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Back to Higham today. 

A couple of Thameslinks:

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And from the undergrowth visible above the chalk in the picture above, a Javelin heads towards London:

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Don't think the last photo would be possible in the summer due to vegetation.

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I've been looking through my negs - going back almost 25 years - and found a few interesting 3rd rail EMU shots including some "historic" events:

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This was the last service train operated by a "Wessie", dashing through Brookwood.  Something strange happened with the lens because there are blurred patches that don't occur on any other images.

 

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I was down in Dorset for work one day and took a detour on my way back home to see the "Slammer" in its last week on the Lymington branch.  This explains why on a normal operating day at Brockenhurst, I wasn't the only photographer.

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^^^

I remember hanging around Ash Vale station with my friend to photograph a passing de-icing train way back in 2000. We saw a poster on the Up platform there advising passengers for Ascot via Frimley to look out for the feather indicator on the junction signal to confirm that it is their train! Probably the only place in the UK where signalling apparatus is also used for public information!

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One more that took me ages to find.  This was a Sunday evening 4-VEP arriving at Farnborough.  I really need to clean up my negatives and start learning to use Photoshop.

 

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21 minutes ago, mpb56125 said:

Thank you for posting those memory triggers.  I need to get to Liverpool this year for a last ride on the 507s/508s; I was a student in Liverpool in the early '90s. In my 1st year used to get the bus to Poly past Kirkdale Depot and in my final year commuted by train from Waterloo to Moorfields.  A basic design in and out but the units have survived well for over 40 years, even longer than the LMS-design units they replaced.

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A bit of nostalgia this morning whilst searching for something else in my archives, 4-Vep 3417 in heritage blue livery at Brockenhurst on 6th December 2004 with a stopping service for Bournemouth.

 

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More delving into my archives has yielded..

 

4-Rep, by then re-numbered as 2001, at Bournemouth somewhen around 1987/88...

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and two class 442s at Walkford and judging by their condition pretty new into traffic, so probably around 1988/89.

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After a period of test running between Bournemouth T&RSMD and Weymouth, South West Trains 458534, then newly converted from former Gatwick Express class 460 vehicles, heads back to Wimbledon T&RSMD through Christchurch on 8th October 2013.

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A few more from Hinton Admiral, this time taken on 7th September 2004.

 

4-Cig 1316.  According to the Southern Electric Group 1316 was one of the final 4-Cig units left in traffic at the end of slam door on the SWML in June 2005.

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4-Cig 1885 departing in the direction of Bournemouth with a  stopping service.

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5 Wes 2415 passing through heading in the direction of Bournemouth.

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New Siemens Desiro 444031 between barrier wagons for the move to Bournemouth T&RSMD.

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Ah, 3 car CEPs.

As a regular commuter I remember these on the South Eastern - we had quite a lot (did the open seconds replace buffet cars on the S Western BEPs?) Funny, I never thought I would have quite the affection I do now for the old units - but seeing a single three CEP coming into view on the daily commute was no fun, nor was Conex's habit of putting one on the first off-peak Ramsgate to Charing Cross every morning (including Saturdays) which was standing room only after Minster! (I would attempt to board at Canterbury West).

Anyway, great pictures of a railway we took so much for granted, and thought would hardly ever change.

Regards

Les

 

 

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Posted (edited)

They made it across to Horsham from Tonbridge at one time:

Connex South Eastern Class 411 3-CEP 1102 Three Bridges 29/9/01

Presumably a South Central Division crew took it to and from south of Redhill?

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Posted (edited)

 A few more from Hinton Admiral, this time taken on 26th August 2004.

 

Disappearing under the road bridge, South West Trains 2408 heads east with an Up service.  The white painted square, partly obscured by ivy, on the road bridge is a sighting aid for drivers to see the now long gone semaphore signal which was originally there.  The controlling signal box, which was located on the Up platform towards the west end, closed on 26th February 1967 as part of the Bournemouth line modernisation which including the extension of the third rail. 

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Taken from a nearby footpath overbridge, an unidentified class 442 heads west in the direction of Bournemouth...

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Also taken from this location, 4 VEP 3434 heads away from Hinton Admiral  with an Up stopping service.

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Back at Hinton Admiral and taken from the footbridge, still looking clean Siemens Desiro 450055 passes through.  Looking back along the train the 450 appears to be coupled to a class 444...

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...which turns out to be 444011, which is in turn coupled to another class 450 - making an unusual 13 coach working.  I suspect this wasn't a passenger working and is more likely to be an ECS to Bournemouth T&RSMD.

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To round off this batch, a look at 4 CIG 1315 arriving and departing with a Down stopping service.

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I was initially annoyed this evening when I was told my 313 was having an early night before my last Bognor to Littlehampton and I would have a 377 instead. 

 

However it turned up as NHS special 377111 so all is forgiven!

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That's where it went.  It's been on Vic - Reigates most of the week.

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1 hour ago, montyburns56 said:

Brighton

 

Hard to believe now but isn't that taken in a changeover period between generations of EMU? The BB unit must have been approaching withdrawal, while the VEP must have been almost new.

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6 minutes ago, Northmoor said:

Hard to believe now but isn't that taken in a changeover period between generations of EMU? The BB unit must have been approaching withdrawal, while the VEP must have been almost new.

That's a Cig, which was by then getting on for 10 years old. The blue Bels were last seen in early 1972.

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I like the old Southdown bus on the platform.

 

Stewart

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