An unidentified rail vehicle at Wimbledon

It’s 1969. I’m a student and had just bought (second hand) my Canon Demi camera. Why I was at Wimbledon, I don’t know. It had been a trainspotting haunt for me seven or eight years earlier. I had almost certainly travelled along the West Croydon to Wimbledon line, probably just to see it. Anyway, whilst waiting at Wimbledon, this train came through.

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The leading vehicle was outside my experience – probably an engineer’s saloon. I can see it is attached to a standard electric train of the era. This lets us see its flat rather than curved sides which gave it the potential to be a go anywhere vehicle. I have to say it looked very smart in its fresh, bright, British Rail livery.

45 years on I still wonder about its origins and purpose. Maybe some other nerd will be able to tell me more.

Here’s hoping!

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2 Responses to “An unidentified rail vehicle at Wimbledon”

  1. General Secretary Southern Electric Group Says:

    Hi. It was a Hastings DEMU car converted to GM saloon
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/975025_Caroline
    Famous for being used by Charles and Di after their wedding.

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