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Sussex Slammer Railtour: West Worthing to Brighton

The tour through West Worthing The tour was not timetabled to be particularly fast but a fair speed was gained whilst on the Coastway Lines west and east of Brighton. Here the tour, headed by 1805, speeds through West Worthing.

photograph by John Maskell

Approaching Preston Park Having taken the Up Cliftonville Spur from Hove the tour approaches Preston Park.

photograph by Jon Samways

Awaiting the driver to change ends at Preston Park Direct train movements between west and east coastway lines at Brighton station are only possible with a four car (or shorter) train using platform 3. As our tour was three times longer we headed north so we could reverse in platform 1 at Preston Park, an unusual move in itself. Railtourers were told not to alight here as our stop was only to allow the driver to change ends but some seized the opportunity to grab an extra photo.  We do not think anyone was left behind!

photograph by Scot Bearford

green door tops on 3514 Some of those slam doors we were celebrating.  3514 was the only Vep ever to receive Southern's green and white livery.

photograph by Paul Bigland, used with permission

Veps 3530 and 3535 awaiting their fate Lovers Walk has been the depot at which Southern's slam door Mk1 EMUs have ended their careers and as we entered Brighton station we glimpsed Veps 3530 and 3535 awaiting their fate.

photograph by Don Benn