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Associated Sites

The following groups share an interest in Southern Region EMUs or in the work of O.V.S. Bulleid and may be of interest.

Southern Electric Group

The Southern Electric Group is recognised as the leading organisation for devotees of the UK "Southern Electric" system and is an authoritative source of information on the "Southern Electric" dc network.

The Group is well known for preservation of the only complete, privately owned, express electric multiple unit train in the UK. This is 4Cor unit, number 3142. Built for the 1938 Mid-Sussex line electrification to Portsmouth and Bognor Regis, 3142 is under restoration to operational condition and its coaches are currently located at the East Kent Railway. At the moment our coaches are not regularly on public display at the other sites as they are work sites. Volunteers are always welcomed by the preservation team - as also are donations towards the high cost of the work involved!

The EPB Group

In January 1995 a small group of enthusiasts, brought together by their recognition of the rapidly approaching end of an era in travel around South London, formed a group to preserve examples of the EPB type trains. For nearly half a century these electric multiple units reliably carried millions of passengers over the Southern Electric network. The EPB Preservation Group (Company Limited by guarantee from December 1998) was born. In mid 1995 we bought BR Standard design 2 EPB [Electro Pneumatic Brake] Unit 5759 which was built at Eastleigh in 1956. It lasted until nearly the end of EPB operation being withdrawn from service on 18th January 1995. Our volunteers are now working at Shepherdswell, its home on the East Kent Railway, to restore 5759 to as near early 1960s condition as practicable.

We are also restoring the first production Kent Coast 4 Cep unit 7105. It is featured on our coffee mugs in its post refurbishment guise as 1537. South West Trains later substituted a 4BEP Buffet car, originally formed in unit 7014, for its trailer second which is the formation in which it was delivered to Shepherdswell in February 2004. The motor coaches are currently at Eastleigh works to allow the guard vans to be refitted.

The Network SouthEast Railway Society

The Network SouthEast Railway Society is a vibrant and evolving group of enthusiasts whose interests lay in the nationalised British Rail services in London and the SouthEast under the guise of the Network SouthEast business sector which operated track,trains, stations and signals from it’s formation in 1986 until disbandment in 1994 in readiness for privatisation.
The Society collects and preserves artefacts relating to this fascinating period of transport history for our extensive archives as well as material relating to Southern Region Mk1 based stock in order to help us in our active preservation of Class 421 Phase 1 4 CIG unit 1753.

Project Commuter

For details and progress with the restoration of 2-HAP 4308.

Network SouthEast Years

A look back at the NSE years and also what remains.

The East Kent Railway

The East Kent Railway is an exciting up and coming heritage railway deep in the Kent countryside. It was originally built to serve the Kent collieries and today is run entirely by volunteers.

Today, visitors can ride lovingly restored heritage trains between the small leafy village of Shepherdswell and the idyllic village of Eythorne, near Dover in Kent, a distance of just over two miles.

The railway runs most Sundays throughout the year, with the exception of winter months, when a limited service may be in operation. Please check the timetable for further details or visit our timetable and events pages for details of all train times and events throughout the year.

The Electric Railway Museum

The museum was formed in 2007 as a coming together of a number of separate projects looking to create a permanent home for the electric railway story as such a museum did not exist at that time. The museum first opened to the public in 2010 and is now a registered charity entirely run by volunteers and funded by donations.

The museum is home to the largest private collection of electric trains in Britain and many of them are available for visitors to go inside and sample the travelling experience of days past. We are open to visitors on selected days of the year from April to October and admission is free.

The Bulleid Society

The Society is the owner of Bulleid West Country class locomotive No. 21C123, Blackmoor Vale, the Adams designed B4 class locomotive No. 96, Normandy and the Bulleid coach, No. 5768.

Since its instigation in 1967 the Bulleid Society has always aimed to maintain its locomotives and coach in an authentic condition as possible. The West Country class locomotive is in Malachite green livery and carries the Southern roundel on the smokebox. The only fundamental difference between its current appearance and that of 1946 being the change in cab to the wedge shaped cab, introduced in 1954. No. 96, has run in a variety of authentic liveries since the locomotive was purchased by the Society in 1972 and after the forthcoming overhaul will run with a full cab and British Railway livery rather than the cut away cab now in place. The Society’s Bulleid coach will continue to display its Bulleid Malachite green livery on completion of the current overhaul.

Bluebell Railway

"The volunteer run Bluebell Line was the UK's first preserved standard gauge passenger railway, re-opening part of the Lewes to East Grinstead line of the old London Brighton & South Coast Railway in 1960. Since then it has developed into one of the largest tourist attractions in Sussex, yet it still remains true to its objectives of the preservation for posterity of a country branch line..."
Ian Ross
Latest Update 18th April 2016