313201 Preservation

313201 officially entered preservation on 19th October 2023 in partnership with Beacon Rail Leasing and Arlington Fleet Services.

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Preserved Class 313 Unit/Vehicle Numbers

The Class 313 has been a workhorse of the Southern Region for 47 years, being introduced in 1976. It introduced a raft of design and technological advancements which were then state of the art and revolutionary. To commemorate this, 313201 (313101, 313001) was repainted into a heritage British Rail Blue & Grey livery by Beacon Rail Leasing and Govia Thameslink Railway.

Having spent most of its life in north London working Euston – Watford DC and North London Line services with both British Rail, Silverlink and London Overground under privatisation, the unit was transferred to Southern in 2010 following introduction of Class 378 units, seeing out its final years in service at Brighton depot.

313201 will be the only Class 313 to be retained in operational condition and the only preserved operational 3rd rail EMU in the UK.

This page has been created to allow us to accept sponsors by way of a monthly recurring donations for the unit in order to cover the commercial storage charges which will enable to unit to remain in operational condition at Eastleigh Works.

We are investigating the possibility of supervised visits to the unit primarily as a “perk” for our sponsors by prior arrangement and details of this will be communicated in due course.

The Future:

It is envisaged that 313201 will be available for loan to preserved railways and to attend special events and depot open days. It will also be available for training purposes to rail and non-rail organisations. The key, unique aspect of this is that it will have an operational home to return to afterwards where it can be kept maintained and in working condition.

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