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Southern Farewell 63 Stock Railtour: Part One

On Saturday 12th November 2005Southern held a 63 Stock Farewell Run for their staff using their remaining 4Cig units 1805 and 1866.

the headboard on the front of the train at London Bridge The tour carried the headboard as seen left - the drooping eyelids and tears expresses the sentiments of many staff and enthusiasts over the withdrawal of stock that has seved the south of England so well over four decades.

photograph by Colin Price

Timings:
Brighton
Lewes
Eastbourne (rev)
Haywards Heath
Gatwick Airport
Redhill
Norwood Junction
London Bridge (rev)
Peckham Rye
Battersea Park
London Victoria (rev)
Clapham Junction
Sutton
Dorking
Horsham
Bognor Regis (rev)
Worthing
Hove
Haywards Heath
Gatwick Airport
Purley
East Croydon
Balham
Clapham Junction
London Victoria (rev)
Balham FL
East Croydon
Gatwick Airport
Haywards Heath
Brighton
08.30
08/45
09.08 - 09.23
09/53
10/12
10/21
10/39
11.02 - 11.15
11/24
11/34
11.38 - 11.43
11/48
12/08
12.28 - 12.38
13.00 - 13.15
13.54 - 14.50
15/11
15.33 - 15.35
15/52
16/02
16/15
16/18
16/24
16/28
16.35 – 16.50
16/58
17/05
17/22
17/33
17.52

1866 trailing the train - though still carrying the headboard - at Berwick Passing Berwick on the first leg of the tour. Note the headboard on 1866 is on the rear ofthe train.

photograph by Don Benn

1866, now leading, at Willingdon Having reversed at Eastbourne 1866 is now leading. The tour is seen here approaching Willingdon Junction passing one of the units that replaces slam door stock, Electrostar 377116.

photograph by Don Benn

1866 leading through Purley On its way to London Bridge through Purley on the Slow Line.

photograph by Colin Price

The tour in the station throat of the central side at London Bridge The tour's first of three arrivals at a London terminus during the day, 1866 leads the 8 Cig formation into London Bridge.

photograph by Jon Samways