Hers 1113 is seen carrying the first variation of Rail Blue which only had a small yellow warning panel in 1967, other units to carry this livery were 1102 & 1114. 

It is taken at Isfield on an Oxted to Uckfield service this station is now better known as the Lavender line and is home to superbly restored unit 1133

​Image is by by Christopher Wilson Collection

Thumpers in Blue


Following the success of the article about Thumpers in Green I decided to do another this time of the second livery carried by the units which was Blue.

We have collected a number of stunning images of these classic machines in blue livery

Here we have a nice set of 3 images of 1309 by Ian Docwra

The last diesel or electric unit on the Southern Region to operate in all-blue livery was 3D no. 1309, seen here passing Clapham Junction, bound for East Grinstead in about 1984

The Centre car of 1309 is seen under the roof at London Bridge, we are so lucky Ian decided to take this shot as images of centre cars are rare.

The above three images are by Ian Docwra

Another 204 this time 1401 again by John Dedman is seen in what we think is the Southampton area in 1980


an ex works 1133 is seen passing Salisbury  on 25/08/68, image by  David John Mant


1101 & 1105 sit side by side at Portsmouth Harbour  on 20th June 1981,

Image by Selsden Jc


1109 is seen leaving East Grinstead in September 1976 Image by Tony Watson

A one off livery given to unit 1319 was the yellow ends wrapped round the cabsides.

​A number of DMU's and EMU's from all regions received this experimental livery but 1319 was the only DEMU to carry it.

Image from the Rupert Newham Collection

Seen at Edenbridge in September 77 is 1102, This is one of the 3 units which carried the small warning panel with blue livery.

Image by Tony Watson

A plain blue 1119 is seen at Grain on a railtour on 21st March 1970, it was paired with a Hastings unit for the trip. For more about this tour click here

Image by Ian Cuthertson

A Hastings Unit in Blue with a small Yellow panel, this is 60025 from unit 1016.

We have been asked how do we know this is blue not green, the giveaway clues are the double arrows on the cab and the unit coupled up to it 1012 is a much darker shade as it was green .

​Image from the Christoper Wilson Collection

Here is another of Ian's shots of 1309 this time at London Bridge


Remaining at Edenbridge Tony Watson has captured the first of the class 1301 approaching the staggered platforms on 12th May 1979


The first one in the set is of 1401 near Southampton is passing Bevois park (st Denys station is beyond the road bridge) heading towards Northam in September 1980.

Image by John Dedman

The Edenbridge area was a favorite for Tony Watson, all basic types of DEMU's came through the area, here the Hastings units are represented by Tadpole unit 1201 on 23rd September 1979


Another of the Blue Hastings units with a yellow end, 1011 leaving New Romney on the last day of service on 6th March 1967

image by Alex Dasi-Sutton

Many people don't realise that for a very short time a few Hastings units were painted plain blue.  1011, 1018 & 1036 were outshopped in blue with full yellow ends while 1013, 1016 and 1033 appeared in blue with a small yellow panel and white set numbers.

The above shot is of 1036 a blue Hastings unit and it was produced on a postcard by a company called Salmons who were based near Hastings.