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Southern Railway
2 HAL

(nos.2601 - 2700)

 

Sunday, 28th August 1966 and 2 HAL unit number 2662 pauses
at Woking whilst working the 13.57 Waterloo to Portsmouth

The inverted black triangle provided an early indication to station
 staff that there was no brake van at the other end of the unit.

© BloodandCustard

 

2-car Half-Lavatory units

Contents

2 HAL
Liveries

 Tin HAL units
2693 to 2700

Additional DTC Vehicles

Stores units
022 & 023

2 PAN units
061 to 066
(inc De-icers)

2 HAL
Models

 

 

‘Gillingham & Maidstone’ Electrification

In 1939 the Southern Railway's on-going programme of electrification continued with the completion in July of the ‘Gillingham & Maidstone’ extension, this being the final scheme carried out with the financial inducements offered by the Government from 1935. The scheme covered one-hundred & seventeen track miles and cost about £1,750,000.

In the event, the impending Second World War and aftermath and its effect on the Railway meant that this scheme was to be the last expansion of the Southern's third rail system for just short of twenty

years. The lines electrified for this scheme consisted of Gravesend Central to Strood thence on to Maidstone West. This included the spur at Strood round to Rochester Bridge Junction (the Toomer Loop), Swanley to Gillingham and Otford Junction to Maidstone East.

The associated engineering work was extensive and included extension and electrification of further platforms at Holborn Viaduct and Cannon Street, improving clearances on the routes from Cannon Street to Gravesend Central to accommodate 9' wide coaches; the Greenwich, North Kent and Bexleyheath routes being altered.

Platforms were extended to 600' at Strood and the layout altered involving the provision of two new signalboxes, whilst platforms at several other stations were also lengthened to accommodate 8 coach electric trains. The station at Swanley was replaced by a new structure slightly to the west with two 820' island platforms, this being to facilitate the splitting /joining of electric trains into Medway and Maidstone portions. This new station was brought into use on 16th April 1939.

A new signalbox was also provided at Swanley whilst at Gillingham a four-road 820' long inspection shed was built just beyond the station, this also included a carriage washing machine. A new Down Bay was provided at Maidstone East with berthing sidings on the Up side and berthing sidings were also laid out close to Maidstone Barracks. Two Up Goods Loops were provided on the Maidstone West line at Cuxton and Snodland. A completely new station was built at Lullingstone (between Swanley & Eynsford) in anticipation of new housing development, though owing to the outbreak of war this did not take place and the station was never opened.

Power supplies for this scheme were again similar to those of the earlier main line electrifications, power being supplied from the CEGB at Denton (near Gravesend) and Fawkham and distributed through lineside cables to thirteen substations. Five of these were between Gravesend Central and Maidstone West, four between Swanley and Gillingham and four between Otford and Maidstone East. All these were supervised from an enlarged control room at Swanley.

Early in January 1939 a 2 BIL unit was steam hauled from Swanley to Gillingham for shoe clearance tests. A similar trial ran on 19th February 1939 between Gravesend and Cuxton, whilst the Strood to Maidstone West section was covered on 23rd April 1939.

 

New Electric Service

The electrification was ready for trial running to commence from May 1939, many of the new units having been delivered since January 1939 and run-in on existing electrified lines. The full public service began on 2nd July 1939. The first electric train had reached Maidstone West on 14th May 1939 and units 2646 ‑ 2649 were running trials on 17th May 1939.

Electric trains replaced steam services completely from Gravesend Central to Maidstone West and between Otford and Maidstone East, though only intermediate traffic was handled from Swanley to Gillingham with steam trains from the Kent Coast to Victoria continuing to handle the through traffic.

On the Maidstone East route, the through steam trains were altered to provide connections from the electric trains onwards to Ashford, though this route continued to be used for many through Boat Trains to the Channel ports.

As now customary, regular interval services were provided on all routes, though exact patterns were sometimes difficult taking into account the existing steam services to the holiday destinations along the north Kent coast and the Boat Train traffic to Dover and Folkestone.

Off‑peak frequencies provided an hourly service from Victoria calling at Bromley South and Swanley where the train divided into a Maidstone East portion, fast to Otford then all stations, whilst the rear portion called at all stations to Gillingham. Hourly trains also ran from Charing Cross and called at Waterloo, London Bridge, Woolwich Arsenal, Dartford, Gravesend Central and Strood where they too divided, the front portion continuing to Rochester, Chatham and Gillingham, whilst the rear portion ran all stations to Maidstone West.

An existing Cannon Street to Gravesend Central via Sidcup suburban service was extended all stations to Gillingham and provided with a connection at Strood to Maidstone West. The usual business period enhancements were provided, at these times trains also serving Cannon Street and Holborn Viaduct.

An interesting feature of this scheme were the regular advertised weekend excursion trains between Gillingham and Portsmouth, run via Swanley, London Bridge, Norwood Junction, Epsom and Guildford, these probably being put on for the convenience of Naval personnel but available to passengers as well.

These trains were formed of 2 HAL stock when originating from the Gillingham end and 4 COR /4 RES stock from the Portsmouth end, and at the time were the longest through electric train journeys in the country. A few also had portions from Maidstone East attached at Swanley.

 

2 HAL Ordering

For this extension of electrification to Gillingham and Maidstone, seventy-six two-car units known as 2 HAL were constructed at Eastleigh works on new underframes from Lancing. They were ordered on 29th April 1938 to order No. HO 1023, and were similar in general concept to the earlier 2 BIL units but only the driving trailer had a side corridor with lavatory access, hence the classification as only half the unit had lavatory access. Motorcoach underframes were order number 7253, those for the DTCs being 7254.

A further sixteen units were constructed late in 1939 as additional stock for Reading line services, these being ordered on 28th November 1938 to order No. HO 1058. The underframe order numbers for this batch were 7621 (MBTs) and 7622 (DTCs). The units were numbered 2601 to 2692.

Driving Trailer Composite

The driving trailer composites (DTC) were similar in layout to those of the 2 BIL units except that the side corridor was on the opposite side of the coach; located nearside when the driving trailer was leading whereas it was offside on a 2 BIL when the DTC was leading.

The seating capacity was the same as a 2 BIL DTC with twenty-four first (4 compartments each 7' 2" wide) and thirty-two second (also 4 compartments each 6' 3" wide). Along the corridor side a door was provided opposite each compartment sliding door resulting in the window arrangement being alternate large sidelight (L/S/L) and door droplight. Like the 2 BIL units, these L/S/L windows were carried right up to the roofline. The other side of the vehicle had the conventional ¼/drop /¼ window arrangement.

In the middle of the coach two first-class and the immediately adjacent second-class compartment were designated non-smoking.

This coach was to diagram number 2702 and weighed 31 tons 12cwt. The bogie below the cab was fitted with shoegear and weighed 6 tons with a wheelbase of 8' 9". The other bogie was a standard 8' 0" wheelbase one weighing 5¾ tons.

Motor Brake Third

The Motor Brake Third (MBT) differed from that of a 2 BIL in that all seating was in seven full compartments each 6' 3" wide with no side corridor, each compartment seating ten. A large 13' 1½" brakevan was provided and the cab was 4' 8½" deep. The four compartments next to the guard’s van were designated non-smoking.

Overall coach capacity was therefore seventy third-class. This coach was to diagram number 2116 and weighed 43 tons 11cwt. The trailer bogie was identical to that at the inner end of the DTC, the motor bogie had an 8' 9" wheelbase and weighed 14¾ tons complete with motors.

2 HAL Units

Overall unit seating capacity was therefore one-hundred & two third and twenty-four first-class. The units were the same length as the 2 BIL units at 129' 5" and weighed 75 tons 3cwt. Both coaches were 62' 6" long overall with bogie centres at 44' 0".

Units were close-coupled within, using the standard suburban centre-buffer and three-link chain arrangement: this being bolted with shackles underneath the headstock (keeping the centre-buffer under compression). On cab ends there was the usual central drawhook with side buffers. The driving trailer had a centre buffer whilst the motorcoaches had a rubbing plate.

The outward appearance of the units was somewhat different from the 2 BIL units in that the unit ends made more use of welded steel panels and the roof ends were domed. The inwards opening cab doors at each end were slightly inset, these doors being flat and not following the body contour of the remainder of the coach. All fixed windows were set as flush as possible with the bodysides and all corners were rounded off to a large radius.

A standard stencil route indicator was fitted between the two cab observation lights, with the whistle to the nearside of the driver's window. The secondman’s window is hinged (on the external door side) to open outwards in order to for the driver to lean out and change the route indicator’s stencils; the opening frame of this window making it look smaller in size when compared to the (fixed) driver’s window.

Electrical equipment was similar to the later batches of 2 BIL units with electro‑pneumatic control gear and EE339 motors (2 x 275hp) fitted, whilst all units had the heavier Spencer Moulton buffers as provided on the final batch of 2 BIL units.

However, accommodation within these units was to a lower standard than that provided by the 2 BIL sets, with third (later second) class seating on rather thin bench seating with a brown and fawn pattern upholstery, though first-class had much deeper lift out cushions. Third class seat backs in the compartments had the top edge shaped in a series of arcs, one for each passenger. Interior wooden surfaces were painted white or grey (rather than varnished) and panelling was covered with cotton fabric. Units no.2677 ‑ 2692 had a brighter style of third-class upholstery.

All the 2 BIL /2 HAL /2 NOL /2 SL /2 WIM /3-Car Motor Units /4 LAV & 4 SUB units could all run in multiple up to twelve cars. However, all these units were incompatible with the 4 COR (etc) /5 BEL /6 CITY /6 PAN /6 PUL range of compatible units.

 

2 HAL 2601 at Haywards Heath, 30 Mar 1963 13760429815_8ec213308d_o.jpg

2 HAL unit no.2601 at Haywards Heath on a Seaford to Horsted Keynes service (headcode 37) on Saturday, 30th March 1963.

The routing of the power jumper above and around the headcode panel is clearly visible. From left to right is the control jumper, centre lighting jumper and power jumper on the right. The brake pipes were mounted below the headstock.

It is believed that the ‘patch’ below the motorman’s wiper arm was an access panel for depot maintenance purposes.

© Ian Nolan

 

 

Into Service

Many units were run-in on Central Section suburban services prior to public services commencing on 2nd July 1939 on their intended routes. New units were sent to Selhurst for testing prior to introduction to traffic and quite a number were in use on the Brighton line over the Easter holiday period in 1939.

Unit 2627 was displayed at Waterloo to senior management on 20th March 1939, though some units were already in traffic by this date with units nos.2610 ‑ 2613 running from 24th February 1939 on the 8:23 am Sevenoaks to Cannon Street train displacing an 8 BIL formation. These units were delivered in SR unlined dark green livery but with ‘sunshine’ style lettering and numbering.

Many of the second batch of units commenced wartime service on the East Coast route from Brighton to Seaford and Ore, displacing 2 NOL units for use elsewhere. These units (nos.2677-2692) were all delivered between December 1939 and March 1940 (in a lighter rather ‘brownish‘ green that did not wear well) having been authorised as additional stock for the Reading line, presumably as heavy additional military traffic was expected (particularly in the Aldershot area) and on the lines to Portsmouth, though it is possible that they were initially intended to provide sufficient units to enable the extension of electrification from Sevenoaks to Tunbridge Wells (further development of this scheme being postponed owing to the deteriorating international situation).

Their use on the East Coast route initially may have been explained because they were fitted with window blinds (needed as part of the ‘blackout’ precautions) which the 2 NOL units lacked at this time.

Units working on the Eastern Section received their routine maintenance at Gillingham, Slade Green and Streatham Hill depots, whilst those working along the East Coast line were based at Lovers Walk depot, Brighton, and those working on the Western Section were dealt with at either Wimbledon Park or Fratton. Like the 2 BIL units, bodywork overhauls were done at Lancing works and electrical and running gear overhauls at Slade Green Repair Shop whilst Eastleigh works sometimes attended to damaged vehicles.

 

Wartime

Many units suffered some damage from enemy action during the war, but no units were lost completely. One unit was disbanded in 1947, both vehicles being reused in 2 BIL and 4 LAV units. Like the 2 BIL units, the toilet water heaters were all isolated during the war and never reinstated, the hot taps finally being removed in the early 1960's.

The bulk of the units were to be found working on their intended routes on the Eastern Section, where they dominated as 2 BIL units were almost unknown. Formations up to 10 HAL were used on the ‘Chatham’ route from Victoria though Holborn Viaduct could only accommodate 8 coach trains, whilst there were similar restrictions on the ‘South Eastern’ lines from Charing Cross and Cannon Street.

 

Unit no.2630 at Portsmouth Harbour in May 1956 ©

 

Post-War

Units rarely ran on their own and as such their diagrams were not much affected by the temporary restriction on two-coach units running alone whilst all were fitted with a brake pressure governor during 1953. A smaller number of others ran in conjunction with 2 BIL units on both the Central and Western Sections. The units were joined by a further seven ‘all‑steel’ 2 HALs from 1948 and their duties continued virtually unchanged.

With the abolition of Second-class on 3rd June 1956 third-class accommodation was reclassified as second Class resulting in the reclassification of vehicle types, the MBT now became MBS. Units working on the Eastern Section had the first-class compartment adjacent to the second class ones downgraded to second from 1955 /1956 to 1959, amending the capacity of this coach to eighteen first and thirty-eight second-class resulting in unit total of eighteen first and one-hundred & eight second-class with the modified compartment still only seating six (though which units were involved in this change is unknown and there was possibly a temporary change to the diagram number).

The inauguration of the ‘10 car scheme’ on the South Eastern suburban routes from Charing Cross and Cannon Street enabled some peak hour services from these terminals to be made-up to 10 coaches and formations of 10 HAL or 6 HAL + 4 SUB were then seen.

From mid-1958 the units began to be redeployed to the Central and Western Sections to replace 2 NOL units, thirty six of these then being rebuilt with new ‘SR style’ bodies as 2 HAP units, along with a further thirty one new BR type 2 HAP units which took over all the former 2 HAL duties on the Eastern Section, the displaced 2 HAL units then became common user with the 2 BIL fleet.

An improved service between Victoria and Gatwick Airport was planned to commence from 9th June 1958 using 2 HAL units displaced from the Eastern Section to provide additional capacity between London and the Airport, the 2 HAL unit at the rear of the train being detached at Gatwick Airport and remaining in the platform until attached to the front of a London bound service.

By 14th April 1958, enough 2 HAP units were available to cover the all-day services from Charing Cross to Gillingham and the displaced 2 HALs were stored on the Central Section, about 10 each at Gatwick and Preston Park in readiness for the timetable changes in June. Between the 2nd and 6th of June 1958 test runs were made between Earlswood and Three Bridges with a 2 x 2 HAL formation splitting and joining at Gatwick to familiarise staff with the new arrangements. The bulk of the fleet then operated on the Central and Western Sections from June 1958, the displaced ‘Coastal’ 2 NOL units then moving to the suburban area to cover for ‘Windsor’ 2 NOL units already withdrawn for rebuilding as further 2 HAP units for the first phase of the Kent Coast Electrification scheme.

A further batch of 2 HAP units intended for the inauguration of the Kent Coast ‘phase 1’ electrification scheme in June 1959 were ordered, but not all were ready in time and two 8 HAL trains were borrowed by the Eastern Section for a while and ran through on the newly electrified lines to Ramsgate. Units 2622 /2651 /2655 /2695 were used mainly between Holborn Viaduct and Gillingham on peak hour trains.

On transfer to the Central and Western Sections, many units had their seating improved and all the former first-class seating in those which had been downgraded was reinstated. From about 1964 units began to receive small yellow warning panels on cab ends and were also fitted with air horns, whilst UIC yellow cantrail markings were appearing above the first-class compartments.

 

Withdrawal & Departmental Use

Units started to be withdrawn in 1969 being steadily displaced by new 4 VEP units on main line stopping services and 4 COR units on the Reading line in 1970. The final units were to be found working on the ‘Coastway’ routes from Brighton in conjunction with 2 BILs and all had gone by the end of 1971; the last day in normal service being 29th July 1971 with units 2610 /2623 /2628 /2629 /2641 /2661 /2674 & 2679 surviving in traffic (although some motorcoaches were converted for departmental use and survived much longer).

Six units were converted for parcels use in December 1969, these then being withdrawn with some vehicles used for departmental units, and a further six were similarly used in December 1970 and were numbered 061 ‑ 066 and classified as 2 PAN. These units were all withdrawn after the Christmas parcels traffic of 1971.

Electrical codes were allocated to these units from about 1963, motorcoaches being CD, driving trailers DE. The 2 HAL units were also allocated the Class No. 402 under the BR TOPS system. However, this was not carried on any units prior to their withdrawal. TOPS Class No. 402 also covered the 2 PAN variant. Withdrawn units were all worked to Selhurst for electrical stripping prior to sale to scrap dealers.

 

2 HAL units at Wymondham 1973 CW copyright.jpg

2 HAL units in the BR sidings at Wymondham ready for scrapping in 1973

© BlooadandCustard

 

 

Unit Formations

Unit formations are shown below, together with the withdrawal date and details of the scrap dealer and approximate date of scrapping. A few new ‘paint dates’ are known and shown in full where this is the case.

A system of electrical code letters allocated to each vehicle was introduced in 1963 and the 2 HAL units were included in this, the motorcoaches becoming CD whilst the driving trailers were DE; the ‘Tin-HALS’ being CJ /CM and DQ.

 

Unit no.

Diag no.

Code

Unit new

MBT

2116

CD

DTC

2702

DE

Withdrawn

Scrapping

Scrapped by

2601

26-Jan-39

10719

12186
12093
1
12186

4-Apr-70

Aug-70

Milton Metals, Cardiff.

2602

26-Jan-39

10720

12187

12-Jun-71

Dec-71

A. King Ltd

2603

26-Jan-39

10721

12188

12-Jun-71

Dec-71

A. King Ltd

2604

26-Jan-39

10722

12189

See 2 PAN 063

 

 

2605

30-Jan-39

10723

12190

See 2 PAN 062

 

 

2606

30-Jan-39

10724

12191

27-Dec-69

May-70

Milton Metals, Briton Ferry.

2607

2-Feb-39

10725

12192

21-Nov-70

May-71

J. Cashmore Ltd, Newport.

2608

2-Feb-39

10726

12193

30-Dec-67

See notes

 

2609

2-Feb-39

10727

12194

13-Sep-69

Oct-70

A. King Ltd

2610

14-Feb-39

10728

12195

11-Sep-71

Jun-72

A. King Ltd

2611

14-Feb-39

10729

12196
12146
2
12196

22-Aug-70

Dec-70

J. Cashmore Ltd, Newport.

2612

16-Feb-39

10730

12197

21-Nov-70

May-71

J. Cashmore Ltd, Newport.

2613

16-Feb-39

10731

12198

27-Dec-69

See notes

 

2614

21-Feb-39

10732

12199

10-Jan-70

May-70

J. Cashmore Ltd, Newport.

2615

21-Feb-39

10733

12200

12-Jun-71

May-73

A. King Ltd

2616

23-Feb-39

10734

12201

23-Jan-71

Jul-71

Bird Group

2617

23-Feb-39

10735

12202

20-Sep-69

Jan-70

Bird Group

2618

28-Feb-39

10736

12203

22-Aug-70

Feb-71

T. J. Thomson Ltd, Stockton.

2619

28-Feb-39

10737

12204

11-Sep-71

Apr-72

J. McWilliam Ltd, Shettleston.

2620

2-Mar-39

10738

12205

23-Jan-71

Oct-71

Bird Group, Long Marston.

2621

2-Mar-39

10739

12206

21-Nov-70

Jul-71

J. Cashmore Ltd, Newport.

2622

7-Mar-39

10740

12207

26-Apr-69

See notes

 

2623

7-Mar-39

10741

12208

11-Sep-71

May-72

J. McWilliam Ltd, Shettleston.

2624

9-Mar-39

10742

12209

27-Dec-69

See notes

 

2625

9-Mar-39

10743

12210

10-Jan-70

May-70

Armytage Ltd, Sheepbridge.

2626

14-Mar-39

10744

12211
12051 3

27-Apr-69

Oct-70

A. King Ltd

2627

14-Mar-39

10745

12212

11-Sep-71

Jun-72

A. King Ltd

2628

16-Mar-39

10746

12213

11-Sep-71

Mar-72

J. McWilliam Ltd, Shettleston.

2629

16-Mar-39

10747

12214

11-Sep-71

Jan-72

J. Cashmore Ltd, Newport.

2630

21-Mar-39

10748

12215

4-Apr-70

Jan-71

Milton Metals, Cardiff.

2631

21-Mar-39

10749

12216

10-Jan-70

May-70

J. Cashmore Ltd, Newport.

2632

23-Mar-39

10750

12217

12-Jun-71

Dec-71

A. King Ltd

2633

23-Mar-39

10751

12218

12-Jun-71

Dec-71

A. King Ltd

2634

28-Mar-39

10752

12219

10-Jan-70

May-70

J. Cashmore Ltd, Newport.

2635

28-Mar-39

10753

12220

27-Dec-69

May-70

Milton Metals, Briton Ferry.

2636

30-Mar-39

10754

12221

21-Nov-70

Jul-71

J. Cashmore Ltd, Newport.

2637

30-Mar-39

10755

12222

24-May-69

See notes

 

2638

4-Apr-39

10756

12223

See 2 PAN 061

 

Armytage Ltd, Sheepbridge.

2639

4-Apr-39

10757

12224

19-Jul-69

Dec-69

T. J. Thomson Ltd, Stockton.

2640

11-Apr-39

10758

12225

21-Nov-70

May-71

J. Cashmore Ltd, Newport.

2641

11-Apr-39

10759

12226

11-Sep-71

Jan-72

 

2642

18-Apr-39

10760

12227

27-Dec-69

See notes

Armytage Ltd, Sheepbridge.

2643

18-Apr-39

10761

12228

17-Jan-70

Jun-70

Armytage Ltd, Sheepbridge.

2644

25-Apr-39

10762

12229

12-Jul-69

See notes

 

2645

20-Apr-39

10763

12230

See 2 PAN 064

 

 

2646

25-Apr-39

10764

12231

13-Jan-48

See notes

 

2647

25-Apr-39

10765

12801

4-Apr-70

Oct-70

Milton Metals, Briton Ferry.

2648

27-Apr-39

10766

12802

23-Jan-71

Jul-71

Bird Group

2649

27-Apr-39

10767

12803

23-Jan-71

Jul-71

Bird Group

2650

2-May-39

10768

12804

4-Apr-70

Oct-70

Milton Metals, Briton Ferry.

2651

2-May-39

10769

12805

11-Oct-69

Jan-70

Bird Group, Long Marston.

2652

5-May-39

10770

12806

27-Dec-69

May-70

J. Cashmore Ltd, Newport.

2653

12-May-39

10771

12807
12854 4

12-Jul-69

See notes

 

2654

11-May-39

10772

12808

23-Jan-71

Sep-71

Bird Group, Long Marston.

2655

11-May-39

10773

12809

9-May-70

Aug-70

Milton Metals, Briton Ferry.

2656

12-May-39

10774

12810

12-Jun-71

Nov-71

A. King Ltd, Wymondham.

2657

16-May-39

10775

12811

17-Jan-70

May-70

J. Cashmore Ltd, Newport.

2658

16-May-39

10776

12812

17-May-69

Sep-69

Armytage Ltd, Sheepbridge.

2659

19-May-39

10777

12813

19-Apr-69

See notes

 

2660

23-May-39

10778

12814

21-Nov-70

May-71

J. Cashmore Ltd, Newport.

2661

23-May-39

10779

12815

11-Sep-71

Apr-72

J. McWilliam Ltd, Shettleston.

2662

30-May-39

10780

12816

20-Sep-69

May-70

Bird Group, Long Marston.

2663

1-Jun-39

10781

12817

3-Jan-70

May-70

Armytage Ltd, Sheepbridge.

2664

1-Jun-39

10782

12818

10-Jan-70

Jun-70

Armytage Ltd, Sheepbridge.

2665

8-Jun-39

10783

12819

12-Jun-71

Sep-71

A. King Ltd, Wymondham.

2666

8-Jun-39

10784

12820

21-Nov-70

May-71

T. J. Thomson Ltd, Stockton.

2667

8-Jun-39

10785

12821

23-Jan-71

Aug-71

Bird Group

2668

13-Jun-39

10786

12822

23-Jan-71

Jul-71

Bird Group

2669

13-Jun-39

10787

12823

27-Dec-69

See notes

 

2670

16-Jun-39

10788

12824

13-Sep-69

Oct-70

A. King Ltd, Wymondham.

2671

16-Jun-39

10789

12825

10-Jan-70

May-70

J. Cashmore Ltd, Newport.

2672

23-Jun-39

10790

12826

12-Jun-71

May-73

A. King Ltd, Wymondham.

2673

23-Jun-39

10791

12827

27-Dec-69

May-70

J. Cashmore Ltd

2674

29-Jun-39

10792

12828

11-Sep-71

Jan-72

J. Cashmore Ltd

2675

29-Jun-39

10793

12829

21-Nov-70

Jun-71

J. Cashmore Ltd

2676

29-Jun-39

10794

12830

12-Jun-71

Sep-71

A. King Ltd

2677

16-Feb-40

10795

12831

12-Jun-71

Nov-71

A. King Ltd

2678

14-Feb-40

10796

12832

23-Aug-69

Dec-69

Armytage Ltd, Sheepbridge.

2679

14-Feb-40

10797

12833

11-Sep-71

May-72

J. McWilliam Ltd, Shettleston.

2680

18-Dec-39

10798

12834

28-Jan-56

See notes

 

2681

18-Dec-39

10799

12835

9-May-70

Aug-70

Milton Metals, Briton Ferry.

2682

18-Dec-39

10800

12836

7-Jun-69

Nov-69

Armytage Ltd, Sheepbridge.

2683

5-Jan-40

10801

12837

23-Jan-71

Sep-71

Bird Group, Long Marston.

2684

5-Jan-40

10802

12838

12-Jun-71

Sep-71

A. King Ltd

2685

17-Jan-40

10803

12839

12-Jun-71

Dec-71

A. King Ltd

2686

17-Jan-40

10804

12840

27-Jun-70

Dec-70

J. Cashmore Ltd, Newport.

2687

8-Feb-40

10805

12841

23-Jan-71

Oct-71

Bird Group, Long Marston.

2688

26-Feb-40

10806

12842
12855 5

Sep-69

See notes

 

2689

16-Feb-40

10807

12843

See 2 PAN 065

 

 

2690

16-Feb-40

10808

12844

21-Nov-70

Jul-71

Bird Group, Long Marston.

2691

26-Feb-40

10809

12845

3-Jan-70

May-70

Armytage Ltd, Sheepbridge.

2692

26-Feb-40

10810

12846

See 2 PAN 066

 

 

 

Notes

1

2 BIL DTC diagram 2701, code DA.

2

2 BIL DTC diagram 2701, code DA.

3

2 BIL DTC diagram 2701, code DA.

4

‘All‑Steel’ DTC diagram 2705, code DQ.

5

‘All‑Steel’ DTC diagram 2705, code DQ.

 

 

2 HAL unit no.2656 alongside E4 no.32479 (shunting coaching stock) at Seaford Station on Sunday, 7th October 1962. The stock had arrived behind A1X no.32636 and E4 no.32418; this being the Brighton to Seaford leg of the R.C.T.S. (Sussex & Kent Branch) Sussex Special Rail Tour from London Bridge. During their return to Brighton both these locomotives were turned at Newhaven Town. The train comprised locomotive-hauled set 279 (2x BSK, 4x SO & 1x RO). ©

 

Individual Unit Notes nos.2601 to 2010

2601

Unit commenced service 9-Mar-39.

Stepboards on MBT 10719 damaged by enemy action at Gillingham 29-Jan-44, unit to Slades Green 30-Jan-44 and repaired next day.

Unit damaged about June 1956 (probable depot collision with 2 BIL 2070) and DTC 12186 badly damaged and formed with damaged 2 BIL MBS 10636 (ex 2070) and to Eastleigh for repair between 21-Jun-56 and 18-Oct-56 then spare until 31-Jul-57 when returned to Lancing with repaired 10636. 2 HAL 2601 ran with 2 BIL DTC 12093 (ex 2070) including an A1 overhaul at Lancing between 9-Jan-57 and 25-Jan-57 whilst misformed until both units reformed to normal at Lancing during overhauls between 15-Aug‑57 and 4-Sep-57. Unit weighed 74 tons 8cwt for duration of this change.

Diagram no. of DTC 12186 amended to 2702 during A1 overhaul at Lancing between 27-May-59 and 11-Jun-59.

Unit withdrawn 4-Apr-70 and after stripping unit stored at Norwood Yard and moved for scrapping to Milton Metals (Cardiff) 25‑Jul‑70 from there.

2602

Unit commenced service 3-Mar-39.

Unit damaged by V1 (flying bomb) blast at New Cross Gate 2-Jul-44 and repaired at Lancing between 4-Jul-44 and 10-Jul-44.

Diagram no. of DTC 12187 amended to 2702 during A1 overhaul at Lancing between 6-Dec-61 and 23-Dec-61.

Unit withdrawn 12-Jun-71 and stored initially at Lancing and moved to Selhurst for stripping 9‑Sep‑71. Stored (probably at Norwood Yard) and moved for scrapping to A. King Ltd. (Wymondham) Dec‑71.

2603

Unit commenced service 9-Mar-39.

MBS 10721 slight fire damage and to Lancing for repair and A1 overhaul 21-Jun-56, released 23-Jul-56.

Diagram no. of DTC 12188 amended to 2702 during A1 overhaul at Lancing between 26-May-60 and 17-Jun-60.

Unit withdrawn 12-Jun-71 and stored initially at Lancing and moved to Selhurst for stripping 9‑Sep‑71. Stored (probably at Norwood Yard) and moved for scrapping to A. King Ltd. (Wymondham) Dec‑71.

2604

Unit commenced service 21-Mar-39.

MBT 10722 damaged about May 1955 (details unknown) and unit to Eastleigh for repairs between 12-May-55 and 13-Sep-55.

Diagram no. of DTC 12189 amended to 2702 during E5 overhaul at Lancing between 7-Apr-60 and 27-May-60.

Unit appeared (along with other 2 HAL units) leaving Crawley station for London in a ‘The Scales of Justice’ episode (The Undesirable Neighbour – September 1963).

Unit withdrawn from passenger service Dec‑70 and partly stripped at Selhurst for parcels use and reclassified as 2 PAN and renumbered 063.

2605

Unit commenced service 21-Mar-39.

Unit (with 2618) slightly damaged about May 1953 (details unknown) and repaired at Selhurst between 20-Nov-53 and 25-Nov-53 then unit to Lancing for overhaul from 26-Nov-53 until 26-Feb-54.

Diagram no. of DTC 12190 amended to 2702 during A1 overhaul at Lancing between 26-Jan-61 and 7-Feb-61.

Unit withdrawn from passenger service Dec‑70 and partly stripped at Selhurst for parcels use and reclassified as 2 PAN and renumbered 062.

2606

Unit commenced service 21-Mar-39.

Unit very badly damaged in collision with rear of steam train at 8:23am at Esher on 28‑Jan‑45 and underframe of DTC 12191 replaced using that of 12152 (ex 2 BIL 2119).

The 7.57pm Waterloo to Portsmouth electric train travelling at about 50mph collided with the rear of the 7.48pm Waterloo to Bournemouth service (12 bogies hauled by N15 steam locomotive 785 Sir Mador de la Porte) which was pulling away (c.20mph) from the Down Fast home signal at Esher.

Both trains were running on clear signals; signalman’s error having admitted two trains into section. One passenger died, nineteen were injured and taken to hospital with eight receiving minor injuries.

The electric train comprised four number two-car units with serious damage concentrated at the trailing end of the first coach and leading end of the second coach. The underframe of the trailing end of the first coach had its headstock buckled and forced in for a distance of 18’; the solebars being crumpled up with it and the bogie being forced about the same distance. The central longitudinal throughout the length of the coach were forced forward distorting all of the cross members (including the headstock).

The underframes of the second coach was undamaged but the floor of the first coach rode up on the floor of the second coach crushing the trailing three compartments in the first coach and the leading three in the second. The driver’s compartment of the first coach was relatively undamaged; the drivers observation lights undamaged! No vehicles derailed and damage to the remaining electric units minor although some bodies shifted /solebars were bent on the locomotive-hauled coaches of the steam train.

Unit to Lancing for repair 14-Feb-45, underframe of DTC 12191 replaced using that of 12152 (ex. 2 BIL 2119). Damaged original underframe of 12191 cut-up at Lancing 14-May-46. Unit released 23-Jan-46.

Unit damaged again about November 1947 (details unknown) and at Lancing for repairs between 2-Dec-47 and 19-Feb-48.

Unit damaged once again about March 1960 and to Lancing for repairs where Diagram no. of DTC 12191 amended to 2702 during E5 overhaul between 21-Mar-60 and 13-Jun-60.

Unit partly stripped at Selhurst Nov‑69 for Christmas mail traffic Dec‑69 and withdrawn 27‑Dec‑69. Unit stored partly stripped at Balcombe and after further stripping at Selhurst stored at Norwood Yard until moved for scrapping to Milton Metals, (Briton Ferry) 9‑May‑70 from there.

2607

Unit commenced service 6-Apr-39.

Diagram no. of DTC 12192 amended to 2702 during A1 overhaul at Lancing between 7-Mar-60 and 23-May-60.

Unit withdrawn 21-Nov-70 and after stripping at Selhurst unit hauled to Micheldever for store arriving 8‑Mar‑71 and moved for scrapping to J. Cashmore Ltd. (Newport) 8‑May‑71 from there.

2608

Unit commenced service 24-Mar-39.

Unit damaged about April 1950 (details unknown) and repaired at Eastleigh between 1-May-50 and 10-Aug-50, unit then to Lancing for E5 overhaul from 18-May-50 and released back to traffic 5-Dec-50.

Unit withdrawn 22‑Jun‑67 after collision damage at Lovers Walk and disbanded 30‑Dec‑67. DTC 12193 to 2 BIL 2123 from Jan‑68. MBS 10726 converted to de-icing motorcoach at Stewarts Lane and renumbered DS70268 and to unit 001 from 10‑Feb‑68, formed temporarily with a 2 EPB MBS.

DS70268 renumbered ADB977365 from Oct‑86 and scrapped by Gwent Demolition, (Margam) May‑93.

2609

Unit commenced service 24-Mar-39.

Diagram no. of DTC 12194 amended to 2702 during E5 overhaul at Lancing between 14-Sep-60 and 8-Nov-60.

MBS 10727 badly damaged in converging collision with 4 LAV unit no.2926 at Brighton 19‑Sep‑61 and stored at Hassocks pending repair at Eastleigh, arriving there 22‑Mar‑63 and released 10‑May‑63.

Unit withdrawn 13-Sep-69 and after stripping at Selhurst unit stored at Herne Hill then Battersea Yard, then moved to Micheldever 25‑Jun‑70 and moved for scrapping to A. King Ltd. (Wymondham) 29‑Sep‑70 from Basingstoke.

2610

Unit commenced service 23-Feb-39.

Unit damaged by V1 (flying bomb) blast at New Cross Gate 2-Jul-44 and repaired at Lancing between 4-Jul-44 and 21-Jul-44.

Diagram no. of DTC 12195 amended to 2702 during E5 overhaul at Lancing between 29-Apr-59 and 7-Jul-59.

Unit withdrawn 11-Sep-71 and stored initially at Fratton, moving to Wimbledon Park 27‑Nov‑71 for use in accident exercise. Unit moved to Selhurst for stripping 30‑Nov‑71 then moved to Weymouth for storage. Unit then moved to Brockenhurst 25‑Mar‑72 and sent for scrapping to A. King Ltd. (Wymondham) 12‑Jun‑72 but train delayed at Hounslow until 20‑Jun‑72.

2611

Unit commenced service 23-Feb-39.

Unit damaged by enemy bombing at Victoria 9‑Oct‑40 and repaired at Selhurst between 10-Oct-40 and 22-Oct-40.

Unit in collision with 2 BIL 2113 at Wimbledon Park about Sep-59 and DTC 12196 damaged and exchanged with 12146 (ex.2113) from 14-Sep-59 and unit ran in service whilst 12196 repaired, unit ran misformed until sent to Lancing for overhaul 14-Nov-60 and reverted to original formation when released 16-Mar-61. Diagram no. of DTC 12196 amended to 2702 during the above overhaul at Lancing. Unit weighed 74 tons 8cwt for duration of this change.

Although not a railway official term, some railway enthusiasts nicknamed these hybrid 2 HAL units as a 2 HIL units.

Unit withdrawn 22-Aug-70 and after stripping unit stored at Norwood Yard and moved for scrapping to J. Cashmore Ltd. (Newport) 5‑Dec‑70 from there.

2612

Unit commenced service 23-Feb-39.

Unit damaged about November 1954 (details unknown) and repaired at Eastleigh between 30-Nov-54 and 23-Feb-55.

Diagram no. of DTC 12197 amended to 2702 during A1 overhaul at Lancing between 10-Feb-61 and 7-Mar-61.

Unit withdrawn 21-Nov-70 and after stripping at Selhurst unit hauled to Micheldever for store arriving 8‑Mar‑71 and moved for scrapping to J. Cashmore Ltd. (Newport) 8‑May‑71 from there.

2613

Unit commenced service 23-Feb-39.

Diagram no. of DTC 12198 amended to 2702 during E5 overhaul at Lancing between 17-Mar-61 and 30-May-61.

Unit partly stripped at Selhurst Nov‑69 and stored at Balcombe 27‑Nov‑69 prior to use for Christmas mails traffic Dec‑69 and withdrawn 27‑Dec‑69. MBS 10731 converted to stores motorcoach at Stewarts Lane by May‑70 and renumbered DS70315 and to unit 022. DTC 12198 stored at Gatwick and moved for scrapping from there. 13‑Jun‑70 to Armytage Ltd. (Sheepbridge) though not delivered to yard until 30‑Sep‑70 and cut-up 30‑Oct‑70.

DS70315 renumbered as ADS70315 Feb‑73 and scrapped by Bird Group, (Long Marston) Dec‑85.

2614

Unit commenced service 3-Mar-39.

MBT 10732 slightly damaged by enemy action at Gillingham 16-Sep-43, moved to Streatham Hill for repair that day and released 17-Sep-43.

Unit damaged about January 1956 (details unknown) and repaired at Eastleigh between 3-Feb-56 and 22-Mar-56.

Diagram no. of DTC 12199 amended to 2702 during A1 overhaul at Lancing between 9-Mar-59 and 18-Mar-59.

Unit withdrawn 10-Jan-70 and after stripping stored at Gatwick and moved for scrapping to J. Cashmore Ltd. (Newport) 29‑Apr‑70 from there.

2615

Unit commenced service 6-Apr-39.

Diagram no. of DTC 12200 amended to 2702 during A1 overhaul at Lancing between 8-May-59 and 21-May-59. Record card shews horns added with yellow-panel and green repaint on 23rd June 1965.

Unit withdrawn 12‑Jun‑71 and stored at Gatwick. Moved to Selhurst by Jul‑72 for stripping and sent for scrapping to A. King Ltd. (Wymondham) 27‑Sep‑72, to Temple Mills en route, though not cut‑up until May‑73.

2616

Unit commenced service 3-Mar-39.

Diagram no. of DTC 12201 amended to 2702 during A1 overhaul at Lancing between 13-Jul-59 and 24-Jul-59.

Unit withdrawn 23-Jan-71 and after stripping at Selhurst hauled to Micheldever for store arriving 29‑Mar‑71 and moved for scrapping to Bird Group (Long Marston) 19‑Jul‑71 from there.

2617

Unit commenced service 3-Mar-39.

Diagram no. of DTC 12202 amended to 2702 during E5 overhaul at Lancing between 17-May-61 and 12-Jun-61.

Unit damaged about April 1966 (details unknown) and stored at Cosham until to Eastleigh 13‑Jun‑66 for C3 overhaul and repairs, outshopped 17‑Oct‑66.

Unit withdrawn 20-Sep-69 and after stripping stored at Gatwick and moved for scrapping to Bird Group (Long Marston) 24‑Jan‑70.

2618

Unit commenced service 8-Mar-39.

Unit to Eastleigh for unspecified repair between 3-Feb-41 and 28-Mar-41 (possible damage?).

Unit (with 2605) slightly damaged about May 1953 (details unknown) and repaired then varnished at Selhurst between 20-Nov-53 and 8-Dec-53.

Diagram no. of DTC 12203 amended to 2702 during A1 overhaul at Lancing between 8-Sep-59 and 24-Sep-59.

DTC 12203 found to have damaged inner headstock at Lovers Walk 21‑Apr‑61, unit sent to Ford pending repairs at Lancing which took place during E5 overhaul between 1-May-61 and 19-Dec-61.

Unit withdrawn but reinstated c.Feb‑70.

Unit withdrawn 22-Aug-70 and after stripping stored at Norwood Yard and moved for scrapping to T. J. Thomson & Son Ltd. (Stockton) 30‑Jan‑71 from there though not cut-up until Apr-71.

2619

Unit commenced service 8-Mar-39.

Diagram no. of DTC 12204 amended to 2702 during A1 overhaul at Lancing between 23-Mar-59 and 2-Apr-59.

Unit withdrawn 11-Sep-71 and stored initially at Ford. After stripping unit stored at Micheldever, moved to Basingstoke 29‑Mar‑72 and moved for scrapping to J. McWilliam Ltd. (Shettleston) 6‑Aug‑72 from there.

2620

Unit commenced service 15-Mar-39.

Unit at Eastleigh for underframe repair 18-Mar-46 until 12-Jun-46.

Diagram no. of DTC 12205 amended to 2702 during E5 overhaul at Lancing between 27-Jun-61 and 26-Oct-61.

Unit withdrawn but reinstated c.Feb‑70.

Unit withdrawn 23-Jan-71 and after stripping unit spent periods in store at Three Bridges and Horsham before moving to Micheldever 29‑Mar‑71. Moved for scrapping to Bird Group (Long Marston) 30‑Sep‑71 from Basingstoke.

2621

Unit commenced service 15-Mar-39.

Diagram no. of DTC 12206 amended to 2702 during E5 overhaul at Lancing between 7-Mar-60 and 25-May-60.

Unit withdrawn 21-Nov-70 and after stripping at Selhurst hauled to Micheldever 25‑May‑71 for store and moved for scrapping to J. Cashmore Ltd. (Newport) 12‑Jul‑71 from there.

2622

Unit commenced service 24-Mar-39.

Unit at Eastleigh for running gear repairs between 7-Jan-44 and 20-Apr-44 (possible damage?).

Diagram no. of DTC 12207 amended to 2702 during E5 overhaul at Lancing between 22-Sep-59 and 2-Dec-59.

Unit withdrawn 26‑Apr‑69 and to Eastleigh 30-Apr-69. MBS 10740 given C1 overhaul and released 30‑May‑69 formed into ‘new’ 4 SUB 4131 and painted blue. DTC 12207 paired with 12813 (ex 2659) and stored at Micheldever until moved for scrapping to A King Ltd. (Wymondham) 31‑Jan‑70 from there.

2623

Unit commenced service 13-Apr-39.

Stepboards on DTC 12208 damaged by enemy action at Gillingham 29-Jan-44, unit to Slades Green 30-Jan-44 and repaired next day.

Diagram no. of DTC 12208 amended to 2702 during A1 overhaul at lancing between 27-May-59 and 8-Jun-59.

Unit withdrawn 11-Sep-71 and stored initially at Lancing. After stripping unit stored at Weymouth, moving to Brockenhurst 25‑Mar‑72 and on to Basingstoke 3‑May‑72. Unit moved for scrapping to J. McWilliam Ltd. (Shettleston) 12‑May‑72 from there.

2624

Unit commenced service 15-Mar-39.

Diagram no. of DTC 12209 amended to 2702 during E5 overhaul at Lancing between 21-Sep-61 and 16-Nov-61.

Unit partly stripped at Selhurst Nov‑69 and stored at Balcombe prior to use for Christmas mails traffic Dec‑69 and withdrawn 27‑Dec‑69.

Withdrawn unit used for shoe clearance tests Eastleigh ‑ Romsey ‑ Redbridge 8‑Jan‑70.

MBS 10742 converted to stores motorcoach at Stewarts Lane by May‑70 and renumbered DS70316 and to unit 023. DTC 12209 stored at Gatwick and moved for scrapping from there 13‑Jun‑70 to Armytage Ltd. (Sheepbridge) though not delivered to yard until 16‑Jul‑70 and cut-up 12‑Sep‑70.

DS70316 renumbered ADS70316 Mar‑73 and scrapped by C. F. Booth, (Rotherham) Jun‑87.

2625

Unit commenced service 15-Mar-39.

Unit (with 2626) damaged about March 1946 (details unknown) and repaired at Eastleigh between 3-Apr-46 and 4-Jun-46 then to Selhurst for varnish and released 21-Jun-46.

Diagram no. of DTC 12210 amended to 2702 during E5 overhaul at Lancing between 11-Jan-61 and 29-Mar-61.

Unit withdrawn 10-Jan-70 and after stripping stored at Gatwick, returning to Norwood Yard Apr‑70 and moved for scrapping to Armytage Ltd. (Sheepbridge) 18‑Apr‑70 from there, unit arrived in yard 30‑Apr‑70. DTC 12210 cut-up 8‑May‑70 and MBS 10743 cut-up 21‑May‑70.

2626

Unit commenced service 20-Mar-39.

Unit (with 2625) damaged about March 1946 (details unknown) and repaired at Eastleigh between 3-Apr-46 and 28-May-46 then to Lancing for E repair between 30-May-46 and 22-Aug-46.

Diagram no. of DTC 12211 amended to 2702 during A1 overhaul at Lancing between 10-Feb-60 and 2-Mar-60.

DTC 12211 damaged in collision with light engine 82023 at Vauxhall 28‑Sep‑66, unit reformed with 2 BIL DTC 12051 (ex 2028) from Jan‑67, this vehicle weighing 30 tons 17cwt, reducing overall weight to 74 tons 8cwt.

DTC 12211 formed with fire damaged 2 BIL MBS 10594 and stored at Micheldever until moved to Eastleigh 12‑May‑67, withdrawn 8‑Feb‑69 and scrapped at Eastleigh works by Meon Valley Metals by 20‑Sep‑69.

Unit withdrawn 27-Apr-69 and after stripping at Selhurst stored at Herne Hill then Battersea Yard, then moved to Micheldever 25‑Jun‑70 and moved for scrapping to A. King Ltd. (Wymondham) 29‑Sep‑70 from Basingstoke.

2627

Unit commenced service 24-Mar-39.

DTC 12212 slightly damaged by enemy action at Brighton 25-May-43 and repaired in the depot by following day.

Unit at Eastleigh for underframe repairs between 1-Apr-47 and 16-Apr-47 (possible damage?).

Diagram no. of DTC 12212 amended to 2702 during A1 overhaul at Lancing between 3-Jul-59 and 15-Jul-59.

Unit withdrawn 11-Sep-71 and stored initially at Fratton, moving to Wimbledon Park 27‑Nov‑71 for use in accident exercise. Unit moved to Selhurst for stripping 30‑Nov‑71 then moved to Weymouth for storage. Unit then moved to Brockenhurst 25‑Mar‑72 and sent for scrapping to A. King Ltd. (Wymondham) 12‑Jun‑72 but train delayed at Hounslow until 20‑Jun‑72.

2628

Unit commenced service 28-Mar-39.

Unit at Eastleigh for underframe repairs between 18-Aug-48 and 17-Sep-48 then to Lancing for E overhaul from 23-Sep-48 until 8-Nov-48.

Diagram no. of DTC 12213 amended to 2702 during A1 overhaul at Lancing between 11-Dec-59 and 1-Jan-60.

Unit withdrawn 11-Sep-71 and stored initially at Lancing. After stripping at Selhurst unit moved to Micheldever 29‑Oct‑71, then stored at Weymouth and on to Basingstoke 25‑Feb‑72. Moved for scrapping to J. McWilliam Ltd. (Shettleston) 23‑Mar‑72 from there.

2629

Unit commenced service 28-Mar-39.

Unit suffered damaged panels about May 1956 (details unknown) and repaired at Lancing between 9-may-56 and 16-Jul-56.

Diagram no. of DTC 12214 amended to 2702 during A1 overhaul at Lancing between 21-Mar-61 and 6-Apr-61.

Unit withdrawn 11-Sep-71 and stored initially at Ford. After stripping unit stored at Micheldever and moved for scrapping to J. Cashmore Ltd. (Newport) 17‑Jan‑72 from Basingstoke.

2630

Unit commenced service 28-Mar-39.

Diagram no. of DTC 12215 amended to 2702 during A1 overhaul at Lancing between 25-Feb-59 and 4-May-59.

Unit withdrawn 4-Apr-70 and after stripping stored at Norwood Yard and moved for scrapping to Milton Metals (Cardiff) 5‑Sep‑70 from there. Not broken‑up until Jan‑71.

2631

Unit commenced service 28-Mar-39.

Unit damaged by enemy action at Charing Cross 17-Apr-41 and repaired at Eastleigh between 24-Apr-41 and 1-Jul-41.

Diagram no. of DTC 12216 amended to 2702 during E5 overhaul at Lancing between 23-May-60 and 19-Sep-60.

Unit withdrawn 10-Jan-70 and after stripping stored at Gatwick and moved for scrapping to J. Cashmore Ltd. (Newport) 2‑May‑70 from there.

2632

Unit commenced service 6-Apr-39.

Unit damaged by enemy action at Brighton 18-May-42, repaired at depot by 24-May-42.

Diagram no. of DTC 12217 amended to 2702 during E5 overhaul at Lancing between 18-Dec-59 and 6-Apr-60.

Unit damaged by fire about July 1967 (details unknown) and to Eastleigh 16‑Aug‑67 for C1 overhaul and repair. Released 3‑Nov‑67 in blue livery.

Unit withdrawn 12-Jun-71 and stored initially at Lancing, moving to Selhurst for stripping 17‑Jul‑71. After stripping unit stored at Micheldever then Feltham and moved for scrapping to A. King Ltd. (Wymondham) Dec‑71 from there.

2633

Unit commenced service 6-Apr-39.

Unit damaged by bomb blast at Maidstone Barracks 1‑Oct‑40, repaired at Lancing between 5-Nov-40 and 22-Nov-40.

Unit slightly damaged by enemy action at Victoria 1-Jul-44, repaired at depot.

Diagram no. of DTC 12218 amended to 2702 during A1 overhaul at Lancing between 14-Sep-60 and 26-Sep-60.

Unit withdrawn 12-Jun-71 and stored initially at Lancing and moved to Selhurst for stripping 9‑Sep‑71. Stored (probably at Norwood Yard) and moved for scrapping to A. King Ltd. (Wymondham) Dec‑71.

2634

Unit commenced service 6-Apr-39.

Unit damaged by V1 (flying bomb) blast at New Cross Gate 2-Jul-44 and repaired at Lancing between 4-Jul-44 and 10-Jul-44.

Diagram no. of DTC 12219 amended to 2702 during A1 overhaul at Lancing between 16-Nov-59 and 27-Nov-59.

Unit in converging collision with 2696 at Streatham Hill 23‑Nov‑61 and DTC 12219 damaged. Stored briefly at Ford pending repairs and overhaul at Lancing between 20-Dec-61 and 5-Apr-62.

Unit withdrawn 10-Jan-70 and after stripping stored at Gatwick and moved for scrapping to J. Cashmore Ltd. (Newport) 29‑Apr‑70 from there.

2635

Unit commenced service 6-Apr-39.

Diagram no. of DTC 12220 amended to 2702 during E5 overhaul at Lancing between 18-Dec-61 and 12-Feb-62.

MBS 10753 minor damage at Portsmouth & Southsea 13‑Mar‑64 with small fire under cab, repaired at Lancing during A1 overhaul between 24-Mar-64 and 5-May-64.

Unit partly stripped at Selhurst Nov‑69 for Christmas mail traffic Dec‑69 and withdrawn 27‑Dec‑69.

Unit stored partly stripped at Balcombe and after further stripping at Selhurst stored at Norwood Yard until moved for scrapping to Milton Metals (Briton Ferry) 9‑May‑70 from there.

2636

Unit commenced service 6-Apr-39.

Diagram no. of DTC 12221 amended to 2702 during A1 overhaul at Lancing between 15-Jul-59 and 11-Aug-59.

Air-horns fitted 2-Jul-65 from Eastleigh (release date).

Unit at Selhurst for repairs between 26-Aug-69 and 29-Aug-69 (damaged?).

Unit withdrawn 21-Nov-70 and after stripping at Selhurst hauled to Micheldever 25‑May‑71 for store and moved for scrapping to J. Cashmore Ltd. (Newport) 12‑Jul‑71 from there.

2637

Unit commenced service 18-Apr-39.

Diagram no. of DTC 12222 amended to 2702 during E5 overhaul at Lancing between 21-Apr-60 and 7-Jul-60.

Unit withdrawn 24‑May‑69 and to Eastleigh 9‑Jun‑69.

MBS 10755 given C1 overhaul and released 9‑Aug‑69 formed into ‘new’ 4 SUB 4132 and painted blue.

DTC 12222 paired with damaged 12850 (ex 2696) and stored at Micheldever until moved for scrapping at A. King Ltd. (Wymondham) 31‑Jan‑70 from there.

2638

Unit commenced service 18-Apr-39.

Diagram no. of DTC 12223 amended to 2702 during E5 overhaul at Lancing between 30-Nov-61 and 12-Jan-62.

Unit withdrawn from passenger service Dec‑70 and partly stripped at Selhurst for parcels use and reclassified as 2 PAN and renumbered 061.

2639

Unit commenced service 24-Apr-39.

Unit slightly damaged by enemy bombing at Victoria 9‑Oct‑40 but repaired at depot.

Diagram no. of DTC 12224 amended to 2702 during E5 overhaul at Lancing between 27-Sep-60 and 4-Jan-61.

Unit withdrawn 19-Jul-69 and after stripping stored at Gatwick and moved for scrapping to Armytage Ltd. (Sheepbridge) 1‑Nov‑69 from there, unit arrived in yard 27‑Nov‑69. DTC 12224 cut-up 2‑Dec‑69 and MBS 10757 cut-up 4‑Dec‑69.

2640

Unit commenced service 24-Apr-39.

Diagram no. of DTC 12225 amended to 2702 during A1 overhaul at Lancing between 12-Nov-59 and 23-Nov-59.

Unit withdrawn 21-Nov-70 and after stripping at Selhurst hauled to Micheldever (via Eastleigh) arriving 27‑Jan‑71 and moved for scrapping to T. J. Thomson & Son Ltd. (Stockton) 15‑May‑71 from there.

2641

Unit commenced service 29-Apr-39.

Diagram no. of DTC 12226 amended to 2702 during A1 overhaul at Lancing between 26-Feb-60 and 10-Mar-60.

Unit withdrawn 11-Sep-71 and stored initially at Ford. After stripping unit stored at Micheldever and moved for scrapping to J. Cashmore Ltd. (Newport) 17‑Jan‑72 from Basingstoke.

2642

Unit commenced service 29-Apr-39.

Unit at Eastleigh for unspecified repair between 26-Oct-40 and 28-Nov-40 (possible EA damage?).

Diagram no. of DTC 12227 amended to 2702 during E5 overhaul at Lancing between 28-Feb-61 and 28-Apr-61.

Unit used for Christmas mail traffic Dec‑69 and withdrawn 27‑Dec‑69.

MBS 10760 converted to stores motorcoach at Stewarts Lane by May‑70, renumbered DS70317 and to unit 023. DTC 12227 stored at Gatwick and moved for scrapping from there 13‑Jun‑70 to Armytage Ltd. (Sheepbridge) though not delivered to yard until 16‑Jul‑70 and cut-up 11‑Sep‑70.

DS70317 renumbered ADS70317 Mar‑73 and scrapped by C. F. Booth (Rotherham) Jun‑87, though arrived there by 20‑May‑87.

2643

Unit commenced service 29-Apr-39.

Unit damaged by V1 (flying bomb) blast at New Cross Gate 2-Jul-44 and repaired at Lancing between 4-Jul-44 and 20-Jul-44.

Diagram no. of DTC 12228 amended to 2702 during A1 overhaul at Lancing between 31-Oct-60 and 10-Nov-60.

Unit withdrawn 17-Jan-70 and after stripping stored at Gatwick and moved for scrapping to Armytage Ltd. (Sheepbridge), departing from Cricklewood 4‑May‑70, unit arrived in yard 12‑May‑70. MBS 10761 cut-up 29‑May‑70 and DTC 12228 cut-up 5‑Jun‑70.

2644

Unit commenced service 29-Apr-39.

Diagram no. of DTC 12229 amended to 2702 during A1 overhaul at Lancing between 10-Feb-60 and 23-Feb-60.

Unit slightly damaged about July 1968 (details unknown, possible collision with 3087?) and repaired at Selhurst between 26-Jul-68 and 30-Jul-68.

DTC 12229 damaged about February 1969 (details unknown) and unit to Eastleigh 3‑Mar‑69 and disbanded. MBS 10762 overhauled and formed into 4 SUB 4103, released 25-Apr-69 painted blue. Unit withdrawn 12-Jul-69 and damaged DTC 12229 formed with damaged MBS 10771 (ex 2653) and both sent to Oatlands. Moved for scrapping from Basingstoke to T. J. Thomson & Son Ltd. (Stockton) 19-Nov-69.

2645

Unit commenced service 29-Apr-39.

Diagram no. of DTC 12230 amended to 2702 during E5 overhaul at Lancing between 15-Jun-61 and 22-Aug-61.

Unit withdrawn from passenger service Dec-70 and partly stripped at Selhurst for parcels use and reclassified as 2 PAN and renumbered 064..

2646

Unit commenced service 4-May-39.

Unit damaged by enemy bombing at Eastbourne 11‑Aug‑42 and repaired at Lancing between 16-Oct-42 and 12-Nov‑42.

Unit damaged 16‑Nov‑47 in depot collision (where?) and unit to Lancing for repair and disbanded there 13‑Jan‑48, DTC 12231 to 2 BIL 2056 released 9-Feb-48, MBT 10764 to 4 LAV 2926 from 3-Mar-48.

2647

Unit commenced service 4-May-39.

Unit at Eastleigh for underframe repairs between 19-Jun-47 and 15-Sep-47.

Unit damaged again about February 1948 (details unknown) and repaired at Lancing during ‘E’ overhaul between 4-Mar-48 and 10-May-48.

Diagram no. of DTC 12801 amended to 2702 during A1 overhaul at Lancing between 9-Mar-62 and 21-Mar-62.

Unit withdrawn 4-Apr-70 and stored initially at Balcombe. Moved to Selhurst for stripping by 25-Jul-70. Moved for scrapping to Milton Metals (Briton Ferry) 4-Oct-70.

2648

Unit commenced service 4-May-39.

Diagram no. of DTC 12802 amended to 2702 during E5 overhaul at Lancing between 13-Mar-59 and 21-May-59.

Unit withdrawn 23-Jan-71 and after stripping moved from Selhurst to Micheldever arriving 5‑Apr‑71 and stored until moved for scrapping to Bird Group (Long Marston) 19‑Jul‑71 from there.

2649

Unit commenced service 4-May-39.

Unit slightly damaged by enemy action at Gillingham 29-Jan-44, repaired at Streatham Hill between 30-Jan-44 and 7-Feb-44.

Unit to Eastleigh for underframe repairs between 19-Jun-47 and 15-Sep-47.

Unit damaged about December 1947 (details unknown) and repaired at Lancing during ‘E’ overhaul between 19-Dec-47 and 19-Mar-48.

Diagram no. of DTC 12803 amended to 2702 during A1 overhaul at lancing between 24-Mar-61 and 7-Apr-61.

Unit withdrawn 23-Jan-71 and after stripping moved from Selhurst to Micheldever arriving 5‑Apr‑71 and stored until moved for scrapping to Bird Group (Long Marston) 19‑Jul‑71 from there.

2650

Unit commenced service 9-May-39.

Diagram no. of DTC 12804 amended to 2702 during A1 overhaul at Lancing between 4-Oct-61 and 13-Oct-61.

Unit withdrawn 4-Apr-70 and stored initially at Balcombe. Moved to Selhurst for stripping by 25-Jul-70. Moved for scrapping to Milton Metals (Briton Ferry) 4-Oct-70.

2651

Unit commenced service 9-May-39.

Unit slightly damaged by enemy action at Victoria 1-Jul-44, repaired at depot.

Diagram no. of DTC 12805 amended to 2702 during E5 overhaul at Lancing between 2-May-61 and 28-Jun-61.

Unit withdrawn 11-Oct-69 and after stripping stored at Herne Hill and moved for scrapping to Bird Group (Long Marston) 17‑Jan‑70 from there.

2652

Unit commenced service 17-May-39.

Diagram no. of DTC 12806 amended to 2702 during E5 overhaul at Lancing between 11-Jan-61 and 27-Apr-61.

Unit partly stripped at Selhurst Nov‑69 and stored at Balcombe prior to use for Christmas mail traffic Dec‑69 and withdrawn 27‑Dec‑69. Unit further stripped at stored at Norwood Yard and moved for scrapping to J. Cashmore Ltd. (Newport) 16‑May‑70.

2653

Unit commenced service 17-May-39.

Unit damaged by enemy action at Charing Cross 17-Apr-41 and repaired at Eastleigh between 24-Apr-41 and 26-Sep-41.

Unit at Lancing for repairs between 17-Nov-42 and 8-Mar-43 (possible damage?).

MBT 10771 damaged in collision with 2088 at Littlehampton 30‑Nov‑49 and DTC 12807 to 2 BIL 2088.

Formed of eight-coaches, as the 8:4am Bognor Regis to London Bridge (via Littlehampton) was entering platform 3 at 20 mph under clear signals it collided with the two-coach 8:18am Littlehampton to Ford train which left platform 2 against a red starting signal.

All the wheels of the two leading coaches of the 8:4am train were derailed; 25’ of the offside panelling of the leading coach was stripped off. Foul of the Down line the leading bogie of the 8:18am was derailed and the corner of the motorman’s cab driven in.

MBT 10771 to Eastleigh for repairs between 1-May-50 and 10-Aug-50 then to Lancing for overhaul until 18-Dec-50 when returned to Eastleigh 27-Dec-50 to be formed with new ‘all‑steel’ 2 HAL DTC 12854 constructed on underframe of former 2 BIL DTC 12121 (ex 2088) in late 1950. This vehicle weighed 31 tons reducing overall weight to 74½ tons and overall length now 129' 6". Unit released in new formation 29-Dec-50.

Diagram no. of DTC 12854 amended to 2705 during A1 overhaul at Lancing between 22-Jan-62 and 2-Feb-62.

Whilst in the electrified siding at Aldershot, MBS 10771 (country-end of unit) was damaged in collision with coal wagons (adjacent siding) on 29-Oct-68 and unit to Micheldever for store. MBS 10771 to Eastleigh 3‑Mar‑69 and withdrawn 12‑Jul‑69 then formed with damaged DTC 12229 (ex 2644) and both sent for store at Oatlands. Moved for scrapping from Basingstoke to T. J. Thomson & Son Ltd. (Stockton) 19‑Nov‑69.

DTC 12854 moved from Micheldever to Eastleigh 18‑Mar‑69 for C3 overhaul, released 28‑Mar‑69 formed into 2 BIL 2028 and painted blue.

2654

Unit commenced service 17-May-39.

Unit damaged by anti-aircraft shell burst near Kemsing 22-Jun-44, repaired at Lancing between 26-Jun-44 and 30-Aug-44.

Diagram no. of DTC 12808 amended to 2702 during E5 overhaul at Lancing between 15-Jun-61 and 3-Oct-61.

Unit out of use at Ascot by end of 1970 and moved to Lancing for store 1‑Jan‑71 and withdrawn there 23‑Jan‑71. Moved to Selhurst for stripping 24‑Apr‑71, then hauled to Micheldever and moved for scrapping to Bird Group (Long Marston) 8‑Sep‑71 from Basingstoke.

2655

Unit commenced service 23-May-39.

Diagram no. of DTC 12809 amended to 2702 during A1 overhaul at Lancing between 4-Jul-60 and 21-Jul-60, some slight damage also rectified at this time.

Unit withdrawn 9-May-70 and after stripping stored at Norwood Yard and moved for scrapping to Milton Metals (Briton Ferry) 8‑Aug‑70 from there.

2656

Unit commenced service 17-May-39.

DTC 12810 derailed and damaged near Greenwich 24‑Jan‑45 after encountering V2 crater, repaired at depot.

Diagram no. of DTC 12810 amended to 2702 during A1 overhaul at Lancing between 10-Dec-58 and 22-Dec-58.

Unit withdrawn 12-Jun-71 and initially stored at Lancing, moving to Selhurst 10‑Jul‑71 for stripping. After stripping unit stored at Micheldever and moved for scrapping to A. King Ltd. (Wymondham) 3‑Nov‑71.

2657

Unit commenced service 23-May-39.

Unit damaged about May 1958 (details unknown) and repaired at Lancing between 29-May-58 and 1-Jul-58.

Diagram no. of DTC 12811 amended to 2702 during E5 overhaul at Lancing between 26-May-60 and 28-Nov-60.

Unit withdrawn 17-Jan-70 and after stripping stored at Gatwick and moved for scrapping to J. Cashmore Ltd. (Newport) 29‑Apr‑70 from there.

2658

Unit commenced service 23-May-39.

Diagram no. of DTC 12812 amended to 2702 during E5 overhaul at Lancing between 14-Oct-59 and 15-Dec-59.

Unit ‘ran away’ in West Sidings at Brighton 3‑Dec‑63 and DTC 12812 over buffer stops and damaged, repaired at Selhurst.

Unit withdrawn 17-May-69 and after stripping stored at Polegate then Guildford and moved for scrapping to Armytage Ltd. (Sheepbridge) 9‑Sep‑69 from there, unit arrived in yard 11‑Sep‑69. MBS 10776 cut-up 17‑Sep‑69 and DTC 12812 cut-up 19‑Sep‑69.

2659

Unit commenced service 3-Jun-39.

Diagram no. of DTC 12813 amended to 2702 during E5 overhaul at Lancing between 2-Nov-59 and 6-Feb-60.

Unit withdrawn 19‑Apr‑69 and to Eastleigh 30‑Apr‑69. MBS 10777 given a C1 overhaul and released 30‑May‑69 formed into ‘new’ 4 SUB 4131 and painted blue. DTC 12813 paired with 12207 (ex 2622) and stored at Micheldever until moved for scrapping to A. King Ltd (Wymondham) 31‑Jan‑70 from there.

2660

Unit commenced service 3-Jun-39.

Diagram no. of DTC 12814 amended to 2702 during A1 overhaul at Lancing between 2-Apr-59 and 22-Apr-59.

Unit withdrawn 21-Nov-70 and after stripping at Selhurst unit hauled to Micheldever for store arriving 8‑Mar‑71 and moved for scrapping to J. Cashmore Ltd. (Newport) 8‑May‑71 from there.

2661

Unit commenced service 3-Jun-39.

Diagram no. of DTC 12815 amended to 2702 during A1 overhaul at Lancing between 16-Oct-59 and 28-Oct-59.

Unit withdrawn 11-Sep-71 and stored initially at Ford. After stripping unit stored at Micheldever, moved to Basingstoke 29‑Mar‑72 and moved for scrapping to J. McWilliam Ltd. (Shettleston) 6‑Apr‑72 from there.

2662

Unit commenced service 9-Jun-39.

Diagram no. of DTC 12816 amended to 2702 during E5 overhaul at Lancing between 6-Oct-60 and 25-Feb-61.

Unit damaged about April 1966 (details unknown) and repaired at Selhurst between 25-Apr-66 and 17-May-66.

Unit withdrawn 20-Sep-69 and after stripping stored at Gatwick and moved for scrapping to Bird Group (Long Marston) 24‑Jan‑70. Unit became defective en route and detached at Oxford and stored in Hinksey Yard until fit to go forward 29‑Apr‑70.

2663

Unit commenced service 9-Jun-39.

Diagram no. of DTC 12817 amended to 2702 during A1 overhaul at Lancing between 12-Jun-59 and 26-Jun-59.

Unit withdrawn 3-Jan-70 and after stripping stored at Gatwick and moved for scrapping to Armytage Ltd. (Sheepbridge), departing from Cricklewood 4‑May‑70 and unit arrived in yard 5‑May‑70. Both coaches cut-up 16‑May‑70.

2664

Unit commenced service 9-Jun-39.

Unit damaged about January 1941 (possibly by enemy m/c fire at Streatham Hill washer 31-Jan-41) and repaired at Brighton between 8-Feb-41 and 7-May-41.

Diagram no. of DTC 12818 amended to 2702 during A1 overhaul at Lancing between 13-Jul-59 and 23-Jul-59.

Unit slightly damaged (where?) and withdrawn 10‑Jan‑70. After stripping unit stored at Gatwick and moved for scrapping to Armytage Ltd. (Sheepbridge), departing from Cricklewood 4‑May‑70, unit arrived in yard 12‑May‑70. MBS 10782 cut-up 3‑Jun‑70 and DTC 12818 cut-up 6‑Jun‑70.

2665

Unit commenced service 17-Jun-39.

Diagram no. of DTC 12819 amended to 2702 during A1 overhaul at Lancing between 18-Apr-61 and 26-Apr-61.

Unit out of use and stored at Lancing from 1-May-71 then moved to Selhurst for stripping 4-Jun-71 and withdrawn 12-Jun-71, hauled to Micheldever for store and finally Feltham, moved for scrapping to A. King Ltd. (Wymondham) 15-Sep-71.

2666

Unit commenced service 17-Jun-39.

Unit believed damaged by enemy action very early in 1944 (details unknown) and at Eastleigh between 5-Jan-44 and 8-Feb-44 for a ‘lift only’ repair.

Diagram no. of DTC 12820 amended to 2702 during E5 overhaul at Lancing between 17-Nov-61 and 26-Feb-62.

Unit withdrawn 21-Nov-70 and after stripping at Selhurst hauled to Micheldever (via Eastleigh) for store arriving 27-Jan-71 and moved for scrapping to T. J. Thomson & Son Ltd. (Stockton) 15-May-71 from there.

2667

Unit commenced service 17-Jun-39.

Diagram no. of DTC 12821 amended to 2702 during E5 overhaul at Lancing between 16-Mar-59 and 18-Jun-59.

Unit withdrawn 23-Jan-71 and after stripping at Selhurst unit hauled to Micheldever for store 24-May-71 and moved for scrapping to Bird Group (Long Marston) 5-Aug-71 from Basingstoke.

2668

Unit commenced service 19-Jun-39.

Unit damaged about December 1959 (details unknown) and repaired at Lancing during E5 overhaul between 1-Jan-60 and 21-Apr-60.

Diagram no. of DTC 12822 amended to 2702 during A1 overhaul at Lancing between 19-Mar-62 and 29-Mar-62.

Unit withdrawn 23-Jan-71 and after stripping moved from Selhurst to Micheldever arriving 5-Apr-71 and stored until moved for scrapping to Bird Group (long Marston) 19-Jul-71 from there.

2669

Unit commenced service 17-Jun-39.

Unit damaged about January 1957 (details unknown) and repaired at Lancing during A1 overhaul between 1-Feb-57 and 15-Mar-57.

Diagram no. of DTC 12823 amended to 2702 during A1 overhaul at Lancing between 28-Aug-59 and 8-Sep-59.

Unit partly stripped at Selhurst Nov‑69 and stored at Balcombe prior to use for Christmas mail traffic Dec‑69 and withdrawn 27-Dec-69.

DTC 12823 stored at Gatwick and moved for scrapping from there 13-Jun-70 to Armytage Ltd. (Sheepbridge) though not delivered to yard until 30-Sep-70 and cut-up 2-Nov-70.

MBS 10787 converted to stores motorcoach at Stewarts Lane by May‑70 and renumbered DS70318 to unit 022.

DS70318 renumbered ADS70318 Feb‑73 and scrapped by Bird Group (Long Marston) Dec‑85.

2670

Unit commenced service 24-Jun-39.

Diagram no. of DTC 12824 amended to 2702 during E5 overhaul at Lancing between 13-Feb-61 and 2-May-61.

Unit to Eastleigh 21-Apr-67 for C6 overhaul and released 2-Jun-67 with yellow ends.

Unit back at Eastleigh 15-Jun-67 for C5 repair (damaged?) and released again 31-Jul-67.

Unit withdrawn 13-Sep-69 and after stripping at Selhurst stored at Herne Hill then Battersea Yard, then moved to Micheldever 25-Jun-70 and moved for scrapping to A. King Ltd. (Wymondham) 29-Sep-70 from Basingstoke.

2671

Unit commenced service 24-Jun-39.

Diagram no. of DTC 12825 amended to 2702 during E5 overhaul at Lancing between 3-May-60 and 18-Aug-60.

Unit withdrawn 10-Jan-70 and after stripping stored at Gatwick and moved for scrapping to J. Cashmore Ltd. (Newport) 2-May-70 from there.

2672

Unit commenced service 28-Jun-39.

Diagram no. of DTC 12826 amended to 2702 during A1 overhaul at Lancing between 5-Oct-60 and 19-Oct-60.

Compt. F of MBS 10790 burnt out at Preston Park 30-Aug-62, repaired during A1 overhaul at Lancing between 5-Sep-62 and 4-Oct-62.

Unit withdrawn 12-Jun-71 and stored initially at Lancing then Hove. Moved to Selhurst by Jul‑72 for stripping and sent for scrapping to A. King Ltd. (Wymondham) 27-Sep-72 to Temple Mills en route, though not cut‑up until May‑73.

2673

Unit commenced service 28-Jun-39.

Unit slightly damaged by enemy action at Victoria 18-Jun-44, repaired at Streatham Hill.

Diagram no. of DTC 12827 amended to 2702 during E5 overhaul at Lancing between 21-Sep-61 and 22-Nov-61.

Unit partly stripped at Selhurst Nov‑69 and stored at Balcombe prior to use for Christmas mail traffic Dec‑69 and withdrawn 27-Dec-69. Unit further stripped at stored at Norwood Yard and moved for scrapping to J. Cashmore Ltd. (Newport) 16-May-70.

2674

Unit commenced service 7-Jul-39.

Unit slightly damaged by enemy action at Victoria 1-Jul-44, repaired at depot.

Diagram no. of DTC 12828 amended to 2702 during A1 overhaul at Lancing between 7-Jan-60 and 1-Feb-60.

Unit slightly damaged about June 1963 (details unknown) and repaired at Lancing during A1 overhaul between 18-Jun-63 and 28-Jun-63.

Unit withdrawn 11-Sep-71 and stored initially at Ford. After stripping unit stored at Micheldever and moved for scrapping to J. Cashmore Ltd. (Newport) 17-Jan-72 from Basingstoke.

2675

Unit commenced service 7-Jul-39.

Unit out of use for a period c.Jun‑58 damaged, (details unknown).

Diagram no. of DTC 12829 amended to 2702 during A1 overhaul at Lancing between 14-Aug-59 and 27-Aug-59.

Unit withdrawn 21-Nov-70 and after stripping at Selhurst hauled to Micheldever for store arriving 8-Mar-71 and moved for scrapping to J. Cashmore Ltd. (Newport) 27-May-71 from Basingstoke.

2676

Unit commenced service 21-Jul-39.

‘A’ compartment in MBT 10794 burnt out by incendiary bomb at Gillingham 29-Jan-44 and repaired at Selhurst depot between 2-Feb-44 and 10-Mar-44.

Unit at Eastleigh for underframe repairs between 27-May-47 and 15-Jul-47.

Unit damaged about June 1951 (details unknown) and repaired at Eastleigh during overhaul between 8-Jun-51 and 28-Sep-51.

Diagram no. of DTC 12830 amended to 2702 during E5 overhaul at Lancing between 19-May-59 and 24-Jul-59.

Unit stored at Lancing from 1-May-71 and withdrawn 12-Jun-71 and moved to Selhurst for stripping. Hauled to Micheldever 24-Jun-71 for store and moved for scrapping to A. King Ltd. (Wymondham) 7-Sep-71 from there.

2677

Unit commenced service 26-Feb-40.

Unit at Eastleigh between 8-May-41 and 14-Jul-41 for repairs (possible enemy action damage at Fratton 3-May-41?).

DTC 12831 slightly damaged by F/B (flying bomb) blast near Raynes Park 19-Jun-44, repaired at Durnsford Road.

Diagram no. of DTC 12831 amended to 2702 during E5 overhaul at Lancing between 13-Apr-62 and 1-Jun-62.

Unit withdrawn but reinstated c.Jan‑71. Unit withdrawn 12-Jun-71 and initially stored at Lancing, moving to Selhurst 10-Jul-71 for stripping. After stripping unit stored at Micheldever and moved for scrapping to A. King Ltd. (Wymondham) 3-Nov-71.

2678

Unit commenced service 26-Feb-40.

Diagram no. of DTC 12832 amended to 2702 during E5 overhaul at Lancing between 25-Nov-60 and 20-Jan-61.

DTC 12832 slightly damaged in collision with 2 BIL 2044 at Wimbledon Park 31-Dec-61, repaired at depot.

Unit withdrawn 23-Aug-69 and after stripping unit stored at Balcombe and moved for scrapping to Armytage Ltd. (Sheepbridge) 18-Oct-69 from there, unit arrived in yard 9-Dec-69. DTC 12832 cut-up 16-Dec-69 and MBS 10796 cut-up 18-Dec-69.

2679

Unit commenced service 20-Feb-40.

Diagram no. of DTC 12833 amended to 2702 during A1 overhaul at Lancing between 11-May-60 and 30-May-60.

Unit withdrawn 11-Sep-71 stored initially at Lancing. After stripping at Selhurst unit moved to Micheldever 29-Oct-71, then stored at Weymouth, moving to Brockenhurst 25-Mar-72 and on to Basingstoke 3-May-72. Unit moved for scrapping to J. McWilliam Ltd. (Shettleston) 12-May-72 from there.

2680

Unit commenced service 20-Feb-40.

Unit in collision with 4 SUB 4339 at Chatham 5-Jan-56 and DTC 12834 withdrawn 28-Jan-56 and broken-up at Newhaven w/e 18-Feb-56.

MBS 10798 stored (slightly damaged) at Hassocks until Apr‑60 then taken to Eastleigh where part of underframe used to repair MBS 10895 of 4 SUB 4355 and officially withdrawn 4-Jun-60.

Remains of 10798 coupled to withdrawn MBS 8419 (ex 4327) as a ‘runner’ and to Selhurst 28-Jun-60, then to Strawberry Hill 19-Jul-60 and on to Newhaven 25-Jul-60 and cut-up there w/e 13-Aug‑60.

2681

Unit commenced service 8-Jan-40.

Unit slightly damaged by anti-aircraft shell at Reigate 15-Dec-40, repaired at depot.

MBS 10799 slightly damaged about May 1957 (details unknown) and repaired at Lancing during A1 overhaul between 17-May-57 and 7-Jun-57.

Diagram no. of DTC 12835 amended to 2702 during E5 overhaul at Lancing between 6-Oct-60 and 1-Feb-61.

Unit withdrawn 9-May-70 and after stripping stored at Norwood Yard and moved for scrapping to Milton Metals (Briton Ferry) 8-Aug-70 from there.

2682

Unit commenced service 8-Jan-40.

Unit at Selhurst for varnish between 21-Jun-55 and 10-Sep-55 (possible damage?).

Unit damaged about April 1957 (details unknown) and repaired at Lancing between 12-Apr-57 and 3-Jun-57.

Diagram no. of DTC 12836 amended to 2702 during E5 overhaul at Lancing between 1-Apr-60 and 30-Apr-60.

Unit slightly damaged in siding collision with steam push-pull train at Horsham 29-Sep-62, lifted at Peckham Rye.

Unit withdrawn 7-Jun-69 and after stripping stored at Balcombe and moved for scrapping to Armytage Ltd. (Sheepbridge) 27-Sep-69 but train delayed at Norwood Yard and forward 3-Oct-69. Unit became defective and detached at Guildford. After repairs forward in another scrap train 18-Oct-69 and arrived in yard 29-Oct-69. DTC 12836 cut-up 7-Nov-69 and MBS 10800 cut-up 10-Nov-69.

2683

Unit commenced service 12-Jan-40.

Diagram no. of DTC 12837 amended to 2702 during A1 overhaul at Lancing between 11-Nov-59 and 23-Nov-59.

Unit out of use at Ascot by end of 1970 and moved to Lancing for store 1-Jan-71 and withdrawn there 23-Jan-71. Moved to Selhurst for stripping 24-Apr-71, then hauled to Micheldever and moved for scrapping to Bird Group (Long Marston) 8-Sep-71 from Basingstoke.

2684

Unit commenced service 12-Jan-40.

Unit slightly damaged by enemy action (probably at New Cross Gate 7-Jul-44) and repaired at Lancing between 10-Jul-44 and 12-Jul-44.

Unit damaged about February 1957 (details unknown) and repaired at Lancing during A1 overhaul between 19-Feb-57 and 15-Mar-57.

Diagram no. of DTC 12838 amended to 2702 during E5 overhaul at Lancing between 4-Sep-59 and 4-Nov-59.

Unit out of use and stored at Lancing c.May‑71 then moved to Selhurst for stripping and withdrawn 12-Jun-71, hauled to Gatwick 10-Jul-71 for store and moved for scrapping to A. King Ltd. (Wymondham) 22-Sep-71 from there.

2685

Unit commenced service 15-Feb-40.

Diagram no. of DTC 12839 amended to 2702 during A1 overhaul at Lancing between 23-Dec-60 and 6-Jan-61.

Unit withdrawn 12-Jun-71 and stored initially at Lancing and moved to Selhurst for stripping 9-Sep-71. Stored (probably at Norwood Yard) and moved for scrapping to A. King Ltd. (Wymondham) Dec‑71.

2686

Unit commenced service 20-Feb-40.

Unit damaged by enemy action at Eastbourne 12-Aug-42, repaired at Brighton by 26-Sep-42.

Diagram no. of DTC 12840 amended to 2702 during A1 overhaul at Lancing between 16-Nov-60 and 28-Nov-60.

Unit withdrawn 27-Jun-70 and after stripping stored at Norwood Yard and moved for scrapping to J. Cashmore Ltd. (Newport) 5-Dec-70 from there.

2687

Unit commenced service 15-Feb-40.

Diagram no. of DTC 12841 amended to 2702 during E5 overhaul at Lancing between 8-May-59 and 9-Jul-59.

MBS 10805 slightly damaged about Apr-68 (where?) and unit to Eastleigh 24-Apr-68 for C3 overhaul and repair, released 29-May-68 in blue livery.

Unit withdrawn 23-Jan-71 and after stripping spent periods in store at Three Bridges and Horsham before moving to Micheldever 29-Mar-71. Moved for scrapping to Bird Group (Long Marston) 30-Sep-71 from Basingstoke.

2688

Unit commenced service 6-Mar-40.

Diagram no. of DTC 12842 amended to 2702 during E5 overhaul at Lancing between 20-Jun-60 and 14-Oct-60.

Unit damaged in collision at Ascot 7-Mar-68 and DTC 12842 withdrawn (officially from 7-Sep-68) and scrapped at J. Cashmore Ltd. (Newport) 4-Sep-68 having been placed into 4 LAV unit 2930 for moving.

Damaged MBS 10806 stored pending repairs and reformed with ‘all‑steel’ 2 HAL DTC 12855 (ex 2700), this vehicle weighing 31 tons reducing overall weight to 74½ tons and overall length to 129' 6". Unit then to Eastleigh for C1 overhaul and damage repairs 25-Mar-68 and released 23-Jul-68 painted in blue livery.

Unit to Eastleigh 4-Jul-69 and disbanded, DTC 12855 to 2696 and released 25-Oct-69, MBS 10806 to ‘new’ 4 SUB 4132 and released 9-Aug-69.

2689

Unit commenced service 27-Feb-40.

Unit damaged about July 1957 (details unknown) and repaired at Lancing during A1 overhaul between 15-Jul-57 and 26-Aug-57.

Diagram no. of DTC 12843 amended to 2702 during A1 overhaul at Lancing between 25-Jun-59 and 9-Jul-59.

Unit withdrawn from passenger service Dec‑70 and partly stripped at Selhurst for parcels use and reclassified as 2 PAN and renumbered 065.

2690

Unit commenced service 27-Feb-40.

Diagram no. of DTC 12844 amended to 2702 during A1 overhaul at Lancing between 5-Oct-59 and 15-Oct-59.

Unit withdrawn 21-Nov-70 and after stripping moved from Selhurst to Micheldever arriving 5-Apr-71 and stored until moved for scrapping to Bird Group (Long Marston) 19-Jul-71 from there.

2691

Unit commenced service 6-Mar-40.

Diagram no. of DTC 12845 amended to 2702 during E5 overhaul at Lancing between 18-Jul-62 and 13-Sep-62.

Unit withdrawn 3-Jan-70 and after stripping stored at Gatwick and moved for scrapping to Armytage Ltd. (Sheepbridge), departing from Cricklewood 4-May-70 and unit arrived in yard 5-May-70.

DTC 12845 cut-up 19-May-70 and MBS 10809 cut-up 22-May-70.

2692

Unit commenced service 6-Mar-40.

Unit slightly damaged about June 1946 (details unknown) and repaired at Lancing between 14-Jun-46 and 17-Jul-46.

Diagram no. of DTC 12846 amended to 2702 during A1 overhaul at Lancing between 3-Nov-59 and 16-Nov-59.

Unit withdrawn from passenger service Dec‑70 and partly stripped at Selhurst for parcels use and reclassified as 2 PAN and renumbered 066.

               

All-steel 2-HAL unit no.2695 leading a 2 BIL at Barham in 1971 on a Portsmouth Harbour to Brighton semi-fast service (headcode 62). In order to change the headcode stencils, there are vertical & horizontal grabrails around both driver & secondman’s observation lights; the latter being fixed when new in December 1948.

© Chris Wilson

 


All-Steel 2 HAL Units

To replace war casualties and collision damaged units nos.2014 /2102 /2119 /2131 /2646 and as additional stock, a further seven 2 HAL units were ordered to HO 3230 (five units and final two DTCs) and HO 3232 (two MBTs) and built at the end of 1948 numbered 2693 ‑ 2699. Motorcoach underframes were ordered to No. 4795 (three units) and 4982 (the remaining four) with all seven DTCs to No. 4797.

 

These units were to a revised design as the coaches were of ‘all‑steel’ construction and were similar in appearance to the 4 SUB units being built at this time. The design of unit ends in particular was different and the coaches had rounded rather than flat sides enabling six-a-side seating in each compartment.

Motor Brake Third

The layout of the motorcoaches was identical to the earlier units, but due to this additional seating space, each compartment now seated twelve and the coach total was raised from seventy to eighty-four. The width of the compartments in this coach was slightly reduced, resulting in a larger guard's brake of 14' 2½" compared with 13' 1½" of the older sets. The four compartments next to the guard’s van were designated non-smoking.

This larger luggage area resulted in these units being principally used on Gatwick Airport portions of trains from Victoria from 9th June 1958, where the greater luggage space came in useful. This vehicle was to Diagram no. 2127.

Driving Trailer Composite

The Driving Trailer Composite internal layout reverted to that of the 2 BIL units with the side corridor on the offside when the DTC was leading. There was also a locked door at the cab end of this corridor giving access to the cab. The seating capacity of this vehicle was unchanged from those of the 2 BIL and earlier 2 HAL DTCs at twenty-four first and thirty-two second. In the middle of the coach two first-class and the immediately adjacent second-class compartment were designated non-smoking. This vehicle was to diagram No. 2705.

The unit total was therefore one hundred & sixteen third and twenty-four first and the units were 1" longer than the originals at 129' 6" The Motor Brake Thirds weighed 42 tons and the driving trailers 31 tons giving a unit total of 73 tons. Electrical codes for these vehicles were allocated from about 1963.

Livery

Although completed under British Railways ownership, all entered traffic in ‘SR style’ malachite green livery with ‘sunshine’ lettering, gaining BR(S) green at their first body overhauls at Lancing. Instead of the ‘traditional Southern’ on the unit ends these carried ‘British Railways’ on two lines in sunshine lettering. Delivered post-nationalisation, the unit end-number was initially prefixed with a small ‘s’.

 

Into Service

These units entered service on the Eastern Section running alongside the earlier units and were therefore maintained at Gillingham, Slade Green and Streatham Hill. Electrical and running gear overhauls were dealt with at Slade Green Repair Shops.

With a shortage of brass hinges the secondman’s observation light was originally fixed necessitating the provision of external grab rails on both sides of the cab front & step-plates above the buffers in order for the driver to be able to change the route indicator stencils.

Third Class was reclassified as Second from 3rd June 1956, the MBT cars then being classified as MBS cars. The units were displaced from the Eastern Section from May 1958 by new 2 HAP unit deliveries, then moving to the Central Section and taking up duties mainly as the Gatwick Airport portions of trains from Victoria, then being based at Streatham Hill for routine maintenance.

Units did however sometimes stray further south and appeared from time to time along the coastal routes between Portsmouth and Hastings. Like the earlier units, yellow panels, UIC yellow cantrail markings and air horns were added in the mid-1960's and all units eventually gained blue livery with full yellow ends, units nos.2693 & 2695 having full yellow ends whilst still green.

The Driving Trailer Composites had some modifications when moved to the Central Section from 1959 with some improvements to first class seating and their diagram numbers were then amended to 2705.

Units usually carried Victoria - Gatwick sideboards, these being replaced by larger ones with BUA markings from early 1965. They were later displaced from the Gatwick Airport duties by more modern stock and spent their last few years working anywhere where 2 BIL and 2 HAL units were diagrammed. One unit was withdrawn in April 1970 and the MBS used in a 4 SUB unit, the remainder were all condemned in 1971 and following withdrawal had electrical equipment stripped at Selhurst prior to sale and disposal for scrapping. Units nos.2694 /2695 /2698 & 2699 survived in traffic until the last day of normal 2 BIL /2 HAL operation on the West Coastway line from Brighton.

Due to its non‑standard motorcoach (which had EE507 motors, seated 82 and weighed 39 tons) unit no.2700 seated 114 third and 24 first and weighed 70 tons. This unit was initially restricted to work only on the Eastern Section where it always ran with other units as it was only fitted with one periscope. It was modified to standard during 1957 and disbanded in April 1968 when the MBS was reformed into a 4 SUB unit and the DTC used to replace a damaged vehicle in one of the earlier units.

 

Unit.

Diag Code

New date

MBT

2127

CJ

DTC

2705

DQ

Withdrawn

Scrapping

Scrapped by

2693

8-Dec-48

10811

12847

Jul-70

See notes

 

2694

13-Dec-48

10812

12848

11-Sep-71

May-72 

J. McWilliam Ltd, Shettleston.

2695

15-Dec-48

10813

12849

11-Sep-71

Jan-72

J. Cashmore Ltd, Newport.

2696

17-Dec-48

10814

12850
12855

12-Jun-71

Nov-71

A. King Ltd, Wymondham.

2697

20-Dec-48

10815
11309

12851

12-Jun-71

Oct-71

A. King Ltd, Wymondham.

2698

24-Dec-48

10816

12852

11-Sep-71

May-72 

J. McWilliam Ltd, Shettleston.

2699

24-Dec-48

10817
(Saloon)

12853

11-Sep-71

Mar-72 

J. McWilliam Ltd. Shettleston.

Diag.

Code

 

2126

CM

 

 

 

 

2700

21-Feb-55

12664

12855

Mar-68

See notes

 

                                                                                                                                       

 

 

Individual Unit Notes nos.2693 to 2700

2693

Unit commenced service 20-Dec-48.

Diagram no. of DTC 12847 amended from 2321 to 2705 during E5 overhaul at Lancing between 27-Oct-59 and 29-Dec-59.

Unit disbanded Jul‑70 and to Micheldever 27‑Jul‑70 for storage where MBS 10811 formed into 4 SUB 4364.

DTC 12847 withdrawn 9‑Oct‑71 but retained as a runner for other condemned centre-buffer type stock. Remained in use as such until scrapped by Marple & Gillott (Attercliffe) moving from Norwood Yard formed with 14014 (ex 5007) 5‑Apr‑83.

2694

Unit commenced service 20-Dec-48.

Unit damaged about March 1954 (details unknown) and repaired at Eastleigh between 16-Mar-54 and 15-Oct-54.

Unit slightly damaged about July 1960 (details unknown) and Diagram no. of DTC 12848 amended from 2321 to 2705 during repairs and A1 overhaul at Lancing between 14-Jul-60 and 18-Aug-60.

DTC 12848 damaged when derailed at Streatham Hill 14-Feb-62, repaired at Lancing during A1 overhaul between 14-Mar-62 and 26-Mar-62.

Unit withdrawn 11-Sep-71 and stored initially at Lancing. After stripping at Selhurst unit moved to Micheldever 29‑Oct‑71, then stored at Weymouth, moving to Brockenhurst 25‑Mar‑72 and on to Basingstoke 3-May-72. Unit moved for scrapping to J. McWilliam Ltd. (Shettleston) 12-May-72 from there.

2695

Unit commenced service 30-Dec-48.

Diagram no. of DTC 12849 amended from 2321 to 2705 during A1 overhaul at Lancing between 17-Sep-59 and 29-Sep-59.

Unit withdrawn 11-Sep-71 and stored initially at Ford. After stripping unit stored at Micheldever and moved for scrapping to J. Cashmore Ltd. (Newport) 17‑Jan‑72 from Basingstoke.

2696

Unit commenced service 23-Dec-48.

Unit damaged about November 1958 (details unknown) and repaired during A1 overhaul at Lancing between 13-Nov-58 and 12-Dec-58.

Unit in converging collision with 2634 at Streatham Hill 23‑Nov‑61 and DTC 12850 damaged. Stored briefly at Ford pending repairs at Lancing during A1 overhaul between 29-Nov-61 and 12-Dec-61 during which DTC 12850 Diagram no. amended from 2321 to 2705.

MBS 10814 slight side damage at Merstham 2-Mar-63 when struck by open wagon door, repaired at Lancing during E5 overhaul between 18-Apr-63 and 5-Sep-63.

Unit in collision with goods train at Balham Jct. 15-May-69 and side of DTC 12850 ripped out. Unit to Micheldever for store and this car withdrawn 21‑Jun‑69 and paired with 12222 (ex 2637) and stored at Micheldever until moved for scrapping by A. King (Wymondham) 31‑Jan‑70.

MBS 10814 to Eastleigh 4‑Jul‑69 for C5 repair, released 25‑Oct‑69 formed with DTC 12855 (ex 2700 but via 2688).

Unit withdrawn 12-Jun-71 and initially stored at Lancing, moving to Selhurst 10‑Jul‑71 for stripping. After stripping unit hauled to Micheldever for store and moved for scrapping to A. King Ltd. (Wymondham) 3‑Nov‑71.

2697

Unit commenced service 23-Dec-48.

Unit damaged about January 1957 (details unknown) and repaired at Lancing during E5 overhaul between 28-Jan-57 and 18-Mar-57, outshopped in BR green.

Diagram no. of DTC 12851 amended from 2321 to 2705 during A2 overhaul at Lancing between 17-Nov-61 and 1-Dec-61.

Unit withdrawn 12‑Jun‑71 and MBS 10815 to 4 SUB 4625. Unit reformed at Selhurst with fire damaged MBS 11309 (ex 4625) and unit then to Micheldever and Feltham, moving for scrapping to A. King Ltd. (Wymondham) 15‑Sep‑71 from there.

2698

Unit commenced service 5-Jan-49.

Unit damaged about November 1956 (details unknown) and repaired during E5 overhaul at Lancing between 26-Nov-56 and 14-Jan-57, released in BR green.

Diagram no. of DTC 12852 amended from 2321 to 2705 during A1 overhaul at Lancing between 11-Oct-60 and 21-Oct-60.

Unit withdrawn 11-Sep-71 and stored initially at Lancing. After stripping at Selhurst unit moved to Micheldever 29‑Oct‑71, then stored at Weymouth, moving to Brockenhurst 25‑Mar‑72 and on to Basingstoke 3-May-72. Unit moved for scrapping to J. McWilliam Ltd. (Shettleston) 12-May-72 from there.

2699

Unit commenced service 5-Jan-49.

Diagram no. of DTC 12853 amended from 2321 to 2705 during E5 overhaul at Lancing between 19-Aug-59 and 21-Oct-59.

Unit withdrawn 11-Sep-71 and stored initially at Lancing. After stripping unit stored at Weymouth and on to Basingstoke 25‑Feb-­72 and moved for scrapping to J. McWilliam Ltd. (Shettleston) 23‑Mar‑72 from there.

2700

Unit commenced service 19-Mar-55.

DTC 12855 built on underframe of former 2 BIL DTC 12037 (ex 2014). MBS 12664 from 4 SUB 4590. New unit released from Lancing 21-Feb-55.

Unit back at Lancing for overhaul (12664 for E5 and 12855 for A1) between 18-Mar-57 and 6-May-57 and both cars released in matching BR green livery.

Diagram no. of DTC 12855 amended from 2321 to 2705 during A1 overhaul at Lancing between 1-Jun-59 and 11-Jun-59.

DTC 12855 damaged in collision with Level Crossing gate at Southbourne Halt 23-Jan-62, at Selhurst for repairs between 1-Feb-62 and 19-Feb-62.

Unit disbanded March 1958 and DTC 12855 to ‘1939‑type’ 2 HAL 2688, MBS 12664 stored spare, sent to Eastleigh 16‑Aug‑68 for C3 overhaul and released 18‑Apr‑69 in blue livery formed into to 4 SUB 4369.

              

 

2-HAL 2698 Driving Trailer Composite S12852S Hove Station 29 August 1970 15437909850_3a98bf11e6_o.jpg

Additional all-steel Driving Trailer Composite no.S12852S as formed into 2 HAL unit no.2698 (which has the road towards Brighton at Hove Station on Saturday, 29th August 1970).

© Ian Nolan

 

Additional DTC Vehicles
Built for earlier 2 BIL and 2 HAL Units

A further five DTCs were constructed between 1951 and 1955, three on underframes from collision /fire damaged 2 BIL and 2 HAL vehicles, numbered 12854 ‑ 12858. These coaches were formed into various 2 BIL and 2 HAL units to make up accident losses, but one (12855) was paired with a 4 SUB type saloon motorcoach and used to make up a further 2 HAL unit numbered 2700 from February 1955.

In the middle of the coach two first-class and the immediately adjacent second-class compartment were designated non-smoking.

These vehicles were to Diagram 2321 (later 2705) and Code DQ.

Order No. HO 3618 dated 2‑Nov‑49

12854 on underframe of 12121 (ex 2088) for 2 HAL unit 2653. (29-Dec-50).

Order No. HO 4009 dated 2‑Jul‑53

12855 on underframe of 12037 (ex 2014) for 2 HAL unit 2700. (31-Dec‑54).

12856 on underframe of 12133 (ex 2100) for 2 BIL unit 2133. (31-Dec-54).

12857 on new underframe for 2 BIL unit 2100. (Feb‑55).

12858 on new underframe for 2 BIL unit 2069. (Feb‑55).

Note:

These last two were built on underframe order No. 7566; the last two SR type 62' 0" underframes ever built.

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8 car train of 2 Bils & Hals, Headcode 12 near Wimbledon.  CIW copyright web.jpg

Led by a green 2 HAL, an 8-car HAL /BIL formation on a Waterloo to Esher race special (headcode 12) passes the Southern’s former Newhaven Flying Boat Hanger now relocated to Wimbledon. Whilst the leading unit has UIC 1st class cantrail band the straw-coloured unit number indicates the unit end is actually still green livery.

© BloodandCustard

 

 

Unit Liveries
SR Liveries

Units nos. 2601 to 2676 were delivered between January and July 1939 in SR unlined dark green livery but with ‘sunshine’ style lettering and numbering even though malachite livery was already being used on other SR passenger vehicles; the pre-war Malachite appearing to be lighter than post-war.

Units nos. 2677 to 2692 were all delivered between November and December 1939 in a lighter rather ‘brownish‘ green (‘wartime malachite’?) that did not wear well. [Does anyone know the background behind this livery? Was it simply a case of the difficulties in obtaining paint during wartime?]

BR Liveries

Although ‘Tin-HAL’ units 2693 – 2699 were completed under British Railways ownership (following nationalisation on 1st January 1948), all entered traffic in ‘SR style’ malachite green livery with ‘sunshine’ lettering; the exact date of change of typeface at Lancing is currently uncertain and possibly pre-dates the change to ‘early’ BR Green. The difference in colour between Malachite and early BR Green is uncertain and might even be simply the typeface of font used.

BR Green Liveries

Whilst the Railway Executive published its ten standard liveries in February 1949 there would have been a delay before adoption at various railway depots. Individual unit record cards shew BR Green being used at least by 17th May 1949 although exactly what shade this ‘early’ BR Green was is not described thereon. Prior to this date units are described as ‘BR Repaint’ until further details emerge as to the change from Malachite to BR Green.

Under British Railways, Southern electric multiple units were initially outshopped in ‘early’ BR Green (more akin to Malachite if not the same) with later repaints from 9th July 1956-on being undertaken in the later darker BR Green at Lancing Carriage Works; 4 COR unit no.3132 was the last to be repainted in ‘early’ BR Green (outshopped Monday 2nd July 1956) with 4 SUB unit no.4112 being the first to be painted into ‘darker’ BR Green (outshopped Monday 9th July 1956).

At this time locomotive-hauled coaching set 974 appeared in BR Green (outshopped Wednesday 11th July 1956) with coaching set 466 being the last full set outshopped in CLC on Tuesday 10th July 1956.

Abolition Second Class
(Sunday, 3rd June 1956)

Like the locomotive-hauled coaching stock, any Southern Railway multiple units still carrying the Third-class ‘3’ on their doors would have had these removed either the first varnish or repaint after 3rd June 1956.

Yellow Warning Panels

The inverted black triangle on yellow warning panels /ends was there to provide an early indication to station staff that there was no brake van at the other end of the unit.

Some (but not all) units received yellow warning panels (the first probably being unit no.2601 in January 1964). Following early ‘yellow warning-panel’ experiments including a BR(S) Type JA EDL and a 4 SUB unit no.4378 in 1962, Lancing started with yellow panels in 1963; the first possibly being unit no.2128 on 9th October 1963. Eastleigh followed with 4 LAV unit no.2929 on 1st November 1963. At Selhurst the application of yellow warning panels appears to have commenced with unit no.4101 on 18th February 1965; the first 2 HAL units being nos.2644 & 2688 on 22nd March 1965.

Yellow warning panels were usually (but not always) added during repaints or varnishing.

Full-yellow Ends

Full-yellow ends appeared before rail blue livery; these being applied whilst in-works with dates recorded. Units gaining full yellow ends whilst still green were as follows:

2601 /2603 /2610 /2611 /2612 /2614 /2618 /2620 /2643 /2648 /2649 /2653 /2654 /2655 /2656 /2657 /2659 /2661 /2663 /2666 /2667 /2668 /2670 /2671 /2684 /2691 /2692.

Blue Livery

Units started to be repainted into blue livery with yellow ends from September 1967 with units nos.2607 and 2619 being the first (neither had full yellow ends in green livery). Although many were painted blue, a number were withdrawn still in green livery.

Units painted blue with full yellow ends were:

2602 /2603 /2604 /2605 /2607 /2610 /2615 /2616 /2619 /2621 /2623 /2624 /2626  /2627 /2628 /2632 /2633 /2636 /2638 /2640 /2641 /2645 /2647 /2660 /2661 /2664 /2665 /2672 /2674 /2675 /2676 /2677 /2679 /2683 /2684 /2685 /2686 /2687 /2688 /2689 & 2690.

None were painted blue with yellow warning panels.

UIC First-class Yellow Cantrail Banding

With the exception of the 4 BEP /4 CEP units, the first Southern electric unit to receive UIC First-class cantrail banding was 4 LAV unit no.2926 (TC car 11509) outshopped from Lancing 3rd November 1962. It is believed that all units painted else next varnished after this date received the UIC First-class cantrail banding; sometimes pre-dating the application of yellow warning panels.

Lancing, Eastleigh & Selhurst Paint Shops

Between May 1951 and December 1952, a number of 2 HAL units were sent to Eastleigh for ‘Trim & Paint’ overhauls. These being units nos.2623, 2662, 2663, 2673, 2676, 2678, 2679, 2683, 2687, 2688, 2691 & 2692.

Painting was normally undertaken at Lancing Carriage Works else Eastleigh (denoted thus ~) or Selhurst (denoted thus *) after the recorded paint date (of the last car repainted of each unit). Some record cards had ‘BRG’ written on them for paint dates in the early fifties; these are denoted this ‘§’. The exact date when Southern Railway liveries stopped being applied post-nationalisation is unclear so units may still have been receiving Southern Railway Malachite Green livery before the ‘BRG’ was formalised.

 

Unit

Malachite
(Southern Rly)

BR Green
(early)

BR Green
(early)

BR Green
(darker)

BR Green
(darker)

Yellow panels added

BR Green
(Full yellow)

BR Blue
(Full Yellow)

2601

24-Jun-47

31-Dec-54

-

31-Jan-64~

-

31-Jan-64~

16-May-67~

Withdrawn

2602

-

5-Mar-48

14-Sep-54

6-May-64

-

6-May-64

No

12-Dec-69*

2603

-

14-Feb-49

 

21-Apr-58

-

No

4-Jul-67~

28-Feb-70*

2604

-

15-Sep-50§

-

6-May-65~

-

6-May-65~

No

¤7-Feb-68~

2605

-

9-Nov-48

-

27-Feb-58

-

No

No

¤18-Nov-68~

2606

23-Jan-47

7-Dec-50

-

13-Jun-60

11-Jun-65~

11-Jun-65~

No

Withdrawn

2607

-

3-Mar-48

26-Apr-55

26-Nov-64~

-

26-Nov-64~

No

13-Sep-67~

2608

-

5-Dec-50

-

4-May-60

26-Mar-65~

26-Mar-65~

Disb.

 

2609

-

2-May-50

-

8-Nov-60

21-May-65~

21-May-65~

No

Withdrawn

2610

-

5-Jan-50

-

7-Jul-59

-

No

22-Aug-67~

22-Dec-69*

2611

-

27-Dec-50

-

16-Mar-61

-

No

2-May-67~

Withdrawn

2612

-

25-Jan-50

-

20-Nov-58

-

No

14-Jun-67~

Withdrawn

2613

-

21-Feb-50

-

30-May-61

-

19-Aug-65~

No

Withdrawn

2614

-

20-May-51

-

11-Sep-61

-

No

27-Apr-67~

Withdrawn

2615

-

14-Jul-49

-

14-Jun-57

23-Jun-65~

23-Jun-65~

No

12-Dec-67~

2616

-

25-Mar-49

-

20-Sep-57

30-Apr-65~

30-Apr-65~

No

15-Feb-68~

2617

-

20-Apr-51

-

12-Jul-61

14-Oct-66~

14-Oct-66~

No

Withdrawn

2618

-

20-Oct-52

-

19-Dec-61

-

No

27-Jul-67~

Withdrawn

2619

30-Jun-47

18-Apr-55

-

20-Mar-64~

-

20-Mar-64~

No

11-Sep-67~

2620

-

21-Feb-52

-

26-Oct-61

-

14-Jul-66~

27-Jul-67~

Withdrawn

2621

-

8-Jan-51

-

25-May-60

-

No

No

14-Feb-68~

2622

-

27-Jul-50

-

2-Dec-59

-

No?

Disb.

 

2623

-

9-May-51

-

11-Jun-57

10-Sep-65~

10-Sep-65~

No

1-Aug-68~

2624

-

5-Feb-51

-

16-Nov-61

-

No

No

1-Nov-67~

2625

-

24-Aug-51

-

29-Mar-61

4-Nov-66~

4-Nov-66~

No

Withdrawn

2626

22-Aug-46

8-Mar-55

-

23-Oct-63~

-

24-Mar-66~

No

3-May-68~

2627

4-Jun-47

13-May-55

-

29-May-64

-

29-May-64

No

28-Oct-68~

2628

-

8-Nov-48

-

27-Nov-57

5-Aug-65~

5-Aug-65~

No

20-Oct-67~

2629

-

16-Dec-49

-

16-Apr-58

19-Jan-67~

19-Jan-67~

No

Withdrawn

2630

-

12-Jul-51

-

4-May-59

27-Jan-67~

27-Jan-67~

No

Withdrawn

2631

-

17-Mar-52

-

19-Sep-60

23-Sep-65~

23-Sep-65~

No

Withdrawn

2632

-

16-Oct-50

-

6-Apr-60

-

No

No

18-Sep-67~

2633

-

17-Oct-51

-

4-Mar-58

24-Dec-65~

24-Dec-65~

No

4-Jun-68~

2634

-

16-May-52

-

5-Apr-62

-

5-Dec-66~

No

Withdrawn

2635

-

8-Apr-52

-

12-Feb-62

21-Oct-66~

21-Oct-66~

No

Withdrawn

2636

-

1-Jun-49

-

15-Apr-57

22-Jun-65~

22-Jun-65~

No

12-Dec-67~

2637

-

26-Jul-51

-

7-Jul-60

-

8-Jun-65~

Disb.

 

2638

-

4-Dec-50

-

12-Jan-62

-

No

No

¤17-Nov-67~

2639

-

2-Oct-51§

-

4-Jan-61

-

2-Jul-65~

No

Withdrawn

2640

-

5-Mar-49

-

10-May-57

21-May-65~

21-May-65~

No

10-Jan-68~

2641

-

6-Jan-48

-

2-Feb-56

-

9-Feb-66~

No

14-Oct-68~

2642

-

16-May-50

-

28-Apr-61

-

24-Mar-66~

No

Withdrawn

2643

-

26-Oct-51

-

22-Sep-58

-

14-Jul-64

4-May-67~

 

2644

-

1-Oct-48

-

5-Feb-58

-

22-Mar-65*

Disb.

 

2645

-

15-Mar-50

-

22-Aug-61

-

9-Apr-65~

No

¤11-Oct-67~

2646

-

Disb.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2647

-

10-May-48

-

20-Dec-55

30-Mar-65~

30-Mar-65~

No

20-Oct-67~

2648

-

7-Sep-51

-

21-May-59

-

No

5-Apr-67~

Withdrawn

2649

-

19-Mar-48

-

20-Jul-56

13-Dec-63~

13-Dec-63~

26-Jul-67~

Withdrawn

2650

6-Nov-47

18-Oct-55

-

-

7-Feb-64~

7-Feb-64~

No

Withdrawn

2651

-

5-Mar-52

-

28-Jun-61

15-May-66~

15-May-66~

No

Withdrawn

2652

-

18-Sep-51

-

27-Apr-61

31-Jan-67~

31-Jan-67~

No

Withdrawn

2653

26-Oct-41

18-Dec-50¤

-

22-May-58

-

No

4-Jul-67~

Withdrawn

2654

-

26-Sep-51

-

3-Oct-61

-

No

5-May-67~

Withdrawn

2655

-

22-Nov-51

-

27-Oct-58

-

No

2-Aug-67~

Withdrawn

2656

-

13-Jan-48

15-Dec-54

-

19-Jun-64~

19-Jun-64~

17-Feb--67~

Withdrawn

2657

-

15-May-51

-

28-Nov-60

-

No

24-Apr-67~

Withdrawn

2658

-

18-Feb-49

-

15-Dec-59

-

No

No

Withdrawn

2659

-

13-Apr-51

-

6-Feb-60

-

6-Apr-65*

Disb.

 

2660

-

8-Dec-48

-

27-Feb-57

15-Apr-65~

15-Apr-65~

No

28-Dec-67~

2661

-

17-Aug-49

-

10-Mar-58

-

No

6-Mar-67~

19-Feb-70*

2662

-

15-Aug-52

-

25-Feb-61

9-Aug-65~

9-Aug-65~

No

Withdrawn

2663

-

18-Jan-52

-

3-Jan-62

-

No

17-Feb-67~

Withdrawn

2664

-

5-Dec-51

-

6-Apr-62

-

No

No

1-Mar-68~

2665

-

8-Mar-50

-

14-Aug-58

16-Dec-66~

16-Dec-66~

No

7-Jul-69*

2666

-

9-Jan-51

-

26-Feb-62

-

No

8-Mar-67~

Withdrawn

2667

-

6-Nov-51

-

18-Jun-59

-

No

14-Mar-67~

Withdrawn

2668

-

15-Feb-51

-

21-Apr-60

-

No

9-Aug-67~

Withdrawn

2669

-

14-Dec-50

-

19-Oct-61

17-Aug-66~

17-Aug-66~

No

Withdrawn

2670

-

17-Aug-50

-

2-May-61

-

No

30-May-67~

Withdrawn

2671

-

3-Sep-51

-

18-Aug-60

-

No

14-Aug-67~

Withdrawn

2672

-

31-May-49

-

10-Jun-58

21-Oct-66~

21-Oct-66~

No

28-Feb-70*

2673

-

18-Jun-52

-

22-Nov-61

25-Mar-66~

25-Mar-66~

No

Withdrawn¤

2674

-

18-Aug-49

-

18-Mar-58

21-Apr-66~

21-Apr-66~

No

23-Oct-68~

2675

3-Nov-47

4-May-55

-

3-Apr-64~

-

3-Apr-64~

No

25-Jan-68~

2676

-

28-Sep-51

-

24-Jul-59

-

No

No

24-Jul-69~

 

 

¤ See unit notes

 

 

 

 

 

¤ See unit notes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unit

‘Wartime’ Malachite
(Unit new)

BR Green
(early)

BR Green
(early)

BR Green
(darker)

BR Green
(darker)

Yellow panels added

BR Green
(Full yellow)

BR Blue
(Full Yellow)

2677

16-Feb-40~

10-Jun-52

-

1-Jun-62

-

30-Mar-65*

No

19-Jun-68~

2678

14-Feb-40~

1-Oct-52~

-

20-Jan-61

16-Dec-66~

5-Dec-66~

No

Withdrawn

2679

14-Feb-40~

18-Oct-51~

-

28-Jul-58

18-Oct-66~

18-Oct-66~

No

7-Jan-70*

2680

Dec-39~?

Date Unknown

Withdrawn¤

 

 

 

 

 

2681

18-Dec-39~

1-Dec-49

-

1-Feb-61

-

4-Sep-65~

No

Withdrawn

2682

18-Dec-39~

14-Jul-50

-

30-Jun-60

-

No

No

Withdrawn

2683

5-Jan-40~

31-Oct-52~

-

30-Aug-62

-

No

No

25-Sep-67~

2684

5-Jan-40~

28-Feb-51

-

4-Nov-59

-

No

14-May-67~

22-Jan-70*

2685

19-Jan-40~

26-Jun-51

-

1-Aug-58

7-Mar-66~

7-Mar-66~

No

20-Jun-69*

2686

17-Jan-40~

23-Oct-46ø

12-Jan-56

26-Mar-63

7-May-65~

7-May-65~

No

7-Dec-67~

2687

8-Feb-40~

14-Mar-52~

-

9-Jul-59

6-Jun-66~

6-Jun-66~

No

17-May-68~

2688

26-Feb-40~

4-Jan-52~

-

14-Oct-60

22-Mar-65*

22-Mar-65*

No

1-Jul-68~

2689

16-Feb-40~

28-Jan-52

-

25-Jun-62

-

No

No

¤27-Sep-67~

2690

16-Feb-40~

12-Aug-49

-

30-Aug-57

-

19-Aug-65~

No

6-Dec-67~

2691

26-Feb-40~

10-Dec-52~

-

13-Sep-62

1-Mar-65

Not recorded

24-Aug-67~

Withdrawn

2692

26-Feb-40~

11-Jul-52~

-

15-Jun-62

-

No

7-Jun-67~

Withdrawn¤

 

¤ See unit notes

ø SR Repaint
in Malachite

 

¤ See unit notes

 

 

 

¤ See unit notes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unit

Malachite
(Southern Rly)

BR Green
(New unit)

 

BR Green
(darker)

 

Yellow panels added

BR Green
(Full yellow)

BR Blue
(Full Yellow)

2693

No¤

8-Dec-48~

 

29-Dec-59

 

17-Feb-67

No

18-Nov-69*

2694

No¤

13-Dec-48~

 

24-Jun-58

 

No

No

9-Apr-68~

2695

No¤

15-Dec-48~

 

19-Jul-57

 

15-Apr-65~

5-Apr-67~

28-Nov-69*

2696

No¤

17-Dec-48~

 

7-Dec-57

 

28-Sep-65~

No

13-Dec-67~

2697

No¤

20-Dec-48~

 

18-Mar-57~

 

2-Jun-66~

No

2-Apr-68~

2698

No¤

24-Dec-48~

 

14-Jan-57

 

28-Oct-64~

No

4-Oct-67~

2699

No¤

24-Dec-48~

 

21-Oct-59

 

No

No

10-Apr-68~

2700

-

21-Feb-55~

 

-

 

26-Oct-66~

No

Disb.

 

¤ See unit notes

¤ See unit notes

 

¤ See unit notes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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When stores unit no.023 failed on the 12.05hrs New Cross Gate to Lover’s Walk stores train on Saturday, 28th January 1984 it was moved into Gatwick Airport sidings, where it was photographed two days later on Monday, 30th January 1984.

© Jeremy Chapter

 

Stores Units

2-car Stores Units nos.022 & 023

The Southern Region had three specially converted electric units which were used by the Chief Mechanical & Electrical Engineer’s Department (CM&EE) to convey stores and spare parts between workshops and depots. Units 022 and 023 were converted from 2 HAL stock at Stewarts Lane officially to stock on 2nd May 1970; unit 024 was ex-SUB stock.

Unit no.022 painting date was 28th April 1970 and no.023 was 5th May 1970; both appearing in blue with yellow ends with unit receiving Olive Green by March 1982.

The last stores train was on 15‑Aug‑89; unit no.019 being last in use. Unit no.019 was withdrawn Jun‑91.

 

2 HAL 022 Stores unit at Headcorn CW copyright.jpg

Stores unit no.022 passing through Paddock Wood. It is believed to be on the 11.40hrs Saturdays-only Stewarts Lane to Chart Leacon (Ashford) stores train.

© BloodandCustard

 

 

Individual Unit Notes ex.HAL 022 & 023

(also ex.SUB 024)

022

MBS 10731 (ex.HAL 2613) converted to stores motorcoach and renumbered DS70315.

MBS 10787 (ex.HAL 2669) converted to stores motorcoach and renumbered DS70318.

Replaced by un