London to Brighton Festival: Then Vs. Now – The Class 73 Days

Written by: TrainSim-James

To celebrate the release of the Class 73, we are going to take a step back to a time when the electro-diesels ruled supreme on Gatwick Express services out of London Victoria and on the Brighton Main Line. There was no such thing as a third rail Electrostar, the Class 442 Wessex was only to be seen in the South West, and many multiple units still clung onto their old Network SouthEast stripes. Welcome to the late 1990s.

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The lines out of London Victoria are some of the busiest across the entire Brighton Main Line, here a Connex Class 319 performs a special express run between Brighton and London while one of the many daily Gatwick Express services flies around the bend. Also can be seen a Class 455 still holding onto the classic toothpaste stripes.

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At Gatwick Airport, a Class 319 in Network SouthEast livery passes an arriving Gatwick Express service, which displays its london-end GLV, the Class 489 in the stylish GatEx livery, a modification of the current Intercity livery.

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Just outside East Croydon, two old Class 421s cross paths while heading to opposite ends of the Brighton Main Line. The start of what is to come can be seen on 1 unit, with the Southern Green livery contrasting against the NSE sector of days past.

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It’s always busy at Brighton, Mk1 and Mk3 based rolling stock sit in the platforms of the Southernmost terminus. At this time Gatwick Express did not operate outside their namesake services and so unlike when compared with today, full-line express services were formed out of the same old Class 421s.

Brighton Modelworld 2016

Do not forget that we are at Brighton Modelworld this weekend from the 19th to the 21st of February, for full details click on the image below.

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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!

TrainSim-James

4 Comments

  • The DTG class 73 looks fantastic, well done to the team. A great article to, I miss the NSE livery. The Southern green livery wasn’t a good livery.

  • Do you have any guidance as to when the winner will be announced? As I’d like to buy some of them, but would rather do it after the winner is announced, just in case it is me.

    • The winner will be announced in the next few days

  • Nice!

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