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Moved to Southall Railway Centre ?/18
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Southall WCRC** *** ****Ben Williams
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East Kent Railway, Shepherdswell2014-04-19Alex Betteney
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  • 931091

    28 December 2003 - Ben

    These units were built for the South Eastern division to give additional luggage space for the boat trains to Dover, Folkestone, etc. Some were later used for Royal Mail traffic in the late 80s and as tractor units in the early 90s, hauling water tankers to resupply Kent carriage washer plants during water shortages. They were taken into departmental stock in the early 90s, although not given 977xxx numbers due to the onset of privatisation - duties included depot shunting at Strawberry Hill and Bournemouth.

    Thanks to Simon Bendall for this info.

  • 931091

    30 December 2003 - Ben

    Neil is unsure which unit it was to the rear of 68001 in this picture - if anyone else was at this open day please let me know!

  • 931091

    3 January 2004 - martin richardson

    the unit at the rear is 68002, employed as depot shunter at bournemouth. 68001 is in working order on the East Kent Railway along with EPB 5759

  • 931091

    4 February 2004 - Neil Walkling

    68002 has now been moved to the East Kent Railway to join 68001 along with 4BEP unit no 2325.

  • 11 August 2016 - Jon Horswell

    This is now at the Epping-Ongar Railway, following the owning groups withdrawal from the East Kent. 68008+009 joined 002 at Southall.

  • 20 August 2016 - Ben Williams

    Latest sighting suggests it is at a place near Cheltenham?

  • 20 August 2016 - Andrew Burford

    Sorry Ben, a typo

  • 21 August 2016 - Ben Williams

    No problem - now corrected. You'll have to re-enter whatever it was at Cheltenham.

  • 931091

    3 June 2020 - James Pickering

    Now in all over SR Green and kept at WCRC Southall, it evens runs under its own power.

  • 12 August 2021 - Ben Williams

    This and 68002 currently en route from Southall to Eastleigh works.

  • 12 August 2021 - Ben Williams

    ...apparently now returning with the two other EMU vehicles being collected from Eastleigh. Assume barriers or brake force.