Bachmann 31-380 Class 416 2EPB EMU “6262” BR Blue & Grey NSE OO Gauge DCC Ready

£186.95

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Bachmann 31-380

Class 416 2EPB EMU
Locomotive Number – “6262”
BR Blue & Grey NSE
OO Gauge
21 Pin DCC Ready

Out of stock

Description

Bachmann 31-380

Class 416 2EPB EMU
Locomotive Number – “6262”
BR Blue & Grey NSE
OO Gauge
21 Pin DCC Ready

Brief History 
Class 416

Prior to nationalisation in 1946, the Southern Railway had embarked on a wholesale electrification process for the major commuter lines serving London. Unmodified throughout the war years, the new British Railways found that many of the original electric commuter trains employed during the hard years of the war were showing excessive wear, use and damage.

Initial replacement designs were based on many of the designs and profiles of O.V.S. Bullied. BY 1954 when the first 2EPB units were introduced, standardisation was gaining pace and these units were the first multiple unit trains to be based on the MK1 coach body shell. Serving many of the lines on the Southern Region Network, the initial green liveried units were remembered as indicative of the commuter trains of the period. Each motorcar had 250 horsepower English Electric traction motors and could reach a maximum speed of 75mph. With welded steel bodies and electro-pneumatic brakes, the EPB sets offered considerably improved passenger safety over previous designs.

Following the introduction of TOPS in in the early 1970’s the 2EPB was given the allocation of Class 416 and repainted in corporate BR Blue livery with full yellow visibility ends. some continued to serve in these colours until full sectorisation, whilst many were repainted in InterCity blue & grey image from the mid 1980’s onwards.

Alterations in railway Health & Safety laws due to a number of high profile incidents ultimately spelled the end for the “slam door” commuter trains. Withdrawal did not commence until the very late 1980’s and the units were not fully removed from service until 1995, when modern replacement commuter sets had become available to undertake the heavy commuter traffic required into London. A total of three car sets have survived into preservation.

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