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4Vep/3Vep/4Vop (Class 423)

3811 Still in Network SouthEast livery, but with added graffiti, South West Trains Vep 3811 approaches Chichester with a down working on 9th July 2003.

photograph by Colin Duff

 
4 Vep 3514 at Lewes. At the end of 2003 it was the only Vep in South Central livery, and probably remained as the only one.

photograph by Edmund Copping

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3417 To mark the withdrawal of all Veps within the next year, during 2004 SWT Wimbledon Traincare depot repainted unit 3417, named "Gordon Pettit", into a pseudo-original BR blue livery. The "aluminium" window frames are, in fact, aluminium paint as opposed to the bare metal of the original, and of course the unit has the cut-down Guard's compartment and the additional passenger seating. The double arrow motif is, as in the originals, of raised aluminium but the yellow warning panel, the orange cantrail stripe and the '4 VEP' stickers, and inside the seat moquette and carpets, are not as on the originals.

photograph by Stewart Watt

 
3417 is not fitted with the orange curtains of the original Veps, nor does it carry its original unit number. However this is not to detract from a magnificent effort and SWT is to be congratulated, unlike other former Southern Region TOCs, for celebrating their heritage. (It is also worth remarking that, as 3017 at the time, this unit was one of the first 22 Veps to receive Network Southeast livery.) 3417 is seen here basking in the sunshine in Platform 1 at Portsmouth Harbour on 6th July 2004.

photograph by Colin Duff

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3417 The unit was named at a ceremony at Waterloo. The small plaque reads (in capitals), "In 1967 this train 3417 was one of the first Veps to arrive on the Southern Region and it will be one of the last to be withdrawn by South West Trains. To commemorate this it has been named Gordon Pettit in honour of one of the most respected General Managers of the former BR Southern Region."

photograph by Colin Duff

 
Blue Vep 3417 (previous identities 7717 and 3017) approaches Fratton on 6th July 2004. The overall blue livery worked well, as it does here, when newly applied and on a bright day. It was not so attractive on a miserable grey day, especially when weathered and dirty. 3417 will be the 12:01pm departure from Fratton to Waterloo via Eastleigh, the diagram it was working throughout the day.

photograph by Colin Duff

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3417 Closeup view of the dedication plate.

photograph by Malcolm Gurr

 
3417 has been getting about a bit, and was photographed recently at Guildford on a service for Waterloo.

photograph by Malcolm Gurr

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