|205028 awaits departure from London Bridge with the 18:12 to Uckfield. 205032 was on the rear. The scene has changed somewhat in the intervening 13 years with the trains replaced and the station entirely re-built. 24/09/2004|
A conversation at work in the last week turned to 'Thumpers' - the SR DEMU's which plied non-electrified lines from the late 1950's right up until the mid-2000's.
|205001 on the blocks of platform 11 with stock for the 17:10 to Uckfield.|
4-VOP 3917 occupies platform 10. 24/09/2004.
|Guards accommodation on 205009.|
Friday 24th September 2004 wasn't a normal day for the Thumpers. Or in many ways it was. This was the *last* normal day for the Thumpers out of London. From the following Monday the new class 170 'Turbostars' would take over the peak trains, having already replaced the Thumpers on the branches. This was the last booked day of the Thumpers- and I wasn't going to miss it.
|205009 at East Croydon with the 17:10 London Bridge - Uckfield. 24/09/2004|
|4-VEP 3403 at East Croydon shortly after departure of the first Uckfield Thumpers with a service to East Grinstead. 24/09/04|
|Far from the best photo I have ever taken- 205032 at Uckfield following|
arrival with the last scheduled service from London Bridge. 24/09/2004.
The run was noisy as ever on the crowded train- windows were wide open and heads were out (those 2-piece window bars never were very effective!). It was always fun riding this train, but it was fair to say this occasion was tinged with sadness knowing that we may never again fly down the mainline to the sound of two 4-SRKT English Electric diesel engines on non-corridor stock from a different railway era.
|A final photo shoot with 205032 at East Croydon before the train headed off to Selhurst Depot. 24/09/2004|
Fortunately the 'slammers' were still going strong at this point and the evening wasn't quite over with 'phase 1' 4-CIG 1704 being enjoyed to Clapham Junction. The Phase 1 units were always a particular joy to travel on with the additional headrests on the seats and some compartments even still featuring string luggage racks!
|Phase 1 CIG 1704 at Clapham Junction with a Littlehampton - Victoria|