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Class 108 DMU
photograph: Mike Morant collection
Four two-car, class 108, Derby low density short underframe
diesel multiple units running in to Purley Oaks station on 7th July 1963. This
was probably an excursion to Brighton originating from the London Midland
region. DMUs were used for this sort of purpose at weekends as for those north
of London Brighton was probably sufficiently exotic a destination to fill up
four two-car units.
The driver would have been from the LMR with a SR driver
also in the cab for route knowledge over the SR metals.
Text from Tony Comber/Steve McNally
Class 117 DMU
|The Clapham Junction - Kensington Olympia service used SR
DEMUs before the line was electrified, then after electrification SR EMUs were
used for a very short while until the service was extended to Willesden
Junction. However, because there was a gap in the electrified line of about 1
mile, to just short of Willesden Junction, the service was taken over by class
117 suburban DMUs (1st generation, previously used on Bedford - Bletchley etc).
In due course the line to Willesden was electrified throughout and the service
is now operated by Sliverlink EMUs.
photograph by John Lewis
Class 117 unit L701, cars 53150 and 51392, being used on the
Clapham Junction - Willesden Junction service in October 1994. Some of this
class of DMU were transferred from the Bedford - Bletchley line and L701 still
carried the Bedford-Bletchley logo on the guard's van. It is painted in
Network SouthEast livery, but has no NSE flash or wording. This type of DMU
continued to be used on the West London line until the route was electrified
The whole of the line between Clapham Junction and Willesden
Junction was eventually electrified (ie the "gap" between Mitre
Bridge Junction. and Willesden High Level Junction) and the Clapham - Willesden
service was the taken over by Class 313 dual voltage units, (son of Southern
Region 2 and 4 Pep units) as used on the
North London line and the Euston - Watford Junction service.
Text from John Lewis
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