Posted on 08/10/2013

Photo taken on May 16, 1972

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High power

High power
With 3200hp on tap, the 4REPs (Restaurant Electro Pneumatic brake) were the most powerful 3rd rail EMUs in the world. Just 100hp less than a Class 55 Deltic...
Their daily task was propellage/haulage of one or two unpowered 4TC units on Waterloo - Bournemouth/Weymouth trains, between Waterloo and Bournemouth, which they did superbly well, year in year out.
None survive in preservation, but 2 driving motors from unit 2003 (3003) are in use as hauled ultrasonic test vehicles; 999602 999605. Here we see 3006 at Southampton with a semi-fast service from Weymouth - Waterloo.
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Roy Lowry
Roy Lowry
Brings back memories of my 'sentence' living in the London suburbs.
2 years ago.
Phil Sutters
Phil Sutters
I used to spend many a Friday or Sunday escorting No.1 grandson from & to Southampton, where he and his mum lived, up to his Dad's home near us in south London. So I know this view well, although this was in the early 2000s, with the very comfortable 442s on that route.
18 months ago.
Tractacus has replied to Phil Sutters
Thanks. I've heard rumours that the 442s may be used as loco hauled stock...
18 months ago.