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Southern Final Scheduled Workings: Final Weeks

despite those window bars....mind those heads!
4 Cig 1866 approaching Newhaven Harbour working the 18.43 Seaford-Lewes service on the last day of scheduled slam door operation. photograph by Colin Duff

The last day of scheduled Mk1 workings by Southern was Friday 19th August. For photographs and an account of the final scheduled workings please click here. Substitutions for newer stock (subject to driver's traction knowledge and availability of a guard) had taken place almost every day with some regular workings emerging until the last actual day of workings Saturday 26th November, with one return service between Brighton and Victoria run by 400 series units. Thereafter Southern's remaining Mk1 EMUs were stored pending disposal.

This is believed to be the "active" Southern Mk1 fleet at the close of play:
4 Cig - 1805, 1866
4 Vep - 3486 (not in service since early November 2005 due to a compressor sync fault), 3490, 3505, 3514, 3530, 3535

The following workings happened during the final few weeks:

Saturday 5th November

No data

Sunday 6th November

No public workings

10+15 Hove Yard – Lovers Walk 3490 + 3514 + 3535

Monday 7th November

06:33 Littlehampton - Victoria 1805 + 1866 + 3535
17.47 Victoria - Littlehampton 3535 + 1866 + 1805

Tuesday 8th November

06.33 Littlehampton - Victoria 1805 + 1866 + 3535
06.24 Eastbourne - London Bridge 3530 + 3505
17.47 Victoria – Littlehampton 3490 + 3514 + 3535
17.32 London Bridge – Littlehampton 1805 + 3505 + 3530

Wednesday 9th November

06.33 Littlehampton - Victoria
08+24 Victoria - Lovers Walk 1805 + 3505 + 3530

07.01 Littlehampton - Victoria
09.06 Victoria – Brighton
10+39 Brighton – Hove
16+24 Hove – Victoria
17.47 Victoria – Littlehampton 3490 + 3514 + 3535

Thursday 10th November

06.33 Littlehampton – Victoria 3490 + 3514 + 3535

07.47 Brighton - Victoria
09.06 Victoria – Brighton 1805 + 3505 + 3530

16.24 Hove - Victoria
17.47 Victoria – Littlehampton 1805 + 3505 + 3530

11.12 Brighton - Seaford
11.58 Seaford - Brighton
12.42 Brighton - Seaford
13.25 Seaford - Brighton
14.12 Brighton - Seaford
14.58 Seaford - Brighton
15.42 Brighton - Seaford
16.25 Seaford - Brighton
17.12 Brighton - Seaford
17.58 Seaford - Brighton
18.35 Brighton - Seaford
19.15 Seaford - Brighton
20.12 Brighton - Seaford
20.57 Seaford – Brighton 3535

Friday 11th November:

06.33 Littlehampton – Victoria
08+24 Victoria - Lovers Walk 3535 + 1805 + 3530

07+05 Hove Yard - Brighton
07.47 Brighton - Victoria
09.06 Victoria - Brighton
10+21 Brighton - Hove Yard 3514 + 3490 + 3535

16+24 Hove Yard – Victoria
17.47 Victoria – Littlehampton 3514 + 3490 + 3535

Saturday 12th November

07+05 Lovers Walk - Hove
07.25 Hove - Brighton

Sunday 13th November

No public workings

Monday 14th November

06:33 Littlehampton - Victoria
08+26 Victoria - Lovers Walk 3490 + 3514 (3535 due but failed due to lack of cab heat)

07:47 Brighton - Victoria
09:06 Victoria to Brighton 1805 + 1866 + 3530
ECS to Lovers Walk (vice Hove)

16+25 LoversWalk – Victoria
17.47 Victoria - Littlehampton  1805 + 3514 + 1866

Tuesday 15th November

06.33 Littlehampton – Victoria
08+24 Victoria - Lovers Walk 1805 + 3514 + 1866

05+00 Lovers Walk - Brighton
06.00 Brighton - Lewes
06.26 Lewes - Brighton
06.54 Brighton - Seaford
07.33 Seaford - Brighton
08.12 Brighton - Seaford
08.58 Seaford - Brighton
09.42 Brighton - Seaford
10.25 Seaford - Brighton
11.12 Brighton - Seaford
11.58 Seaford - Brighton
12.42 Brighton - Seaford
13.25 Seaford - Brighton
14.12 Brighton - Seaford
14.58 Seaford - Brighton
15.42 Brighton - Seaford
16.25 Seaford - Brighton
17.12 Brighton - Seaford
17.58 Seaford - Brighton
18.35 Brighton - Seaford
19.15 Seaford - Brighton
20.12 Brighton - Seaford
20.57 Seaford - Brighton
21+39 Brighton - Lovers Walk 3505

16+24 Lovers Walk – Victoria
1747 Victoria - Littlehampton 1805 + 3514 + 1866

Wednesday 16th November

06.33 Littlehampton - Victoria
08+26 Victoria - Lovers Walk 1805 + 3514 + 1866

Thursday 17th November

07.47 Brighton – Victoria
09.06 Victoria - Brighton 1805+3514+1866

16+24 Hove - Victoria
17.47 Victoria - Littlehampton 1805+3514+1866

Friday 18th November

due
06.33 Littlehampton-Victoria
08+24 Victoria- Lovers Walk 1805+3514+1866
but because of a lineside fire between East Croydon and Clapham terminated at East Croydon, so 08+24 Victoria to Lovers Walk empties started from East Croydon 17 mins early at 08+25.

Saturday 19th November

Sussex Slammer Railtour followed by
17.58 Victoria - Brighton 1805+3514+1866

Sunday 20th November

No public workings

Monday 21st November

06.33 Littlehampton to Victoria
08+24 Victoria - Lovers Walk
16+24 Lovers Walk – Victoria
17.47 Victoria - Littlehampton 3490+3505+3535

Tuesday 22nd November

06.33 Littlehampton - Victoria
08+24 Victoria - Lovers Walk 3535+3490+3505

Wednesday 23rd November

No public workings

Thursday 24th November

No public workings

Friday 25th November

No public workings

Saturday 26th November

05.55 Brighton - Seaford
06.30 Seaford - Brighton 3490

09.19 Brighton - Victoria via Lewes
11.06 Victoria - Brighton via Lewes 3490+3505+3535

FAREWELL!

3530 at London Bridge Southern's suburban working of slam door stock ended on Friday 22nd July. Here is the 16.29 London Bridge - Epsom service at London Bridge on that last day shortly before departure.

photograph by Ian Docwra

On the penultimate day of scheduled slam door workings Ian Docwra and two colleagues took the 17.17 Victoria to Seaford/Eastbourne as far as Lewes where the train was split and the Eastbourne portion was headed by 4Vep 3514 in Southern livery. Ian and colleagues then travelled to Brighton to await the 20.04 arrival from Seaford which used the unit (4Cig 1805) which had headed the 17.17 out of Victoria. They clearly had better weather than was encountered by those travelling on the final day of scheduled workings! For photographs and an account of the final scheduled workings please click here

3514 at Lewes The Eastbourne portion was headed by 4Vep 3514 in Southern livery

photographs by Ian Docwra
1805 at Brighton 4Cig 1805 at Brighton, having worked the 20.04 from Seaford

photographs by Ian Docwra