Updates on today’s sightings will appear nearer the bottom …
Last night into my email popped a message from Lee McH regarding the Southern Stock changes with en new Railplan20/20 which makes for interesting reading. Here is it is in its entirety (I have only added links):
171‘s no longer operate west of Eastbourne (so cease serving Brighton, Falmer, Lewes, Glynde, Berwick and Polegate).
171’s cease serving Sanderstead, Riddlesdown, Upper Warlingham and Woldingham.
Oxted Bay no longer sees a train service during the week, shuttles to/from Uckfield only operate on a Sunday
313‘s no longer operate east of Southerham Jn toward Eastbourne (so cease serving all between Glynde and Ore)
455’s are no longer allocated to operate between Leatherhead and Guildford, the route goes all 377 and if (when) the remaining guards loose route knowledge this is likely to be the end of any chance of seeing a 455/8’s at Bookham, Effingham Jn, Horsley, Clandon, London Rd Guildford and Guildford.
Redhill <> Tonbridge route becomes a shuttle and is allocated to be 377/3 all day.
The Epsom Downs branch is allocated 100% 455’s (no more booked 377’s – half hourly service too!)
Tattenham Corner is allocated 100% 377’s and most of these are of the 5 car varieties although there are no more booked 455’s the Coulsdon Town terminators return (that’s the station formerly known as Smitham) and these are booked 455, starting back from platform 2, Tattenham will probably still see 455’s on occasion.
I expect that’s not all, in fact it isn’t – Southern also appear to have ceased serving the Wimbledon loop (Stations via Tooting and West Sutton).
Makes for some interesting reading. So if you are a ‘Basher’ and want those classes over those lines … you better get your skates on.