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Class 442 Feature - The Last Day with South West Trains

Saturday 3rd February was the last day of operation for "Wessex Electric" units for . On this day units 2405, 2410 and 2412 were in service, with the honour of the last being to run a passenger working falling to 2412 "Special Olympics" which worked the 21.05 Waterloo to Poole service. At one time it was thought that Electro-diesel 73109 would pilot the train but this did not materialise. Earlier in the day 2412 worked a "Control Special" - a staff only tour taking a Wessex Express unit to unfamiliar - though not uncharted - territory by taking in the Windsor and Shepperton branches. This tour was organised and run entirely by volunteers.  70 lucky souls travelled on it, in doing so raised 265 for Woking Homes - a charity dear to Southern Region railwaymen. Diagrams on Saturday 3rd February were:

2405 NT306 until 01.38 then NT317
BOURNEMOUTH
01+23
5B97
BRANKSOME
01+28
01+34
5B97
BOURNEMOUTH T&R.S.M.D.
01+38
09+40
5B13
POOLE
09+49
10.01
1B34
LONDON WATERLOO
12.20
13.05
1B37
POOLE
15.19
15+21
5B37
POOLE S.S.
15+23
15+57
5B58
POOLE
15+59
16.01
1B58
LONDON WATERLOO
18.20
19.05
1B61
POOLE
21.23
21.25
5B61
POOLE S.S.
21.27
21+36
5B64
BOURNEMOUTH T&R.S.M.D.
21+48
           
2410 NT309 until 00.53 then NT314
BOURNEMOUTH
00+38
5B85
BRANKSOME
00+43
00+49
5B85
BOURNEMOUTH T&R.S.M.D.
00+53
08+40
5B09
POOLE
08+49
09.01
1B30
LONDON WATERLOO
11.20
12.05
1B33
POOLE
14.19
14+21
5B33
POOLE S.S.
14+23
14+48
5B54
POOLE
14+50
15.01
1B54
LONDON WATERLOO
17.20
18.05
1B57
POOLE
20.19
20+28
5B76
BOURNEMOUTH T&R.S.M.D.
20+38
           
2412 NT309 until 00.26 then NT313
BOURNEMOUTH
00.04
00+11
5B85
BRANKSOME
00+16
00+22
5B85
BOURNEMOUTH T&R.S.M.D.
00+26
08+40
5B09
POOLE
08+49
09.01
1B30
LONDON WATERLOO
11.20
11.32
1Z42
WINDSOR & ETON RIVERSIDE (Railtour)
12.12
12.17
1Z42
STAINES UP LOOP (Railtour)
12.28
12.42
1Z42
TWICKENHAM (Railtour)
12.54
13.00
1Z42
SHEPPERTON (Railtour)
13.16
13.22
1Z42
LONDON WATERLOO
13.59
21.05
1B69
POOLE
23.32
23+41
5B70
BOURNEMOUTH T&R.S.M.D.
23+50

More details of the railtour timings appear on the relevant page

2410 entering platform 1 at Southampton

Thought i'd kick off the last day feature with u2413 & 2415 leaving Bournemouth Traincare Depot destined for some cold nights at Eastleigh Works.

2410 entering platform 1 at Southampton

1B30, consisting of u2410 leading with u2412 trailing, arriving at Southampton with the 09.01 departure from Poole to London Waterloo.

photograph by Hugh O'Donnell
low view of 2410 and 2412 about to enter Farnborough station

The 10 car formation is just about to leave Hampshire as it passes through Farnborough.

photograph by Robert Armstrong
looking down on 2410 and 2412 as they are about to pass under Curzon Bridge

...and just a little bit further up the line as it is about to pass under Curzon Bridge near Pirbright Junction.

photograph by Ray Stanmore
2412 at the country end of platform 14 at London Waterloo

We are now about to commence our photographic coverage of the staff railtour, though we will come back to other workings later.

Waterloo - and enthusiasts gather around the front of 2412 before the tour departs for Windsor and Eton Riverside, which it did, somewhat behind schedule.

photographs by Neil Dinnen

Detailed timings for the railtour appear on the next page.

the usual suspects gathering around the plaform end???