British Rail Class 202

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British Rail Class 202
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Unit 1013 has arrived at Alresford on 20 July 1985 and is the first passenger train to visit the Mid-Hants Railway since the line was re-opened by the volunteers in 1977.
In service 1957-1986
Manufacturer Eastleigh and Ashford Works
Constructed 1957-1958
Number built 54 vehicles (9 units)
Formation DMBSO-TSOL-TSOL-TFK-TSOL-DMBSO
Operator British Rail
Specifications
Car length 17.67 m (58 ft 0 in)
Width 2.74 m (9 ft 0 in)
Height 3.82 m (12 ft 6 in)
Maximum speed 75 mph (121 km/h)
Weight 55 long tons (55.9 t; 61.6 short tons) (power car)
Engine(s) English Electric 4SRKT Mark II
Power output 500 hp (370 kW)
Transmission Diesel-electric
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)

The British Rail Class 202 (or 6L) diesel-electric multiple units were built from 1957-58 at Eastleigh and Ashford Works. These units were built to work the London Charing Cross to Hastings services. Several tunnels along the route had restricted clearance, meaning that these units were built with a narrow body profile.

The last six-car units were withdrawn in 1986, when the Hastings line was electrified. The line through the tunnels was reduced to single track, allowing standard loading gauge Class 411 electrical multiple units to replace the diesel units on passenger services. One unit was subsequently reinstated to provide emergency cover, and was renumbered as 202001 to conform with the TOPS numbering system.

After the mass withdrawals of 1986, several units were reformed as four-car units, and subsequently renumbered into the Class 203 series. In addition, several vehicles saw further use as departmental vehicles.

  • Introduced: 1957-58

Fleet details[edit]

Key: Preserved Reformed Departmental Use Scrapped

Original 6L Units

Unit No. DMBSO TSOL TSOL TFK TSOL DMBSO Withdrawn Status
New Old
- 1011 60014 60521 60522 60707 60523 60015 1986 Reformed to 203001
- 1012 60016 60524 60525 60708 60526 60017 1986 Preserved
202001 1013 60018 60527 60528 60709 60529 60019 1987 Reformed as 203101
- 1014 60020 60530 60531 60710 60532 60021 ? Scrapped
- 1015 60022 60533 60534 60711 60535 60023 ? Scrapped
- 1016 60024 60536 60537 60712 60538 60025 ? Scrapped
- 1017 60026 60539 60540 60713 60541 60027 ? Scrapped
- 1018 60028 60542 60543 60714 60544 60029 ? Scrapped
- 1019 60030 60545 60546 60715 60547 60031 ? Scrapped

Reformed 4L Units

Unit No. DMBSO TSOL TSOL
DMBSO Withdrawn Status
New Old
203001 1011 60152
(ex-60014)
60522 60523 60153
(ex-60015)
1990 Sandite unit 1067
203101 202001 60018 60528 60709 60019 1988 Preserved

Departmental Units

Unit No. DM T DM (DT*) Withdrawn Status
New Old
1067 203001 977698 (ex-60152) 977697 (ex-60523) 977699 (ex-60153) 1996 Scrapped (1996)
1068 207014/203001 977700 (ex-60139) 977696 (ex-60522) 977701* (ex-60910) 1992 Scrapped (2005)

Preservation[edit]

One complete unit, has been preserved.

  • 1013 - by Hastings Diesels

In addition, two vehicles from unit 1012 have also been preserved.

  • 1012 - DMBSO 60016 and TFK 60708 - by Hastings Diesels

Several of the vehicles from 1012 and 1013 now operate in preserved mainline registered unit 201001. To avoid conflict with Class 60 locomotives, vehicles 60016 and 60018 have been renumbered to 60116 and 60118 respectively. These two vehicles have also been named after towns along the routes which they previously worked.

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