Southern Electric Multiple Units

The following is a list of the various Electric Multiple Unit sets to run on the Southern region of British Rail or earlier on Southern Railways. (Note that the class names shown are not necessarily "official" but are those generally recognised by modellers).

I don't have much information on stock introductions, refurbishing, and withdrawals after 1983 so that part of the table is not as complete as the earlier data. If you have info that will help me bring this chart up to date or to fill the gaps in the info that is shown please let me know.

Entries are listed based on the date that the class was first introduced. Entries within a class are in unit number order. An asterisk (*) after the class name indicates that the class was still in service in 1989. For a key to the configuration codes see below.

The table does not include the original overhead stock introduced by the LBSCR in 1903, the original 3rd rail stock introduced by the LSWR in 1913 or the multitude of 2 car trailer sets converted from ex LBSCR and LSWR steam stock between 1920 and 1938.

 Numbers
(Renumbered)
Year IntroducedConfigurationNotes
3SUB
all converted to 4SUB by 1949
1285-13101925MBT TC MBT 
1401-14951925MBT TC MBTformer SECR steam stock
1496-15241925MBT TC MBT 
1525-15341926MBT TC MBTformer SECR steam stock
1579-15841937MBT TC MBTformer LSWR steam stock
1593-15991934MBT TC MBTformer LSWR steam stock
1601-16301927/8MBT TC MBTformer SECR steam stock
1631-16571927/8MBT TC MBTformer LBSCR steam stock
1658-17011927/8MBT TC MBCformer LSWR steam stock
1702-17161927/8MBT TC MBCformer LBSCR steam stock
1717-17721928-30MBT TC MBCformer LBSCR ac electric stock
1773-17851930MBT TC MBCformer LSWR steam stock
1786-17961931MBT TC MBTformer LSWR steam stock
1797-18011932MBT TC MBCformer LBSCR steam stock
2SL
withdrawn 1954
1901-1908
(1801-1808)
1929MBT DTC 
2WIM
withdrawn 1954
1909-1912
(1809-1812)
1930MBC DTT 
4LAV
withdrawn 1969
1921-1953
(2921-2953)
1931/2MBT TC TCL MBT 
2954-29551940MBT TC TCL MBT 
6PUL
withdrawn 1964
2001-2020
(3001-3020)
1932MBTO TTK TC TCP TC MBTO 
6CITY
withdrawn 1964
2041-2043
(3041-3042)
1932MBTO TFK TFK TCP TFK MBTO 
5BEL
withdrawn 1972
2051-2053
(3051-3053)
1932MBTP TSP TFP TFP MBTP 
6PAN
withdrawn 1965
2021-2037
(3021-3037)
1935MBTO TSK TFK TFK(P) TSK MBTO 
2BIL
withdrawn early 1970s
1891-1899
(2001-2010)
1935MBTL DTCL 
1901-1920
(2011-2030)
1936MBTL DTCL 
1954-1971
(2031-2048)
1936MBTL DTCL 
2049-21521937/8MBTL DTCL 
2NOR
withdrawn mid 1950s
1813-18901935/6MBT DTC 
4RES3054-30721937MBTO TFK TRT MBTO 
4COR
withdrawn 1972
3065-30711964MBSO TFK TSK MBSO4RES with TRT replaced
3101-31551937/8MBTO TTK TCK MBTO 
3156-31581948MBTO TTK TCK MBTO 
3159-31681965MBSO TFK TSK MBSOrebuilt from 4RES
4BUF3073-30851938MBTO TCK TRB MBTO 
2HAL
withdrawn 1971
2601-26921939MBT DTCL 
2693-26991948MBT DTCLmodified from earlier series
27001955MBTO DTCL 
4SUB
withdrawn 1983
41011941MBT TT TC MBTPrototype
4102-41101944/5MBT TT TT MBT 
4111-41201946MBT TT TT MBT 
4121-41301946/7MBT TT TT MBT 
4131-41711942-48MBT TT TT MBT3SUB with LSWR trailer
4131-4132
reused
1969MBS TS TS MBS2HAL with SUB trailers
4172-41941947/8MBT TT TT MBT1658 series 3SUB with steel trailer
4195-42341942-48MBT TT TT MBT3SUB with LSWR trailer
4235-42491947-49MBT TT TT MBT1658 series 3SUB with steel trailer
4250-42571942-48MBT TT TT MBTreformed 3SUBs
4277-42991948/9MBT TT TT MBT 
4300-43251945MBT TT TT MBT3SUB with steel trailer
4326-43541945/6MBT TT TT MBT 3SUB with steel trailer
43551947MBT TT TT MBT 
43771947MBT TTO TT MBT 
4378-43871948MBTO TTO TT MBTO 
4401-44311947MBT TT TT MBT3SUB with steel trailer
4432-45161946/7MBT TT TT MBT3SUB with steel trailer
4517-45941947MBT TT TT MBT3SUB with steel trailer
4601-4608, 4610, 4613, 46141947MBT TT TT MBT3SUB with steel trailer
4601-4607
reused
1950MBT TT TT MBT 
4621-47541949-51MBTO TTO TT MBTO 
4DD
withdrawn 1971
4001-4002
(4901-4902)
1949MBT TT TT MBTExperimental Double Deckers
4EPB (*)5001-5053
(415xxx)
1951-54MBSO TS TS MBSOrenumbered out of sequence
5101-5260
(415xxx)
1953-57MBSO TS TS MBSOrenumbered out of sequence
5261-5264
(415xxx)
1960-79MBSO TS TS MBSOrenumbered out of sequence
5301-5370
(415301-415370)
1960-63MBSO TS TS MBSO 
5401-5454
(415401-415454)
1979-83MBSO TS TS MBSO 
2EPB (*)5651-5684
(416651-416684)
1959MBSO DTS 
5701-5779
(416701-416779)
1953-8MBTO DTT 
5781-5795
(416681-416695)
1954/5MBTO DTT 
58001960MBSO DTS 
6301-6309
(416301-416309)
1982/3MBSO DTS 
4CEP (*)7101-7104
(4115xx)
1956/7MBSO TSK TCK MBSOrenumbered out of sequence
7105-7211
(4115xx)
1958-63MBSO TSK TCK MBSOrenumbered out of sequence
1501-16201979-83DMS TBC TS DMSrefurbished units
4BEP7001-7002
(4115xx)
1956/7MBSO TSK TRB MBSOrenumbered out of sequence
7003-7012
(4115xx)
1959-61MBSO TSK TRB MBSOrenumbered out of sequence
7013-7022
(412301-412310)
1982DMS TBC TRB DMSrefurbished 411s
7153
(411301)
1979DMS TBC TS DMSprototype refurbished unit
2HAP (*)6001-6173
(414001-414173)
1957-63MBSO DTC 
5601-5636
(418604-418636)
1958/9MBSO DTCnow 2SAP units - many withdrawn
MLV (*)68001-68010
(419001-419010)
1959-61MLV 
7TC9001963MBSL TS TS TC TS TS TCL2BIL 2006 + 5 trailers from 4SUBs, no train controls fitted
4PUL
withdrawn 1968
3054-3057, 30591964MBO TFK TCP MBO4RES with TRT replaced
4GRI3086-30881964MBSO TFK TRG MBSORebuilt from 4RES
4CIG (*)7301-7336
(421701-421736)
1964-6DTC TS MBSO DTC 
7337-7438
(421737-421838)
1970-3DTC TS MBSO DTC 
4BIG (*)7031-7048
(422101-422118)
1965/6DTC TRB MBSO DTCreclassified to 420 in 1983
7049-7058
(422201-422210)
1970DTC TRB MBSO DTCreclassified to 420 in 1983
6COR
withdrawn 1969
3041-30501965/6MBSO TSK TSK TFK TSK MBSOReformed sets
6TC6011965MBSL TS TC TS TS TBSLformer COR PUL and PAN cars
3TC
converted to 4TC 1974
301-3031966DTS TBS DTS 
4TC (*)401-428
(491401-491428)
1966/7DTS TBS TFK DTS 
429-434
(491429-491434)
1974DTS TBS TFK DTS429-431 converted from 3TC 301-303
4REP (*)3001-3011
(432001-432011)
1967DMS TBF TRB DMSreclassified 432 in 1983
3012-3015
(432012-432015)
1974DMS TBF TRB DMSreclassified 432 in 1983
4VEC041-046
(485041-485046)
1967MBSO TSO DTS MBSOconverted LTE stock
Isle of Wight
3TIS031-036
(486031-486036)
1967MBSO TSO MBSOconverted LTE stock
Isle of Wight
4VEP (*)7701-7894
(423701-423894)
1967-73DTC TSO MBSO DTC 
TLV
withdrawn 1975
68201-682061968TLV 
8VAB80011968DTC MBSO DTC DTC MBSO TRB MBSO DTCconverted from VEP
2PAN061-0661971MLV DTLV2HALs converted for parcels use
4PEP
withdrawn 1976
4001-4002
(056-057)
1971MBSO MSO MSO MBSO 
2PEP
withdrawn 1974
2001
(920001)
1972MBSO MBSO 
4VEG7901-7912
(427901-427912)
1978/9DTC TSO MBSO DTCconverted from 4VEPs for Gatwick service, converted back after 1984 and before 1989
508508001-5080431979/80MBSO TSO TSO MBSOone centre car was removed as these were gradually transferred to the midland region between 1983 and 1989
4CAP (*)413201-4132121982DTC MBSO MBSO DTCformed from two 2HAPs
413301-4133111982DTC MBSO MBSO DTCformed from two 2HAPs
2SAP6039
414939
1982DTS MBSOconverted 2HAP
455 (*)455801-4558741982DTS MS TS DTS 
457 (*)4570011982DMS TS TS DMS 
8MIG482601-4826021983DTC TS MBSO DTC RMB DTC MBSO DTCreformed from two 4CIGs
488 (*)488201-4882101984DTF DTSGatwick units
4TEP482701-4827041983DMS TC TRB DMSreformed from old stock, withdrawn before 1989
488 (*)488301-4883171984DTS TS DTSGatwick units
489 (*)489101-4891101984MLV TS TS 73Gatwick units - semi-permanently coupled
5VEC (*)485041-4850451985-8MBS TS TS TS MBSextra trailer transferred from 3TIS
2TIS (*)4860311985-8MBS DTSextra trailer transferred to 4VEC
5WES (*)442401-4424241987DTF TS MBLS TS DTS 
5TCB (*)492807 DTS TF TRB TBF DTC4TC with TRB added
5TCB (*)492804, 492809 DTS TF TRB TBS DTC4TC with TRB added

 

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Car Type Abbreviations

The following is a list of the codes used in the above table to indicate the configuration of the set.

CodeDescription
DMSDriving Motor Second
DTCDriving Trailer Composite
DTCLDriving Trailer Composite Lavatory
DTLVDriving Trailer Luggage Van
DTCDriving Trailer Second
DTTDriving Trailer Third
MBCMotor Brake Composite
MBSOMotor Brake Second Open
MBLSMotor Buffet Luggage Second
MBTMotor Brake Third
MBTLMotor Brake Third Lavatory
MBTOMotor Brake Third Open
MBTPMotor Brake Third Pullman
MLVMotor Luggage Van
MSMotor Second
MSOMotor Second Open
RMBRestaurant Miniature Buffet
TBCTrailer Brake Composite
TBSLTrailer Brake Second Lavatory
TCTrailer Composite
TCKTrailer Composite Corridor
TCLTrailer Composite Lavatory
TCPTrailer Composite Pullman
TFTrailer First
TFKTrailer First Corridor
TFK(P)Trailer First Corridor (with Pantry)
TFPTrailer First Pullman
TLVTrailer Luggage Van
TRBTrailer Restaurant Buffet
TRGTrailer Restaurant Griddle
TRTTrailer Restaurant Third
TSTrailer Second
TSKTrailer Second Corridor
TSOTrailer Second Open
TSPTrailer Second Pullman
TTTrailer Third
TTKTrailer Third Corridor
TTOTrailer Third Open

Note that all third class stock was altered to second class in 1956.

 

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Pullman Car Names

As was common practice for first class and composite Pullman cars, those contained within the multiple unit sets each had their own name on the side of the car. The following list of original set numbers shows the name of the named Pullman car(s) contained within each set as at 1937.

6PUL
UnitNameUnitName
2001Anne2011Naomi
2002Rita2012Bertha
2003Grace2013Brenda
2004Elinor2014Enid
2005Ida2015Joyce
2006Rose2016Iris
2007Violet2017Ruth
2008Lorna2018May
2009Alice2019Peggy
2010Daisy2020Clara
6CITY
UnitNameUnitName
2041Gwladys2043Ethel
2042Olive 
5BEL
UnitNameUnitName
2051Hazel & Doris2053Mona & Gwen
2052Vera & Audrey 

The 4PUL sets built in 1964 reused five of the Pullman cars from the 6PULs that were withdrawn from service at that time.

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Named Restaurant Cars

The buffet cars in the 4REP sets were also named.

UnitName
3001The Kingston
3002The Waterloo
3003The Farnborough
3004The Solent
3005The Hampton Court
3006The Bournemouth
3007The Winchester
3008The Sandown
3009The Wimbledon
3010The Vauxhall
3011The Beaulieu
3012The Brooklands
3013The Avon
3014The New Forest
3015The Stour

 

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