When restoration began it was still at St Leonards where it was photographed in 2003 

The Motor car from 1123 was saved by the Hampshire & Sussex Preservation Society (HSUPS) who saved the motor car from the unit along with some other vehicles.

They purchased the motor car from the Hastings Diesels Group who originally purchased it for spares so was in a bit of a rough condition when transferred to HSUPS, sadly the amount of work needed was too much and HSUPS folded and ownership of the motor car was transferred to the Lavender Line who also own 1133.

The long term plan is to build a model railway inside the main saloon aswell as keeping it as a source of spares

The DTC from 1123 still survives and is currrently in store in Gloucestershire, since preservation it has been to a few sites and is seen at what is now the Electric Railway Museum in 2002

Unit 1123/205023

1123 – 3rd batch

1123 was one of 4 units that were released as part of the 3rd batch to be produced at the Eastleigh works, having been built on Ashford produced under-frames. These were produced as a direct result of the success of the first batches and were designed to strengthen the fleet. They were the first batch to be produced as 3 car units (the earlier, first batch units, were supplemented with a centre carriage (TC) after being released). These third batch units were virtually identical to the first batch units except for the fact that they lacked the external, roof mounted, lighting conduit on the DMBSO and DTC coaches.

These DEMU (Diesel electric Multiple units) were based on the BR designed 2 HAP units (Half lavatory with Electro Pneumatic Brakes, i.e. one lavatory to serve both carriages) as opposed to the Southern Railway design, that were produced from 1951 onwards; and the electric, BR designed, 2EPB (Electro Pneumatic Brakes) units that were produced from 1954-5 originally for use on the Tyneside 3rd rail system, but transferred to the Southern region in 1963 after the north eastern line was de-electrified. This third batch of DEMU was designated 3h units, reflecting the number of coaches and the intended route base (Hampshire). This batch was ordered on the 13/10/1958 and delivered on the 26/12/1957.  

British rail and Southern railway had a long working relationship with English electric motors, so inevitably, The English Electric Company were tasked to produce a diesel engine for these new units, which sat on a three point mounting. The English electric 4srkt diesel engine (4 cylinder, supercharged, RK engine designed for Traction as opposed to marine use)was subsequently fitted which powered 2 English electric EE507 motors that provided the drive to the bogie at the inner end of the DMBSO (Driving Motor Braked standard open). It was fitted with a suburban gearbox and the Napier MS200 supercharger providing 600 hp.

Following problems with the noise on the earlierbatch 1 units, a "Burgess straight through " silencer was fitted from the outset and again following problems with the mk 3 bogies on batch 1 units, the more robust mk 4 bogie was fitted ; with its improved dampers and more resiliant sidespring hanger brackets. 

The 3 car units consisted of a Driving Motor Braked standard open carriage, which carried the engine, a driving cab and guards compartment; a trailer second and a Driving Trailer Composite, which had a driving cab and some first and second class compartments. 

The DMBSO – carriage no s60122 consisted of a full width drivers cab – and was fitted with 2 EE507 motors with suburban gear ratios- behind the engine was a guards compartment 8’2 and a half inches wide. There was access from the guard’s compartment to the engine room, but no access to the rest of the passenger compartment. The passenger compartment consisted of 52 seats, located within 5 bays consisting of 3 seats on one side and 2 on the other. The carriage was 64 foot long – weighed 56 tons (split 32 tons on leader bogie, 24 tons on motor bogie), and was fitted with a buckeye coupler with rubbing plates. This unit consisted of 52 second class seats and smoking was allowed in this compartment.

The Trailer second coaches consisted of 2 saloons of 5 bays each, seating 104 second class passengers. One of the saloons was designated as non-smoking. The carriages were 63 feet 6inches long and weighed in at 30 tons. With the three carriages, the unit was 199 feet 6 inches long and seated 13 first and 206 second class passengers. The trailer second for this unit was s60669. The unit was delivered on the 26th Dec 1959.

The Driving trailer composite (DTC), carriage 60822, had a large 2nd class compartment but, unlike the 2 hap units of the time, did not have 3 first class cabins; only two. The outer first class cabin, behind the cab, was a luggage compartment. The first class compartments had access to their own lavatory via a corridor and consisted of 13 seats. The large second class saloon consisted of 50 seats; was designated as non-smoking and had access to a lavatory. This lavatory was positioned in the centre of the carriage and on the opposite side from the 1st class lavatory. The two lavatories were completely separate and isolated from each other.  This carriage therefore consisted of a total of 13 first class and 50 second class seats. In 1975 the luggage space was converted to first class compartment which altered the seating capacity to 19 first class and 50 second class seats.

During 1960 all units began to have a large orange “V” painted on the cab ends. From 1965, this was replaced by a small yellow warning panel. The end with the guards compartment was supplemented with a black upside down triangle within it, to indicate to station staff at which end the guard compartment was located. By the end of 1966, this unit was repainted in blue with full yellow ends.

During the 1980’s, blue asbestos insulation was stripped out.

With the introduction of the TOPS system, these 3H units were designated as class 205 with this unit becoming 205023.

This unit was withdrawn in January 1999.

The DMBSO is currently awaiting restoration at the Lavender Line in East Sussex.



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