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Poor service saw the Network SouthCentral franchise transferred from Connex Trains, later renamed Southern in 2000. No serious attempt to update the units to the new Southern brand took place with only 4-VEP unit 3514 ever being painted into Southern green livery.
The introduction of the Class 377 Electrostar units gradually saw the old and high millage 4-VEPs replaced. The final regular Southern 4-VEP service took place in August 2005, while Southern 4-VEP operations came to a final end with the Sussex Slammer rail tour occurring in November.
When Southwestern was handed to South West Trains in 1996, the 4-VEPs they inherited were quickly repainted in a style largely based upon the NSE livery but also featuring an orange strip that combined with the old livery to match the colours of its parent company Stagecoach, and their distinct and common buses.
Towards the end of the 4-VEPs service units were reformed using the best condition carriages to prolong life. Despite this the units only lasted a few months more, finally being taken out of service in May 2005.
All of the class would be in service with BR, until privatisation when all of the class would enter the ownership of EWS. Following EWS service, the locomotives would pass to various private owners. 56060 is currently owned by GBRf, awaiting conversion into the rebuilt Class 69.
D1683 would be introduced in 1963 serving ably until receiving its TOPS number and BR blue colour scheme in 1973, becoming 47485. Wearing a variant of BR blue for much of its service life including the large logo, the locomotive would be scrapped in 2000 by MJR Phillips at Crewe.
This Railroad model fitted with a 3 pole motor and simple gearing, proving to be a reliable runner on any layout. The 8 pin DCC socket allows the model to be used on a digital layout where required and its railroad specification makes it ideal as a starter model
D834 Pathfinder was built in July 1960, the second of the class built. In service for just over 11 years, the locomotive would go on to be withdrawn in October 1971, part of the last batch to be withdrawn before being cut up at Swindon.
This Railroad model fitted with a 3 pole motor and simple gearing, proving to be a reliable runner on any layout. The 8 pin DCC socket allows the model to be used on a digital layout where required and its railroad specification makes it ideal as a starter model.
121020 is quite well known as the longest serving example of the class, surviving in Chiltern Railways ownership until 2017 when it was finally withdrawn after nearly 60 years in revenue earning service. Unit 121020 can now be found at the Bodmin and Wenford Railway.
This Railroad model features a simplified running mechanism including a three pole motor and more of a direct drive to the motor, as such it is an ideal starter model. The model has an 8 pin DCC socket for those who which to run the model on a digital layout and a more robust body is the perfect way to avoid damage to the model as a beginner.
Iris 2 functioned as a lab for Network Rail undertaking tests around the UK. As Iris 2, the DMU appeared in a Serco Railtrack livery, Network Rail livery and a unique grey Lab 19 livery. Iris 2 is currently preserved on the Barry Tourist Railway in a BR Green livery.
The idea of the managers train, business train or inspection saloon is far from a new one, the first examples being employed by some of the earliest of the pre-grouping railway companies. In the modern era EWS' management train is a version of this rather old fashioned idea. Or much of the modern era, EWS has operated a push-pull managers train and a 'business train'. This business train, despite its name, rarely operated as a single train with sets of coaches often being employed on extra services around the country, an example being on services laid on during major UK based sporting events and such.The business train utilised the then rather old Mk2 coaches in a special EWS maroon livery and would be found being hauled by all manner of EWS liveried traction, such as the Class 37 and, as in this pack, the class 67.
Initially, the locomotive was numbered 13069, with this number it was allocated to shed 38E in Woodford Halse in Northamptonshire. In 1957 it would see its first renumbering to D3069. The locomotive is one of a very small number of shunters to never receive a TOPS number, being absorbed by BR as departmental stock in July 1974.
In departmental use it was renumbered to 966509 and it would wear this number until Jun 1979 when it left the departmental pool. The locomotive would be cut up in 1980 by BR at Thornaby, all traces of the locomotive were gone by the end of May.
In 1971 London Transport acquired three Sentinel 0-6-0 shunters from an iron ore mine to repalce the ex-GWR 57xx pannier tanks used for depot shunting duties. To increase the wheelbase and ensure track circuits detected the small diesels each was coupled to a 'tender', a bogie removed from an old district line stock car. In 1993 the Sentinels were withdrawn and DL81 was sold for preservation at the Rocks by Rail museum at Cottesmore, Rutland.
The Hornby 0-6-0 Sentinel is a recently tooled model and a perfect addition to any small or industrial layout. The model is 6 pin DCC ready allowing for digital operation. The London Transport model features some enhanced detailing such as dumb buffers, NEM pocket covering plates and a prototypical trip cock by the wheelset.
Sentinel 10255, its works number, left the production line on the 25th May 1966, being delivered into NCB ownership shortly after at their Baddesley Colliery in the South Midlands. Curiously, and unlike most other NCB examples the locomotive would not receive a running number, and would be known either by a name or its works number for most of its life. In the modern era the locomotive has changed hands a few times, being owned by Potter Logistics as their striking yellow 'Pride of the Fens' and Ed Murray and Sons.
The Hornby 0-6-0 Sentinel is a recently tooled model and a perfect addition to any small or industrial layout. The model is 6 pin DCC ready allowing for digital operation.
The Class 20 model is fitted with a three pole motor connected to the motor bogie via a driveshaft and worm. Traction tyres give the model extra pulling power and an 8 pin DCC socket allow for digital operation.
This Railroad model fitted with a 3 pole motor and simple gearing, proving to be a reliable runner on any layout. The 8 pin DCC sound decoder allows the model to be used on a digital layout and its railroad specification makes it ideal as a starter digital model.