1116 departs Hurst Green, 6 June 1985
Image thanks to Southern Reg
Unit 1116 Vehicle Built Withdrawn Status
DMBSO 60115 10/57 09/94 Scrapped 08/95
TSO 60665 10/59 08/96 Scrapped 02/98
DTC 60815 10/57 08/94 Scrapped 09/94
Points of interest :
The unit was fitted with downpipes on the cab end in 1961 and this feature was adopted on the subsequent Berkshire units 1131,1132 and 1133.
During 1975/6, this was one of a number of units that were based at St Leonards and used on the Oxted Line service, but these units had insufficient first class accommodation for this wealthy part of the Surrey commuter belt. A series of conversions took place to convert the former isolated second class cabin, by now converted into a luggage compartment, into a first class cabin. To avoid the mistake of having an isolated cabin ( see feature re Yvonne Laker) The adjoining cabin was reduced to six seats and a linking corridor installed.
TheDMBSO was damaged in an incident with another Hampshire unit in December 1972 at Oxted and as a consequence was out of action for a while and when it returned to service, formed part of unit 1119 until returning to its original formation by Summer 1976.