Reality Check: The 4-BEP EMU


During the 1950s and 1960s the Southern Region massively extended its electrified network, and in doing so introduced a number of new classes of Electric Multiple Unit, with one of the least numerous of these being the 4-BEP which was designed to provide catering on services on the South Coast lines. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES looks into the history of this small but unusual class.


Above: Class 410 4-BEP 7012 leads a 12-coach formation through Newington on April 2 1979 heading south. The BEPs were rarely seen at the head of formations, particularly in the green era, when they would be marshalled between two 4-CEP units. Colin Marsden.

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