Retro 313

Govia Thameslink Railway and Beacon Rail have repainted the UK’s first-ever second generation EMU in its original livery to celebrate its heritage.

Unit 313201, which is based at GTR’s Brighton Depot is used on the Coastway route and was the first of its type (as 313001) off the production line at British Rail Engineering Ltd’s York Works in 1976.  It was BR’s first unit designed with both a pantograph for 25kV AC overhead lines and shoes for use on 750 V DC third rail supplied lines.  The pantograph was removed when it was transferred to Southern and it was renumbered 313201.  The repaint took place at Wolverton Works while the unit underwent a C6 overhaul.

GTR’s 313201 now wears a coat of BR blue and grey.


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