London to Brighton Festival: Then Vs. Now – The Wessex in Sussex

Written by: TrainSim-James

To celebrate the release of the Class 73, we are going to take a look at some of the common scenes found on the Brighton Main Line within recent years. The Class 442s have defected over to Gatwick Express, the slam door units have long gone and the railway is at its highest ever capacity, with privatisation colours dressed upon units old and new.

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The lines out of London Victoria are some of the busiest across the entire Brighton Main Line, The Class 319s have given way for the much newer Class 377s on most Express services while a Class 442 on a Gatwick Express service flies around the bend. Also can be seen is Southern’s refurbished Class 455s on its way to London Bridge.

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At Gatwick Airport, a First Capital Connect Class 319 livery passes an arriving Gatwick Express service, the classic ‘Wessex Pig’ contrasts greatly with everything around it thanks to that bright Express Red.

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Just outside East Croydon, two Class 377 Electrostars cross paths while heading to opposite ends of the Brighton Main Line. These modern EMUs have held the Southern reigns for well over a decade now, and there are no signs of them going anywhere any time soon.

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It’s always busy at Brighton, FCC, GatEx and southern dominate the platforms of the Southernmost terminus. Gatwick Express Class 442s now perform a variety of services outside their normality, and can be seen here after an Express service from the capital.

Screenshot Competition

Why don’t you enter our screenshot competition where you can have the chance to win some amazing London to Brighton traction including the Gatwick Express Class 442, FCC Class 377, Southern Class 421 ‘4CIG’ and of course, the Gatwick Express Class 73!

Send us your best screenshot on London to Brighton, along with a caption that tells us a fact about whatever locomotive is in your image, to competition@dovetailgames.com with the subject London to Brighton Screenshot Competition. Please do NOT edit your screenshots or you entry will not be counted!

While we would love to receive all of your favourite screenshots, we would really prefer it if you chose the best one of them all, so please only send us one screenshot in your email. We will only accept one email entry per person so make sure it’s your best. Also, don’t forget to include your train-simulator.com username so we know who to credit. Competition winners will be notified by email and their winning screenshot and caption will be published on train-simulator.com. All screenshot competition entries close at Midnight (UK Time) on Sunday 21 February.

Please find an example screenshot and caption below.

On September 11, 2005, Southern Trains ran a special express service between London Bridge and Brighton to mark the end of Slam door services in the southern Region. The service was permitted to operate at higher than usual speeds and set the London - Brighton speed record at 36 minutes and 56 seconds.

On September 11, 2005, Southern Trains ran a special express service between London Bridge and Brighton to mark the end of Slam door services in the southern Region. The service was permitted to operate at higher than usual speeds and set the London – Brighton speed record at 36 minutes and 56 seconds.

We wish you all the best of luck!

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2 Comments

  • Profile photo of Feliks Kschessinsky

    Any news on the screenshot competition?

    • Profile photo of TrainSim-Steve

      We hope to announce the winner of this competition in the next few days.

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