along the Thames Valley, L405 (51381, 59491 & 51340) has had a repaint into Network SouthEast livery and positively gleams as it passes Lower Basildon on 17 May 1992 with the 2C66 18:00 Reading to Didcot Parkway service. The set number is positioned further inboard that used to be standard. Within a few months it would be replaced by Class 165 & 166 Turbo units. The lead vehicle has found a new life in preservation at Mangapps Farm Railway Museum, but the other two vehicles were not so lucky, both being cut up in the late 1990s. Strangely, as if to emphasise they had finally fled the Western Region, one was broken up in Scotland, the other in Wales!