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Classes 465 and 466

115 units had been fitted with sanding gear at Slade Green by May 2001. By this time car numbers had been painted at cantrail level (in addition to the existing position) to all but a few units. In 2003 465/2 and 466 units started to be fitted with new red & green illuminated interior door buttons, 465229 being first. Also Networkers started being repainted into the Connex/South Eastern Trains' "colourful" white and grey livery. As with the previous Connex white and yellow livery (not carried by Networkers) this involves use of vinyl overlays over a white base coat. 465214 has received a Continental Airlines promotional livery. A recent (2004) modification to some this class has been the fitting of sloping anti-surfing panels to prevent foolhardy children in south east London from riding atop the buffers.
 
Interior The interior of a class 465/0 unit, taken at London Bridge, 14th December 1993.

photograph by John Lewis

 
Long term experience has demonstrated that Classes 465 and 466 are more suited to outer suburban work than inner suburban services. With the introduction of the inner suburban Electrostar class 376 units and the transfer, in early 2004, of the preferred outer suburban class 365 units to Great Northern the opportunity is being taken to cascade some 465/6 units to outer suburban services. This is expected to involve a minor refurbishment, possibly involving installation of some first class accommodation.
 
The interior of DSO car 65826 of 465/1 unit 465177. August 1994.

photograph by John Lewis

Interior
 
Finally a brief mention should be made of the "Networker Express" project which involved conversion by ABB of the interior of two cars to main line accommodation configuration - the unit then being re-designated 465/3. This proved that a viable long distance unit could be developed from an inner suburban shell that met ninety percent of specification of the alternative, and expensive to develop, completely from new option. This was the genesis of the class 365.
 
Interior The interior of 465/2 unit 465215 September 1993.

photograph by John Lewis

 
466037 and 465005 await their next duties at Blackfriars station.

photograph by Adam Warr

465204
 
466037 One problem the railways have had is with people "surfing" on these units. This photograph shows the modification that should discourage this somewhat dangerous habit! The handrail has been removed and the slope of the new cowling (compare with the unit in the adjacent road) should make it very difficult for anyone to stand there.

photograph by Adam Warr

 
Now we have 465197 at Charing Cross, this time with a service for Gravesend Via Sidcup.

photograph by James Kent

465197
 
465171 465171 picured at Strood with a service for Rainham.

photograph by James Kent

 
Damaged! So far we have pictured Networkers in good condition. This is one undergoing accident damage repair at Crewe Works.

photograph by Jonathan Hall

 
As they say on TV programmes - "don't try this at home" - especially to your Hornby model!

photograph by Jonathan Hall

Ouch!

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