Southern Region

Matters of Detail


Topic 1

Overhead Electrification Flashes on Southern Region locomotives

Information here is sketchy and contributions are welcome.

It appears the both 73A (Stewarts Lane) and 73B (Bricklayers Arms) might have been the first depot on the Southern to start applying electrification flashes during the summer of 1960.

The Southern already had 750v DC overhead electrification in a number of depots and sidings (mainly on the South Eastern Division as part of the Kent Coast Electrification scheme) including Ashford, Balcombe (Central Division), Faversham, Hither Green, Hoo Junction, Snowdown, & Tonbridge.

Amongst the first locomotives reported as having flashes applied around June 1960 were Bulleid pacific locomotives nos.34003 /34005 /34016 /34017 /34021 /34022 & 34025.