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Class 460 "Gatwick Express"

Class 460 Alstom Juniper are 8 coach units built for the Gatwick Express to replace the class 73 loco hauled sets of class 488 carriages & class 489 motor luggage vans.
 
After much testing the first unit 460004 entered service on Friday, 22nd September 2000. Units are made up of:-
DMF
TF
TC
MS
MS
TS
MS
DMS
Driving Motor First
Trailer First
Trailer Composite
Motor Second
Motor Second
Trailer Second
Motor Second
Driving Motor Second
 
The set is powered by a total of 10 Alstom ONIX 800 270kW traction motors (2 per motor unit). Maximum speed is 100 mph and the unit is gangwayed internally only. The sets run with the DMF on the London end because this vehicle contains the luggage compartment and the porters/ airline baggage handlers use the barrow crossing at the up end of platforms 1&2 to transfer baggage from the station to the flight terminal.
 
460004 DMF N° 67904 of unit 460004 is seen at the buffer stops of London Victoria about 8:30pm on Monday, 18th September 2000 while undergoing trials. This unit contains the luggage van and seats only 10 first class passengers

photograph by Michael Taylor

 
The First Day of Service.

The first unit in service 460004 about mid-morning of Friday, 22nd September 2000 on it's second revenue earning trip to Gatwick.

photograph by Michael Taylor

460004
 
460 Interior The First Day of Service.

An interior view of DMS N°67914 of unit 460004 at Gatwick Airport station. Looking towards the driving cab.

photograph by Michael Taylor

 
460004 approaching East Croydon on an up service on 6th October 2000. Note the Crystal Palace (left) and Croydon (right) transmission masts in the background!

photograph by David Smith

460004
 
460007 The DMS of 460007 at the south end of platform 2 of Gatwick Airport station on 27th June 2002.

photograph by Colin Duff

 
Two photographs which illustrate the end cars of unit 004 as it passes through Clapham Junction with an up working on 4th October 2002. This is the DMLFO 67904.

photograph by Colin Duff

460004
 
460004 And this is DMSO 74434.

photograph by Colin Duff

 
A Vader without its mask! 460003 minus its cosmetic nose cone is seen here passing through Holmwood during an acceptance test run.

photograph by R M Brume

460003
 
460001 This view of 460001 at East Croydon on 10th August 2004 shows the unit number on the end now in black, although "EXPRESS" is still in white but not showing up very well against the yellow of the end.

photograph by John Lewis

 
A bogie under a MS of 460007.

photograph by Colin Duff

460007

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